Biology | Molecular Biology
L211 | 6090 | Kumar, J


Molecular Biology (L211)
Instructor: Justin P. Kumar
Spring 2011


This course is divided into two sections. During the first ten weeks
of the course students will be introduced to the cellular concepts
and molecular mechanisms that underlie basic cellular processes such
as DNA replication, transcription, translation and the regulation of
gene expression. Students will also be introduced to the experiments
that underlie major scientific findings as well as the methods that
were used to conduct these key and groundbreaking discoveries. In
the last five weeks of the course students will be guided through a
series of scientific articles that describe how scientists study the
above-mentioned processes today. Throughout the course, students
will be introduced to a number of experimental model systems that
range from bacteria, viruses and plants, to the invertebrates such
as the fruit fly and nematode to mammals such the mouse. And where
applicable, examples of how human development and health are
affected by defects in molecular mechanisms will be highlighted. In
addition, students will be exposed to a series of popular science
articles that shed light on how molecular biology impacts the world
around them including their own health and well-being.

Students are expected to attend all instructor lead lectures and are
encouraged to attend instructor, AI and UTA led office hour
discussions. Grades in the course will be determined by performance
on five (in-class) examinations. The textbook for the course
is "Molecular Biology of the Gene" Watson et al. 6th ed. A syllabus
that outlines the topics for the course, reading assignments,
grading policies, examination dates and times as well academic
integrity policies will be handed out on the first day of class. A
link to the course website where study guides, previous exams,
lecture notes, PDFs of reading assignments and a list of frequently
asked questions (FAQs) can be found will also be provided.