UMM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

COURSE PROPOSALS

Form NC:

New Course Proposal

FORM NC

(2/00)

Discipline:

Biology

Form NC #:

2

Date:

9/21/00

 

I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).

Biol 4181f. Developmental Biology. (Sci-L; 4cr; prereq 2111, recommended 3101; offered even-numbered years)

Survey of general concepts in developmental biology, emphasizing molecular mechanisms of positional information, pattern formation, and cellular interactions. Stresses comparative aspects of developmental processes, and the role of development in evolution. (two 65 min. lectures, one 180 min. lab)

II. Rationale (see instructions):

This is a canonization of a course that has previously been offered as Biol 4001: Variable Topics in Advanced Biology, and also reflects the specialty and previous teaching experience of a new faculty member. Development is also a discipline with a long history and growing importance within biology; in its modern form, it is a synthesis of comparative anatomy, genetics, cellbiology, molecular biology, and evolutionary biology. It is an important field that should be represented in the background of our students.

III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Fall 2002

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

Paul Z. Myers

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)

no

To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?

none

Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):

lecture

Course requires:(check all that apply):

X

Laboratory sections

 

Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.

students will understand the fundamental principles of development, be familiar with the ideas that inform current research in the field, and have a detailed knowledge of molecular mechanisms in the best understood organisms (for example, the molecules behind early pattern formation in Drosophila, Hox genes in fly, mouse, and fish, cell-cell interactions in nematode and frog, etc.)

How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?

1, Weekly writing assignments, most of which will demand critical evaluation of the primary literature (papers will be assigned as part of the writing exercise)

2. A major term paper that will be expected to be a synthesis of a number of ideas presented in the course

3. An in-class presentation on a relevant topic of interest to the student

4. Quality and thoroughness of work described in a laboratory notebook

Regular Approval Process:

For long-term approval, curricular change forms must go through the following regular approval process (put check in box and date when approved):

 

Date

Step #

X

9/20/00

1)

Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)

X

9/28/00

2)

Division approves (Division Chair sends proposal to #3)

 

 

3)

Curriculum Committee approves (sends proposal to #4)

 

 

4)

Campus Assembly approves. (New courses become effective immediately following Campus Assembly approval.)