BMCB625:How the class works

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Course Reading Material

  1. General Background reading, for example: Alberts et al., "Molecular Biology of the Cell", 4th edition.
  2. Reviews and research articles will be posted on the course web site.


  1. Participation on wiki: 10%
  2. Homework: 10%
  3. Presentations: 40%
  4. Final: 20% (10 min presentation, videotaped)
  5. Class participation: 20%

General Class Design

  • This class is not a faculty-driven lecture class, but is based on student presentations of background material and research papers selected from the current literature. It is designed to maximize active roles for students in each class.
  • Topics areas and papers can be selected from the list of possibilities posted on the course wiki, or you may suggest a specific topic and enlist a faculty mentor for the session.
  • Presentations are to be done in pairs. One student introduces the topic giving background and perspectives (20 min), and the other student presents the paper and figures (30 min).
  • Following a short break there will be a Discussion period for the paper(s) (20 min). The students who are not presenting will post 2 questions about the paper on the wiki before the class meets. After the discussion in class, the students are responsible for posting the answers to their questions on the wiki. Homework credit will be given for posting (excellent) questions and (complete and well-written) answers.

Participants in the Class

  1. Master of Class (MC). Introduces the two presenters and manages the time flow of the class. At the end of the presentations and discussion of the papers the MC dismisses the audience (if any) and introduces the Evaluator.
  2. Presenter 1. Introduces the topic including a concise background of the topic, perspectives and relevance.
  3. Presenter 2. Summarizes the findings reported in the paper, methods and conclusions.
  4. Timer. Keeps and records time, assists in keeping the class on schedule. Communicates with the speakers, MC and Lead Evaluator.
  5. Lead Evaluator. After the discussion of the paper is complete, the Lead Evaluator gives a summary of the form and content of the presentations according to the class guidelines.

Preparation for the Class

  • Each student should be prepared to discuss each figure in the assigned papers. The classroom will be reserved on Wednesdays for you to practice your presentations and coordinate the content in the two presentations. Class will meet on Thursdays for presentations and discussion.