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North Georgia College & State University Biology Curriculum Development. Mark Davis Ralph Hitt Wayne Morris Shane Webb. Observations. Biology majors struggle with retaining information from term to term. Students have difficulty integrating knowledge into conceptual frameworks.

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north georgia college state university biology curriculum development

North Georgia College & State University Biology Curriculum Development

Mark Davis

Ralph Hitt

Wayne Morris

Shane Webb

observations
Observations
  • Biology majors struggle with retaining information from term to term.
  • Students have difficulty integrating knowledge into conceptual frameworks.
  • Students struggle with the implementation of the scientific method.
  • Students need to improve their analytical skills (ETS Biology outcomes)
  • Students need to improve their molecular biology knowledge base (ETS)
  • Students need to develop collaborative skills
objectives
Objectives
  • Progressively structure laboratory exercises from Freshman Biology  Genetics  Ecology  Upper-division Courses (requires coordination and cooperation of faculty)
  • Create protocols for exploring databases (e.g. genomic, proteomic, metabolic) to be shared in these courses
  • Enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills.
tools case studies
Tools: “Case Studies”

Common threads to tie subdisciplines and concepts together.

  • Enzymes (rubisco & amylase)
  • Globin gene family
  • Viruses (West Nile & HIV)
structure 3 p s
Structure: 3 P’s
  • Problem-posing 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Peer Persuasion

Involves revision of pedagogical methods.

example myoglobin
Example: Myoglobin
  • 1st Year – Why have myoglobin? Origin?
  • 2nd Year (Genetics) – Myoglobin gene structure and disease origin?
  • 2nd Year (Ecology) – Diversity of function (diving mammals and flying reptiles)
  • Upper division
    • Evolution – Gene duplication and diversification
assessment
Assessment
  • Evaluate ETS Biology scores in molecular biology and analytical skills sections.
  • Comparison of pre/post-IAS evaluations.
  • Examine retention rates.
implementation
Implementation
  • Obtain departmental/administrative approval.
  • Designate individual(s) to revise curricula.
  • Apply for minigrants to fund said proposal.