BioSOLVE I Course Objectives
- Perform community service related to an issue for which biological research data may contribute to a solution.
- Explain the role of biologists and biological research in providing solutions to certain community and global problems.
- Describe the nature of scientific collaborations, including advantages and challenges.
- Explain the scientific theory behind the specific laboratory procedures used.
- Demonstrate accurate, reproducible proficiency in the necessary laboratory techniques.
- Generate novel research data.
- Demonstrate competency in laboratory note keeping, processing of research data, and scientific writing.
BioSOLVE I Course Content
- Application-based service learning goals and the assessment of the pedagogy.
- The historical and modern-day roles of biological research in helping to solve community and global problems.
- The nature of such problems: What is the issue? Why is it a problem? What has been/is being done by others to address the problem?
- Collaboration with the specific contractor to provide community service. Assessing the value of this community service with regard to solving the problem. Determining biological research questions to address and the lab methods required to do so. Planning communication of research data and interpreted results to the contracting organization.
- The biological principles needed to understand the biological research question and required research methods. This will integrate information from various sub-disciplines of biology, including review of material from introductory and upper-level biology courses.
- Performing the necessary laboratory research techniques (with the associated laboratory note-keeping) until accurate, reproducible results are consistently and reliably obtained.
- Interpret and record data.
- Generate scientific reports and communicate results with contracting organization.