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Lab Management

 

COURSE SYLLABUS
Fall 2012
August 20 - December 7
Lecture: MW 12:30 - 1:20
Lab Management
NSC 33202
School of Science

 

Professors:  Dr. Linda Sigismondi and Dr. John Means
Phone: 740 245-7484 and 740 245-7165
Email:  lindas@rio.edu and jmeans@rio.edu
Office: Kidd Hall 100B and 100A
Office Hours:
Dr. Sigismondi: M 3:30-4:20, T 1:30-2:20, WThF 12:30-1:20, others by arrangement
Dr. Means:  MW 10:30-12:20, F 10:30-11:20, others by arrangement
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for the prospective teacher of a laboratory science. Topics include: lab safety; legal issues; ordering supplies and equipment; inventory; planning, conducting, and evaluating a laboratory experience; and the proper and ethical treatment of living organisms. Students are required to plan, implement, and evaluate a laboratory activity and to work with a college faculty member as a laboratory assistant for one semester in an introductory-level course in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. One hour of class per week. Prerequisites: Three courses in one of the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics), or permission of the instructor.

PREREQUISITES: Three courses in one of the sciences (biology, chemistry, or physics)

CREDIT HOURS: 2

TEXTBOOK AND OTHER REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  1. Connecticut State Department of Education.  2009.  Connecticut High School Science Safety: Prudent Practices and Regulations.   Connecticut State Department of Education.
  2. Couse webpage:  http://faculty.rio.edu/lindas/labmgtsyl.html

PROGRAM OUTCOMES: The following outcomes have been adopted for the education program for which this course is required:

  • A knowledge base in their area of licensure
  • A knowledge base of teaching principles and practices
  • A depth of field experiences involving diverse public school populations
  • Knowledge of incorporating reading into instructional practice

COURSE OUTCOMES:  The following outcomes have been adopted for this course.  All outcomes listed below have direct relevance to course material.  Upon completion of this course students are expected to:

  • To learn about safety and legal issues in the laboratory.
  • To learn how to plan a lab exercise including ordering supplies and equipment maintenance.
  • To learn about supply and equipment inventory and disposal.
  • To learn about the ethical use of living organisms in the laboratory and alternatives to the used of living organisms.
  • To evaluate lab activities.
  • To design new lab activities.

GRADING POLICIES/TESTING/ASSIGNMENTS/ATTENDANCE/EXPECTATIONS

Category

Point Value

Participation (15 x 4)

60

Reports (7 x 10)

70

Lab Exercise Project (40)

40

Lab Observation Reports (12 x 10)

120

Reference List

20

Portfolio Organization

10

Total

330


A = 93-100%, A- = 90-92, B+ = 88-89, B = 83-87%, B- = 80-82, C+ = 78-79, C = 73-77%, C- = 70-72, D+ = 68-69, D = 63-67%, D- = 60-62. F = below 60%

Grades will be calculated after each exam so you can keep track of your progress.

Class Meetings

During most weeks, the class will meet for one hour for lecture/discussion.  There may be occasional times when we meet the second hour if needed.  Your instructor will be available on Wednesday to meet with you and answer questions you may have.  You are also required to attend one laboratory in another class for the other class hour most weeks.

Class Discussions/Participation

You are required to attend and participate in the class discussions.  For several class discussions, you will need to research a topic before class and bring in a draft report.  After the class discussion, you may rewrite the report to include additional items.  Each class meeting is 4 points.  Your instructor will check to see that you have an appropriate draft - you will lose points if you do not.  We will also spend some time in each class discussing what you have observed in your lab observations.

Reports

For some class discussions, you will need to do a report on the topic to be discussed.  You must bring in a draft of the report to class and turn in a final copy by the following class period.  Reports should include the following sections:

  • Title
  • Overview of the Issue  (1 paragraph)
  • Detailed description including examples and pros/cons (if applicable),  (3-5 paragraphs)
  • Alternatives (if Applicable)  (1-2 paragraphs)  might combine with above
  • Your Thoughts/Opinions  (1-2 paragraphs)
  • References (APA Format)

Reports must be typed, spell-checked, and grammar-checked.  Reports with more than 3 spelling or grammar errors will be returned to you to redo before a grade is given. You will lose a point for each redo (except for the 1st). Late papers will lose 10% per class period.  A rubric for grading is attached

Lab Observations

You will need to attend, and assist when feasible, in 12 labs.  You may attend any lab (biology, chemistry, environmental science, or physics) offered in the URG science department with permission of the instructor.  It may not be in a course in which you are currently enrolled.  You should observe at least 2 and no more than 4 different instructors.  For each lab, you need to write a summary with the following information:

  • Course (Title and Number)
  • Instructor
  • Date and Time
  • Title of Lab Activity
  • List of Equipment and supplies used
  • Objectives of lab
  • Summary of the lab activity
  • Any problems with the lab
  • Any suggestions for improvement

Summaries must be typed, spell-checked, and grammar-checked.  Summaries with more than 3 spelling or grammar errors will be returned to you to redo before a grade is given.  You will lose a point for each redo (except for the 1st).  A grading rubric is attached.

Due Dates:  The first summary should be turned in during class on September 10, 2012. Six reports must be turned in by mid-term, October 1, 2012.  All reports must be in the final portfolio.

