Rebecca M Price
B CUSP 107
Through collaborative and interdisciplinary learning, students develop a knowledge base, skills, habits of inquiry, and imaginative vision. Focuses on individuals, society. Offered: A.
* The manner in which different biological systems grow and mature * To recognize how different modes of growth reflect biodiversity * To integrate different learning styles to formulate a study plan that allows you to guide your education to meet your professional goal * To interpret and evaluate what you read, what you see in graphs, and what you learn in general * To write and speak clearly about complex topics * To work cooperatively and independently * To study in an interdisciplinary environment, linking fields such as science, philosophy, history, and art as you foster a deeper appreciation for the natural world * To apply what you’ve learned to become an aware and thoughtful citizen
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
We will meet twice a week, and each class session will combine of lectures, discussions laboratory activities, conversations with visitors, and field trips.
To prepare for each class, you will need to read the assigned papers (available on the course website), ensure that you understand the previous class’s material, and complete short homework assignments that are designed to take approximately 15 minutes each. You must be prepared to participate in, and even lead, the discussions.
Class assignments and grading
Short Essays (4 best out of 6): Write a one paragraph response to topics introduced during class.
Term Paper: Explore one aspect of biological development in depth.
Lab notebook: Record all of your observations, notes, and drawings from experiments, case studies and field trips in a lab notebook.
2 meetings with the Professors: Visit Prof. Price and/or Prof. Rosenberg at least twice during the term.
Leading and participating in brown bag discussions: Express enthusiasm during our daily, student-let opportunity to discuss what we've learned.
Participation and Surveys: Read the course material, enter into discussions, ask questions when you are confused, and help your classmates master the material. Provide feedback to us and to your classmates so we can learn as a team. Complete short surveys that assess what you have learned.
Short homework assignments: Complete short assignments designed to emphasize what we learned in class. These exercises are designed to take 15 minutes each.
Short Essays (4 best out of 6): 5% each (20% total) Term Paper: 20% Lab notebook: 20% 2 meetings with the Professors: 5% each (10% total) Leading and participating in brown bag discussions: 10% Participation and Surveys: 10% Short homework assignments: 10%