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The materials posted here were research projects that involved biology students at UCCS.

Inquiry-based Laboratory Materials

This includes all the protocols and supplies needed to conduct a stand- alone, three-laboratory module entitled "Soakin' up the rays with Schizosaccharomyces pombe." This module is composed of a series of experiments that allow students to navigate through a UV-mutagenesis screen and explore how cells monitor their genomic integrity. It was developed by Lisa Durrenberger (UCCS master's student and secondary educator), Lisa Hines (UCCS faculty) and Tom Wolkow (UCCS faculty). For additional information, you can contact either Lisa Hines ( or Tom Wolkow (

Disease Tutorials

The purpose of the disease tutorials is to provide the general audience with some background and statistics on the listed diseases. It is not intended to provide clinical advise. Each module was created by a current or former UCCS biology student.

The goal for developing Soakin' up the rays with Schizosaccharomyces pombe was to create an inquiry-based laboratory module that is effective and transferable across diverse educational environments. In this module, students navigate through a UV-mutagenesis screen and explore how cells monitor their genomic integrity through a series of experiments that are summarized below.

During the 2010-11 spring semester, this module was piloted in two different courses: one section of introductory biology at UCCS (BIOL 1210) and the second semester section of the UCCS UTeach math and science secondary teacher training curriculum (UTED 1020). As illustrated in Table 1, the pilot assessment data indicate that students prefer this inquiry-based module when compared with the current BIOL 1210 laboratory format, which follows the "Investigating Biology Lab Manual 6/E (Morgan & Carter)" that accompanies the Campbell & Reece textbook.

Compared to the traditional BIOL 1210 labs, this lab was:

(1=highly less effective, 2= slightly less effective, 3=similar, 4=slightly more effective, 5= highly more effective)


Overall rating (n=16)

Mean +/- SD


with understanding genetic concepts 4.50 +/- 0.63
at making connections between lecture and lab 4.56 +/- 0.51
with learning technical skills 4.38 +/- 0.81
in broadening my understanding of how science is done 4.44 +/- 0.73
providing real-life example of laboratory experimentation 4.81 +/- 0.40
providing a good foundation in understanding concepts useful in future courses/career 4.38 +/- 0.62
at allowing me to be more involved with experiments 4.56 +/- 0.73
at retaining concepts and techniques from lecture and lab 4.25 +/- 0.77

This module is still under development. Below, you will find the current protocols and materials as of summer, 2011.

If you are interested in implementing this module, please contact either:

Dr. Lisa Hines
(719)255 - 3192


Dr. Tom Wolkow
(719)255 - 3663