MCB 151
Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life Laboratory
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
murray@life.illinois.edu
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Course Information

Instructors:

MCB 151 Office

252 Davenport Hall

phone/voicemail:  244-6239

  

Melissa Reedy, Course Coordinator, MCB 150/151

208 Noyes Laboratory

email: murray@illinois.edu

office/voicemail: 265-6379

MCB 151 WORLD WIDE WEB SITE

MCB 151 Laboratory Website

 

To login to password-protected areas of the MCB 151 web site, please use the following information:

Name:  NetID

Password:  AD password

 

  • Announcements pertaining to MCB 151 will be updated regularly on the Latest Announcements page linked to the MCB 151 home page.
  • All material in the front section of this manual is also available on the course Web site at the address shown above. 
  • The MCB 151 Absence Report Form can be found by clicking on the “Forms” button on the MCB 151 home page.  Please use this form as your initial contact with the course staff if you are unable to attend class. 

MCB 151 WebGradebook Information:

The Web Gradebook can be accessed through any computer with a connection to the World Wide Web.  There are two main routes to the Web Gradebook for MCB 151:

 

• The Web Gradebook can be found at the following URL:  https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/Gradebook

 

•  The Web Gradebook can be accessed via the MCB 151 Web Page:  http://www.life.illinois.edu/mcb/151/

REQUIRED & RECOMMENDED MATERIALS

The following is a specific list of items required or recommended for MCB 151.  These items should be available and should be listed correctly at the Illini Union Bookstore (IUB).  They may not be available and it is not guaranteed they will be listed correctly at any other bookstore.  Please pay careful attention to dates and editions when purchasing these items.  Any items (other than those specifically named below) listed by bookstores as optional or recommended have not been previously approved by the course faculty.

 

Required/Recommended Texts and Supplies

 

1.  "Laboratory Exercises for MCB 151:  Molecular & Cellular Biology, Fall 2017"  Melissa Reedy, editor Stipes Publishing

 

2.   Biology Laboratory Notebook (carbonless)

      Stipes Publishing

 

Recommended (Optional) Texts

Textbook ISBN is: 0134243064. Biological Science (Freeman et. al, 6th edition) – currently used in MCB 150


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SECTION CHANGE, ADD AND DROP INFORMATION

Students may use the UI–Integrate Self-Service System to add or change MCB 151 laboratory sections before 5:00 PM, Monday, September 11, 2017.

 

Students must at all times attend the lab section in which they are currently enrolled.  Students will not be allowed to sit in other sections at other times for any reason.

 

Friday, October 20, 2017 is the last day to drop the course or to elect the Credit/No Credit option.  Students may use the UI-Integrate Self-Service System to drop MCB 151 until this deadline.

 

To drop the course after the drop deadline, students must petition a dean in their college office and bring petitions to 252 Davenport Hall for completion of attendance and grade information.

 

To elect the Credit/No Credit option, students must apply in their College Office.


WHEN MCB 151 CLASSES BEGIN

MCB 151 sections will begin on Monday, August 28, 2017 in 216 Noyes.  See the online timetable for section-specific meeting days and times.

 



PROFICIENCY EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

The MCB 151 proficiency exam will be given on Thursday, September 7, 2017, from 6–9 PM.  Students may sign up for the exam until 12:00 PM on the day of the exam by submitting their intent here: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/3583351?referrer=

Please note students may not take a proficiency exam if any of the following apply:

  1. You have taken the proficiency exam for the given course previously.
  2. You have already completed the course.
  3. You were enrolled in the course and dropped after the campus drop deadline (eighth week of the semester) or withdrew from the course.
  4. You have completed more than one course in advance of the course in which the proficiency exam is requested. (This is stated in the Student Code 3-203, (4) as “An examination for credit in a college subject of elementary character is not granted to a students who has received credit for more than one semester of work in the subject in advance of the course in which the examination is requested.”)

