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1 Proposal: number 122

122. BIOL 034: Genomics Research Experience I

This is a new course

Contact:John Dennehy
Authors:PoKay Ma
John Dennehy
Karl Fath
Corinne Michels
Abstract:This course is the first part of a two-semester sequence that will introduce
students to the scientific method for designing procedures for investigating
natural phenomena, collecting data, acquiring new knowledge, and correcting and
integrating existing knowledge. A bona fide scientific method of inquiry must
be based on gathering observable, empirical and measurable evidence that are
subject to specific principles of reasoning. Students with no background in
biology will participate in an authentic research experience_integrated into a
laboratory course designed for freshmen_that will result in a significant
contribution to the understanding of microbial genomics. During the fall
course, soil samples will be collected in the field. From these samples
students will identify and purify bacteriophages (viruses that infect
bacteria). The bacteriophages will be characterized structurally by electron
microscopy, and their DNA will be purified and sequenced.

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
BIOL 034 2009-01-01 NS+L Submitted Dept
BIOL 034 2009-03-04 NS+L Approved GEAC
BIOL 034 2009-04-02 NS+L Approved UCC
BIOL 034 2009-04-02 NS+L Approved Senate