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A Model of Interdisciplinary Curricular Collaboration: Inquiry Based Real-World Case Studies for Introductory Bioinformatics and Computer Science Courses

City Tech
Type: Article
Author(s): Kolchenko, V, Malyuta, T and Guidone, R
Published: Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Engineering
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´╗┐An interdisciplinary team of computer science and biology faculty is developing inquiry based real-world case studies for introductory bioinformatics and computer science courses. The collaboration was designed to provide a model of such work and explore its challenges, benefits and potential. The step-by-step process of curricular development is analyzed. It included the selection of a real-world science problem, the integration of the project into existing curriculum and the creation of a wide range of corresponding learning activities. Combining scientific inquiry, service learning and computer science tools and methodology is a promising pathway for bringing undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education into the twenty first century. The guidelines for future partnerships are discussed.