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

Course Strategy 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 fairly complex, and molecular biology has made impressive progress in the last decade, we partition the course into five hypothetical parts.

Part 1 – composition of matter and basic chemistry of living cells;

Part 2 – structure and function of cells;

Part 3 – energy and chemical transformations in cells;

Part 4 – information flow in cells, and

Part 5 – create and analyze cellular processes

Suggested Course Activities and Grade Earning Activities

The course content is disseminated in 5 inclusive PARTS with 11 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, or join in person the Live Lecture series at OSU Stillwater.
  • Take all Online book embedded tests and earn 30% of the final grade.
  • Take all four Brightspace Quizzes and earn 40% of the grade. See instructions below.
  • Complete the paper assignment and earn the 30% remainder of the grade. See instructions below.


Grade earning activity              %              Points

Textbook Embedded Tests            30%                300

Brightspace Quizzes                       40%                400

Paper Assignment                           30%                300

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 Quizzes 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 Quizzes are posted every semester.

  • Paper Assignment must be original and an in-depth discussion of ONE of the below listed titles. You are free to choose one of the following titles:
  • Structure and Function of Restriction Enzymes
  • Methods
  • Chromatin Remodeling and Epigenetics
  • Function and Importance of microRNAs
  • CRISPR/Cas9-gRNA complex for genome editing

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.  deadweek

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%

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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