FALL 2008 SYLLABUS
Faculty Department Office Phone E-mail
B. T. Spear Micro, Immuno, & Molec. Gen. Combs 210 257-5167 email@example.com
L. H. Bradley Anatomy & Neurobiology MN222 Willard 323-1826 firstname.lastname@example.org
R. J. Craven Molec. Pharmacology 213 Combs 323-3832 email@example.com
J. N. Davidson Micro, Immuno, & Molec. Gen. 304 Combs 323-5207 firstname.lastname@example.org
J. D’Orazio Pediatrics/Toxicology 204 Combs 323-6238 email@example.com
T. McClintock Physiology MS585 Willard 323-1083 firstname.lastname@example.org
M.P. Murphy Molec. & Cell. Biochemistry 211 Sanders-Brown 257-1412 x490 email@example.com
R. D. Perry Micro, Immuno, & Molec. Gen. MN362 Willard 323-6341 firstname.lastname@example.org
A. Pierce Micro, Immuno, & Molec. Gen. 207 Combs 323-1455 email@example.com
H. H. Pierce Internal Medicine (Hem/Onc) Whitney-Hendrickson 177 323-6252 firstname.lastname@example.org
G. E. Van Zant Internal Medicine (Hem/Onc) CC417 Roach 323-5719 email@example.com
A. COURSE DESCRIPTION
IBS605 is a 3 credit hour course designed to provide first year graduate students with the foundation of
knowledge in classical and molecular genetics necessary for advanced graduate courses and research in any of
the basic science departments of the UK College of Medicine. The course will be focused primarily on basic
genetic principals, prokaryotic genetics, eukaryotic genetics, and genomics. The course will also cover
contemporary topics including human genetics and bioinformatics. In addition, experimental approaches in
genetic research will be reviewed. Course material will be presented in several formats, primarily of didactic
lecture by expert faculty, but will also be reinforced by discussions of selected readings and bioinformatics
Lectures will be given Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 - 10:50 AM in Nursing 115. The
Bioinformatics sessions (Dec. 8, 10 and 12) will take place in the Nursing Building Computer Lab
(CN602J). ALL EXAMS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HOSPITAL AUDITORIUM AT THE
B. COURSE OBJECTIVES
The primary objective of this course will be to provide graduate students with a working knowledge of basic
principles and the latest advances in areas of contemporary genetic research.
Genetics - from genes to genomes, 3nd Edition, Hartwell, et al., McGraw- Hill, NY, 2007.
Additional readings from the scientific literature will also be provided, or will be readily accessible from on-line
scientific journals and the course website.
General College Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Principles of Biology I and II or equivalents.
Students who have questions whether they can enroll in IBS605 should talk with the course director.
Students will be evaluated based on: 1) performance on four written examinations, 2) performance in
homework assignments and bioinformatics group session.
Each exam will last approximately two hours and each will account for 22.5% of the final grade (Total = 90%
of Final Grade). The Final Exam is NOT cumulative. Locations for exams are listed above and in syllabus,
will be announced in class, and posted on Blackboard course website (see below).
Another component of the final grade will be performance on problem sets that will accompany papers for
discussion (5% of Final Grade) and the bioinformatics session (5% of Final Grade. The average of these
assignments will comprise 10% of the final grade. Unless the course director is notified ahead of time, failure
to turn in assignments on due date or lack of attendance at bioinformatics sessions will result in a grade of zero
for these events.
The grading standards to be employed for the course are as follows:
B: 80- 89.9%
C: 70- 79.9%
D: 60- 69.9%
E: below 60 %
Students who perform in these ranges will be guaranteed to receive the indicated grades, at a minimum.
However, some adjustments (curving) of this scale are possible, depending on the performance of the class a
whole. Grades will NOT be rounded up.
Challenges to a grade can be submitted for a reevaluation if it is deemed that a mistake has been made in the
original grading. Challenges must be accompanied by a written explanation of the perceived mistake. Upon
submission of a challenge, the entire examination will be subject to reevaluation and all questions therein will
be re-graded. Examinations for re-grading must be submitted within one week (7 days) and to the course
Graduate students will not receive a grade of “D” but instead will receive a failing mark for an average under
70%. All examinations must be taken at the scheduled time except when legitimate medical or personal
circumstances make it impossible to do so. The course director must be notified of the circumstances of your
absence prior to the examination. In these cases, either an oral or written make-up examination will be given.
An “I” grade will not be assigned to students who simply miss an examination.
