BIOL 2020: Principles of Cell Biology (Spring 2017 draft)

Lectures and discussions will explore the relationship between cell structure and function using examples from both prokaryotes and eukaryotes (plants, animals, and fungi). Expected learning outcomes...

Prerequisites: BIOL 1210 and CHEM 1210. Must be completed with a C- or better. Request permission codes from http://www.biology.utah.edu/undergraduate/requests/requests.php

Download a PDF of the syllabus and schedule for Spring 2016 (opening PDF files requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, available here).

Instructor:

Dr. David Gard
101 Bldg 44
801-581-7365

Office hours: I am available to meet with students most Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. I also conduct two discussion sections on Wednesday mornings (see schedule below).,

Open office policy: I am in my office most Mondays (~9:30AM to 3PM), Tuesdays/Thursdays (~8:30AM - 1PM; please remember that I will be prepping for lecture on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons!), Wednesdays (~8:30 - 9:30AM and ~1 - 3PM), and Fridays (~8:30AM - noon). If my office door is open, I am happy to meet with students... feel free to drop-in.

You can schedule an appointment by e-mailing me at gard@biology.utah.edu (preferred) or by calling 801-581-7365.

Teaching assistants:

Max Alfonso 801-793-3186 maxalfonso1 at gmail.com
Lincoln Gay 541-980-3787 lincolngay at gmail.com
Charity Goeckeritz 801-502-1253 charityzitting17 at gmail.com
Jessica Mella 801-885-5016 jessica.mella at utah.edu
Kenzi Yocus 801-589-1975 mckenzi.yocus at gmail.com

TAs will lead weekly discussion/problem solving sessions (see schedule and locations below) and conduct one-on-one/small group tutoring sessions in the Biology Learning Center (103 BIOL; see schedule below). For additional help, please contact your TA.

Class periods:

Biology 2020 is a 3 hour class. University Policies and Procedures defines one credit hour as: “...approximately three clock hours of the student's time a week for one semester” (Chapter VII section 2). Thus, a typical student should expect to spend approximately nine hours per week on this course, including in-class time and time spent outside of class completing the assigned reading and problem sets.

Lectures: Lectures are Tu/Th from 2:00 - 3:20 PM in ASB 220. A 3-5 min break will be provided midway thru most class periods. Attending lectures is one of the most important factors contributiong to success in this course!

Lecture Notes: PDF files containing key slides from the lecture presentations with space to take notes in class can be downloaded from the course website.

Problem solving/Discussion sections: TAs will conduct weekly “problem-solving sessions.” Attendance at these sessions is optional. However, I STRONGLY suggest you attend one or more sessons per week. In addition, one or more review sessions will be conducted before each exam.

Tutoring: One-on-one/small group tutoring sessions conducted by the TAs will be held weekly (at least one session/day, M-F) in 103 BIOL (see schedule below). Additional tutoring will be available from the Biology Learning Center (1st floor foyer of BIOL building;Info and schedules can be found here...).

Schedule of Discussion sections and TA tutoring
Time/Date Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
8:35-9:25 TA tutoring
BIOL 103
Jessica
Open office
see syllabus
TA tutoring
BIOL 103
Lincoln
Open office
see syllabus
9:40-10:30 TA tutoring
BIOL 103
Charity
Discussion
ST 216
Lincoln
Discussion
LS102
Gard
Discussion
WBB 207
Charity
10:45-11:35 Discussion
LS102
Jessica
TA tutoring
BIOL 103
Max
Discussion
LS102
Gard
Discussion
HEB 2010
Max
11:50-12:40 TA tutoring
103 BIOL
Kenzi
     
12:55-1:45 Open office
see syllabus
Discussion
JTB 320
Kenzi
Office hours
~1-3 PM Weds
101 Bldg 44
2:00-2:50 Lecture
ASB 220
2:00 - 3:20
Lecture
ASB 220
2:00 - 3:20
3:05-3:55 Review session
(Final exam only)
3:30-5:00 PM
ASB 220
1 May
Review sessions
(Exams 1-3 only)
3:30-5:00 PM
ASB 220
8 Feb, 8 Mar, 5 Apr
4:10-5:00    

Note: Discussion sections and TA tutoring begin Monday 16 January...

Download a PDF of the contact info and discussion/tutoring schedule for Spring 2017...

Text, assigned reading, problem sets, and other resources:

Required text and assigned reading: Reading from Alberts et al., Essential Cell Biology 4th edition (AKA ECB4) will be assigned for each lecture. Used copies of ECB4 may available at the University bookstore, and several copies are on general reserve at Marriot library.

I do NOT recommend using the 3rd addition of ECB!

Questions are included in the page margins and at the end of each chapter of ECB4. A subset of those probles are assigned for each lecture (listed at the beginning of each on-line problem set). Students are encouraged to work the problems assigned from the text.

Study questions: To help you focus your studying, collections of additional “study questions” are available for each lecture or series of lectures. These problems can be downloaded as PDFs from the course website. Many of these problems are taken from old exams, and students are encouraged to solve/answer them. Answers are provided on the course website.

Note: These study questions introduce new material or consolidate/synthesize concepts from lecture. You are responsible for all material/topics covered in these problem sets.

Past exams: Finally, exams (with solutions) from Fall 2016 Biol 2020 can be downloaded (as PDF files) from the course website (scroll down from the “problem sets”). These exams provide good examples of the sorts of questions that might appear on exams this spring. Students are encouraged to work the problems in the old exams in preparation for their exams.

