You will be graded on the basis of three types of assignments: Exams, Lab Notebooks, and Lab Reports.
Exams will be based on both lecture and laboratory material. In Genetic Engineering, there is really no difference between lecture and lab. The exams are designed to test your understanding of laboratory procedures and your ability to integrate practical techniques into a broader theoretical background.
Your lab notebooks will be graded on how well you document your work and keep records. I will not be evaluating the work and the interpretations.
The lab report is the vehicle by which you will describe the work, present the experimental results, and express your interpretation of the experiment.
Grading of Lab Notebooks:
Notebooks will be graded according to following criteria:
Grading of Lab Reports
Reports will be graded according to three criteria:
Computing The Final Grade
There will be two midterm exams, each being worth 200 points. The final will serve as an additional, third midterm. It will not be comprehensive.
There will be four formal laboratory reports. The second report will contain about half of the work you do during the quarter and will be worth twice the number of points (120) as the first. The third and fourth lab reports will be informal. In addition to laboratory reports, there will be one problem set on plasmid mapping, which will equal 35 points.
Your notebooks will be collected unannounced twice during the quarter. Each will be equal to 25 points.