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College of Science, Engineering and Technology

NSU - Norfolk State University
BIO 351 : Syllabus

Text: Essentials of Genetics. Klug, Cummings, and Spencer, 6th Edition, Pearson/Prentice Hall, Inc, 2006.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

Additional Material(s) Needed:

  1. Two notebooks for class notes and loose handouts
  2. Textbook CD/ Textbook Website/ Blackboard

Course Description: The introductory course includes a survey of the basic principles of genetics. DNA and the genetic material, is thoroughly discussed from the level of the gene to the chromosomal level. Both a solid foundation in molecular genetics as well as hallmark traditional topics of classical heredity are covered.

Prerequisites: General Biology, Botany, and Zoology, General Chemistry.

Course Rationale: Principle of Genetics is the junior level course providing introductory classical and molecular aspects of genetics. The course builds on the sophomore level Cell Biology course and gives preparation to the senior level Molecular Biology course.

Course Outcomes:
  1. Students completing this course will learn the establishment of the genetics discipline by dates, researchers, facts, concepts, and theories from Mendelian genetics to Molecular genetics. To determine achievement of this outcome, students will demonstrate capabilities on pre and post tests, weekly quizzes, and unit specific examinations.
  2. Students completing this course will evaluate the connection between current genetic principles and societal impact by interpreting statistical data, research journals, and world news on the topic of Eugenics. Possible assessment methods include: cooperative group participation, oral debate presentation, poster display presentation.
  3. Students completing this course will acquire all lecture materials (lecture notes, chapter summaries, and chapter vocabulary) in notebook form. Competency in note-taking and the acquisition / organization of course material will be assessed by evaluation of notebook content and completeness at the semesters end.
  4. Students completing this course will be able to use a computer to acquire scientific research information such as statistical data, research journals, and world using the internet as well as use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in the preparation of oral and written presentations. Assessment methods include: oral and written presentations.

Attendance: Attendance is mandatory for lecture. If you are not physically present when roll is called, you may be counted as absent for that class. Students are expected to be present and ON TIME for all class meetings. In the event of an absence, the student is responsible for providing a university note of excuse as well as acquiring missed notes and assignments from another student. More than three (3) excused absences will result in an automatic drop from the course (SEE STUDENT CATALOG AND HANDBOOK)

Method of Instruction:

  1. Oral Lecture via Powerpoint presentations is the primary method of instruction. Occasional experiments will be used to reinforce lecture concepts.
  2. Quiz question (s) at the start of class
  3. Lecture and Discussion (Professor AND Student)
7 Steps to Mastery of Topic:
  1. Read Chapter
  2. Take Chapter notes
  3. Attend class
  4. Take Lecture Notes
  5. Compare my notes with your notes
  6. Complete review/study guide questions
  7. Prepare for examination (STUDY! STUDY! STUDY!)

Academic Support Services:

Support services are available to students who desire/require additional assistance or who are recommended by their instructor. Individual tutors are available in the STARS office located on the first floor of Robinson Technology Building. Ms. Valencia Ingram is the person of contact. ACCESS tutoring is also available. (SEE HANDOUTS)

Exams 15%
Final Exam 30%
Quizzes 15%
Assignments 5%

*** If your Quiz or exam grade is a "C" or lower, then "SEE" me !!! (Note: A "C minus (C-) means course failure !!!!!!!!

Grading Scale
A+ 96 - 100 A 90-93 A- 88-89
B+ 86-89 B 84-85 B- 80-83
C+ 76-79 C 74-75 C- 70-73
D+ 66-69 D 64-65 D- 60-63
F Below 60

Please consult the NSU Student Handbook on matters regarding student conduct such as attendance, illness, off-campus trips, and grade appeals, etc.

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU students who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in RTC, Suite 100. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. Visit the site at

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilites Act (ADA) of 1990, if you have a disability or think you have a disability, we ask that you please contact the Supporting Students through Disability Services (SSDS) office.
LOCATION: Student Services Center Room 110D
CONTACT PERSON: Marian E. Shepherd - Disability Services Coordinator SSDS
TELEPHONE: (757) 823-2014

As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise, by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

Class Attendance Policy
  • A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook ( for further details.

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