Note: the order of presentation and scheduling of exams vary slightly from year to year, so material may be covered on different exams in different years.

On-line resources: Course materials and important announcements regarding classes and exams will be posted on the class website. Course materials are password protected, the username and password will be provided in class.

Electronics: Laptops and tablets may be used in class for following lecture powerpoints or note taking. Use of cell phones in class will not be tolerated. Please turn off all cell phones prior to entering the classroom. Non-programmable calculators may be used in exams when appropriate.

Exams:
There will be four in-class exams (three mid-terms and a final exam). All exams are closed book/notes. A non-programmable calculator can be used (no PDAs, tablets, cell phones, etc). All exams will be counted towards your final grade. Review sessions will be scheduled before each exam (see schedule).

Exams #1-3 are scheduled during class periods on Thurs 9 Feb, Thurs 9 Mar, and Thurs 6 Apr.Exams 1-3 will each be worth 100 points. Exams 1-3 are comprehensive only in that material presented later in the semester builds on material presented earlier.

Exam #4 (the "FINAL") is scheduled for Tues 2 May from 1-3 PM (note the time!) in ASB 220. Exam 4 is worth 125 points, and will include up to 25 points of material drawing together concepts presented throughout the semester.

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

Rescheduled, make-up, or missed exams: Requests to reschedule or make up an exam will only be granted for medical, legal, or religious reasons (requiring a written note from a medical doctor, officer of the law/court, or clergy), or for official University business (as per chapter VII section 15 of the University's policies and procedures). Please notify Dr. Gard BEFORE the exam that will be missed. Rescheduled/make-up exams must be completed within one week of the original exam date. Rescheduled exams may be given orally, at my discretion.

If you know you will miss an exam for any OTHER reason, I recommend taking BIOL 2020 another semester.

Rescoring exams: If a student believes their score to be in error, they may submit their exam for rescoring, subject to the following conditions:

Exams written in pencil are not eligible for rescoring. If you expect to sumit your exam for rescoring, write your answers in PEN!

All re-scores MUST be requested in writing prior to the date announced in class (typically one week after exams are returned).

Do NOT write ANYTHING on your exam! Include a brief explanation ON A SEPARATE PIECE OF PAPER explaining why you believe your score is in error.

I will re-score your entire exam. Re-scoring is FINAL.

Quizzes:
In addition to the exams, at least seven "pop" quizzes will be administered in lectures throughout the semester. Each quiz will consist of a single question with a short answer (True/False, multiple choice, or 1-2 word answers). Each quiz will be worth 2 points for a correct answer, 1 pt for an incorrect answer, 0 pts for no answer/no quiz. Students should bring a 3" x 5" file card to every EVERY lecture for taking quizzes.

The dates and times of quizzes will NOT be announced in advance, and there will be NO MAKEUPS for missed quizzes. A maximum of 10 quiz points will be counted towards the final grade.

Grading:
The scores of all four in-class exams (425 pts max) and quiz points (max 10) will be added to yield a "point total" for each student (max = 435 points). Final grades will be assigned according to a "curve" generated from the point totals of all students with four exam scores*. The break point between a C+ and B- will set at or near the median (half above/half below) of the classes point totals. I expect ~18-20% of the students will receive As (A and A-), ~30% Bs (B+, B, and B-), ~30% Cs (C+, C, and C-), and ~10% Ds (again, NOT including students with fewer than four exams). I do not assign grades of D+ and D-.

* Students with fewer than four exam scores will not be used in generation of the curve, but their grades will be determined by the curve.

Other policies:

Content accommodations: The content of this course fulfills legitimate pedagogical goals. I do NOT grant content accommodations. Students are responsible for all material presented in the lectures, problem sets, and required reading. Attendance accommodations are made according to University policies and procedures (chapter VII section 15; see above): "Students absent from class to participate in officially sanctioned University activities (e.g., band, debate, student government, intercollegiate athletics) or religious obligations, or with instructor's approval, shall be permitted to make up both assignments and examinations..." See my policies regarding rescheduling exams (above).

Drops and Withdraws: The drop policy of this class is consistent with that of the University: the last day to drop (delete) classes is Friday 22 January. Classes dropped before this date will not appear on transcripts. The last day to withdraw from classes is Friday 3 March. A "W" will appear on transcripts. Instructor approval is not required for withdrawal. After 23 October, withdrawal requires approval of the Dean of your majors college, which is only granted for compelling non-academic reasons.

Incompletes: University policy allows assignment of a grade of incomplete (I) if 20% or less of the course work remains unfinished. I will consider assigning an "incomplete (I)" only under EXCEPTIONAL circumstances unrelated to academic performance, and only if a student is passing the course with a C- or better when the "Incomplete" is requested.

Cr/NC option: Registering under the Cr/NC option does not require instructor approval. However, University policies may require specific levels of achievement for this grade to be administratively assigned.

Audits: I will not approve requests to audit (V) this course.

A.D.A. : The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services, and activities for people with disabilities. If you will need accommodations in this class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to the instructor and to the Center for Disability Services, 162 Olpin Union Building, 581-5020 (V/TDD) to make arrangements for these accommodations. All written information in this course can be made available in alternative format with prior notification.

Wellness: Personal concerns such as stress, anxiety, relationship difficulties, depression, cross-cultural differences, etc., can interfere with a student's ability to succeed and thrive at the University of Utah. For helpful resources contact the Center for Student Wellness at www.wellness.utah.edu or call 801-581-7776.