Bio 109: Genetics and Biotechnology in Society
Fullerton College
Jo Wen Wu, Ph.D.

Fall 2017 Course Syllabus (Aug 28-Dec 16)  CRN 11502 


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o   Jo Wen Wu, Ph.D., Division of Natural Sciences, Fullerton College, 321 East Chapman Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832-4055.
Email:   Email contact is preferred and answered each night. 

o   Voice messages: 714-992-7459.

o   Office: 411-11 (first floor, southeast corner of Science building)    

o   Help Sessions:  TBA, most likely Mon Wed afternoons and some Tues evenings



This introductory survey course will cover the basic concepts of heredity and current advances in biotechnology - such as cloning, recombinant DNA technology, DNA fingerprinting and gene therapy. This course will emphasize the applications, social consequences and ethical implications of biotechnology in medicine and agriculture. 3 lecture semester units. Non-majors course. (Degree Credit) (CSU, UC)


Upon successful completion of BIOL 109 F, Genetics and Biotechnology in Society, the student will be able to

o   Analyze chromosomal and gene inheritance patterns and probabilities, using Punnett squares and pedigree analysis.

o   Demonstrate an understanding of the molecular processes of DNA replication, transcription, and translation, and how these processes are managed in cells.

o   Explain how biotechnology is used for medicinal biologics, gene therapy, and genetically modified organisms.


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

A.     Demonstrate an understanding of course topics.
B.     Differentiate between mitotic and meiotic cell cycles
C.     Distinguish between the inheritance patterns of dominant, recessive, sex-linked and polygenic traits.
D.     Predict the probabilities of one- and two- factor crosses
E.     Analyze karyotypes and pedigree charts.
F.     Describe the information flow of DNA to RNA to proteins
G.     Relate gene function to cellular developmental processes
H.     Design the creation of a new agricultural crop or a plan for saving an endangered species.
I.      Diagram the cloning process to create proteins and transgenic organisms
J.      Analyze experiments in molecular biology, transmission genetics, DNA fingerprinting and population genetics.
K.     Research and describe the symptoms, inheritance and treatment of genetic diseases
L.      Discuss ethical implications of genetic technology in society.
M.   Demonstrate an understanding of the experiments involved in the discovery of genetics principles.
N.     Analyze experiments in molecular biology, transmission genetics, DNA fingerprinting and population genetics.
O.    Research and describe the symptoms, inheritance and treatment of genetic diseases.


o   You need to be able to read the textbook and lecture notes, do basic algebra, use internet, check weekly class emails, send emails with attached files, and post writing on electronic discussion forum.

o   Keep a detailed personal calendar, so that you can plan out your study time and deadlines.

o   Although the course is somewhat flexible, you must enter the course server and follow the assignment deadlines.

o   If you do not want to participate in the course, then you should withdraw officially yourself on MyGateway. Do not expect the instructor to drop you after the second week of term.

o   The instructor will NOT drop you for non-participation or for failing grade (after the first 2 weeks of term), in case you need the course units for Financial Aid, International visa, insurance reasons.  So you must drop the course yourself.  The last day to drop the course without a "W"  on transcript is Feb 12.  Drop deadline with "W" is April 30.


o   This entire class can be taken almost entirely online and from your home (but you are required to take at least TWO proctored exams on campus or approved college/military testing center). The lecture notes, quizzes, activities, web tutorials, discussion forums, and exams will be accessed via internet.  You are required to read the textbook and additional readings from the internet. There are many activity options, which range from many interactive web activities (on your computer), isolating DNA from food (in your kitchen or at FC lab), separating DNA by agarose gel electrophoresis (at FC lab), touring the Orange County Sheriff’s Forensics Department in Santa Ana (not available every semester).

o   During the first half of the course, we will survey many common genetic diseases, their inheritance patterns, and resources for medical information. During the second half of the course, we will explore the basics of molecular biology, current biotechnological advances and associated ethical problems for society.

o   This is considered a non-majors course (with no prerequisites), though biology majors are certainly welcome. It will be an intense class ... and requires LOTS of reading, time, internet usage and self-motivation! Online courses usually are harder and require MORE time and independent work than campus courses, but have the advantages of convenience and flexibility.

o   After completing and passing the course, you should be able to understand how certain diseases are transmitted in your family and many of the biotechnology updates in future public news releases. It will not be an easy class, but it will be a very interesting course (I am biased, of course)!


GRADING SCALE == A > 90%; B > 80%; C > 65%; D > 55%.   

Review the departmental policy about the minimum 65% average for two proctored exams.  I reserve the right to make minor adjustments to assignments.

