MCDB 4650 - Developmental Biology Spring 2020

Spring 2021 TTh 2:20-3:35PM in via ZOOM


Classroom Behavior: Both students and faculty are responsible for maintaining an appropriate learning environment in all instructional settings, whether in person, remote or online. Those who fail to adhere to such behavioral standards may be subject to discipline. Professional courtesy and sensitivity are especially important with respect to individuals and topics dealing with race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation or political philosophy.  For more information, see the policies on classroom behavior and the Student Code of Conduct.

For policies on covid, names and pronouns, disabilities, religious observances, sexual harassment, and the honor code : see below. 

INFORMATION:MCDB 4650 uses beSocratic and Canvas assignments on required readings and in class activities (and lectures).

Because the class involves on-line comments and discussion about materials covered, we have a few rules (many based on research on how students learn).

learning lounge

  • Reading and reacting to the text before class: come to class prepared to question and discuss the materials presented.
  • complete beSocratic and Canvas activities before class. You are not graded for correct or incorrect, but on effort.
  • Office hours:
    • We are happy to meet with you, just contact either one of us by email and we can set up a time
    • (normally) There is the MCDB Learning Lounge (Porter B0054)(see map ↑) where students often hang out, feel free to use it, since it is for you.
  • Syllabus: The syllabus may change depending on our learning rates. Please check it if you have questions about your study/travel plans.
  • Class videos will be posted on the course web page - if you miss a class you can review them.
  • Exams: This course builds from one concept to the other -- therefore all exams are cumulative, but primarily focused on the topic of the section leading up to the exam.
  • Dossier: You will have an online dossier to post answers to various questions (generally reflecting follow on from beSocratic activities.  Your comments can be revised throughout the semester (although we will give you feedback at the midway point, and before the second exam.  Dossiers must be completed before the end of the University schedule final exam date.

EVALUATION (GRADES) : Your grade is determined by three independent measures (500 points).

  1. beSocratic & Dossier: 30% of class grade (150 points): You are expected to complete the various activities before class and then update your responses to related questions in your dossier, which you can update and revise throughout the semsester.
  2. Canvas questions and classroom participation:10% (50 points) of total grade and may to resolve letter grade boundaries if necessary.
  3. Exams: Your two exam scorses account for 60% of grade (300 points).

Summary: A > 90%, B > 80%, C >60% D>50%. F<50%

Requirements for COVID-19: As a matter of public health and safety due to the pandemic, all members of the CU Boulder community and all visitors to campus must follow university, department and building requirements, and public health orders in place to reduce the risk of spreading infectious disease. Required safety measures at CU Boulder relevant to the classroom setting include:

  • maintain 6-foot distancing when possible,
  • wear a face covering in public indoor spaces and outdoors while on campus consistent with state and county health orders,
  •  clean local work area,
  •  practice hand hygiene,
  •  follow public health orders, and
  • if sick and you live off campus, do not come onto campus (unless instructed by a CU Healthcare professional), or if you live on-campus, please alert CU Boulder Medical Services.

Students who fail to adhere to these requirements will be asked to leave class, and students who do not leave class when asked or who refuse to comply with these requirements will be referred to Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. For more information, see the policies on COVID-19 Health and Safety and classroom behavior and the Student Code of Conduct. If you require accommodation because a disability prevents you from fulfilling these safety measures, please see the “Accommodation for Disabilities” statement on this syllabus.

All students who are new to campus must complete the COVID-19 Student Health and Expectations Course. Before coming to campus each day, all students are required to complete the Buff Pass.

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for or had symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home. In this class, if you are sick or quarantined just let us know and we will make accomodations for you if we can. ,

Accommodation for Disabilities: If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit your accommodation letter from Disability Services to your faculty member in a timely manner so that your needs can be addressed.  Disability Services determines accommodations based on documented disabilities in the academic environment.  Information on requesting accommodations is located on the Disability Services website. Contact Disability Services at 303-492-8671 or for further assistance.  If you have a temporary medical condition, see Temporary Medical Conditions on the Disability Services website.

Preferred Student Names and Pronouns: CU Boulder recognizes that students' legal information doesn't always align with how they identify. Students may update their preferred names and pronouns via the student portal; those preferred names and pronouns are listed on instructors' class rosters. In the absence of such updates, the name that appears on the class roster is the student's legal name.

Honor Code: All students enrolled in a University of Colorado Boulder course are responsible for knowing and adhering to the Honor Code. Violations of the policy may include: plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, lying, bribery, threat, unauthorized access to academic materials, clicker fraud, submitting the same or similar work in more than one course without permission from all course instructors involved, and aiding academic dishonesty. All incidents of academic misconduct will be reported to the Honor Code (; 303-492-5550). Students found responsible for violating the academic integrity policy will be subject to nonacademic sanctions from the Honor Code as well as academic sanctions from the faculty member. Additional information regarding the Honor Code academic integrity policy can be found at the Honor Code Office website.

Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination, Harassment and/or Related Retaliation: The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming learning, working, and living environment. CU Boulder will not tolerate acts of sexual misconduct (harassment, exploitation, and assault), intimate partner violence (dating or domestic violence), stalking, or protected-class discrimination or harassment by members of our community. Individuals who believe they have been subject to misconduct or retaliatory actions for reporting a concern should contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC) at 303-492-2127 or Information about the OIEC, university policies, anonymous reporting, and the campus resources can be found on the OIEC website.

Please know that faculty and graduate instructors have a responsibility to inform OIEC when made aware of incidents of sexual misconduct, dating and domestic violence, stalking, discrimination, harassment and/or related retaliation, to ensure that individuals impacted receive information about options for reporting and support resources.

Religious Holidays: Campus policy regarding religious observances requires that faculty make every effort to deal reasonably and fairly with all students who, because of religious obligations, have conflicts with scheduled exams, assignments or required attendance.  In this class, just let us know and we will make accomodations for you.

See the campus policy regarding religious observances for full details.

See the campus policy regarding religious observances for full details.    updated 28th December 2020