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Human Genetics & Evolution

BIOL 110/3.0

Introductory genetics and evolutionary processes as they relate to the human condition - genetic diseases, medical techniques, inheritance and ethical issues such as cloning and genetically modified foods.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing BIOL 110 will have the ability to:

• identify and define basic concepts in genetics such as inheritance, gene, and chromosome

• apply genetic concepts in the understanding of human evolution

• appreciate the role of genetics in contemporary issues such as stem cell research, longevity research, genetic testing, and cancer

• distinguish between “older-school” research approaches and cutting edge approaches

• evaluate how life might be affected by new technologies in the Genomics Age.

Topics:

  • The Human Genome
  • Cell Biology/Chromosomes
  • Meiosis and Development
  • Mutation/Single-Gene Inheritance
  • Beyond Mendel's Laws
  • Sex and Genetics
  • Multifactorial (Complex) Traits
  • Genetics of Behavioural Traits
  • Human Evolution
  • Cancer
  • Genetic Technology/Genetic Testing
  • Genomics

 

Description

Biology 110, Human Genetics, is intended as an elective course for students from all academic disciplines with the exception of biology majors. No scientific backroad is required for enrollment. The course will provide an overview of the most basic concepts in genetics and how they apply to humans. The goal is to provide non-biologists with sufficient understanding of the field of genetics to support a basic understanding of many topical issues in modern society.

The course combines directed readings, independent investigation of topics of interest, and interaction with peers and instructors. Participants will be expected to learn basic concepts through the readings and to engage at a deeper level with a topic of choice and produce an essay. In a series of roundtables involving small groups, students will interact with peers by contributing actively to online discussions of assigned topics.

Terms

Fall 2017
Course Dates: 
Sept 11 - Dec 1, 2017
Exam Dates: 
Dec 7 - 21, 2017

Evaluation

 

Roundtable Discussions
(3)

20%

Essays (2)

20%

Quizzes (2 x 15%)

30%

Final Exam (proctored)

30%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Final Examination
Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.

Instructor

Professor Tim P. Birt (birtt@queensu.ca)

Textbooks

Human Genetics, Concepts and Applications (Ricki Lewis, 11th edition, McGraw-Hill)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10-11 hours a week (118 hours term total) in study/practice and online activity for BIOL 110.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2017, Fall Term 2017 and Winter Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $666.91; for a 6.0-unit course, $1333.82. See also Tuition and Fees.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.