The Bio 109 course grade is based on 640 points:

Online Exams (Unit 3 and Unit 4)

100 points x 2

= 200 pt

Proctored Exams (Unit 1, Unit 2, Cumulative Final) – must attain 65% average for two proctored exams

100 points x 2

= 200 pt

15 Online, Open-book Quizzes

10 pt each x 15

= 150 pt

15 Open-book Crossword Puzzles

3 pt each x 15

= 45 pt

Choose 3 Activities (writing component)

15 pt each x 3

= 45 pt

Bonus Tutorial Quizzes (1 point each) and Exam bonuses (max of 20 points for term)

(20 pt)

Department Policy -  You must attain at least 65% average in two proctored exams in order to PASS the course.  Unit 1 exam and the Unit 2 exam are given as the proctored exams.  Those scores are provided to you before the last official drop date.  If the average of the two proctored exams is below 65%, YOU could choose to drop the course by the Drop Deadline or stay in the course (and take the proctored cumulative final exam to replace one Unit exam score).

Example: A student has 80%  in total course points with a 60% average in two proctored exams, the course grade is a D.

A student with 66% in total points with 75% average in two proctored exams, the course grade is a C.


REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:  Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications by Ricki Lewis, McGraw-Hill Higher Education Publisher.



Š       EXAMS.  There are two required online unit exams, two required proctored unit exams and one optional proctored cumulative final exam. The proctored cumulative final exam can replace any one unit exam score.  The exams will be proctored at Fullerton College free of charge during specified dates.  If you cannot attend the exams proctored by Jo Wu, you must contact instructor within first week to make other arrangements.

o   If you live outside driving range of Fullerton, you will need to make arrangements to take the proctored exams with an approved proctor at a College or military Testing Center that is geographically close to you and by the stated deadline. If you are already enrolled at another school, the college testing center usually will administer the exam for you. But be aware that some centers will charge about $35-45 per hour for proctoring the exam. Download the form ProctoredExam.doc (inside Canvas server), fill out the top portion, and ask the proctor to fill out the bottom portion and email to using their professional email address. I will be verifying the professional status of the proctor. 

o   TEXTBOOK READINGS are absolutely required. Linked web tutorials are also highly recommended.

o   CROSSWORD PUZZLES. Students have really liked crossword puzzles to review vocabulary and prepare for topic quizzes. AFTER you have filled in a puzzle, go to the associated Puzzle quiz. You will be given 10 minutes to correctly type the answers of 10 randomly-chosen puzzle clues. There is only one attempt allowed for each puzzle. Spelling counts, including “s” at the end of plural words!!

o   ACTIVITIES. You will choose to do 3 activities from many formats—research genetic diseases, find current news articles, write quiz questions, hands-on DNA extraction in your kitchen, tour of Forensics lab at OC Sheriff’s department, DNA gel electrophoresis lab at FC, etc.  Most activity choices can be done at home on the computer.

o   QUIZZES. There will be many chapter quizzes and tutorials quizzes that you can take. Yes, this sounds like way too many quizzes—but the quizzes really help you to learn the course in small portions! You can use the lecture notes, textbook, and internet (but NO other person, past exams or quizzes) to find answers to the quiz questions. You are allowed two attempts for each quiz topic, with the higher score recorded.  Note that the required chapter quizzes are worth 10 points each and the optional tutorial quizzes are worth 1 bonus point each.   Correct answers to the quiz questions will NOT be released, as you should be able to find most of the answers in the notes, book, or web links. Review quizzes to study for exams.



o   ADVANTAGES of the online course: You will be able to work at your own pace and during any hour at your convenience - but you are responsible for meeting all course deadlines. You will need to interact with the instructor and classmates via electronic mail and discussion forums. Instructor will attempt to answer all student questions via email or webchat sessions.

o   DISADVANTAGES of the online course: Although I may send you reminder emails about the course, this course requires much independence, self-motivation, responsibility and time-management skills! YOU will need to remember to check deadlines, check emails, read the textbook, do activities, take quizzes and exams, and plan your study schedule.

o   Do not miss the deadlines!! This is the biggest problem for online students. Points are awarded for assignments that are submitted by the deadline (Pacific Time). Do not procrastinate!! Genetics is definitely NOT a course that you can procrastinate and wait until the last day to cram all the readings for 5 chapters and expect to do well on the exam.



o   Buy the textbook and start reading according to the Course Calendar.

