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Last approved: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:01:32 GMT

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MB (Microbiology)
360
031835
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Scientific Inquiry in Microbiology: At the Bench
Sci Inquiry in Microbiology
College of Sciences
Microbiology (17MB)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2016
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
Lecture and Lab5.0
Course Attribute(s)


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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Alice Lee
Assistant Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture and Lab1212NoN/A
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite:CH 101 and BIO 183 (both with a C- or better)
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
17MBIO-BSMicrobiologyElective
17MBIO-MRSMicrobial ResearchRequired
Scientific questions, controls and variables, designing, preparing for and carrying out experiments, keeping a notebook, interpreting results, and presenting their findings: i.e. the pragmatic things a student must know in order to work efficiently in a research lab regardless of the discipline. Prior or current enrollment in MB 352 or MB 354 recommended.

The component type and number of contact hours has been adjusted to: Lecture and Lab, 5 hours.  The justification for this revision is to support how the course  functions and the pedagogy utilized.  MB360 was recently updated to an authentic research-based course, modeling current scientific research practices and questions. The Lecture and Lab component better matches our current course description, which is interspersing theoretical/conceptual lecture with practical applications in the lab.  The lab is "not self contained" and students will need the extra time for setting up the lab  in order to perform their experiments.


The second revision involves removing one sentence in the catalog description that previously described the "experimental system of choice is the growth curve."  The experimental system has changed and is no longer based on obtaining growth curves.  We will now be using a variety of experimental conditions, tools, and techniques.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
No
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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.
 

No new resources will be needed for these course changes.

Students will be actively working on their own individual projects and generating data, thereby learning the skills of a scientist.  Students will also learn to read, analyze, and interpret the primary scientific literature and relate that to their current research project.


The intended outcome of this course would be the preparation of students for more undergraduate research, internships or co-ops. 


Student Learning Outcomes



  1. formulate meaningful and testable scientific questions/hypotheses,

  2. design experimental tests to answer these questions, including appropriate controls and manipulations of variables,

  3. create experimental plans

  4. design and prepare all materials required to carry out an experimental plan,

  5. actually carry out experiments according to plan,

  6. collect and critically interpret experimental data,

  7. use their interpretation of the data to refine or formulate new questions/hypotheses for further testing,

  8. keep an appropriate laboratory notebook,

  9. summarize their work and describe their findings in written and oral presentations.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Multiple exams30%2 take home exams that are based on analysis of primary literature.
Major Paper20%Major term paper is based on cumulative research project and to be styled after a scientific research article.
Lab Report20%2 Laboratory notebook checks are part of the student assessment.
Oral Presentation10%1 PowerPoint Oral presentation on a select pathogen.
presentation20%A poster presentation (poster construction and oral presentation) is required at the end of the semester in a public venue.
Actions requested by UCCC:
- The syllabus needs a weekly schedule (written out, rather than linked)
- The syllabus needs an electronic hosting statement
- Listing of the price of the lab manual in the syllabus
***All actions were completed and is included in the appropriate sections in my revised syllabus (see attached).

UCCC Questions & my replies:
- Clarification on the "Late fine," is this related to late assignments?
Regarding the penalty for late assignments, I clarified the language in my syllabus to indicate specifically the assignments and penalty incurred for late submission of these assessments. Please see the "Late Assignments" section for more clarity.

- Is insurance needed for this course/lab?
I'm assuming this is standard student health insurance the committee is inquiring about? If so, students are expected to have that already as that is a requirement at the University level. Other than that, we don't have any extra insurance requirements.

- Clarification on the two grading scales and option for rounding process. They weren't sure why both scales were included, and how you might deal with decimal differences.
The grading scale is shown in points (total 500 pts maximum/possible) and I have broken it down also as a percentage. They are equivalent. For example, for an A+ grade, students must earn at least 483pts-500pts and the percentage equivalent is >97-100%. (483/500 is 96.6% and rounding up to the next whole number when equal to 0.5 or greater would make it 97%). I have also clarified the decimal differences in the syllabus. Please see "Grades" section in revised syllabus for more clarity.
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