Genetics Courses

01:447:415 Thesis Writing and Communication

This course is open only to seniors in the Genetics departmental honors program majors.


Offered

Spring

Credits

1.5

Prerequisites

Concurrent registration in 447:409 (or equivalent college-based Honors Program); By special permission number only.

Course Description

Assists students with their honors project. Emphasis will be on analysis of research data and writing the discussion. Student will be expected to complete their results and discussion sections of their thesis. Students will also prepare both a fifteen minute platform talk and a much longer talk for their thesis defense. Finally, they will prepare a poster that explains their research to the general public.

Course Syllabi

Course Syllabus Spring 2017

Course Satisfies Genetics Departmental Learning Goals

(1) Effectively incorporate critiques from peers and faculty in their revision of written and oral communication,
(2) Effectively describe their research, using relevant discipline-specific terminology with precision, accuracy & purpose,
(3) Accurately and effectively present advanced scientific concepts through oral presentations and poster formats.

Course Satisfies SAS Core Learning Goals:

Writing and Communication, Revision (WCr)

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Grades will be based on attendance, participation/presentation,  and homework. Since this course requires participation and presentations, attendance is mandatory.

Course Materials

No required textbook

Course Closed?

Registration is by  spn only.  This course is only for Genetics majors. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an  spn

Faculty

Dr. Chris Rongo

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

 

This course is open only to seniors in the Genetics departmental honors program.

Offered

Fall

Credits

1.5

Prerequisites

Concurrent registration in 447:408, Honors in Genetics Research. By special permission number only. Obtain Special Permission from Genetics Dept. Undergraduate Office, Nelson B416.

Course Description

Assists students with writing their honors thesis in the form of a published research article. Students will review examples of published research articles, and will use them as a guide to write the following sections of their thesis: Title, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods and Literature Cited. The Results and Discussion sections of their thesis will be completed in the next course in the sequence. This is the first part of a two-semester sequence (414-415). For seniors completing Departmental Honors; by Special Permission only.

Learning Goals

This course has been certified as satisfying the following learning goals of the Department of Genetics and the SAS Core Curriculum Goals.

 Department of Genetics Goals:

  1. 3. Use genetics information and ideas to critically analyze published research articles in genetics.

4.(in part) At the end of four years, all our students will be able to design an experiment, carry out the research using the appropriate laboratory techniques and analyze and intepret their data. They will also be able to communicate their discoveries through a written article appropriate for publication in a peer-reviewed Genetics journal, and through talks or posters appropriate for scientific meetings.  
     

 SAS Core Learning Goals:

This course satisfies the SAS requirement for "Cognitive Skills and Processes: Discipline-Based Writing and Communication [WCd]".

This course meets the following SAS Writing and Communication goals:
t. Communicate effectively in modes appropriate to a discipline or area of inquiry.
u. Evaluate and critically assess sources and use the conventions of attribution and citation
correctly.
v. Analyze and synthesize information and ideas from multiple sources to generate
new insights.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

 Weekly assignments to read, write, review, and rewrite.

Course Closed?

If the course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Fall 2018 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.

Course Materials

Articles from the published literature available from the Library of Science and Medicine website.

No required textbook. Reference book in Library of Science of Medicine: Hofmann, A.H. 2014. Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations. 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, NY. Paper. ISBN 978-0-19-994756-0.

Faculty

Dr. David E. Axelrod, Department of Genetics, Nelson Biolabs, Room B341

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

This course is designed for freshman and sophomore students in the Honors Program. For upper classmen or  students who are not in the SAS Honors program, please contact the Division of Life Sciences - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view itregarding possible enrollment, if space is available.

Offered

 

Spring

 

Credits

 

3

 

Prerequisites

 

General Biology  (01:119:115-116-117 or 01:119:101-102) or equivalent. Highly recommended: 01:694:215

 

Course Description

 

Two exams (each worth 25% of the final grade) will be given. Exams will be open book. Class attendance/participation contributes 10% to the final grade. Homework assignments and notes kept in a notebook will contribute 40% to the final

grade. Notebooks will be collected and graded twice during the semester.

Course URL

A Sakai site will be set up at the beginning of the semester

Course Satisfies the following Departmental  Learning Goals

  • Knowledge specific goals:  Know the terms, concepts and theories in genetics. While reading assigned papers, students will be introduced to terms, concepts and theories in genetics and molecular biology.
  • Use genetic information and ideas to critically analyze published research articles in genetics. Students will participate in group discussion on each assigned paper.

 Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Two exams (each worth 25% of the final grade) will be given. Class participation/homework/notebooks will make up  50% of the final grade.

Course Materials

Several papers from primary literature will be chosen at the beginning of the semester.

Course Closed?

This course is not offered in Spring 2019. If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Science - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus.

Faculty

Dr. D. Glodowski


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

 

01:447:370 Developmental Genetics

This course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major


Offered  

Spring 

Credits 

Prerequisites 

01:447:380 OR 01:447:384  

Course Description 

How genes influence the developmental processes of an organism. Topics include gene regulatory networks, signaling pathways, stem cell biology, and the role of developmental genetics in human disease.  

Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus Spring 2018

Course URL  

N/A 

Course Satisfies Learning Goals 

1. Knowledge specific goals: Know the terms, concepts and theories in genetics. 

2. Integrate the material from multiple courses and research. That is, to think holistically and to see the whole as well as the parts 

3. Use genetic information and ideas to critically analyze published research articles in genetics. 

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy 

TBA 

Course Materials 


Required: Developmental Biology Ninth or Tenth Edition, Scott Gilbert, ISBN: 9780878935581 (9e) or 9780878939787 (10e)

Supplemental text (not required): From DNA to Diversity, Sean B. Carroll, Jennifer Grenier, Scott Weatherbee ISBN: 9781405119504

 

Course Closed? 

If this course is closed, please continue to monitor Web-Reg for openings.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Genetics Undergraduate Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Faculty

Dr. Amber Krauchunas

Dr. Xue Mei


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

01:447:484 Behavioral and Neural Genetics

Spring

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Genetics 01:447:380 or Genetic Analysis I 01:447:384 and General Biology Lab 01:119:117 or 01:119:102

Methods of molecular biology are highly recommended. Statistics is also highly recommended.

 Course Description

Using molecular and mouse genetics (genetically modified mice) in research on behavior, memory, and neuron function with an emphasis on the contemporary methods and new discoveries in neuroscience.

Departmental Learning Goals: http://genetics.rutgers.edu/students-academics/undergraduate/learning-goals

Course URL

Not yet active. Will be at sakai.rutgers.edu

Course Learning Goals

https://genetics.rutgers.edu/academics/undergraduate/learning-goals

 Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Every student is expected to present  (being in the group of 4-6 people) an original published research paper and regularly participate in discussion during every class.  They are expected to keep a daily journal detailing their understanding of the readings. Discussions of papers and active participation in classis required for a good grade and counts 20% of the final grade. There are four exams with no final exam. Each exam counts for another 20% of the final grade. 

Course Materials

1. Principles of Neural Science, by Kandel, et al. Fifth Edition (2013), (ISBN 978-0-07-139011-8) – Recommended

2. Original research articles posted on Sakai website material - Required.

Course Closed?

There is no wait list for this course. Please continue to monitor Web-Reg for openings.  Please contact  the Genetics Undergraduate Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you have any questions or concerns.

Faculty

Gleb P. Shumyatsky
Life Sciences Building 322, Busch Campus
848-445-1223
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** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.