BIOLOGY 174 - Introductory Molecular Biology for Engineers
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Biology (BIOLOGY)
Department: LSA Biology
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted for students who have completed or are enrolled in BIOLOGY 162, 163, 172, or 195. Credit is granted for a combined total of 17 credits elected in introductory biology.
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Prior or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 130.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This is a one-term introductory course intended for students majoring in Engineering, or any students interested in a more in-depth exposure to introductory biology. The course covers topics in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology. The goal is to develop thinking skills in biological sciences with an emphasis on conceptual understanding of the material.

Minimal lectures will be designed to briefly cover difficult topics with the assumption that students have read the appropriate material in the course pack prior to class. Students will work in groups to solve problems designed to instill a practical understanding of the material. Participation in these small groups is mandatory as is active participation in the subsequent discussions.

Intended Audience: The intended audience includes students in the College of Engineering, particularly in Biomedical, Chemical and Materials Science. This course will also be of interest to LS&A students who prefer a problem-solving approach to understand biology as opposed to lectures and taking notes. Knowledge of engineering is not needed for any aspect of this course.

Course Requirements: Using a course pack consisting of a syllabus and lecture notes, students are expected to complete the assigned reading prior to each class. A reading quiz administered at the start of each session will constitute approximately 40% of the course grade. Another 50% of the course grade will be based on a second quiz that focuses on the in-class problems. These quizzes, which will be cumulative in their coverage of material, ensure that students keep up in the course and also provide feedback for both students and instructor regarding comprehension of the material. There will be no midterms. A final quiz will constitute approximately 10% of the course grade.

Class Format: Four hours of class time each week. GSIs, who will act as peer instructors due to the active-learning nature of BIOLOGY 174, will be responsible for grading the quizzes, which are a critical component of the course.

BIOLOGY 174 - Introductory Molecular Biology for Engineers
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM
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