Natural Systems-Fall '01
Discovery "Lab Teaching Packet" Menu
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These are the "Lab Teaching Packet" Postings for Natural Systems
1, Fall '01. Please feel free to browse...
You can Input Your "Lab Teaching Packet" and then review feedback on this page.
Peer Review is a fundamental component of doing science.To help make your
projects more scientifically sound, you are being called upon
to put forward your ideas, proposals, lab packets and final report
as well as provide feedback to your peers.
Remember: Look at the outline below for details on the specifics to be included in your "lab packet."
Make sure it is complete! Turn in a "hard copy" in addition to
your WWW submission.
The Lab Teaching Packet Format
Each "Lab Packet" should be a minimum of 5 pages long, plus references, research time-line, and data sheets. Your lab packet
submission should be complete the first time you submit it, but
be prepared for feedback from your peers, tutors and faculty which
will result in further revision.
Title (with all authors)
Abstract About a paragraph or two in length--a brief synopsis of your study.
Include your research question(s), relevance, and a short statement of your findings.
- Purpose/Problem. What is (are) your hypothesis(es)?
- How did you decide on this project? How did you decide upon your
- What do you plan to accomplish?
- Relevance, if any. Why is this research interesting?
2. Relevance of your research question
- Literature Review--What have others done?
- How does your research relate to a larger question(s)? What contribution
will your project hopefully be able to make to the broader base
of human knowledge?
3. Materials and Methods
- What is your experimental design? Is it statistically sound? What
are the reasons behind the different parts of your experimental
design? Why are or aren't you doing certain things?
- Is your experimental design statistically sound? How do you know?
Did you ask for advice?
- How will you ensure unbiased results?
- How will you ensure that the data collected by the class can be
trusted? Will you show adequately demonstrate your data collection
methods and the importance of consistency?
- Describe important materials and how they will be used.
- Describe other methods. How will you involve the class in your
study? Be specific! Will the class be asked to process data? How?
- Have you included a Data Sheet?
- Include a specific timeline (your own and the class!) of research execution.
4. Results (To be included in your final report)
- Observations. Do you have preliminary results from work done to
date? Include these initial results in this report.
- Think about how best to convey your findings. What types of statistics
will be of use to you? Why?
- How will you best display your results? Graphs, tables? Think
long and hard about this!
- Include statistical tests, tables (numerical data) and figures
(graphs, drawings, etc.) when appropriate.
5. Discussion & Conclusions (For your final report!)
- Based on your background research, your own project, and analysis
of the data, explain why you got the results you did.
- Think beyond the project. How does your work fit in with what others have done? What additional questions do you have?
- What suggestions do you have for further investigation?
6. Literature Cited
- Be sure to include an impressive suite of literature citations
that directly relate to your study. This literature must include
citations from the peer reviewed journals. World Wide Web citations
are of secondary importance!
Natural Systems Lab Teaching Packet Submissions:
- Popcorn and College Students (11/13/01) [ Researcher: Kirsten Skinner, Jen Saum, Kristen Delap, Bryan Galli-Section: Wagner ]
- Amazing mice (11/12/01) [ Researcher: Elizabeth Miller, Amanda Gibson, and Rachel DeHart-Section: Dorsey ]
