Viewing: PB 277 : Space Biology

Last approved: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 08:01:33 GMT

Last edit: Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:49:24 GMT

Changes proposed by: cvjordan
Catalog Pages referencing this course
Change Type
Major
PB (Plant Biology)
277
002026
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Space Biology
Space Biology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Plant Biology (11PB)
26.0301
Botany/Plant Biology.
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Dr. Imara Perera
Research Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture2525NoNone
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: BIO 105 or BIO 181 or BIO 183 or PB 200

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
11PBBSPlant BiologyElective
Overview of the biology of plants, animals, and humans in the space environment, including gravitational biology, aerospace medicine, astrobiology, search for extraterrestrial life, terraforming, and life support.

Revision in Prerequisites: The instructor feels that a general introduction to Biology or Plant Biology is sufficient preparation for PB 277. It is unclear why BIO 140 is on the pre-existing prerequisite list and is therefore being removed.


Catalog Description: Only two minor grammatical changes are being made. 


GEP Documentation: This course is already on the GEP Natural Sciences list. It is being re-reviewed for this category per OUCC request.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Natural Sciences
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Outcome A. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the impact of the space environment (gravity, radiation, isolation) on organisms including cells, plants, animals, and humans.

Outcome B. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify and describe the unique requirements and tools for developing life science experiments in space.
 
 
Students will respond to exam essay questions that address these outcomes. Example questions:

1. (Outcome A) Lower body negative pressure devices have been used to counteract problems related to re-entry. Describe the mechanism of action of these devices. For what physiological systems are they effective? For which physiological systems are they ineffective and why?

2. (Outcome B) Describe three kinds of microgravity simulators. Include a discussion of the advantages and limitations of each. Also, describe an experiment for which the simulator would be useful.

3. (Outcome B) Describe three kinds of microgravity simulators. Include a discussion of the advantages and limitations of each. Also, describe an experiment for which the simulator would be useful.
 
 
Outcome A. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to articulate the techniques, strategies and countermeasures used for the survival of living systems in the space environment.

Outcome B. Upon completion of this course students will be able to evaluate how our knowledge of organismal adaptations to extreme environments is being used to advance space exploration.
 
 
Students will respond to exam essay questions that address Outcome A. Example questions:

1. What are the primary differences between the terrestrial and the spaceflight environment? What measures need to be taken to support life in space?

2. How does microgravity affect plant growth and development? How do we know? Discuss the short and long-term effects based on the papers and experimental results discussed in class.

For Outcome B, students will compose a 2,000-word research paper in which they address how, given current knowledge about space biology, life can be sustained under extreme environments as well as long-term impacts of extreme environments on living systems.
Example paper topics:
--Undersea vents and the living systems that thrive there
-- The NASA twin study, predictions and results
-- The value of the ISS as a research platform
-- The Martian movie - what they got right and wrong
Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
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:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
No restrictions.
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
No restrictions.
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
Prerequisite: BIO 105 or BIO 181 or BIO 183 or PB 200
 
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)
 
None.
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.
 

No new resources are required for this course. This course is part of the instructor's regular teaching load.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:


Differentiate between various experimental approaches to gravitational and space biology;


List and compare mechanisms for observed spaceflight effects on living systems;


Critically assess scientific findings from the space biology field;


Argue for the role and value of space biology research to society.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Quizzes10% (2.5% each)Four quizzes based on lectures and assigned readings will be posted on Moodle at the start of specific weeks as identified in the schedule. Students will need to complete the quiz prior to the Thursday lecture meeting of that week.
Multiple exams60% (15% each)There will be three exams spaced throughout the semester and a Final. Exams will include a mix of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions.
Major Paper15%Each student will compose an approx. 2,000 word term paper on a topic chosen by the student and approved by the instructor.
Oral Presentation15%Each student will give a short presentation on their term paper topic.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
N/A - In attached syllabus

aeherget (Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:40:27 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated syllabus at instructor's request via email 9/21/2018.
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