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teaching tips

Bruce Wightman wightman at mendel.berkeley.edu
Thu Jun 8 20:12:18 EST 1995

Hey all you with teaching experience:

Thanks for sharing all your experience and observations at the Worm
Meeting.  I thought I'd see if any of you have specific experience that I
could use as a guide for curriculum-planning of a course I'm teaching this
summer.  The course is a small-sized introduction to genetics for
non-biology majors.  I am planning on providing them with the basics of
genetics and molecular biology- without lots of the complications of a
full introductory genetics course (e.g. mechanisms of recombination and so
on...).  The emphasis is on human genetics and relevance to medicine and
society (the title is actually "Genetics and Society").  Basically I want
to blend an overview of the basics, a little bit of history, a little bit
of medicine, and a little bit of ethics.  I have lots of ideas about what
to include, but am not sure of what is likely to work well and so on.  Any
help that any of you out there could give me, such was what to try and
what not to try, would be greatly appreciated. Additionally, if any of you
have specific lesson plans that you wouldn't mind sharing, I'd greatly
appreciate that too.

I'm really excited about this, but realize that I've been talking to no
one but scientists for the last 10 years and probably don't really know
what concepts will be obvious or easy for the layperson.

Thanks in advance-

Bruce Wightman
wightman at mendel.berkeley.edu

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