o   Be sure that your correct email address is listed as the PREFERRED email address on MyGateway/WebStar.  Look for class emails (subject line will always start “Bio 109”) from

o   Go to and follow the directions and tutorials about using the Canvas course server.   Enter the link for Bio 109 course section “BIOL 109”.  Enter the link “Start Here” to get the course-specific materials.

o   Enter the link “Unit 1” to see all Unit 1 lecture notes, flashcards, powerpoint handouts, online tutorials for all chapters.

o   Enter the link “Quiz Folder” inside Unit 1 to access all of the online puzzle, chapter, tutorial quizzes and exams.
 Every assignment will have a deadline shown in the title (and should reflect what is listed on the course calendar).  Do not miss these deadlines!  Once the deadline has passed, the quiz will disappear from view.  It is strongly suggested that you learn from your quiz mistakes to study for the exams.

o   Enter the link “My Grades” to see all of your quiz scores.  Each score links to the attempted quiz, so that you can see your mistakes.  Learn from these mistakes, so that you do not repeat them on the second attempt of your quizzes.



Student Rights and Responsibilities:

Students are expected to be knowledgeable of the guidelines, policies and procedures in the 2016-2017 Fullerton College Catalog (PDF 4.84 MB). which can be downloaded at  Only a few policies are listed here. All pages refer to the 2016-2017 catalog.


While an instructor may drop a student who has poor attendance, if a student wishes to drop a class, it is the student’s responsibility to log onto myGateway and drop. Failure to officially withdraw from a class may result in a grade of “F,” or “NP” being assigned.

 Academic Honesty Policy and Standards of Student Conduct and Discipline Policy:

Fullerton College has specific policies regarding academic dishonesty (cheating, misconduct, plagiarism, and collusion).  The policies may be found on page 26 of the 2016-2017 catalog and will be strictly enforced at all times. In many cases, academic dishonesty will result in failing the course, a documented proof placed in your academic records, and your name and infraction reported to the appropriate administrators.  Moreover, academic dishonesty may ultimately result in expulsion from the College.

 All students are expected to adhere to the Standards of Student Conduct and Discipline Policy as described on page 30 of the 2016-2017 catalog at all times. The Standards of Student Conduct and Discipline Policy will be strictly enforced at all times. In accordance with the requirements for due process of law, the College shall follow the established procedures as outlined, including but not limited to removal, suspension, or expulsion.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement:

Fullerton College is committed to providing educational accommodations for students with disabilities upon the timely request by the student to the instructor. Verification of the disability must be provided. The Disability Support Services office functions as a resource for students and faculty in the determination and provision of educational accommodations.

Disability Support Services (DSS):

Any student who feels he or she may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability should discuss this with the instructor and contact Disability Support Services at 714-992-7099 or visit DSS in Room 842 of Building 840. The services provided by DSS are described on page 40 of the 2016-2017 catalog.  To ensure the health and safety of all students, those who feel they may need evacuation assistance in the event of an emergency should speak with the instructor as soon as possible.

 Emergency Response:

If required to evacuate a classroom/building, the instructor will lead you to a clear and safe area away from the building.  Take all personal belongings with you. During some emergencies, it may be necessary to stay inside the classroom.  If this is required, please remain seated and listen to the instructor.  Please maintain order during any emergency, and always look out for your own safety and the safety of your classmates.



 Academic Support Center:

The Academic Support Center at Fullerton College offers various forms of services to students including free tutoring, workshops, group tutoring, writing consultation, and computer access to assist students in their academic development and success. The Academic Support Center includes three centers located in the LLRC, each designed to address specific student needs. The Math Lab is also available in the LLRC and provides similar services for students directed at Math.

Math Lab                                   Room 807                (714) 992-7140
Skills Center                              Room 801                (714) 992-7144
Tutoring Center                        Room 806                (714) 992-7151
Writing Center                          Room 801                (714) 992-7153

 Campus Safety Phone Number:

Call 714-992-7080 to contact Campus Safety. During an emergency dial 714-992-7777. There are many Emergency Phones throughout the campus that will immediately connect with a Campus Safety Officer.  Feel free to ask for escort to the parking lots during evening hours.

Computer Labs:

You will need to purchase Printing Credit at the FC Bookstore and show your receipt, so that you can print in the labs.

Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS):

The Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS) is dedicated to recruit and successfully retain college students of educationally and socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

FC Foundation:

Apply for scholarships and grants for continuing and transfer students from November to February.  Please note that there are general scholarships awarded by the Foundation Office and others awarded by FC Divisions (to their majors).

Library:  714-992-7039

You will need a current campus ID to check out library books.

