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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PCB5066

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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1652 2007-04-20
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Biology AS 120901000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Jim Garey 8747103

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PCB 5066 Molecular Phylogenetics

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Molecular Phylogenetics
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    PCB 3063


    Course Description

    Provides a theoretical (lecture) and practical (computer lab) framework to allow students to carry out phylogenetic analysis using molecular data. Majors or nonmajors.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This course fills a need in the Biology graduate program for students to learn theoretical knowledge and practical skills in phylogenetic analysis using DNA sequence information. This course has been taught for a number of years as a special topics course

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course supports the graduate program in Biology, and has included graduate students from Marine Sciences and Engineering. As the department moves toward Cell and Molecular Biology, there is increased demand for students to be able to understand and carry out phylogenetic analysis. In addition, this course is useful to more traditional organismal students in learning about phylogenetics.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, this has been taught for a number of years as BSC 5931 and other special topics course numbers using a variety of names (systematic biology, molecular evolution, molecular phylogenetics). One problem is that as a special topics course, it is difficul

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. in biological sciences with training in molecular biology and phylogenetics.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    To provide a theoretical and practical framework to allow students to carry out phylogenetic analysis using molecular data. The theoretical framework is provided by the lecture portion of the course, while the practical portion is provided by the computer lab portion of the course.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Outcomes are assessed by a written, in class midterm, computer lab exercises, and a final project that is presented in written forms and oral forms. In addtion to the instructors evaluations, students evaluate each other in the form of peer review of their papers and presentations.

    C. Major Topics

    Theoretical portion: DNA structure,DNA alignment, tree making, assessment of tree making accuracy, gene evolution and genome evolution.

    Practical portion (computer lab): Genbank retrieval, Handling large datasets, the use of alignment and phylogenetic software, presenting phylogenetic data.

    D. Textbooks

    Evolution and Phylogeny by Nei and Kumar. Oxford Press 2000.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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