Biol 2020: Lecture schedule and reading...

Fall 2017 (Draft 8 Aug 2017. Subject to change!)

Lectures are Tues/Thurs from 10:45 - 12:05 PM in ASB 220. A 5' break will be given midway through most class periods.

The following schedule of lectures and assigned reading is tentative. Major changes/additions will be announced in class and/or posted on the course website. If you rely on the printed lecture notes during class, plan ahead (bring notes for the current and next scheduled lecture). For a printable PDF of the syllabus and lecture schedule, click here...

Links to PDFs (<PDF>) & printable Powerpoint files (with white background and no animations, <PPT>) of each lecture can be found below (opening PDF files requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).  A viewer for Powerpoint files is available here...

Note: on some computers/browsers, the PPT files will NOT open directly in the browser. To get around the error message, instead of opening the file, try saving it to your desktop or hard drive, then open it in PPT.

Disclaimers: Course notes, handouts, and/or other supplementary materials are provided as a courtesy to the students, and are not meant to substitute for attending lectures or taking notes!

Powerpoint files are provided for your convenience, I do not provide technical support for Powerpoint...


Lecture 1 (22 Aug): Course organization. What are cells? The “Cell theory” of life. The diversity of cell form and function. ECB4 Ch 1:1-36.

<PDF 4 MB>   <PPT 15 MB>

Lecture 2 (24 Aug): How we see cells: microscopes. Cell evolution. ECB4 Ch 7:253-257.

Notes and PPTs continued from lecture 1.


Lecture 3 (29 Aug): The chemistry of cells. ECB4 Ch 2:39-69; incl panels 2-1 (pp66-67) & 2-2.

<PDF 0.5 MB>   <PPT 1.2 MB>

Lecture 4 (31 Aug): Amino acids and proteins. ECB4 Ch 2:55-56, 60-61, and panel 2-5 (pp74-75). Ch 4:121-168, incl panels 4-3 thru 4-6.

<PDF 1.4 MB>   <PPT 6 MB>


**********      Monday 4 Sept is labor day! No scheduled classes.    **********

Lecture 5 (5 Sept): Lipids and biological membranes: structure and function; Membrane proteins and transport. ECB4 Ch 2:53-55, incl panel 2-4 (pp70-71); Ch 11:359-381; and Ch 12:383-403.

<PDF 1.5 MB>    <PPT 7.7 MB>

Lecture 6 (7 Sept): Intro to carbs, thermodynamics, and metabolism; glycolysis. Review ECB4 Chs 2:52-53, incl panel 2-3 (pp70-71); 3:83-116; Ch 13:419-429, and 4:144-154 (not panel 4-2).

<PDF 1.5 MB>    <PPT 5.5 MB>


Lecture 7 (12 Sept): Carbos and energy (continued): glycolysis and the TCA cycle. ECB4 Ch 13:419-444, incl panels 13-1 and 13-2 (pp434-435).

Notes continued from lecture 6.

Lecture 8 (14 Sept): Metabolism (continued from L6-7); Mitochondria and oxidative phosphorylation. ECB4 Ch 14:447-469.

<PDF 1.2 MB>   <PPT 6 MB>


Lecture 9 (19 Sept): Chloroplasts and photosynthesis. ECB4 Ch 14:469-483. 

PDF and inverted PPTs continued from Lecture 8.

A review for Exam #1 will be held 19 Sept from 3:30-5:00 PM in 220 ASB.

Exam #1: 21 Sept (Locations TBA)

I try to write exams that can be completed within the alloted class time. However, students are occasionally provided with additional time. Please plan your schedule accordingly.


Lecture 10 (26 Sept): The “Central Dogma of Molecular Biology:” from DNA to RNA to protein; DNA structure and chromosomes. ECB4 Ch 2:56-58 and panel 2-6 (pp76-77); and Ch 5:171-195.

<PDF 1.5 MB>   <PPT 8 MB>

Lecture 11 (28 Sept): DNA replication and repair. Review Ch 5:171-195; and Ch 6:197-220.

Notes and PPT files continued from lecture 10.


