MCB 252
Cells, Tissues & Development
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
blinstru@life.illinois.edu
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Course Information

MCB 252 Fall 2017 Tentative Syllabus

MCB Curriculum Policies

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

 

MCB 252: CELLS, TISSUES & DEVELOPMENT

Dr. David Rivier (Associate Professor): rivier@illinois.edu
Office Hours: Wednesday, 2-2:50PM in 164E Burrill Hall (MCB Learning Center)

Elizabeth Good (Course Coordinator): blinstru@life.illinois.edu
217A Burrill Hall

MCB Core Curriculum Office:   252 Davenport Hall; 217-244-6239; (8:30 AM–4:30 PM Monday–Friday; Closed from 12-1pm for lunch)

 

MCB 252 WEB SITE

Course Web site: www.life.illinois.edu/mcb/252
Course Gradebook: https://Gradebook.atlas.illinois.edu/courses/mcb252/fall17/index.html

 

REQUIRED & RECOMMENDED MATERIALS

The following is a specific list of items required or recommended for MCB 252. 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

  1. "Molecular Cell Biology", 8th Edition
    by Lodish, et.al.
    W.H. Freeman Publishers



SECTION CHANGE, ADD AND DROP INFORMATION

Students may use UI Enterprise to add or drop MCB 252, or to change MCB 252 discussion sections before 5:00 PM, Monday, September 11, 2017.

Monday, September 11, 2017, at 5:00 PM is the deadline for adding the course and for changing sections in MCB 252.

Students must at all times attend the 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 20, 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 Elizabeth Good, 217 Burrill Hall, for completion of attendance and grade information.



WHEN MCB 252 CLASSES BEGIN

MCB 252 lecture will begin on Monday, August 28, 2017, at 1:00 PM in 1320 Digital Computer Laboratory.

MCB 252 discussion sections will begin on Monday, August 28, 2017, at 9:00AM in 243B Davenport Hall.



EXAM AND CONFLICT EXAM INFORMATION

EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Exams I, II and III will be given on Tuesday 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 discussion. Please see the MCB 252 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 section location assignments will be posted on the MCB 252 Web site several days prior to each exam. You must take the exam with your assigned section.

  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, 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. Cell phones, electronic devices, and calculators are prohibited in the exam room and at the student desks.

    The MCB 252 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 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, use the MCB 252 Conflict Exam Request Form on the MCB 252 Web site or go to the MCB 252 Office in 252 Davenport Hall to make these arrangements before 5:00 PM the Thursday prior to the exam. See the Conflict Exam Instructions page for further details.

  6. If you experience an illness or emergency that causes you to miss an exam, you should refer 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. Conflict exams are given on the regular exam day. You must make arrangements to take a conflict exam by 5:00 PM on the Thursday prior to the exam day. Use the MCB 252 Conflict Exam Request Form on this 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.

  2. A Conflict Exam will only be given to individuals who find themselves in one of the following situations:
    -A scheduled course for credit at the University occuring during the scheduled exam
    -Sporting events for University athletes and club team participant
    -Employment (though, if possible the student should reschedule his/her work shift)
    -Students with DRES academic accommodations

    Please upload documentation supporting your claim of conflict and a copy of your Week-at-a-Glance course schedule to the conflict exam request form. If you have a question about whether your conflict will qualify, please email Elizabeth Good before the Thursday prior to the exam at 5pm.

  3. Conflict exams are given in rooms to be assigned. Conflicts will be offered on the same day as the regular exam from 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 given a link to sign up for one of the time slots. You should sign up for the time slot that works best with your schedule. You must sign up for a time slot before NOON on the Monday before the exam. If you have a conflict with the regular exam time and the conflict exam times, contact Elizabeth Good by 5:00 PM on the Thursday prior to the exam day. An alternate conflict exam time will be arranged.

  4. You will be required to remain in the exam room until exactly 6:50PM if you are taking it from 5-7 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 252 Davenport Hall on the day following the exam.



FINAL EXAM AND CONFLICT FINAL EXAM INFORMATION

FINAL EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

  1. The Final Exam time for MCB 252 is TBD.

  2. The exam location(s) will be posted on the MCB 252 Web site by Friday, December 8, 2017, at noon.

  3. Bring your University photo ID, several sharp #2 pencils and an eraser. You will not need a calculator to complete this exam. No cell phones, electronic devices, or 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, 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 bags 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, electronic devices, and calculators are prohibited.

    The MCB 252 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 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 should experience an illness or emergency that prevents you from taking your final exam at the appointed time, you should refer to the MCB Curriculum Policies listed above.

  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 252 Web site before 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 13, 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.illinois.edu/admin/manual/code/
    • Students who have another final exam scheduled at the same time as the MCB 252 Final Exam.
    • Students who have a verified personal problem and who have received written permission to take the MCB 252 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 who would like to take a conflict final must submit a MCB 252 Conflict Final Exam Request Form on the MCB 252 Web site before 5:00 PM Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

  3. All student requests will be reviewed and students will be contacted as soon as possible via e-mail regarding the status of their request. Following the review of all requests, a conflict exam time and location will be determined, and qualified students will be informed of their eligibility before noon on Thursday, December 14, 2017.


