Summer 2021 - MBB 331 D100
Molecular Biology (4)
Class Number: 2641
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
May 12 – Aug 9, 2021: Tue, Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Exam Times + Location:
Aug 17, 2021
Tue, 12:00–3:00 p.m.
Prerequisites:MBB 231, and BISC 202, with a minimum grade of C.
The study of DNA and RNA in relation to gene structure and expression: DNA replication and the regulation of gene expression in bacteria and higher organisms. Introduction to recombinant DNA and cloning theory; natural vector structures and recombinant vector construction.
Molecular biology is a revolution that has transformed the life sciences over the last half century and continues to advance rapidly, bringing with it profound implications for the future of biology, medicine, and agriculture. Our look at molecular biology will extend from the early history and basic principles through to recent developments and future directions. In our consideration of the current status of molecular biology, the emphasis will be placed on examining recent papers in primary scientific journals. Textbooks can only supply information that is current up to several years ago, and we must consider the primary literature to learn about recent advances. Studying the primary literature is also the best way to understand how research in molecular biology is carried out and how the science moves forward. The tutorial project is designed to familiarize you with reading and evaluating a research paper. You will choose a recent paper from any area of modern molecular biology and do a short oral presentation together with a one page summary of the paper. Oral presentations will be followed by a short question and discussion period.
- Introduction: Overview of molecular biology and its history
- Structure and function of nucleic acids
- Recombinant DNA methods
- Replication, recombination and repair
- Prokaryotic gene organization, expression and regulation
- Bacterial viruses
- Eukaryotic gene organization, expression and regulation
- Special topics - to be arranged, but may include functional and personal genomics
- 4 midterms (15% each) 60%
- Online weekly quizzes 10%
- Tutorial problems 5%
- Presentations in tutorials 25%
- Lecture: asynchronous (pre-recorded, available online)
- Tutorial: synchronous (students are expected to attend scheduled tutorials remotely)
- Exams: synchronous (during scheduled class time)
- Final Exam: synchronous (held during scheduled class time)
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
- Access to high-speed internet
- Computer, webcam encouraged for tutorials
Molecular Biology: Principles and Practice, 2nd edition, by Michael M. Cox, Jennifer A. Doudna, Michael O'Donnell, W.H. Freeman & Company, 2015. eText also available.
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TEACHING AT SFU IN SUMMER 2021
Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-3112).