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Instructor Info:Charles Ross
Office Extension x5576
John Castorino
Office Extension x6239
Kathleen Leeper
Bea Carbone
Joel Dapello
Lilia Sanzalone
Thao Le
Benjamin Pote
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Monday
02:30 PM - 05:20 PM Cole Science Center 2-OPEN
Monday
02:30 PM - 05:20 PM Cole Science Center 2-MOLC
Description:

This introductory course will explore the process of doing scientific research in a molecular biology lab. Students will learn numerous techniques in the lab, including DNA isolation, PCR, gel electrophoresis, restriction enzyme mapping, cloning, and basic microscopy. Additionally, we will investigate the historical and conceptual aspects of these approaches. Students will engage in semester-long research projects where they design and carryout experiments, collect and analyze data, and report their conclusions in written and oral formats. This course is intended for students with little or no experience in a molecular biology lab, and it will prepare students for more advanced molecular lab courses and training. Instructor permission required.

Evaluation Criteria:

Large Assignments:

  1. Research project
    1. Oral presentation of research project
    2. Rough draft of proposal for advanced project/experiment,
      1. including 'preliminary' results from this semester's project

Small Assignments:

  1. Post lab/research updates every week to the forum by Sunday night at midnight
  2. lab notebooks
  3. readings, discussions, participation
  4. self-eval