MCB 251
Experimental Techniques in Molecular Biology
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
kirchner@life.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 251: Experimental Techniques in Molecular Biology.

Nicholas Kirchner (Course Coordinator) 415 Burrill Hall; kirchner@life.illinois.edu

Course Office:   252 Davenport Hall; 244-6239; (8:30 AM–5:00 PM Monday–Friday)

MCB 251 COURSE WEBSITE

Course Web site: www.life.illinois.edu/mcb/251
Course Gradebook: https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/Gradebook/" class="school-micro

REQUIRED & RECOMMENDED MATERIALS

The following is a specific list of items required or recommended for MCB 251. 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. "MCB 251 Laboratory Exercises: Experimental Techniques in Molecular Biology, Fall 2017"
    N. Kirchner, editor
    Stipes Publishing

  2. "School of Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory Notebook"
    This notebook must be used for your MCB 251 Lab
    The notebook can be used for all subsequent MCB labs including MCB 253
    Stipes Publishing

  3. Sharpie

RECOMMENDED TEXT

  1. "Molecular Biology of the Gene" 7th Edition
    by Watson, et al.
    Pearson, 2014



SECTION CHANGE, ADD AND DROP INFORMATION

Students may add, drop, or change MCB 251 lab sections before 5:00 PM, Monday 11th September 2017.

Monday, 11th September 2017 at 5 PM is the deadline for adding the course or changing sections in MCB 251

Students must at all times attend the laboratory sections in which they are currently enrolled. Students will not be allowed to sit in other sections at other times for any reason without permission from the Course Staff in 252 Davenport Hall.

Friday, October 20th, 2017 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 petitions to Nicholas Kirchner, 415 Burrill Hall, for completion of attendance and grade information.



WHEN MCB 251 CLASSES BEGIN

MCB 251 laboratories will begin on Monday the week of August 28 2017 in 485C, 495C and 488 Burrill Hall. Please check your course schedule to ensure you are in the correct lab room.



EXAM AND CONFLICT EXAM INFORMATION

EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

  1. During week 6 a midterm Exam will be given during your regularly scheduled lab time (see Course Policies: Examinations for exam dates). The lab exam will last 1 hour and 50 minutes and be worth 150 points. Arrive early for your assigned exam time; if you arrive after the start of your scheduled exam time, then it will be up to Nick Kirchner's discretion whether or not you will be able to complete the lab exam. If you are allowed to take the exam, then you will automatically forfeit the time that you missed do to the late arrival. The exams will cover material from the laboratory. Please see the MCB 251 Web site for any further details concerning the exam.

  2. The exams will be administered in your respective rooms in Burrill Hall (485C, 495C, 488). You must take the exam with your assigned section at your scheduled time. Students will be allowed to enter the laboratory 5 minutes before their scheduled testing time. Please do not arrive any earlier than this as the hallway is narrow and there is not space to accomodate a large number of students.

  3. Bring your University photo ID, several sharp #2 pencils, and an eraser.

  4. All personal belongings must be hung up on the hooks in the lab. The only thing you may have at your desk is a pencil and a basic calculator. No cell phones, scientific calculators, or any other electronic device are allowed at your desk. If you have anything other than the specified items with you during the exam you will automatically get a zero on the lab exam.

  5. If you have a University course that conflicts with the exam, contact Nicholas Kirchner (kirchner@life.illinois.edu) or the MCB 251 staff in 252 Davenport Hall by 5:00 PM, the Friday prior to the exam week. See the Conflict Exam Instructions section for further details.

  6. If you are ill or incapacitated on the day of an exam, you are urged to seek assistance at McKinley Health Center or elsewhere as needed, and to miss the exam (If available you will be offered a make- up exam or your score will be prorated if your absence is excused). Do not call your TA. If you are going to miss an exam, contact Nicholas Kirchner via email as soon as possible. Complete and submit an Absence Report Form on the MCB 251 Website. When you are well enough to return to classes, go to the Office of the Dean of Students. It is are located in various rooms of Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign; 333-0050. Inform the Deans that you need confirmation of a confining illness; it is the student's responsibility to provide a copy of the Dean's letter to Nick Kirchner upon receipt. If you choose to attend an exam while suffering from illness, and you complete the exam, that exam determines your score.

