BIMO 401
Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Spring 2020
Division III Writing Skills

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This seminar course involves critical reading, analysis, and discussion of papers from the current biochemistry and molecular biology literature. Specific topics vary from year to year but are chosen to illustrate the importance of a wide range of both biological and chemical approaches to addressing important questions in the biochemical and molecular biological fields. To facilitate discussion, students will prepare written critiques analyzing the data and conclusions of the chosen literature.
The Class: Type: seminar, three hours per week
Limit: 12
Expected: 10
Class#: 3124
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class presentations and discussions, frequent short papers, and a final paper
Prerequisites: BIOL 202 and BIMO 321
Enrollment Preferences: those completing the BIMO program; open to others with permission of instructor
Distributions: Division III Writing Skills
WS Notes: The critical analysis of published papers in the biochem literature, as expressed in clear and succinct writing, is a key learning goal for the course. The students write seven literature critiques (typically 5-6 pages long) throughout the semester. While the specific topic each week differs, the parameters of the assignment are the same each time, allowing students to progressively improve their writing. I provide extensive written feedback on each critique, returned before the next due date.
Attributes: BIMO Required Courses

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