More about less: defining the essential core

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Learmonth, Robert. 2003. "More about less: defining the essential core." Bradshaw, Ralph A. (ed.) Symposium on Education in the Molecular Life Sciences, Combined 2nd Human Proteome (HUPO) & 19th International Union of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Congress. Montreal, Canada 08 - 11 Oct 2003 Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
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More about less: defining the essential core

Presentation TypePresentation
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AuthorLearmonth, Robert
EditorsBradshaw, Ralph A.
Journal or Proceedings TitleMolecular and Cellular Proteomics
Journal Citation2 (9), pp. 28-31
Number of Pages4
Year2003
Place of PublicationBethesda, Maryland, USA
ISSN1535-9476
1535-9484
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://mcponline.org/content/2/9/916.full.pdf+html
Conference/EventSymposium on Education in the Molecular Life Sciences, Combined 2nd Human Proteome (HUPO) & 19th International Union of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Congress
Event Details
Symposium on Education in the Molecular Life Sciences, Combined 2nd Human Proteome (HUPO) & 19th International Union of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Congress
Event Date
08 to end of 11 Oct 2003
Event Location
Montreal, Canada
Abstract

Given the rapid expansion of knowledge, teachers of biochemistry and molecular biology, in common with many other fields, need to focus carefully on the scope of what they attempt to cover. This is particularly important in the context of biological sciences curricula where biochemistry and molecular biology are core, but not extensive components.

This applies equally to theoretical and practical programs. One needs to consider what essential concepts and skills must be imparted, and how independent and lifelong learning may be fostered. Course content may also be constrained by the need to address multiple graduate attributes which relate to processes in addition to the acquisition of knowledge, for example facilitating teamwork, problem solving and other higher cognitive activities.

In this presentation I will discuss the approaches we have taken to provide core instruction in biochemistry and molecular biology, sensitive to the needs of curricula focusing on biotechnology, bioinformatics, biomedical science, plant science and ecology, in addition to chemistry. Our focus is on providing the essential concepts of biological structures, classes of compounds and metabolism. We are then able to refer students to sources of information that build upon these concepts. In terms of our practical curricula, we strive for an appropriate balance between wet laboratory work and alternative meaningful activities.

Keywordsbiochemistry teaching learning pedagogy core instruction lifelong learning concepts balance
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390405. Educational technology and computing
390113. Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Biological and Physical Sciences
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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