Course Outline (please complete as appropriate) COURSE TITLE Current Issue in Bioscience NAME OF LECTURER Weihong Wen COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to introduce students the essential concepts of cellular biology and molecular biology, including the cell structure, subcellular organization, cell signaling, DNA replication, gene expression and regulation, et al. This course will also provide an introduction on the commonly used experimental methods in cell and molecular biology and also the application of these techniques in basic life science research and in the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. RECOMMENDED READINGS Hands out will be prepared. (Suggested reading: Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th edition; Molecular Cell Biology, 7th edition) TEACHING METHODS Lectures using PPT, small group discussions, audio-visual presentations. ASSESSMENT METHODS For example: Mid-term exam 30%, Final exam 50%, Class Participation 20% CLASS TOPICS (each class is 3 hrs) Class 1: Introduction to the Cell Class 2: Membrane Structure and Membrane Transport Class 3: The Cell Nucleus Class 4: The Cytoskeleton Class 5: Cell Junctions, Cell Adhesion, and the Extracellular Matrix Class 6: The Cell-Division Cycle Class 7: Cell Signaling Class 8: Mid-term Exam Class 9: DNA Replication Class 10: Gene Expression Class 11: Control of Gene Expression Class 12: Recombinant DNA Technology Class 13: Protein Expression and Analysis Class 14: Fundamentals of Experimental Design Class 15: Final Exam SPECIAL COMMENTS Today it has become clear that each cell, the basic unit of life, and each molecule composing a cell have their roles. Based on this, the bioscience of the new century should be a new cellular bioscience as well as a new molecular bioscience. These biosciences will elucidate the original functions and shared functions of the single cell or molecule. The course of Current Issue on Bioscience will provide a strong introduction on cell biology and molecular biology.