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Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Roger McMacken
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013

Introduces genomics and modern genetic technologies, emphasizing their application to significant public health problems, to students who have limited prior coursework in molecular biology or molecular genetics. Integrates lectures and discussions with computer exercises in laboratory sessions. Topics include fundamental principles of molecular biology; genome sequencing and structure; gene cloning; mapping of human disease genes; use of DNA microarrays, protein microarrays, and next generation rapid DNA sequencing methodologies in analysis and treatment of human disease; comparative genomics of model and pathogenic organisms; epigenomics and metagenomics; and genetically modified organisms.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the organization of the human genome and the genomes of selected model organisms
Explain how human disease genes are mapped
Analyze DNA, RNA, or protein sequences through the use of public domain databases and algorithms
Explain how DNA microarrays, protein microarrays, and rapid whole-genome-sequencing technologies can be used to analyze or treat human disease in individuals and populations
Describe basic recombinant DNA, proteomic, and biotechnological methodologies used in the analysis of human disease
Explain how modifications to chromatin or the presence of gut microbial flora impact expression of selected human genes.

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on four online quizzes (1/4 of total), two computer lab exercises (1/4 of total) and a final exam (1/2 of total).
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 2:50
  • Thursday 1:30 - 2:50
Lab Times:
  • Tu Th 1:30 - 2:50 (1)
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required

A college level course in biology.

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail