MCDB 399 - Doing Science: An Introduction to Experimental Design in the Life Sciences
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)
Department: LSA Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Prior or concurrent enrollment in MCDB or EEB 300.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will introduce students to basic experimental design, and how good experimental design relates to ethical principles in life science research. The course will focus on hypothesis development, producing strong evidence to challenge a hypothesis, the importance of between individual variation, replication and sampling, types of experimental design, how measurements are taken in life science research, and the relationship of experimental design to the ethical conduct of research.

Course Requirements:

Grades will be based on class attendance and participation, the quality of an in-class presentation, weekly homework assignments, and weekly quizzes.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended to serve undergraduate students conducting research in life science laboratories (both honors and non-honors).

Class Format:

Each meeting will begin with a brief lecture, followed by classroom discussion and problem solving (deriving from the assigned readings and homework assignments).

MCDB 399 - Doing Science: An Introduction to Experimental Design in the Life Sciences
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001 (SEM)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 0198717350
Experimental Design for the Life Sciences 4th edition, Author: Graeme D. Ruxton, Nick Colegrave
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