Overview

In this peer-instruction case study, students will learn about enzymology and the difference between competitive and non-competitive inhibitors.

Students take the role of an enzymologist and are given a dataset with enzyme activity. They are then tasked to identify the type of inhibitor acting on the enzyme by analyzing the data. This case study uses the flipped classroom strategy in which students will prepare for the task by watching videos, reading and performing a quiz before entering the classroom. Assigned videos to watch: Read More +

In this peer-instruction case study, students will learn about enzymology and the difference between competitive and non-competitive inhibitors.

Students take the role of an enzymologist and are given a dataset with enzyme activity. They are then tasked to identify the type of inhibitor acting on the enzyme by analyzing the data. This case study uses the flipped classroom strategy in which students will prepare for the task by watching videos, reading and performing a quiz before entering the classroom. Assigned videos to watch: Enzymes, Enzyme regulation. In the classroom, students are asked to produce two enzymatic activity assay graphs as well as answer multiple choice questions to strengthen their understanding of enzymes.

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Objectives

  • To learn about enzymes and how they are regulated;
  • To appreciate how we determine the type of inhibitors affect enzymes using data.

Context and requirements

Level College
Discipline Biology
Course General Biology II
Activity Content Clickers question, quiz, learning objective/reading assignment and videos
Technological Requirements Clickers question, quiz, learning objective/reading assignment and videos
Best Use Mini case studies

Author’s Notes

Benefits

  • This case study presents the students with a real-world scenario in research and asks them to solve it;
  • Students learn how to plot data and infer conclusions from the data.

Challenges

  • The students tend to have difficulty with excel and producing a meaningful and properly labelled graph on excel.

Tips

  • Students require guidance and help reading the data, analyzing it, and plotting it using excel.

Activity Pedagogical Components

CASE STUDY

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PEER INSTRUCTION

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FLIPPED CLASSROOM

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JUST IN TIME TEACHING (JITT)

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