F. UNDERGRADUATE ENROLLMENT
Undergraduate students may enroll in the course with the permission of the course director and the Graduate
G. OFFICE HOURS
The course director and instructors will be available for consultation. Students are encouraged to consult with
participating faculty as needed. It is suggested to call or email faculty to set up an appointment as specific
office hours are not established.
H. BLACKBOARD AND COURSE INFORMATION (IMPORTANT!)
Blackboard, a software program designed for facilitating course administration, will be used this semester in
IBS605. You must be able to access the Blackboard course site in order to view such items of importance as
posted lecture notes, assignments (study questions, room assignments for exams) and other announcements.
You can reach and register with Blackboard from the IBS site (http://www.mc.uky.edu/ibs/coursework.asp).
Steve Evans will be assisting the course director in maintenance and control of the Blackboard site for IBS605.
Any questions about use of Blackboard should be directed to Steve (phone: 323-2454; e-mail:
I. DISCUSSION/BIOINFORMATICS SESSIONS
Attendance at these sessions is required and all students will be expected to participate actively in discussions.
You will be expected to read assigned papers prior to class, and participate in the group discussion; details will
be provided at a later date.
Important: Do not use the library for printing course materials!!!
# Date Topic Lecturer
1 W Aug 27 Introduction: Course Overview Spear (MI)
2 F 29 Mendelian Genetics Murphy (BCH)
M Sept 1 No Class - Labor Day
3 W 3 Transmission of DNA Murphy (BCH)
4 F 5 Discussion: Mendelian Inheritance Murphy (BCH)
5 M Sept 8 Meiosis A. Pierce (MI)
6 W 10 Recombination A. Pierce (MI)
7 F 12 Linkage Analysis Spear (MI)
8 M 15 Pedigree Construction/Analysis H. Pierce (MCC)
9 W 17 Paper Discussion Spear (MI)
Th 18 Exam #1 (Sessions 1 - 9): 6-8 PM, Hospital Aud.
10 F 19 Introduction to Prokaryotic Genetics Perry (MI)
11 M 22 Bacterial Conjugation Perry (MI)
12 W 24 Bacterial Transformation Perry (MI)
13 F 26 Complementation Perry (MI)
14 M 29 Uses of Transformation, Conjugation and Complementation Perry (MI)
15 W Oct 1 Transposable Elements I Perry (MI)
16 F 3 Transposable Elements II Perry (MI)
17 M 6 Transposable Elements III Perry (MI)
18 W 8 Yeast Genetics I Craven (PHA)
19 F 10 Yeast Genetics II Craven (PHA)
20 M 13 Yeast Genetics III Craven (PHA)
T 14 Exam #2 (Sessions 10 - 20): 6-8 PM, Hospital Aud.
21 W 15 Somatic Cell Genetics I Davidson (MI)
22 F 17 Somatic Cell Genetics II Davidson (MI)
23 M 20 Transcriptional Regulation Spear (MI)
24 W 22 Developmental Genetics I Spear (MI)
25 F 24 Developmental Genetics II Spear (MI)
26 M 27 Paper Discussion Spear (MI)
27 W 29 Genetically modified Mice I Spear (MI)
28 F 31 Genetically Modified Mice II Spear (MI)
29 M Nov 3 Epigenetics Spear (MI)
30 W 5 Paper Discussion Spear (MI)
Th 6 Exam #3 (Sessions 21 - 30): 6-8 PM, Hospital Aud.
31 F 7 Evolutionary Genetics I Davidson (MI)
32 M 10 Evolutionary Genetics II Davidson (MI)
33 W 12 Cancer Genetics I D’Orazio (Tox)
34 F 14 Cancer Genetics II D’Orazio (Tox)
35 M 17 Complex Traits I Van Zant (PGY)
36 W 19 Complex Traits II Van Zant (PGY)
37 F 21 Degeneracy of the Genetic Code Bradley (Anat)
38 M 24 Gene Assembly & Library Construction Bradley (Anat)
W 26 No Class – Thanksgiving
F 28 No Class – Thanksgiving
39 M Dec 1 Gene Chip/Microarray Analysis McClintock (PGY)
40 W 3 Gene Families/Odorant Receptors McClintock (PGY)
41 F 5 Paper Discussion Spear (MI)
42 M 8 Bioinformatics I Spear (MI)
43 W 10 Bioinformatics II Spear (MI)
44 F 12 Bioinformatics III Spear (MI)
M 15 Final Exam (sessions 31-44): 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM,