ERIC Number: EJ1068685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Biochemistry in an Undergraduate Writing-Intensive First-Year Program: Seminar Courses in Drugs and Bioethics
Mills, Kenneth V.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v43 n4 p263-272 Jul-Aug 2015
The College of the Holy Cross offers a universal first-year program called Montserrat, in which first-year students participate in a living-learning experience anchored by a yearlong seminar course. The seminar courses are part of a thematic cluster of four to eight courses; students in the cluster live together in a common dormitory and participate in shared co-curricular events designed to engage the entire cluster in intellectual discourse related to the theme. A two-semester seminar within the "Natural World" cluster was offered using biochemical principles as the underlying content. In the first semester, students were introduced to drug design, activity and abuse via student presentations and guided readings on ethnobotany, drug laws, drug use in religion, and prescription drug costs. In the second semester, students discussed primary readings in ethics followed by case study analyses of assisted reproduction technologies, informed consent, genetic privacy, performance enhancing drugs and genetically modified organisms. Student learning outcomes were evaluated via rubrics and a College-facilitated survey.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Biochemistry, Seminars, Pharmaceutical Education, Drug Abuse, Botany, Legislation, Religious Factors, Drug Therapy, Costs, Ethics, Case Studies, Birth, Informed Consent, Privacy, Genetics, Student Centered Curriculum, Cooperative Learning, Dormitories
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
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