Genetics Problems

Nancy Kirkpatrick nkirkpatrick at
Wed Nov 1 17:47:53 EST 2000

For years I have pondered the homework question.  I always assign homework in genetics, but with 60+ students in class grading became too burdensome.  So I came up with the idea of a homework quiz.  Every Friday I give a quiz containing two problems very similar to their homework problems for that week.  If they did the homework, they should be able to pass the quiz.

It's not the perfect solution.  Students still want credit for doing the homework.  So this year I give them the quizzes.  They also have to hand in the homework, but I don't grade each problem.  They just get a checkmark for having done it.

Nancy Kirkpatrick
Biology Dept.
Lake Superior State University
Sault Ste. Marie, MI  49783

>>> <sjohnson at> 11/01 4:00 PM >>>
sorry to hear about the homework cheating in your class, deborah.
however, i'm glad to hear that you're assigning homework. my 
students look at me like i have at least two heads when i give an 
assignment. many don't bother to do it - even thought it counts 
towards their grades - they'd rather moan later (and pretend it's my 
fault). i wonder just how many plant-edders go through this extra, 
but valuable, hassle, and how homework grades are worked in. 

please respond.


From:           	dcook at ("Deborah A. Cook")
Subject:        	Genetics Problems
Organization:   	BIOSCI/MRC Human Genome Mapping Project Resource Centre
To:             	plant-ed at 

> Plant Edders: 
> In looking over my genetics class homework assignments, 
> signicant copying from the solutions manual is going on (I was 
> warned also by a student).  This is really obvious copying in the 
> form of a table from the study guide/solutions manual being lifted 
> directly.  Anybody out there have new or different sources for 
> genetics problems that I can get to quickly?  I haven't had much 
> time to check the net, but any links would be appreciated. Any 
> suggestions on how to deal with the copying are also appreciated?  
> R 
> Thanks,  
> Deb 
> Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. 
> Associate Professor  
> Biological Sciences 
> Clark Atlanta University 
> Atlanta, GA 30314 
> --- 

Sandra L. Johnson, Ph.D.
Plant Physiological Ecologist
Middle Tennessee State University
Biology Department     PO Box 60
Murfreesboro, TN  31732

Phone: (615) 898-2021
FAX: (615) 898-5093



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