ERIC Number: EJ1025569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
What Skills Should Students of Undergraduate Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Programs Have upon Graduation?
White, Harold B.; Benore, Marilee A.; Sumter, Takita F.; Caldwell, Benjamin D.; Bell, Ellis
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v41 n5 p297-301 Sep-Oct 2013
Biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) students should demonstrate proficiency in the foundational concepts of the discipline and possess the skills needed to practice as professionals. To ascertain the skills that should be required, groups of BMB educators met in several focused workshops to discuss the expectations with the ultimate goal of clearly articulating the skills required. The results of these discussions highlight the critical importance of experimental, mathematical, and interpersonal skills including collaboration, teamwork, safety, and ethics. The groups also found experimental design, data interpretation and analysis and the ability to communicate findings to diverse audience to be essential skills. To aid in the development of appropriate assessments these skills are grouped into three categories, 1) Process of Science, 2) Communication and Comprehension of Science, and 3) Community of Practice Aspects of Science. Finally, the groups worked to align these competencies with the best practices in both teaching and in skills assessment.
Descriptors: College Science, Undergraduate Students, Science Process Skills, Science Instruction, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Scientific Concepts, Workshops, Research Design, Data Analysis, Information Dissemination, Evaluation Methods, Communities of Practice
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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