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120.622.01 MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR MECHANISMS OF REPRODUCTION

Department:
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Term:
4th term
Credits:
4 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
William Wright
Course Instructor:

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Prerequisite:

An undergraduate or graduate level course in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, or other relevant area of biology.

Description:

Addresses current research in the cellular and molecular biology of fundamental reproductive processes. Topics, which may vary year-to-year based on current issues in the scientific literature, can include: synthesis and actions of hormones, gametogenesis, fertilization and activation of development, embryogenesis, sex determination, pathologies of the reproductive tracts, developmental origins of reproductive health and disease, contraception, and infertility.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie a number of reproductive processes
  2. Describe the organs, cells, molecules, and regulatory pathways involved in reproductive processes
  3. Identify the hypotheses tested in scientific papers and the strengths and limitations of experimental methods used to test the hypotheses
  4. Critically evaluate data described in scientific papers and integrate data from multiple papers into coherent theories about the regulation of complex biological processes
Methods of Assessment:

Evaluation of performance is based on a series of quizzes and a final exam.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required