Debate

Undergraduate Course- Neurobiology BIO 484

No. of Students: 24 students Biology majors. Students were either in their junior or senior year of undergraduate degree. Course description: The course is one semester and 2 and half hours of lecture every week.

Debate Topic: Which has a detrimental effect on brain: Marijuana and Alcohol?

 

Graduate Course: Endocrinology BIO 521

No. of Students: 18 students Graduate Course description:

Course description: The course is one semester and 2 and half hours of lecture every week

Debate Topic: Whether federal, state, and local governments should take a more active role or retreat to the sidelines in regulating fat- and sugar-laden foods which lead to obesity?

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  1. The goal of this assignment was to implement cooperative learning with exchange of ideas.
  2. It helps to remove student’s bias on a topic.
  3. Helps students with research skill
  4. Helps students’ with oral presentation and communication skills
  5. Helps students with thinking skills

Cons:

  1. Students who lack communication skills and are shy may not participate and can be just listeners
  2. Difficult to come up with a new current event related to the course
  3. Available resources to do research while the debate is in session like computer for all students
  4. Grading is as a group not individual performance.

 

 

 

Pre-Post Quiz for NeuroDebate

PreQuiz          Name:___________________

NeuroDebate: Marijuana Vs Alcohol, Its Effect Brain

Answer the questions to the best of your knowledge. ‘I do not know’ or ‘not sure’ are completely acceptable answers.

Q1. What is Marijuana?

Q2. Why do people take Marijuana?

Q3. What are the advantages of Marijuana on brain?

Q4. What are the harmful effects of Marijuana on brain?

Q5. Why do people drink alcohol?

Q6. What are the advantages of alcohol on brain?

Q7.What are the harmful effects of Alcohol on Brain?

Q8. Which do you think has more detrimental effect on brain: Marijuana or Alcohol?

I give consent to Dr. Chakraborty to video record the debate session and share this document for academic purposes

PostQuiz Spring 2015        Name:___________________

NeuroDebate: Marijuana Vs Alcohol, Its Effect Brain

Answer the questions to the best of your knowledge. ‘I do not know’ or ‘not sure’ are NOT acceptable answers.

Q1. What is Marijuana?

Q2. Why do people take Marijuana?

Q3. What are the advantages of Marijuana on brain?

Q4. What are the harmful effects of Marijuana on brain?

Q5. Why do people drink alcohol?

Q6. What are the advantages of alcohol on brain?

Q7.What are the harmful effects of Alcohol on Brain?

Q8. Which do you think has more detrimental effect on brain: Marijuana or Alcohol?

Q9. Did you enjoy the learning strategy? Why? Did you learn from this assignment? How?