Transfer Center ( and Cadena Cultural Center:

These two centers provide services that enhance awareness of campus diversity, facility transfer to colleges and universities, and promote student development and lifelong learning.  Check the calendar often for special events, application deadlines, workshops, and visits with university representatives.

Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction.

Veterans Resource Center, Room 518:

                  Provides in-house and community services, tutoring, and other support for veterans.

Bio 109: Genetics and Biotechnology in Society
Jo Wen Wu, Ph.D., Fullerton

Fall 2017 Course Calendar (Aug 28-Dec 16), CRN 11502




Crossword Puzzles
(3 pt)

Chapter Quizzes (20 pt)

Bonus Tutorial Quizzes
(1 pt)

Unit 1:  Cells, Cycles
& Cytogenetics

Drop w/ No W = Sep 10

Sept 11


Ch 1: What is Human Genome?

Pz: Macromolecules
Pz: Cells

Qz: Lewis Ch 1

Qz: Cells

Sep 11


Ch 2: Cells

Pz: Mitosis

Qz: Lewis Ch 2

Qz: Mitosis & Meiosis

Sep 18


Ch 3: Meiosis, Development and Aging

Pz: Meiosis

Qz: Lewis Ch 3


Sep 25


Ch 13: Chromosomes

Pz: Cytogenetics

Qz: Lewis Ch 13

Qz: Cytogenetics

Closed-book Proctored Unit 1 Exam (Sep 27 Tue at 6-8 pm in Room 426) or as arranged


Unit 2:
Transmission Genetics

On-Campus Help Sessions: Oct 3-5 afternoons &
Tue evening

Oct 2


Basic Genetic Terminology
Ch 4: Single-Gene Inheritance
Solving Genetic Problems

Pz: Genetic Terms

Qz: Genetic Terms
Qz: 1-Gene Crosses
Qz: 2-Gene Crosses

Oct 9


Notes: Two-Gene Crosses
Ch 5: Beyond Mendel’s Laws


Qz: Lewis Ch 4
Qz: Lewis Ch 5


Oct 16



X-Linked Problems
Ch 6: Matters of Sex

Pz: Genetic Diseases

Qz: Lewis Ch 6

Qz: Sex-Linkage

Oct 23


Ch 7: Multifactorial Traits


Qz: Lewis Ch 7

Qz: Pedigrees

Closed-book Proctored Unit 2 Exam (Oct 25 Tue at 4-6 pm in Room 426) or as arranged

Unit 3:

Molecular Genetics

Drop w/ W =
Nov 19

Oct 30


Ch 9: DNA Structure and Replication


Qz: Lewis Ch 9


Nov 6



Ch 10: Gene Action from DNA to Proteins

Pz: Protein Synthesis & Mutations

Qz: Lewis Ch 10

Qz: Protein Synthesis & Mutations

Nov 13


Ch 12: Gene Mutation

Pz: Gene Regulation

Qz: Lewis Ch 11
Qz: Lewis Ch 12

Nov 20


Ch 18: Genetics of Cancer

Pz: Cancer Genetics

Qz: Lewis Ch 18

Online Unit 3 Exam due Nov 30 Wed

Unit 4:

& Genomics

Dec 4


Ch 19: Genetic Technologies

Pz: Genetic Engineering

Qz: Lewis Ch 19

Qz: Biotechnology

Dec 4


Ch 20: Genetic Testing

Pz: Gene Therapy

Qz: Lewis Ch 20


Dec 11


Ch 21: Reproductive Technology

Pz: Repro Tech

Qz: Lewis Ch 21


Dec 16


Ch 22: Genomics

Pz: Genomics

Qz: Lewis Ch 22

Qz:  DLC Romanov Mystery

Dec 17


Online Unit 4 Exam




Dec 12-16: Proctored Cumulative Final Exam (optional)

Dec 18: Online Required Activity Portfolio due


Š       This course will use CANVAS Course server.

Š       Using an Add Code : You cannot add course with an Add Code until AFTER the first class meeting.

Š       • Once you receive the Add Code from the instructor, log on to myGateway and go to “Registration tools” and click “Add or Drop Classes”.
• Go to the CRN you are waitlisted in and click “Waitlisted–Drop” to drop from the waitlist.
• Re-enter the same CRN, and follow the prompts to enter the 4 digit Add Code.
• Click “Confirm Your Choices” and “Complete Registration”.
• Print your schedule/bill and make sure there is an “RW” registration status next to each course. It is the student’s responsibility to verify class enrollment.
• Please be advised that Add Codes cannot be used AFTER the add deadline for the course. Once an Add Code is used/activated, it will expire in 5 days or by the add deadline, whichever comes first.