Form NC:

New Course Proposal





Form NC #:



6 Sept 2000


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

Biol 3701f,s BIOLOGICAL COMMUNICATIONS. (1 cr;prereq Biol 2101, Biol 2111 and #)

Preparation of an extensive literature review paper on a biological topic of the student's choice.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

This course is a reinstatement of the writing course, Biol 1701 Biological Communications II, that was a required course for the Biology major under the quarter system. We attempted to incorporate the components of both quarter courses, Biological Communications I and II (Biol 1700 and Biol 1701), into our new Biological Principles course. However, we have decided it is better to do only the introductory library and writing assignments in Principles and to remove the term paper. Therefore, we are adding Biol 3701 as a separate, one-credit offering to satisfy the writing requirement in the major. Handling the material in this manner streamlines workload for students and faculty in the Principles course, ensures that students have a stronger background in Biology before undertaking this assignment, and provides the opportunity for individualized mentoring of students as they write their papers.

III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Fall 2001

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

David Hoppe

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


To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?

Biol 1701 Biological Communications II

Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):

Individual Instruction

Course requires:(check all that apply):


Laboratory sections


Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.

This course satisfies the writing requirement in the Biology major. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students gain experience in locating, understanding and citing primary scientific literature. They gain experience in synthesizing and critiquing scientific literature and learn the proper format and language to use in writing a review paper in the Biological Sciences. Editing skills improve through revision of multiple paper drafts.

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

The student prepares a topic outline for the paper, then two or more drafts of the paper for comment by the instructor. The final paper receives a grade based upon its organization and grammar, its use of appropriate writing and literature citation styles, its intellectual content, and the number and quality of references cited.

V. GER Exception Request

If no GER category is being designated for this course, give rationale for exception:

This is primarily a writing course rather than a science course. Therefore, the Sci designator is not appropriate.

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):



Step #




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




Division approves (Division Chair sends proposal to #3)




Curriculum Committee approves (sends proposal to #4)




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