MCB 250
Molecular Genetics
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
kirchner@life.illinois.edu | sblanke@illinois.edu | rsbolton@illinois.edu
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Course Information

MCB Curriculum Policies

All students enrolled in a MCB course are assumed to have read and understood the MCB Curriculum Policies and will be expected to act accordingly.

MCB 250: MOLECULAR GENETICS

Lecture: Foellinger Auditorium 1-1:50 PM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Dr. Steven Blanke (Professor of Microbiology); sblanke@illinois.edu
Office Hours: Monday 9:00-10:00 AM and Friday 10:00-11:00 AM in 302A Burrill Hall.

Dr. Rachel Smith-Bolton (Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology); rsbolton@illinois.edu
Office Hours: Monday 4:00-5:00 PM and Tuesday 10:00-11:00 AM in C626 CLSL.

Nick Kirchner (Course Coordinator); kirchner@life.illinois.edu
Office Hours: By appointment (415 Burrill Hall); 244-4906

MCB Core Curriculum Office:   252 Davenport Hall; 244-6239; (8:30 am–5:00 pm, M–F; closed 12:00-1:00 PM)

MCB 250 WORLD WEB SITES

Course Web site: www.life.illinois.edu/mcb/250
Course Gradebook: https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/Gradebook/
MasteringBiology: www.pearsonmastering.com

REQUIRED & RECOMMENDED MATERIALS

The following is a specific list of items required for MCB 250. 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 TEXTS & SUPPLIES

  1. "Molecular Biology of the Gene" 7th Edition
    by Watson, et al.
    Pearson, 2014
    Note: The etext along with Mastering Biology is the preferred version of the text. A code for this can be purchased any of the bookstores. You may still purchase the hardcover edition but if you do make sure it includes an access code to Mastering Biology

  2. iClicker



SECTION CHANGE, ADD AND DROP INFORMATION

Students may use the UI Integrate system to add or change sections in MCB 250 before 5 PM on Monday September 11th 2017.

Monday, September 11th 2017 at 5 PM is the deadline for adding the course and for changing sections in MCB 250.

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

Friday, October 20th, 2017 at 5 PM is the last day to drop the course or to elect the Credit/No Credit option.

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

To drop the course after the drop deadline, students must petition a Dean in their college office and bring the Instructor's Estimated Grade Report section of petitions to Nicholas Kirchner in 415 Burrill Hall for completion and signature.



WHEN MCB 250 CLASSES BEGIN

MCB 250 lectures will begin on Monday, August 28 2017 and meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00-1:50 PM in Foellinger Auditorium.

MCB 250 discussions will begin meeting on Monday, August 28th 2017 and will meet in 243B Davenport Hall.



PROFICIENCY EXAM INFORMATION

The proficiency exam for MCB 250 will be given from 6:00-9:00 pm on Tuesday, September 5th 2017. You may sign up for the exam using the following form [Proficiency request form] by 12:00 pm (noon) on the day of the exam.

You may not take a proficiency exam if any of the following apply:

  • A. You have taken the proficiency exam for the given course previously.
  • B. You have already completed the course.
  • C. You were enrolled in the course and dropped after the campus drop deadline (eighth week of the semester) or withdrew from the course.
  • D. You have completed more than one course in advance of the course (higher rubric number) 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 student 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://admin.illinois.edu/policy/code/.

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


  • 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. 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 you use to register for classes)
    • 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: www.odos.illinois.edu/studentassistance/downloads/Religious_Observance_Accommodation_Request_Form.docx) 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.

    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 AND CONFLICT EXAM INFORMATION

    EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Exams I, II, and III will be given on Wednesday evenings (see Course Policies: Examinations for exam dates). Arrive early; the exams will begin at 7:00 PM sharp. The exams will cover material from lecture and any assigned reading. Please see the MCB 250 Web site for any further details concerning each exam.

    2. The exams will be administered in various lecture halls and classrooms on campus and the room assignments will be posted on the MCB 250 Web site several days prior to each exam. You must take the exam in the room to which you have been assigned.

    3. Bring your University photo ID, several sharp #2 pencils, and an eraser. You will not need a calculator to complete these exams. No calculators will be allowed in the exam room.

