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Susanne Kolare Jeffrey
ORALB 581
Seattle Campus

Secretory Process in Exocrine Glands

Biostructural, physiological, and biochemical aspects of individual secretory systems as integrated units. Faculty members with appropriate expertise participate in discussions and presentations during each of the three quarters. Offered: Sp.

Class description

The educational objective of this course is to give the student an overview of current knowledge of salivary gland biology, physiology, pathophysiology and saliva biochemistry, and the associated underlying molecular mechanisms.

Students are reminded to keep the spell checker feature of Word activated, to organize each paragraph using topic sentences, to guard against plagiarism, and to use relatively simple sentences if you do not have much experience writing scientific English.

Student learning goals

Allow students to prepare and present short, slide-accompanied oral presentations in preparation for future lecture assignments.

Write short summaries of key papers to allow development of their writing skills in addition to their abilities to extract key information from scientific publications.

General method of instruction

The course emphasizes self-directed learning rather than lecture-based learning. Acquisition of this skill will aid the students to be life-long learners who will continue to educate themselves from the literature when their formal education has been completed.

A typical class session will consist of 10-15 minutes oral presentations by students. Discussion could include objectives of the work, general techniques, and results and discussion highlights. This is followed by a 20 - 40 minute faculty presentation of introductory material regarding the following week’s readings.

Students are expected to obtain background and state-of-art knowledge from the literature on various aspects of salivary gland function, and to present this knowledge to their classmates. The class represents an opportunity to practice organizing and making oral presentations, and an opportunity to practice writing scientific English. The ability to write scientific English is a fundamental skill required for a successful career in science.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Students are expected to prepare an oral presentation with handouts approximately every other week. Those students who are not assigned oral presentations will submit written papers of varying lengths. Students are urged to aim the presentation towards informing their peers about the paper and topic in question. It should be assumed that others have not read the paper. Additional references can be introduced if they are felt to contribute to background knowledge or to further current knowledge on the topic.

Course Grade will be based on i) oral presentations made to class and ii) papers submitted.

Students making oral presentations will be graded on the basis of their understanding and organization of the assigned paper, and the usefulness of the handout materials. The quality of the oral presentation per se will not affect the grade.

Students submitting written papers will be graded on the basis of the quality of the organization of the paper. Attention and feedback will be given regarding the quality of the writing.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Susanne Kolare Jeffrey
Date: 03/25/2012