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Syllabus- Population Genetics, BIOL 254, 4 credits

Summer 2016, May 23-June 17, Fully Online

tentative March 28, 2016

Dr. Lori Stevens, Professor

Dr. Silvia Justi, Postdoctoral Fellow

Marsh Life Science 321A; 656-0445;

Marsh Life Science ;

Raquel Lima, Judith Keller Graduate Laboratory Instructors

Marsh Life Science 321;,

Our goal is to reply to emails/questions within 24 hours

Summary and Goals
This courses uses online presentations, analysis of biological data, readings of the primary literature and computer simulations to
examine how population genetic data is collected, analyzed, presented, modeled and simulated, used in interdisciplinary
applications and can be used to address societal problems.

Learning Objectives
The course will develop the following core competencies identified by the National Academy of Science Vision and Change in
Undergraduate Biology Education Report:
Ability to apply the process of science
Evaluation of experimental evidence
Ability to use quantitative reasoning
Apply quantitative analysis to interpret biological data, Develop and interpret graphs
Ability to use modeling and simulation
Computational modeling of dynamic systems, Incorporating stochasticity into biological models
Ability to tap into the interdisciplinary nature of science
Apply concepts from other sciences (computer science, statistics) to interpret biological phenomena
Ability to communicate and collaborate with other disciplines
Scientific writing, Explaining scientific concepts to different audiences, Cross-cultural awareness
Ability to understand the relationship between science and society
Evaluating the relevance of social contexts to biological problems, Developing biological applications to solve societal
problems, Evaluating ethical implications of biological research

Course Materials Release Day: Monday
Each module of this course begins on a Monday and ends on a Friday. This is our online week. On Monday mornings, you will see
that the online materials for that particular module are available. These new modules will be visible on the Weekly Modules page of
the BIOL 254, Population Genetics, course in Blackboard. Each Monday morning when a new module opens, I will always send out an
email announcement with a recap of the previous week and a kickoff to our new week.

The first page that you see when you log into this course each day is the announcements (home) page. It is important to read the
announcements each time you log in for any updates, reminders or other general announcements I post. Each time I post an
announcement, you will also receive it in an email to your UVM email account.

Required Textbook
Nielsen & Slatkin, 2013. An introduction to population genetics theory and applications. Sinauer. ISBN: 978-1-60535-153-7
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Required Software
Make sure you are using a supported browser to access Blackboard. Here is a link to the supported browser list.
This course uses resources in different formats. Please be sure that you can:
Open a PDF document
Watch a YouTube video
Use excel or some other spreadsheet program
If using an Mac computer be sure you can install and use wineskin and wine to facilitate using PC software
Acrobat Reader: verify you can view PDF documents by opening and reading this article. If necessary, download acrobat reader.
YouTube: verify that you can watch YouTube videos from your computer by viewing the video, Chagas Disease: A Silent Emergency.
Mac Users: Use this document to download and install Wine, Wineskin, DnaSP and Arlequin. Please install these now so you can use
them when you need them.

Technical Help:
If you need immediate assistance with Blackboard click on the HELP tab at the top of the Blackboard page to see numerous ways to
get help. If you have a question about how something in Bb works, go to the Discussion Board, and post to "Technical Support."
There is a 12-24 hour response timeframe. Also, please feel free to contact any of us with any questions or assistance you may need.

Network Etiquette refers to appropriate behavior for interacting online. The golden rule is essentially to treat people as you want to
be treated. Please be polite and considerate. Think about whether your comment could cause hurt feelings. Be careful about how
your words can come across because misunderstandings can be common online. Feel free to use emoticons to show your tone.

Course Schedule:
See the Course Schedule link in the course menu.


Grading Criteria
Grades for all assignments will be posted to blackboard.
Grading: EXAM I (June 3, Friday)
100 pts

EXAM II (June 17, Friday)
100 pts

Discussion Forum
100 pts

Blogs (Due every Monday and Tuesday)
200 pts

Laboratory exercise: data analysis (Due every Wednesday and Thursday)
200 pts
Exams will cover material presented in the lecture pdfs and readings. A detailed study guide will be provided for each module.
Exams will be 2 hours long and will need to scheduled through ProctorU.
Since this is an online course, one of the only ways that I know you are out there is by your regular participation and posting on the
discussion boards, blogs and completion of assignments. This is how I will take attendance and get a sense of your participation.

Communication and Participation

In this online course, there are three means of communication that we will use:
Discussion Forums
Announcements (will be posted by me)

Discussion Forum:

We will use the Discussion Forum frequently in this course because it is an effective resource for dialogue. By posting materials and
questions, the entire class benefits by information being exchanged. If one person asks a question, others often have the same
question. To experience of how powerful discussion forums can be, after (or before) posting your initial comments for each module,
it is expected that you respond to two of your classmates discussion posts. When replying, choose a post that offers a different
perspective than yours and ask a question, build on their observation, or extend an idea. We encourage half-baked ideas. ;-)
Ideally our discussions will take place throughout each module. The due dates on the Course Schedule for the module
discussions are general guidelines. If you finish the readings or assignments early, feel free to post to the discussion forums. Most of
the discussions will take place on the posted days since you will have done the readings and assignments and be ready to share your
comments, ideas, etc.. This rhythm and timing is critical in an online course. The trick is to get discussion going earlier than later,
while still allowing ample time to do the assigned work, but not waiting too long so that there isnt quality time for discussion.
If Discussion Forums are new to you, the Text tutorial or Video tutorial may be helpful.
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We will make use of the blog tool in this course. You will have your own individual blog space to complete some of the assignments.
An advantage of the blog in that at the end of the course you will have a compilation of your completed assignments all in one place.
If the Blog tool is new to you, the following Text tutorial or Video tutorial may be helpful.


Values and Policies

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Inclusiveness and Universal Design
Student Learning Accommodations Statement
In keeping with University policy, any student with a documented disability interested in utilizing accommodations should contact
ACCESS, the office of Disability Services on campus. ACCESS works with students to create reasonable and appropriate
accommodations via an accommodation letter to their professors as early as possible each semester.
Contact ACCESS: A170 Living/Learning Center - 802-656-7753 -
Policy on Disability Certification and Student Support

Religious Holiday Policy Statement: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. If you need to miss class to
observe a religious holiday, please submit the dates of your absence to me in writing by the end of the second full week of
classes. You will be permitted to make up work within a mutually agreed-upon time. Student Responsibilities and Rights
Academic Integrity: This policy addresses plagiarism, fabrication, collusion, and cheating.
Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities:
Grading Policies: For information on grading and GPA calculation, go to and click on Policies for an A-Z listing.
Grading Appeals Procedures are found here.
FERPA Rights Disclosure: The purpose of this policy is to communicate the rights of students regarding access to, and privacy of
their student educational records as provided for in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974.

You have reached the end of the Course Syllabus. At this point, I hope that you have a good understanding of what this course is
about and the various activities assigned throughout the course. If you have any further questions at this time, do not hesitate to
post them onto the discussion Forum. Please remember that there are no silly questions! I truly believe this. If, at any time, you have
a problem, or question or you are just stuck, please post it to the discussion Forum, or email me or call me.

Without further ado, let's begin.

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