    4. Please do not bring to the exam any backpacks, purses, hats, bags, books, notes, papers, clipboards, iPods, cell phones, or anything other than the items listed in number 3 above; you will be allowed to enter the exam room with these items, but they will be placed away from student seating during the exam. No one will be monitoring who deposits and collects these personal effects, so thefts and mistaken identification of belongings can occur. We urge you not to bring valuables to the exam room. You will be asked to place all jackets/coats completely under the chair in which you are seated. In the case that the floor of the exam room is wet, you will be allowed to place jackets/coats at the front or back of the room during the exam.Cell phones, pagers, ipods audio equipment, and any other electronic devices must be turned off and placed away from student seating during the exam, this includes calculators.

      The MCB 250 faculty/staff is not responsible for any of your personal belongings. We strongly suggest you do not bring them to the exam site. The Illini Union Bookstore and the Illini Union (2nd floor, northeast corner of building near the Ballroom) have lockers available for temporary storage of such items if you are unable to leave them at home prior to an exam.

    5. If you have a University course that conflicts with the exam, contact Nick Kirchner in 415 Burrill Hall by 5:00 PM the Friday prior to the exam. You must submit an online conflict form before this time in order to be excused. See the Conflict Exam Instructions section for further details.

    6. If you experience an illness or emergency that causes you to miss an exam, you should refer to the MCB Curriculum Policies listed above.
    7. Texting, or the use of a cell phone or any other electronic device for any purpose during an exam, is prohibited. Doing so may earn you a zero on the exam, or a more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor.

    CONFLICT EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

    1. The conflict exam is given on the regular exam day. You must make arrangements to take a conflict exam by 5:00 PM, the Friday prior to the exam day. Use the MCB 250 Conflict Exam Request Form to make these arrangements. You must make these arrangements for each exam. Your request for a conflict exam will not be carried to subsequent exams.

    2. A Conflict Exam will only be given to individuals who find themselves in one of the following situations:
      A regularly scheduled course for credit at the University that takes place during the scheduled exam time
      Sporting events for University athletes and club team participants
      Employment (if possible you should reschedule your work shift)
      Travel or conferences associated with RSOs (not general meetings)
      Travel associated with job or secondary school interviews (if possible schedule interviews around exams)
      Students with DRES academic accommodations.
      Please note that you will not be granted a conflict exam for conflicts associated with educational enhancement opportunities (ie, Kaplan Courses, Princeton Review)
      Please bring written documentation supporting your claim of conflict and a copy of your course schedule to 252 Davenport Hall to be time/date stamped and placed in Nick Kirchner's mailbox. If you have a question about whether your conflict will qualify, please call or email Nick Kirchner in advance of the deadline.

    3. Conflict exams are given in rooms to be assigned. Conflicts will be offered on the same day as the regular exam from 11am-1pm, 3-5pm, 4-6pm, and 5-7pm. Once you fill out the conflict request form on the course website and your conflict is approved by the course coordinator, you will be emailed notification on your conflict exam time. If you have a conflict with the regular exam time and the conflict exam times, contact Nick Kirchner by 5:00 PM on the Friday prior to the exam day. An alternate conflict exam time will be arranged.

    4. Students scheduled to take the conflict exam from 5-7 PM will be required to remain in the exam room until exactly 6:50 PM. Students taking the conflict exam are given the same exam as students taking the exam at the regular time. In order to protect the integrity of the exam, conflict exam students are held until 6:50 PM. If you wish to use the remaining 10 minutes to complete your exam, you may.

    5. Students taking the conflict exam will not be allowed to take their exam booklet with them when they leave the exam room. These booklets will be available for pick-up in your TA's mailbox in 252 Davenport Hall by noon on the day following the exam.

    EXAM ABSENCES

    1. If you must miss an exam due to unforeseen circumstances, you are required to contact your 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. Course personnel will evaluate documentation and decide whether or not there will be an option to compensate for the missed exam through 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 profesional 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 hat only one exam may be prorated in a semester for any and all absences. Documentation is required.

      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.

    3. 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.

