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BIO102L: Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Ecology Lab

Unit 1: A Scientific Understanding   You have already done some exercises related to the scientific method in BIO101.  This unit, however, will focus on the scientific method in greater depth, examining its importance within scientific thinking as well as its applications.  Understanding scientific thinking is particularly important for a course focusing on evolution.  Since it was first put forth, the concept of evolution has been received with much hostility from a variety of sources outside of science; to understand why and how the theory of evolution has become near universally accepted within the scientific community, you must have a concrete understanding of the scientific method.

Unit 1 Time Advisory
This unit should take you approximately 2 hours to complete.

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

1.1 Definition and Concept   - Reading: College of DuPage’s Center for Independent Learning: Professor Lynn Fancher’s “The Great ‘SM’” Link: College of DuPage’s Center for Independent Learning: Professor Lynn Fancher’s “The Great ‘SM’” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Read this webpage on the scientific method in its entirety; it will both detail the basics of the process to you and explain how and why the scientific method is a conceptual underpinning of scientific research and thought.
 
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1.2 Applications   - Reading: Oklahoma City Community College Biology Labs Online: Professor Dennis Anderson’s “The Scientific Method” Link: Oklahoma City Community College Biology Labs Online: Professor Dennis Anderson’s “The Scientific Method” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Click on and read through the five examples (Car, Disease Detective, Forensics, Yeast, Frog) of how the scientific method has been or can be used.  Please note that the correct link for the frog exercise is the following: Hartwick College: Professor Sessions’ “Deformed Amphibian Research” (HTML); click on choice 2 (“find out for myself”) to read about this research.  Finally, click on “Pseudoscience” and choose one of the examples given in order to get a sense of how non-science is often presented in a scientific manner.
 
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  • Assessment: Hartnell College: Dr. Katherine Harris’s Scientific Method Tutorial and Quiz Link: Hartnell College: Dr.  Katherine Harris’s Scientific Method Tutorial and Quiz (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Complete this assessment once you have finished the above-assigned resources in Unit 1.  Read through this page of tutorial on the scientific method to learn more about the terms used to describe aspects of experimental design.  Then click on number three at the bottom of the page, “The Scientific Method Quiz,” to test your understanding of the process and terms.
     
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