Additional information regarding proficiency exams appears in Article 3, Part 2, 3-203, Proficiency Examinations, in the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students, which is available online at http://studentcode.illinois.edu/.

Request forms will be reviewed by the MCB Core Curriculum Office, and students will receive a response via email.

 



EXPECTATIONS FOR WORKING IN SMALL COLLABORATIVE GROUPS

 

In MCB 151, all activities will be conducted in small groups.  There are several reasons for working in groups:

  • You can benefit and learn much from your classmates and listening to their ideas.
  • You can help others benefit and learn by providing your insight into problems.
  • Overall, your group should be able to produce more substantial and comprehensive work than if you were responsible for the work by yourself.
  • It is extremely important to learn how to interact with others to achieve a common goal – you will use this skill throughout your lifetime!

Success in group work can be yours if you follow a few simple guidelines.  Failure to follow these guidelines may jeopardize your success in this course.

 

  1. Be an active participant.  Participate in group discussions.  Don't ask your group partners to take on work that is your responsibility.  Do not sit back and let everyone else at your lab bench do all of the work.
  2. Be on time.  We all lead very busy lives and it is extremely rude and irresponsible when you do not show up on time to lab or a predetermined meeting.   Do not waste each other’s time!
  3. Be honest.  If you did not participate fully in a group activity, do not expect to receive credit for that activity.  All students are expected to communicate with their instructor when a group member is not living up to expectations.
  4. Be organized.  Come prepared, be ready to take on a specific job, and stay on task.  If you do not come to lab with a good understanding of the activity for that day you will let your entire group down because time will be wasted trying to catch you up.  Don’t be the reason your group stays late after lab to finish up!
  5. Be courteous.  You are expected to treat every person in lab with respect.  Disrespect of others will not be tolerated.  When working on an assignment remember to criticize ideas, not people.  Give each other opportunities to add to the success of the group – great leaders don’t always take the lead but instead encourage leadership from everyone.
  6. Expect only the best from each other.  Make sure you establish high standards for yourself and be sure to live up to the standards of your group members as well. 

CONTACTING MCB COURSE PERSONNEL

  • MCB course personnel are more than happy to assist students.
  • Emails to instructors, TAs, or course coordinators will only be answered if they come from an @illinois.edu account.  We will only use this account in order to protect your educational information and profile. As a student, please remember that when you email a staff member, it is important to include all pertinent information so that we can assist you in the most efficient and effective manner possible. This information includes:
    • The course rubric in the subject line
    • Your full first and last name
    • Your NetID (the first part of your illinois.edu email account)
    • Your UIN (9 digit number that can be found on your ICard)
    • The course that you are concerned about (the course personnel often work with multiple courses)
    • Your section letter/number
    • The previous email "thread" or previous communicated information pertinent to the situation
  • Your cooperation will help us respond much more quickly to your concerns.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES AND PRACTICES

Students are required to submit the Request for Accommodation for Religious Observances Form (which can be found at http://www.odos.uiuc.edu/community-of-care/resources/docs/Religious-Observance-Accommodation-Request-Form.pdf) to their instructors and the Office of the Dean of Students requesting accommodation by the end of the second week of the course.  Requests that are not submitted within this time frame may not be granted.  Information about accommodations can be found in the Student Code: http://studentcode.illinois.edu/.

DRES ACCOMMODATIONS

If a student has DRES (Disability Resources and Educational Services) accommodations, documentation must be submitted to course personnel by the end of the second week of class.

If a student believes that they need DRES accommodations, they should contact DRES at disability@illinois.edu.

 

 

 


EXAM INFORMATION

The first exam will be administered in the laboratory during regular class time during exercise 7 (covering exercises 1-6).  A second exam will be administered in the laboratory during regular class time during exercise 12 (covering weeks 8-11).  The cumulative final exam will be administered during a specified time during finals week.  These exams will be administered using the LON-CAPA system. All students are required to take the exams in 216 Noyes Laboratory, during their exam time, and required to stay for the full hour.  Each lab exam will test concepts as well as require you to interpret lab data, lab equipment and other lab components. Each lab exam will be worth 100 points.

