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General Course Information for BIS405: Genetic Anthropology

Course: BIS405 - Genetic Anthropology
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Prerequisite(s):

Recommended: Prior completion of

Course Description: This elective is open to non-science majors. This trans-disciplinary course is a comprehensive team science approach to learning the basic concepts of genetic anthropology, human evolution, migration and cultural diversity, genetics and human variation, and epidemiology of disease. It will make use of computer technology. Students will participate in virtual learning environments and be introduced to interdisciplinary case studies. Teams of students will engage in investigative data search and analysis. Patterns of human migration will be examined within the context of cultural diversity, language, and the impact of environment on disease.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • identify and describe the effects of population migration on cultural diversity .
  • actively engage in scientific inquiry based on a case study approach and problem centric research
  • conduct a data search that includes understanding the principles of data mining and data analysis
  • describe the genetic factors that contribute to ethnicity
  • identify specific genes that are identified with disease within a specific population
  • identify current challenges in disease patterns and treatments associated with specific populations.
  • compare historical events to current events and draw inferences from recent patterns of migration
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Concentration in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
    • Create and model interdisciplinary learning environments that reflect team building and problem based learning using technology.
    • Demonstrate how to integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to meet the needs of all learners
Course Requirements: andlt;p class=andquot;MsoNormalandquot; style=andquot;margin: 0in 0in 0pt;andquot;andgt;andlt;span style=andquot;font-family: andapos;Helveticaandapos;,andapos;sans-serifandapos;; mso-fareast-font-family: andapos;Times New Romanandapos;;andquot;andgt;Specific to the course , students must be able to apply the method of scientific inquiry in assigned case studies; participate in data mining activities and data analysis activities and write reports based on research on current challenges in disease patterns and treatments associated with specific populations. andlt;/spanandgt;

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
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URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures