Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

BIOL 251 Cell Biology

Fall 2016

 

Instructor:                       Dr. Paola Galluzzo

Loyola University Chicago John Felice Rome Center Email: pgalluzzo1@luc.edu

 

Lectures:                          Tuesday 7:00 pm –9:30 am in Rm 126

Office Hours:                  Tuesday 6:00-7:00 pm by Appointment Rm 104

 

Prerequisites:                 BIOL 102, 112 and CHEM 102 or 106

 

Required Text:               “Molecular Biology of the Cell”,

Bruce Alberts et al; Garland Science 6th Edition

 

 

 

Course Objective:          The cell is a fascinating, complex, and dynamic unit that forms the fundamental basis of unicellular and multicellular life. The cell makes active decisions involving signal transductions, membrane dynamics, gene expression regulation. The Cell Biology course provides a basic understanding of the structure and function of cell, cellular organelles, cellular components, and the functional interaction of the cell with its microenvironment. As you proceed through the lectures you will increase your knowledge and you will become able to apply this knowledge, skill, and awareness that are critical for any scientific career.

 

 

 

Lecture Information:

  • Lectures start promptly. If you arrive late or must leave early for an urgent reason, please do so without disturbing your fellow students.
  • Please turn off or silence all mobile devices before lecture begins.
  • Slides for each lecture will be available on Sakai

 

 

 

Studying for class:         Cell Bio 251 covers a significant amount of material. The book is very detailed, but you are required to know the material discussed during lecture. Reading the book after lecture will allow you to better find and focus on the material covered in class. Study group are good to prepare for the exam where you can share your knowledge and solve your doubts. Please, feel free to ask questions during lecture and during office hour by appointment. Attendance is strongly advised as the exam will focus on my lectures and corresponding slides and I will draw exam questions from them.

 

 

 

Students with Special Needs: If you have any special needs in order to successfully complete this course, please inform me immediately so that available accommodations can be discussed and put into place.

 

 

 

Academic Integrity:      Cheating and plagiarism are severe academic offenses that are not tolerated at Loyola University. Any academic offense will result in a minimum penalty of an “F” grade for the assignment or the examination, failure of the exam, and possibly failure of the course. The incident will be reported to the student’s academic dean’s office to block the student from withdrawing from the course so that an F, rather than a W, will be recorded on the student’s transcript.

 

 

 

Exams and Grading:      There will be three non-cumulative exams, three during classes and the fourth during final exam week. The exams will consist of multiple choice-type questions.

My expectations are that the following grade cutoff will apply

 

 

 

Grade

Cut off

 

 

A

88-100%

4.00

Excellent

A-

84-87%

3.67

 

B+

80-83%

3.33

 

B

76-79%

3.00

Good

B-

72-75%

2.67

 

C+

68-71%

2.33

 

C

64-67%

2.00

 

C-

60-63%

1.67

 

No passing grade

D+

56-59%

1.33

 

D

50-55%

1.00

Poor

F

0-49%

0.00

Failure

 

 

Missed Exams Policy:   There will be no makeup exams. A missed exam will be counted as your lowest score and your other in-class exams will be counted.

 

Tentative Lecture & Exam Schedule for fall semester 2016

Note: The following schedule is subject to change depending on pace of material coverage.

 

Date

 

 

Lecture

 

Lecture

Book

Chapter*

September

T

6

Welcome and Introduction to Cell Bio

Introduction to the Cell: Cell Biology, Chemistry and Biosynthesis, Energy an Enzymes

1

1-2

 

T

13

Introduction to the Cell: Protein Structure, Protein Function, Protein Kinetics

2

3

 

T

20

Genetic Mechanisms: from DNA to protein; Introduction, Transcription, Translation

3

6-7

 

T

27

 

Exam 1 (Lecture 1-3)

 

 

October

T

4

Internal Organization of the Cell: Membrane Structure, Function and Transport

4

10-11

 

T

11

 

No classes- Fall semester break

 

 

 

T

18

Internal Organization of the Cell: Intracellular Compartments and Vesicular Transport

5

12-13

 

T

25

Internal Organization of the Cell: Mitochondria and Energy Conversion

6

14

November

T

1

 

Exam 2 (Lecture 4-6)

 

 

 

T

8

Internal Organization of the Cell: Cytoskeleton and Molecular Motors

Cells in their Social Context: Cell Junction, Cell Adhesion and Extracellular Matrix

7

16-19

 

T

15

 

Exam 3 (Lecture 7-8)

 

 

 

T

22

Mechanisms of Cell Communication: Signal Transduction, G-Protein Receptors, RTKs

8

15

 

T

29

Mechanisms of Cell Communication: Signal Transduction, RTKs

9

17-18

December

T

6

Cell Cycle and Apoptosis

 

10

17-18

 

T

15

 

Exam 4 (Lecture 9-10)

 

 

* Book chapters refer to Bruce Alberts et al Molecular Biology of the Cell” 6th Edition.