COURSE DESCRIPTION: In tutorial style, faculty will lead students in reading papers. The aim of the course is to acquaint students with scientific literature and progress in selected focused areas of biological research. The topics to be treated will vary from year to year depending on the interests of the teaching faculty. Each year, several topics will be covered in short modules. Lectures may be presented, but a primary focus will be discussion of important background articles and current research papers. Through in-depth analysis of the literature on specific topics, the student is expected to gain a broadened knowledge, increasing appreciation of the process through which scientific understanding develops, and an improved ability to critically read and analyze the original research literature.
REQUIRED MATERIALS: N/A
PREREQUISITES: Molecular Genetics or equivalent.
SUITABLE FOR 1ST YEAR STUDENTS: First year students may seek permission of the course leader.
UNIQUE TRAINING OFFERED IN THIS COURSE: This course should emphasize (but needn’t be exclusive) current papers. Students will be lead in considering in some depth a highly focused, currently exciting and advancing research area. One aim is to help the students appreciate the process of research itself.
STUDENT ASSESSMENTS: Students enrolled for credit will be evaluated according to their attendance and participation in discussion. Class size is limited.
CREDIT HOURS: 1.0