AGBIO 594 Syllabus
AGBIO 594 Research Topics (1-15). Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Gretchen Kuldau, Ph.D.
Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
321 Buckout Park, PA 16801
Email: Use ANGEL E-mail
- B.A., Biology, Wellesley College
- Ph.D., Molecular and Physiological Plant Biology, University of California Berkeley
Areas of Interest
Role of mycotoxins in fungal biology, genetics and molecular biology, prevention of mycotoxin accumulation in feeds and forages; genetics and biology of endophytic fungi.
In this course, you will utilize the information acquired from previous public health preparedness courses to identify and develop a research topic of interest. The research paper will utilize a quantitative or qualitative approach to data analysis in order to support or refute a preselected hypothesis. Your paper must be original and designed in such a way that it contributes new knowledge to the field of public health preparedness. Your course instructor and/or chosen mentor will guide you through a step-wise process that culminates in the completion of your project.
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate the fundamental principles and terminology of basic research design
- Perform advanced academic literature searches and data acquisition through the use of varied library resources, public domain repositories, and internet search engines
- Critically evaluate the research methodology used in recently published articles
- Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of quantitative versus qualitative research analysis
- Develop and organize complex ideas in a logical, orderly, and well-written fashion
- Cultivate a professional appreciation for public health preparedness research
The following materials are required:
- Lester, J. & Lester, J. (2011). Writing Research Papers: A Complete Guide, 14th Ed. Pearson Education Inc.
Assignments and Grading
All graded assignments in the course except for the final paper are considered ongoing assignments and are worth 10 points per assignment. The final paper is worth 100 points. See the table below for final grade weighting of each item.
Please refer to the University Grading Policy for Graduate Courses for additional information.
Students are expected to log-in regularly to keep up-to date with announcements, discussions, etc. The class will progress at a regular pace throughout the semester and there are specific due dates and times for assignments, etc.
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Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities
Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic adjustments in this course, contact the Office for Disability Services (ODS) at 814-863-1807 (V/TTY).
In order to receive consideration for course accommodations, you must contact ODS and provide documentation (see ODS documentation guidelines). If the documentation supports the need for academic adjustments, ODS will provide a letter identifying appropriate academic adjustments. Please share this letter and discuss the adjustments with your instructor as early in the course as possible. You must contact ODS and request academic adjustment letters at the beginning of each semester.
Accommodations for Military Personnel
Veterans and currently serving military personnel and/or spouses with unique circumstances (e.g., upcoming deployments, drill/duty requirements, disabilities, VA appointments, etc.) are welcome and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to the instructor in the case that special arrangements need to be made.
Use of Trade Names
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Subject to Change Statement
Please note that this Course Syllabus is subject to change. Students are responsible for abiding by such changes.