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Closing the Gap: Antiretroviral Therapy for the Developing World
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In this problem-based learning/role playing case, students apply their knowledge of the ...

In this problem-based learning/role playing case, students apply their knowledge of the biology of HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral therapy to developing foreign aid policy for the HIV/AIDS crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. The case was created for a non-majors course in human biology taken mostly by juniors or seniors. It has also been used in a microbiology course for pre-nursing students and in an upper-level microbiology course for biology majors.

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Health Science
Life Science
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Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Author:
Robin Pals-Rylaarsdam
Date Added:
01/01/2003
A Family in Need: In-Class Case Study on Cancer Genetics
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“A Family in Need” was designed as an in-class problem-based learning activity ...

“A Family in Need” was designed as an in-class problem-based learning activity for students to learn about several innovative medical applications of molecular biology. Students assume the role of a second-year medical student assigned to work with a pediatric oncologist who has just biopsied a tumor-like growth in the adrenal gland of her 17-year-old patient, Lee F. After taking Lee’s family history and performing a pedigree analysis, students review clinical and genetic characteristics of several syndromes associated with adrenal cancer. Students then explore various diagnostic and biomedical research techniques such as PCR, DNA sequencing, and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. The case concludes with a consideration of how to treat Lee’s condition with the help of gene cloning and the potential of gene therapy. Although originally written for an upper-level college genetics course, the case could also be adapted for an introductory molecular/cellular biology course, a non-majors biology course, or a professional school medical genetics course.

Subject:
Genetics
Material Type:
Case Study
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Date Added:
11/09/2017
The Galapagos
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Using problem-based learning and role-playing, students analyze the geological origins of the ...

Using problem-based learning and role-playing, students analyze the geological origins of the Galapagos Islands, their colonization, species formation, and threats to their biodiversity in this story of a graduate student caught between local fishermen and government officials fighting for control of the islands' natural resources. The case was designed for an introductory biology course where the focus is on evolution. It would also be appropriate for courses in ecology, conservation biology, and natural resources management.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Environmental Science
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Clyde Freeman Herreid
Nancy A. Schiller
Date Added:
01/01/1999
A Green Light for CFLs?
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In this problem-based learning case, three housemates in an environmentally-themed college house ...

In this problem-based learning case, three housemates in an environmentally-themed college house debate the pros and cons of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) over incandescent lamps. The students raise issues of the cost difference between the lamps (both in the short and long term), energy use and greenhouse gas production in the manufacture and use of the lamps, and the mercury content in CFLs and the risks that poses to people and the environment. Students are asked to identify the information needed to evaluate the choice between the two lamp types, and then use a published life-cycle analysis to find and evaluate that information. To conclude, they make a decision and argue for it using quantitative evidence and reasoning. The case was developed for an intermediate-level course designed to help environmental studies students understand the role of scientific information and scientific thinking in resolving complex environmental problems.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
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Case Study
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Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Case Study Collection
Author:
David L. Boose
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Mary Keeper's Aching Head
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In this problem-based learning case, students read about a 41-year-old woman who ...

In this problem-based learning case, students read about a 41-year-old woman who is suffering from recurring headaches. Working in small groups, the students analyze a variety of information and then formulate a diagnosis. This case study was developed for a two-semester anatomy and physiology course that is aimed at sophomore and junior level undergraduate students. These students are typically biology or health science majors who are pre-med, pre-nursing, or pre-physical therapy.

Subject:
Health Science
Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Case Study Collection
Author:
Brent J.F. Hill
Date Added:
01/01/2006
Seven Skeletons and a Mystery
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This problem-based learning case uses Archaeopteryx, the most famous fossil in the ...

This problem-based learning case uses Archaeopteryx, the most famous fossil in the world, to show the vital role that fossils play in understanding evolutionary history and to explore the different theories for the origin of flight and the debate over a bird-dinosaur connection. The case was designed for an introductory biology course where the focus is on evolution. It would also be appropriate for classes in geology.

Subject:
Life Science
Geology/Earth Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Clyde Freeman Herreid
Date Added:
01/01/1999
Thiamin Deficiency: A Directed Case Study
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In this directed case study developed for a biochemistry class, students read ...

In this directed case study developed for a biochemistry class, students read about the differences in the dietary preferences and practices for preparing and consuming rice among the three major communities of Malaysia, the local Malays and the immigrant Tamils and Chinese. They then answer a series of close-ended questions about the causes and consequences of thiamin deficiency.

Subject:
Life Science
Nutrition Education
Chemistry
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Preeti Dhar
Date Added:
01/01/2003
A Typical Cold?
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In this problem-based learning case, a couple who has adopted a three-year-old ...

In this problem-based learning case, a couple who has adopted a three-year-old toddler is concerned about the child's health, in particular the fact that the boy wheezes when he breathes. Students work in groups to analyze a variety of information and formulate a diagnosis. The case was developed for a two-semester anatomy and physiology class for undergraduates to teach them about cell physiology and tissue anatomy.

Subject:
Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Brent J.F. Hill
Date Added:
01/02/2005