An inquiry-based practical for a large, foundation-level undergraduate laboratory that enhances student understanding of basic cellular concepts and scientific experimental design

Bugarcic, Andrea, Zimbardi, Kirsten, Macaranas, Julie and Thorn, Peter (2012) An inquiry-based practical for a large, foundation-level undergraduate laboratory that enhances student understanding of basic cellular concepts and scientific experimental design. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 40 3: 174-180. doi:10.1002/bmb.20587

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Author Bugarcic, Andrea
Zimbardi, Kirsten
Macaranas, Julie
Thorn, Peter
Title An inquiry-based practical for a large, foundation-level undergraduate laboratory that enhances student understanding of basic cellular concepts and scientific experimental design
Journal name Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1470-8175
1539-3429
Publication date 2012-05
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/bmb.20587
Volume 40
Issue 3
Start page 174
End page 180
Total pages 7
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, U.S.A.
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract Student-centered education involving research experiences or inquiry have been shown to help undergraduate students understand, and become excited about, the process of scientific investigation. These benefits are particularly important for students in the early stages of their degree (Report and Kenny, http://naplesccsunysbedu/Pres/boyernsf/1998). However, embedding such experiences into the curriculum is particularly difficult when dealing with early stage students, who are in larger cohorts and often lack the background content knowledge necessary to engage with primary research literature and research level methods and equipment. We report here the design, delivery, assessment, and subsequent student learning outcomes of a 4-week practical module for 120 students at the beginning of their second year of university, which successfully engages students in designing cell culture experiments and in understanding the molecular processes and machinery involved in the basic cellular process of macropinocytosis.
Keyword Cellular biology
Curriculum development
General education for science majors
Inquiry-based teaching
Laboratory exercises
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Institutional Status UQ

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