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Knight, Jenny Associate Professor

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  • Dr. Knight's research has focused on developing concept assessments for student learning in biology, studying the impact of in-class work on student learning, and developing and measuring the impact of curricular changes and teacher training on both students and faculty. She and colleagues have developed three concept assessments: the Genetics Concept Assessment (GCA) the Introductory Molecular Biology Assessment (IMCA), and the Molecular Biology Capstone Assessment, all designed to diagnose student misunderstandings and measure learning gains in typical undergraduate biology courses. She and colleagues have also developed an attitudes towards biology assessment (Bio-CLASS), and a taxonomy for measuring Scientific Teaching. Her work is now focusing on understanding how students engage in complex problem solving and scientific reasoning, particularly in genetics.

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  • biology education research, how in class discussions influence learning, development of concept assessment tools, problem solving

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Teaching

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  • EBIO 6100 - Seminar in Environmental Biology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Instructor consent required. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Same as EBIO 6120.
  • MCDB 2150 - Principles of Genetics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Introduces the behavior of genes and chromosomes in eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms. Covers three areas: transmission genetics, molecular genetics, and population genetics. Attention is given to genetic mapping, recombinant DNA procedures, and gene expression. Recommended prerequisite: MCDB 1150 or EBIO 1210 or CHEN 2810 (minimum grade C-) and recommended corequisites of MCDB 2151 and MCDB 2152. Degree credit not granted for this course and MCDB 2222.
  • MCDB 2152 - Problem Solving Co-Seminars for Genetics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Uses problem solving and other interactive group work to aid student learning in MCDB 2150. Students will work in small groups on learning and practicing how to solve difficult conceptual problems, as well as using hands-on activities and concept mapping to help learn content. Recommended corequisite: MCDB 2150.
  • MCDB 4650 - Developmental Biology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Explores the development of invertebrate and vertebrate organisms, emphasizing cellular, molecular and genetic mechanisms. Focuses on conceptual understanding and experimental approaches to topics such as embryology, developmental control of gene expression in eukaryotic cells, mechanisms of differentiation and morphogenesis and developmental genetics. Recommended prerequisites: MCDB 3135 and MCDB 3145 (minimum grade C-). Same as MCDB 5651.
  • MCDB 4980 - Honors Research
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Provides faculty-supervised research for students who have been approved by the departmental honors committee. Normally taken during the semester before completion of the honors thesis. Recommended prerequisite: MCDB 4840 or comparable research experience, and minimum GPA of 3.20.
  • MCDB 4990 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Involves the preparation and defense of an honors thesis, based on faculty-supervised original research, including final phases of the research project. Recommended prerequisites: MCDB 4840 or MCDB 4980 or comparable research experience, and minimum GPA of 3.3 and approval by the MCDB Honors Committee.
  • MCDB 5650 - Teaching and Learning in Undergraduate Science Courses
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Discusses recent research on how students learn and applications to the teaching of undergraduate science courses. Conducted as an interactive workshop, in which active-engagement in learning approaches are modeled and experienced by participants. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. May be used to fulfill the pedagogical training requirement for undergraduate Learning Assistants in upper division science courses. Post-doctoral and faculty auditors are welcome to participate as regular auditors.

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