Kathleen A. O'Connor
BIO A 455
Introduction to the theory and methods of laboratory-based research in reproductive ecology. Covers lab methods for reproductive hormone assays, and their application in anthropological, biodemographic, and epidemiological research. Prerequisite: BIO A 201. Offered: Sp.
This course is an introduction to the theory and methods of laboratory-based research in reproductive endocrinology. The focus is on learning lab methods for reproductive hormone assays, and how these methods are designed and applied in anthropological, biodemographic, ecological and epidemiological research. The format includes 1) readings on assay methods, 2) readings on the application of these methods in various settings and 3) performance of reproductive steroid assays in the laboratory.
Students will design and carry out their own assay experiment, which will include assay work, data entry and analysis, and comprehensive write up. The hands-on work enables students to learn how to design experiments, carry out assays, trouble-shoot assay problems, analyze and graph results, and write up scientific reports. EIA lab methods and Microsoft Excel will be extensively used.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture, Discussion, Individual and Group Lab Work
Bio A 201, Introduction to Biology, advanced undergraduate standing
Class assignments and grading
Readings in primary literature, class presentations, lab notebook and lab project.
Homework assignment (10%), Lab Project (50%), Class Presentation (10%), Lab Notebook (30%). Regular attendance is critical.