The University of Georgia
Approved Course


  1. COURSE ID: PBIO 3660L

  2. TITLES

  3. Course Title: Plant Biology Intensive Laboratory
    Course Computer Title: Plant Biology Intensive Lab
  4. COURSE DESCRIPTION (must be 50 words or less)

  5. 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 management.
  6. GRADING SYSTEM

  7. A-F (Traditional)
  8. CREDIT HOURS AND LECTURE/LAB/DISCUSSION HOURS

  9. FIXED VARIABLE
    Credit Hours 4
    Hours in Lab per week 8
  10. NON-TRADITIONAL FORMAT(if lecture/lab hours or lecture/discussion hours are fewer than credit hours, please justify)


  11. REPEAT POLICY

  12. Course can be repeated for credit - maximum credit allowed 8 hours
  13. DUPLICATE CREDIT STATEMENT(do not list quarter course IDs)

  14. The course will not be open to students who have credit in the following courses:
  15. REQUIRED PREREQUISITES

  16. (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
  17. PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE COURSES

  18. COREQUISITE COURSES

  19. PRIMARY DELIVERY MECHANISM (select only one):

  20. Supervised Laboratory
  21. COURSE WILL BE OFFERED

  22. Every Year - Fall
  23. EFFECTIVE SEMESTER AND YEAR OF CURRENT VERSION OF COURSE

  24. Fall 2016
  25. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR THE SYLLABUS

  26. 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 
    computer. 
    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.

    TOPICAL OUTLINE

    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 
    material.
    2)Polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
    3)Construction of recombinant plasmids.
    4)DNA sequencing.
    5)Query of sequence databases.
    6)Sequence alignment and construction of phylogenetic trees.
    7)Analysis of next-generation sequencing data.
    8)Plant transformation.
    9)Analysis of molecular genetic markers and/or genetic mapping.
    10)Phenotypic analysis of mutants by light and fluorescence 
    microscopy.	
    11)Analysis of RNA expression.
    12)Purification of recombinant protein from bacteria or plants.
    13)Analysis of protein expression by immuno-blotting or 
    fluorescence microscopy.
    14)Analysis of protein interactions by yeast 2-hybrid or 
    alternative assays.
    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.