Standards and Assignments for Student Web Pages in
Genomics, Proteomics and Systems Biology

These web page assignments are designed to let you practice what you have learned during the semester. They are open-ended so you can experience the same uncertainty researchers do when initiating research. To maximize the educational value of these assignments, you may work in groups on the process of your in silico research, but the writing must be done on an individual baiss. This work is covered by the Honor Code and if you have any doubts, please ask me. See the Department's plagiarism policy for further guidence.

There are certain guidelines I want you to follow for all your web pages for this course:

Before you produce your first web assignment, you should take a few minutes to think about your overall web site. You are going to produce at least 4 web pages. To make it easier for everyone to read your pages, you should have a "front page" that you must call "home.html". I will create a link to your front page and it will be easier for me if all of you use the same file name. From this front page, you can gradually add relative links to your web pages as you produce them. This front page is where you may put any bells and whistles that you want to have fun with your web page. I will only grade its functionality (i.e. do all the links work, are all the images visible, etc.)

I have provided a list of web resources that may help you with some aspects of creating web pages. If you have never created a web page before, tell me ASAP.

Two notes about your web assignments:
Some of you may know about Bloom's taxonomy of learning. His seminal work helped us identify 6 different types of learning from lowest to highest:

  1. knowledge
  2. comprehension
  3. application
  4. analysis
  5. synthesis
  6. evaluation

By this point in your college career, you should be moving beyond 1-3 and reaching 4-6 more often. In particular, these web assignments call upon you to synthesize and evaluate. These two levels of knowledge are the hardest to accomplish. By having you summarize key points, you must synthesize what you already know as well as what the authors have provided. By asking for your opinion, I am pushing you to evaluate the work. Did the authors convince you with data that their interpretations are valid? Did they make statements you are not sure are true? Did they provide equally compelling alternative interpretations? I hope you will continue to push yourselves to the highest levels of knowing.


First Web Assignment

Your first project is to summarize an area of genomics, proteomics or systems biology. What topic do you think a biology major should know? You will need learn a little about these areas before you can choose your topic. You may NOT choose the same topic as another student is class. Therefore, it is in your best interest to choose an area ASAP. I will enter the topics in the table below as they are sent to me by email.

Your summary should give a brief introduction and then hit the highlights of your chosen area. What do you think a biology major should know about your chosen area? Your target audience should be students who have completed Bio111/113.

Genomics Topics
single molecular protein interactions cancer genomics pathomics HapMap
iPSC pharmacogenomics mouse phenome project Human Microbiome Project
proteomics psychogenomics RNA Seq metagenomics
       

There are two main goals of this web page assignment. First, I want to make sure everyone can build an html web page. Second, I want you to help me revise this course for the spring of 2016. Your web pages will be the starting place for me to restructure this course.

As a bare minimum, you must have the following features (in addition to the ones required on each of your web pages):


Second Web Assignment

Your second project is to choose one paper and summarize the paper you have chosen. To begin, summarize the paper (main point and conclusions) and tell me your opinion of the paper. Then go through one figure at a time to summarize what each figure says. You do not have to comment on every single part of these figures, but you should summarize the question they were asking, what method they used, and the main take home messages. No draft necessary. Just post the final version by the deadline.

This should not be a super detailed review of the paper, but I want you to demonstrate your facility (i.e. #4 - 6 of Bloom's taxonomy) with the material and the big picture addressed in the paper.


Third Web Assignment

Your third project is to choose one paper and summarize the paper you have chosen. To begin, summarize the paper (main point and conclusions) and tell me your opinion of the paper. Then go through one figure at a time to summarize what each figure says. You do not have to comment on every single part of these figures, but you should summarize the question they were asking, what method they used, and the main take home messages. No draft necessary. Just post the final version by the deadline.

This should not be a super detailed review of the paper, but I want you to demonstrate your facility (i.e. #4 - 6 of Bloom's taxonomy) with the material and the big picture addressed in the paper.


Web-Related Resources


Genomics Overview

Genomics Reading Schedule

Biology Home Page


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