BIOL107

Introduction to Cell Biology

University of Alberta

An introduction to cell structure and function. Major topics include the molecules and structures that comprise prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, the mechanisms by which energy is harvested and used by cells, how cells reproduce, and how information is stored and used within a cell via the processes of DNA replication, transcription, and translation. Prerequisites: Biology 30 and Chemistry 30. Note: BIOL 107 is not a prerequisite for BIOL 108. BIOL 107 and 108 can be taken in either term.
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BIOL 107 Syllabus: Jan.-April 2019, Section B2, Dr. Srayko, T R 12:30-1:50, CCIS 1 440
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University of Alberta
Course Outline
Biol 107, Introductory Cell Biology
Section B2, Winter Term 2019
Instructor: Dr. Martin Srayko
Office: G514, Biological Sciences Building
Phone: 780-492-9858
E-mail: srayko@ualberta.ca
Web Page: http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/faculty/martin_srayko/
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 (or by appointment)
Lab Coordinator: Dr. Carla Starchuk E-mail: starchuk@ualberta.ca
Lecture Room & Time: CCIS 1 440, Tuesday, Thursday, 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Course Description: This is an introduction to cell structure and function. Major topics include
the molecules and structures that constitute prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, the mechanisms
by which energy is harvested and used by cells, how cells reproduce, and how information is
stored and used within a cell via the processes of DNA replication, transcription, and translation.
Prerequisites: Biology 30 and Chemistry 30. Note: BIOL 107 is not a prerequisite for BIOL 108.
BIOL 107 and 108 can be taken in either term.
Course Prerequisites: It is important to prepare yourself for this course through a review of the
prerequisite material. Students who do not have the required prerequisites at the time of taking
this course should not expect supplementary professorial tutoring. Also, if you do not have one
or more of the pre-requisites, you need to have a “Waiver of Prerequisite Form” signed and
submitted to the Department of Biological Sciences Student Services office. Download the form
at: https://www.ualberta.ca/biological-sciences/undergraduate-studies/forms
Course Objectives and Expected Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course students should be able to:
1) Name the major organelles and molecules that constitute prokaryotic and eukaryotic
cells, describe their structure and explain their function and how that function contributes to the
maintenance, growth, and reproduction of the cell.
2) Explain how energy is manipulated by the cell and describe the major processes that
direct the flow of energy in the metabolism of the cell.
3) Describe the different organelles and macromolecules that are responsible for the
storage and use of information within the cell, and be able to analyze information transformation
and use, including protein synthesis, gene regulation and cell reproduction.
REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:
Campbell Biology (4th Custom Edition for University of Alberta) by Reece et al. (2018),
published by Pearson Canada. Acceptable alternatives: any recent edition of Campbell Biology.
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Online learning resources:
The Campbell textbook can be purchased new with an on-line supplementary resource called
“Mastering Biology”; access can also be purchased separately (without the textbook). I do not use
this in the course nor do I expect that students will have to use it; it might or might not be of use to
you. Students choosing to access and use the online resources should note the following:
1. Registration in the system and any monetary transactions are of your own accord and not
the responsibility of the University.
2. Students should be mindful of protecting their personal information and should be aware of
how their personal information might be used and/or shared.
3. Students should not use their UofA gmail address or CCID to register into the system and
instead should use a non-identifying email address or account.
Grade Evaluation:
Lecture material marks break down:
15% Midterm (February 26, in class)
5% In-class participation (evaluated via TopHat, see below)
3% eClass Quizzes (11 short quizzes, distributed over the term)
37% Final Exam (April 15, 2:00 pm., location set by the Registrar’s Office, see below)
40% Lab (registered separately, labs start Jan. 14-18, 2019)
The final grade in the course will be determined by the cumulative score of the midterm
exam (15%), lab mark (40%), participation marks (5%), eClass quizzes (3%) and final exam
(37%). The letter grade assigned will be based on a combined assessment of each student’s
absolute and relative performance in the class. It is not based on a curve or historic
distribution of student grades.
The final exam will consist of approximately 30% material prior to the midterm, 70% material
following the midterm. This is so that all the material in the course is ultimately given equal
weight over the mid-term and final exam.
