Biology | Topical Issues in Biology
L410 | 6364 | Bender, A

Topic:  Preventing Cancers

This course is for inquiring about, analyzing, discussing, and
writing about published research that has been conducted concerning
the nature of, causes of, risk factors for, and detection methods
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

At the top of the following webpage are links to syllabi used in
recent versions of BIOL-L410:  The
syllabus for the fall, 2011 version of BIOL-L410 will be generally
similar to the syllabus that was used for the spring, 2011 version
(except that the focus for the fall, 2011 course will be more on
research concerning prevention rather than on research concerning

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 as being particularly interesting and/or important.

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