This download includes one tiered 3-part homework assignment that probes low, mid and high order thinking. The assignment is designed to be completed in 15-20 minutes and can be used as a formative or summative assessment. Key included. Fillable slide that can be used with Google classrooms and Microsoft Teams included.
The module was designed to be implemented across two 50-minute class periods. Students complete three online homework assignments: a pre-class quiz before Day 1 to prepare them for data interpretation, and a written summary task after each class session to demonstrate how they are making sense of the provided data and hypotheses.
This argumentation module provided students with an opportunity to engage each other in meaningful discussion in class and to articulate their own reasoning through writing assignments. Typically, students in this course would have multiple attempts to complete five multiple-choice reading questions before coming to class, where they would participate by answering a few clicker questions sprinkled throughout the lecture. Despite the significant departure from typical class expectations, the argumentation module was still only worth a small number of points (homework and in-class participation for the two-day module comprised ~1.5% of the course grade). Based on this and the scheduling of the module right before the first exam, we were initially concerned students might not engage in pre-class activities or in-class argumentation.
Assignments & Lab Reports: Assignments and lab reports will be given out through the semester. These are all posted in the Assignments section on Canvas. These include submitting weekly questions on material that was covered in class and homework assignments such as the Yeast Gene Search and Restriction Mapping Problem set (see Canvas assignments). Lab reports will contain the data (plate and gel figures, sequence alignments and a picture of the structure) that were previously generated during this course and your interpretation of the results. The Assignments & Lab Reports will count for 30% of the grade. 2b1af7f3a8