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  • 1. DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN GENETICSGRADUATE STUDENT HANDBOOKACADEMIC YEAR2009 - 2010 Department of Human Genetics David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA695 Charles E. Young Drive South Los Angeles, CA 90095-7088

2. Table of ContentsCurriculum Course Requirements ..................................................................................................... 2 Required Courses ......................................................................................................... 12 Elective Courses .......................................................................................................... 14 Computational Human Genetics Minor Track Courses............................................... 17 Seminars ...................................................................................................................... 22 Supplemental Educational Activities ........................................................................... 24Program RequirementsMasters Degree ........................................................................................................... 25 Doctoral Degree ........................................................................................................... 26Exams and Research ProposalsHypothetical, Non-Hypothetical, and Oral Examinations ........................................... 29 Preparing for Orals ...................................................................................................... 31General InformationSummary of Events, Milestones, Things to Do and Such .......................................... 32 Calendar ....................................................................................................................... 34 Registrars Office Services .......................................................................................... 35 Miscellaneous Information .......................................................................................... 36Directories Who to See in the Department of Human Genetics ..................................................... 38 Human Genetics Graduate Students ............................................................................ 39 Human Genetics Faculty.............................................................................................. 40 AY 09-101 3. COURSE REQUIREMENTSNOTE: From the first quarter of graduate study to the last, students are required to enroll in no less than 12 units per quarter. This is achieved by combining required courses and electives, which carry a fixed number of units, with laboratory research (596 - 599 courses). While required courses and electives have fixed unit values, the unit value for courses numbered 596-599 will equal the number of units needed, in addition to required courses and electives, to reach the required 12 units per quarter.Any questions regarding the interpretation of or deviation from these course requirements should be addressed to the Graduate Student Advisor (GSA).PROGRAM FOR DIRECT ADMIT STUDENTSA. Laboratory TrackFirst Year. The first year program for Direct Admit students in the Laboratory Track consists of two or three one-quarter laboratory rotations together with the courses listed below. Laboratory rotations allow the students to choose from among the various program faculty. Two laboratory rotations are required; a third is optional. [Rotations last one quarter each and are contingent upon the faculty member agreeing to the rotation request.] FallWinter Spring CM253 Advanced Principles of CM267A Advanced Principles ofCM234 Ethics and Accountability in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Biomedical Research (2 units) I (6 units)II (6 units) 200 Level Elective (2-4 units)M267B Cell Biology Seminar 200 Level Elective (2-4 units)(4 units) 596 Research Rotation (4 units)596 Research Rotation (2 units)596 Research Rotation (2-4 units)Second Year. By the beginning of the second year, students shall have chosen a mentor, and should now enroll in 596 Lab Research under that mentor each quarter. One quarter of teaching (TA-ship) is required and is recommended to be taken in the second (or third) year. Students must enroll in the 375 course of the department for which they will teach, and must also take the 495 TA Training course offered by that department. Students with a particular interest in teaching may take an additional TA-ship in subsequent years. *Beginning in the second year, students are required to take at least one quarter of Human Genetics 282: Human Genetics Journal Club and Seminar each year. FallWinterSpring 375 TA Practicum (2-4 units) 236A Advanced Human Genetics 220 Ethical Issues In Human 495 Teacher Training (2 units) (4 units)Genetics (2 units) 236B Advanced Human Genetics (4 units) 282 Seminar (2 units)* 282 Seminar (2 units)* 282 Seminar (2 units)*596 Lab Research (2-12 units)596 Lab Research (2-12 units)596 Lab Research (2-12 units) AY 09-102 4. Third Year. By the third year, students have taken all required courses. Students who have taken their Oral Preliminary Exam (Hypothetical) will enroll in 597 Preparation for PhD Qualifying Exam. Remaining coursework may include TA-ships and related courses and six (6) units of electives, which may be taken in either the third, fourth or fifth years as shown below. FallWinterSpring 375 TA Practicum (2-4 units) 495 Teacher Training (2 units) Elective (2-6 units)/ 282 Seminar Elective (2-6 units)/ 282 Seminar Elective (2-6 units)/ 282 Seminar (2 units)*(2 units)*(2 units)* 596/597 Lab Research (2-12 units) 596/597 Lab Research (2-12 units) 596/597 Lab Research (2-12 units)Fourth & Fifth Years. During the last two years of graduate study, students who have Advanced to Candidacy enroll in 599 Dissertation Research. By this time, students may have completed all coursework, or may have remaining electives. FallWinterSpring Elective (2-6 units)/ 282 Seminar Elective (2-6 units)/ 282 Seminar Elective (2-6 units)/ 282 Seminar (2 units)*(2 units)*(2 units)* 599 Dissertation Research 599 Dissertation Research 599 Dissertation Research (2-12 units)(2-12 units)(2-12 units)* Enrollment in HG 282 can be applied to the 6-unit elective requirement. AY 09-10 3 5. B.Computational Human Genetics TrackStudents in the Computational Human Genetics track take seven required courses, two electives in Computational and Statistical Genetics, two electives in Bioinformatics, Genomics, and Proteomics, and one Computer Programming elective. Students will also enroll in laboratory rotations and seminars. This will allow students more flexibility to concentrate on those aspects of computational human genetics that best complement their research. All students in the Computational Human Genetics Track should consult with Dr. Janet Sinsheimer to plan their academic schedule.First Year. The first year program for Direct Admit students in the Computational Human Genetics Track consists of the courses listed below and the 596 Research Rotation. Eight units of undergraduate Statistics (Can be satisfied by Stat 100A/100B, Stat 110A/110B Biost 110A/110B. Statistics 180 may be substituted for any of the B quarter courses). One laboratory rotation is required in the first year; a second or third is optional. One quarter of 596 should be taken in a data-generating laboratory so that the student will become familiar with benchwork. [Rotations last one quarter each and are contingent upon the faculty member agreeing to the rotation request.] Fall WinterSpring CM253 Advanced Principles of C234 Ethics and Accountability in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Biomedical Research (2 units) I (6 units)UG Statistics (4 units) UG Statistics (4 units)Approved Computational HumanApproved Computational Human Approved Computational Human Genetics elective (4 units) Genetics elective (4 units) Genetics elective (2 units)596 Research Rotation (4 units) 596 Research Rotation (4 units)Second Year. By the beginning of the second year, students shall have chosen a mentor, and should now enroll in 596 Research under that mentor each quarter through the third year. One quarter of teaching (TA-ship) is required and is recommended to be taken in the second (or third) year. Students must enroll in the 375 course of the department for which they will teach, and must also take the 495 TA Training course offered by that department. Students with a particular interest in teaching may take an additional TA-ship in the second or any subsequent year. Beginning in the second year, students are required to take at least one quarter of Human Genetics 282: Human Genetics Journal Club and Seminar each year. Fall Winter Spring Approved Computational Human 236A Advanced Human Genetics236B Advanced Human Genetics Genetics elective (4 units)(4 units) (4 units)Approved Computational Human 375 TA Practicum( 2-4 units)220 Ethical Issues In Human Genetics elective (4 units)495 Teacher Training(2 units) Genetics (2 units)282 Seminar (2 units)* 282 Seminar (2 units)*282 Seminar (2 units)* 596 Research (2-4 units) 596 Research (2-4 units)596 Research (4-6 units)AY 09-10 4 6. Third Year. By the third year, students have taken all required courses. Remaining coursework may include TA-ships and related courses, and the approved Computational Human Genetics elective course, which should be taken in the third or subsequent years. Students who have taken their Oral Preliminary Exam (Hypothetical) will enroll in 597 Preparation for PhD Qualifying Exam.FallWinterSpring Approved Computational Human Genetics elective (4 units) 282 Seminar (2 units)*282 Seminar (2 units)*282 Seminar (2 units)* 596/597 Research (2-12 units) 596/597 Research (2-12 units) 596/597 Research (2-12 units)Fourth & Fifth Years. During the last two years of graduate study, students who have Advanced to Candidacy enroll in 599 Dissertation Research. By this time, students may have completed all cour

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