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ASSESSMENT OF THE BIOLOGY MAJOR A.Y. 2005-2006 This assessment of the Biology major is based on Learning Outcomes set forth by the Biology Department faculty in A.Y. 2000-2001. Each year, the Spring graduating seniors are asked to fill out a survey, part of which is a self-reporting on how frequently and how well their courses prepared them for specific learning outcomes. The second thrust of the assessment effort done each year is to gauge how well we are meeting students’ needs in the area of advising. We differentiate between advising with regard to selecting courses and meeting degree requirements, and advising for career preparation. LEARNING OUTCOMES THE GOALS Starting 2000-2001, our department faculty drew up a list of learning outcomes for students in the major. The learning outcomes are reviewed each year and changes made in accordance with fundamental changes in the conduct of biological information and research. The current version is given below: Ability to carry out scientific investigation : Students must be able to critically evaluate scientific investigative methodology. They must be able to collect, organize, analyze and interpret data and be able to build, extend or refine conceptual models using statistical, other mathematical or bioinformatics tools Understanding and critical evaluation of biological information . Students must be knowledgeable in core areas of biology to enable them to search, understand, and critically evaluate the scientific literature and popular media in biology and related fields, even in subjects not learned in the classroom. B.S. students will also be more knowledgeable in one of two broad areas of concentration; specifically, Cell and Molecular Biology or Ecology, Evolution and Animal Behavior. Communication through traditional and electronic media . Students must be prepared to communicate accurately, effectively, and concisely to a scientific as well as to a non-scientific audience orally, in writing, and through visual media such as graphs, diagrams and photographs. Increasingly, students must also be able to communicate using multimedia technology. Application of biological training to careers . Students must be able to leverage their biological education for careers. B.S. students will also have acquired marketable skills that will get them into either laboratory or field jobs and graduate programs in biology. MEETING LEARNING OUTCOMES – EXIT SURVEY OF GRADUATING SENIORS A large part of the biology major's study in biology consists of upper-level biology electives. The B.A. student takes two core courses and 16 credits in electives. The B.S. student takes three core courses and 20-24 credits in electives. This method has its advantages over a very prescriptive set of courses. Biological research covers such a wide range of inquiry; and the flexibility allows students to gravitate to their particular interests. Faculty members can teach in their areas of specialty so that the students are exposed to research methods and experimental
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2009 for the course BIO BIO130 taught by Professor Goralka during the Spring '09 term at Diablo Valley College.

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