BI 360 Cell Biology
SP 2013 HO
Hoffman, Brian L.
Professor of Biology/Mathematics
Ph.d., St. Louis University, 1996B.A., Park College, 1986
.MW 9-11; TR 10-11:30; F 9-11:30; W 1:30-3:00
January 14, 2013 - May 10, 2013
12:00 - 1:15 PM
BI 231, CH 317 and CH 317L.
Textbook: Molecular Cell Biology - 7th ed - 2011 - Lodish, Berk, Kaiser, Krieger, Bretscher, Ploegh, Amon and Scott. WH Freeman.
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Create a review paper in the style of Annual Reviews in Cell and Developmental Biology covering one biochemical or intercellular signaling pathway in a cell or cells. This paper should be at least 10 pages in length (using the attached Instructions to Authors) excluding figures and references. Information covered should include:
1. Step-by-step illustration of the biochemical or intercellular signaling pathway (CLO 2).
2. Discussion of the general flows of the pathway (flow of information, flow of mass, flow of energy) and the logic underlying the pathway (why does this arrangement work well?) (CLO 4).
3. Indication of key regulatory steps in the pathway and explanation of why this is a logical regulatory step (CLO 1, 2, 4).
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: The teaching techniques utilized in this course include: traditional lectures by the instructor, small group discussions, and laboratory application of material learned in lecture. Student preparedness for lecture will be measured through the periodic administration of "pop" quizzes. The student's overall command of cell biology will be measured with three regular examinations over lecture material. The examinations may be composed of short answer, matching and short essay problems.
Grading: The following weights will be applied to course assignments:
The grading scale for this class is:
100-90 = A (4.0 honor points)
89+-80 = B (3.0 honor points)
79+-70 = C (2.0 honor points)
69+-60 = D (1.0 honor point)
Below 60 = F (no honor points)
Late Submission of Course Materials: Homework is due at the start of the assigned class period. Homework turned in after roll is taken is late. Late homework will be reduced in credit by 25% for each day or part of day that the work is late. Students missing class due to participation in athletic or other school-sponsored events must turn in all homework PRIOR to their absence. Exceptions: students who miss class due to an extended illness requiring hospitalization will be allowed to make up missed homework assignments. Other cases may be considered at the discretion of the instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: A. Cellular Phones, Beepers, Other Communications Devices
While in class, the class should be your primary focus. Disruption of class due to communications devices has become so prevalent that they are a major distraction in class (to you, to the instructor and to other students). For this reason such devices must not be brought to class or must be inactivated during class (lecture and laboratory). Students using personal devices for uses other than coursework (texting, social media, other courses) will lose the privilege of using such devices. Phones and other personal media/communications devices must be stowed and inactivated during exams. Violation of this policy will result in expulsion of the student from the examination and a score of zero, which may not be made up.
B. Student Alcohol or Drug Use
Because the classroom is a professional environment students who are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be removed from class. This also meets our legal obligation to provide a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. Such instances will be reported to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs. Students will not be admitted back into class unless such arrangements are made through the V.P. for Academic Affairs.
C. Student Work, Appointments...Etc.
The student who has signed up for the course has made an obligation to participate in those activities scheduled during regular class times. The student must not make other obligations during this time, or that student alone will be responsible for the consequences. The consequences may include reduced or no credit for that portion of the class and inability to make-up the missed work.
The enrollment status of the student in this course is solely the responsibility of the student. If you wish to change your status in this course, be sure that you file the appropriate paperwork with the registrar before the appropriate deadlines. If you wish to drop, do not just stop coming to class!!! Two weeks of consecutive absences will result in your removal from the class. If you do not file withdrawal papers with the Registrar, you will receive an F in this course.
E. Extra Credit
It is your responsibility to get work done on time in an acceptable form. For this reason, no extra credit will be extended during the course of the semester.
F. Technology Issues
Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes. Papers will be submitted to the drop box in the eCompanion website for this course.
G. Make-Up Examinations
The student will be given the opportunity to make-up one examination during the course of the semester, provided that an adequate excuse is provided to the instructor within 24 hours of the missed examination. The instructor will be the final judge of what constitutes an adequate excuse. The makeup examination will be administered on Friday of finals week at 8:00 AM and will be a cumulative final.
If you miss one exam, it will be scored as a zero and included in your examination average. Missing two examinations will result in a grade of "F" for the course. Students that fail to sit for the final examination will receive a grade of "F" for the course. Three lecture examinations are scheduled for this semester. Your examination average will be calculated from all three test scores. If you feel that one test score is not representative of your effort, you may opt to take the make-up examination. Failure to sit for the final examination will result in a grade of "F" for the course.
Exceptions: Athletes involved in sports contests or students participating in other school-sponsored events will be allowed to take the examination prior to the scheduled date. The instructor must be given prior notice of such an event.
H. Homework, Studying for other Courses
Your focus while in this class is this class. Performance of tasks for other courses during this one will not be tolerated. Reading notes for other classes, doing homework for other classes is included. Violation of this policy will result in expulsion of the student from the class for that lecture and an absence will for that lecture will be noted.
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98Attendance at all class meetings is mandatory. Part of the education of college is preparation for professional conduct. Attendance at work or graduate or professional school is mandatory for remaining employed or in school. Get in the habit of being here all of the time now. Education is also a cooperative effort. You are as responsible for furthering the education of your fellow classmates and the instructor as the instructor is for yours.
It is recognized that personal emergencies will arise during the course of the semester. Three absences (for any reason: illness, personal appointments, doctors appointments car problems...etc.) are allowed without penalty. After 3 absences, 5% will be deducted from the students grade for each subsequent absence. Eight absences is considered excessive, and the student missing eight classes will fail the course. Students who miss class will be responsible for the assignments made and material covered in that class period. Students who enter class after roll is taken will be counted tardy. Two tardies count as an absence. Students who are 15 minutes late (by my watch) will be counted absent.
Exceptions: Athletes who miss class for an athletic contest or students who miss class due to other school sponsored events will not be penalized IF AND ONLY IF THE INSTRUCTOR IS GIVEN TWO LECTURE MEETINGS PRIOR NOTICE AND WORK IS TURNED IN AND EXAMS TAKEN BEFORE THE CLASS IS MISSED!!!!!!!!!! If you have an illness that requires extended hospitalization, have someone contact me!
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
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