CONFLICT EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Conflict exams are given Monday- Friday during the lab practical exam week. You must make arrangements with Nick Kirchner (kirchner@life.illinois.edu) to take a conflict exam by 5:00 PM on the Friday prior to the exam week. Use the MCB 251 Conflict Exam Request Form on the MCB 251 Web site to make these arrangements. You must make these arrangements for each exam for which you require a conflict—your request for a conflict exam will not be carried to subsequent exams; however, you may submit all of your conflict exam requests at once. All supporting documentation for the conflict is due by 5:00 PM on the Friday prior to the exam week; without this documentation, you will not be granted a conflict exam.

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

    Please note that you will not be granted a conflict exam for conflicts associated with educational enhancement opportunities because the University does not require us to grant conflicts for these requests (ie, Kaplan Courses, Princeton Review, IEMs, MCAT exam).

    Please email or 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 the MCB Office in advance of the deadline.

  3. All conflict exams must be completed before 5pm on the Friday of the exam week. If you cannot complete a lab practical because of an MCB approved conflict, then one lab practical may be prorated at the end of the semester. You must take at least one lab practical and the final examination in MCB 251 in order to earn a letter grade in the course. If you are unable, the instructor will recommend that you drop or withdraw from the course.



FINAL EXAM AND CONFLICT FINAL EXAM INFORMATION

FINAL EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

  1. The Final Exam will be administered during finals week. (December 16-21)

  2. The exam room location(s) for the final exam are posted on the MCB 251 website under the examinations section.

  3. Bring your University photo ID, several sharp #2 pencils and an eraser. No calculators will be allowed in the exam room. If you are seen with a calculator or cell phone you will receive a zero on the final exam.

  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 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. Cell phones and calculators are prohibited. You will also 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 251 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.

  5. In case of illness or personal emergency the day of the exam, contact a dean in your college. Only a dean can excuse a student from a final exam.

  6. A conflict final exam will be given only for students who have met the requirements stated on the Conflict Final Exam Instructions page. Complete and submit a Conflict Final Request Form on the MCB 251 Web site before 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 13th 2017 to arrange a conflict final exam.

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 251 exam. The conflicting course's enrollment must be lower than the MCB 251 enrollment in order for you to take the MCB 251 conflict final exam. Please see the MCB 251 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 251 conflict final exam from a dean in their college.

  2. Any student with one or more of the above situations should use the MCB 251 Conflict Final Exam Request Form on the MCB 251 Web site and submit the form by 5:00 PM Wednesday, December 13th 2017. Students should feel free to contact the MCB 251 office with questions or concerns about conflict final exams.

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



GENERAL INFORMATION & POLICIES OF MCB 251

  1. Neither food nor drink is allowed in any of the laboratories; smoking is not allowed in the building.

  2. Bare feet are not allowed in the laboratories. You must wear closed toe shoes at all times.

  3. Long pants are required for every lab section. You must wear pants that cover your entire leg or you will be asked to leave lab and potentially lose points for that days lab exercise.

  4. Students need their current University of Illinois photo ID for each lab so that they may check out kits of equipment and materials. Students who do not have their UIUC I-card may not be allowed to check out materials which are necessary to complete the laboratory exercises. MCB 251 Staff are not able to accept other forms of ID or personal items in exchange for kits of equipment and materials.

  5. Coats (or extra apparel), backpacks, and bags must be hung on the hooks provided, and not left on benches, chairs or the floor.

