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My Biology Scholars Research Project

Web-based tutorial support for student success in pre-Nursing Physiology class.


I am teaching 3 undergrad courses which are prerequisites for Nursing Program- Human Anatomy-Physiology – I and II and General Microbiology. The enrollment for these classes is pretty heavy; however the students at Queens borough are highly diverse not only in their cultural ethnicity and educational backgrounds but also in their ages, stage of life and family commitments. Many students lack the formal training in Science, especially in Biology at High school level; while many are the returning students, who haven’t been to school for a long time. These students are overwhelmed by the depth and immensity of the material presented in General Biology/ or any of the above courses. This leads to High attrition rate of the student population enrolled in these classes. To improve retention of these classes--

                My research Question is whether online supplementary instruction can help pre-Nursing students to succed academically. I propose to develop a BlackBoard site with the
supplementary instruction.


Some areas where students could use some help are for example- the Cell structure & Function, Metabolism, Enzyme kinetics etc. So the students will be presented with basic concepts of Biology, Biochemistry, cell biology and/or genetics. The concepts presented will include (but may not be limited to)-- 1) What is Science and Biology; 2) Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cell stucture and Function; 4) Elements and chemical reaction; chemical interactions between biomolecules; 5) Cell structure -cell membrane and organelles

With the help from SoTL, I would like to build an online resource center/course which the non-majors or the pre-nursing students can use to better-prepare them for their respective courses. I believe that team-based learning is an effective technique but would like to know various aspects of these pedagogical techniques.

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