GeneralBiologyforMajorsLabSyllabusVERONICA CONTRERAS-SHANNON,PH.D.CHRISTINE GRAY, PH.D.Course FrameworkPurpose of the Lab CourseThis laboratory course is the accompaniment of the General Biology lecture portion of BL1401. In thelecture portion of the course you will be introduced to key biological concepts that all life sciencedisciplines build upon and which are responsible for the function and diversity of life evident today. Thisincludes everything from basic biological chemistry, to cellular and molecular biology, and evolution. Inthe lab portion of the course, you will learn the hands-on and quantitative skills of a biologist. These arethe skills which you will continue to use and also build upon as you advance through the biology majorcurriculum. You will spend most of your time with the unicellular eukaryote Saccharomyces cerevisiae.Required MaterialsAll lab materials will be posted on Blackboard. These materials (and resources) are the LAB MANUAL forthe course. Students are expected to read the material and familiarize themselves with the upcoming labactivity PRIOR to coming to lab. If students wish to have hard copies of the lab background andprocedures, they should download the material and print it for lab. Otherwise, students should ensurethey are readily able to access the electronic documents by bringing a functional laptop or tablet to class.In addition to the materials posted on Blackboard, students should have a bound, composition notebook(college-ruled) and safety glasses.Course GoalsBecause the skills you learn in lab during this course form an important basis for future, more advancedcourse work, it is expected that upon completion of the lab:1.Students will understand the key components of the scientific method and develop greaterproficiency in their practice of the scientific method.
This understanding will be achieved by opportunities for Critical observation, Articulating questions,Formulating hypotheses and supporting rationale, Designing experiments with appropriate controls,Collecting and organizing data, Mining data, and Drawing conclusions supported by evidence.2.Students will learn and practice lab skills necessary to collect reliable data. These lab skills include performing Dilutions, Pipetting, Microscopy, Spectrophotometry, Steriletechnique, Leveraging Google and biological databases, and Enzyme assays.3.Students will present their data clearly. Data will be presented in a variety of ways including the Lab Notebook, Graphs/tables, Basicdescriptive statistics (mean, range, standard deviation, etc.), and Lab report.4.Students will analyze their data and interpret their data in light of the biological concepts they havelearned in the course. This analysis involves relating quantitative and qualitative data, recorded in the lab notebook, tobiological processes. Quantitative data may be obtained from spectrophotometric analyses, standardcurves, graphical analyses (such as determination of slope), and other measurements.