  6. The floor area must be completely clear.

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

  8. Computer software may not be copied. Software piracy is a crime.

  9. Students may not make changes to computer settings, folders, or programs. Students may not load software to course computers.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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/

  13. Concerns over exam grading, lab teaching or grading, and exam or lab absences should be addressed to Nick Kirchner.

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

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

  16. The faculty and staff of MCB 251 are not responsible for any student personal belongings during examinations or class periods.

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


ATTENDANCE POLICIES

  1. Attendance in lab is mandatory and will be recorded at every lab session. You will be required to sign an attendance sheet in order to be considered present for that class period. If you are absent from lab, you must notify Nick Kirchner via email (kirchner@illinois.edu) within 24 hours of your missed lab or exam in order to arrange a make-up lab, make-up work, or take a conflict exam if possible. Please note that missing assignments will result in missing scores that my be prorated at the end of the semster only if you have contacted Nick Kirchner within 24 hours of your absence. If you are not excused from your absence or no make up can be arranged, the instructor may recommend that you drop or withdraw from the course.

  2. Students must attend their scheduled lab section unless they are assigned to a make-up lab.

  3. Make-up labs are assigned by Nick Kirchner in 415 Burrill Hall; TAs do NOT have the authority to schedule make-up labs. 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 Nick Kirchner or put in his mailbox in 252 Davenport Hall. 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. TAs may not reschedule students to other lab sections, including their own. If you attend another lab section without the approval of Nick Kirchner, you will receive a zero for all work related to that lab exercise as well any work you were to submit on that day from the previous week’s lab.

  5. All documentation regarding exam and lab absences should be presented in writing to Nick Kirchner in 415 Burrill Hall or time/date stamped and placed in his mailbox in 252 Davenport Hall.

  6. Students who have knowledge in advacne of events which conflict with attendance in MCB 251 must present acceptable documentation of such events to Nick Kirchner prior to their absence. Assignments which would have been due or taken during the period of absence must be completed and turned in prior to the student's absence

  7. Students who wish to have consideration for religious observances which conflict with exams or labs must present verification in writing to Nick Kirchner within one week of the first lab (before September 5th 2017), 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 September, contact Nick Kirchner before the deadline and inform him about the approximate date or dates of absence(s).

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

  9. Conflict exams are given Monday- Friday during the lab exam week. You must make arrangements with Nick Kirchner to take a conflict exam by 5:00 PM on the Friday prior to the exam week. Use the MCB 251 Conflict Exam Request Form on the MCB 251 Web site to make these arrangements. Written evidence of the conflict must be provided (see Examinations section).

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


WHAT TO DO IF YOU MUST BE ABSENT

Absence from Class
           
Students arriving more than 10 minutes late will not be allowed to turn in assignments due that day for full credit and will lose 10% off their overall score. Students arriving more than 20 minutes late will lose 20% off their overall score and so on. In addition students arriving 20 minutes of later to lab will lose 10 points of all assignments associated with that class period/exercise.


Due to the nature of the course both your presence and participation are required. As a result, you will only be allowed *one excused absence* for the semester, if warranted. Anything more than this will be considered unexcused, regardless of the reason or documentation. Excused absences will require: 1) Contact with Nick Kirchner within 24 hours of the absence, 2) The completion of the online absence report form, 3) The documentation requested by Nick Kirchner, and 4) an arrangement made for making-up the missed lab period. Should you find yourself with multiple absences, we will assist you in preparing a petition for a Late Drop should this occur and be necessary after the drop deadline.

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 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 received from the Dean's office. In addition to submitting your documenation (electronic email copy is fine). please fill out an online MCB 251 Absence Report Form for your course, which can be found on the course website.

 Absence from an Exam

If you experience an illness that causes you to miss an exam, you should go to McKinley or your private physician to seek assistance. Whether it is an illness or an emergency that prevents you from taking your exam at the appointed time, you should then contact the Office of the Dean of Students. The office of the Dean of Students is located in the Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign, 333-0050. A representative of that office will validate your visit to McKinley or your private physician and then 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 web site under the “Forms” link. Only a dean in your college can excuse a student from a lab exam or a final exam.

