BIOB10H3 Y / BIOB11 H3S Summer 2015

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 BIOB10H3 Y / BIOB11 H3S
Molecular Aspects of Cellular and Genetic Processes
Summer 2015
Daman Bawa
[email protected]
Teaching Assistants: Ayesha Rashid
Course Coordinator: Jennifer Campbell
Office Hours:
Tuesdays 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM or by appointment
Please be prepared and consult lecture materials and online sources prior to
coming to the office. Appointments outside these hours can be arranged by email for personal matters or emergencies. If office hours need to be changed over
the course of the semester, it will be posted on Blackboard.
Thursdays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Dates will be posted on Blackboard.
Room: AC223
Pre-requisites BIOB10H3
BIOB10Y, BIO240H, (BIO250Y)
The best way to reach me outside the office hours is by e-mail. Please use your UTSC or
UTORONTO e-mail account and include your course code in the subject.
Course Textbook: Cell and Molecular Biology: Concepts and Experiments – Gerald Karp; 7th
Edition, Wiley Publishers. If you have an older edition, it can be used, however, you are
responsible for matching the figures and material presented in lectures to your particular
There are other textbooks that are available in the library course reserve and can be used as a reference only.
You may find reading subjects by different authors will help clarify difficult concepts. The publishers also
have on-line resources for their texts that you may find useful.
Online Course Resources: The following information / resources will be available on the
Blackboard through your UTORid login:
The course syllabus that includes course description, schedule and other details.
Contact information for the instructor, TAs and the course coordinator
Important announcements regarding all aspects of the course will be posted under the
‘Announcement’ section of the course and it is students’ responsibility to check them regularly.
Lecture material any supplemental material related to the lectures
Email Policies: The email policies for the course are as follows:
Please only use your UTSC/UToronto email address for correspondence. Emails received
from other sources will not be answered.
Include your course code in the email subject line
Your name and student number must be included in the email
TAs should not be contacted regarding course and lecture material unless specified otherwise in
the lectures.
You should contact the course coordinator regarding:
 Course prerequisites or exclusions
 Exam conflicts
 Missing / missed exams
 Viewing graded exams outside the dedicated hours
 Marks verification for the exams
Please do not contact the course coordinator for lecture related materials.
I will try to reply to the emails as soon as I can (except weekends); however if the question
cannot be answered via email, I will ask the student to attend my office hours.
Lectures: Each lecture will be divided into two parts with each two hour part being covered
from 10 AM – 12 PM and from 2 PM – 4 PM. There is a lot of material covered in this course,
therefore, it is imperative that you review and keep up with the course material in order to do well.
Reviewing the chapter summaries and answering the questions will greatly help you understand the
material as well. Video recording of the lectures is not permitted.
Evaluations & Dates:
Midterm exam
( 2 hours)
Based on Lectures 1-6
Final exam
Cumulative, with emphasis on second
half of the course (Lectures 7-12).
(3 hours)
All course material will be tested
(lectures 1-12)
% of Final
Saturday July 18, 2015
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
* Note: The final exam may be held on a Friday night or Saturday. If there are any changes to the
midterm date or time due to any unforeseen circumstances, the information will be posted on
Blackboard as soon as possible.
Marks for each test and exam will be posted on the blackboard and can be accessed via the course web
page. It is each student’s responsibility to check her/his grade and to resolve any problems within 1 week
of posting.
Midterms: The exams will be a combination of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks and short answers.
Students who cannot write a midterm due to schedule conflicts or appointments may arrange to write
the test beforehand with valid proof of conflict or medical needs. Students who miss the midterm must
provide valid documentation (for example, UTSC medical certificate) and inform me by e-mail before the
exam or within 48 hours of the exam. For medical reasons, students must use the U of T
Scarborough medical form that is filled in by a medical doctor only. Students will only be allowed
to write the make up midterm upon receipt of valid documentation.
Final Exam: The final exam will be multiple choice only and will be held during the final exam period.
Students who miss the final exam must petition the Registrar for permission to write a makeup exam.
This is not determined by the instructor. The Registrar will schedule a makeup exam that will be held at
a later date.
Accessibility: If you have a disability/health consideration that may require accommodations, please
feel free to contact me and/or the AccessAbility Services Office. All the enquiries will be kept confidential
and we will work together to make sure that you can achieve your learning goals in this course. The UTSC
AccessAbility Services staff (located in S302) are available by appointment to assess specific needs, provide
referrals and arrange appropriate accommodations (416) 287-7560 or [email protected]
university, and to ensuring that a degree from the University of Toronto is a strong signal of each student’s
individual academic achievement. As a result, the University treats cases of cheating and plagiarism very
seriously. The University of Toronto’s Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters:
( outlines the behaviours that
constitute academic dishonesty and the processes for addressing academic offences.
Academic Integrity: Academic integrity is essential to the pursuit of learning and scholarship in a
Potential offences include, but are not limited to: On tests and exams: Using or possessing unauthorized
aids. Looking at someone else’s answers during an exam or test. Misrepresenting your identity. In
academic work: Falsifying institutional documents or grades. Falsifying or altering any documentation
required by the University, including (but not limited to) doctor’s notes. All suspected cases of academic
dishonesty will be investigated following procedures outlined in the Code of Behaviour on Academic
Matters. There are other offences covered under the Code, but these are the most common. Please respect
these rules and the values that they protect.
Lecture Schedule
The following material will be discussed in the lectures and is listed as topic numbers. Some topics will be
covered over more than one or two lectures. The relevant chapter numbers from the textbook are included
but may change depending on the material covered. Due to the nature of the course, the concepts from
different topics will overlap and may contain information from chapters not indicated below.
Topic 1
The genome: chromosomes, genes, DNA, stability, heredity, transposable
elements (Chapter 10)
Topic 2
Transcription (RNA synthesis) prokaryotic versus Eukaryotic; RNA
polymerases; rRNA processing (Chapter 11)
Topic 3
RNA processing in eukaryotes; capping, polyA, introns (RNA splicing),
ribozymes (Chapter 11)
Topic 4
Translation (protein synthesis); Gene expression: post-translational
modification; Prokaryotic versus Eukaryotic (Chapter 11)
Topic 5
Control of Gene expression: Prokaryotic (inducible/repressible) and
eukaryotic (transcription factors), role of the nucleus (Chapter 12)
Topic 6
DNA replication and DNA repair (Chapter 13)
Topic 7
Cell cycle: role of cyclins, role of microtubules (Chapter14)
Topic 8
Cancer; tumor suppressors, proto-oncogenes (Chapter 16)
Topic 9
Signal transduction: kinases, G-proteins, surface receptors (Chapter 15)
In addition, during the course of the lectures we will cover a number of techniques discussed in chapter
** If I talk about it in class its testable material **

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