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Geomicrobiology Course

 

During Academic Year 2005-06 a special topics course entitled "Introductory Geomicrobiology" is been offered for the first time to undergraduate students at the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao.  This three credits course is in response to our main educational goal of training students from the Biology Departments at UPR-Humacao and Mayagüez and the Geology Department of UPR-Mayagüez in the field of Geomicrobiology.

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Course description

In this course the student will learn about Geomicrobiology using a Journal Club format.  The main goals are to read, present and discuss current research studies in the Geomicrobiology field to understand the role microorganisms exert on the geological formations of the planet.  In addition the student will learn about the adaptations required for the organisms to survive in extraterrestrial atmospheres.

Gallery Run, a sped up version of Gallery Walk, was held after the student's oral presentation of the scientific article in the Geomicrobiology course.  Gallery Walk is a discussion technique for active engagement.

In Gallery Run as well as in Gallery Walk teams rotate around the classroom, composing answers to questions as well as reflecting upon the answers given by other groups.  Questions are posted on a piece of paper located in different areas of the classroom.  Each station has a question that relates to an important concept presented in the scientific article.  The activity closes with an informal and short oral report in which each group synthesizes comments to a particular question.

 

Press to see a summary of the student's evaluation for the Gallery Run activity in Spanish (PDF).

 

Press for a complete course description and outline in Spanish (PDF).

Press for the introductory first class Geomicrobiology course in Spanish (PDF).

Press on slides below to see some of the student's presentations on the articles discussed in class in Spanish (PDF).  To see the students oral presentation rubric press here.

 

 

 

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Last revision October 2007