BIEN 435 Group Laboratory, Dr. Jones,
Last Updated: January 21, 2006
Design and conduct an experiment to test a physiological hypothesis.
Your experiment will relate to some aspect of physiology that includes knowledge gained in BIEN 301, BIEN 401, and/or BIEN 430 (i.e. something of a mechanical or transport nature)..
You are required to include the following in the project:
1. A hypothesis that is interesting and testable.
2. Design/construction/analysis of the instrumentation needed to test your hypothesis.
3. Calibration of the instrumentation being used.
4. A negative control (against which your hypothesis is tested).
5. A positive control that enables you to verify the validity of your experimental system.
6. Preliminary data collection to check the feasibility of the experiment.
7. A refined experiment that makes use of experience gained with the preliminary experiment.
8. A theoretical model for the physical phenomenon being studied.
9. Statistical testing of your hypothesis (e.g. t-test, f-test, anova).
10. A formal written report in the format Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions. Be sure to answer the stated hypothesis in your conclusion section.
Friday, January 27th: Submit to me by email three suggestions for experiments. I will return comments to you for your consideration.
Wednesday, February 1st: Select your topic. Email a title to me and a brief “proposal” (3 pages maximum) that addresses the relevance of items 1-10 above to your topic.
Lab Sessions, February 1st and 2nd: Perform some preliminary measurements to evaluate their feasibility.
Wednesday/Thursday, February 8th/9th: Set up preliminary apparatus and take any preliminary data.
Wednesday, January 15th: Turn in a brief report demonstrating the processing of your preliminary data and the comparison to theory.
Wednesday/Thursday, February 15th/16th: Revise experimental apparatus and take complete data set.
Thursday, February 22nd (): Complete laboratory writeup due.