If possible you will be assigned a conflict exam. All conflict exams must be completed before 5pm on the Friday of the exam week. Please note that if you take a conflict exam after an absence, you will not be assigned an exam score until Nick Kirchner receives a letter from the dean excusing you from the exam. If proper documentation is not received before the final exam in the course, then you will receive a zero on the missed exam despite taking a conflict exam. Final grades can be amended should proper documentation be forth coming.

If you cannot complete a lab exam because of an MCB approved conflict (ie, excused by a dean), then one lab practical may be prorated at the end of the semester. You must take at least one lab practical and the final examination in MCB 251 in order to earn a letter grade in the course. If you are unable, the instructor will recommend that you drop or withdraw from the course.

Absence from a Final Exam

If you should experience an illness or emergency that prevents you from taking your final exam at the appointed time, you should contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 333-0050. If this occurs during normal business hours, your call will be answered by staff. If this occurs after hours, you will be given a phone number for the emergency Dean on call. There will always be someone available for you to call. Please fill out an online absence form for your course which can be found on the course web site under the “Forms” link and provide Nick Kirchner with a copy of your Dean's letter.

NOTE: The documentation for an absence must include relevant names, times, dates, and an explanation of the date(s) and reason(s) for absence. Without this information, you may not be excused from class. In addition, you must take either the midterm exam or the final examination in MCB 251 in order to earn a letter grade in the course. If you are unable, the instructor will recommend that you drop or withdraw from the course.

Exam Proration

If you must miss a lab exam, the possibility exists to have your exam score prorated with proper documentation. You must contact Nick Kirchner via email within 24 hours of the absence. If you do not provide documentation (i.e., a Dean’s letter) in a timely manner and upon receipt, there may be a negative impact on your ability to receive a prorated score. NOTE: The final exam cannot be prorated.

All documentation regarding exam and lab absences should be presented in writing to Nick Kirchner in 415 Burrill Hall or time/date stamped and placed in his mailbox in 252 Davenport Hall.



TA OFFICE HOURS-164e Burrill Hall

TA's for MCB 251 will hold their office hours in 164e Burrill Hall. This room will be available for student use on Monday-Friday (8 AM-5 PM) or when a TA is present in the room. There will be computers available for student use but please plan accordingly when considering accessing these computers. If there are no office hours being held the room will not be open and you will not be able to access the computers. If you are working on the computers when a TA leaves and there are no other TA's present you must leave the room so please plan accordingly for any timed homeworks or quizzes.



MCB 251 WEB GRADEBOOK

The MCB 251 Web Gradebook can be accessed directly at:

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

Scores on exams and assignments will be available for student review on the MCB 251 Web Gradebook. To check your scores, sign into the MCB 251 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 their TA and if immediate action is not taken, the student is responsible for bringing this to the attention of Nicholas Kirchner 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.

The final deadline for Web Gradebook corrections is 5:00 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.



Laboratory Reports

All MCB 251 students are required to keep a laboratory notebook. See Required and Recommended Materials section for the exact make of notebook required. The lab notebook assignments will be collected the week(s) following the lab as per your Teaching Assistant's instructions and as indicated on the course syllabus. Keeping a thorough lab notebook is an essential part of scientific study and research.

Your notebook should be legible and thorough enough for someone else to read and understand exactly what you did. Your laboratory notebook assignments will be worth a total of 405 points this semester. Please see the detailed assignment breakdown under the Laboratory Exercises section.

Students arriving more than 10 minutes late will not be allowed to turn in assignments due that day for full credit and will lose 10% off their overall score. Students arriving more than 20 minutes late will lose 20% off their overall score and so on. In addition students arriving 20 minutes of later to lab will lose 10 points of all assignments associated with that class period/exercise. Students must sign the attendance sheet within the first 5 minutes of class and be present for the entire lab period in order to earn a grade on the lab report or worksheet associated with that day’s lab exercise.