EXAMS WEIGHTING DATE
Midterm 15% February 26, in class
Final Exam 37% Apr. 15, location TBA*
*WARNING: Students must verify this date on BearTracks when the Final Exam Schedule is posted. FYI:
The final exam planner is found on the Registrar’s website:
http://www.registrarsoffice.ualberta.ca/en/Examinations/Fall-2016-Winter-2017-Exam-Planner.aspx
Format of Exams:
The mid-term exam will consist of multiple-choice questions. The final exam will consist of a
combination of multiple choice questions and written short answer questions. Some of these
questions may require problem solving or simple arithmetic manipulations, but nothing that will
require a calculator. Please bring a pencil to the exam to fill out the answer sheet. You may not use
any electronic devices, including cell phones and music players, during the midterm or the
final exam.
Participation (5%)
You will be required to register with Top Hat (https://tophat.com), for TopHat Classroom,
which will be used as an interactive learning tool to ask questions during class-time. The university
recommends that you use your “anonymous ID” to register with TopHat. If you have already
registered, but used your normal ID or no ID at all, I suggest that you go to the Top Hat account
settings and change your ID to the anonymous version. Since many students may not be familiar
with Top Hat, there will be a trial period were everybody can get used to the system (January 8-15).
The 5 % participation mark is all-or-none, and is obtained by participating in at least 18/21 lectures
(starting January 17, not including dates of exams). This is to account for potential issues with your
devices. Top Hat questions can be answered on Apple or Android smartphones and tablets, laptops,
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or through text message. Please bring your electronic device to class, and ensure that it is charged
and not in Airplane mode, but muted. In the unlikely event that you do not have access to ANY
device in order to text or access the web, you must let the instructor know during the first class.
Please register for Top Hat early, as questions for participation marks will start on January 17th.
Here is information on using Top Hat if you have not used it before:
TopHat: An invitation will be sent to you by email, but if don’t receive this email, you can
register by simply visiting the course website: https://app.tophat.com/e/958471 The unique
join code for this course is: 958471.
Course Name: BIOL 107 Introduction to Cell Biology (LEC B02 Wi19).
Top Hat Classroom requires a paid subscription, and a full breakdown of all options can be
found here: www.tophat.com/pricing. Should you require assistance with Top Hat at any
time, due to the fact that they require specific user information to troubleshoot these issues,
please contact their Support Team directly by way of email (support@tophat.com), the in
app support button, or by calling 1-888-663-5491.
If your device periodically loses connection in the classroom, you can send a text/sms with your
phone. For instructions see https://success.tophat.com/s/article/Student-SMS-Text-Message-
Submissions?name=Student-SMS-Text-Message-Submissions&fromCase=1
Quiz Questions (3%)
Short quiz question sets will be posted on eClass throughout the term. Each quiz will be
available for a defined time; students should expect to take about one quiz per week (5-10 minutes
each). Together, the quizzes are worth 3% of your total grade. To get the most out of this process
you should work out for yourself why correct answers are correct and incorrect answers are
incorrect. These samples should give you a sense of the difficulty of questions that you will be asked
and the thought processes you should be cultivating for the exams.
Missed Midterm Exam:
For an excused absence where the cause is religious belief, a student must contact the
instructor(s) within two weeks of the start of Fall or Winter classes to request accommodation for the
term (including the final exam, where relevant). Instructors may request adequate documentation to
substantiate the student request.
A student who cannot write the midterm examination due to incapacitating illness, severe
domestic affliction or other compelling reasons can apply to have the weight of the midterm deferred
to the final examination. There will be no deferred midterm exam. Students must contact the
instructor and request an excused absence from the midterm within 2 days of the exam, or a mark of
zero will be assigned for the exam. Excused absence from the midterm exam or other term work is a
privilege and not a right; there is no guarantee that a deferral will be granted. Misrepresentation of
facts to gain a deferral is a serious breach of the Code of Student Behaviour.
Missed Final Exams:
A student who cannot write the final examination due to incapacitating illness, severe domestic
affliction or other compelling reasons can apply for a deferred final examination. Students who failed
at the start of term to request exam accommodations for religious beliefs are expected to follow the
normal deferred final examination process. Such an application must be made to the student’s
Faculty office within two working days of the missed examination and must be supported by a
Statutory Declaration or other appropriate documentation (Calendar section 23.5.6). Deferred
examinations are a privilege and not a right; there is no guarantee that a deferred examination will
be granted. Misrepresentation of Facts to gain a deferred examination is a serious breach of the
Code of Student Behaviour.
