Unformatted text preview: Biology 103 Lab Homework #2, September 3, 2010 Title Page+ Materials and Methods I. Instructions Every student will need to complete this assignment on their own. All involved parties will receive a zero for the assignment if plagiarism is suspected. For this homework you will use the posted lab background and preview material from the crayfish lab (week 2, lab #1). You will need to create a title page and a materials and methods section of a lab write‐up. This assignment will serve as a rough draft activity for the complete write‐up you will turn in the week of November 08, 2010. This homework is due at the beginning of your lab section the week of September 13, 2010. A. Title Page: The title page is the first page of a paper and includes the title of the paper, your name, the course title, your lab time/section, instructor’s name (lab T.A.), and the due date for the paper. The title should be as short as possible and as long as necessary to communicate the question that you have answered in the paper (what was the point of the lab?). The title should be about 7 cm from the top of the title page. By “your name” should be should be in the center of the page. The rest of the information should be contained on its own line at the bottom of the page. Leave about 5 cm blank space below the last of the information. B. Materials and Methods: Start the page with “Materials and Methods:”. The Materials and Methods section describes your experiment in such a way that it can be repeated. This section should be a narrative description that combines the materials with the procedures used in the investigation. Avoid the use of First Person (I/we). Do not list the materials and do not list the steps of the procedure. Write this section in paragraph form, in past tense. Include types and levels of treatment(s), numbers of replications, and controls. If working with living organisms, include the scientific name and other relevant data that pertains to the organism. Include any computer software or any statistical analyses used. You must determine which details are essential for another investigator to repeat your experiment. Don’t write a bunch of fluff. For example: We used 6 shiny glass slides which we labeled numbers 1‐6 with a dark blue wax pencil. Do not attempt to justify your work in this section. Remember, any printed or online materials from the 103 lab course may be use as references. However, do not copy the preview. You must in your own words rewrite the lab in the correct format for a materials and methods section. 1. This materials and methods section should be written as though your entire class was working on one experiment (it was). The project was broken down into groups, but to make the data strong enough to be meaningful you will use class data not just your group data. So, there were 24 crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) utilized. Make sure your homework is written to include the activity of the whole class. 2. An example of unnecessary information would be to include that crayfish were divided into groups for weighing, and class data was shared. Though these are true statements they are not needed to replicate the work.  Biology 103 Lab Homework #2, September 3, 2010 II. Grading A. 5 Points for correct format(s) B. 5 Points for inclusion of relevant information C. Follow the above guidelines (A link to examples is posted on Blackboard)  ...
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- Spring '10
- Biology, investigator, 7 cm, 5 cm, methods section