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Course: Inquiries in Cell & Molecular Biology

Audience: 1st yr Bio, Biochem, Neuroscience majors who have APed out of Gen Bio

Big Idea (i.e., learning goal) = understand and apply the evolutionary foundation for the study of biology

 

Objectives (designed with my course in mind, but could be at program level as well)

 

(1) Meaning of genetic variation

a) Action words: define, describe, list, explain, compare/contrast

b) Statement: Students will be able to define genetic variation and differentiate types of genetic variation.

c) Acceptable performance - all students should be able to achieve this

 

(2) Causes of genetic variation

a) Action words: describe, link, show, illustrate

b) Statement: Students will be able to illustrate the mechanisms that give rise to different types of genetic variation.

c) Acceptable performance - all students should understand that genetic variation arises via different molecular mechanisms; detailed knowledge of particular mechanisms will vary

 

(3) Consequences of genetic variation

a) Action words: compare/contrast, analyze, predict

b) Statement: Students will be able to describe a range of potential cellular consequences of genetic variation at the level of DNA, RNA, and protein.

c) Acceptable performance - all students should be able to articulate that genetic variations can affect a cell on a spectrum from not at all to profoundly; highest performing students will have detailed knowledge of the underlying mechanisms

 

(4) Evolution: genetic variation & environmental selection

a) Action words: build, understand, connect

b) Statement: Students will build on their knowledge of genetic variation to understand the mechanism by which evolution occurs via environmental selection.

c) Acceptable performance - all students should know that there are two essential components necessary for evolution to occur: genetic variation and environmental selection.

 

(5) Evolution as unifying conceptual framework

a) Action words: value, integrate, apply

b) Statement: Students will recognize that evolution is a unifying concept in biology and be able to apply evolutionary theory to wide-ranging problems in biology, e.g. drug resistance, host-pathogen interactions, vaccine development, ecosystem structure, etc.

c) Acceptable performance - all students should appreciate that evolution is a unifying theme in biology; highest performing students will be able to explicitly link evolutionary theory to biological concepts in very diverse areas of biology

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Great work Gail! I wonder aloud if your statements about "all students" might be be clarified. You could be talking about your goals as an instructor, but you also could be talking about the difference between passing levels of knowledge in those statements when you compare them to highest performing students. I look forward to working with you again today.
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