BMS 715 Syllabus
BMS 715 Molecular Biology
Spring 2017 Semester
Time: 9 AM to 10 AM
Location: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - 4007 HSC
Instructors: Dr. Brad Hillgartner, Dr. Peter Stoilov, Dr. Peter Mathers, Dr. David Smith
- This is a 3 credit course that consists of 31 lectures and 4 journal club sessions.
- Students will be assigned to read journal articles to enhance interest in and understanding of the lecture material. In the journal club sessions, a faculty member will lead a discussion of the journal article. All students are expected to participate in the discussion. Prior to class, students will turn in a written critique of the article. The format of these critiques is described under the journal club information section of this Sole site. These critiques will be graded 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score. PDFs for the journal articles will be posted on this Sole site (http://sole.hsc.wvu.edu/). Students will be given accounts to access this system. Other course information is also posted on the Sole site.
- The textbook for the course is Genes XI by Ben Lewin. Readings will be assigned from this text.
- Examinations: There are 4 examinations of 2 hour duration. Examinations will be given during the afternoon of the indicated dates. There will be no class on these dates.
- Grading: The four examinations will constitute 90% of the final grade. The number of points per exam will vary depending on the number of classes in each examination period. The number of points per exam is listed below:
Exam 1 – 20 points
Exam 2 – 34 points
Exam 3 – 26 points
Exam 4 – 20 points
The journal club critiques will constitute 10% of the final grade.
A grade of A will be at least as low as 90%, a grade of B will be at least as low as 80%, a grade of C will be at least as low as 70%, etc.
Make up exams and extensions for turning in journal club critiques will be given only if the student has a medical excuse or a bonafide emergency. Under such circumstances students should notify the course director immediately by phone or email.
- Instructors will be available for questions immediately after each lecture or in their office by arranged appointment.