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Last approved: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:01:31 GMT

Last edit: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:24:47 GMT

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GN (Genetics)
496
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Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Genetics Research Experience
Genetics Research
College of Sciences
Genetics (17GN)
Term Offering
Fall, Spring and Summer
Offered Every Year
Spring 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Credit Only (S/U)
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Research9
Course Attribute(s)


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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
Yes
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Marian B. Gardner
Teaching Associate Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Research2020Nonone
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Minimum of sophomore standing. Limited to Genetics Majors and Genetics Minors. Students must submit required signed course contract prior to registration.
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
17GNBSB. S. GeneticsElective
17GNMGenetics MinorElective
GN 496 provides an opportunity for students to gain real-world experience by conducting independent research in a genetics research program. A minimum of 135 hours must be completed for the three hours credit. The experience must be arranged by the student and approved by the Director of the Undergraduate Genetics Program in advance of beginning the work. To gain approval, students must submit the completed GN 496 Contract, signed by their GN 496 supervisor (Research Mentor) and by their academic advisor. The student is required to write a research paper evaluating the results of their project. In addition to the work described in the contract, students will complete a series of reflective written assignments during and at the end of their GN 496 experience.

We currently have two courses (GN 492 and GN 493) which allow students to gain research experience either "off-campus" (GN 492) or "on campus" (GN 493). Students can also complete a teaching project for GN 493 credit. We are proposing to restructure the courses according to the type of experience. We propose GN 496 as a Research Experience in Genetics and GN 497 as a Teaching Experience in Genetics. We also want to add a bit more substance to the experience by requiring students to complete written reflection assignments during the semester in addition to completing the scientific paper on their project. The research paper and the answers to the reflection questions will be used in assessment of the undergraduate Genetics program.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
No
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Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
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Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
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Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 

 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 

 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 

Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

Since this class replaces a similar class, no additional resources are required.

GN 496 provides an opportunity for students to gain research experience in a genetics research program by completing an independent research project and reflecting on their experience. Students will also gain experience in scientific writing by writing a scientific paper on their research project. 


Student Learning Outcomes

After completing GN 496, students will be able to:



  • Describe the goal of the project with which they were involved and their specific role in that project.

  • Evaluate results from their research project and present them in the form of a scientific paper.

  • Describe the professional competencies they developed or deepened through their GN 496 research experience.

  • Explain how they applied their academic (in-class) experiences to their GN 496 research experience.

  • Describe the knowledge and skills they gained or further developed through their GN 496 research experience.

  • Describe how their GN 496 research experience changed or strengthened their academic or career goals.

  • Explain how their understanding of the nature and practice of science was impacted by their GN 496 research experience.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Written Assignmentsee detailsReflection Questions -- Students are required to answer all reflection questions and to score an average of 70% on the reflection questions. Students are also required to score at least 70% on their research paper. Both of these requirements must be met in order to receive an "S" in the course.
Written Assignmentsee detailsResearch Paper -- Students are required to score at least 70% on their research paper, in addition to scoring at least 70% (average) on the Reflection Questions. Both of these requirements must be met in order to receive an "S" in the course.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Research100% Students complete a course contract prior to the beginning of the course and must fulfill all contractual obligations. Students are required to complete at least 135 hours of independent research under their Research Mentor as well as completing the written assignments in order to satisfactorily complete the course.
Genetics majors are required to complete either GN 496 or GN 497.
aeherget (Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:49:59 GMT): AECHH: Updating description and syllabus at instructor's request via email. 10-7-2016
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