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BIO101L: Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab

Unit 1: Biology and Life   The lab materials for this unit will focus on the Scientific Method, methods for creating successful scientific experiments, and ways of understanding the experiments of others. 

Unit 1 Time Advisory
This unit should take you approximately 4 hours to complete.

Unit1 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:
- Design an experiment. - Analyze and critique the experiments of others. - Identify and evaluate components of experiments.

  • Reading: Hartnell College: Dr. Katherine Harris’s “Scientific Method Tutorial” Link: Hartnell College: Dr. Katherine Harris’s “Scientific Method Tutorial” (PDF) and Flash Animation (HTML)
      
    Instructions: Read through this page of tutorial on the scientific method to learn more about the terms used to describe aspects of experimental design. 
     
    Terms of Use: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.  It is attributed to Dr. Katherine Harris and the original work can be found here.

  • Assessment: The Biology Corner’s “Identify the Controls and Variables” and “Scientific Method in Action” Link: The Biology Corner’s “Identify the Controls and Variables” (PDF) and “Scientific Method in Action” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Please use these links to critique and practice identifying components of others’ experiments.  There are several questions listed in both linked pages; please answer these on your own and, when you are done, check your work against the solutions provided in The Saylor Foundation’s “Answer Guide 1.” (PDF)
     
    Terms of Use: The linked material above has been reposted by the kind permission of  Shannan Muskopf, and can be viewed in its original form here and here.  Please note that this material is under copyright and cannot be reproduced in any capacity without explicit permission from the copyright holder. 

  • Reading: The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry: James Lett’s “A Field Guide to Critical Thinking” Link: The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry: James Lett’s “A Field Guide to Critical Thinking” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Read the linked article for a breakdown of the important components of scientific critical thinking.  Remember to incorporate these components when creating experiments or when drawing conclusions from your data.
     
    Terms of Use: The linked material above has been reposted by the kind permission of James Lett, and can be viewed in its original form here.  Please note that this material is under copyright and cannot be reproduced in any capacity without explicit permission from the copyright holder.