Laboratory Rules and Grading|
The Laboratory portion of BIOL 1107 is intended to extend and add
to the lecture portion of the course and counts for 200 of the 700
overall course points toward your final grade. Laboratory
exercises will usually consist of hands-on experiences
with various types of laboratory equipment and materials. It is not
always possible to cover the same areas and investigations in the
laboratory at the same time they are being discussed in the lecture
portion of the course. Labs are scheduled for TWO HOURS 45 MINUTES.
Not every lab will require the full time but you should be prepared to
be there for the full time period most of the time.
Laboratory is a required portion of this course! It is expected
that you will be on time for lab and will have read over the
materials for the day's lab PRIOR to coming to the lab.
You must attend lab to get credit for lab and you must pass both the lab and the lecture in order to pass the course.
The general and specific objectives that we hope will be instilled
in laboratory include, but are not limited to, the ability to:
- Locate valid scientific information
- find, access, and use relevant information of historical, contemporary, and future oriented types in appropriate print and electronic media
- use experimental equipment and materials safely and to conduct experiments to completion by following both written and verbal instructions
- Additionally, students should have:
- a working knowledge of scientific methodology in
general, and hypothesis testing in particular;
- an understanding of the relationship between
observation/experiment and hypothesis formation;
- the ability to represent observations and results
graphically, as well as the ability to interpret
- an understanding of the role of controls in
experiments and the ability to use them correctly;
- familiarity with the role of models in scientific
- sufficient experience with lab equipment, standard
procedures, and basic principles to allow students
to explain unexpected results;
- the ability to interpret results of experiments in
the context of broad principles."
(Kilburn & Hutto. "Process-Oriented Lab Exercises: Learning How to
Learn in the Lab," Discovery Notes, Fall 1992, No. 3, D.C.
Heath & Company)
- In addition to the previously mentioned skills are some equally
important interpersonal skills necessary for success in all fields:
- the ability to work effectively as a member of a team
- the ability to effectively manage a personal
- understand the importance of
personal reliability, responsibility, professional
ethics and consideration for others