Biology | Introductory Biology Lectures
L104 | 1124 | Bender, A

Topic:  Inquiring about Cancer Research

This course is for inquiring about, analyzing, discussing, and
writing about published cancer research, such as research geared
toward 1) elucidating the nature, and identifying basic causes, of
cancers; 2) identifying and quantifying risk factors for cancers;
and 3) developing and testing detection methods, diagnostic
procedures, and treatments for cancers.

The learning objectives are to improve your abilities and
inclinations to do the following:

- Identify, access, and work with primary articles
- Make sense of and analyze data figures and tables
- Develop intellectually/epistemologically, which includes a)
guiding, and being intrinsically motivated in, your learning, and b)
using writing to think, particularly to continually recognize and to
come up with your own questions and thoughts/ideas about
uncertainties, ambiguities, and complexities
- Support a learning community

There will be little to no traditional lecturing.  Much class time
will instead be used for small-group and whole-class discussion,
particularly for discussion of experiments and studies that students
have identified and judge to be particularly interesting and/or

The syllabus for this course is likely to be generally similar to
that for the spring, 2011 version.  That syllabus can be found at
the top of the following website:

Students are expected to work at least 4.5 hours outside of class
each week for this course.