- Draft 2: How Does Climate Affect a Certain Species of Tarantula (11/11/01) [ Researcher: Alison Mouch, Kelly Alter, Audrey MacWood, Nick Anderson-Section: Cummins ]
- Jammin' Spider Webs (11/7/01) [ Researcher: Markle, Firestone, Smith, Van Houtte, Feichtner-Section: Dorsey ]
- Vehicles and Energy Use (11/3/01) [ Researcher: Lia Silver, Amanda Swisher, Brad Kaiser, Katie Gibson and Abby King-Section: Dorsey ]
- self esteem (10/31/01) [ Researcher: Brad, Jon, July, Jess-Section: Dorsey ]
- Lab Packet (10/31/01) [ Researcher: Nathan, Michele, Heather, Mica-Section: Cummins ]
- Final 1 (10/31/01) [ Researcher: Marissa Grier, Adam Haigh, Susie Quilligan, Aaron Schielke-Section: Myers ]
- Revision: Who Smokes, Who Does Not, and Why? (10/30/01) [ Researcher: Codie, Devaka, Diane, Dustin-Section: Wagner ]
- The Nature of Human Attraction: Draft Two (10/30/01) [ Researcher: Lena Jasper, Maggie Perrino, Adam Naylor, Zoe Brickley-Section: Cummins ]
- Draft 2, Is It Worth It? Brands and Taste (10/26/01) [ Researcher: Kelly, Hannah, Josh, Nicole, and Alison-Section: Cummins ]
- Draft 2: Factors That Influence Dreams (10/26/01) [ Researcher: Lauren Schone, Lauren Hollinger, Bong Sok, Carrie Myers-Section: Cummins ]
- Effects of Human Land Use on Fish Population (THE FISHBUSTERS) (10/26/01) [ Researcher: Grace Schneider, Marta Ralston, Amanda Higley, Kristen Mandish-Section: Cummins ]
- Draft 3 Organic vs. Chemical Fertilizers (10/26/01) [ Researcher: Tami, Noelle, Dani, and Mike-Section: Cummins ]
- Bacteria in Boys' and Girls' Living Environments (10/25/01) [ Researcher: Donald, Ashley, Tekk, Eric-Section: Wagner ]
- A Study of the Behavior of Swans (10/25/01) [ Researcher: Jocie Ellis, Ryan Pearl, Ryan Nootz-Section: Myers ]
- The affects of weather on the moods of Miami Students-Teaching Packet Final 1 (10/25/01) [ Researcher: Lisa Headen, Justin Martin, Kristen Maser, Katie Barlow-Section: Myers ]
- Stress and Amount of Sleep (okay... and BE STILL!) (10/24/01) [ Researcher: Matt Dudzik, Sarah Peterson, Liz Weisbecker, Becky Singson-Section: Wagner ]
- (10/24/01) [ Researcher: -Section: Cummins ]
- Cognitive Effects of Music : Draft 3 (10/23/01) [ Researcher: Eric McGary, Laura Fink, Ashlae Shepler, Sofia Turczynewycz, Jon Drain-Section: Cummins ]
- How temperature and daylength effect seasonal leaf change in honeysuckle plants (10/22/01) [ Researcher: Megen Leigh, Nikki Mihevic, Erica Govich, and Dan Kehn-Section: Myers ]
- Affects Of Weather on Mood (10/22/01) [ Researcher: Kristen Maser Justin Martin Katie Barlow Lisa Headen-Section: Myers ]
- Affects Of Weather on Mood-Teaching Packet draft 1 (10/22/01) [ Researcher: Kristen Maser-Section: Cummins ]
- Draft 1: Project Mantis (10/22/01) [ Researcher: Kevin Bechtel, Lauren Dean, Alex Kolakowski, Justin Beadle, Majida Al-Husaam-Section: Dorsey ]
- (10/22/01) [ Researcher: -Section: Cummins ]
- Retaliation (10/22/01) [ Researcher: Jason Harnish, Les Arms, Mike Kleefeld-Section: Myers ]
- The funtastic Stress Study Draft 2 (10/21/01) [ Researcher: Nathan, Heather, Micheal, Mica-Section: Cummins ]
- Draft 1, Is It Worth It? Brands and Taste (10/18/01) [ Researcher: Kelly Bush, Hannah Frederick, Josh Marcus, Nicole Santelli, Alison Stanton -Section: Cummins ]
- Draft 2 Organic vs. Chemical Fertilizers (10/18/01) [ Researcher: Tami, Noelle, Dani, and Mike-Section: Cummins ]
- Factors That Influence Dreams (10/18/01) [ Researcher: lauren hollinger-Section: Cummins ]
- DRAFT TWO: KEPLER GROUP JOINS ASTRONOMER'S ANONYMOUS (10/18/01) [ Researcher: Austin Kleon, Ryan Lazowski, Laura Englehart, Miguel Padilla -Section: Cummins ]
- Draft 1: How Does Climate Affect Two Different Species of Tarantulas (10/17/01) [ Researcher: Allison Mouch, Kelly Alter, Nick Anderson, Audrey Macwood -Section: Cummins ]
- Cognitive Effects of Music : Draft 2 (10/17/01) [ Researcher: Eric McGary, Lura Fink, Ashlae Shepler, Sofia Turczynewycz, Jon Drain-Section: Cummins ]
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