Biological methods: a novel course in undergraduate biology

Learmonth, R. P. (1997) Biological methods: a novel course in undergraduate biology. In: 17th International Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 24-29 Aug 1997, San Francisco, CA. United States.

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We describe a novel course in first year undergraduate practical biology which introduces students to the principles and practice of biological techniques as well as developing conceptual skills in experimental design, data gathering and analysis, problem solving and report writing. The course provides a firm foundation in a number of biological techniques, which ensures a more efficient transition to higher levels of study. The unit content is amenable to alteration and is largely independent of the disciplines taught. In our case the course was centred on microbiology and biochemistry, however we are currently considering the inclusion ecological methods and there are no constraints for including other science disciplines. The strength of the unit is its holistic approach to the scientific process and design which facilitates learning and practice of both low level and high level skills. This unit is run as a supplement to our traditional first year offering. In the biological techniques course, rather than being overloaded with a weekly variety of new techniques (as tends to happen in traditional courses), students are able to gain mastery of a limited number of techniques and related concepts through repetitive application.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:55
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2014 05:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: teaching biology; biochemistry; microbiology methods
Fields of Research : 06 Biological Sciences > 0699 Other Biological Sciences > 069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified
06 Biological Sciences > 0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology > 060199 Biochemistry and Cell Biology not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/10176

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