EXAM ABSENCES 

  1. If you must miss an exam due to unforeseen circumstances, you are required to contact the course coordinator within 24 hours of the absence.  You will then have 48 hours from the absence in which to submit documentation to your course coordinator.  You must also submit an online Absence Form on your course website.  Course personnel will evaluate documentation and decide whether or not there will be an option to compensate for the missed exam through either a make-up exam or proration.  Failure to follow this procedure will result in a zero for the exam.
  2. If you must miss an exam for job, graduate or professional school interviews, the exam may be prorated.  A best effort should be made to schedule these events around exams.  You will need to be mindful that only one exam may be prorated in a semester for any and all absences.
  3. There will be instances when the student must make an individual choice about their ability to perform on an exam and will need to accept any and all consequences for that choice.
  4. If the absence is a result of a protracted illness of 3 days or more, you should follow the procedure for obtaining a letter from the Office of the Dean of Students.  The request may be made once the student returns to class but not more than 10 business days after the last date of absence.

 FINAL EXAM ABSENCE 

  1. If you must miss a final exam due to unforeseen circumstances, you are required to contact your instructor or course coordinator within 24 hours of the absenceAbsence from a final examination for any other cause is reported as a final grade of “absent” (ABS) in the course and counts as a failure. (http://studentcode.illinois.edu/article3_part2_3-201.html)
  2. There will be instances when the student must make an individual choice about their ability to perform on an exam and will need to accept any and all consequences for that choice.

 

FINAL EXAM CONFLICT

  1. Conflict final exams may only be granted for any one of the following situations:

    • Students with three final exams scheduled within a 24 hour period as defined in Part 2: 3-201). Final Examinations of the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students which can be found at: http://studentcode.illinois.edu/article3_part2_3-201.html
    • Students who have two final exams scheduled at the same time.  Final conflict exam requests should be made to the course with larger enrollment.  Course personnel can assist with information to determine which course this would be.
    • Students who have a verified personal problem, and who have received written permission to take a conflict final exam from a dean in their college.
    • Students who have DRES academic accommodations.

 

  1. Students that find themselves in any of the above situations should complete the online Conflict Final Exam Request Form which can be found on the course website.  This request must be made by 5:00 pm on the last day of class in order for the request to be granted.  Any requests made after this time may not be granted.  If a conflict final exam is granted, it may be scheduled at any time during the final examination period and is at the discretion of the instructor or course coordinator.

 



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GENERAL INFORMATION & POLICIES OF THE LABORATORY

1.      Neither food nor drink is allowed in the laboratory; smoking is not allowed in the building.

 

2.      Shoes must be worn to lab; no open toe sandals are allowed.

 

3.      Students must bring their University of Illinois I-card to lab each week in order to check out microscopes and other laboratory materials.

 

4.      Coats (or extra apparel), backpacks, and bags must be stored away from the student lab benches.  These items should be hung on the coat rack in the room.

 

5.      The floor area must be completely clear at all times.

 

6.      Students must clean the labs after each exercise.  This includes the lab tables, the sink, and (if necessary) the floor.

 

7.      Students may not make changes to the computer settings, folders, or programs.  Students may not load software to course computers.  Student may not use lab computers for any purpose other than that specifically directed by the laboratory TA.

 

8.      Any student who does not adhere to the lab policies may be ejected from the lab, may be prohibited from participating in labs in this course, and may not receive a grade for work in those labs.

 

9.      The course faculty and the TAs are in charge of the orderly conduct of labs and discussions and may exclude a student who does not comply with a reasonable request in this regard.

 

10.   All students are assumed to have read and understood the Code Of Policies And Regulations Applying To All Students, University of Illinois, and will be expected to act accordingly.  The Student Code is available online.

