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Biology - Accelerated (B.S.)

Learning Outcomes

 
 

Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of biological systems from the molecular, cellular and organismal perspectives.
  2. Engage in the scientific process to form hypothesis, synthesize scientific information, gather and analyze data, apply statistical techniques.
  3. Engage in effective scientific communication as individuals and as team members by listening, speaking, and writing.
  4. Apply ethical practices and behavior in all aspects of biological scientific endeavors.
  5. Approach and solve biological problems critically with scientific literacy in individual and group settings.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through:

  1. Exams and problems sets completed in the following required courses: BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C Biology I & II; PCB 3063C Genetics; BCH 3023C Biochemistry; and MCB 3020C Microbiology or PCB 3023C Cell Biology or PCB 3703C Human Physiology
  2. Written proposal and application of technical aspects of research or field studies completed in the following course: BSC 4944L Senior Capstone
  3. Oral and written research or field studies presentations completed in the following course: BSC 4944L Senior Capstone
  4. Research proposals and laboratory or field studies and techniques completed in the following required course: BSC 4944L Senior Capstone

Problem sets and discussion groups completed in one of the following required courses: PCB 3063C Genetics; MCB 3020C Microbiology; and BSC 1930L Seminar in Medicine I, BSC 2930L Seminar in Medicine II, and BSC 3930L Seminar in Medicine III.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Employ the conventions of standard written English.
  2. Select a topic, and develop it for a specific audience and purpose, with respect for diverse perspectives.
  3. Select, organize, and relate ideas and information with coherence, clarity, and unity.

Communication skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed in ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Communication skills are also assessed in the senior capstone course BSC 4944L.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Select and organize information.
  2. Identify assumptions and underlying relationships.
  3. Synthesize information, and draw reasoned inferences.
  4. Formulate an appropriate problem solving strategy.
  5. Evaluate the feasibility of the strategy.

Assessment of Critical Thinking Skills Critical thinking skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Critical thinking skills are also assessed in the senior capstone course BSC 4944L.