TA required for PBL course (Problem-based Learning in Bioinformatics BIOF 505/MBB530) – CVs due Nov 2

Hi All,

 Dr. Steve Jones is looking a TA for his course that starts Jan and runs until April 2014.  Part of the duties will include teaching a module, as well as other specified duties, such as marking assignments, depending on who applies for the position. If you are interested in this position, Please send your updated CV no later than November 2, 2015.  The position pays ~$5,725/4 months.

 Course Objectives

The course is a 3-credit graduate course which provides students with examples of bioinformatic problems and, in a team environment; the students develop strategies and identify resources which allow them to determine solutions. This problem-based learning (PBL) course develops a students’ ability to exchange ideas in small groups focused on real but simplified problems in bioinformatics. Problems are carefully selected to cover all aspects of bioinformatics research.

 Each week a different faculty member will introduce a new case for study, allowing the students to be exposed to problems from a diversity of bioinformatic topics. Typically, 10 cases are taught by 10-12 different faculty members during the semester. Some modules will be taught at SFU, but the majority will be at the GSC site.

 Course Format

The course meets twice a week. In the first week of classes, a lecture on problem-based learning is given, and a trial PBL case is conducted to familiarize the students with the PBL process. Following this, in the initial meeting for each case (Monday), the instructor will introduce the problem-based learning case which is also outlined in hand-out form.  The students will then self-organize to identify the learning objectives they will need to address before the next meeting. These objectives are divided between the students, with each student assigned to research a particular aspect(s) of the case-study. The role of the faculty is as a facilitator, mainly to ensure that students do not veer off-topic or fail to identify key learning objectives. In the second class of each case (Wednesday), students each present the research that they have carried out to address their learning objectives.


Sharon Ruschkowski

Bioinformatics Graduate Program Coordinator

100-570 West 7th Avenue

Vancouver, BC CANADA

V5Z 4S6




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