CONNECT BIOCHEMISTRY to REAL LIFE with this DIABETES CASE
This resource is a case study for my biochemistry unit. I use it with my sophomore Biology class.
The case study includes the following elements:
-Introduction to the patient: I have students complete a web investigation to identify the relevant medical terms of the case and come up with a diagnosis. You may also wish to use a group problem-based learning approach.
-Investigation of the content of the patient's meal: students use the McDonald's website to research the nutritional content of the meal.
-Application of the data: students use what they have learned in the biochemistry unit to identify concerns with the patient's diet. Student answers will vary, and this allows for rich discussion. I make sure to emphasize the caloric content of proteins vs. fats vs. carbohydrates and to reconnect caloric content to macromolecule structure.
-Proposing a solution: finally students are asked to research a better option for the patient. Again, students answers will vary, and this provides for rich discussion. The case ends with students giving advice to the patient. This is an excellent opportunity to emphasize soft skills, such as communication and empathy.
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