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									U29 Bio 529 Case Studies in Biology (Spring 2010)

SYLLABUS
Instructors
Susan Flowers, Lead Instructor (flowers@wustl.edu)
Phyllis Balcerzak, Instructor (pbalcerz@wustl.edu)

Office Hours
Susan Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 pm Central Time, or by appointment
       Phone: 314.397.1135
       Skype: susankflowers (voice or video chat)
       AIM/iChat: flowerssusank (text, voice, or video chat)

Course Description
A prerequisite to critical scientific thinking is seeking reliable knowledge. Many people are
fooled by pseudoscientific claims in the popular press. Case study learning humanizes the
study of biology and makes science relevant to current events. This course will use an on-
line format to present biology-based case studies that will prompt teachers to use their
knowledge of biology content and science processes to make critical assessments of scientific
information. This is a 3-credit course intended for completion in year-1 of the MS degree
program in biology. Admission in the course is contingent upon admission in the graduate
program.

Course Goals
There are two main goals for this course:
   1. Understand case study as a teaching tool
       We would like for you to gain understanding of the different types of cases study
       methods and how case study can be useful as an instructional tool. We want you to
       be able to answer the questions “What are case studies and why should I care to use
       them to teach biology?” and “How can case studies help me accomplish a goal of
       broadening inquiry in my biology classroom?”
   2. Construct a case study for the purpose of biology instruction
       We would like for you to create your own unique case study that includes a
       connection to a global topic and synthesizes biological content from your previous
       institute courses. It is hoped that you will develop or strengthen your ability to
       recognize and then use current events as teaching tools in the biology classroom.




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Course Requirements
Final grades in this course will be based on successful completion of each of the following
components:
   1. Prior Knowledge and Timeline Assignment – 5%
        Early in the semester you will be asked to turn in a written reflection of your prior
        knowledge and use of case study and a personal timeline for completion of the course
        requirements. (Details may be found in the Prior Knowledge and Timeline
        assignment document.)
   2. Discussions of Resource materials – 20%
        We will post Resource documents weekly on Telesis during the early part of the
        course (see Course Schedule below). Consulting the six Resource documents will
        help you understand the requirements of the project. You are asked to participate in
        discussions of the posted Resources documents, however you are only required to
        participate in 3 out of the 6 total discussions. Good participation includes posting
        your thoughts about the specific questions posed in the Resource documents,
        responding to the posts of classmates, and sharing of relevant resources.
   3. Construction of a biology-based Case Study – 60%
        This project involves construction of a unique, biology-based case study presented in
        the form of a fully developed instructional module with lesson plan, supplemental
        materials, PowerPoint, etc. (Details may be found in the Case Study Project
        assignment document.)
   4. Evidence of feedback on project – 15%
        You will be asked to provide documentation of your receipt of feedback on your case
        study project. You may choose to receive feedback from your peers at your school or
        a group of your students. (Details may be found in the Project Feedback assignment
        document.)

Due Dates
 Please plan to upload your Prior Knowledge and Timeline assignment by February 1,
  2010.
 Please plan to communicate to us (via e-mail) your Case Study project idea for approval
  by February 22, 2010.
 If you would like instructor feedback on your Case Study project, please plan to submit
  draft materials to the Faculty Inbox by April 5, 2010.
 Please plan to upload your final Case Study project file(s) and Project Feedback evidence
  to the Faculty Inbox by May 3, 2010.




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Course Schedule (tentative)

                                      Introduction to course syllabus and requirements
WEEK 1       Wed, January 20 post     Resource 1: Common components of cases, benefits of
                                      case study
WEEK 2       Wed, January 27 post     Resource 2: Different types of case study methods
                                      DUE DATE: upload Prior Knowledge and Timeline
             Mon, February 1
WEEK 3                                assignment to Faculty Inbox
             Wed, February 3 post     Resource 3: Analyze a case
WEEK 4       Wed, February 10 post Resource 4: Examine a case study
                                   Resource 5: Using case study to help teach a hard topic
WEEK 5       Wed, February 17 post
                                   Resource 6: One case can cover many biology topics
                                   DUE DATE: communicate case study project idea for
             Mon, February 22
WEEK 6                             approval
             Wed, February 24      Case study construction
WEEK 7       Wed, March 3             Case study construction
WEEK 8       Wed, March 10            Case study construction
WEEK 9       Wed, March 17            Case study construction
WEEK 10      Wed, March 24            Case study construction
WEEK 11      Wed, March 31            Case study construction
                                      DUE DATE: submit draft materials to Faculty Inbox for
             Mon, April 5
WEEK 12                               instructor feedback
             Wed, April 7             Case study construction
WEEK 13      Wed, April 14            Case study construction
WEEK 14      Wed, April 21            Case study construction
WEEK 15      Wed, April 28            Case study construction
                                      DUE DATE: upload final Case Study project file(s) and
WEEK 16      Mon, May 3
                                      Project Feedback evidence to Faculty Inbox

Please note: Susan will not hold office hours on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.




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