 

11.   Concerns over teaching, grading, and/or absences should be addressed to the MCB 151 Course Coordinator.

 

12.   The deadline for grade corrections on all items is one week after corrected items are returned or grades are received.

 

13.    The faculty and staff of MCB 151 are not responsible for any student’s personal  belongings during examinations or class periods.

 

14.    Laptops and cell phones are not allowed in the lab unless otherwise specified by the MCB staff or TAs



SOCIAL MEDIA USE

Use of any social or electronic media to share information, request information or make confidential information public is prohibited. Any use of this type may earn you a zero or a more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor on an assignment or exam.

Any social media sites created in relation to MCB courses must grant access to course personnel upon request.  Failure to provide access will result in a failing grade in the course for the group/site’s administrator(s).



COURSE RECORDINGS 

  1. Students are welcome and encouraged to make audio recordings of course lectures.
  2. The material recorded is intellectual and copyrighted property of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and may be made for personal use only.
  3. Video recordings of any kind are strictly prohibited.
  4. Posting of audio recordings or transcriptions on social or electronic media platforms is strictly prohibited

 



ATTENDANCE POLICIES

ATTENDANCE POLICIES

 

1.     Regular class attendance is expected of all students at the University.   (http://studentcode.illinois.edu/article1_part5_1-501.html)

 

2.     Attendance will be recorded at the beginning of every lab session.  You must sign in on the sign in sheet and remain present in the lab for the entire lab period to be considered eligible to turn in a lab notebook assignment and complete the online post-lab quiz questions for that particular lab period.

 

3.      Students must attend their scheduled lab section unless they are assigned to a make-up lab by the course staff in 208 Noyes Lab.

 

4.      Make-up labs are assigned by the MCB 151 Course Coordinator.  Only students who can provide an acceptable reason with supporting documentation for an absence will be eligible to make up a missed lab.  Documentation should be dated and presented in writing to the MCB 151 Staff.  Make-up labs are not guaranteed to be available, as there is a limit to the number of students allowed in a lab session.  If you have an acceptable reason for absence, we will make every effort to accommodate you.

 

4.      TA’s cannot reschedule students to other lab sections, including their own.

 

5.      Class absences before and after vacations (e.g. Thanksgiving Break, Spring Break) are not excusable, except as aforementioned.

CLASS ABSENCES 

  1. Regular class attendance is expected of all students at the University.    (http://studentcode.illinois.edu/article1_part5_1-501.html)
  2. The Office of the Dean of Students will only provide informative letters to instructors for protracted illness of 3 or more days, certain emergencies, and to be present during the serious illness of immediate family members (parents, legal guardian, spouse/partner, siblings, children, or grandparents).  These letters do not excuse you from class but merely provide information for the instructor to consider with regard to excusing the absence and permitting make-up work.  Students must request absence letters from the Office of the Dean of Students after the student has returned to class but not more than 10 business days after the last date of absence.
  3. Absences that may be excused without a letter from the Office of the Dean of Students include circumstances beyond the student’s control such as medical treatment, surgery related to prolonged illness or injury, pregnancy, legal matters, citizenship or naturalization processes, or acts of nature which cause destruction to a primary residence or disrupt air travel.  However, all will require documentation.
  4. Absences that may also be excused without a letter include job, graduate or professional school interviews, though a best effort should be made to schedule these events to minimize class attendance disruption.
  5. Absences planned for the items listed above must be communicated to your course coordinator at least two weeks in advance of the absence.  Failure to do so may result in the loss of opportunity to reschedule the missed class period and the portion of the grade associated with this class period.
  6. Absences that will not be excused include family events such as reunions or weddings, or presence during serious illness of extended family members (aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or cousin).
  7. Unplanned absences may result in the loss of opportunity to reschedule the missed class period and, therefore, the portion of the grade associated with this class period. 
  8. Absences will be handled according to individual course policy.
    1. If a makeup lab can be assigned, a student will be required to attend.
    2. If there is no possibility for a makeup, the student will be required to use the drops associated with the course for that particular lab period or receive a zero if no dropped scores are part of the course grading structure.  