THE MOST DIRECT ROUTE TO 252 DAVENPORT HALL

Davenport Hall Map 10/28/14



GENERAL INFORMATION & POLICIES OF MCB 252

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

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

  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.admin.illinois.edu/policy/code/

  4. Concerns over exam grading, discussion teaching or grading, and exam or discussion absences should be addressed to Elizabeth Good.

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

  6. Excused class time compensating for evening exams is provided by cancellation of lectures/ optional review sessions.

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

  8. The faculty and staff of MCB 252 are not responsible for any student's personal belongings during examinations or class periods.

  9. Audio recordings are permitted—even encouraged—during lectures, but due to copyright and intellectual property issues involving publishing companies and the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, video recordings of any kind are strictly prohibited. If any audio recording, transcription, screen capture, or related distribution of any MCB 252 course material is done via social or electronic media, MCB 252 personnel must be granted access to the group/site upon request. Failure to provide access will result in a failing grade in the course for the group/site's administrator(s).
  10. 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.


ATTENDANCE POLICIES

  1. Each week of discussion will have a problem set assigned.  The problem sets will be distributed and completed in discussion class. Attendance will be recorded at every discussion session. Each student must sign the attendance sheet, be present for the entire discussion period, and participate in the class discussion in order to receive 5 points for the class session. Students arriving more than 5 minutes late to the discussion room will be ineligible to earn 5 points for that day's class session. There are 13 problem sets each worth 5 points for a total of 60 points.  You may drop one discussion problem set score.   If you are absent from discussion, you must use your drop.   If you are absent from more than one discussion section (regardless of the reason for the absence) then your score for the additional missed discussions will be recorded as zero points.

    Students have the ability to earn either 0 or 5 points for discussion.
    5 points will be awarded to students who:

    • arrive on time
    • sign the attendance sheet within the first five minutes of the discussion period
    • complete the discussion problem set
    • actively participated with his/her group members

    0 points will be awarded to students who:

    • are not present for discussion
    • are present but failed to sign in on the sign in sheet
    • did not complete any of the work assigned during the discussion period
    • leave the discussion early
    • are absent for more than the one allowed drop

     

  2. Students must attend their scheduled discussion section unless they are assigned to a make-up discussion by Elizabeth Good.

  3. TAs cannot reschedule students to other discussion sections, including their own.

  4. Students attending a make-up discussion session must complete all course work assigned during the make-up discussion.

  5. Students who wish to have consideration for religious observances which conflict with exams or discussions must present verification in writing to Elizabeth Good within one week of the first lecture (January 25, 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 August, contact Elizabeth Good before the deadline and inform her 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 Elizabeth Good.

  7. Students with conflicts with evening exams in MCB 252 must submit a conflict exam request form on the MCB 252 Web site by 5:00 PM on the Thursday 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. Absences, when they occur after the first day of classes but prior to enrollment in the course, will require the use of dropped assignments if applicable.

  9. 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 assignments may be missed without penalty. These missed assignments can be dropped according to the criteria set forth in the Course Grading for this course. Refer to the MCB Curriculum Policies listed above for further information about what to do if you must be absent from class or an exam.

 



MCB 252 WEB GRADEBOOK

The MCB 252 Web Gradebook can be accessed directly at:

      https://gradebook.atlas.illinois.edu/courses/mcb252/fall17/index.html

Scores on exams and assignments will be available for student review on the MCB 252 Web Gradebook. To check your scores, sign into the MCB 252 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 Elizabeth Good 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 13, 2017.

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



ASSIGNMENTS

There are 300 points dedicated to assignments. One hundred of these points will be assigned to weekly homework sets. The remaining two hundred points will be divided between discussion problem sets (60 points) and after lecture questions on LON CAPA (140 points). You will have the chance to earn 152 points for after lecture questions, but we will only count a maximum of 140 points. You may drop your lowest two homework scores. You may drop one discussion problem set score according to the discussion attendance policies stated above.  



EXAMINATIONS

Evening exams and the final exam will be in the multiple choice and/or true-false format. Material for evening lecture exams and the final will be drawn from the lecture materials, associated text readings, and reserved reading, if any. Teaching assistants will provide students with information regarding the content of specific exams.

All exam grades are entered into the Web Gradebook electronically. Once the exams have been administered, they become property of the students (except for the final exam). 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 Elizabeth Good in 217 Burrill 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 Elizabeth Good.



EXAM DATES

Exam Time Day Date
Exam I 7-9 PM Tuesday Sept. 26, 2017
Exam II 7-9 PM Tuesday Oct. 17, 2017
Exam III 7-9 PM Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017
Final Exam TBD TBD TBD


COURSE GRADING

Student grades in MCB 252 will be based on total of 1000 points. Categories listed below are approximate, but should closely resemble the final distribution.

  4 Exams   700  
  Assignments   300  

  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 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.



MCB 252 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