SRJC Course Outlines

2/27/2024 8:46:43 AMBIO 20 Course Outline as of Summer 2021

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  BIO 20Title:  HUMAN GENETICS  
Full Title:  Human Genetics
Last Reviewed:10/22/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Mechanisms of heredity with specific reference to humans. Course includes current genetic technologies and their ethical and societal consequences.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Mechanisms of heredity with specific reference to humans. Course includes current genetic technologies and their ethical and societal consequences.
(Grade or P/NP)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2020
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B2Life ScienceFall 2020
 B2Life ScienceFall 1981Summer 2011
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5BBiological SciencesFall 2020
 5BBiological SciencesFall 1981Summer 2011
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2020Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2020Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Explain the roles of DNA in the transmission of genetic characteristics between generations.
2.  Predict the outcome of genetic crosses using Mendelian and other principles.
3.  Critically analyze the impact of recent technological advances in genetics.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Describe cellular organization and structure.
2. Explain the role of chromosomes, DNA, and RNA in cell function and information transfer.
3. Describe the roles of DNA and genes in reproduction, development, and disease.
4. Solve problems based on Mendelian inheritance.
5. Describe extensions and exceptions to Mendel's laws.
6. Explain the role of genetic changes in evolution.
7. Describe recent advances in genetics such as recombinant DNA, genetic engineering, and the
    human genome project and how they are applied in gene therapy, genetic testing, and the
    creation of genetically-modified organisms.
8. Evaluate how new technologies impact the individual, family and society.
9. Examine the history of eugenics and its current manifestations.

Topics and Scope
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I.   Scientific Method
II.  Cell Structure and Function
III. Gene Expression
    A. Structure and function of DNA and RNA
    B. Protein synthesis
    C. Regulation of gene expression
IV.  Reproduction
    A. Mitosis
    B. Meiosis
    C. Human reproduction and development
V.  Mendelian Inheritance
VI. Beyond Mendelian Inheritance
    A. Sex-linkage
    B. Epigenetics
    C. Environmental impacts
    D. Other topics
VII.  Mutation and Genetic Disease
VIII. Evolution
    A. Theory of natural selection
    B. Role of mutation
IX. Race and Eugenics
    A. Historical perspective
    B. Reproductive choice and the new eugenics
X. The Human Microbiome
XI. Recent Developments in Genetics and Genetic Technology (at least five topics selected from
    the following)
    A. Recombinant DNA
    B. Genetic engineering
    C. Genome sequencing
    D. Gene therapy
    E. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis
    F. Genetic testing
    G. Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9
    H. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
    I. Gene chips
    J. Ancient DNA
    K. Other recent developments
XII. Bioethics - Societal Impacts of the Science and Technology of Genetics

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1. Readings: 15-35 pages/week may include textbooks, scientific journals, and articles from
    newspapers, magazines, and the Internet
2. Homework: 2-4 assignments; may include problem sets, case studies, and/or written
    descriptions or discussions of lecture topics in short essay format
3. Oral reports: 1-2; research an approved topic and present a 5-10 minute report to the class
4. Formal assessment: 2-3 midterms and 1 final exam, including objective type questions,
    genetics problems, and essay questions
5. Research papers: 2-3 research papers of 3-5 pages in length on current topics
6. Participation: regularly participate in class discussions on current topics

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
20 - 40%
Research papers, homework (short essays)
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Homework problems, case studies
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Midterms and final exam; may include multiple choice, true/false, matching items, completion, genetics problems, and/or essays
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Attendance, participation in group work, oral reports

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Human Genetics: Concepts And Applications. 11th ed. Lewis, Ricki. McGraw-Hill. 2015 (classic)
Recommended Books:
Human Heredity: Principles & Issues. 11th ed. Cummings, Michael. Cengage Learning. 2015 (classic)
Cartoon Guide To Genetics. Updated edition. Gonick, Larry and Wheelis, Mark. Harper Collins. 1991 (classic)

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