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Department of Molecular Biology Assessment Grant Report “Bioliteracy: Concept Lists and Assessment Tools” Background and Purpose of the Grant: It has largely been accepted as self-evident by the biological education community that comprehension of principles in our fast moving field is fundamentally more important than possession of an extensive reservoir of facts. Reflecting this belief, the Department of Molecular Biology has adopted three learning outcomes: Graduates will be able to propose hypothesis that explain novel biological phenomenon Graduates will be able to propose experimental tests of hypotheses Graduates will be able to effectively communicate the significance of classic biological principles and emerging biological developments to both expert and lay audiences In support of the first of these leaning outcomes, the Department of Molecular Biology used a grant from Ellbogen Teaching and Learning Center to organize a mini-symposium on assessment of biology programs, hosted by a representative of “Bioliteracy.net”. This organization is composed of a group of research scientists who are also college-level instructors of introductory and advanced biology courses. This organization has undertaken the development of concept lists and assessment tools in support of assuring that undergraduate biology education appropriately prepares students for the modern era.
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