CHEMICAL ECOLOGY: BIOS 5970

 

Dr Stephen B. Malcolm

 

COURSE ASSESSMENT

 

 

In my course schedule the following is my statement of expected outcomes and our goals and objectives.  I should be very grateful if you would take a few minutes to give me feedback about how effectively you think we have satisfied these criteria.  Thanks very much!

 

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

 

Goal:                    To develop an appreciation for interdisciplinary understanding of chemically mediated interactions among organisms at different scales of organization from molecules to ecosystems, through lectures, reading, multi-media, discussion and hands-on research.

 

Objectives:        To develop skills in the following:

 

• Analytical thinking.

Discipline-specific information acquisition and analysis.

Communication and discussion.

Interaction among ideas, deductive hypotheses and methods.

Value of interdisciplinary synergism (how methods from one discipline can allow another discipline to ask and develop new questions).

Hierarchical and scaling interactions among different levels of organization from molecules to ecosystems.

 

 

These goals and objectives are listed below with a ranking system. Please rate items in each section according to (a) your perception of the VALUE of the course objective, and (b) whether you think the objective was ACCOMPLISHED.  A "1" on the scale represents the lowest value; a "5" represents the highest value.  Please make comments.

Overall course goal:

To develop an appreciation for interdisciplinary understanding of chemically mediated interactions among organisms at different scales of organization from molecules to ecosystems, through lectures, reading, multi-media, discussion and hands-on research.

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Objective 1: To develop skills in analytical thinking.

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Objective 2:            To develop skills in discipline-specific information acquisition and analysis.

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Objective 3:            To develop skills in communication and discussion.

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Objective 4:            To develop an appreciation for interactions among ideas, deductive hypotheses and methods

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Objective 5:            To recognize the value of interdisciplinary synergism (how methods from one discipline can allow another discipline to ask and develop new questions).

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Objective 6:            To appreciate the nature of hierarchical and scaling interactions among different levels of organization from molecules to ecosystems.

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Lastly, I would like to know how you view the team research exercise part of the course.

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