Course Goals and Objectives

BIOC 413 further advances record keeping and technical communication skills that were emphasized in BIOC 311: Experimental Biosciences.  You will apply strategies in molecular biology to investigate gene expression and function in Arabidopsis, with an emphasis on experimental design, data analysis, and data interpretation.  You will gain experience in preparation of a scientific poster.  Overall goals and specific objectives for the course are outlined below.

Goal 1: Possess basic and advanced laboratory skills desired of an independent researcher

Understanding the rationale behind procedures and asking questions that reflect a willingness to learn promote effective time management and successful completion of experiments. Our best students are always the ones who are engaged in the learning process. An independent researcher

Goal 2: Understand the importance of effective communication and of detailed and accurate record keeping

Communication and record keeping are fundamental to the dissemination of science. A student who is an effective communicator

Goal 3: Recognize the necessity of maturity and responsibility when working in a professional environment

In addition to working independently, on one's own initiative, each student is expected to work well with the other team members. A mature and responsible student

Goal 4: Recognize appropriate context

Paying attention to detail is important not only in performing experimental procedures but also in reporting the results to the scientific community and the general public. A meticulous and focused student

Goal 5: Integrate and apply knowledge/experience to current and future work

On the path to become a self-reliant critical thinker, problem solver, and communicator, a student progresses through several proficiency levels. A highly proficient student recognizes when the current skill level is not adequate to handle a particularly complex problem, and EFFECTIVELY seeks resources to acquire the needed skill. A student's present level of achievement and success is a reflection of past experiences and opportunities that have been made available as well as self-confidence. A successful student
Thus, I expect you not only to retain and use what you learned in other BIOC laboratory courses, but also to build on that foundation and achieve higher competencies. Here are some examples of how we are "raising the bar:"

Special note on our roles as your teachers: Our job is to guide your learning. Guidance means we help you find ways to get the answers. We encourage you to ask us questions during lecture and during the lab - sometimes we may not answer the question directly or give you all of the answer (and sometimes we may not know "the answer"). Our goal with this approach is to help you develop your ability to obtain and use information; simply giving you the information does not accomplish that goal.

Research Project Overview

Several techniques in molecular biology will be used to gain insight into the roles of specific genes in Arabidopsis thaliana: This lab course requires greater independence than BIOC 311 and BIOC 313. You are expected to analyze, interpret, and present your work as a TEAM for the scientific poster.  We assess your abilities to apply knowledge you've gained in other laboratory and lecture courses to the presentation and communication of a real research project. The poster is a TEAM project, and each member will receive the SAME grade. Therefore, EACH of you is responsible for the ENTIRE poster, not just the part(s) you worked on. Furthermore, you are expected to understand the rationale behind all of the experimental procedures and the meaning of the results.   We will use the Poster Evaluation Form to score your poster.


Program Goals and Objectives

Copyright, Acknowledgements, and Intended Use
Created by B. Beason (bbeason@rice.edu), Rice University, 16 June 2006
Updated 7 March 2015