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281 lec1 general_intro


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Introductory lecture to the course

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281 lec1 general_intro

  1. 1. Lecture 1: General Introduction Course 281 Introduction to Molecular Biology
  2. 2. AIMS • You and I. • What is the class all about? • Class webpage and lectures. • Textbook and readings. • Attendance. • Lecturing style. • Exams and questions’ style. • Bonus stories. • Some Biology: The molecules.
  3. 3. Who am I? • My name is Hasan Alhaddad. • Ph.D. in Genetics from UC Davis. • Studied insects and cats and does population and evolutionary genetics for fun. • I love science and I like to share this love with everybody especially you.
  4. 4. Where you find me? • My office is in 1KH room # 45. • My lab is in 2KH room # 103. • I mostly stay in the lab!
  5. 5. When you find me? • My office hours: TBA. • My email is: • • • If you cannot make it to office hours, email me and we can arrange an alternative time.
  6. 6. Who are you? State your name
  7. 7. Class Material and Announcements
  8. 8. Class Material and Announcements
  9. 9. Assigned Textbook • Buying and reading the book is your responsibility. • Please DON’T ask me if you need the book.
  10. 10. Lecturing Style • You will be RESPONSIBLE for the chapters’ readings. • I may use material that is not included in the book. Make sure you follow me in the class. • My powerpoint slides will be uploaded to class webpage (check table). It is YOUR JOB to print them and take notes during my lecture. • There are no stupid questions. So ask me and do not get lost.
  11. 11. Attendance • I DON’T take attendance. You are a responsible student and you want to learn. No points only for showing up!
  12. 12. Testing style • My exams are composed of multiple choice exams. • Questions vary in difficulty. • Exams dates are fixed (see syllabus). • I WILL NOT change the dates of the exams. • If study and read the questions carefully, you can get a full mark. • You MUST take all exams.
  13. 13. Testing style • The capital of the State of Kuwait is …… a. Jabriya b. Kuwait City c. Dasman d. Khaldiya e. Alzahra • Which of the following is a fruit? a. Orange b. Apple c. Onion d. (a) and (b) e. (b) and (c)
  14. 14. Testing style • The genetic material is represented by … a. DNA b. Chromosomes c. Proteins d. Not (b) e. Not (c) • The molecule that will be studied in this class is a. DNA b. m-RNA c. t-RNA d. Protein e. All of the above
  15. 15. Grade distribution Test 1 20% 60% Test 2 20% Test 3 20% Test 4 20% Final Exam 40% Total 100% The lowest score will be dropped ! Cumulative Final !
  16. 16. Bonus Stories • This is optional! • You can earn up to 5 percentage points by submitting 5 stories. • Each story is worth up to 1 point. • The stories will be graded. • If your stories are not good, you will not get points. What do you mean by stories?
  17. 17. Bonus Stories - examples
  18. 18. Bonus Stories You When are the stories due? • Story # 1: Exam 4 Day - before the exam. • Story # 2: Final Exam Day - before the exam. Your story must be typed and NO handwritten stories will be accepted!
  19. 19. About the course This class is about the molecules of life ! DNA RNA ProteinTranscription Translation structure structure structure Chemical composition Genomics Transcriptomics Proteomics Chemical composition Genetic material Chemical composition Genetic material DNA replication Mutation DNA repair DNA damage Types regulation Types regulation
  20. 20. Expectations • You know me, my office location, my contacts and that my job is to teach and help you. • You understand your rights and responsibilities. • You understand my lecturing style, my exams format, and grading system. • You know it is going to be a fun learning experience. • You have a general idea about the molecules of life.
  21. 21. For a smile