A curriculum skills matrix for development and assessment of undergraduate biochemistry and molecular biology laboratory programs
Article first published online: 3 NOV 2006
Copyright © 2004 International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 11–16, January 2004
How to Cite
Caldwell, B., Rohlman, C. and Benore-Parsons, M. (2004), A curriculum skills matrix for development and assessment of undergraduate biochemistry and molecular biology laboratory programs. Biochem. Mol. Biol. Educ., 32: 11–16. doi: 10.1002/bmb.2004.494032010295
- Issue published online: 3 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 3 NOV 2006
- Manuscript Revised: 23 JUN 2003
- Manuscript Received: 27 SEP 2002
We have designed a skills matrix to be used for developing and assessing undergraduate biochemistry and molecular biology laboratory curricula. We prepared the skills matrix for the Project Kaleidoscope Summer Institute workshop in Snowbird, Utah (July 2001) to help current and developing undergraduate biochemistry and molecular biology program designers to determine which laboratory techniques, skills, and theories to include in a 4-year plan. The skills matrix can be used to evaluate and assess the types of laboratory skills as well as the level at which they are taught in biochemistry and molecular biology curricula. The matrix can foster better communication between faculty in chemistry, biology, math, and physics as they share curricular information. As an example of utility of the skills matrix, we used it to survey several commonly used biochemistry laboratory manuals to evaluate the skills covered in each text.