Helping Students Discover Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics
Assessment of Student Attitudes
- My friends and family get annoyed with me trying
to explain it to them, but I feel like the things I've learned are so revolutionary,
I want to share my newfound knowledge.
- It was also comforting to learn how all of biology
could and should be connected, as with other areas of study such as mathematics,
chemistry, and physics.
- I've never been as interested in the reading
and as motivated to continue learning as I have been this semester in Genomics....I
feel like the logical reasoning skills that I've developed can be applied
to other areas of life as well.
- I never imagined that I would view biology (and
science in general) in such a larger context.....I feel as if I've put on
a new pair of glasses and can see things more clearly......I am coming across
more things that I've never seen before or that I don't understand. However,
I am more aware of ways and methods of finding the answers.
- I wish I could live to be 200 years old and
study biology with degrees in physics, chemistry, biology, computer science
and mathematics.....The course has also reinforced the idea that diseases
and pathways (signaling and metabolic) are not as simple as they first appear.
Assessment of learning outcomes
1.A. Pre- and post-course surveys on proteins - small gains.
Score = 3.80
Score = 4.15
the back of this page, draw a picture of an enzyme.
1.B. Genomics Entrance and Exit Exams - substantial improvement.
2. Four web assignments
Instructions and Online
of genomes – they choose popular press v. scientific
Analyze and predict:
sequence analysis – 2 neighboring yeast genes; 1 known and 1 unknown
microarray interpretations – same two genes
interpretations – same two genes; Design experiments to test your
Exams administered during the semester; measure skills, creative thinking,
and content knowledge.
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