Curriculum & Instruction

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CI 6830 Curriculum Issues and Trends (3 hrs.)
Designed for educators, this course guides students in exploring core ideas to develop a framework for the study of teaching. Students investigate issues of what and how to teach in the content areas as well as explore the knowledge of expert content teachers. As a core graduate course in curriculum and instruction, students analyze and integrate ideas to form a theoretical framework and are guided in developing professional written work grounded in the literature. Topics include: Educative experiences, learning progressions, ambitious teaching, e-learning environments, and pedagogical content knowledge.

CI 6690 Theory & Research in Science Education (3 hrs.)
Designed for individuals beginning their thesis, project, or seminar paper phase of their graduate program, this course explores both theory and research in science education. Based on an area of interest, students review and critically analyze the research literature in science education. Students also learn how to find primary sources, read and critique research, and organize and write a literature review.

Biology studentsBIOL 6830 Molecular and Cellular Biology (4 hrs.)
Essential concepts of molecular genetics and cell biology. Major topics include gene structure and composition, transcription, translation, protein structure and function, cell cycle, cell movement, and cell signaling. Primarily intended for Master students enrolled in a non-laboratory research based degree program. Students who have received credit for either BIOL 6010 or BIOL 6090 cannot receive credit for BIOL 6830. 

EEES 5790 Ecology Field Trip (2 hrs.)
Field study of globally significant ecosystem(s), including analysis of structural and functional relationships within and between ecosystems. Opportunities for individual student projects. 

TSOC 5300 Philosophy and Education (3 hrs.)
Exploring the nature of philosophic inquiry in education and examining competing traditions in the West, particularly in the United States. A distinction between education and schooling will be drawn. 

EEES 6600 Foundations of Ecology (4 hrs.)
This course is a thorough review of ecological concepts for graduate students. Readings and discussion include classic papers and historical essays. 

EDP 5310 Issues and Innovations in Learning and Instruction (3 hrs.)  
Reviews emergent theory, principles and research findings on cognition and learning and applies these concepts to developing instructional experiences and conditions for optimizing classroom learning and performance. 

BIOL 5230 Advanced Comparative Animal in Physiology CRN 31300 (3 hrs.)
Lectures on the comparative and environmental physiology of vertebrates and invertebrates including metabolism, temperature regulation, respiration, circulation excretion and osmotic regulation. 

CI 6900 Master’s Research Seminar (3 hrs.) 
Graduate seminar designed as a culminating experience in the master's programs in Curriculum and Instruction.  Participants critically examine the research and scholarhip in their specific field of interest.  Emphasis is placed on professional academic collaboration, peer review, constructive criticism. The final product of this seminar is an academic manuscript of publishable quality that contributes to the academic discourse in a particular body of scholarship.  

RESM 5220 Applied Assessment for Improved Practice (3 hrs.)
This is an advanced course in classroom assessment with a focus on informed and applied evidence-based decision making. Key components are the analysis and reporting of results from assessment datasets, the creation of formative and summative assessment action plans based on analysis results, and the incorporation of 21st century technology tools to support assessment planning and instructional decisions. 

EEES 5150 Organic Evolution (3 hrs.)
The modern theory of evolution is presented within a general framework of biological and geological evidence focusing on the fossil record, early biomolecules, protein synthesis, genetics, phylogeny and  vertebrate evolution. 

BIOL 6020 Research Methodology: Cell and Molecular Biology (2 hrs.)
Students will gain a working knowledge of essential laboratory techniques used in molecular biology. These techniques, including polymerase chain reaction (PCR), electrophoresis, DNA cloning, microscopy and transfection, will be used in a course project to express and analyze a protein of interest in cultured mammalian cells. The concepts underlying these procedures will be studied online before the lab. This course is designed to prepare students for careers in research, biotechnology and science education.

Last Updated: 11/28/17