495_Course_Outline-3 - Normal Weeks: First Tuesday: Two...

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Normal Weeks: First Tuesday: Two science questions on “Report” paper Second Tues.: Summary Report on “Report” paper, (print off) Student Evaluation in class Presentation Weeks: First Tuesday: Two science questions on “presentation” paper Second Tues.: Presentation on presentation paper + Prep for Q+A BMB 495: Senior Seminar Spring 2008, 101 Biochemistry Building, Tues. 10:20 am - 12:20 pm  Course Coordinator: Prof. Leslie Kuhn 502C Biochemistry Building 353-8745; KuhnL@msu.edu Objectives: This 2-credit seminar course is designed to acquaint senior Biochemistry majors with a range of topics in  modern biochemistry research, and with the thought processes characteristic of research in our discipline.  A  major objective is to familiarize students with the scientific method: the process of posing a scientific  hypothesis, developing methods or experiments to test the hypothesis, interpreting the results of the  experiments, and placing those results in context of current knowledge in the field.  The second major objective  is to give the student experience in clear and compelling scientific writing and speech.  Aspects to consider as  we discuss each topic: What is overall importance of this topic in biochemistry and technology? What are the pioneering discoveries, and the most recent discoveries, in this area? What ethical or political issues are raised by research in this area? Prerequisites: BMB462, or BMB462 concurrently with BMB495.  Open only to Biochemistry majors.  Required text: Materials for course will be posted on the Angel system at:  http://angel.msu.edu Log in using your MSU net ID and select BMB 495 to access the materials. Course Format:
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The course is designed as a seminar, with each biochemistry topic split across two Tuesdays.  About 2/3 of the  students will submit a report on each topic.  Students are free to choose which 9 of the 14 topics for the semester  to choose for writing their required reports, except that they should  exclude the topic on which they present a  talk . These reports will summarize the “report” paper for each topic, listed under the corresponding professor’s  name on the Angel website.  3-4 students will have selected the same topic for their oral presentation in the  course (using the presentation papers provided for the session professor on Angel as the basis for their talks) and  will work with the topic’s professor to prepare and practice the talks.   The first week will feature a 10 minute overview by the session professor to put the research topic into context,  followed by half an hour of questions and answers on the report paper (or presentation papers, in the case of 
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