CURRENT TRENDS IN MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY

BIOLOGY 520


Instructor: Dr. David Maxwell

Office, S-218

(910)-521-6422


Textbook: None (Copies of relevant current journal articles will be distributed)






Objectives of Course

This course is designed to provide the student with an appreciation and understanding of

the rapidly changing trends in molecular and cellular biology. The specific topics to be discussed will be determined by those trends but will include such things as cloning, gene therapy

and other significant new advances in the understanding of various areas of molecular biology.






Tests and Grading

The course grade will be determined by the average of four lecture tests. These tests will

consist of a variety of question types including multiple choice and discussion. The last test will be given during the final examination week. The last test is not comprehensive.






Grading Scale

Average 90-100 85-89 80-84 75-79 70-74 65-69 63-68 60-62

Grade A A- B+ B B- C+ C C-

An average below 60 will result in a grade of F.




Attendance Policy

Regular attendance is required. Each student is allotted five absences that may be taken at

his (or her) discretion. Excuses are not required. Each absence in excess of the allotment will

result in a penalty of two points being subtracted from the final average.


















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BIO 520. Current Trends in Molecular and Cellular Biology

This course is designed to provide the student with an awareness and appreciation of the rapidly changing trends in molecular and cellular biology. Discussion will include the medical potential

and ethical issues raised by developments in these areas. Topics of discussion will include

cloning, gene therapy etc.


Major Concepts