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BIO304L: Human Physiology Lab

Unit 1: Introduction to Scientific Investigation   This unit focuses on applied methods for scientific inquiry.  You will learn how to make observations and predictions, formulate hypotheses, design experiments, and obtain and present data.  This unit will also assist you in identifying dependent and independent variables in a hypothesis. 

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

  • Reading: Kean University: “Application of the Scientific Method” and Pennsylvania University: “Scientific Investigation” Link: Kean University: “Application of the Scientific Method” (HTML) and Pennsylvania University: “Scientific Investigation” (HTML)
     
    Instructions: For the first link, please read the section “Introduction to the Scientific Method.”  For the second link, please read the “Overview” and “The Question” through “The Scientific Paper.”  These materials explain how to design a scientific experiment and define terms such as “hypothesis,” “control experiments,” and “dependent” and “independent” variables.  The readings will also teach you about the main elements involved in scientific writing, including abstracts, introductions, methods, results, and conclusions. 
     
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  • Activity: Kean University: “Application of the Scientific Method” Link: Kean University: “Application of the Scientific Method
     
    Instructions: Please review this document and answer the questions based on the experiment presented under the “Goldfish” and “Temperature Effects.”  This exercise will also demonstrate which type of graph you should choose when presenting your data. 
     
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  • Web Media: YouTube: potholer54: “The Scientific Method Made Easy” Link: YouTube: potholer54: “The Scientific Method Made Easy” (Youtube)
     
    Instructions: Please watch this video clip (about 9 minutes) to review various methods of scientific inquiry.
     
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