In this interrupted case study, students take on the role of a geneticist helping an individual recently diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. By working through the case study, students learn to approach the genetics of cystic fibrosis from multiple perspectives, and also develop soft skills such as scientific literacy and communication through reading and writing exercises.
Over the course of the semester, students complete six modules that explore the different genetic aspects of cystic fibrosis. Module 1 establishes the case study scenario, providing students with relevant background information, while Modules 2-6 build on the initial scenario, adding information that challenges students to connect disparate genetics concepts together.
A guest lecture at the end of the semester with a cystic fibrosis researcher helps to consolidate the information students learned throughout the modules, and provides students with an opportunity to learn about current genetic research related to cystic fibrosis treatment and management.
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