Course Descriptions

01:146:270 FUNDAMENTALS OF CELL AND DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

 

This course is intended for Life Science majors or those with a strong background in biology.

This course is required for the CBN major and may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major.

Instruction mode: in person (Tillet-232; Livingston Campus), Tue and Thurs 2-3:20pm (Period 4) in accordance with Rutgers academic calendar.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

General Biology 119:115-116 or by special permission.

Course Description

This course addresses fundamental concepts of cell biology, focusing on cell organization, macromolecular structure and function, cell signaling, cytoskeleton, cell division, cell membrane organization, structure and function, energy production/consumption, and protein sorting.

After completing this course, students should have a strong fundamental grasp of the following concepts:

  • Cell organization and chemical components
  • The structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, and chromosomes
  • Control of gene expression
  • Sexual reproduction, including mechanisms for gene variation and the contribution towards development and disease
  • How cells regulate and accomplish cell division
  • Cell signal transduction and effects on the cytoskeleton and cell migration
  • Membrane structure and function
  • How membranes and proteins are sorted within cells and transported across cell compartments
  • How cells regulate energy production and consumption

Course URL

A Canvas online module will be provided.

Course Syllabus 

Spring 2023 Syllabus

Course URL

A Canvas online module will be provided.

Course Learning Goals:

1. Obtain factual and conceptual knowledge in fundamentals of cell biology and development   to build a strong foundation for success in advanced training and professional careers.

2. Develop an ability to summarize, integrate and organize information.

3. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate the potential for current research and new discoveries to improve our understanding of cell biology and its relevance to human health and out society.

These goals are consistent with those set by the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, as well as the Division of Life Sciences at Rutgers University.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Each of the 3 modules will hold 2 quizzes (counts for 10% of the module grade) and an 80 min exam (counts for 90% of the module grade). Final grade will be the equal weighted average of the 3 modules.  Letter grades distribution will be in accordance with Rutgers University SAS guidelines.

Course Materials

Required Text (2019): ESSENTIAL CELL BIOLOGY, by Alberts, Hopkin, Johnson, Morgan, Raff, Roberts, and Walter, 5th Edition; WW Norton & Company. ISBN: 978-0-393-68038-6.

Lecture slides, audio lecture recordings (as available), and primary research literature assigned by the instructors will be posted in Canvas.

All course materials are copyrighted by the University and the individual instructors. Unauthorized distribution of these materials could violate the University Academic Integrity Policy and may subject you to disciplinary action

Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2023 .  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Faculty

Section Coordinator:

Dr. Alice Liu (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Course coordinator)

Dr. Peng Jiang (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Dr. Qian Cai (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Teaching Assistant: 

TBA

** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Satisfies Learning Goals

1. Master factual and conceptual knowledge in cell biology that will provide a solid foundation for success in advanced training and professional careers.

2. Develop an ability to summarize, integrate, and organize information.

3. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate the potential for current research and new discoveries to improve our understanding of cell biology and its relevance to human health and to our society.

Schedule

This course will be conducted synchronously online on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (Period 5). The lectures will be delivered live during that time (3:20 pm - 4:40 pm) using the live conference function in Canvas, and students will be expected to attend in order to ask questions and interface with faculty and peers. In case students must miss class due to illness or other excused reasons, the lectures will be recorded and posted online. Office hours will be available for each module at a scheduled time, and these will be held online through the Canvas conference portal. The course is divided into three modules that will be taught by Drs. Kelvin Kwan, Peng Jiang, and Qian Cai. Each module consists of eight 80-minute lectures and will have a review session.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Three 80-minute period exams. The lecture material will mostly consist of assigned readings from the required course textbook, with additional supplementary material provided as needed by the instructors.

Final grades for each student are based upon the average of three exams.

Course Materials

Required Text: Essential Cell Biology, 4th Edition (2013), by Alberts, et al. Garland Science Publishing ISBN 978-0-8153-4454-4.

Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2023 Courses.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus.

Faculty

Prof. Kelvin Kwan (course coordinator)

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Prof. Peng Jiang

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Prof. Qian Cai (course coordinator)

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** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.