Lecture 12 (3 Oct): From DNA to RNA: RNA structure and transcription. ECB4 Ch 7:224-238; review pp 253-257 and essential concepts in transcription in pp256-258.

<PDF 0.7 MB>  <PPT 3 MB>

Lecture 13 (5 Oct): Nucleic acid techniques & Recombinant DNA technology. ECB4 Ch 10:325-356.

<PDF 1 MB>    <PPT 6.5 MB >


**********      8-15 October: Fall Break!  No classes.    **********


Lecture 14 (17 Oct): The regulation of gene expression. ECB4 Ch 8:261-285.

<PDF 1.5 MB>   <PPT 2 MB>

Lecture 15 (19 Oct): The evolution of genes and genomes. Viruses and mobile genetic elements. ECB4 Ch 9:289-321.

<PDF 1.3 MB>   <PPT 2.6 MB>


Lecture 16 (24 Oct): From RNA to protein: translation, protein folding, and protein degradation... ECB4 Ch 7:238-253 and appropriate essential concepts in pp256-258. Review pp126-127 incl figs. 4-5 thru 4-10.

<PDF 1.5 MB>   <PPT 6 MB>

A review for Exam #2 will be held 24 Oct from 3:30-5:00 PM in 220 ASB.

Exam #2: 26 Oct (Locations TBA)

I try to write exams that can be completed within the alloted class time. However, students are occasionally provided with additional time. Please plan your schedule accordingly.

Lecture 17 (31 Oct): Targeting proteins to membranes and organelles. ECB4 Ch 15:488-498 and appropriate essential concepts in pp520-522.

<PDF 1.5 MB>   <PPT 4.5 MB>

Lecture 18 (2 Nov): The “Signal Hypothesis:” translation of secretory and membrane proteins. Vesicle trafficking: budding, targeting, and fusion. ECB4 Ch 15:498-515 and appropriate essential concepts in pp520-522.

<PDF 1.5 MB>   <PPT 5 MB>


Lecture 19 (7 Nov): Vesicle trafficking: budding, targeting, and fusion, continued.

PDF and notes PPT continued from L18.

Lecture 20 (9 Nov): Endocytosis and phagocytosis. Review ECB4 Ch 15:515-522. Introduction to the cytoskeleton. Intermediate filaments. ECB4 Ch 17:565-571 & appropriate esential concepts in pp599-600.

<PDF 1 MB>   <PPT 2.5 MB>


Lecture 21 (14 Nov): Actin and myosin in muscle and non-muscle cells. ECB4 Ch 17:583-599 & appropriate esential concepts in pp599-600.

<PDF MB 2.5 MB>   <PPT 10 MB>

A review for Exam #3 will be held 14 Nov from 3:30-5:00 PM in 220 ASB.

Exam #3: 16 Nov (Locations TBA)

I try to write exams that can be completed within the alloted class time. However, students are occasionally provided with additional time. Please plan your schedule accordingly.


Lecture 22 (21 Nov): Microtubules and flagellae. ECB4 Ch 17:571-584. Appropriate essential concepts in pp599-600.

<PDF 6.5 MB>   <PPT 13 MB>


**********      23-24 November: Thanksgiving Break!  No classes.    **********


Lecture 23 (28 Nov): The regulation of the cell cycle and cell division. ECB4 Ch 18:603-642.

<PDF 2.5 MB>   <PPT 9 MB>

Lecture 24 (30 Nov): Cell division (continued from Lecture 23).


Lecture 25 (5 Dec): From cells to tissues to organisms: Cell communication... ECB4 Ch 16:525-563.

<PDF <1 MB>   <PPT 1.5 MB>

Lecture 26 (7 Dec): Cell adhesion, ECM, cell junctions, Cell renewal in tissues and organisms: stem cells and differentiation; a word or two about colons and cancer. ECB4 Ch 20:683-725.

<PDF 2 MB>   <PPT 15 MB>


A review for the final exam will be held 8 Dec from 3:30-5:00 in ABS 220.

***** Final Exam *****
Monday 11 December
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

I try to write exams that can be completed within the alloted class time (120 minutes). However, students are occasionally provided with additional time. Please plan your schedule accordingly.



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