MCB 41.  Genetics and Society

 

What genes are, how they work, and implications for health,

disease, and contemporary social issues. The course is designed

for students that do not intend to major in the life sciences.

 

Professors  Garriga, Roelink, and Wilt

Spring 2009

                                        COURSE INFORMATION

 

Web Site: http://mcb.berkeley.edu/courses/MCB41/

 

OTHER LINKS:

Lecture schedule, notes and slides

 

   Announcements

Midterm II problem set answers

 

INSTRUCTORS

 

Prof. G. Garriga    141 Koshland 642-5859 garriga@berkeley.edu

     Office Hours: TBA,  141 Koshland

Prof. Henk Roelink     21 Koshland,  642-5126  roelink@berkeley.edu

     Office Hours: Fridays 1:00 to 2:30

Prof. Fred Wilt     395 LSA.  642-2807    wilt@berkeley.edu

     Office Hours:  Tuesdays  2:30-3:30. 395 LSA

 

 

GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTORS

 

Maylee Wu   mwwu11@berkeley.edu

Veronica Morris  vmorris@nature.berkeley.edu

Meru Sadhu  meru@berkeley.edu

 

COURSE FORMAT

 

2 lectures/week (M,W) + 1 discussion section/week

3 units

Lectures in: 100 GPB , 1-2 PM. M,W.

Control #: 57739

Final Exam Group: 5  (Friday, May 15,  12:30-3:30)

 

REQUIRED READING

       T.R. Robinson "Genetics for Dummies"

             Wiley Publishing,  2005 

      

 

 

COURSE GRADING

Point breakdown:

 

Grades to be determined with defined minima:  ³90 A; ³80 B; ³70  C; ³60 D. This is essentially a guarantee that if you achieve a certain number of points, you are guaranteed a specific grade. We can, and often do, lower the cut-off for a particular grade. For instance, if only 10% of the class has over 90%, we take this to mean that the examinations were difficult, and that we should lower the cut-off for As to some percentage lower than 90 so that 1/4 or even 1/3 of the class receives As, etc.

 

There are 3 scheduled exams ( 2 midterms, one midterm combined with the final), each worth 100 pts. ( 3 midterms= 300 + 1 final = 100), and work in the discussion section is worth another 100 pts, for a 500 pt total for the course.

 

 

DISCUSSION SECTIONS

 

 Control #  Section       Day     Time                     Location

57742          101            M         9-10                     156 Dwinelle

57745          102            M         3-4                       209 Dwinelle

57748          103            Tu         8-9                      156 Dwinelle

57751          104            Th        12-1                     240 Mulford

57754          105            W         9-10                     156 Dwinelle

57757          106            W          2-3                      156 Dwinelle