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Senior Seminar
SENIOR SEMINAR
CLASS CODE: BIO 497 CREDITS:  1
DIVISION: AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT: BIOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: A capstone course in which participants discuss topics related to the practice of science, the development of a research project, and the presentation of research. Each participant produces a review paper or a research proposal that could be used to carry out an independent research project. The proposal or review paper is developed in consultation with a faculty mentor. (Winter, Fall)
DESCRIPTION: A capstone course in which participants discuss topics related to the practice of science, the development of a research project, and the presentation of research. Each participant produces a review paper or a research proposal that could be used to carry out an independent research project. The proposal or review paper is developed in consultation with a faculty mentor.
TOPICS: Professionalism/working with a research mentor.
The process of scientific research.
Overview of scientific literature.
Finding, accessing, and interpreting information from the scientific literature.
Developing a research proposal.
Developing a review paper.
Overview of research design.
Interpreting statistical data.
Presenting data: tables, graphs, and figures.
Presenting research: abstracts and talks, posters and papers.
Support documents: curriculum vitae, cover letter, letter of application.
OBJECTIVES: By the end of the course students should be able to:
-demonstrate an understanding of and be able to apply the scientific method to the investigation of a research topic or question.
-locate and evaluate information from the scientific literature.
-integrate information from the scientific literature into a framework of investigation that provides perspective and comparison between related ideas.
-develop a working student-mentor relationship with at least one member of the BYU-Idaho biology department.
-evaluate the quality of oral presentations made during the weekly biology department seminar.
-provide constructive criticism to their peers, and accept and evaluate constructive criticism from peers and faculty mentors.
-produce a fully cited review paper or research proposal that could be used to carry out independent research.
-present oral and written accounts of the research project they develop during the semester.
REQUIREMENTS: Class attendance and participation.
Completion of homework assignments.
Submission of all required drafts of the review paper or research proposal.
Evaluation of presentations made at the weekly biology department seminar.
An oral presentation of the review paper or research proposal.
PREREQUISITES: Bio 200 or 208, Bio 211, and junior or senior class standing.
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001