Molecular Biology

Course Details

Course Number
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Fall 2012
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Dr. William B. Cook (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

The student will demonstrate an understanding of the universal molecular processes underlying biological functions.

The student will use basic bioengineering concepts and models to solve practical problems.

The student will fruitfully engage available bioinformatics tools and resources.

The student will demonstrate familiarity with major model organisms of molecular biology.

Course Expectations

The student will be required to write effectively in responses to essay questions that will constitute a part of each examination.  Examination questions will assume a level of understanding beyond rote memorization.  The format will include short answer and multiple-choice questions but will emphasize essay-type questions that require a deep understanding of principles and practices.  Lectures should be recognized as opportunities to gain a firm grasp of concepts.  Reading assigned chapters ahead of each lecture will allow the student to identify difficult topics and ask appropriate questions. 


The student will be required to demonstrate competency in fundamental mathematical skills through a variety of exercises and routine calculations.


The student will cultivate an acquaintance with professionally useful internet sites.


The student should refer to the MSU Student Handbook (pdf @ for university policies related to student responsibilities, rights and activities.  For example, see page 47 for a statement on the university’s policy on class attendance (attend all meetings of all classes), page 52 for valid grounds for an instructor drop (excessive absence, indifferent attitude, disruptive conduct, failure to meet class assignments), and page 120 (Appendix E) for definitions of academic dishonesty that may be subject to disciplinary action (cheating, plagiarism, and collusion).


Grading Standards


The final course score will be calculated from the following components:


                              Examination Average                     65%

                             Weekly Thought Questions             15%

                              Weekly Calculation Exercises        15%

                            Attendance                                         5%




Letter grades will be assigned according to the following course score scale


                                    Course Score                                      Grade

                                         90-100%                                          A

                                         80-89%                                            B

                                         70-79%                                            C

                                         60-69%                                            D

                                         <60%                                               F

Final Exam

12/13/2012 8:00-10:00 A. M.

Submission Format Policy

Formats for submission of course work will be supplied with each assignment.  Submitted work must conform to the prescribed format in order to earn full credit.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Deadlines will be final.  On time submission one requirement of each assignment.  Late work will not be graded.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

Attendance will be recorded and will account for 5% of the final course grade.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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