    4. If you miss an exam, the possibility exists to have one exam prorated with proper documentation. You must contact the course coordinator via email within 48 hours of the absence. If you do not provide documentation in a timely manner and upon receipt, there may be a negative impact on your ability to receive a prorated score. The final exam cannot be prorated. Your prorate score will be calculated based on the following formula:

      formula for prorating

      Please note that the percentile used to calculate your score may be different from the percentile seen in the online Gradebook, due to the accounting for missing scores. You must complete at least two exams and the final in the course in order to earn a letter grade in the course. If you are unable to do so the instructor will recommend that you drop or withdraw from the course.

      Prior to the final exam in the course, you will be given a preliminary proration of your missing score. This proration is only to give you an idea of what your missing score would be based on the other scores that we have for you at that time. Your actual proration will be done with the final exam score included. Please understand that this preliminary proration score may increase or decrease depending on your performance on the final exam. The actual proration score will be the score used to determine your final grade.



    FINAL EXAM AND CONFLICT FINAL EXAM INFORMATION

    FINAL EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

    1. The Final Exam will be held on Wednesday December 20th from 8:00-11:00 AM. Rooms assignments will be posted on the course website closer to the exam date.

    2. The exam location(s) will be posted on the MCB 250 Web site by Wednesday, November 27th 2017.

    3. Bring your University photo ID, several sharp #2 pencils and an eraser. You will not need a calculator to complete this exam. No calculators will be allowed in the exam room.

    4. Please do not bring to the exam any backpacks, purses, hats, bags, books, notes, papers, clipboards, musical instruments, or anything other than the items listed in number 3 above; you will NOT be allowed to enter the exam room with these items. We urge you not to bring valuables to the exam room. You will be asked to place all jackets/coats completely under the chair in which you are seated. In the case that the floor of the exam room is wet, you will be allowed to place jackets/coats at the front or back of the room during the exam.

      The MCB 250 faculty/staff is not responsible for any of your personal belongings. We strongly suggest you do not bring them to the exam site. The Illini Union Bookstore has lockers available for temporary storage of such items if you are unable to leave them at home prior to an exam.Cell phones, pagers, ipods audio equipment, and any other electronic devices must be turned off and placed away from student seating during the exam, this includes calculators.

    5. A conflict final exam will be given only for students who have met the requirements stated on the Conflict Final Exam Instructions page. Please fill out the online conflict final exam request form before 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017.

    6. FINAL EXAM ABSENCE

      • 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 absence.  Absence 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)
      • 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.

    CONFLICT FINAL EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

    1. A Conflict Final Exam will only be given to individuals who find themselves in one of the following situations:

      • Students with three final exams scheduled within a 24 hour period as defined in Section 82.A.4). Final Examinations of the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students which can be found at www.uiuc.edu/admin_manual/code/.

      • Students who have another final exam scheduled at the same time as the MCB 250 final exam. The conflicting course's enrollment must be lower than the MCB 250 enrollment in order for you to take the MCB 250 conflict final exam. Please see the MCB 250 Staff in 252 Davenport Hall for enrollment information.

      • Students who have a verified personal problem, and who have received written permission to take the MCB 250 conflict final exam from a dean in their college.

      • Students who have DRES academic accommodations .

    2. Any student with one or more of the above situations should use the MCB 250 Conflict Final Exam Request Form and submit the form by 5:00 PM Wednesday, December 13th, 2017. Students should feel free to contact Nick Kirchner with questions or concerns about conflict final exams.

    3. All student requests will be reviewed and students will be contacted by noon Thursday December 14th via e-mail regarding the status of their request. Qualified students will be informed of the Conflict Final Exam time and location before 1:00 PM on Thursday, December 14th 2017.



    GENERAL INFORMATION & POLICIES OF MCB 250

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

    2. Neither food nor drink is allowed in either the lecture hall or discussion rooms; smoking is not allowed in the building

    3. 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 Code is available online at: www.uiuc.edu/admin_manual/code/

    4. Concerns over exam grading and exam absences should be addressed with the course coordinator, Nicholas Kirchner (244-4906), kirchner@life.illinois.edu.

    5. The deadline for grade corrections on all items is one week after corrected items are returned or grades are received no exceptions!

    6. Excused class time compensating for evening exams is provided by cancellation of lectures/optional in class reviews. On the day of exams, an optional review session will be held during the normal lecture time.

