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02 2010 03 Fall Bios101L Syllabus

02 2010 03 Fall Bios101L Syllabus - I Purpose of the BIOS...

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1 I) Purpose of the BIOS 101L Laboratory: In this laboratory you will make observations and carry out a series of experiments which will illustrate many of the basic biological principles discussed in lecture. We hope that you will: 1) Interact with other students and your lab instructor by asking questions about the laboratory material, by comparing your findings, and, when possible, by presenting your results in class discussions at the end of the laboratory session. 2) Acquire knowledge that will provide a foundation for further scientific study. 3) Apply what you have learned in this course to your daily life, and try to make more informed decisions about such matters as nutrition, medicine, natural resources, endangered species, and environmental hazards. II) Required Laboratory Materials: 1) You are required to have access to BlackBoard and the ability to print the lab handouts. If you think this is going to be a problem, tell us about it right away. Except for the first lab, you will not be supplied with handouts in lab—you will need to bring them with you. The procedure for this will be explained in the first lab meeting. 2) Protective Eyewear: Nebraska State Law (Nebraska Revised Statute 85-901) requires that "eye protective devices" be worn by students and instructors who have potential contact with chemicals or other hazards in laboratory situations. Approved safety glasses can be purchased at the University Bookstore for about $5.00. Students must wear these safety glasses in all lab exercises designated on the schedule of lab exercises as "Eye Protection Required" (see page 8 for additional information). 3) Bring a calculator to lab EVERY week. You will only need a simple calculator which will add, subtract, multiply, divide, and take square roots. You do NOT need a complex scientific calculator. 4) All graphs must be plotted in pencil on graph paper during the lab meeting and be computer generated when turned in. The required graph paper will be supplied to you each week in lab . Generally, you should only plot one graph per sheet of graph paper. IF AN ASSIGNMENT REQUIRES YOU TO TURN IN YOUR GRAPHS, THOSE MUST BE COMPUTER-GENERATED. 5) All sketches must be done on unlined paper, in pencil . Unlined paper will be provided. Sketches done in biology lab are not expected to be works of art, rather careful representations of what was actually observed in the laboratory. The reason we ask you to make sketches is to help you make careful observations—which will probably help you out on quizzes. No credit will be given for sketches which are simply copied from the diagrams in the lab outline . 6) It’s a good idea to keep all lab packets and graded materials in a 3-ring, loose-leaf binder. These will be your primary resources to review and study for the laboratory quizzes and exams.
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