This course offers you the opportunity to work independently in a laboratory setting. Students who enjoy and succeed in this course have an interest in genetics and molecular biology, enjoy active learning, and welcome challenge. Practical instruction focuses on themes within research and medical applications in molecular biology, but the skills acquired are generally translatable to all areas of scientific inquiry.
Performance is evaluated on the basis of individual response to challenge and on creativity in approach to practical problems. These efforts exercise reasoning ability and require the use of knowledge gained from lectures, reading, and course experience. Participation will increase awareness of the questions currently being addressed in genetics research and of the strategies being used to answer them.
By the end of this course, you will:
• be able to accurately depict the detailed chemical structure of a DNA molecule, the process of DNA replication, and the process of protein synthesis.
• complete a series of assigned laboratory experiments and interpret the results of those experiments fully and correctly.
• demonstrate comprehension of course content through written assignments, quizzes, written interpretation of laboratory results, and participation in classroom discussions.
• identify a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of interest, adapted a protocol to analyze the SNP, and purified, amplified, and analyzed the sequence of the chosen locus.
• identify and research a topic of interest and complete the steps necessary to formulate an experimentally testable hypothesis.
• select a figure/ data set from a recent publication in the field of molecular biology. Interpret the data and explain how they were generated. These findings can be shared through an oral presentation, a recorded presentation, or in writing.
Successful completion of the course will prepare you to pursue more in-depth study of the topics covered and to build on a solid foundation of laboratory competence.
On-Campus Supplemental Fee: $150
Basic knowledge of DNA structure and the cellular processes of replication, transcription, and translation is required. An optional, online tutorial addressing these topics will be available to enrolled students a week prior to the start of class.
Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.