This ebook serves as a laboratory manual for Introductory Biology for non-majors course at the University of La Verne. The scope of topics ranges from foundational skills, like the scientific method... More > and microscopy, to labs that emphasize the application of concepts, like CSI for genetics and molecular biology. A common theme throughout the book is the DYOE structure, in which students are allowed to test concepts and questions with experimental designs of their own making. In this way, we aim to encourage creativity in scientific thought, as well as enforce higher order cognition as concepts are applied rather than memorized.< Less
The purpose of this book is to serve as an introduction to research methods and biostatistics for undergraduate research. Many schools have developed an undergraduate research culminating experience... More > that aligns with AAC&U’s LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes. The undergraduate thesis project, though varied in application, is designed to serve as a capstone where students learn to conduct a research project in a group, or ideally, one on one with a mentor, and take it through to fruition.
In order to improve the capstone experience, we have decided to create a text that focuses on the experimental design and statistical skills needed to start this process. At the University of La Verne, the addition of these skills has seen a marked increase in on-time completion of students with a thesis. In this book, we are focusing on the baccalaureate student in a guided research process to develop the foundation of skills that can then be carried further for a MA of PhD experience.< Less