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Biology 4302/5302-001: Microbial Genetics

Fall 2012


Dr. Woo-Suk Chang


216AA and 233 Life Science Building




Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:50 am - 11:50 am

Course Number, Section Number, and Course Title

Biology 4302/5302-001, Microbial Genetics

Course Location and Time

PKH 109, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 am - 10:50 am

Course Description: Consideration of the nature, expression and regulation of the genetic processes in microorganisms.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand and use the basic vocabulary of bacterial genetics.

  2. Diagram transcription, translation, and protein folding, noting the differences in each process.

  3. Explain the gene expression pathways used to regulate and control gene products within prokaryotic cells.

  4. Interpret forward and reverse bacterial genetics.

  5. Compare and contrast the processes of microbial transcription, translation, and DNA replication.

  6. Describe the causes and consequences of mutations on microbial growth and evolution.

  7. Explain how to study a gene using microbial genetics.

  8. Demonstrate how microbes adapt to their environment by gene regulation.

  9. Understand the construction of mutants by homologous recombination.

Requirements: Biology 2451, 3315, and 3444 or equivalent

Required Textbooks and Other Course Materials: Molecular Genetics of Bacteria 3th ed., by Larry Snyder and Wendy Champness. I will also often supplement the book and papers with material from other sources.

Exams: There will be two exams during the course. The first exam will cover the subject for the first half of the course (see tentative schedule of lectures). The second (final) exam will be comprehensive. You may be required to bring to each exam a NO. 2 lead pencil and a SCANTRON 882-ES electronic grading form. You may not have any other personal belongings at your desk during an exam. You will not be allowed to take an exam if you do not comply. The format of examinations may be multiple choice, true/false, and/or essay questions.

Grading Policy: Your performance in this course will be assessed through two examinations as well as individual and group projects described below. Exams will be announced at least one week prior to the exam date. The schedule of exams will depend upon our progress through the material. The following grading scale will be used to determine your final grade.




> 90%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


< 60%

Attendance Policy: With the exceptions of exam dates and presentation dates, you are not required to attend lectures; however, you are responsible for all material covered in lecture including changes to the syllabus.

Drop Policy: Students may drop or swap (adding and dropping a class concurrently) classes through self-service in MyMav from the beginning of the registration period through the late registration period. After the late registration period, students must see their academic advisor to drop a class or withdraw. Undeclared students must see an advisor in the University Advising Center. Drops can continue through a point two-thirds of the way through the term or session. Last day to drop the class is October 31, 2012. It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw if they do not plan to attend after registering. Students will not be automatically dropped for non-attendance. Repayment of certain types of financial aid administered through the University may be required as the result of dropping classes or withdrawing. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Make-up Exam Policy: You are required to be present for announced examinations. Absences will be excused only with written request by a physician, other responsible professional, or with written proof of jury duty. No exceptions. If you miss an exam, you will be given an exam score of zero. Exams missed due to excused absence must be taken within one day of your return to class. No other make-up exams will be given.

Important University Policies

Americans With Disabilities Act: The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 92-112 - The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

It is your responsibility to inform me of your disability at the beginning of the semester and to provide authorized documentation through designated administrative channels. If you require accommodation based on disability, I would like to meet with you in my office the first week of class to discuss your special needs.

Academic Dishonesty: It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. According to the UT System Regents’ Rule 50101, §2.2, "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts."

Student Support Services Available: The University of Texas at Arlington supports a variety of student success programs to help you connect with the University and achieve academic success. These programs include learning assistance, developmental education, advising and mentoring, admission and transition, and federally funded programs. Students requiring assistance academically, personally, or socially should contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 817-272-6107 for more information and appropriate referrals.

Final Review Week: A period of five class days prior to the first day of final examinations in the long sessions shall be designated as Final Review Week. The purpose of this week is to allow students sufficient time to prepare for final examinations. During this week, there shall be no scheduled activities such as required field trips or performances; and no instructor shall assign any themes, research problems or exercises of similar scope that have a completion date during or following this week unless specified in the class syllabi. During Final Review Week, an instructor shall not give any examinations constituting 10% or more of the final grade, except makeup tests and laboratory examinations. In addition, no instructor shall give any portion of the final examination during Final Review Week. Classes are held as scheduled during this week and lectures and presentations may be given.

Bomb Threats: If anyone is tempted to call in a bomb threat, be aware that UTA will attempt to trace the phone call and prosecute all responsible parties. Every effort will be made to avoid cancellation of presentations/tests caused by bomb threats. Unannounced alternate sites will be available for these classes. Your instructor will make you aware of alternate class sites in the event that your classroom is not available.

The University of Texas at Arlington has adopted the University email address as an official means of communication with students. Through the use of email, UT-Arlington is able to provide students with relevant and timely information, designed to facilitate student success. In particular, important information concerning registration, financial aid, payment of bills, and graduation may be sent to students through email.

After Hours Safety Escort: The Sam Mav Escort service provides a service to assist students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors to reach their destinations after regular business hours. The hours of service are 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., Sunday through Saturday.  817-272-3381

Other Policies

Electronic Communication Policy: The University of Texas at Arlington has adopted the University “MavMail” address as the sole official means of communication with students. MavMail is used to remind students of important deadlines, advertise events and activities, and permit the University to conduct official transactions exclusively by electronic means. For example, important information concerning registration, financial aid, payment of bills, and graduation are now sent to students through the MavMail system. All students are assigned a MavMail account. Students are responsible for checking their MavMail regularly. Information about activating and using MavMail is available at There is no additional charge to students for using this account, and it remains active even after they graduate from UT Arlington.

Smoking, Food, and Drink in the Lecture Hall: University regulations prohibit smoking, eating, and drinking in lecture halls.

Cell Phone: Ringers must be turned off during class.


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