Modules, Labs, and Case Studies

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Teaching modules are usually conceptualized as self-contained "units" of content or technique. A unit can cover just one class or more. A teacher may assign modules for students to work through on their own time. A module can also be used as an in-class group assignment or it may serve as a guide for a teacher to present material in class.

Modules are being developed at various schools in an interdisciplinary effort between Math Departments and Biology Departments. Our goal is to create a database of modules to be used in math and biology undergraduate courses.

The Wiki contains a summary page for each module where you will find a link to the module. The summary page includes prerequisites, appropriate classes to incorporate the module, a summary of the content, and a section where users can add comments. If you try a module in your course, please add comments on the module (e.g. if the exercise was successful, what could be improved, length of time to work through module, etc.).

Searching for Modules

Click on the appropriate page below to find modules categorized by subject matter.

You may also type the word "Module" and key words in the search box on the left side of the page.

Adding Modules

If you come across a module online or you have created your own, please add the link to the database. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. You will need to create a page that includes information about the module and a link to the appropriate site. Click on Module: Template to find a template for your page.
  2. When you are on the template page, click on the edit tab at the top of the page. Copy the text in the edit box.
  3. In the search box on the left of the page, type the title of your new page. Please use the format "Module: Name of your module". Click on the Go button. At the top of the page you will see in red font "create this page." Click on this. This will let you edit the new page.
  4. Paste the text that you copied from the module template and fill in each section for your module.

If you have any questions or you would like us to post the module for you, please email