 



MCB 151 ATTENDANCE POLICIES

 1.   Attendance will be recorded at the beginning of every lab session.  You must sign in on the sign in sheet and remain present in the lab for the entire lab period to be considered eligible to turn in a lab notebook assignment and complete the online post-lab questions for that particular lab period.

 

2.      Students must attend their scheduled lab section unless they are assigned to a make-up lab by the course staff in 208 Noyes Lab.

 

3.      Make-up labs are assigned by the MCB 151 Course Coordinator.  Only students who can provide an acceptable reason with supporting documentation for an absence will be eligible to make up a missed lab.  Documentation should be dated and presented in writing to the MCB 151 Staff.  Make-up labs are not guaranteed to be available, as there is a limit to the number of students allowed in a lab session.  If you have an acceptable reason for absence, we will make every effort to accommodate you.

 

4.      TA’s cannot reschedule students to other lab sections, including their own.

 

 

 



MCB 151 WEB GRADEBOOK

The MCB 151 Web Gradebook can be accessed directly at: https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/Gradebook

 

or through the MCB 151 Web Site at: http://www.life.uiuc.edu/mcb/151

 

Points recorded for each score type will be available for student review on the MCB 151 Web Gradebook.  To check your scores, sign into the MCB 151 Web Site and click on the Gradebook link and follow the instructions presented there.  All students are responsible for checking their scores on the Web Gradebook after each exam and laboratory assignment is returned to them.  Each student is responsible for reporting possible discrepancies to their TA and if immediate action is not taken, the student is responsible for bringing this to the attention of the MCB 151 Course Coordinator within one week of receiving their graded paper or exam score.  Students are encouraged to keep all graded papers returned to them until after final grades are issued.  Students are encouraged to keep an intact laboratory notebook of all their assignment carbons until after final grades are issued.

 

 

The final deadline for Web Gradebook corrections is

 

5:00 PM, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

 

No Web Gradebook scores will be altered after this deadline.

 

 



COURSE GRADING

Information on assignments, exams, and other evaluation tools/score types is summarized in the following pages and will be more specifically addressed the first week of class.   There will be a total of 1000 possible points earned in the course.  Grades will be assigned according to the Standard Grade Scale, provided in this document.

 

Pre-Laboratory Exercises

Pre-laboratory exercises will accompany each laboratory exercise. Pre-lab questions must be completed on the LON-CAPA system before your laboratory section meets each week. Pre-lab questions are designed to ensure that you have completed the background reading and are prepared to complete each week's laboratory exercise. There will be 9 pre-lab question sets, each worth 7 points for a total of 50 points (drop 13 points).

 

Attendance

Each week in lab, your attendance is recorded. It is your responsibility to sign in on the “sign-in” sheet at the beginning of each lab period within the first 5 minutes of class.  Students who are late to class or who do not stay in the lab for the entire lab period will not be eligible to complete the LON-CAPA post lab question set or the Lab Notebook Assignment for that week.

 

Post-Laboratory Questions

Post-laboratory questions will be asked in conjunction with each laboratory exercise, as well as with the introductory course information and laboratory safety session. Post-lab questions must be completed on the LON-CAPA system before your section meets for the next lab period; that is, you will have one week to complete each post-lab exercise. Only those that have signed the sign-in sheet that week will earn points for a post lab assignment.  If you were absent for a lab period, it would still be in your best interest to complete this assignment as preparation for exams in the course, but you will not earn any points.  Post-lab questions are designed to evaluate whether you learned and understood the material presented in each laboratory exercise. There will be 10 post-lab question sets, each worth 15 points, for a total of 125 points (drop 25 points).

