PPY/JU-369H: The Human Genome Project

Council 137 9:30am-10:50am

Course web page: http://courses.ju.edu/courses/PPY369H-3010

Dr. Karen Jackson: Reid 213; x7321; kjackso@ju.edu

Dr. Scott Kimbrough: Council 132; x7118; skimbro@ju.edu

Course goals:

The human genome project is an international initiative to sequence and discover all the genes that each of us carries. With this information comes the hopes and promises of diagnoses, treatments and cures. Additionally this information raises many ethical, legal and social issues related to discrimination, reproductive choices, and genetic engineering. This course will allow you to think about the questions we should be asking and look at some of the preliminary answers.

Course materials:

Required, from the bookstore:

Recommended, from the bookstore:

Additional readings for the course will be on reserve in the library or accessible from the course web page.

Course requirements:

Attendance and Participation (10%): Attendance is required. Excused absences must be documented in writing. Participation includes taking part in class discussions and completing ungraded written assignments.

Homework (10%): Graded homework will be assigned and will include genetics questions, reflective responses to readings and/or case studies, answers to study questions, etc.

Current Events Journal (10%): Weekly brief summary of an article or report published within the last six months pertaining to course content. (Briefly means one meaty paragraph; article or report means greater than 500 words.)

Presentation (10%): 15-20 minute presentation expanding on one of the articles from the current event journal. Topics must be approved by the instructors.

Short essay (15%): One three to four page short argumentative essay.

Research paper (20%): One 8-10 page research paper. The research paper will be posted on the course web page and revised in response to peer reviews.

Peer review (5%): Each student will write reviews of the research papers of other students in the class. The purpose of these reviews is to provide constructive criticism that will help research paper authors revise their work.

Final Exam (20%): Comprehensive exam.


Assignments will be announced in class and posted on the course web-page.


There is no worse academic sin than plagiarism. Plagiarism consists in copying the work of another, in whole or in part, without citing the source. Plagiarized work will receive a zero.