LIFS 517/417: Cell Biology Course Syllabus
LIFS 417: Cell Biology Course Syllabus
Coordinator & Instructor: Dr. Swapan K. Ghosh
Rm S287G, 237-2416
Dr. James Hughes: 237-2388
The requirements and expectations for this 400-level undergrad course are different from the one offered for the Graduate students in LS517.
LS417: Quizzes and questions would often be different (although there may be some overlap) and undergrad grading scale is: >80% A, >70%B, >60% C, >50% D.
Required Text: Cell and Molecular Biology: Gerald Carp, 4th edition
Companion text (optional) : Essential Cell Biology: Alberts, Bray Hopkin etc. , 2nd Edition.
Chapters to be taught by:
Pop quizzes, class participation and discussion: 100 points: 9pts each = 90 pts
Three hourly examinations at the end of each instructor’s presentation: 300 points
Total points: 500 points
Section A. Professor S.K. Ghosh
August 25: Introduction—(overview of the course content, introduction of the teachers, explanations of what is expected of the teachers and the students, discussion on assessment of learning experience); Introduction to Cell Biology, and theories (Chap. 1)
August 27: The Unit of Life--Cell types: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes, Multicellularity and differentiation: cell architecture; cytoplasmic membrane system (Chapter 8).
special features of plant cells (Chapter 1, 8)
August 30: Continuation, and highlights of methodologies used in cell biology (Chap. 18)
Sept. 1: Chemistry of a cell: From small molecules to macromolecules (Chapter 2)
Sept. 3: Quiz (10 min); Cellular biochemistry: functional macromolecules—enzymes, antibodies, chaperones, and metabolism (Chapter 2)
September 6: LABOR DAY
Sept. 8: Continuation of the above.
Sept.. 10: Cell anatomy & function: Cytoskeleton and cell motility (Chapter 9; Chapter 17 Aberts)
Sept.. 13:. Quiz (10 min); Cell anatomy & function: Cytoskeleton and cell motility
Sept.. 15: Continuation of the above.
Sept.. 17: Continuation of the above.
Sept. 20: Quiz (10 min); Multi-cellular Phenomena: Cell-cell interaction, cell adhesion (Chapter 7; Chapter 16 Alberts)
Sept. 22: From cells to multi-cellular Organizations: The Immune System (Chapter 17).
Sept. 24: Cell-cell interaction and the immune system (Continuation of the above);
September 27: Review of the topics taught
September 29: EXAM 1
October 1: Cell constituents: Different membranes - Introduction to structure and function of the plasma membranes (Chapter 4; Chapter 11 Alberts).
October 4: Continuation
October 6: Quiz (10 min) & Continuation of the above
October 13: Continuation of the above
October 20: Quiz (10 min). Continuation of the above
October 29: Continuation and Review
November 1: Exam II
November 5: Continuation of the above
November 24-26: THANKSGIVING BREAK
November 29:Continuation of the above
December 1: Review and Continuation
December 3: Term Paper
December 5: Exam III