In A Modeling-Based Approach to Biology, students are given open-ended problems that have no perfect answer. Think global climate change, antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis, poverty, human slave trade. Emphasis is on process rather than content. They must find relevant information and data to construct their models, since without understanding the problem they would not be able to propose a solution. Grades are based on how well students find and learn the necessary material and whether they have taken into account the drawbacks and benefits of a solution.
It is estimated that one-third of the human population is infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Develop a health care plan for control.
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