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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Medicinal Biochemistry (PhD)


The central mission of the Department is "the understanding and communication of the vital nature of chemistry and biochemistry", which we accomplish "through our teaching, research and service". In accord with this, the first goal of the Department is "to provide expert training in fundamental principles and state-of-the-art technologies for majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels". The learning goals of the graduate program are directed primarily toward satisfying this mission goal. For thorough training at the graduate level, the student needs appropriate course work, research experience, and development of communication skills at the level appropriate for positions of responsibility. In additional to developing reasoning skills and providing advanced laboratory experience for the student, the independent research that is required for the graduate degree also addresses the research component of the Department's mission. Finally, the service component of the Department's mission is fulfilled in part by providing local industries with a source of higher learning for their current and future employees.

Assessment data is collected based on records kept on performance of the graduate students as they progress through the program. Data is discussed by faculty during the annual spring retreat.

Advanced Concepts Applied to Biomedical Problems
Students will understand advanced concepts in biochemistry and demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge to address problems of biomedical significance.

Organization of Models in Advanced Chemical and Biochemical Systems
Students will be able to organize related ideas concerning advanced chemical and biological systems creating a unifying and fully consistent model that advances the state of knowledge in a particular area of science related to biomedical research.

Performance and Reporting of Independent Research
Students will be able to synthesize new ideas in Medicinal Biochemistry by performing independent original research and placing their results into the context of the current knowledge in the field.

Communication of Research Results Through a Written Dissertation
Students completing their dissertation research are expected to successfully present that research to their committee by writing a dissertation and defending the research orally.

Scientific Writing Skills to Communicate Independent Research. Authorship on a Scientific Publication
Students will develop scientific writing skills to effectively communicate novel ideas and discoveries made through independent research. Students will exhibit knowledge of an area and the ability to communicate that knowledge to the scientific community by becoming co-author on a scientific publication.

Students Develop Marketable Skills and Knowledge
Students learn research skills and knowledge that make them marketable in industrial or academic settings.

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