 

Laboratory Reports

Each laboratory exercises will require a laboratory report submission. These reports are designed as an opportunity for you to practice writing in a scientific style. Specific requirements regarding the laboratory reports are provided at the end of each lab. Each laboratory report will be worth 75 points, for a total of 525 points (drop 75 points).

 

Notebook Assignments accompany the following laboratory exercises:

 

Exercise 2

Bacteria

Exercise 3

Introduction to the Eukaryotic Cell

Exercise 4

Enzymes

Exercise 5 & 6

DNA/DNA Electrophoresis

Exercise 8

UV Mutagenesis

Exercise 9

Cell Cytoskeletal Structure

Exercise 10

pGLO Transformation

Exercise 11

HIV ELISA

 

The purpose, procedure, and protocol sections and data tables for results should be written in you notebook before coming to the lab.  Data Presentation/Results and Conclusions should be written in the notebook during and after the lab.  The following guidelines are designed to ensure an accurate and detailed record of you laboratory experience.  Your TA will provide you with specific details about exactly what is expected in your section.

 

  • All laboratory notebook assignments must be hand-written in the required Biology Laboratory Notebook. 
  • Clearly write your name, section letter, TA’s name and course number on the cover of your lab notebook. There are many students in this course who are all using the same type of notebook, and should it be misplaced, we will be able to return it to you much more easily.
  • Notice that this notebook is carbonless.  There are white and yellow sheets each with the same page number.  Both sheets should be placed on top of the cover before you begin writing.  Turn in the white pages of you notebook assignments a keep all yellow pages in you notebook for reference and proof of your assignment should it be misplaced.  These pages must be in the notebook and in the natural order of the exercises to be useful should another copy of your assignment be needed.   If you choose to prepare your assignments in some other way, you will bear the consequences should something become misplaced.  The notebook carbons in sequence in your notebook are the only form of copies that will be accepted for credit.
  • Include a running table of contents at the front of you notebook so that experimental results can be located quickly and easily.  Update the table of contents each time you begin a new laboratory exercise.
  • Write your name, section letter, TA’s name, week number and date on the top of every page.
  • Errors should be crossed out with a single line so they remain legible.  Do not erase or scratch out errors to tear pages out of your notebook.  When an error is made, include a comment on what went wrong and what you would do differently if the experiment were repeated.  This can allow you to figure out what actually happened even long after completing the experiment.
  • Guidelines for what each assignment requires are found at the end of each exercise.

Grading Rubric for Laboratory Notebook Assignment: Grades will be assigned to lab notebook assignments based on the following criteria:

Lab Notebook Preparation – 8 points

  • 8 pts. – The purpose, procedure/protocols sections and data tables for results must be written in your notebook before coming to lab.  Your TA will check your work and sign off on it (by initialing) before you begin lab. 
  • 0 pts. – The lab notebook preparation was not completed prior to the start of lab.

 Proper Format – 3 points

  • 3 pts. – All sections are included and properly labeled.  Headings for each section stand out.  Overall appearance is nice and neat.
  • 2 pts. – One or two sections are not clearly labeled.  Overall appearance is fairly nice and neat.
  • 1 pt. – Three or more sections are not included and/or labeled.  Overall appearance is somewhat disheveled.
  • 0 pts. – None of the sections are labeled.  Overall appearance is poor.                                                                                     

Purpose – 4 points

  • 4 pts. – The purpose is stated in the students’ own words and it is obvious that the concepts from the exercise are understood.
  • 3 pts. – The purpose is stated in the students’ own words, but it is unclear if the student understands the concepts from the exercise.
  • 2 pts. – The purpose is stated in the students’ own words, but it is lacking conceptual background indicating that the student does not clearly understand the purpose of the exercise.
  • 1 pt. – The purpose is copied from the manual.
  • 0 pts. – The purpose is missing.

