Welcome to the Fall 2015 genetics course (BIOL2101). This year, we're running the course with "lecture" classes only (tutorials were dropped for budgetary reasons). This won't necessarily impact the quality of your education, but because tutorials are a more active (and much more effective) way to understand material, we're going to do "tutorial stuff" in classes more than "lecture stuff", which often consists of the instructor reading PowerPoint images to a class which is copying down the facts.
Instead, I'll have you use the textbook heavily prior to coming to class. In class I'll take questions and clarify points, and have you working through exercises that should help you understand genetics concepts. Every week, you'll have a "Just-in-Time Teaching" Assignment (JiTT) due by noon each Sunday. These are questions that you should be able to answer if you've read through the textbook. Note that the information will precede the class activities to relate to: you'll be doing some learning on your own, but more importantly you'll be developing questions and ideas that we can work with in class. The homework system that provides the questions is by Sapling Learning, which you need to purchase from the bookstore.
The textbook we are using, however, is completely free. We are using a copyright-free book from the University of Alberta which was originally written by Dr. Michael Deyholos and has been updated by Mark Wolanski and Dr. John Locke. It is available for download in several forms at http://opengenetics.net/ (we are using the MRU version, so follow that link).
You'll also need to find that iClicker you used for BIOL 1202 because in-class activities will be worth points. If you don't have one, you can buy one at the bookstore.