    7. Reference letters and recommendation forms are to be submitted to the student's discussion TA, whose evluation will be reviewed and countersigned by a member of the course faculty.

    8. The faculty and staff of MCB 250 are not responsible for any student personal belongings during examinations or class periods.

    9. If you choose to attend an exam while suffering from illness or family/personal emergency, and you choose to complete the exam, that exam determines your score and cannot be replaced.

    10. 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).
    11. Course Recordings:
      • Students are welcome and encouraged to make audio recordings of course lectures.
      • The material recorded is intellectual and copyrighted property of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and may be made for personal use only.
      • Video recordings of any kind are strictly prohibited.
      • Posting of audio recordings or transcriptions on social or electronic media platforms is strictly prohibited.


    ATTENDANCE POLICIES

    1. Regular class attendance is expected of all students at the University. (http://odos.illinois.edu/studentAssistance/absence/revised_code.asp)

    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 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. All will require documentation.

    4. Absences that may also be excused without a letter from the Dean of Students Office include job, graduate, or professional school interviews. However, a best effort should be made to schedulethese events to minimize class attendance disruption. All will require documentation.

      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).

      Absences, when they occur after the first day of classes but prior to enrollment in the course, will require the use of dropped assigments if applicable.

    5. Absences will be handled according to individual course policy.

      1. Attendance will be recorded at every discussion session. You are required to sign in on the “sign-in” sheets provided within the first five minutes of class, remain present for the entire class period, and be an active participant in order to receive credit. If you are more than 5 minutes late or you fail to sign in, you forfeit your participation points for that week, but you may stay for the class period. If you are on time but are sleeping or engaged in other materials (i.e. cell phones, computer, etc.) you also forfeit attendance points for that week at the discretion of the TA.

      2. Students must attend their scheduled discussion section.

      3. We know that students become ill and other reasons beyond a student’s control arise. In order to accommodate absences due to minor illness or emergency, we allow that a specified number of assignments may be missed without penalty. These missed assignments can be dropped according to the criteria set forth in the Course Policies for this course. Specifically for MCB 150, a student that misses class/assignments due to minor illness (less than 3 days), chooses not to attend class or complete an assignment, and/or forgets to attend class or complete an assignment will use these specified drops. There is no distinction made between illness and missing class/assignments.

      4. If you experience an illness (chronic, recurring or lasting three days or more) or other circumstance that causes an extended absence from class (lasting three days or more), please contact the Student Assistance Center in the Office of the Dean of Students during business hours (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM). This office is located on the 3rd floor of the Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign, 217-333-0050. A representative of that office will provide us with the necessary information to address your circumstance. Please fill out an online absence form for your course which can be found on the course website (http://www.life.illinois.edu/mcb/250/course/forms.html).

      5. Students who wish to have consideration for religious observances which conflict with exams or discussions must present verification in writing to Nick Kirchner within one week of the first lecture (August 29th), in compliance with the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students (Rule 34.B.4). If the religious observance is such that the exact date cannot be determined in August, contact Nick Kirchner before the deadline and inform him about the approximate date or dates of absence(s).

      6. Any student requiring special accommodations for disabilities (physical, learning or otherwise) should request provisions for such as soon as possible from Nick Kirchner.

      7. Students with conflicts with evening exams in MCB 250 must submit a conflict exam request form on the MCB 250 Web site by 5:00 PM on the Friday immediately prior to the exam so that a conflict exam can be arranged. Written evidence of the conflict must be provided (see Examinations section).

      8. Class absences before and after vacations (e.g. Thanksgiving Break, Spring Break) are not excusable.



    WHAT TO DO IF YOU MUST BE ABSENT

      We know that students become ill and that family emergencies arise. In order to accommodate absences due to illness or emergency, we allow that a specified number of discussions may be missed without penalty. These missed discussions can be dropped according to the criteria set forth in the Course Grading for this course. Refer to the MCB Curriculum Policies listed at the top of this page for further information about what to do if you must be absent from class or an exam.

