Linda E. Martin-Morris
Develops an awareness of science by studying basic biological principles and their application to problems of humans and society in the contexts of special topics or themes, which vary quarter to quarter. For non-science majors only.
Students can expect to develop critical thinking skills and a working knowledge of biology concepts through an inquiry-based investigation of mood-altering drugs.
Student learning goals
Obtain basic understanding of biology through focused investigation of mood-altering drugs
Develop understanding of brain chemistry and mood as they are influenced by drugs
Develop strategies for information culling
Develop strategies for skeptical review of claims
Develop strategies for interpersonal accountability (group learning)
General method of instruction
4-hours of lecture meetings that includes group work 2-hours of laboratory meetings - collaborative
No course prerequisites
Class assignments and grading
Group case study projects Weekly lab homework Nightly reading
Flat scale - no curve 60% of points must be earned to pass the course with a 0.7