PLNT3140 Introductory Cytogenetics

2017 COURSE INFORMATION

INSTRUCTORS

Dr. Brian Fristensky
Office: 330 Agriculture Tel: 474-6085

Email: frist@cc.umanitoba.ca
OFFICE HOURS: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Tues. & Thurs.

Lab instructor: Yaping Wang
Office: 342A Agriculture Tel: 474-6278

Email: yawang@cc.umanitoba.ca

COURSE OBJECTIVE

To provide an introduction to the structure of eukaryotic genomes, from the level of the chromosome down to the level of the gene. Basic cytological techniques including the use of the optical microscope will be covered and supported by laboratory exercises. The lecture course will include the application of cytogenetic and molecular techniques in the study of cell division, karyotyping, chromosomal structure, recombination, changes in chromosome number and structure, physical mapping and chromosome evolution. Prerequisites: PLNT 2520 (or 039.252) or BIOL 2500 or the former BOTN 2460 (or 001.246).

TEXTBOOKS AND LECTURE NOTES

All required readings are online unless announced otherwise.

WWW SITE

Most course materials can be obtained at our Web site:
http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~frist/PLNT3140

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

All work is to be completed independently unless otherwise specified. Students are reminded that academic dishonesty including plagiarism, cheating and examination impersonation is subject to severe academic penalties as described  the University Policy on Academic Integrity, in the General Calendar.

EVALUATION PROCEDURE

Assignments (4 @ 5% each)

20%

Midterm

20%

Laboratory

25%

Final Examination

35%

Grading is according to the Letter Grade System (Undergraduate Calendar section 2 ) ranging from 0 to 4.5 or F to  A+. Roughly speaking, a C corresponds to understanding of a large portion of the material, the B range encompasses mastery of most of the material, and the A range indicates original thinking and creativity. Put another way:

Grade Point

Letter Grade

Meaning

comments

4.5 (90 - 100%)

A+

Exceptional

synthesis, ability to put things together from different parts of the course, original and creative thinking

4.0 (80 - 89%)

A

Excellent

3.5 (70 - 79%)

B+

Very good

learning concepts or inferring them from the context; working with data eg. Given the results of an experiment, what does it tell you? Given an equation, can you use it correctly?

3.0 (60 - 69%)

B

Good

2.5 (50 - 59%)

C+

Satisfactory

memorization of facts

2.0 (40 - 49%)

C

Adequate

1.5 (30 - 39%)

D+

Marginal

1.0 (20 - 29%)

D

Marginal
This grading rubric should only be taken as a rough guide for how I construct assignment and exam questions. Not all questions and assignments can be precisely broken down in this fashion. How you answer the question is also important. Answers that use complete sentences with precise terminology and organized into coherent paragraphs, will be awarded more points than answers that do not have an obvious organization or do not express ideas in a clear, precise way. Communication is an important part of the scientific method.

LATE SUBMISSION POLICY

Due dates for assignments will given for each assignment. Grades on assignments handed in late will be decremented by one point per day late, for a maximum of 5 points. No assignments will be accepted after answers are handed out or discussed in class.

FINAL EXAMINATION TIME AND LOCATION SCHEDULED BY THE UNIVERSITY

THERE WILL BE NO DEFERRED MIDTERMS

A medical certificate must be presented within one week of a missed exam. Upon receipt of the medical certificate the final exam will be pro-rated to 55%.

Voluntary Withdrawal

Students will have their grades for at least two assignments and the midterm exam before the University VW date. When considering a VW, students should be aware that if you withdraw from a course, you may be given a lower priority in registering for that course in subsequent academic terms.

Student Accessibility Services

If you are a student with a disability, please contact SAS for academic accommodation supports and services such as note-taking, interpreting, assistive technology and exam accommodations.  Students who have, or think they may have, a disability (e.g. mental illness, learning, medical, hearing, injury-related, visual) are invited to contact SAS to arrange a confidential consultation.

Student Accessibility Services
http://umanitoba.ca/student/saa/accessibility/  

520 University Centre
204 474 7423
Student_accessibility@umanitoba.ca

Policy and Resource Document (Schedule A)

Students should  familiarize themselves with University policies regarding academic integrity, student discipline, and respectful learning environment, for example, and on academic and student supports that are available, including a statement regarding mental health with referral information to the Student Counselling Centre and University Health Services. A summary of this information can be found at http://intranet.umanitoba.ca/academic_support/catl/media/Text-for-Schedule-A-ROASS.docx.

Recording Class Lectures

No audio or video recording of lectures or presentations is allowed in any format, openly or surreptitiously, in whole or in part without permission of the Instructor.  Course materials (both paper and digital) are for the participant’s private study and research.

Copyright

Unless otherwise cited or referenced, all course content is licensed under the Creative Commons License Attribution Share-Alike 2.5 Canada.

Course Technology

It is the general University of Manitoba policy that all technology resources are to be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical and legal manner. The student can use all technology in classroom setting only for educational purposes approved by instructor and/or the University of Manitoba Student Accessibility Services. Student should not participate in personal direct electronic messaging / posting activities (e-mail, texting, video or voice chat, wikis, blogs, social networking (e.g. Facebook) online and offline “gaming” during scheduled class time. If student is on call (emergency) the student should switch his/her cell phone on vibrate mode and leave the classroom before using it. (©S Kondrashov. Used with permission)