Deferred Final Exam:
The deferred final exam for Biology 107 section B02 will be held on Monday May 6, 2019 at
2:00 PM (location to be determined). This is the ONLY date and time for the deferred Biology 107
(section B02) final. If you have been granted permission to write the deferred exam, please contact
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me at least 48 hours prior to the exam to confirm date, time, and location in case there are any last
minute changes.
Re-examination:
A student who writes the final examination and fails the course may not apply for a re-
examination, because the final exam is worth less than 40%.
Student Responsibilities:
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:
"The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty.
Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to
uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize
themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (online at
www.governance.ualberta.ca) and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions
of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic
dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University."
All forms of dishonesty are unacceptable at the University. Any offence will be reported to the
Associate Dean of Science who will determine the disciplinary action to be taken. Cheating,
plagiarism and misrepresentation of facts are serious offences. Anyone who engages in these
practices will receive at minimum a grade of zero for the exam or paper in question and no
opportunity will be given to replace the grade or redistribute the weights. As well, in the Faculty of
Science the sanction for cheating on any examination will include a disciplinary failing grade (NO
EXCEPTIONS) and senior students should expect a period of suspension or expulsion from the
University of Alberta.
EXAMS: Your student photo I.D. is required at exams to verify your identity. Students will not be
allowed to begin an examination after it has been in progress for 30 minutes. Students must remain
in the exam room until at least 30 minutes has elapsed. Electronic equipment cannot be brought into
examination rooms and hats should not be worn.
CELL phones: A cell phone, tablet/iPad, or laptop will be required for participation in class (TopHat
Classroom). Students may also use such a device to annotate their lecture slides during class.
However, electronic devices must not be used in a manner that is distracting or inappropriate in the
classroom (Code of Student Behaviour 30.3.4).
STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR ACCESSIBILITY-RELATED ACCOMMODATIONS (students
registered with Student Accessibility Services - SAS): Eligible students have rights and
responsibilities with regard to accessibility-related accommodations. Consequently, scheduling exam
accommodations in accordance with SAS deadlines and procedures is essential. Please contact
SAS (https://www.ualberta.ca/current-students/accessibility-resources) for further information.
ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTRE: Students who require additional help in developing strategies for
better time management, study skills or examination skills should contact the Student Success
Centre (success@ualberta.ca).
Policy about course outlines can be found in §23.4(2) of the University Calendar.
RECORDING AND/OR DISTRIBUTION OF COURSE MATERIALS: Audio or video recording,
digital or otherwise, of lectures, labs, seminars or any other teaching environment by students is not
allowed without the prior written consent of the instructor or as a part of an approved
accommodation plan. Student or instructor content, digital or otherwise, created and/or used within
the context of the course is to be used solely for personal study, and is not to be used or distributed
for any other purpose without prior written consent from the content author(s).
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Biology 107 Lecture Schedule & Relevant Readings
Date
Topic
January
Introduction, Properties of Life & Classification
Chemistry and Macromolecules I
Chemistry and Macromolecules II
Biological Membranes / Membrane Transport
Membranes and Cell Walls
Cell-Structure - Organelles
Cytoskeleton and Molecular Motors
February
Biological Order and Energy
Biological Reactions and Enzymes
Chloroplasts and Photosynthesis
Biological Energy - Chemiosmosis
Photosynthesis and Carbon Fixation
Glycolysis
Mitochondria and Krebs Cycle
February 26
Mid-Term Exam
ATP synthesis in Mitochondria
March
Fermentation / Regulation of Glycolysis
Cell Growth in Bacteria
Eukaryotic Cell Growth / Cell Cycle
Cell division / Cancer
DNA is the Genetic Material
DNA Chemistry
Eukaryotic Nucleus
DNA Replication
Genes, mRNA and Proteins
Transcription and RNA processing
Translation, Genetic Code, Mutations
Operons in Bacteria
Regulation of Transcription in Eukaryotes
April 9
Last class / Transcription in Eukaryotes
April 15
Final Exam, location to be announced
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Disclaimer: Any typographical errors in this Course Outline are subject to change and will be
announced in class. The date of the final examination is set by the Registrar and takes
precedence over the final examination date reported in this syllabus.
ADDITIONAL information:
The Office of Student Judicial Affairs web site (http://www.osja.ualberta.ca/Students.aspx) has
links to a lot of information on academic integrity and what constitutes unacceptable academic
behavior.

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