More about less: defining the essential core

Learmonth, Robert (2003) More about less: defining the essential core. In: Symposium on Education in the Molecular Life Sciences, Combined 2nd Human Proteome (HUPO) & 19th International Union of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Congress, 8-11 Oct 2003, Montreal, Canada.

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Given the rapid expansion of knowledge, teachers of biochemistry and molecular biology, in common with many other fields, need to focus carefully on the scope of what they attempt to cover. This is particularly important in the context of biological sciences curricula where biochemistry and molecular biology are core, but not extensive components.

This applies equally to theoretical and practical programs. One needs to consider what essential concepts and skills must be imparted, and how independent and lifelong learning may be fostered. Course content may also be constrained by the need to address multiple graduate attributes which relate to processes in addition to the acquisition of knowledge, for example facilitating teamwork, problem solving and other higher cognitive activities.

In this presentation I will discuss the approaches we have taken to provide core instruction in biochemistry and molecular biology, sensitive to the needs of curricula focusing on biotechnology, bioinformatics, biomedical science, plant science and ecology, in addition to chemistry. Our focus is on providing the essential concepts of biological structures, classes of compounds and metabolism. We are then able to refer students to sources of information that build upon these concepts. In terms of our practical curricula, we strive for an appropriate balance between wet laboratory work and alternative meaningful activities.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2018 01:36
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Uncontrolled Keywords: biochemistry teaching learning pedagogy core instruction lifelong learning concepts balance
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes

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