At a Glance


  • STEM
  • Biochemistry

Instructional Level

  • University


  • BIOC311

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Individual
  • Group
  • Whole Class

Type of Tasks

  • Collecting & seeking information
  • Solving problems
  • Taking a quiz & test

Technical Details

Class size

  • Very Large (>250)


  • Multiple class periods (2-3 classes)

Instructional Purpose

  • Application & knowledge building
  • Assessment & knowledge refinement


The aim of this activity is to apply course materials to real-world problems using Case Studies. Students benefits from being exposed to literature in their field of study while also prompting them to integrate it into their course theory, in order to learn to create solutions to clinical problems.

Given 5 days before the final examination, each question in this activity should relate to some material seen in the course and show a real-world application of it. In this activity, students are given a list of 10 questions, one of which will appear on the final exam. Each question has a rubric, learning objectives, and reading material. Students in groups or individually can prepare for each question using the suggested readings and by consulting with peers.

Instructional Objectives

  • This activity helps students develop critical thinking skills by identifying and reading relevant academic literature
  • This activity helps students learn to integrate the knowledge they obtained from class and academic literature

Workflow & Materials


Activity Workflow

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Contributor's Notes

  • Students are able to read literature in their field of study, and so are able to connect the theory in their course to actual clinical practices
  • Students feel less anxious for the longer question on the exam as they will have time to prepare on their own and with their teams
  • The instructor has to be vigilant to ensure that each student has grasped the material even if they worked in groups. The answers should be sufficiently different.
  • Students can work in groups or individually depending on their preference and learning style.


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