You are to do an actual research project (NOT just a “paper”) where you try to answer a question by conducting substantive controlled, well-thought-out experiments. Be sure to also post your summary by the deadline. See examples below and be sure to review the attached grading rubric carefully to see what the standards for the assignment will be! BI114 LAB PROJECT 1 Your first project assignment is to use the steps in the scientific method to form a hypothesis concerning a testable observation, then plan and conduct an experiment or data collection to test your hypothesis and draw conclusions. 1) Make an observation about something that you are not sure what the “answer” Is: Here are some examples from previous student groups:
o Tall people seem to wear larger shoes than short ones. o People with light-colored eyes are said to have weaker vision. o Everyone knows people driving red sports cars are stopped more often by the police for speeding. You get the picture, right? These are things you can actually go out and collect data on, by examining records, taking surveys or even better, by your own direct observation! 2) Propose a testable, FALSIFIABLE hypothesis which may explain your observation, using your best critical thinking skills. FOR EXAMPLE: “People’s height correlates well with shoe size” is a testable and falsifiable hypothesis. 3) Plan an experiment/data collection procedure that allows you to test your hypothesis:
Consider things like bias, the need for blinding, random sampling, and or a control group. For example, you have to compare the blue-eyed people to those with other colors! The more thought you put into controlling the variables the better and more meaningful (and believable) your data will be to others. 4) Execute the experiment or data collection as planned and report your data. Statistical analysis is not required but remember its importance in the “real world”! Charts and graphs are highly desirable ..they make your results much more visually appealing and easier to interpret. 5 ) Examine your data critically, draw conclusions, state whether your initial hypothesis was supported, and then critically assess where you could improve your design and/or modify your hypothesis.
Once you have done all this, write a 250 word maximum summary (in science we call this an Abstract) of your ENTIRE project from start to finish. This is what you will post for your classmates in the discussion topic for that purpose. You may also attach your full report to that post if you wish! Submit your project report either as a .doc, ,docx, or .rtf file attachment OR copy-paste your report to the submission box if you have any problem attaching files (it happens!) Your complete 250 word or less summary MUST also be posted on the Discussion Board in the appropriate thread by the project deadline. Here are some great links to help you along the way! Topic Selection Wizard Project Guide You should follow this format EXACTLY (including using the section headings) in your report. There is also a sample project attached, be sure to look at it! Here is the ONLY approved format for this research report: