Mary Pat Wenderoth
Experimental design and techniques, data analysis, written reports. Original project labs and experiments in physiology. Prerequisite: BIOL 462, which may be taken concurrently. Offered: A.
Biology 463 is an independent study were you will team up with another student in the class and do the following: design a physiological experiment on a group of invertebrates collect and maintain your animals of the course of the quarter carry out your experiment and collect data analyze the data write up a scientific manuscript of your experimental findings give a power point presentation to your lab section
This is a very exciting lab experience where you get to "try-out" your scientific skills. Ray Huey and I will be there for guidance throughout the process and each lab has a dedicated graduate student who will provide close supervision. But this lab experience is about you-- and will reflect your motivation and self-initiative. The class is 3 credits and will require at least 9 hrs of work each week. Three of those hours will be during the assigned lab period but the other 6 will be based on when you need to come into lab to check on animals or collect data. In the past students have found this class to be extremely rewarding but also time consuming. That is why we want to let you know what you have signed on for. We look forward to seeing you in the AUT and helping you have a successful inquiry project.
Student learning goals
- design and conduct a scientific experiment on the physiological adaptation of an invertebrate.
analyze data from this experiment and write up your findings in scientific format.
work well in a scientific team
evaluate the scientific merit of your colleagues experiments
General method of instruction
independent research project
Biology or biochemistry majors
Class assignments and grading
- write a scientific manuscript -present a power point presentation of your experiment - collect and maintain animals -collect and analyze data -create experimental apparatus
final paper and presentation