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Last approved: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:14:03 GMT

Last edit: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:14:03 GMT

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BSC (Biological Sciences)
478
032317
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Research Fundamentals in Biological Sciences
Research Fundamentals Bio Sci
College of Sciences
Biological Sciences (17BSC)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
1
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
BIO 495Spring 20158
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Seminar1
Research5
Course Attribute(s)


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

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Heather Patisaul, Lisa McGraw, John Godwin, John Meitzen
Prof, Assist. Prof, Prof, Assist. Prof

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Research1010No.
Seminar1010No.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
17BIOSCBSBS in Biological SciencesElective
17ZOOBSBS in ZoologyElective
Students will use this course to supplement and strengthen their undergraduate research experience in biology, interacting with faculty and students outside of their host labs. Activities will include hands-on research in addition to guided in-class group discussions of the primary literature and emerging technologies in the field. Students will present their data at either an NC State event or a national or international meeting related to the specific topic of the section in which they are enrolled. Students will also be required to attend and briefly summarize two relevant seminars or journal clubs hosted anywhere on campus.

Student demand for authentic research experience currently exceeds our research lab capacity.  To enable faculty to mentor larger numbers of students conducting undergraduate research, groups of faculty with related research interests are coming together to provide some aspects of research training to groups of students engaged in research in their laboratories.  The proposed course will formalize this approach to the mentorship of undergraduate research by creating a seminar format (for discussion of topics like critiquing research designs, creating posters, reading primary research articles, and relevant cutting-edge findings and techniques) to complement the required in-lab research time.  Class meetings will also provide an opportunity for students to practice presenting on the research that they are conducting.  To be enrolled, students must already have arranged to conduct research in one of the participating research labs.  Contact time for the seminar component will be 1 hour per week; minimum contact time for the research component will be a total of 84 hours, per NC State contact hour guidelines.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
No
GEP Categories

Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
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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:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
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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
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Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
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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
 
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 are necessary for this course.

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, students will be able to:



  • integrate concepts, theories, and methods across multiple disciplinary areas relevant to their research, and apply the knowledge and skills acquired through previous coursework in these areas to the specific issues and laboratory questions addressed in this course.

  • identify topics of interest within the scope of the course to explore and discuss with fellow classmates

  • evaluate how scientific knowledge is applied in addressing emerging concepts in research into the topic of the section in which they are enrolled. (Section instructors should re-word to specify that topic.)

  • demonstrate an ability to engage productively in collaborative projects, both in the classroom and in the lab

  • communicate the results of their work in an effective and professional manner


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Participation20%Class participation guidelines are provided in the syllabus.
presentation20%With the guidance of one of the instructors, students will select research articles on a relevant topic for the class to read and discuss, and they will lead that class discussion.
presentation30%A comprehensive presentation of the student's lab research.
Other10%Lab notebook.
Lab assignments20%Performance of mentored, independent research.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Introductions/Course Overview1
Scientific ethics1
Discussion of research papers and presentations13

jllubisc (Fri, 19 Feb 2016 20:04:26 GMT): Course was approved by the Dept of Biological Sciences Undergrad Programs Committee.
brownjw (Wed, 09 Mar 2016 22:48:21 GMT): Contact hours for research changed from 84 (per semester) to 5 (actually 5.25) per week.
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