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Syllabus ( MBG 437 )


   Basic information
Course title: Biological Clocks
Course code: MBG 437
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Nuri ÖZTÜRK
ECTS credits: 5
GTU credits: 3 (3+0+0)
Year, Semester: 4, Fall
Level of course: First Cycle (Undergraduate)
Type of course: Area Elective
Language of instruction: English
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Pre- and co-requisites: none
Professional practice: No
Purpose of the course: To teach how biological rhythms are generated at the molecular level, the relationship between circadian clock and health.
   Learning outcomes Up

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the biochemical mechanisms that generate biological rhythms.

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. To be able to define general concepts and problems related to Molecular Biology and Genetics and to produce solutions.
    2. To be able to define the structure-function relationship at the molecular level in cells and organisms.

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
  2. Acquire reading scientific literature with a critical eye

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. To be able to explain the genetic information flow in organisms and populations.
    2. To be able to work individually, make independent decisions and participate actively in multidisciplinary group studies.

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
  3. solve problems in analytical manner in basic and clinical studies involving biological clocks

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. To be able to define the structure-function relationship at the molecular level in cells and organisms.
    2. To be able to work individually, make independent decisions and participate actively in multidisciplinary group studies.

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
   Contents Up
Week 1: Basic Concepts and Terminology I
Week 2: Basic Concepts and Terminology II
Week 3: Chronicle Development of the Field
Week 4: Biological Rhythms
Week 5: Biological Rhythms in Cyanobacteria
Week 6: Biological Rhythms in Plants
Week 7: Week 6 - Biological Rhythms in Animals-Part 1
Week 8: Midterm Exam and evaluation of the previous lectures
(The midterm includes Biological Rhythms in Animals-Part 1 and earlier lectures)
Week 9: Biological Rhythms in Animals-Part 2
Week 10: Photolyase Enzymes and Cryptochrome Photoreceptors-Part 1
Week 11: Photolyase Enzymes and Cryptochrome Photoreceptors-Part 2
Week 12: The circadian clock and health
Week 13: The Circadian Clock and Human Health-1
Week 14: The Circadian Clock and Human Health-2
Week 15*: Drug Design, Summary-Future Perspectives
Week 16*: Final Exam
Textbooks and materials: Biological Clocks handouts
Recommended readings: Circadian Physiology,
by Roberto Refinetti,Second Edition 2005 | ISBN-10: 0849322332
  * Between 15th and 16th weeks is there a free week for students to prepare for final exam.
Assessment Up
Method of assessment Week number Weight (%)
Mid-terms: 8 40
Other in-term studies: 0
Project: 0
Homework: 0
Quiz: 0
Final exam: 16 60
  Total weight:
(%)
   Workload Up
Activity Duration (Hours per week) Total number of weeks Total hours in term
Courses (Face-to-face teaching): 3 14
Own studies outside class: 2 14
Practice, Recitation: 0 0
Homework: 0 0
Term project: 0 0
Term project presentation: 0 10
Quiz: 0 0
Own study for mid-term exam: 10 1
Mid-term: 3 1
Personal studies for final exam: 10 1
Final exam: 8 1
    Total workload:
    Total ECTS credits:
*
  * ECTS credit is calculated by dividing total workload by 25.
(1 ECTS = 25 work hours)
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