Relevance – 10 points (when applicable: Exercises 3, 5, 8, 10, and 11)

  • 10-8 pts. – A relevant article in popular literature is cited, attached, and summarized.  The summary provided is written in the student’s own words and it is clear that he/she understands the article well.
  • 7-5 pts. – A relevant article in popular literature is cited, attached, and summarized.  The summary provided is written in the student’s own words, but there are some (1-2) issues with the student’s understanding of the article.
  • 4-2 pts. – An article in popular literature is cited and attached but the summary is either unclear and/or not written in the student’s own words.
  • 1 pt. – An article is cited and attached but not summarized.
  • 0 pts. – The relevance section is missing.

Skills – 10 points (when applicable: Exercises 2, 4, 8 and 9)

  • In Exercise 2 you will be tested on your technique and results of your streak plate. 
  • In Exercise 4 you will be asked to demonstrate your ability to load and run a gel properly.
  • In Exercise 8, you will be asked to demonstrate your aseptic technique while spread plating and the resulting plates will be graded.
  • In Exercise 9, you will be tested on your ability to make one of the slides for the exercise and demonstrate your proficiency with a microscope.

Procedure – 5 points

  • 5 pts. – The procedure is well summarized and appears to be well understood; clear notation is made of any and all modifications if necessary.
  • 4 pts. – The procedure is summarized, but parts of it are not understood; clear notation is made of any modifications if necessary.
  • 3 pts. – The procedure is copied directly from the manual; modifications are noted.
  • 2 pts. – The procedure is copied directly from the manual; modifications are carelessly noted.
  • 1 pt. – The procedure is copied from the manual incompletely; notation about modifications is missing.
  • 0 pts. – The procedure is missing.

Data Presentation/Results– 15 points

  • 15-13 pts. – All results are presented, clearly labeled and separated into sub-area with a high quality appearance.  It may include charts, graphs and/or drawings.
  • 12-10 pts. – All results are presented, clearly labeled and separated with good quality appearance.  It may include charts, graphs and/or drawings.
  • 9-7 pts. – All results are presented, moderately labeled with a fair quality appearance.
  • 6-4 pts. – Most results are presented, haphazardly labeled with a fair quality appearance.
  • 3-1 pts. – Some results are presented, unlabeled with a poor quality appearance.
  • 0 pts. – The results are missing.

 Conclusions – 30 points

  • Each conclusion section has questions that need to be answered with the point value for each shown.  Points are awarded based on the correct and complete answer being given.

 Laboratory Exams

The first exam will be administered in the laboratory during regular class time during exercise 7 (covering exercises 1-5).  A second exam will be administered in the laboratory during regular class time during exercise 13 (covering weeks 8-11).  The cumulative final exam will be administered during a specified time during finals week.  These exams will be administered using the LON-CAPA system. All students are required to take the exams in 216 Noyes Laboratory, during their exam time, and required to stay for the full hour.  Each lab exam will test concepts as well as require you to interpret lab data, lab equipment and other lab components. Each lab exam will be worth 100 points, and the final exam will be worth 150 points.

 



COURSE GRADING

Student grades in MCB 151 will be based on total of 1000 points.  Categories listed below are approximate, but should closely resemble the final distribution.

 

Point Distribution

2 Exams (@100 points each)

200

Final Exam (cumulative)

100

Assignments:                           LON-CAPA

LNA

 

175

525

Total

1000 points

 

1. Assignments

        LNA (8 @ 75 pts, drop 75 points)                                                     

        LON-CAPA Pre lab questions (9 @ 7 pts each, max. total of 50 pts)

        LON-CAPA Post lab questions (10 @ 15 pts each, max. total of 125 pts)

        

2.  Exams:  We will give 2 exams this semester.  Each Exam is worth 100 points.

3. Final Exam:  There will be a cumulative final exam worth 100 points.

Total:  There are a total of 1000 points in MCB 151 this semester.

*All point totals are estimates and may be altered slightly throughout the course of the semester.



