Biology 460

BIOL 460

Catalog Entry

Biology 460. Advanced Seminar in Biology (2)
Two hours seminar.

Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in BIOL 131, BIOL 132, BIOL 231, and BIOL 232

Explores various biological topics with a focus on critical and analytical reading of primary biological literature sources and developing and using scientific writing skills.  May be taken more than once for credit providing the topic is different.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The intent of this course is to vary instructors and the topics covered.  Students with the appropriate prerequisites could receive credit for this course more than once.  Course outline would potentially vary each time it is offered, at the discretion of the instructor.  The course objectives are to teach reading and writing skills, as they pertain to primary literature sources in the biological sciences.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course will be taught in classroom discussion sessions.  The course will focus on reading, understanding and critically analyzing primary biological literature, and on utilizing scientific writing as a means to publish research results.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students successfully completing this course should demonstrate:

    -Enhanced reading and understanding of published primary literature in the biological sciences

    -Improvement in their ability to analyze published research

    -Improved ability to compare published research from multiple sources

    -An understanding of the differences between a research review article and a primary research paper

    -Enhanced use of primary sources to construct an introduction that supports a research objective

    -Ability to write a research proposal


Assessment Measures

Methods of assessment will include:

    -Pre-tests and post-tests for analytical reading of literature

    -Analysis of writing assignments

Assessment of whether the course is achieving its goals in the curriculum will be based on observations by instructors in upper level Biology courses.


Other Course Information


Review and Approval


New Course October 25, 2007

January, 2010

April, 2011