Lect1_Intro

Lect1_Intro - Welcome aboard! Your instructor: Dr. Karen...

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1 Introduction to Bis2A Origins and Essentials of Life Day 1 •Your instructor: •Dr. Karen Gerhart - Dept of Microbiology •(Doctor, not Mrs or Ms, please) •Office: 2033C Science Lab •Office hours: 2-3 MF, 3-4 W •TA information on Smartsite (Contact_info) Welcome aboard! •Bis2A is the first in a new series of introductory biology courses (Bis2A, B, C) •Bis2A Origins and Essentials •Bis2B Mechanisms of Diversification •Bis2C Diversity of Life •The courses are to be taken in series starting in the freshman year. Today’s 3 Goals • 1. Introduce Course Goals • 2. Explore what learning is, and how we can promote it at college • 3. Clarify expectations The primary goal of education is to help students begin to think like an expert (in this case, a biologist) . Thinking like a biologist Advancing understanding in biology requires much more than information (facts).
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2 Science is built up with facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more science than a heap of stones is a house .” Jules Poincaré, mathematician, 1908 Thinking like a biologist Advancing understanding in biology requires much more than information. Various practical skills are central: the ability to use logic and critical thinking , and to communicate clearly both orally and in writing. This course will focus on building both KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS Learning is the creative process by which new knowledge is discovered • Most students have a lot of experience with information • But lack experience with higher order thinking / deeper levels of learning (true knowledge ). Bloom's taxonomy Higher levels of Learning Evaluation Synthesis Analysis Application Comprehension Information Bloom's taxonomy Evaluation Synthesis Analysis Application Comprehension Information You are here Most important contributions are made here College Education? Bloom's taxonomy • We’ll use the levels of Bloom’s to help you understand your own learning process in this class.
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This note was uploaded on 03/08/2011 for the course BIS 2A taught by Professor Grossberg during the Fall '08 term at UC Davis.

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