Online Cell and Molecular Biology MICR3033-503

 MICR 3033 Cell & Molecular Biology 3hrs


Link to  Symposium on Molecular and Cellular Biology


Instructor R Prade, LSE409 Tel: 47522 E-mail: Office hours by appointment – please call or send e-mail

Necessary Text Book Prade (2017) CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY First Edition, ISBN: 978-1-77330-035-1.  The ISBN for one-semester student subscriptions: 978-0-9866151-0-8. Top Hat General Bookstore (

Objectives and Format This course introduces students to the basic units of life – from molecules to cells.  The goal is to present to you a comprehensive set of information, entirely based on experimental evidence showing how cells function at the molecular level.  Because the common basic cellular mechanisms, underlining ALL living things, are complex, and molecular biology has made impressive progress in the last decade, we partition the course into five projected segments.

Part   I – composition of matter and basic chemistry of living cells;

Part  II – structure and function of macromolecules;

Part III – energy and chemical transformations in cells;

Part IV – information flow in cells, and

Part  V – comprehensive cellular processes.

Suggested Course Activities and Grade Earning Activities

The course content is disseminated in 5 inclusive PARTS with 12 CHAPTERS (not including sub chapters) and follow a 15-week semester schedule (on average ONE chapter per week).

The following activities are suggested:

  • Read, view or attend (or whatever combination of your preference) the recommended Lecture Schedule (posted at the end of this syllabus). You can read the Online Book and or join in person the Live Lecture series at OSU Stillwater (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-3:15PM in Engineering North 108).
  • Take all Online book embedded quizzes (ECQs) and earn 30% of the final grade.
  • Take all four Brightspace Exams and earn 40% of the grade. See instructions below.
  • Complete the paper assignment and earn the 30% remainder of the grade. See instructions below.
  • Speak at the Symposium “The Advancement of Contemporary Molecular Biology Problems” and earn up to 100 extra points (that’s 10%).


The final grade will be calculated as follows: maximum 400 (40%) points for Brightspace Quizzes, 300 (30%) points for online embedded tests and 300 (30%) points for turned in Paper assignments.

Letter grades will be assigned as follows: A – 100-90%, B – 89-80%, C – 79-70%, D – 69-50%, F – below 49%.

Tests, Quizzes and Assignment Details 

  • Textbook Embedded Tests Answer questions as they become available on the online book. You could earn of the 30% of the final grade.
  • Brightspace Exams will be published and stay open for ONE week (five business days). Students will be allowed a single attempt to complete the test on a lockdown browser. Exams are worth 40% of the grade.

The open and closing dates for the Brightspace Exams are posted every semester.

Paper Assignment must be original and an in-depth discussion of ONE of the below listed titles.  You could earn 30% of the final grade.  You are free to choose one of the following titles:


(goto Google Scholar for a detailed selection of articles)

  • Molecular Biology of Circadian Rhythms (googleit)
  • The Genetics of Calorie Restriction and Lifespan Extension (googleit)
  • Chromatin Remodeling and Epigenetics (googleit)
  • Function and Importance of microRNAs (googleit)
  • CRISPR/Cas9-gRNA complex for genome editing (googleit)

Paper format. The paper must contain the following: Title; Abstract (less than 100 words), Introduction (free text), Report (no more than 750 words), Discussion (no more than 300 words) and Conclusion (less than 100 words).  Figures and Tables are encouraged and are not included in the above defined text limits.

Submission deadline.  TBA

Evaluation criteria:

Scientific accuracy of Report content: 40%,

Content of Figures and Tables: 20%,

Originality of Discussion: 10%,

Originality of Conclusion: 10%,

Abstract: 10%.

Introduction: 10%

Extra Points Participation in the Symposium is voluntary and a presentation is worth 100 extra points.  For your participation, a maximum of 100 points will be awarded per a blind peer evaluation scheme.  Because participation is voluntary, you must register to participate.  Symposium will be held on week 12 (dates, times and place TBA).

Rules and Policies OSU rules and policies will be strictly enforced, specially regarding academic dishonesty/misconduct, special accommodations for students, retention & grading policies, class attendance and add & drop dates.  Please refer to the Fall 2016 OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY SYLLABUS ATTACHMENT

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