Martin Lab

aquatic biology and ecology


Department of Biological Sciences

Emporia State University

Syllabus attachment:



This course is designed as a general education laboratory course that will provide hands-on learning opportunities to science students. Students will learn reasoning and problem-solving skills, including the application of basic mathematics and statistical analyses. Along with analyses, students will be able to create and interpret graphs. Students will be introduced to and learn effective scientific communication through written assignments and be able to understand, interpret and use the scientific method.



The laboratory manual for GB 141 is Principles of Biology, Jean Schulenberg, editor.  YOU SHOULD BRING YOUR LAB MANUAL AND YOUR CALCULATOR TO EVERY CLASS, INCLUDING THE FIRST LAB SESSION!!



On the first day, the class will be divided into smaller groups.  Your group will carry out simple experiments in the lab and may also serve as a study group for both the lecture and the lab.  Each group will design and complete one research project during the semester.  The project will take several weeks and each member of the group will be expected to write part of the report on the group project.  Your scientific question and your research plan must be approved by your instructor.  A helpful website is:



Each laboratory investigation begins with a pre-lab sheet.  You will be required to hand in the completed sheet at the beginning of every lab session.  FAILURE TO BRING A COMPLETED SHEET TO CLASS WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC ZERO FOR THAT PRE-LAB!



Assessments will be made during each lab period.  Assessments may include the pre-lab, completed lab worksheets with questions, analyses, and/or graphs.  Each assessment will be worth 5 points.  The 300 points for this class are distributed as follows:

            13 pre-lab assignments or quizzes (5pts ea)                65

            12 lab assignments (5 pts ea)                                            60

            Independent research report**                                     50

            Other assignments                                                            30

            3 laboratory practical exams (15, 25, 25 pts ea)           65

            Final practical exam                                                          25

                                    Total Points                                                 295


** Research report – 10pts for results, 20pts for first draft, 20pts final draft.

The following grade scale will be used:

90-100 – A                  80-89 – B        70-79 – C        60-69 – D        Below 60 – F



If you cannot attend your assigned lab section, every effort should be made to attend another section that week.  THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP LABS.  Research report components that are turned in late will not be accepted.


Academic Misconduct

All acts of dishonesty in any work constitute academic misconduct.  This includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, fabrication of information, misrepresentations, rudeness to fellow classmates and/or instructor, and abetting of any of the above. A zero (0) will automatically assigned for that quiz/exam/assignment if any of the above occur.

Cell Phones

The use of cell phones during class (including text messaging) is considered rude and disruptive.  Cell phone use in class will not be tolerated.

Disability Services

Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities.  Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.  All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services, and the professor will be strictly confidential.  It is up to the student to contact the Office of Disability Services and Non-Traditional Student Programs, 242 SE Morse Hall, 620-341-6637 Voice, 620-341-6646 TTY, or email [email protected].


It is the student’s responsibility to complete the necessary paperwork if he/she wishes to withdraw from this course.  The deadline for withdrawing with a “W” this semester is Wednesday, April 5th.  If you stop coming and do not withdraw, you will probably get an “F”.  IF MORE THAN TWO LABORATORY PERIODS ARE MISSED, THE INSTRUCTOR MAY DROP YOU FROM THE COURSE.




Date                                                    Experiment                                         .

Jan 19                                      The Scientific Method and Measurement and Introduction to t-test

                                                Introduction to Research Project


Jan 26                                      Macromolecules


Feb 2                                       Research Group Project; Writing Workshop

                                                 LAB PRACTICAL 1


Feb 9                                       Photosynthesis


Feb 16                                     Mitosis and Introduction to Chi-Square

Feb 23                                     Genetics


Mar 2                                       Membranes

                                                 LAB PRACTICAL 2


Mar 9                                       Animal Behavior

                                                Research Project Results Due


Mar 16                                     Cells

                                                Research Report Draft Due


Mar 23                                     SPRING BREAK


Mar 30                                     Molecular Biology



Apr 6                                       Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium

                                                LAB PRACTICAL 3


Apr 13                                     Terrestrial Ecology

                                                FINAL RESEARCH REPORT DUE


Apr 20                                     Hormones


Apr 27                                     Aquatic Field Trip


May 4                                      COMPREHENSIVE LAB PRACTICAL