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Molecular Biology

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BCHM 218/3.0

BCHM 218, Molecular Biology, is a foundational course to the study of molecular biology, focusing on the structural and functional properties and relationships of DNA, RNA and proteins, particularly the processes required to reliably pass genetic information from DNA to RNA to protein, and from one generation to the next. This course also examines how these processes are related to the development of human diseases and to basic biotechnology techniques and genetic engineering concepts that are critical for synthetic biological system creation and integration. This experience will arise through their involvement in the following four main elements of inquiry:

Section 1: What are the properties and interactions of genetic information molecules?

Section 2: How are genomes organized and protected, and how can they be studied?

Section 3: How do organisms copy and edit genomes?

Section 4: What are different ways that organisms regulate gene expression?

Each section will be accompanied by problem-based learning exercises (PBLs) where students can actively engage with the learning material. In addition, students will be able to assess their knowledge of each particular section through online quizzes. Students will use Molecular simulation and animation activities such as PyMol and Visual Synthesis Map in the online textbook BioPortal to model and mimic the behaviour of molecules to help them prepare for these exercises. Practice questions are available in the textbook and on the textbook website to assist students in preparing for quizzes and exams.

Learning Outcomes

After completing BCHM 218, students will be able to:
  1. Explain how biomolecules (DNA, RNA, and protein) function and interact to support lif
  2. Apply research-based theories to solve problems related to biochemistry and molecular biology;
  3. Use computer-based multimedia to model and mimic the behaviour of biomolecules when conditions can be controlled in an in vitro-type experimental situation, and within the contex of simulated cells

Description

BCHM 218, Molecular Biology, is a foundational course to the study of molecular biology, focusing on the structural and functional properties and relationships of DNA, RNA and proteins, particularly the processes required to reliably pass genetic information from DNA to RNA to protein, and from one generation to the next. This course also examines how these processes are related to the development of human diseases and to basic biotechnology techniques and genetic engineering concepts that are critical for synthetic biological system creation and integration. This experience will arise through their involvement in the following four main elements of inquiry:

    Section 1: What are the properties and interactions of genetic information molecules?

    Section 2: How are genomes organized and protected, and how can they be studied?

    Section 3: How do organisms copy and edit genomes?

    Section 4: What are different ways that organisms regulate gene expression?

Each section will be accompanied by problem-based learning exercises (PBLs) where students can actively engage with the learning material. In addition, students will be able to assess their knowledge of each particular section through online quizzes. Students will use Molecular simulation and animation activities such as PyMol and Visual Synthesis Map in the online textbook BioPortal to model and mimic the behaviour of molecules to help them prepare for these exercises. Practice questions are available in the textbook and on the textbook website to assist students in preparing for quizzes and exams.

Terms

Summer 21: May - July
Course Dates: 
May 10 - July 30, 2021
Exam Dates: 
August 3 - 10

Evaluation

5% - Poll Everywhere Sessions
15% - End of Module Quizzes (x4)
20% - Problem-Based Activities (x4)
30% - Midterm Exam (on Modules 1 and 2)
30% - Final Proctored Exam (on Modules 3 and 4)

**Evaluation subject to change**

Instructor

Dr. Ed Chan

Time Commitment

Students are expected to spend on average 108-120 hrs/term on this course.

Fall 2020
Course Dates: 
Sept. 8 - Dec. 7, 2020
Exam Dates: 
Dec. 10 - 23, 2020

Evaluation

5% - Poll Everywhere Sessions
15% - End of Module Quizzes (x4)
20% - Problem-Based Activities (x4)
30% - Midterm Exam (on Modules 1 and 2)
30% - Final Proctored Exam (on Modules 3 and 4)

**Evaluation subject to change**

Instructor

John Allingham (allinghj@queensu.ca) and Mark Ormiston (mark.ormiston@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students are expected to spend on average 108-120 hrs/term on this course.

Winter 2021
Course Dates: 
Jan. 11 - April 9, 2021
Exam Dates: 
April 14 - 30, 2021

Evaluation

5% - Poll Everywhere Sessions
15% - End of Module Quizzes (x4)
20% - Problem-Based Activities (x4)
30% - Midterm Exam (on Modules 1 and 2)
30% - Final Proctored Exam (on Modules 3 and 4)

**Evaluation subject to change**

Instructor

Ed Chan (eywc@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students are expected to spend on average 108-120 hrs/term on this course.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

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About OnQ

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About Credit Units

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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:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended

Java

  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version

Dates/Deadlines

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

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
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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
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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

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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

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