Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
1 hour lecture.1 Unit

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 12 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 1 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Stand Alone Course
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 10-4-11

1. Description -
A seminar in directed readings, discussions and projects in biology. Specific topic to be determined by the instructor. This advanced honors course is open to all majors. This course satisfies one of the two honors seminar requirements for the Honors Scholar program.
Prerequisite: Honors Institute participant.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in BIOL 34 or 34H.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. analyze the selected topic in a skillful and thorough manner
  2. discuss the selected topic critically with instructor and other students
  3. explain the importance of the selected topic to the discipline of biology
  4. use new vocabulary relevant to the selected topic
  5. identify and critically evaluate information resources appropriate to the selected topic
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Library with internet access to scholarly publications.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Readings, discussion, and critical analysis of the selected topic
  2. Use of primary, secondary, and other important monographs as appropriate
  3. Critical evaluation of sources of information
    1. Internet resources
    2. Written publications
      1. Scholarly
      2. Popular
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
The evaluation methods may include but are not limited to:
  1. Participation in class discussions
  2. Cooperative learning assignments
  3. One or more oral presentations
  4. One or more written papers
7. Representative Text(s) -
Text and/or current publications as appropriate to the selected topic.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Weekly classroom discussion of instructor- and/or student-selected readings.
  2. Small group lecture activities introducing and emphasizing new concepts.
  3. Student-led oral presentations, followed by analysis and discussion.
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Weekly reading assignments from text and/or other sources as appropriate to topic. Publications may include primary scientific literature, reviews of scientific literature, web resources. Will be used to drive weekly class discussions.
  2. Preparation of at least one oral presentation of the topic to be supported by and documented with appropriate resources.
  3. Preparation of at least one research paper on the topic to be supported by and documented with appropriate resources.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is approved for the Foothill Honors Scholar program and for the UCLA Transfer Alliance program. It is accepted for transfer as an elective to CSU.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-05-04 13:55:54

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines