ERIC Number: EJ1087722
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
An Off-the-Shelf, Authentic, and Versatile Undergraduate Molecular Biology Practical Course
Whitworth, David E.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v43 n6 p434-440 Nov-Dec 2015
We provide a prepackaged molecular biology course, which has a broad context and is scalable to large numbers of students. It is provided complete with technical setup guidance, a reliable assessment regime, and can be readily implemented without any development necessary. Framed as a forensic examination of blue/white cloning plasmids, the course is a versatile workbench, adaptable to different degree subjects, and can be easily modified to undertake novel research as part of its teaching activities. Course activities include DNA extraction, RFLP, PCR, DNA sequencing, gel electrophoresis, and transformation, alongside a range of basic microbiology techniques. Students particularly appreciated the relevance of the practical to professional practice and the authenticity of the experimental work.
Descriptors: Molecular Biology, Undergraduate Students, Course Descriptions, Course Content, Science Activities, Participant Satisfaction, Instructional Design
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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