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  1. 1. Project Course Description

Project Course Description

Describe the following: 

·         Identify and describe your “project course” for the work you do at the Institute.  

·         What constraints influence how you teach this course?   

·         What do you hope the students will learn in your course? 

·         How do you determine whether students have achieved the learning you describe in question #3? 

·         Provide a list of 3–4 specific assessment strategies you are most interested in exploring during the Assessment Institute? 

 

1.       Project Course:  Techniques in Cancer Biology.  

a.       Focus on recent developments in cancer research 

b.      I am developing this course with Dr. J Williams. 

c.       Lectures are given by research scientists 

d.      Fall 2013 will be the third time we teach the course.   

e.      Designed for upper-division biology majors interested in biomedical research especially cancer research 

f.        4 credit course 

                                                                                       i.      1 hour of lecture 

                                                                                     ii.      3 hours lab/recitation 

2.       What constraints influence how you teach this course? 

a.       Lecture format – topics/styles/specific focus varies by lecturer 

b.      Two lab sections, labs only meet once a week but many of the methods we want to teach do not fit into the time limits or are difficult to do with large groups 

c.       TA’s mostly novices 

d.      Two populations of students:  

                                                                                       i.      super competent and competitive 

                                                                                     ii.      seniors in need of an upper division laboratory course 

e.      No prep support for an experimental course this year 

 

3.       What do you hope the students will learn in your course? 

a.       Students will be able to read and discuss a research paper 

b.      Students will be able to explain at least two experimental techniques used in cancer research 

c.       Students will be able to 

                                                                                       i.      Define cancer 

                                                                                     ii.      Describe the criteria used to “stage” a tumor 

                                                                                    iii.      Explain the following terms in relation to cancer: 

1.       Evolution 

2.       Clonal Expansion 

3.       Tumor Virus 

4.       Tumor suppressor 

5.       Oncogene 

6.       Sporadic vs Hereditary cancer 

7.       Epigentics 

                                                                                   iv.      Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of current models  of cancer development and treatment 

1.       Conventional vs stem cell 

2.       Nanoparticles 

3.       Hormone therapy 

4.       Coferons 

5.       Intracellular signaling 

                                                                                     v.      Describe the following laboratory techniques and analyze data from them: 

1.       Western blot 

2.       ELISA 

3.       EMSA 

4.       Flow cytometry 

5.       Immunoprecipitation 

6.       Immunohistochemistry 

7.       Immunofluorescence 

8.       Proliferation Assay 

9.       Cell culture 

4.       How do you determine whether students have achieved the learning you describe in question #3? 

a.       Two multiple choice exams 

b.      Lab reports 

c.       Groups presentation 

d.      Written paper 

 

5.       Provide a list of 3–4 specific assessment strategies you are most interested in exploring during the Assessment Institute? 

a.       Preassessment 

b.      Formative assessments such as concept maps or POE (predict, observe, explain) 

c.       Assessment of data analysis, lab report variations 

d.      Group project oral presentations 

6.       It would be good if the course to gave us useful information for medical school recommendations.  Specifically the following core competencies from the AAMC: 

                                                                                       i.      Critical thinking 

                                                                                     ii.      Quantitative Reasoning 

                                                                                    iii.      Communication oral and written 

                                                                                   iv.      Living systems 

                                                                                     v.      Social skills including teamwork 

                                                                                   vi.      Ethics 

                                                                                  vii.      Reliability/dependability 

                                                                                viii.      Resilience/adaptability 

                                                                                   ix.      Capacity for improvement 

 

 

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