      Extended Absence from Class

      If you experience an illness (chronic; recurring or lasting three days or more) or other circumstance that causes an extended absence from class (lasting three days or more), please contact the Office of the Dean of Students. The office of the Student Assistance Center for the Dean of Students is located in the Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign, 333-0050. It is the student's responsibility to provide their course coordinator and/or instructor with all of the documentation from the Dean's office. In addition to submitting your documentation please fill out an online absence form for your course which can be found on the course web site.

      Exam Proration

      If you must miss an MCB 250 hourly exam, the possibility exists to have one exam prorated with proper documentation. You must contact Nick Kirchner via email within 24 hours of the absence. If you do not provide documentation to Nick Kirchner in a timely manner and upon receipt, there may be a negative impact on your ability to receive a prorated score. For more information on acceptable documentation please see the Course Policies Document at the top of the page. NOTE: The final exam cannot be prorated. Your prorated score will be calculated based on the following formula:

      {Exam A} {Exam B} {Exam C}
      (%tile)(175) + (%tile)(175)+ (%tile)(175) = (%tile)= ____ points for Exam_____
                   (175 + 175 + 175)

      Please note that the percentile that we use to calculate your score may be different from the percentile seen in the online gradebook, due to the accounting for missing scores. You must complete at least two exams and the final in this course in order to earn a letter grade in the course. If you are unable to do so, the instructor will recommend that you drop or withdraw from the course. 

      Prior to the last day of class, please email Nick Kirchner (kirchner@life.illinois.edu) and you will be given a preliminary proration of your missing score. This proration is only to give you an idea of what your missing score *would be* based on the other scores that we have for you at that time. Your actual proration will be done with the final exam grade included. Please understand that this preliminary proration score may increase OR decrease depending on your performance on the last exam. The actual proration score will be the score used to determine you final grade.

       



    TA OFFICE HOURS-

    TA's for MCB 250 will hold their office hours in 164E Burrill Hall which will serve as the MCB Learning Center. The Learning Center will be open for students Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm.



    MCB 250 WEB GRADEBOOK

    The MCB 250 Web Gradebook can be accessed directly at:

           https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/Gradebook/


    or through the MCB 250 Web site at:

           http://www.life.illinois.edu/mcb/250


    Scores on exams and assignments will be available for student review on the MCB 250 Web Gradebook. To check your scores, sign into the MCB 250 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 assignment is returned to them. Each student is responsible for reporting possible discrepancies to the TA and if immediate action is not taken, the student is responsible for bringing this to the attention of Nick Kirchner (kirchner@life.illinois.edu) within one week of receiving their graded quiz or exam score. Students are encouraged to keep all graded papers returned to them until after final grades are issued

    The final deadline for Web Gradebook corrections is 5 pm, Wednesday December 13th, 2017.

    No Web Gradebook scores will be altered after this deadline so please be certain to check all your scores before this time.



    HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS

    There will be 7 homework assignments adminstered in Mastering Biology to be completed online, each assignment is worth 10 points for a total of 70 points. Each assignment will cover material covered in the current and previous week of lecture please see schedule posted under Lecture Material for due dates and for lectures covered on each assignment. Mastering assignments will be worth 10 points each. They will be assigned Fridays at 2 pm and due the following Monday at noon. Please be advised that difficulty accessing the server, inability to find an open computer lab, or other computer issues will not suffice to extend this deadline. Please be sure to finish your assignments early, to avoid missing the 12:00 PM Monday deadline!



    Mastering Quizzes

    There will be 4 timed online quizzes administered using the Mastering system. Instructions for accessing the Mastering are contained on the announcements page. Each quiz will cover material from each of the forthcoming exams that the quiz precedes. The quizzes are meant to be a pre-exam and will contain content and questions similar to what will be seen on the exams. Mastering quizzes will be worth 20 points each.

    Quizzes will be accessible from Friday at 2 PM until Monday at 8 PM. (Please note that you must begin the quiz at 7:15 PM on Monday to receive the full 45 minutes to complete your quiz) Once you sign in and begin the quiz you will have 45 minutes to complete the quiz. Please be advised that difficulty accessing the server, inability to find an open computer lab, or other computer issues will not suffice to extend this deadline. Please be sure to finish your quizzes early, to avoid missing the 8:00 PM Monday deadline! A total of 80 points may be earned for quizzes (4 quizzes @ 20 points each).


