BICD 100: Genetics

Biology Academy 2016

Welcome to BICD 100 Genetics!

Syllabus: Please see more information on TritonEd course website 


Instructor: Stanley Lo

Catalog course description

An introduction to the principles of heredity emphasizing diploid organisms. Topics include Mendelian inheritance and deviations from classical Mendelian ratios, pedigree analysis, gene interactions, gene mutation, linkage and gene mapping, reverse genetics, population genetics, and quantitative genetics.

Textbook and other course materials

Essential Genetics by Klug, Cummings, Spencer, and Palladino. Pearson 9th edition.  

Textbooks and other course materials (clickers and notebooks) will be provided to the students free of charge on the opening day.

Learning goals

This course aims to develop concepts of genetics to understand how information is stored, utilized, and inherited in life. Fundamental concepts include chromosome segregation and recombination, regulation of gene expression, random mutation, and natural selection. We will learn these concepts by examining their roles in biological systems and will apply our understanding to explore a wide range of biological and relevant real-life phenomena including human health, biodiversity, archaeology, and agriculture.

Collaborate with fellow students and the teaching team to learn concepts in genetics 

Learn to draw conclusions and construct scientific arguments based on evidence and reasoning

Develop skills in reading, understanding, and analyzing primary research articles

Learning in this course

BICD 100 is designed to be a collaborative environment for everyone to learn together and construct a shared understanding of the material. Active participation and contribution in classes, discussion sections, and study sessions are essential because many ideas that will be developed in these activities cannot be easily captured otherwise. Being able to communicate understanding, articulate confusion, and defend scientific arguments based on evidence and reasoning is both useful for learning (1) and critical to success in any discipline. To encourage collaboration and community building, class activities will be done in groups, and grades will not be assigned on a curve.

Instead of memorization, we will focus on developing an understanding of fundamental concepts as they apply to different examples. Exams will include questions that are based on solving problems in new contexts. We will spend class time to construct and apply our knowledge, troubleshoot challenging topics, practice problem solving, and develop skills in critical thinking.

(1) Smith et al (2009) Science 323: 122-124.

Academic integrity

Integrity of scholarship is essential for an academic community. The University expects that both students and faculty will honor this principle and in so doing protect the validity of University intellectual work. For students, this means that all academic work will be done by the individual(s) to whom it is assigned, without unauthorized aid of any kind.

In our course, we need to establish a set of shared values. Following are values adopted from the International Center for Academic Integrity, which are open to discussion and possible alteration. Each team should adopt these values and must articulate the expectations for how they are made manifest within the team’s work together.

Honesty: We will honestly demonstrate our knowledge and abilities according to standards and expectations. We will also communicate openly and without deception, including citing appropriate sources.

ResponsibilityWe will complete our work on time and participate fully (both mentally and physically) in class and in the laboratory. We will also contribute to work done in teams.

RespectWe will speak openly with one another while respecting diverse viewpoints and perspectives. We will also provide sufficient space for others to voice their ideas.

FairnessWe will contribute equally to laboratory work, papers, project, and team learning, so that we are not “freeloading” off of others on our teams. We will also not seek unfair advantages over others.

TrustworthinessWe will not engage in personal affairs while on class time, and we will be open and transparent about what we are doing in class. We will also not distribute course materials to others

Accessibility and inclusion | 858-534-4382

Any student with a disability is welcome to contact us early in the quarter to work out reasonable accommodations to support their success in this course. Students requesting accommodations for this course due to a disability must provide a current Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) letter issued by the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD). Students are required to present their AFA letters to faculty and to the OSD Liaison in the Division of Biological Sciences in advance so that accommodations may be arranged.