TABLE 1

Activities to assess course objectives

Major course objectiveAssignment/activity to assess objective
To expose students to scientific inquiryParticipation in course research project, laboratory notebook, journal article discussions
To facilitate student learning of fundamental genetics and cell biology concepts related to the research projectWritten quizzes and problem sets related to peer-reviewed journal articles
To provide opportunities for students to acquire technical skills related to geneticsParticipation in course research project, practical quiz of techniques
To allow students to collaborate in small groups and contribute to a larger projectGroup project, course poster, self and peer evaluations
To provide opportunities for students to practice presenting scientific data in written and oral formatsIndividual lab reports, group research paper, mini-research proposal, group research poster, group PowerPoint presentation