    Mastering Pre Lecture Quizzes

    There will be 39 short timed online pre lecture quizzes administered using the Mastering system. Instructions for accessing the Mastering may be found on the announcements page. Each quiz will cover material from each of the assigned readings/background for the current days lecture. The quizzes are meant to prepare you for each lecture. Mastering quizzes will be worth 2 points each.
    A total of 70 points may be earned for pre lecture quizzes (39 quizzes @ 2 points each, drop 4 lowest).



    Lecture iClickers

    iClicker questions will be asked during every lecture during the semester. For lecture 1 since no question was asked all students will receive clicker credit for this lecture. You will receive 1 point for answering any question that is asked during each lecture. Clicker questions will not be graded for correctness so if you submit an incorrect answer you will still get the points for that day's lecture. If you have an issue with your clicker during a lecture please come and see Nick Kirchner immediately after lecture to inform him of your issue and if he determines your issue is excusable you must send an email to kirchner@illinois.edu no later than 24 hours after that lecture.



    Discussion Worksheets

    Worksheets will be posted in advance of each discussion section. Students should fill out the worksheet to the best of their ability before the discussion section begins. Attendance will be recorded at every discussion session. A maximum of 4 points may be earned for each discussion section. The breakdown for assigning points will be as follows

      -1 point for having all questions on the worksheet completed at the beginning of class. The questions do not have to necessarily be correct as your TA will check to ensure all questions were attempted and then initial your paper. If you are late or haven't attempted all the questions you will lose this point.

      -1 point for turning in the corrected worksheet at the end of discussion. The TAs will look over these and if minimal effort was made in recording the correct answers then you will lose this point.

      -2 points for participation in the discussion. You need to be actively engage with your classmates and the TA to increase your understanding of the material. Failure to do so may cause you to lose up to 2 points.



    EXAMINATIONS

    Evening exams and the final exam will be in the multiple choice format. Material for evening lecture exams will be drawn from the lectures and lecture materials. Lecturers will provide students with information regarding the content of specific exams.

    All exams are computer graded and the grades are entered into the Web Gradebook electronically. Once the exams have been administered, they become property of the students. Within one week of each exam, answers are posted, and errata grade sheets are provided to students. It is the student's responsibility to make certain that the grade on the Web Gradebook is correct. If a student believes that an error has been made, it should be brought to the TA's attention immediately. If an explanation cannot be found, the student and/or the TA should bring the problem to Nicholas Kirchner or the MCB 250 Staff in 252 Davenport Hall. All student scantron sheets are retained for grade confirmation if necessary. All students are urged to keep their errata sheets until a final grade has been issued for the course.

    The final exam is the property of the course and is not returned to students, nor are answers posted or made available in any way. Should a student feel that an error has been made in the grading of the final exam, that student should contact Nicholas Kirchner.



    EXAM DATES

    Exam Time Day Date
    Exam I 7-9 PM Wednesday September 20th, 2017
    Exam II 7-9 PM Wednesday October 18th, 2017
    Exam III 7-9 PM Wednesday November 15th, 2017
    Final Exam 8:00-10:00 am Wednesday December 20th, 2017


    COURSE GRADING

    Student grades in MCB 250 will be based on total of 1000 points. Categories listed below are approximate, but should closely resemble the final distribution.

      3 Lecture Exams (3@ 175 points each)   525  
      Final Exam   175  
      Mastering Assignments (7 @ 10 points each)   70  
      Mastering Quizzes (4 @ 20 points each)   80  
      Pre-Lecture Mastering Quizzes (39 @ 2 points each, drop 4 lowest)   70  
      Discussion Worksheets (13 @ 4 points each, drop 3)   40  
      Lecture iClickers   40  

      Total   1000  points  

    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 grade point values shown for each letter grade have been assigned by the University. 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.



    MCB 250 Standard Grade Scale

    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 250 require students, as scientists-in-the-making, 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 pointsfollow:

      1. On all exams and quizzes, the answers that your 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. Texting, or the use of a cell phone for any purpose during an exam or quiz, is prohibited. Doing so may earn you a zero on the exam, or a more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor. Use of 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 extreme penalty as the discretion of the instructor.

