This activity, using Problem-Based Learning, benefits students as it gives them an opportunity to read and engage with literature in their field and to formulate good research questions and design methods to solve a problem. This competency-based approach allows students to acquire content and develop higher skills by looking into literature, creating a project, and communicating the information with a presentation
It is a semester long project that is linked to other activities in the course, which are all aimed to prepare them for the presentation component. In this activity, each team of students chooses a topic related to the course material and reads literature in order to identify a disease related to their protein. Once they have done so they pose a research question and design a method to possibly find a solution to the problem. They also provide three questions and answers, one of which will be selected by the instructor and will appear on the final exam. Each team presents their findings to the class.
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