OTL101 Post 3

I have chosen to discuss the learning outcomes for Biol 3131, Introduction to Biochemistry, for Lesson 3. This course is one the helped write and have taught. The learning outcomes for the course are:

  • Recognize how the Standard Free Energy (ΔG0,) and Free Energy (ΔG) of a reaction or pathway influences the direction of metabolism.
  • Describe what enzymes are and how they allow for metabolism and its regulation.
  • Explain how ATP is synthesized via glycolysis, the TCA cycle and mitochondrial electron transport.
  • Compare the energetic, inputs and outputs of mitochondrial electron transport and photosynthetic electron transport.
  • Compare the processes of fatty acid oxidation and fatty acid synthesis.
  • Describe how amino acids are synthesized and degraded.
  • Describe how nucleotides and deoxynucleotides are synthesized and degraded.
  • Search, retrieve, evaluate and synthesize information.
  • Communicate scientific knowledge and results effectively.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively.

The first 7 outcomes require lower to higher level cognitive skills while the final 3 outcomes require higher level cognitive skill.

The students are assessed in the course via weekly quizzes, a final exam, a research essay they write on a topic of their choosing, a discussion reflection grade, and submission of 5 weekly library searches and an email they use to ask an expert for additional current information (many are actually able to submit the expert’s response to their email).

The learning outcomes are aligned very well to the assessments. The quizzes and the final exam relate to the first 6 learning outcomes (total 50 % of the course). The library searches, author correspondence and research essay relate to the 7th and 8th listed outcomes (45 % of the course). Finally, the last outcome relates to how collaboratively the students work with each other (5 % of the course).

Two learning outcomes in the course, as follows,

  • Describe how amino acids are synthesized and degraded.
  • Describe how nucleotides and deoxynucleotides are synthesized and degraded.

Could be thought of as low-high level cognitive skills. In order to ensure that students require a high level cognitive skill to meet these objectives they could be worded as such:

  • Compare and contrast how amino acids are synthesized and degraded using examples.
  • Compare and contrast how nucleotides and deoxynucleotides are synthesized and degraded.
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