BIOL1040-A Prin & Issues Human Heredity    (Summer 2018)

Course Details
Course Description
About The Instructor(s)
Course Details

Section will be taught totally online with no scheduled class meetings. Students must arrange for daily access to a computer and the Internet prior to the start of classes. Robert Morris labs are to be used only as a backup in special situations and may not be relied upon for extended periods of time. In addition to the Internet link, online classes have a large emphasis on email. All messages from the instructor and other information regarding online classes, including user ids, passwords, and login instructions will be sent to your Robert Morris University email account.
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Session, Dates: 1 (05/01/2018 - 06/22/2018)


Time: -

Location: Internet/Online


Seats Available: 17 Seats

Credits: 3

Course Description

This course begins with a discussion of how heredity changed in the 18th and 19th centuries. Darwinian and Mendelian theories are presented. A thorough discussion of cells, chromosomes, and cell division is followed by an analysis of the transmission of genes from generation to generation as exemplified by Mendel=s laws. Pedigree analysis and human genetics are explained by dominant and recessive traits, sex-linked inheritance, and genetic maps. Cytogenetics occupies a large section of the course. Polyploidy, aneuploidy, Klinefelter and Turner syndromes are examined. Human reproduction and embryology are studied. DNA structure, the genetic code, and manufacture of proteins are highlights. Metabolic disorders such as phenylketonuria, sickle cell anemia, and the thalassemia are discussed. Mutation, recombinant DNA, and its application are followed by a discussion of genes, cancer, and the immune system. Population genetics, human diversity and evolution, and genetic screening and counseling conclude the course. Principles of scientific inquiry are integrated throughout the course.

About The Instructor(s)

Melissa S. Hillwig, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
412-397-6053 phone
412-397-4075 fax
John Jay 221