BIOL 1215: Biology Laboratory II
In this five-day lab course, students perform experiments that illustrate the principles
learned in BIOL 1213.
- Define the various terminology associated with mitosis and meiosis and explain and draw
the various stages of each process.
- Understand how variation in organisms is created through the process of meiosis and
- Formulate and test hypothesis concerning the Galapagos finches to determine if the process
of character displacement has played a role in their evolution.
- Draw tables and graphs correctly to show data and explain and interpret the results.
- Understand and explain the terminology associated with cladistics and then use cladistics
analysis to correctly predict phylogenetic relationships among organisms.
- Use various pieces of equipment to collect abiotic and biotic samples from freshwater
aquatic ecosystems, and also analyze the samples in the lab, and then use this data to
determine the 'health' of the ecosystem.
- Write a scientific report correctly using the IMRD format, and use and cite academic
information sources correctly.
- Investigate the body plan and natural history of an invertebrate animal species, and then
design and implement experiments to test the animal's response to various stimuli.
- Collect, analyze and interpret behavioural data, and present the information both as a
written report and as a verbal presentation.
- Know the body plans of animals in the major phyla as well as their defining
characteristics and also the major evolutionary advances in the phylogeny of animals.
- Cell division and the creation of variation
- Evolutionary Processes
- Phylogenetic Relationships
- Cladistics Analysis
- Designing scientific experiments
- Ecological principals
- Collecting and analyzing biological samples
- Animal Phylogeny
- Interpreting Behavioural Data
- Data Analysis
- IMRD Scientific Report Format
Required text and materials
Students will be required to print their own laboratory manual prior to their first day in
class. Other supplies will be provided during the lab. For safety reasons, students must wear
closed shoes. No open-toed shoes or sandals are permitted in the labs.
Students will receive a final mark out of 100. This mark is determined on the basis of lab
assignments, quizzes, and reports; as well, you are assess on your attendance and
Students cannot miss more than two lab sessions or an incomplete grade will be assigned.
For safety orientation reasons, students are required to attend the first lab session.
|Lab Assignment 1: Beaks as Tools
|Quiz 1: Cell Division, the Creation of Variation, and Evolution
|Lab Assignment 2: Developing a Ladybug Cladogram
|Quiz 2: Cladistics
|Lab Assignment 3: Ecological Study of a Natural and a Built Wetland
|Lab Assignment 4A: Critter Sheet and 4B: Scientific Investigation Sheet