Course Schedule - Spring Semester 2022


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MLSC 513 001 (CRN: 25294)


Department: School of Continuing Studies
Instructor: Novotny, Alma
Meeting: 6:00PM - 9:00PM R (10-JAN-2022 - 22-APR-2022) 
Part of Term: Full Term
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Method of Instruction: Face to Face
Credit Hours: 3
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s):
Liberal Studies
Section Max Enrollment: 0 (permission required) Department Permission Required
Section Enrolled: 13
Enrollment data as of: 24-JUL-2024 10:29AM
Additional Fees: None
Final Exam: GR Course-Dept Schedules Exam
Description: "Who am I?" "Where did I come from?" All branches of knowledge address these fundamental questions. This course examines how DNA informs the structure and function of humans, and how humans have in turn used DNA as a source of information to solve mysteries and improve lives. We will introduce the structure of DNA and show how it influences physical traits and is passed on from parent to child. We will review the original goals of the Human Genome Project and discuss how the surprising results that emerged from it have altered the way we view the role of genes in human development. We will examine how breakthroughs in DNA technology have allowed us to answer questions about human origins, worldwide migrations and personal genealogy and aided criminal investigations and medical treatment. This course will also use the specifics of DNA investigation as examples of science in action.