As a whole, 151 and 152 labs are designed to improve students’ abilities to think, work and write scientifically.*
This means that, we try to provide our students with real life, open-ended questions to investigate.
- The lab experiences are designed so that our students do what scientists do – find answers to unknowns, i.e. to real life, open-ended questions.
- Students in our labs make initial observations, develop hypotheses, outline methods for examining these, and then conduct the experiments.
- As a result, they learn how to deal with their own data, how to use simple statistical methods to compare results, and how to write up their findings in scientific format.
- In other words, to the best of our abilities, in the confines of a student laboratory, the labs are designed to give our students an authentic experience with science.
*For additional information on the design of the laboratory exercises and the physical laboratory space see Redesigning the Introductory Biology Laboratory Experience.