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University of Guelph
Molecular Biology and Genetics
MBG 2400
Elizabeth Lee

Course Outline MBG-2400 Fall 2013 General Information Course Title: MBG-2400 Fundamentals of Plant and Animal Genetics Course Description: Fundamental aspects of plant and animal genetics are covered in this course including the chromosomal basis of inheritance, natural and artificial selection, domestication, epigenetics and quantitative traits. Population dynamics and the effect of selection on allele frequencies will be introduced with examples from agricultural crop and animal species and companion animal species. Genomics will be introduced with an emphasis on the development and use of molecular genetic markers. The science of genetics in its broadest sense is modeling the inheritance of a phenotype. Many aspects of biology influence the ability of a phenotype to be transmitted from parent to offspring. This course examines fundamental genetics concepts which shape our understanding of the inheritance of a phenotype. Each concept will be examined in chronological order of “discovery” first in terms of genetic variation in plants and animals, then re-examined in terms of the molecular basis of traits in plants and animals, and then re-examined in the context of quantitative traits in plants and animals. Credit Weight: 0.50 Academic Department (or campus): Animal and Poultry Science Campus: Guelph Semester Offering: Fall 2013 Prerequisites: (BIOL*1050 or BIOL*1070) and BIOL*1090 Required for: MBG-3060, MBG-3100, MBG-4160, MBG-4300, ANSC-4020 Class Schedule and Location: Lecture THRN 1200 M W F 8:30 – 9:20 am Labs Cohort # 1 Section 0101 Monday 2:30 – 4:20 JTP 214 Section 0102 Tuesday 2:30 – 4:20 CRSC 116 Section 0103 Wednesday 2:30 – 4:20 JTP 214 Section 0104 Thursday 2:30 – 4:20 CRSC 116 Section 0105 Friday 2:30 – 4:20 CRSC 116 Cohort # 2 Section 0106 Monday 2:30 – 4:20 JTP 214 Section 0107 Tuesday 2:30 – 4:20 CRSC 116 Section 0108 Wednesday 2:30 – 4:20 JTP 214 Section 0109 Thursday 7:00 – 8:50 CRSC 116 Section 0110 Monday 7:00 – 8:50 CRSC 116 Instructor Information Instructor Name: Dr. Elizabeth Lee Instructor Email: [email protected] Office location and office hours:CROP 220 Office hours TBA Instructor Name: Dr. Lewis Lukens Instructor Email: [email protected] Office location and office hours:CROP 326 Office hours TBA Instructor Name: Mr. Steven Larmer Instructor Email: [email protected] Instructor Name: Dr. Andy Robinson Instructor Email: [email protected] Office location and office hours:ANNU 146 Tuesday 4:30 – 7:00pm Lab Coordinator: Mr. Dave Kerec Lab Coordinator Email: [email protected] Office location: Bovey 1516 GTA Information GTA Name: Robert Bruce GTA Email: [email protected] GTA Name: Megan House GTA Email: [email protected] GTA Name: John MacKenzie GTA Email: [email protected] GTA Name: Ann Meyer GTA Email: [email protected] GTA Name: Emily Moeller GTA Email: [email protected] GTA Name: Graham Moum GTA Email: [email protected] Course Content Specific Learning Outcomes: Through this course students will be able to: • Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity and complexity of plant and animal genetics. • Demonstrate an understanding of methods of genetic analysis for plants and animals. • Demonstrate the ability to synthesize the current state of knowledge regarding the mechanisms of genetic variation in plants and animals. • Demonstrate an ability to model the transmission of qualitative and quantitative variation in plant and animal phenotypes. Lecture Content: The lecture topic schedule, assigned readings and lecture notes are posted on CourseLink as the course proceeds. Labs: Labs are two hours each week per section. There are five lab activities throughout the semester, each one spanning two weeks. The first week is devoted to an activity that will generate data or information required for the second week where the data will be analyzed. Details of the activities, requirements and deadlines for each lab assignment are posted on CourseLink because the scheduling is defined by the section you are registered in. Note that the lab sections are broken up into two cohorts. Cohort # 1 begins the lab activities the week of September 9 and Cohort # 2 begins the lab activities the week of September 23. Then the schedule unfolds as follows: Week Cohort # 1 Cohort # 2 September 9 Lab 1 Data Collection No lab scheduled September 16 Lab 1 Data Analysis Lab 1 Data Collection September 23 Lab 2 Data Collection Lab 1 Data Analysis September 30 Lab 2 Data Analysis Lab 2 Data Collection October 7 Lab 3 Data Collection Lab 2 Data Analysis October 14 Thanksgiving and Midterm – no labs scheduled October 21 Lab 3 Data Analysis Lab 3 Data Collection October 28 Lab 4 Data Collectio
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