Course Information LMs11

Course Information LMs11 - Introduction GENERAL INFORMATION...

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v Introduction GENERAL INFORMATION COURSE OBJECTIVES This course is designed to be an introduction to your career in the biological sciences and prepare you for upper division biology courses. The most critical aspect of this preparation is to develop scientific thought. In addition, you will be introduced to common laboratory practices and procedures, learn to conduct basic experiments, and practice experimental design using scientific reasoning. The face of biology is constantly changing and this course will begin to prepare you for some of today’s pressing questions. An introduction to modern topics such as molecular genetics, structural biology, proteomics, and bioinformatics will be incorporated into many of these labs to provide as complete a framework as possible to support your future biological study. College laboratories are training grounds for your future work environment, and it takes more than a mastery of topic to succeed as a professional. You are expected to become a good observer, listener, oral communicator, reader, and writer in the biological sciences. To excel in this course, you will be required to understand the objectives of an experiment, focus on those objectives, think critically and creatively, categorize concepts, make connections, learn and use new vocabulary terms, and efficiently manage your time. You will use computers to collect data and statistics to analyze data. At times, you will be called upon to be a leader, at other times to be an independent self starter, or a team player. And you will be required to present your work in both oral and written formats. You will be expected to achieve a great deal this semester and remember that we are preparing you to be successful in your future careers. Making the most of this learning experience will support your career goals. REQUIRED MATERIALS Lab manual: Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry in the Biological Sciences II (Miyazaki, O’Neal, and Spikes, 4 th Edition, 2011) Textbook : LIFE (Sadava et al., 9 th Edition, 2011) Lab notebook : NCR Lab Notebook Online Materials: Bioportal access Supplemental texts: Writing in Biology (Knisely, Stony Brook Edition, 2008); Math and Stats for the Life Sciences CatchUp Guide Dissecting kit: Scalpel, scissors, forceps, blunt probe, ruler, and dissecting needle Gloves: Nitrile, Polyurethane, Latex, Neoprene, Polyethylene, or Vinyl will suffice for the chemicals that we will use in this class. If you are concerned with comfort, latex, neoprene and polyurethane are best—unless you have a Type I latex allergy. If you have a Type IV allergy, try N-DEX hypoallergenic gloves. Goggles: Impact resistant; UV protection; ANSI certified Colored pencils: at least 5 colors Flash Memory: USB; at least 512 MB Clicker: eInstruction’s CPS RF clicker
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vi Fundamentals of Scienti± c Inquiry STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS If you have any condition, such as a physical, psychological, medical, or learning disability which
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