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Curriculum Action Notice


From:

Academic Affairs Committee

Date:

October 25, 2004

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Flor Blanco, Belknap Hall 110A, Ext. 4604, fblanco@mnsfld.edu.

The Department of Biology has requested the following curricular action:

# 1 Action:
Course Change: BI 4491 Aquaculture Research

Purpose and nature of change:
Add BI 2290 as a prerequisite for BI

List all programs that require this course.
Biology/Fisheries

# 2 Action:
Course Change: BI 4497 Independent Study

Purpose and nature of change:
To add a prerequisite

Prerequisites: BI 2290

List all programs that require this course:
BS Biology, BS Biology, Cell and Molecular Concentration, BS, Environmental Science Concentration

# 3 Action:
Course Change: BI 4496 Seminar

Purpose and nature of change:
To add a prerequisite and to change the catalog description to more accurately match the content of the course.

Course Description for Catalog:
In this capstone course students will prepare a scientific paper and an oral presentation, both of which will be based on a previously completed independent study research project. The course will improve students’ abilities to effectively communicate as a professional scientist, and in addition will help to prepare students to enter the job market or attend graduate school.
Prerequisites: BI 4497 or BI 4491

List all programs that require this course:
BS Biology, BS Biology, Cell and Molecular Concentration, BS Environmental Science Concentration, BS Biology, Fisheries

# 4 Action:
New Course: BI 3356 Animal Behavior

Purpose and Nature of Course:
To provide students with the opportunity to learn about invertebrate and vertebrate animal behavior, an important subdiscipline of biology that is not currently included in any of the existing biology courses. The course will satisfy an elective requirement for Biology majors.

Course Description for Catalog:
A study of the neuronal, hormonal, and evolutionary foundations of animal behavior in invertebrate and vertebrate taxa. Behaviors such as feeding, communicating, mating, and caring for offspring are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the use of the scientific method to discover principles of animal behavior, the appropriate design of animal behavior experiments, and the analysis of data. Prerequisite: BI 1110.

# 5 Action:
New Course: BI 3318 Ornithology

Purpose and Nature of Course:
To provide students with the opportunity to learn about all aspects of bird biology. The course will satisfy an elective requirement for Biology majors.

Contract Hours: Lecture __2___ Recitation _____ Lab __2___

Course Description for Catalog:
A study of the physiology, development, ecology, behavior, and evolution of birds. In the laboratory, students will learn to identify local bird species in the field, and will become familiar with the bird families of the world. Course includes required field trips. Prerequisite: BI 1110.

Request that Course be considered for General Education Credit.
__X__ Satisfy Information Literacy Requirement
Provide support for this request.
Students will search for current ornithological papers and present analyses of these papers in class. They will also prepare a research paper that involves several steps. First, they must do research in order to identify an unanswered question in ornithology. They will then need to provide an analysis of the current knowledge bearing on that question, in the form of a research paper. Finally, the students must use what they have learned from their research to propose an original experiment or study that would answer the question they have identified.

# 6 Action:
New Course: BI 3358 Plant-Animal Interactions

Purpose and Nature of Course:
This is an advanced ecology course that will investigate the interactions between plants and animals. The course will satisfy an elective requirement for Biology majors.

Contract Hours: Lecture __2___ Recitation _____ Lab __2___

Course Description for Catalog:
Students will investigate the complexities and subtleties of mutualistic, antagonistic, and commensalistic interactions between plants and animals. Topics discussed will include co-evolution, pollination biology, plant-herbivore interactions, seed dispersal and predation, ant-plant interactions, and carnivorous plants. Students will conduct empirical research in the laboratory and the field.
Prerequisites: BI 3350

# 7 Action:
New Course: BI 2290 Research Methods

Purpose and Nature of Course: To introduce students to the entire process ofdesigning, conducting, and presenting empirical biological research.
Credit(s) __2___ Undergraduate

Course Description for Catalog: Students will learn to design, conduct, and present empirical biological research. Topics to be covered will include the scientific method, experimental design, statistical analysis, biological literature, presentation of research, and research proposals. Students will also conduct group research projects.
Prerequisites: BI 1110, BI 1130

# 8 Action:
ACADEMIC PROPOSAL

JUSTIFICATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF UNV 1100
FROM BIOLOGY DEGREE PROGRAMS
IN FAVOR OF BI 1100 (ORIENTATION TO BIOLOGY)


This document uses the UNV committee’s “Current Guide’s Three Themes and Nine Topics” outline and fills in at appropriate locations with materials from BI 1100. The current syllabus for BI 1100 is attached.

