Course Syllabus


This course consists of an investigation of the transmission of heritable material in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Topics include classical genetics (patterns of inheritance, linkage, and chromosome mapping), molecular biology (DNA structure and function, gene expression, and biotechnology), and population genetics.

This is a 3 credit course.



Complete one of the following:

  • BIO 181—Introduction to Biology II
  • BIO 208—General Botany

Required Resources

No outside resources or textbooks required.


Course Outcomes (CO)

  1. Apply skills in teamwork and collaboration to interpret genetics based challenges.
  2. Determine the transfer of sequence information from DNA to the expression of physical traits.
  3. Evaluate the validity of scientific data and claims.
  4. Evaluate the the ethical dilemmas within the field of genetics.
  5. Explain genetics technologies.

Major Assignments

The table below is meant to help you see the relevance of each major assignment as it pertains to the course outcomes (CO).

Major Assignment Description CO#
Weekly Applying Genetics Assignments (AGAs) As a team, you will complete a list of challenging problems based around the weekly study material. 1, 2, 3, 5

Unit Capstones [W04, W07, W10]

These are much like AGAs, but are more cumulative in nature. These activities will assess your overall understanding of the material from an entire unit rather than one specific week. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Unit Exams [W04, W07, W10, W14] There are four separate unit exams. These exams will be taken on your own. 2, 5
Personal Quizzes [All non-exam weeks] This is an opportunity to show your readiness for the more challenging group work that will happen later in the week. 2, 5
Team Quizzes [All non-exam weeks] This is an opportunity to ponder and prove what you have learned from the week's material with your fellow team members. 1, 2, 5

Weekly Patterns

Non-Exam Week

The table below displays typical weekly activities, due dates, and activity descriptions.

Due Date Learning Model Activity Title Description
Midweek Prepare/Teach One Another Perusall Reading—Personal Study Study the provided material and comment in Perusall.
Midweek Prepare Personal Quiz Take a personal quiz based on the weekly reading.
End of the Week Teach One Another Applying Genetics Assignment (AGA) Work with your team to complete challenging questions based around the weekly reading.
End of the Week Ponder and Prove Team Quiz As a team, take a quiz to show mastery of the weekly material.

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Exam Week

Due Date Learning Model Activity Title Description
Midweek Prepare/Teach One Another Perusall Reading—Personal Study Study the provided material and comment in Perusall.
Midweek Teach One Another Unit Capstone Work with your team to complete challenging questions based around the different topics of the unit.
End of the Week Ponder and Prove Unit Exam On your own, you will take an exam that assesses your understanding of all the material from the unit.

Learning Model

This course takes a Team Based Learning (TBL) approach to your learning experience. Each week, you will complete some type of activity with your assigned team. You will work together and lean on each other as you master the material each week. You will be assessed on this material in both an individual setting and a team setting. You will be given weekly opportunities to follow the BYU-Idaho Learning Model of 1) Prepare, 2) Teach One Another, and 3) Ponder and Prove.



This is a 3 credit course. In order to complete all the required work and master the material, it is anticipated that you will work a total of 3 hours per credit for a total of 9 hours per week. Each week, you will have up to 40 pages of reading and a Perusall assignment that goes along with that reading. Perusall is a social annotation tool that will allow you to complete the weekly readings with your peers. In that gathered setting, you can ask questions and teach one another as you learn the material. You will then take what you have learned from the weekly reading and apply it to a challenging assignment with your team. Each week, you will also take some type of quiz or exam to assess your mastery.

Team Work

Each week, you will work with your team to complete either an AGA or a capstone assignment. To complete these assignments, you may work with your team synchronously or asynchronously. All that matters on these assignments is that you complete them before the deadline. The only weekly required synchronous meeting with your team will be for team quizzes (all non-exam weeks). Starting W03, you will work with the same team throughout the entire course.

Late Work

As a sign of professionalism and respect, you should complete your work on time. No late work will be accepted for credit. If you feel you have an extenuating circumstance, reach out to your instructor on a case-by-case basis.


There are no retries on any assignments or assessments.

Extra Credit

Your instructor can elect to award up to 15 points of extra credit at their discretion.

Grading Scale

Letter Grade Percent
A 100%–93%
A- 92%–90%
B+ 89%–87%
B 86%–83%
B- 82%–80%
C+ 79%–77%
C 76%–73%
C- 72%–70%
D+ 69%–67%
D 66%–63%
D- 62%–60%
F 59% and lower

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact theDisability Services Office(Links to an external site.)at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow theSteps for Receiving Accommodations(Links to an external site.). Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document calledUniversity Policies(Links to an external site.). It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Go to theStudent Resourcesmodule to review further resources and information.

Course Summary:

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