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Methods in Life Sciences, Literature and Practice

East Baltimore
3rd term
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor s:
J.-Marie Hardwick

Focuses on understanding laboratory research technologies and applying this knowledge to evaluate current scientific literature. Achieves these goals through in-depth small group discussions with a range of faculty expertise, weekly assigned reading, short projects, short writing assignments or other activities. Each session has both faculty and student leaders; some sessions held in Core facilities. Topic areas include molecular biology, genomics, protein structure and strategies to evaluate the literature (primarily term 1), microscopy technologies, image analysis, flow cytometry and lab notebook archiving (primarily in term 2), cell biology, organelle dynamics, cell signaling, data management and experimental design (primarily term 3).

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Understand a wide range of research technologies used in the basic science laboratory and core facilities
  2. Assess whether the evidence supports published conclusions
  3. Identify the limitations of experimental methods
  4. Use some computational tools, online databases and resources
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% Participation
  • 25% Presentation(s)
  • 25% Written Assignment(s)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required