The University of Georgia
COURSE ID: PBIO 3660L
Course Title: Plant Biology Intensive Laboratory
Course Computer Title: Plant Biology Intensive Lab
An intensive, inquiry-based laboratory course emphasizing
experimental design and the acquisition of technical skills
commonly used in biology laboratories. Students will work as a
group on a self-contained research project focusing on either
the molecular genetics or on the evolution, ecology, and
population genetics of plants. Includes proper procedures for
keeping a laboratory notebook, laboratory safety, and time
COURSE DESCRIPTION (must be 50 words or less)
CREDIT HOURS AND LECTURE/LAB/DISCUSSION HOURS
|Hours in Lab per week
NON-TRADITIONAL FORMAT(if lecture/lab hours or lecture/discussion hours are fewer than credit hours, please justify)
Course can be repeated for credit - maximum credit allowed 8 hours
The course will not be open to students who have credit in the following courses:
DUPLICATE CREDIT STATEMENT(do not list quarter course IDs)
(BIOL 1107 and BIOL 1107L) or (BIOL 1108 and BIOL 1108L) or (BIOL 2107 and BIOL 2107L) or (BIOL 2108 and BIOL 2108L) or (PBIO 1210 and PBIO 1210L) or (PBIO 1220 and PBIO 1220L) or permission of department
PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE COURSES
PRIMARY DELIVERY MECHANISM (select only one):
COURSE WILL BE OFFERED
EFFECTIVE SEMESTER AND YEAR OF CURRENT VERSION OF COURSE
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR THE SYLLABUS
COURSE OBJECTIVES OR EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES
The primary objective of this course is to introduce the
students to the variety of research questions and methods that
are used by plant biologists in an increasingly integrative
discipline. To accomplish this goal, the course provides the
students with a self-contained independent project and hands-on
research experience in the field, the laboratory, and/or at the
The students are expected to develop an understanding of the
biological problem at the base of their research project as well
as the experimental approaches adopted to address them. The
suite of techniques covered in the course will be dependent on
the type of research project.
As part of their research, students will learn about the
rationale of experimental design, and how to critically evaluate
the resulting data. All students will be required to communicate
their methods and data in short oral presentations as well as in
writing. The results of the project will be summarized in the
form of a short, collaborative scientific paper or a poster.
Additional learning goals include implicating ethical standards
to individual or collaborative research and building
communication and teamwork skills.
Appropriate course projects will be developed on a case-to-
case basis from ongoing research in the Plant Biology faculty,
and a specific outline will be part of the syllabus.
Courses focusing on biotechnology and bioinformatics emphasis
will include at least five of the following techniques:
1)Preparation of DNA, RNA, and/or protein from biological
2)Polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
3)Construction of recombinant plasmids.
5)Query of sequence databases.
6)Sequence alignment and construction of phylogenetic trees.
7)Analysis of next-generation sequencing data.
9)Analysis of molecular genetic markers and/or genetic mapping.
10)Phenotypic analysis of mutants by light and fluorescence
11)Analysis of RNA expression.
12)Purification of recombinant protein from bacteria or plants.
13)Analysis of protein expression by immuno-blotting or
14)Analysis of protein interactions by yeast 2-hybrid or
15)Structural modeling of proteins.
UNIVERSITY HONOR CODE AND ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY
| ||UGA Student Honor Code: "I will be academically honest in all of my academic work and will not tolerate academic dishonesty of others." A Culture of Honesty, the University's policy and procedures for handling cases of suspected dishonesty, can be found at www.uga.edu/ovpi. Every course syllabus should include the instructor's expectations related to academic integrity.|
All academic work must meet the standards contained in "A Culture of Honesty."
Each student is responsible to inform themselves about those standards before
performing any academic work.