MCB 151 Standard Grade Scale

The point totals contained in the following table represent the use of the plus/minus grading system coupled with a 4.0 grade point system.  The University has assigned the grade point values shown for each letter grade.  Students who earn the points shown below (out of 1000 possible points) will be guaranteed the indicated letter grade.  At semester's end, after the final exam, the faculty will analyze the course grade distribution, and may decrease (to accommodate poor class performance on an examination), but will not increase the points needed for each grade.

Letter Grade

Point Ranges

Grade Point Value

A+

1000–920

4.000

A

919–883

4.000

A-

882–850

3.667

B+

849–817

3.333

B

816–783

3.000

B-

782–750

2.667

C+

749–717

2.333

C

716–683

2.000

C-

682–650

1.667

D+

649–617

1.333

D

616–583

1.000

D-

582–550

0.667

F

549–0

0.000



STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

1.      Science cannot exist without honesty.  The faculty and staff of MCB 151 require students to hold the highest standards of scientific and academic conduct.  Any form of cheating on any graded work in this course is unacceptable, and will be dealt with as outlined below, and in accordance with the University-wide standards in the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students.

 

2. We require that all graded work be entirely your own, and that anything you write using the words of other writers be correctly attributed.  Some specific points follow:

 

Exams

On all exams, the answers that you turn in for grading must be your own, formulated during the exam from your own understanding of the material and without any supporting information, be it written, verbal or electronic.  Copying the work of another student, or allowing another to copy your work, or copying work from any other source, is unacceptable. We cannot always monitor you as you complete your work; thus, we must rely upon appearance of your work from which to judge.  If the work you submit resembles that of another student or another source too closely, we may conclude that it is not your original work. Always make a conscious effort to complete your work on your own and to protect it from the view of others, in order to ensure that it will be seen as your own.  Instructors in this course reserve the right to move students during the course of the exam if the appearance of a breach of academic integrity is noted.  The exams will be administered using the LON-CAPA system. All students are required to take the exams in 216 Noyes Laboratory, during their exam time, and required to stay for the full hour.

 

Failure to adhere to these standards, for any portion of an exam, may result in a grade of zero for the entire exam, for all persons involved.

 

Use of any social or electronic media to share information, request information, or make confidential information public is prohibited.  Any use of this type may earn you a zero on the exam or a more severe penalty at the discretion of the instructor.

 

Assignments

On assignments, the answers that you turn in for grading must be written in your own words, formulated from your own understanding of the material.  Copying or paraphrasing the work of another student, or allowing another to copy or paraphrase your work, is unacceptable. Since we cannot monitor you as you complete your work, we have only the appearance of your work from which to judge.  If the work you submit resembles that of another student too closely, we may conclude that it is not your original work. Always make a conscious effort to complete your work on your own and to protect it from the view of others, in order to ensure that it will be seen as your own.  

 

On assignments, if you use another source to obtain the facts and/or opinions necessary to complete your assignment, you must credit the source (see next point below) and rephrase the information so that your assignment is entirely your own words.  A good practice is to read the source until you have a thorough understanding of the material, and then put it away.  Write your assignment as if you are explaining the information you learned from reading the source to a classmate, member of your family, or to your teaching assistant.  You may wish to look at the source again for clarification, but be certain that you do not use statements taken directly from the text in your assignment.  Your entire assignment should be in your own words.  Furthermore, paraphrasing does NOT mean replacing key words in a statement with synonyms. For an example of proper paraphrasing of a statement, consult the University’s Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students.

 

On assignments, if you use the ideas and/or opinions from another author or source, you must provide the appropriate citation.  That is, you must, using APA format, place a parenthetical reference to the source that provided you the information necessary to complete that portion of the assignment.

 

While you may be working with a partner or two and the data that you have is the same or similar, the write-up of the work and data must be uniquely your own.

 

Failure to adhere to these standards may result in a grade of zero for the entire assignment, for all persons involved.