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Spring 2018

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BIO211 - Experiences in Biological Research

Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Teams up students with professionals and/or faculty in cooperative agencies, and/or 4-year colleges to gain first-hand experiences in biological sciences related to their career/academic objectives. Skills learned parallel requirements of the agency or 4-year college. Credits are earned during field work, laboratory work, site visits, student presentations, mentoring underclassmen, attending public or agency meetings and lecture. Spring only. Prerequisites: BIO115 and BIO116 or BIO111 and instructor permission.

Lecture: 4 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, objective testing, case studies, laboratory practice, and/or classroom discussion, the student will be able to:

1. Describe in writing and in a classroom presentation the mission, organizational structure, duties and responsibilities of the host agency and/or the details of the biological science program at the partner transfer institution.
2. Identify and conduct scholarly literature research on the project subject using at least 5 peer-reviewed journal articles, and write a scientific report using CSE style manual.
3. Demonstrate in writing the ability to outline an independent research project in a scientific format and properly log hours spent in a laboratory notebook.
4. Conduct or participate in a research project and other duties as assigned by the cooperating agency or transfer institution faculty and log a minimum of 100 hours as documented in a letter of evaluation by the cooperating faculty or agency partner and in the laboratory notebook.
5. Demonstrate a practice or technique used in the biological research project and teach it to others in the class.
6. Attend at least one public meeting, for example Soil and Water Conservation District meetings, research laboratory meetings, public health meetings, institutional invited speaker presentations, etc., and generate a one page paper on the contents of the meeting.
7. Describe in writing and in classroom presentations, the assigned duties, activities experienced and knowledge gained while at the host agency and/or partnered faculty.
8. Write a scientific paper, complete with Introduction, hypothesis, materials, methods, results, discussion, and references cited sections using CSE style manual on the independent research conducted.*
9. Present the research findings at a scientific meeting such as The Rochester Academy of Sciences, Empire State College Association of Two Year Biologists or at GCC for fellow students and invited faculty.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:

1. Choose an area of interest in Biological Studies.
2. Finding a partner to "do science"-cooperating agencies and partner transfer institutions.
3. Library work: conduct scholarly research of scientific journals and write a paper.
4. Choosing a research project and outlining the scope of work.
5. Conducting the research.
6. Teaching a method to peers.
7. Finding out about and attending a public meeting.
8. Presentation methods.
9. Writing a scientific paper about your own research.
10. Presenting your own research to the scientific public.

Effective Term: Fall 2013