Biology | Biology Laboratory
L113 | 7665-7680 | Hengeveld, J and Ruf, W
Course format: Three hour of laboratory and one hour of discussion
Requirements: P: or concurrent - Biol L112; R: Biol 111.
Course description: L113 is a general, introductory biology
laboratory course intended for science majors. Among the goals of
the course are the following: (1) introduce students to the
essentials of experimentation with a focus on investigative logic
and methods; (2) familiarize students with some of the principles of
biology with emphasis on cell biology, genetics, animal behavior,
and population biology; (3) introduce a few methodologies and
techniques used in the above mentioned disciplines of biology; (4)
improve communication skills, including writing reports in a
scientifically acceptable format. The hour of discussion is used to
prepare students for the theoretical and technical aspects of the
laboratories as well as to analyze, interpret and prepare to write
up the laboratory reports.
Required text: Biology, Campbell and Reece, 7th edition, A Student
Handbook for Writing in Biology, 2nd edition Karin Knisely.
Weekly assignments: quizzes in discussion and laboratory; reading
(and possibly flow chart diagrams) for lab exercise preparation.
Exams/papers: Four-six reports; 2-3 exercises and an independent
project and report.