Faculty-led Inquiry into Reflective and Scholarly Teaching (FIRST)


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Course portfolio developed as part of the UNL Peer Review of Teaching Project (peerreview.unl.edu)

Copyright (c) 2014 Edward Harris


BIOC 435 or Advanced Topics in Biochemistry is an ACE 10 (Achievement centered education)course for students in their senior year. This is a capstone course for Biochemistry majors and is the last of several biochemistry courses that they will take in their undergraduate enrollment. The course is also open to non-majors in a related science such as Biology and Biological Sciences, although these students typically do not do as well as the majors. Students who take this course should be well-prepared in the basic concepts of biochemistry with regards to nucleic acids and proteins as well as some familiarity with lab methods such gel electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, DNA recombination, etc. This course must follow several criteria including 1) critical thinking, 2) technical writing, 3) oral communication, and 4) ethics. These criteria are assessed through several different types of activities although their general topic area is chosen by the instructor. In my course, the topic area is “Glycobiology." The objective of this portfolio is to analyze the strengths and weakness of the overall course objectives and how they are implemented to assist in student learning.