Cross-Disciplinary Concept and Skill Modules

As a data conservation and delivery device, the Science-Learning Portfolio provides a mechanism by which data generated in the context of one course can be used to support learning objectives in others. To assist in this effort, concept and skill modules will be developed for use as on-line course supplements in upper-division biology courses and courses in the supporting sciences (chemistry, physics, mathematics). As self-study tools, these modules will rely on the retrieval of relevant datasets from the Science-Learning Portfolio to complete activities specifically designed to expand conceptual understanding and/or quantitative skills beyond the introductory level. By vertically linking courses in these ways, students will be presented with multiple opportunities to broaden and deepen their inquiry-based experiences while gaining an appreciation for the relationships among different sets of knowledge and skills within and across disciplines.

Possible applications could include:

Portfolio Dataset Course Link Concept/Skill Module Focus
Plant Growth Form and Function in Plants (BOT 201/L) Plant Nutrition
College Physics (PHY 122/L) Energy Transformations
Enzymes Biochemistry (CHM 327/L) Enzyme Kinetics
Calculus for Life Sciences (MAT 120) Graphing and Single Variable Functions
Metabolism Calculus for Life Sciences (MAT 120) Logarithmic Functions
Animal Physiology (ZOO 428/L) Allometry and Scalar Functions
Physiological Ecology of Animals (ZOO 440/L) Thermoregulatory Strategies
Cell Transport Cell and Molecular Biology (BIO 310) Membrane Function
Fermentation Applied Microbiology (MIC 310/L) Applied Uses of Fermentation
Cardiovascular Function Statistics with Applications (STA 120) or Biometrics (BIO 211/L) Effects of Exercise on Pulse Rate
Human Physiology (ZOO 235/L) Effects of Physical Conditioning on Cardiovascular Functions
Decomposition Principles of Ecology (BIO 325/L) Nutrient Cycling
Multivariate Analysis (BIO 499/L) Effects of Leaf Litter and Habitat Type on Decomposition Rate
Climate Change Biometrics (BIO 211/L) or Principles of Evolution (BIO 413) Morphological Variation Among Chaparral Species
Principles of Ecology (BIO 325/L) Physiological Ecology of Plants