Lab Activity Sheets

There will be 6 Activity sheets given to you in lab throughout the semester. These assignments will be worth 145 points this semester. For details please see the assessment breakdown under Laboratory Exercises.


LON-CAPA Assignments

Lon-capa assignments will be available one week before the midterm exam and one week before the final exam during the last full week of lab. You may work on these questions from any computer that has internet access. 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 deadline! A total of 100 points may be earned for LON CAPA assignments. LON-CAPA can be accessed directly at: http://www.lon-capa.uiuc.edu



EXAMINATIONS

During week 6 a lab exam will be given during the normally scheduled lab period. The exam will last 1 hour and 50 minutes and be worth 150 points. Questions will be administered on LON-CAPA. Exact details regarding Lab Exam content and format will be provided later in the semester. Note: If you miss the lab exam, you will not be assigned a letter grade in the course.

The final exam will be a scantron exam in the multiple choice and/or true/false format. Material for exams will be drawn from the laboratories, laboratory materials, associated text readings, and reserved reading, if any. Material for the final exam can be drawn comprehensively from all material covered in the course. Teaching assistants will provide students with information regarding the topics to be covered on specific exams.

All exam grades are entered into the Web Gradebook electronically. Once the lab practical exams have been administered, they become property of the students. It is the student's responsibility to make certain that the grade on the Web Gradebook is correct. All students are urged to keep their exams and any regrades 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 Nick Kirchner.



EXAM DATES

Exam Time Day Date
Lab Exam In Class M-F Oct.9-13
Final Exam TBA M-F December 16-21

LAB EXAM RULES

1. In lab one week prior to the exam, students will sign-up for an exam time slot. Students are only allowed in the lab classroom during their scheduled testing time. You are not allowed in the laboratory at any other time during the week.

2. Students will be allowed to enter the laboratory (202 Burrill Hall) at 5 minutes before their scheduled testing time. The door will close at the start of the exam. If you arrive after the lab door is closed, it will be up to Nick Kirchner’s discretion whether or not you will be allowed to take the exam. If you are allowed to take the exam, you will automatically forfeit the points associated with the timed lab stations that you missed.

3. All personal belongings must be hung up on the hooks in the lab. The only thing you may have at your desk is a pencil. If you have a phone, a calculator, or any other electronic device with you at your desk, you will automatically get a zero on the lab practical exam.

4. You should sit at a station where there is a computer.

5. The exam will last 1 hour and 50 minutes.

6. Talking is not allowed. TAs are not allowed to answer any questions about content or vocabulary. If you feel there is an error on the exam, please bring it to your TA’s attention.

7. You must stay in the laboratory for the entire 1 hour and 50 minute testing period. Once the exam is complete, you must leave the lab immediately as the next group of students will be there to take their exam.



COURSE GRADING

Student grades in MCB 251 will be based on total of 1000 points. Categories listed below are approximate, but should closely resemble the final distribution.

  1 Laboratory Midterm Exam   150  
  Final Exam   150  
  Lab Activity Sheets   145  
  Lab Exercise Reports   405  
  LON-CAPA Assignments   100  
  End of semester powerpoint presentation   50  

  Total   1000  points  

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

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 500 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 251 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 251 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 points follow:

    1. On exams, 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. Since we cannot 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, may result in a grade of zero for the entire exam or quiz, for all persons involved. Texting, or the use of a cell phone 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. 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 extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor.

    2. On notebook assignments, worksheets, quizzes, and presentations, the answers that you turn in for grading must be written in your own words, formulated from your own understanding of the material. While you may be working with a partner or two, and the data that you have will be the same, the write-up of this work and data must be uniquely your own. 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 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.

    3. On notebook assignments, if you use a statement taken directly from any book or other publication, including the course textbook or lab manual, 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.