Course Specific Research Support for BI 234: Home

The purpose of this page is to link curriculum requirements, for developmentally-appropriate and discipline-specific research skills, to matching library instruction and information literacy support outcomes

Microbiology course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Outcome and Assessment Strategies:

"Research paper(s) on microbial topics, library skills and presentations"

From the Course Content:

  1. Library research skills
  2. Writing scientific research paper

Bridging competencies to support research and information seeking at this level:

  • Understand utility of books for historical topics, using their indexes and table of contents to read selectively
  • Navigate to library databases, to select those that are appropriate for selected topic(s)
  • Identify "authority" of authors, recognizing significance of author affiliation statements or organizations
  • Differentiate between magazine and journal articles

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for BI 234

1. Create a research question related to microbiology and human culture

2. Integrate sources from primary scientific literature to support thesis

3. Identify reliable quantitative data sources for current social health issues


Librarian Instructional Objectives:

1. Relate background information from books and other sources to historical context

2. Use library databases to locate date to synthesize from medical journals and primary scientific sources

3. Identify reliable and authoritative information providers

Placement of courses on an Information Literacy Continuum

Courses Instructional Stages Student's Developmental Stage


Connecting to 

1. I know where the library is located and about some of the services provided.



Information Seeking

2. I can identify a topic, and identify useful information sources to read about it.

BI 101
BI 141

Literacy Skills

3. I can develop a topic statement, locate and use library sources, and begin  informational research.



BI 112
BI 121
BI 122
BI 231
BI 232
BI 233

Academic or Career/
Technical Related

4. I evaluate the sources I have found for relevancy to my field, and I know who some of the experts are.

Inquiry and Exploration for

5. I can identify pro- and con-positions on a topic. I can identify the perspectives of various experts in a field.

BI 211
BI 212
BI 213
BI 234
Discipline- or Area
of Study Specific

6. I can support my position on an issue with evidence. I can accurately summarize the scholarly or professional conversation.


Librarian Liaison to the Biology SAC (Subject Area Committee)

Contact: Robin Shapiro,  Librarian at the Rock Creek campus

Librarian subject collectors for: Biology

Campus Librarians, supporting Biology-related subjects research

For information about this page:

To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger