Course Specific Research Support for BI 211: Home
Principles of Biology I course outcomes related to research skills:
Other indicators of required research or information seeking:
From the Outcome and Assessment Strategies:
- open-ended essay questions and multiple-choice exams
- scientific papers that follow standard scientific format presenting independent investigations and may include peer-review(s)
- oral presentations of biological information, informed positions on contemporary issues, and/or laboratory results
- major independent projects, such as, experiential learning plus journals, botany collections with ecosystem reports, library research term papers, and field journals
- scientific article critiques
Bridging competencies to support research and information seeking at this level:
- Differentiate magazine from journal articles
- Identify scholarly sources on the open web (web-based journals)
Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for BI 211
- Access primary literature in biology
- Select and evaluate journal articles for relevance to topic
- Critique scientific studies for strengths and weaknesses
- Identify research questions to be addressed
Librarian Instructional Objectives:
1. Evaluate peer-reviewed journal articles from library databases and specialized search engines for usefulness and authority
2. Estimate the effectiveness of search terms for locating relevant journal articles
3. Use “cited by” tools to gather a list of scholars engaged in the same conversations and compare their points of departure from each other
4. Choose research questions related to topics in the discipline
Placement of courses on an Information Literacy Continuum
|Student's Developmental Stage
Connecting to College
1. I know where the library is located and about some of the services provided.
2. I can identify a topic, and identify useful information sources to read about it.
Information Literacy Skills
3. I can develop a topic statement, locate and use library sources, and begin informational research.
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 Research
5. I can identify pro- and con-positions on a topic. I can identify the perspectives of various experts in a field.
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.