COURSE DESCRIPTION: N/A
REQUIRED MATERIALS: Important background material and recommended reading for each topic will be posted within the lesson folders on Angel at least one week prior to the lecture.
STUDENT PREPARATION: Basic understanding of biological principles such as genetics, cell and molecular biology.
SUITABLE FOR 1ST YEAR STUDENTS: Yes
UNIQUE TRAINING OFFERED IN THIS COURSE: Students will learn and discuss concepts of modern and traditional developmental biology, and learn to appreciate their utility for the study of complex diseases. They will actively participate in group exercises and journal clubs.
STUDENT ASSESSMENTS:Exercises and Literature Discussion are integrated into the syllabus and will be focused around publications selected by the topic instructor. These sessions will cover 1-2 research articles.
Each student will be responsible for attending and participating in the lectures and exercises. The discussion of the papers will be facilitated by the instructor, who will randomly select students to present figures or answer questions emerging from the ongoing discussion, as well as about potential conclusions and future directions or details that should be further addressed. In the spirit of conversation, students are welcome to voluntarily submit questions of their own, and to disagree with or support conclusions in the paper or that are proposed during the discussion. Instructors will make sure that everyone has a chance to participate in the discourse. For exercises, the students will work in small groups for the first half of the period and outcomes will be discussed in the second half.
Course leaders will grade participation and quality of student contributions. No more than 2 classes may be missed.
CREDIT HOURS: 2.0