Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology (BIOL121) - Dr. S.G. Saupe (ssaupe@csbsju.edu); Biology Department, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, Collegeville, MN 56321

Tentative Syllabus & Course Materials- Fall 2009

Class

Date

Topic

Campbell

Lab

1

Aug 26

Introduction - Welcome & course overview; Introduction to the science of biology

1

Lab 1

Forensic study

2

Aug 28

UNIT 1: The Chemistry of Life.   Atoms, bonding & life (Atoms & molecules - online notes; General Chemistry Study Guide)

2

3

Sept 1

Water & pH  (Water & pH - online notes; Acid/base worksheet; Water Study Guide; Movie clips in Moodle)

3

4

Sept 3

Carbon chemistry (Biological polymers - online notes; Chemical Structures Worksheet - pdf)

4

Lab 2

Freshwater Organisms

5

Sept 8

Biological molecules - Life is polymeric (Biological Chemistry Study Guide; DNA Structure Concept Map (pdf); Carbohydrate Study Guide; Lipid & Membrane Study Guide

5

6

Sept 10

7

Sept 14

Lab 3

Isolation of mDNA

8

Sept 16

UNIT 2: Cells. The building blocks of life.  Cell structure & function (Cells - lecture Outline; Concept Map & answers; Bonus Assignment; Cell Study Guide)

6

9

Sept 18

10

Sept 22

EXAM 1

Lab 4

Tetrahymena starvation

11

Sept 24

Membranes and transport (Membranes - online notes; Spuds McSaupe Studies Membranes; Gink & Go Make Mayonnaise; Lipid & Membrane Study Guide; Diffusion & osmosis - online notes; Membrane Study Questions; Diffusion Study Guide)

7

12

Sept 28

13

Sept 30

UNIT 3:  Energetics and enzymes (Biological Energetics - online notes; Gink & Go are Mad as Hatters; Spuds McSaupe Plays with Peroxide; Enzyme Concept Map (pdf); Enzymes - online notes; Enzyme Study Guide)

8

Lab 5

Osmosis and diffusion

14

Oct 2

15

Oct 6

Respiration (Respiration - online notes; Gink & Go Play with Crayons; Diagram of glucose catabolism; More fun with crayons)

9

16

Oct 12

Lab 6

Enzyme activity

17

Oct 14

Photosynthesis (Photosynthesis - online notes; Photosynthesis classics; Concept Map & terms)

10

18

Oct 16

19

Oct 20

More Metabolism

Lab 7

Spectroscopy

 

20

Oct 22

EXAM 2

11

21

Oct 26

UNIT 4:  CELL DIVISION.  Cell cycle and mitosis (Mitosis and the cell cycle - online notes; Concept Map-pdf; Mitosis cell division pix & Questions; Study Guide)

12

22

Oct 28

Lab 8

Photosystem II

23

Oct 30

Meiosis (Cell division - meiosis - online notes; Meiosis cell division pix & Questions; Special Topic: Karyotypes)

13

24

Nov 3

UNIT 5:  GENETICS.   Mendelian genetics (Mendelian genetics - online notes; Single Gene Traits in Humans )

14

25

Nov 5

Lab 9

Mitosis, meiosis, PCR

26

Nov 9

Chromosomal basis of inheritance (Genetics Problems; Genetics Case Studies; Genetics Study Guide; Special Topic:  Time to be Corny)

15

27

Nov 11

28

Nov 13

EXAM 3

Lab 10

Electro-phoresis

29

Nov 17

DNA structure and replication (DNA - the molecule of inheritance -online notes; Study Guide for Molecular Genetics; DNA Structure Concept Map)

16

30

Nov 19

31

Nov 23

Transcription and translation (DNA replication - online notes; Transcription - online notes; Gink & Go in the Kitchen; Translation - online notes)

17

Lab 11

DNA sequencing

32

Nov 30

33

Dec 2

Regulation of gene expression (Primer on molecular mutations - online notes; Special Topic:  Molecular Biology of Blood Disorders & Human Sex Hormones

18

34

Dec 4

Lab 12

Sequence analysis

35

Dec 8

Viruses

19

36

Dec 10

Dec 14 (M) Study Day
TBA

Final exam (#4)

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