labs

Lab manual
The lab manual can be found here for download:

http://bit.ly/designexperiments

Here it is in a bit lower res for download directly:

experimental design lab manual 2015-Lortie

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Lab grades
Lab report (report, data, meta-data, figures) 25%
Systematic review (review, data, meta-data) 20%

Learning outcomes
The primary objective of the labs is to provide you with an opportunity to further develop and refine your experimental design skills. Here are the learning outcomes associated with the activities this exercise set.

1. You will be able to design & execute an effective experiment.
2. You will be able to publish a dataset in a public repository with well-articulated meta-data.
3. You will be able to clearly write a well-structured manuscript suitable for publication in PeerJ pre-prints.
4. You will understand the difference between systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
5. You will be able to do a systematic review, analyse the research, and summarize in a manuscript suitable for publication in PeerJ pre-prints.

Skills
1. Experimental design
2. Data collection
3. Bibliographic data mining & primary research deconstruction & analyses. (4) Effective synthesis and writing.

Description
Learn by doing. The first component of the labs is student-lead group research experiment on an environmental/ecological/evolutionary experiment designed by the students. Once designed, a total of 3 weeks is provided to collect data. An additional week is then available to meet with teaching assistant and ensure analyses are correct. Then another week is provided for writing.

The second component of the labs focuses on systematic reviews (design, analysis, and interpretation). Students are instructed on how to do them and then provided with an opportunity and guidance in doing one, individually on a topic of their choice (approved by teaching assistant). This latter component is designed to ensure students have an undergraduate, rewarded/graded opportunities to explore an advanced topic they are truly interested in for personal or professional reasons. The systematic review is useful for graduate research and employment within the field of choice. This work is also leverage for the grant proposal in the lectures and also the PechaKucha presentations. Consequently, students are provided with a graded set of opportunities to immerse in an advanced research topic of their choice.

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