This is an undergraduate genetics course that was offered at MIT in 2004 as open courseware. The course discusses the principles of genetics with application to the study of biological function at the level of molecules, cells, and multicellular organisms, including humans. The topics include: structure and function of genes, chromosomes and genomes, biological variation resulting from recombination, mutation, and selection, population genetics, use of genetic methods to analyze protein function, gene regulation and inherited disease.
This course discusses the principles of genetics with application to the study of biological function at the level of molecules, cells, and multicellular organisms, including humans. The student will learn basic genetic principles, genes in bacteria, prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the role genetics play in some diseases.
Target Student Population:
This course is intended for upper division undergraduate students. It can also be used for first year graduate students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
An introductory biology course is necessary to understand the course material. The student has to be familiar with the terms being used.
Type of Material:
This is an online course complete with lecture notes, homework problems, old exams with answers and exams (without answers).
This material would be useful for self study or review.
This site requires a web browser along with a PDF reader, although there wasn't a link to provide a reader.
Evaluation and Observation
High quality lecture notes, exam and practice problems
All the tools to get through the course are available
The material is difficult, but learnable
Not very interactive
No video or animations
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Good lecture notes and practice problems
Could be used to create assignments and quizzes
Lists the objectives on the home page
There is a progression through the material
Information is reinforced by assignments and exams
This material could be used for a stand alone course
Not very interactive or engaging
Would need to be adapted by the instructor to meet the needs of their students
Does not list any pre-requisites
Material is time-comsuming to learn
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Easy to load materials on site
The course is self explanatory
Everything you need to be successful is there
No search features or annotations
Material is pretty challenging to learn the way it is presented and may be time-consuming