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For Achievement—Centered Education (ACE 10) Faculty Inquiry Project (2013-14), University of Nebraska-Lincoln


ACE 10 Question

Learning Objectives

Writing: Students will generally be writing in a scientific format for the first time. This may be very different from prior writing in the university. This will come from discussions in the classroom sessions and from feedback on the course paper chapters that are submitted during the progress of the course.

Oral Communication: This is reinforced by the presentation of relevant papers from the scientific literature during most of the class periods. Students need to learn to master the content of such papers, prioritize the important elements, and present them in a coherent fashion. The student effort receives intrinsic feedback during the process by questions and comments from the instructor and from the other students.

Critical Thinking: Critical thinking can only be done once a student has mastered a significant amount of foundational literature. Students at the start of the topic will have little ability to carry out critical thinking about the course theme. As students read more of the primary literature and seek out other references to flesh out certain aspects and to reconcile contradictory reports, they will be encouraged to reflect on the epistemology of the conclusions.

Ethics: Each section of the class involves one class session related to an ethical issue. This usually involves a case study that is read prior to the class and a group discussion. In some cases, it is productive to have students attempt to present differing viewpoints, but in for other topics, students seem able to grasp the diverse social impacts.

Student Work

Rubric for evaluating student work

Broad range of topics for each section of BIOC435

Method of Analysis


Improving ACE 10 Learning