      2. Since we can not always monitor you as you complete your work, 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 was 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. Failure to adhere to these standards, for any portion of an exam or quiz, may result in a grade of zero for the entire exam or a more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor, for all persons involved.

      3. 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 can not 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 was 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. Failure to adhere to these standards may result in a grade of zero for the entire assignment, for all persons involved.

      4. On assignments, if you use a statement taken directly from any book or other publication, including the course textbook, you must provide a citation. That is, you must put the text in quotes and put the author of the publication in parentheses after the quotation. Failure to do so will result in zero credit for that answer. Further, using only the words of another author as your entire answer or as the majority of your answer to any question is never sufficient to earn credit. If the majority of your work has been taken directly from a publication, you are likely to receive no credit for the work, since you would not be demonstrating knowledge beyond the ability to copy. Even if you quote another, your answer must be substantially your own words, drawn from your own understanding of the material.



    GENERAL EMERGENCY GUIDELINES

    (Emergency Response Guide)

    Security Threat. The Department of Homeland Security and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Office of Campus Emergency Planning recommend the following three responses to any emergency on campus: RUN > HIDE > FIGHT

    Only follow these actions if safe to do so. When in doubt, follow your instincts - you are your best advocate!

    RUN — Action taken to leave an area for personal safety.

    • Take the time to learn the different ways to leave your building before there is an emergency.
    • Evacuations are mandatory for fire alarms and when directed by authorities! No exceptions!
    • Evacuate immediately. Pull manual fire alarm to prompt a response for others to evacuate.
    • Take critical personal items only (keys, purse, and outerwear) and close doors behind you.
    • Assist those who need help, but carefully consider whether you may put yourself at risk.
    • Look for Exit signs indicating potential egress/escape routes.
    • If you are not able to evacuate, go to an Area of Rescue Assistance, as indicated on the front page of this plan.
    • Evacuate to Evacuation Assembly Area, as indicated on front page of this plan.
    • Remain at Evacuation Assembly Area until additional instructions are given.
    • Alert authorities to those who may need assistance.
    • Do not re-enter building until informed by emergency response personnel that it is safe to return.
    • Active Threat: IF it is safe to do so, run out of the building. Get as far away as possible. Do NOT go to the Evacuation Assembly Area.

    HIDE — Action taken to seek immediate shelter indoors when emergency conditions do not warrant or allow evacuation.

    • Severe Weather:

      • If you are outside, proceed to the nearest protective building.
      • If sheltering-in-place due to severe weather, proceed to the identified Storm Refuge Area or to the lowest, most interior area of the building away from windows or hazardous equipment or materials.
    • Active Threat:

      • Lock or barricade your area.
      • Get to a place where the threat cannot see you.
      • Place cell phones on silent.
      • Do not make any noise.
      • Do not come out until you receive an Illini-Alert advising you it is safe.

    FIGHT — Action taken as a last resort to increase your odds of survival.

    • Active Threat: If you cannot run away safely or hide, be prepared to fight with anything available to increase your odds for survival.


    We Care at Illinois (http://www.wecare.illinois.edu):

    Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are Civil Rights offenses subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, etc. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can find the appropriate resources here: http://oiir.illinois.edu/sites/prod/files/SexualMisconduct_ResourceGuide.pdf

    University Police Department, Emergency, 9,-911; Non-emergency, 217.333.8911
    Counseling Center, 110 Student Services Bldg., 610 E. John St., 217.333.3704
    McKinley Health Center, General Information, 217.333-2701
    McKinley Mental Health Center, 1109 S. Lincoln, 217.333.2705
    Dean of Students, 300 Turner Students Services Bldg, 610 E. John St., 217.333.0050
    Local Sexual Assault Center, RACES, 217.384.4444
    Women’s Resources Center, 703 South Wright Street, 2nd Floor, 217-333-3137

    For campus assistance and support:
    The Office of Diversity, Equity and Access (ODEA): http://diversity.illinois.edu
    Discrimination & Harassment Prevention
    Title IX
    Accessibility & Accommodations
    Inclusive Illinois

    Student Resources: for student-cnetered advocacy programs and services: https://mcb.illinois.edu/undergrad/advising/resources/