Welcome to GENETICS!
I am Dr. McCoy, and I will be helping you learn this semester. On this webpage you will find:
Copies of important instruction sheets and class standards
Instructions for your research project
Information about important due dates
Website links related to Genetics and your research projects
Website links related to science contests that can earn you money and scholarships
Possible Guest speakers: Sharon Thomas, President of the Cobb County Genealogical Society
Sara Cooper, Genetic Counselor, Emory University
Premila Achar, Professor of Biotechnology, Kennesaw State University
You should check out the webpages "LEARN GENETICS", "THE VIRTUAL CELL", "CELLS ALIVE" and "DNA FROM THE BEGINNING" which will provide you with an excellent review of what we are studying in Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. Both of them are listed at the bottom of my webpage in the "LINKS" section.
TEXT: Human Genetics (Lewis) Price:$104.25
CLASS STANDARDS: Please:
1. Bring all learning materials on time to class daily (Text, notebook, pencil)
2. Follow directions the first time they are given.
3. Keep your head up, off of desk....rest and sleep at home.
4. Leave food,gum, drinks, and cosmetics outside or in a backpack/purse.
5. Treat teachers and students with respect, especially in your choice of words.
Your grade in this class is a reflection of how you choose to spend your time.
Progress reports (approximately): September20, October 20, November 19, December 6 Final Report card sent home January 6
Homework, Quizzes, Labs................35%
LAB: Half of your lab grade is based on your accuracy in following directions, cooperation and cleaning up at the end of lab.
QUIZZES: are given often, and may be “open notebook” quizzes. Therefore, it is very important that you take careful notes and bring your notebook to class every day.
NOTEBOOK: Your first notebook check will be Friday. You must have a folder or notebook. You must have a school agenda or calendar. You must have a list of grades earned on assignments in this class. For the "GENETICS" section, you must have your class syllabus in the front. You must have the test objective list. You must have class notes. You must keep all returned labs, quizzes and homework. It is important to remember that SOME of your quizzes are "OPEN NOTEBOOK". If you have a good notebook, you tend to do well.
TESTS: are never open book, so you must study very carefully before each test. You should use a test objective list to help you plan your study time. Anything discussed in class from our objectives can be on the test, so be focused when you study.
PROJECT: Yes, you are required to do a project, related to a genetic disease.There are three parts to the project. The parts are due at different times during the semester. You will turn them in on time. The three project grades count as 20% of your final grade.
TARDY TO CLASS: the school tardy policy is uniform and enforced in this class. BE IN YOUR DESK READY TO WORK WHEN THE TARDY BELL RINGS. You are counted tardy if you are not ready with paper and writing utensil when the tardy bell rings. Paper and pencils are available on the right hand side of the room Do not ask anyone for either.
MAKE UP WORK: If you miss a class assignment or test due to an excused absence of three days or more, you must make it up with in five days. All projects and pre-scheduled tests must be completed the day you return to school. Students with unexcused absences cannot make up the missed work. No late work accepted after May 9.
I encourage you to enter as many science competitions as possible. Each contest you enter qualifies you for scholarships and prizes. Even if you do not win, I will award you with a “100” as a homework grade for every approved contest that you enter. Deadlines for all contest entries will be February 1. Entry forms are available in the contest folders at the front of the room.
You may also submit an idea/design for our "March for Babies" T-Shirt. The Theme is "Walking for Healthy Babies". The March of Dimes is trying to raise money to help save premature babies.
The March of Dimes March for Babies begins 8:00 AM on Saturday, April 26, starting and ending at Marietta Middle School.
I will stay after school or meet you early to help you with homework, tests, etc. Make an appointment with me (see my calendar) for extra help so I can make sure I have no meetings scheduled for that time.
LATE WORK: homework will not be accepted late at all. Late labs and project work will be accepted with a penalty of 25 points if they are one day late.
Fifty point penalty for work turned in two days late.
ATTENTION: Many times it will be necessary for me to get the attention of the class. Your responsibility is to watch for the attention signal I will use. When you see it, you must do three things immediately:
--turn and face me-----become silent-----wait and listen to what I need to tell you.
We will practice this process and I will expect you to comply every time.
RESTROOM VISITS: you will be given 5 restroom passes to use at your discretion throughout the semester. They can be used to go to the restroom in the foreign language hall. Misuse results in the loss of all passes.
RECYCLING: please recycle all writing paper in the bin provided. Flatten it rather than balling it up, please. Recycle aluminum and plastic bottles, too.
Parents: Sometimes parents ask their children “Do you have any homework tonight?” A genetics student who says “no”is unaware of their responsibilities. Every genetics student has three things they should work on every night:
1) an objective list for the next test....studying the textbook and lab work to prepare for a test
2) identification of basic and advanced vocabulary words (cell parts, meiosis, DNA)
3) research for their project related to a genetic disease, including pictures and charts suitable for projection via computer
I have found that 30 minutes of STUDY every night is sufficient for students wishing to be successful in the genetics class. The US Department of Labor agrees with me and has found that students working on a job for pay more than 20 hours per week are not only less likely to pass their courses in high school, they are also more likely to be involved in violence, automobile accidents, drug use and crime.
