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An inquiry-based practical for a large, foundation-level undergraduate laboratory that enhances student understanding of basic cellular concepts and scientific experimental design.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22615225     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Student-centered education involving research experiences or inquiry have been shown to help undergraduate students understand, and become excited about, the process of scientific investigation. These benefits are particularly important for students in the early stages of their degree (Report and Kenny, http://naplesccsunysbedu/Pres/boyernsf/1998). However, embedding such experiences into the curriculum is particularly difficult when dealing with early stage students, who are in larger cohorts and often lack the background content knowledge necessary to engage with primary research literature and research level methods and equipment. We report here the design, delivery, assessment, and subsequent student learning outcomes of a 4-week practical module for 120 students at the beginning of their second year of university, which successfully engages students in designing cell culture experiments and in understanding the molecular processes and machinery involved in the basic cellular process of macropinocytosis.
Authors:
A Bugarcic; K Zimbardi; J Macaranas; P Thorn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-02-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biochemistry and molecular biology education : a bimonthly publication of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1539-3429     ISO Abbreviation:  Biochem Mol Biol Educ     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100970605     Medline TA:  Biochem Mol Biol Educ     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  174-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Affiliation:
Institute for Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. a.bugarcic@uq.edu.au.
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