I. Transition and Understanding: The University Learning Community

A. What It Means to be a Student
Assignments from Drewes and Milligan

B. Identification of Your Values and Goals for Your Education
Assignments from Drewes and Milligan

II. Self-Management and Personal Skill Development

A. Knowing Yourself
1. Assignments from Drewes and Milligan
2. Lecture/discussion on academic integrity (professional ethics) -- Biology faculty
3. Lecture/discussion on good, bad, pseudoscience -- Biology faculty

B. Information Awareness/Literacy and Critical Thinking
1. Guest lecture -- literature searchers/databases -- Library Staff
2. Group project -- career questions -- investigation with written and oral components
3. Lecture/discussion -- student research -- Biology faculty
4. Lecture/discussion -- Fisheries program -- Biology faculty
5. Lecture/discussion -- Medical School; Graduate School -- Biology faculty
6. Lecture/discussion -- Medical Technology -- Biology faculty, guest lecturer from Robert Packer Hospital
7. Lecture/discussion -- Paleo/Aquatic research -- Biology faculty
8. Lecture/discussion -- seabird research/Galapagos Islands -- Biology faculty

C. Success Strategies
1. Advising/scheduling lecture -- Records Office staff
2. Scheduling for upcoming semester -- individual academic advisors (Biology faculty)
3. Study skills/time management -- Academic and Human Development staff
4. Building relationships with faculty and staff -- Grant Science Picnic; meetings with advisors (Biology faculty)
5. Strong interest inventory -- Administration, interpretation of results -- Academic and Human Development staff

D. Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Success
1. Meetings with advisors -- Biology faculty
2. Guest lectures -- Academic and Human Development staff
3. Group interactions -- picnic; group project

III. Engagement and Developing in a Community of Citizen-Leaders

A. Citizenship, Participation and Leadership on Campus and in the Community
1. Lecture/discussion -- being a good scientist -- student research; getting involved in campus/community events -- Biology faculty
2. Assignments from Drewes and Milligan

B. Community Service and Service Learning
Encouragement to get involved in community affairs, university organizations, Make-a-Difference Day -- Biology faculty

C. Living in a Diverse Society
1. Lecture/discussion -- Native American contributions to medicine -- Biology faculty
2. Senior Seminar presentations -- upperclass Biology students
3. Lecture/discussion -- opportunities in Botany -- Biology faculty


# 9 Action:
Program Change: Biology CMT

Rationale for change:
UNV-1100 is being replaced by ORIENTATION TO BIOLOGY (BI-1100) and a new course requirement is being added, INTRO TO BIO RESEARCH (BI-2290).

List all changes:
Replace UNV 1100 by BI-1100. Add INTRO TO BIO RESEARCH (BI-2290)

# 10 Action:
Program Change: Medical Technology (BS.MT)

Rationale for change:

  1. Currently, medical technology students are required to take Quantitative Analysis (CHM 3311). However, this course is not required in order to be accepted to most clinical laboratory science schools, including the school at Robert Packer Hospital with which Mansfield’s medical technology program is affiliated. Brian Spezialetti, the director of the Clinical School at RPH, has suggested that incoming medical technology students would benefit from taking some additional biology courses. So, we are recommending to allow medical technology students to be able to choose from a list of courses to include Quantitative Analysis (CHM 3311), Parasitology (BI 3317), Animal Histology (BI 3376) or Genetics (BI 3372) to fulfill this requirement.
  2. At present both our biology freshman and transfer students must enroll in
    both UNV 1100 (First-Year Experience Seminar) and BI 1100 (Orientation to Biology). Since both courses are designed to help in retention we feel that our majors only need take the BI 1100 course. The BI 1100 course covers basically the same material as the UNV 1100 course. The Biology Department feels that having our majors take both courses is redundant and that BI 1100 is enough to help improve the retention of our Biology majors.

