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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.

Then,......

1. Introduction

  1. Purpose/Problem. What is (are) your hypothesis(es)?
  2. How did you decide on this project? How did you decide upon your specific questions?
  3. What do you plan to accomplish?
  4. Relevance, if any. Why is this research interesting?

2. Relevance of your research question

  1. Literature Review--What have others done?
  2. 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

  1. 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?
  2. Is your experimental design statistically sound? How do you know? Did you ask for advice?
    1. How will you ensure unbiased results?
    2. 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?
  3. Describe important materials and how they will be used.
  4. Describe other methods. How will you involve the class in your study? Be specific! Will the class be asked to process data? How?
  5. Have you included a Data Sheet?
  6. Include a specific timeline (your own and the class!) of research execution.

4. Results (To be included in your final report)

  1. Observations. Do you have preliminary results from work done to date? Include these initial results in this report.
  2. Think about how best to convey your findings. What types of statistics will be of use to you? Why?
    1. How will you best display your results? Graphs, tables? Think long and hard about this!
  3. Include statistical tests, tables (numerical data) and figures (graphs, drawings, etc.) when appropriate.

5. Discussion & Conclusions (For your final report!)

  1. Based on your background research, your own project, and analysis of the data, explain why you got the results you did.
  2. Think beyond the project. How does your work fit in with what others have done? What additional questions do you have?
  3. What suggestions do you have for further investigation?

6. Literature Cited

  1. 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!

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