To be successful in this class, a little study EVERY night is the essential sacrifice of personal time.
These are the objectives for your first test:
Genetics Review Chapter 1: Overview of Human Genetic s
1. Define gene and genome.
2. Define chromosome, DNA, RNA and allele.
3. Explain the difference between inherited disorders and other types of diseases (infectious).
4. List examples of genetic science in the news: (forensics, agriculture, race, health care)
5. List some examples of inherited traits in humans.
6. Explain why geneticists study abnormal traits.
7. Explain the characteristics of an allele that determine its inheritance (dominance/recessiveness; is it part of an autosome or a sex chromosome?)
8. Explain the purpose of genetic counseling; how are pedigrees used?
9. Explain how the environment can affect some genetic traits.
10. How can genetic traits be noticeable at the molecular, cellul ar, individual, family and population levels?
11. Describe how allele frequencies can vary between populations.
12. Explain what is meant by inherited susceptibility and multifactorial traits.
Chapter 2: Cells (page 15-39)
13. Cystic fibrosis is a good example of a genetic case study: We can explain several things about genetic diseases by studying:
a) How survival rates have increased over time.
b) how treatments have changed over time.
c) How one genetic disease can cause many symptoms
d) how a cell problem can affect the whole body
e) how a cell protein problem can be caused by a DNA problem.
14. List chemical building blocks, macromolecules, organelles, cells, tissues and body organs.
15. Expla in the function of enzymes and structural proteins.
16. Explain “differentiation”.
17. Explain how prokaryotes differ from Archaea and Eukaryotes.
18. In general, explain how secretion occurs (protein production).
19. In general, explain h ow cells provide energy (cell respiration).
20. In general, explain how packets of enzymes function (lysosomes or peroxisomes).
21. In general, explain how the cytoskeleton functions.
22. In general, explain signal transduction using first and second messengers.
23. Explain the function of mitosis and apoptosis.
24. Describe the events that occur during the cell cycle:
Interphase, followed by mitosis:
prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase.
POSSIBLE TOPICS FOR GENETIC DISEASE RESEARCH PROJECTS:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Fragile X syndrome
Sickle Cell Disease
Spina bi fida
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Genetic Disease projects:
A) Due AUGUST: Disease SUMMARY:
After visiting the class webpage, write answers to the "TEN QUESTIONS" about genetic disease.
B) DUE OCTOBER 24:
a resource page or brochure that would be useful for family members or patients want ing to know more about their genetic disorder. Include the following headings:
1) Name of disease 2) symptoms and diagnosis method 3) Cause of the disease , including the gene responsible, if known 4) Several treatment methods. If medication, surgery, therapy or special education are used, be specific about what medication, surgery, therapy or education. 5) helpful magazine articles 4) books helpful to parents 5) web sites of universities, foundations and research institutions that study this disease
6) Search online for a CLINICAL TRIAL related to this disease. List the website and street address of at least one clinical trial going on right now. 10)Make sure you also list the physical mailing address of three organizations (universities, foundations or research institutions) providing assistance to families. PLEASE list at least ONE helpful organization in GEORGIA
C) DUE NOVEMBER: MARCH OF DIMES POSTER
Turn in a half-size poster about the March for Babies:
Explain the "WHAT, WHEN and WHERE" of the Walk April 27. We meet at 8:00 AM at Marietta Middle School. The walk usually begins at 9 AM and is 3 miles long. The March of Dimes will provide you with breakfast and lunch. The important thing about the Walk for Babies is that we are raising money to help premature babies.
Explain why we are raising funds for this organization....what does the March of Dimes do? What have they accomplished? What do they hope to do in the future? What are some facts about premature babies that might make people want to help?
D) DUE NOVEMBER: POWERPOINT PRESENTATION LOADED on MY COMPUTER
You will condense the information from your disease report into a POWERPOINT presentation.
There will be ten frames minimum
1. Name of the disease and OMIM identification number. Your name also will appear on this page.
2. How the disease is detected (diagnosis)
3. Cause of the disease
4. Name and location of a gene recognized as being associated with this disease
5. What symptoms it causes, what body parts are affected
6. Common treatment for the disease
7. Research toward future treatments
8. How the disease affects the life of the individual and their family
9. Show a pedigree chart explaining the cause
10. Organizations helpful to these patients, including one in Georgia.
Your powerpoint must also have images or photos to illustrate the disease report
F) DECEMBER ORAL PRESENTATION
You may begin presenting your powerpoint to the class (Seniors go first). You are responsible for providing information to your classmates that they will be tested on.
This is an excellent way to prepare for the final exam