List all changes:

  1. Currently, medical technology students are required to take Quantitative Analysis (CHM 3311). This requirement would be changed to allow students to choose from a list of courses to include Quantitative Analysis (CHM 3311), Parasitology (BI 3317), Animal Histology (BI 3376) or Genetics (BI 3372).
  2. Have Orientation to Biology (BI 1100) fulfill the UNV 1100 requirement.
    Impact on other programs:
    The change to make Quantitative Analysis an optional course as opposed to a required course could result in a reduction in enrollment of approximately 1-2 students per year for this course.

# 11 Action:
Program Change: Biology/Fisheries

Rationale for change:
Improve retention, reduce redundancy

List all changes:
1. Delete requirement for UNV 1100
2. Allow BI 1100 to satisfy requirement for UNV 1100
3. Add new course, BI 2290, Research Methods in Biology for 2 credits, to list of required courses.

# 12 Action:
Program Change: Biology, Environmental Science Concentration

Rationale For Change:

  1. All Biology Majors must do an independent research project and present their results as a paper and an oral presentation during our senior Bioseminar course (BI 4496). We want to increase the rigor and quality of these projects and ensure that each student has a sound research experience. To accomplish these goals we will introduce a new course called Research Methods, BI 2290, which students will take during their sophomore year. This course will instruct them on how to setup an objective experimental design, how to use statistics to analyze data and how to search for primary literature and incorporate it into their written and oral research reports. Upon completion of Research Methods students will have a greater understanding of the role the scientific method plays in the development of a professional biologist.
  2. At present both our biology freshmen and transfer students must enroll in both UNV 1100 (First-year Experience Seminar) and BI 1100 (Orientation to Biology). Since both courses cover basically the same material and are designed to help in retention we feel that our majors only need take the BI 1100 course. The BI 1100 course meets for two hours every week and UNV 1100 for only one hour; thus more information and special topics can be covered in Biology’s orientation course. The Biology Department feels that having our majors take both is redundant and that BI 1100 is enough to help improve the retention of our Biology majors.
  3. Changes: Add BI 2290, Research Methods.
    Drop UNV 1100, First-year Experience Seminar

Program Description For Catalog:
The environmental track is for students interested in environmental issues. Students receive a general overview of the field as well as practical skills. The program is designed to train scientists to look at environmental problems in an interdisciplinary way. Students will receive a solid base in the environmental field as well as related courses in the arts and sciences. Program graduates can expect employment opportunities with state and federal agencies or in the private sector.

Effect On Other Programs:
There will be no effect on other programs by making these two changes. However, by dropping the UNV 1100 course as a requirement for the Environmental Science program in Biology, and for all Biology programs, this will actually reduce the number of faculty needed to teach UNV 1100 and will save the university some overload pay.

# 13 Action:
Program Change: Biology, B.S.BI Program

Rationale for change:

  1. Students majoring in all Biology degree programs must complete a research
    project employing the scientific method. Each project culminates in a scientific
    paper and oral presentation in the Biology seminar (BI 4496) course. As a department, the Biology faculty wants to challenge each student to produce quality results and gain as much from the research experience as possible. To ensure this rigor and high standards, we are introducing a new course entitled, “Research Methods (BI 2290). This sophomore-level course (2 credits, 2 hours) emphasizes all aspects of research from literature searches to experimental design, proper data collection, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation.
  2. To reduce redundancy, the Biology faculty wishes to remove the requirement of our incoming freshmen taking both UNV 1100 (First-Year Experience Seminar) (1 credit) along with BI 1100 (Orientation to Biology) (2 credits). We feel that the BI 1110 course serves our students adequately and eliminates the need for UNV 1100. Course contents and goals are extremely similar in both courses (learning how to be an effective student with the identification and incorporation of educational goals; development of time-management, study skills, critical thinking, and academic integrity; introduction to citizenship, awareness of society at the university level, along with and beyond community service) Overall retention should not be affected.

List all changes:
Add BI 2290 (Research Methods) (2 credits, 2 hours).
Drop UNV 1100 (First-Year Experience Seminar) (1 credit, 1 hour).

 

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