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Applying Reproductive Biology Literacy Through Service-Learning


East Baltimore
2nd term
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • Monday,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Janice Evans

Fundamentals of Reproductive Biology, 120.620.01


Do you want to be able to apply reproductive biology knowledge gained in Fundamentals of Reproductive Biology in a real-world context through a service-learning course and working with a community-based organization?

Builds from "Fundamentals of Reproductive Biology" in 1st term (120.620.01). In this service-learning course, students have the opportunity to extend beyond hypothetical applications of what they have learned, and apply their "reproductive biology literacy" to help in a professional, real-world setting. The service component of this course is for students to produce deliverable(s) of use/value for a community-based organization (CBO), to be complemented by in-class activities to absorb and learn from these experiences in working with the CBO.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Work collaboratively on project for community-based organization
  2. Reflect on their application of basic reproductive biology concepts
  3. Communicate basic reproductive biology concepts and how this biology fits into a practical context relevant to the CBO's project
  4. Explain biological concepts to professionals and lay people
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation (25%), written assignments (50%), group presentation (25%)

Enrollment Restriction:

Graduate students only

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Prospective students should contact instructor by Week 4 of the preceding term. Gaining permission to enroll involves students being matched with specific projects with community-based organizations in advance of 2nd term.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This course combines traditional classroom time and outside-of-class activities with a corresponding reduction in class sessions. This class will meet once a week. Students are expected to spend ~6 hours a week on service-learning (work at a community-based organization) in addition to regular homework.