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1 Proposal: number 123

123. BIOL 035: Genomics Research Experience II

This is a new course

Contact:John Dennehy
Authors:PoKay Ma
John Dennehy
Karl Fath
Corinne Michels
Abstract:This course is the second 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 spring
course, open only to those completing the fall course (BIOL 034), DNA sequences
of phages obtained during the fall semester will be analyzed with bioinformatic
tools and compared with those of phages isolated at other locations. The goal
is to identify genes and their organization, examine their similarities and
differences that may characterize different phage groups, and determine how
these groups may have arisen during evolution.

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
BIOL 035 2009-01-01 NS+L Submitted Dept
BIOL 035 2009-03-04 NS+L Approved GEAC
BIOL 035 2009-04-02 NS+L Approved UCC
BIOL 035 2009-04-02 NS+L Approved Senate