Biology | Introductory Biology Lectures
L104 | 7120 | Bender, A


Course Format: Discussion: 2:30–3:45P, TR.
Course Requirements: None.

Course Description: CANCER RESEARCH
This course is meant to help you to improve your abilities to
inquire about how scientists investigate
cancer.
Below are elements of inquiry that you will do continually
throughout the course:
--- Identify an area of cancer research that genuinely interests you.
--- Identify things that are confusing and challenging for you to
make sense of about that area of research.
--- Come up with questions that help bring into focus and define
what's confusing.
--- Come up with ideas about possible answers to your questions.
--- Prioritize your ideas, in terms of how important each one would
be to investigate.
--- Consider what information would help you to judge the validity
of each of your most key ideas.
--- Consider what (and if any) resources might provide information
of the sort that you desire, and then seek
the desired information.
--- Work to make sense of and to assess the information that you
find. (Doing this is likely to lead to further
confusions, questions, and ideas.)
--- Collaborate with others to do all of the above.

Required Text: To gain a general introduction to cancer, you will
read the book “One in Three: A Son’s
Journey into the History and Science of Cancer.” For your
independent inquiries, you will seek out and use
a variety of resources, including review and research articles.
Typical Weekly Assignments: All of the homework assignments will
involve writing, and much class time
will be devoted to small-group discussions.

Exams/Papers: There will be frequent writing assignments, but no
exams. About 70% of the course grade
will be based on homework assignments, and the rest will be based on
in-class work.