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Biology 142 – Advanced Topics in Genetics and Molecular Biology (with Laboratory):

Biology 142 is the second course in our introductory biology curriculum, required of all biology majors (as well as neuroscience and behavioral biology) and for the pre-medical track.  The course builds more detail on concepts introduced in the first course (Biology 141 – Cell Biology and Genetics) and students are expected to have some prior knowledge on these topics.  Biology 142 further expands into areas of gene regulation, molecular explanations of phenotype, and applied topics that are not covered in Biology 141.  One major component of this course is an exposure to scientific research – both in the classroom and in the laboratory.   In the laboratory, students conduct a semester-long research project using molecular biology to learn about microbial diversity in a unique local environment – the Georgia rock outcrops.  As part of the laboratory experience, several assignments focus on improving student skills in scientific writing and communication.  Through the experience of their research project, students have to analyze a variety of data – morphological and molecular – and have to write about their findings in a formal scientific paper. 

Focus for the Institute:

For the purpose of this institute I intend to focus on a specific aspect of scientific writing and communication that is particularly challenging for students – interpreting a complex data set (variety of results) that usually deviates from what students have proposed in their hypothesis.

Learning Objectives (Rough Draft!)

Course Goal:  Critical thinking and scientific communication

Learning Objectives for “Results and Discussion”

  •        Students should be able to interpret and sort data that may or may not fit their original hypothesis and build a logical argument for their explanations
  •     Students will develop a positive attitude about scientific research when they overcome the discomfort of dealing with data that is difficult to interpret
  •  Students will learn to write effective “Results” and “Discussion” sections in their scientific papers to reflect their understanding of interpreting data and presenting a suitable argument
  •   Students will learn about how molecular biology informs knowledge about microbial diversity and therefore biodiversity
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Nitya-
Great work! I look forward to hammering these out today!

How will you assess whether a student has "developed a positive attitude?" This puzzles me.
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