BMS 715 Syllabus

BMS 715 Molecular Biology

Course Syllabus

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


  1. This is a 3 credit course that consists of 31 lectures and 4 journal club sessions.
  2. 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 ( Students will be given accounts to access this system. Other course information is also posted on the Sole site.
  3. The textbook for the course is Genes XI by Ben Lewin. Readings will be assigned from this text.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  6. Instructors will be available for questions immediately after each lecture or in their office by arranged appointment.