THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO
SCHEDULE -- GENETICS AND SOCIETY (BIO 6973, Section 002)
Paul H. Rodriguez, Ph. D. SPRING 2008
OFFICE: Science Bldg. 4.02.38 TUES & THURS. 5:30 P.M. to 6:45 P.M.
Phone: (210) 458-5932 COURSE: MAIN BLDG., Room 1.102
DATES LECTURES AND TOPICS ASSIGNMENTS
JANUARY 15 INTRODUCTION & Overview of Chapter 1 & Assigned
Human Genetics, Society & Issues Literature
JAN. 17 & 22 Human Diversity & Evolution Chapter 19
JAN. 24, 29 Cell Division, Human Reproduction, Chapters 2, 16
& 31 Birth Control and Technologies & Assign. Lit.
FEBRUARY 05, Genetics of Human Diseases: Pedigrees, Chapters 3 & 4
07 & 12 Probabilities & Data Analyses
FEB. 14, 19 Dominants, Recessive, Sex-Linked Assign. Lit.,
21 & 26 Diseases, Multifactorial and Chapters 5 & 7
FEBRUARY 28 FIRST HOUR EXAM [ 20 % ] CHAPTERS 1- 5, 7, 16
19; Assn. Lit. &
MARCH 04 & 06 Human Chromosomes & Abnormalities Chapter 6
MARCH 17 - 22 SPRING BREAK R & R
MARCH 11, 13 Molecular Genetics, Function, Chapters 8 - 9, 13
25 & 27 Nucleic Acid Technology & Applications & 14
APRIL 01, Biochemical Genetics & Inborn Errors Chapter 10 &
03 & 08 of Metabolism Assigned Literature
APRIL 10 SECOND HOUR EXAM [ 20 % ] CHAPTERS 6, 8 - 10, 13, 14
APRIL 15, 17 Genetics of Hemoglobin & Associated Chapter 10 (Part)
& 22 Disorders Assign. Literature
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DATES LECTURES AND TOPICS ASSIGNMENTS
APRIL 15 to 30 TERM PAPER PRESENTATIONS AS ASSIGNED
[ 30 % ]
APRIL 24 Mutations, Analyses, Cancer Chapters 11, 12 &
and Behavior 18
APRIL 29 Genes in Populations, Screening, Chapters 16, 19
Therapy & Future Perspectives & Papers
MAY 06 FINAL EXAM [ 30 % ] Material Since Last
[ TUESDAY ] [ 5:00 P. M. to 7:30 P.M.] Exam; Class Papers
TEXT: Cummings, M. R. . 2006. Human Heredity: Principles and Issues. 7th
Edition. Thomson Brooks / Cole, Belmont, CA 457 p. + Readings &
1. Baer, Adela S. 1977. Heredity and Society : Readings in Social Genetics. 2nd
Edition, Macmillan Publishing Company, New York. 460 p.
2. Hartl, D.L. 1983. Human Genetics. Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., New York.
3. Lewis, Ricki. 2008. Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications. 8th Edition.
McGraw-Hill, Higher Education, New York, New York. 442 p.
4. Mange, A. P. & Elaine J. Mange. 1980. Genetics: Human Aspects. Saunders
College / Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Philadelphia. 675 p.
5. Stein, G. J. 1977. Biosocial Genetics: Human Heredity and Social Issues. Macmillan
Publishing Co., New York. 579 p.
6. Stein, G.J. 1989. The New Human Genetics. Wm. C. Brown Publishers, Dubuque,
Iowa. 499 p.
ADDITIONAL READINGS: Recent or Current Publications
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EXAMS AND GRADING :
1. TYPE EXAMS: MULTIPLE CHOICE & ESSAY : INCLUDING
Short Answers and Discussion.
2. VALUE EXAMS: 2 - HOUR EXAMS (at 20 % Per Exam) Equals 40 %;
TERM PROJECT ( Oral Presentation at 15 %, and
Written Paper at 15 % ) Equals 30 %
FINAL EXAM Equals 30 %
[ NO MAKE-UP EXAMINATIONS AND/ OR PROJECTS WILL BE
ALLOWED UNLESS A VALID WRITTEN EXCUSE IS PROVIDED ]
3. GRADING: 91 % or above required for A
80 % to 90 % required for B
70 % to 79 % required for C
60 % to 69 % required for D
SUMMARY OF COURSE :
The course will focus on recent and current developments in Human Genetics,
genetic diseases and social issues. The following concepts, principles and topics will
♦ Overview of modern genetics, concepts and society
♦ Basic principles in Human Diversity and Evolution
♦ Recent or current experimental approaches including :
 Cellular division, control and technologies in Human Reproduction
 Genetic Diseases, Patterns of Inheritance and Data Analyses
 Sex linked Traits and Diseases
 Polygenetic Inheritance and Complex Characteristics
♦ Human Chromosomes and Aberrations
♦ Molecular Genetics, technologies and applications
♦ Biochemical Genetics and Inborn Errors of Metabolism
♦ Genetics of Hemoglobin and Associated Genetic Diseases
♦ Mutations, Mutagenesis, Cancer and Behavior
♦ Genes in Populations and Origins of Diversity Genetics
♦ Genetic Screening, Counseling and Future Perspectives