Labs for Animal Behavior

General Expectations

The topic and animals for the first 7 weeks are set, however students should come to lab prepared to think creatively as there will not be a step-by-step protocol for every lab. Primary reference papers will provide "inspiration".

The second half of the semester is dedicated to "independent projects" in which students will work in pairs. The background, methods, data and conclusions of this work will be presented in a poster format during lab the last week of class.

Every student is expected to keep their own lab notebook and not rely on the notebook of a labmate.
Lab notebooks will be evaluated!

General Expectations for Lab Notebooks

Assignments: (see each week for details)
week1 - Jwatcher files and data analysis due in lab.
week2 - Short Powerpoint presentation to be presented week3.
week3 - Statistics problems set done in lab. Websites started in lab.
week4 - Short protocol of independent fly work due in lab.
week5 - Data analysis of individual variation (week4 and 5 data) to be completed in lab.
week6 - to be determined.
week7 - lab notebook only.

Independent Project Assignments: (see independent project page for details)
Oct 10&11 - Project Planning
Oct 24&25 - Project Organizing
Nov 20 - Project Review and Revise
Dec 3 - Title, Authors, Abstract (emailed by noon)
Dec 5 - Poster Presentation
Dec 5 - Assessment