TEXTBOOK & SUPPLEMENT:
Textbook required for the course is
Essential Genes by Benjamin Lewin. There will be handouts, most of
which will be available for downloading from this web as pdf files.
You will need a student IF account
for many services, such as certain off campus access to the computer network. If you do not have one already, follow the steps.
- All students must
University of Texas
electronic mail account, available at no additional charge.
(Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, etc. are unreliable for communication required in this
class. Use a recognizable version of your formal name, not a nickname.)
The use of the World Wide Web (a.k.a.
"the Web") and email is required for
- One of the uses for email is sharing questions and discussion of
relevant topics throughout the class.
important information about class changes may be posted there (as well as on the
Announcement page of the class
- Public computer terminals are
available in in ESB
1.32 and in the Undergraduate Library (Flawn Academic Center) SMF, or by modem and telephone
connections from off-campus locations.
- I will subscribe you to the class
mailing list, which is called "supergenes."
You may receive help from classmates (who receive credit
for their effort) and you may also get credit for insightful and significant
questions asked. If you do not have a UT email address, I will subscribe you
using the one from the roster, but it should be replaced quickly as soon as
possible when you get one on the UT system. Let me know asap.
- Exam questions may be derived from posts and
discussion on supergenes.
writing assistance, you have access to the Writing Laboratory in the FAC, second
Email is the most efficient way to communicate either with
Peg Wallace, your TA, or me for help or
an appointment. However, you may telephone (471-4128) or make an appointment if you prefer. You may
also leave voice mail if I am not in the office when you call. For return calls,
clearly and slowly when leaving your name and number.
ATTENDANCE, HOMEWORK, WRITING ASSIGNMENTS, OTHER OUTSIDE ASSIGNMENTS:
Attendance: (lecture and scheduled discussion
sections) = 10% (1pt deducted from final grade per excess unexcused absence
up to 10pts; you are allowed one unexcused absence without penalty.
Attendance is taken in the first 5 minutes after the lecture or discussion
Exams: average = 55%
(2 exams during semester plus final, see Note
25% (one revision is
allowed for maximum of 3 assignments)
Homework = 10% final grade credit when complete at time
due; loss of half credit when late or incomplete. (HW is handed in at
time of first exam and second exam, or as discussed in class.)
There are no makeup exams or re-exams.
total exam credit may be your final exam grade if it is higher than your
exam average provided that --
you have no more than 4
unexcused class absences, and
requirements are COMPLETE,
absences in discussion sections
(makeups in another session during the
same week is acceptable).
REQUIRED Procedures for
Seats will be assigned Sept. 6 and attendance records
will begin this day.
assignments are found on the web at the end of each chapter
supplement (linked from the Class Schedule).
Writing assignments will be found on the
Class Schedule. Modifications will be announced on
the Announcements page.
You have extensive reading in the text and the supplemental materials
(i) distributed in class or (ii) downloaded from this web site. These web materials
and class handouts have the same weight as your text book
reading. Lectures and class activities will cover only selected segments of this material. If you fall behind,
it is difficult to
Homework assignments must be
written in a sewn lab book. (available at the University CoOp and elsewhere)
notebooks are handed in twice during
the semester, when
you have an exam (or ASAP if you miss the exam).
HW is checked to see that assignments are current and complete. Any assignments completed before the books are
handed back may be taped into the proper place of your notebook before
continuing, or you may recopy your work into the notebook.
SUGGESTIONS FOR STUDY
BEFORE EACH CLASS:
- read the chapters
to be discussed in class and have questions written
down (will be handed in at end of class as part of your homework grade),
- read the related material on the Web Site for this
- read your
on the evening
before each class
for updates and information that may apply to your questions and
participation in class. (You are responsible for these.)
Bring your textbook to class.
While this class is not inherently difficult, it
probably will require you to change some study and thought habits. It is
common for reasonably
well prepared non-science students to make A's and B's. Usually the grade distributions
are about 70% A's and B's. There is no "curve" of the final grade
because you earn your grade by individual effort and performance.
Maybe this will be the semester that every student earns and receives an A.
The typical class performance is as follows:
The ability to learn new concepts has been well studied, and has a shape much like the
grade distributions above. I've added a few descriptions along the curve, below, which
seems to describe most student's reactions.
Use of e-mail for the class e-conference ("Supergenes") and use of the
In this class, you are encouraged to post questions, comments, and answers
to Supergenes. Read the instructions.
Be sure your name (recognizable for bonus credit) appears in the
"From" line of your email. It is preferable
that your email name also be recognizable as your real name.
You may ask questions, make comments, or "try" answers in a more
"private" way directly to one another and to your TA and me.
Even private messages are not absolutely "secure," so do not write anything on
email that you consider truly confidential. There are certain conventions and netiquette that you will
learn also. Always be polite; disrespect may get your name removed from
the listserv. Mistakes will
occur, so just correct them with a "follow-up" message, and don't fret about
having made them.
Approximate Course Schedule, Fall