BIOLOGY 550 (592) SYLLABUS
Spring 2003
 

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 CONFOCAL
 MICROSCOPY
 PRACTICUM

   Fridays 
   9:30-10:30 am 
   Foster Hall 235

  Instructor: Dr. Elba E. Serrano
  Associate Professor of Biology
  Ph.D., Stanford University
  Neuroscience/Biophysics

  Office & Office Hours:

 Foster Hall 337D
 Mon 12:15-1:15 pm
 (&  by  appointment)
 Contact the Instructor:
646-5217
eserrano@nmsu.edu
MICROSCOPY SOCIETY OF AMERICA
 

OPTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA

 

 
  • IMPORTANT DATES
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Biology 550 (592),  Confocal Microscopy  Practicum provides the opportunity for students to complete a guided research project using the BioRad 1024 confocal microscope in the Fluorescence Imaging Facility.  Upon completion of the course, participants will have the tools to be independent users of the system, and will have laboratory experience that will prepare them for more intensive studies using confocal and fluorescent imaging technology.  * Cell Organismal graduate students receive Tier II credit for the course.
PREREQUISITES
Required: Principles of Confocal Microscopy (Bio 591).  Recommended: Molecular Cell Biology (Bio 520), Instrumental Methods (Chem 471),  and Optics (Physics 470).

 
TEXTBOOKS
RecommendedText
Recommended Text
Textbooks can be obtained at the bookstore or online from vendors such as Amazon and ecampus or Best Book Buys

Students committed to professional careers in microscopy are encouraged to purchase the Handbook by Pawley.

TEXTBOOKS
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Imaging Neurons (2000)
   Yuste, R., Lanni, F. and Konnerth, A
    Cold Spring Harbor Press 
    ISBN : 0-87969-541-2
Handbook of Biological 
Confocal Microscopy
 2nd edition (1996)
Pawley, J.B. 
Plenum Press, New York, New York
ISBN 0-306-44826-2

 

SCHEDULE OF GROUP MEETINGS AND IMPORTANT DEADLINES
DATE MAIN TOPICS/
CLASS ASSIGNMENTS
RESOURCES
Jan 17 Course organization
Users web page construction
Jan 24 Project plan due
Review scanning  protocols
 
Jan 31 Scanning review
Discussion
 
Feb 14 Progress reports  
Feb 28 Progress reports  
Mar 14 Progress reports  
Apr 4 Progress reports  
April 15 Poster and report due
     
April 16-30 Oral presentations
     

 
     

    GRADING SYSTEM

    Earning Grade Points:  Grades will be calculated by adding the total points earned on the assignments and presentations.  A total of 500 pts may be earned during the course. 
    In class participation : (150 pts)  Based on your contribution to class discussion and the users web page.

    Project plan  (50 pts)  A research plan for your confocal project is required.

    Research report:  (150 pts)  Students will submit a laboratory report based on their confocal project.

    Poster presentation:  (100 pts) Students will prepare a poster based on the project resultsusing powerpoint.

    Oral presentation  (50 pts)   Students will prepare a presentation for the class based on the research project.

    Grade Scale: The grade scale may be curved at the end of the semester at the discretion of the instructor.
      A     450-500 pts
      B     400-449 pts
      C     350-399 pts
      D     300-349 pts
      F     < 300 pts
      S     (Satisfactory) requires a C-
      S/U Option: Students must meet all requirements of the course.  A grade of C- is required  to receive an S in the course.
    Attendance Students are expected to attend all classes.  Contact the instructor BEFOREHAND if you will be unable to attend class.
       

 
 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Late assignments. 10% of the total points will be deducted for each week the assignment is late. Assignments will not be accepted if handed in more than 2 weeks after the due date

Syllabus Modification: The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus during the semester as considered necessary to enhance the quality of the instruction, to meet the needs of students in the class and to achieve course objectives. Any changes to the syllabus (or to the course schedule) will be announced in class and you are responsible for being aware of them.

Students with Disabilities:

  • If you have, or believe you have, a disability and would benefit from any accommodation(s), you may wish to self-identify by contacting the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office located at Garcia Annex [phone 646-6840; TTY 646-1918] to register.
  • If you have already registered, please make sure that your instructor receives a copy of the accommodation memorandum from SSD within the first two weeks of classes.
  • It will be your responsibility to inform either your instructor or SSD representative (in a timely manner) if the services or accommodations provided are not meeting your needs.
  • If you have a condition that may affect your ability to exit safely from the premises in an emergency or that may cause an emergency during class, you are encouraged to discuss any concerns with the instructor or with the SSD Coordinator.
  • Feel free to call Ms. Elva Telles, EEO/ADA & Employee Relations Director, at 646-3333 with any questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  All medical information will be treated confidentially.
Code of conduct::   Please see the Student code of conduct in the current Student Handbook.  Pay particular attention to the sections on Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism. The penalty for plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct (as defined in the Student Code of Conduct) is failure of the course: no exceptions.

OTHER:

GUIDELINES FOR CLASS DISCUSSION:  During the semester, different  opinions may be voiced in the class. You may strongly disagree with some of these, or you may find them amusing. Outbursts can be misinterpreted and are counterproductive to meaningful and thoughtful debate. Therefore, it is important that you exercise self-discipline and self-control, and treat all members of the class with the courtesy  you are entitled to receive in turn. The key words are respect and courtesy. Thank you!

XEROX and/or BACKUP all assignments before submitting them to the instructor.

SAVE xeroxes of all graded assignments and exams from this course at least until you have received your final grade.

WITHDRAWALS:  It is your responsibility to withdraw from the course.
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DEPARTMENT OFFICE:     The Biology Department office is in FOSTER HALL 234, 646-3611.  The department secretaries are Ms. Gloria Valencia and Ms. Reta Akers.

DEPARTMENT CHAIR:     The Biology Department chair is Dr. Laura Huenneke.  Her office is in FOSTER HALL 234 (X63611).


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