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Course Details

Course Code: BIOL301 Course ID: 4734 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This molecular biology course will provide a detailed understanding of the structure, function, and regulation of DNA, RNA and proteins. The first half of the course will focus on the basic biochemical properties of DNA, RNA and proteins to establish and understanding of how these molecules function. The second half of the course will focus on transcription, translation, and regulation of these processes and finally the real-world application of molecular biology. (Prerequisite: SCIN211)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

CO-1 Compare and contrast the structure and function of DNA and RNA

CO-2 Describe proteins, genome organization and DNA replication

CO-3 Define recombinant DNA, molecular cloning, and gene expression

CO-4 Summarize transcription and epigenetic gene regulation

CO-5 Explain RNA processing, post transcriptional gene regulation, and translation

CO-6 Examine GMO’s, genome analysis, typing, and medical molecular biology

Forum Assignments (8)

There are eight forum assignments in this course. Week 1 is an introduction forum. Subsequent weeks will have topics related to Molecular Biology. Each student is expected to conduct research on the topics, post in the forums, and respond substantively to at least two classmate posts. The initial student forum post should contain a thoughtful and significant analysis of the forum question(s) with scholarly reference sources cited both in-text and a reference list included. The initial post should contain a minimum of 300 words. The initial forum posts are due by Wednesday of each week and responses to classmates are due by the following Sunday of the same week. Your responses to classmate posts should be substantial, ask questions, emphasize key points, and discuss disagreements while maintaining integrity and a show of respect to your fellow classmates. Your classmate responses should contain a minimum of 75 words to sufficiently engage in a rapport.

Online Quizzes (7)

Each of the quizzes will cover the reading material from the Allison textbook. Each quiz will be open book format and non-proctored. You will have 2 hours to take each quiz which will contain 20 questions from the Allison textbook.

Do not click on the quiz until you are ready to take the quiz! You may only access the quiz one time! If you attempt to access the quiz before you are ready to take it and then try to go back and access it again later, you will be locked out of the quiz and will receive a ZERO. Once you begin the quiz, the timer will begin running continuously for the 2 hours; therefore, you have 2 hours from when the timer begins to complete your quiz. The quiz will auto-submit if you go over this limit and record a zero. Be sure not to exceed this limit.

The specific Allison chapters covered for each of the quizzes can be found in the Outline section of this syllabus below and inside the electronic classroom in the weekly Lessons.

Weekly Assignments (8)

Each week you will complete a weekly assignment to submit for grading inside the assignments area of the classroom. The weekly assignment will cover material relevant to the weekly reading in the Allison textbook chapters, the weekly discussion forum, and/or any additional reading or reference material(s) provided for the assignment. The weekly assignments are application-type questions and are designed for you to think critically about the material covered for that week.

Final Project

The final project is due Sunday of Week 8. Specific details for this project can be found inside the electronic classroom. The student is expected to work independently on the final project, perform research preferably using the APUS online library to seek scholarly research articles and carefully cite sources used for this project. This final project will require a significant amount of time and effort and thus comprises 23% of your final course grade.

Please see the student handbook to reference the University’s grading scale. The grade scale can also be directly accessed inside the APUS classrooms under the “Syllabus” link on the menu bar to the left.

NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Forum 1 3.00 %
Forum 2 3.00 %
Forum 3 3.00 %
Forum 4 3.00 %
Forum 5 3.00 %
Forum 6 3.00 %
Forum 7 3.00 %
Forum 8 3.00 %
Quizzes 21.00 %
Quiz 1 3.00 %
Quiz 2 3.00 %
Quiz 3 3.00 %
Quiz 4 3.00 %
Quiz 5 3.00 %
Quiz 6 3.00 %
Quiz 7 3.00 %
Weekly Assignments 32.00 %
Week 1: Assignment 1 4.00 %
Week 2: Assignment 2 4.00 %
Week 3: Assignment 3 4.00 %
Week 4: Assignment 4 4.00 %
Week 5: Assignment 5 4.00 %
Week 6: Assignment 6 4.00 %
Week 7: Assignment 7 4.00 %
Week 8: Assignment 8 4.00 %
Final Project Pt 1 5.00 %
Week 7: Final Project Pt 1 5.00 %
Final Project Pt 2 18.00 %
Week 8: Final Project Pt 2 18.00 %

Required Technology

  • See the Technology Requirements section of the undergraduate catalog for the minimum hardware and software requirements.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is available to APUS students for free. To sign up, visit If you have questions about accessing the software, please contact Classroom support at
Book Title:Fundamental Molecular Biology, 2nd ed - eBook available through the APUS Online Library.
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Unit Cost:$148.70
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.