BISC110/F12: Series 3 Lab 11 Science Writing Workshop

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#The complete photosynthesis paper (Title, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Literature Cited) is due on the date as indicated on the calendar or by your instructor.  
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#The complete photosynthesis paper (Title, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Literature Cited) is due on the date as indicated on the calendar or by your instructor. This assignment should be done individually.
#Prepare for a Lab Practical Skills Assessment in Lab 12. You may download a set of practice problems and a key to those problems here: [[Media:110_extra_practice_problems1.doc]] and [[Media:110_Lab_practical_practice_key_new.doc]]. You may also come into the lab when there is NOT a lab going on (labs run Mon. through Thurs. afternoon, Tues. evening, and Thurs. evening) to practice using the microscope. You may also practice at the end of lab 11 if the whole period is not used for the workshop. The lab practical will cover the main concepts and techniques covered in each of the labs. You may use the Wiki during the practical; however, prior to the practical you should review the background information in the Wiki, your instructor's PowerPoints, how to perform specific techniques, and previous homework assignments.  
#Prepare for a Lab Practical Skills Assessment in Lab 12. You may download a set of practice problems and a key to those problems here: [[Media:110_extra_practice_problems1.doc]] and [[Media:110_Lab_practical_practice_key_new.doc]]. You may also come into the lab when there is NOT a lab going on (labs run Mon. through Thurs. afternoon, Tues. evening, and Thurs. evening) to practice using the microscope. You may also practice at the end of lab 11 if the whole period is not used for the workshop. The lab practical will cover the main concepts and techniques covered in each of the labs. You may use the Wiki during the practical; however, prior to the practical you should review the background information in the Wiki, your instructor's PowerPoints, how to perform specific techniques, and previous homework assignments.  
#Prepare to turn in your lab notebook for grading (10 pts.) in Lab 12.<BR>
#Prepare to turn in your lab notebook for grading (10 pts.) in Lab 12.<BR>

Revision as of 12:35, 3 October 2012

Wellesley College

BISC110/112- Introduction to Cell Biology Lab- Fall 2012

   

Lab 11 Science Writing Workshop for Photosynthesis Paper

During this week's lab, you will participate in a writing workshop focusing on the photosynthesis paper. In this workshop we will review how to best present and describe results by analyzing figures and figure legends you and your classmates construct from your experimental data. You will present these data to the class and explain their significance. You will be asked to offer constructive criticism of other group’s figures. Our goal is for you to practice and refine your ability to analyze and describe your findings in appropriate detail and to recognize and articulate major trends. We will go over examples written by you and your peers and talk about what constitutes a well-written results narrative.

We will also work on the discussion part of the paper and enlist strategies useful to get started on a discussion. Our goal is to clarify how you can structure your discussion around a few major points and how you may use information from a wide range of papers to support the points that you are trying to make. Everyone will read a journal article handed out by your instructor in class and will extract information from it that is relevant to your discussion. We will work on how to include this information into your discussion. In addition we will talk about how to properly acknowledge the sources of your information by citing the papers that first presented the results that gave rise to important conclusions.

For this last paper of the semester, you are also for the first time expected to write an introduction that should summarize the information that is pertinent to understanding your results and discussion. In our workshop we will discuss how to structure the introduction, how to decide which information to include in the introduction versus the discussion or both. Lastly we will talk about how to avoid plagarism by paraphrasing appropriately and by citing information properly .

Please come prepared with a rough draft of the introduction and discussion sections of your paper and with questions that arose while you were working on it.

Assignment

  1. The complete photosynthesis paper (Title, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Literature Cited) is due on the date as indicated on the calendar or by your instructor. This assignment should be done individually.
  2. Prepare for a Lab Practical Skills Assessment in Lab 12. You may download a set of practice problems and a key to those problems here: Media:110_extra_practice_problems1.doc and Media:110_Lab_practical_practice_key_new.doc. You may also come into the lab when there is NOT a lab going on (labs run Mon. through Thurs. afternoon, Tues. evening, and Thurs. evening) to practice using the microscope. You may also practice at the end of lab 11 if the whole period is not used for the workshop. The lab practical will cover the main concepts and techniques covered in each of the labs. You may use the Wiki during the practical; however, prior to the practical you should review the background information in the Wiki, your instructor's PowerPoints, how to perform specific techniques, and previous homework assignments.
  3. Prepare to turn in your lab notebook for grading (10 pts.) in Lab 12.

Link to Labs in this Series

Lab 8: Taster Data Analysis; Spectrophotometry, Photosynthesis and Creating a Standard Curve
Lab 9: The Hill Reaction
Lab 10: Variables Affecting the Hill Reaction

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