BIOC581: Toolbox for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

This course will instruct students in a wide range of both traditional and state-of-the-art methods used in molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology knowledge of which is essential for experimental design and comprehending research literature and seminar presentations. Prior to each lecture, students will have a short, low-stakes assignment to introduce the topic and prepare them for the live session. Lecture time will include instruction as well as completion of exercises using hypothetical or real experimental data generated using the methods that will involve data analysis and interpretation or experimental design. The course will include instruction on detailed analysis of data in research articles that will provide critical thinking skills. Students will have multiple ways to demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained in the course. In addition to traditional exams, the grade will be based on group exercises, quizzes and a weeks-long instructor-supported group project to enhance critical thinking skills