COGS 169: Genetic Information for Behavior: From Single Cells to Mammals (Winter 2017)
MWF 9:00 -9:50amAP&M 1882
Course website: http://thiscourse.com/ucsd/cogs169/wi17/
Ralph Greenspan (Professor)
/ phone: 822-7657
Office Hours: By appointment in AP&M 1862
Behavior draws on a wide range of genes acting as a complex source of information. Model organisms -– bacteria, Paramecium, C. elegans, Drosophila, and mice -– have provided insight into how genes influence both innate and learned behaviors, and provide relevant lessons for humans.
Greenspan, R. and Petit, C., ed. (2013) Neurogenetics. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, Feb, vol. 23, no. 1. (collection of relevant essays in the field, several of which are indicated below as readings)
Course Details and Policies
THE MIDTERM EXAM ON FRIDAY FEB. 10 WILL COVER MATERIAL THROUGH THE FEB. 3 LECTURE ON CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS IN CYANOBACTERIA. THE LINK IN THE "NOTES" BOX FOR THE MIDTERM EXAM CLASS IS A LINK TO SOME PRACTICE QUESTIONS.
I leave the process of getting the answers to you, as a good strategy for studying for the exam.
TERM PAPER OR FINAL EXAM
You have option of either taking a final exam or writing a term paper. If you opt for a term paper, you need to come see me by Friday Feb. 17, where you and I will discuss possible topics. These can be anything that has come up in class, as long as it has a major genetic component. Once you have a topic, you will be required to prepare an outline of the paper, which will be due on Feb. 27. The paper itself (maximum of 5 pages) is due on March 17, the date of the last class. The final exam is on March 22, 8am-11am. The final will cover all of the topics dealt with in the course.