Lab Exercise Presentation and Papers

You will need to develop a lab exercise that you can use in your future teaching.  You may get ideas from published lab manuals, journals or from the web. Do not simply turn in a copy of another person’s lab - write it in your own words.  For each lab, write the following:

  • Title of the lab
  • Objectives of the lab
  • List of necessary equipment and supplies
  • Procedure - detailed steps
  • Prepared purchase order request for all equipment and supplies with full information (catalog number, description, price).  You should also attach a copy of the catalog page or webpage for each item.
  • References - state where you got the idea for the lab.

Have a separate class handout compared to instructor handout.  Have classmates do at least part of the lab, it needs to be more than just a demonstration.

You will be assigned a date toward the end of the semester to present your lab to the class.  You should include the information above and a demonstration of the equipment and procedure.  Your presentations should take approximately 40 minutes.  Grading rubrics are attached.

Due Date:  Write-ups of lab exercises are due during the assigned date for your class presentation. Final copies must be in your portfolio.

References

As you proceed through the course, you should develop a list of references.  These should be typed and placed in your portfolio in APA format.  They should include lab manuals, journal articles, web pages, catalogs for supplies, and other relevant resources.  They will be graded at ½ point per reference up to 20 points (40 references).  

Portfolio

The information from the semester should be put into a 3-ringed binder to be turned in at the end of the semester.  It should include the following sections:

  • Class Reports
  • Evaluations of college lab classes observed
  • Prepared Laboratory Exercises
  • References

The grade for the portfolio is based on the grades for the individual papers plus an additional 10 points for organization and appearance.

Due Date: The portfolio must be turned in on or before Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at final exam time (11:00 AM).  Late portfolios will lose 10 points per day.  Any portfolio not received by 4:00 PM on Friday, December 7, 2012 will be a zero.

CLASS POLICIES

Plagiarism Plagiarism refers to copying and passing off another’s work as one’s own.  It includes copying information from published sources such as books, journals and webpages without appropriate citations.  It also includes copying the work of another student.  All students in the class are expected to do their own work.  Plagiarized work will receive a zero on the assignment. 

Late Papers – Students are expected to turn in all papers on time.  Papers not turned in during the specified class period will lose 10% per day. 

CALENDAR:

UNIVERSITY POLICIES

ADA POLICY: If a student wishes to be identified as having a physical, mental, or learning disability, that may or may not require reasonable accommodation(s), he/she must register with the Office of Accessibility.  These registered students should identify themselves to their instructors and provide a written statement from the Accessibility Office that indicates the appropriate accommodations.  The process of a student self-proclaiming the need for accommodation should occur as early in the semester as possible.  The Office of Accessibility is located in Rhodes Hall, Room 116, University of Rio Grande and the phone number is 245-7339.

FERPAThe University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College are committed to fully respecting and protecting the rights of students under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  These rights generally include the right to inspect, review and seek amendment to the student's education records and the right to provide written consent before personally identifiable information from education records is disclosed.  Under FERPA, students have the right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failures to comply with FERPA.  Please see the Student Records Confidentiality/Rights Under FERPA section of the Student Handbook for details and more information.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTYStandard university policies, as described in the Student Handbook, apply.

WITHDRAWAL: Refer to Student Handbook


 


Lab Management Rubric  - Reports

Overview

  • Title
  • Intro paragraph

Complete, accurate, clear

1

Somewhat Incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

0.5

Substantially incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

0

Detailed Description

  • Definitions
  • Examples
  • Pros
  • Cons

Complete, accurate, clear, detailed

4

Somewhat Incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

3   2

Substantially incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

1  0

Alternatives

Complete, accurate, clear, excellent detail

2

Somewhat Incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

1

Substantially incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

0

Your Thoughts

Complete, accurate, clear

1

Somewhat Incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

0.5

Substantially incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

0

References

  • APA Format
  • Cited in text

Complete, accurate, 3 or more

2

A few minor errors

Less than 3

1

Substantially inaccurate or missing

0

 

 

Lab Management Rubric  - Lab Observation

Overview

  • Course
  • Date/Time
  • Title

Complete, accurate, clear

2

Somewhat Incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

1

Substantially incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

0

Equipment

 

Complete, accurate, clear

2

Somewhat Incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

1

Substantially incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

0

Summary

 

Complete, accurate, clear, excellent detail

3

Somewhat Incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

2   1

Substantially incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

0

Problems

 

Complete, accurate, clear

2

Somewhat Incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

1

Substantially incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

0

Suggestions

 

Complete, accurate, clear

1

Somewhat Incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

0.5

Substantially incomplete, unclear or inaccurate

0

 

Lab Management Lab Exercise Paper

Objectives

 

Complete, accurate, clear, detailed

3

A few minor errors

2

Some major errors or many minor errors.

1

Major Problems

0

Supplies and Equipment

 

Complete, accurate, clear, detailed

3

A few minor errors

2

Some major errors or many minor errors.

1

Major Problems

0

Procedure

 

Complete, accurate, clear, detailed

 5

A few minor errors

4

Some major errors or many minor errors.

3   2

Major Problems

1  0

Purchase Order

  • Item numbers
  • Item names
  • Number and Cost

Complete, accurate, clear

3

A few minor errors

2

Some major errors or many minor errors.

1

Major Problems

0

References

APA format

 

Complete, accurate

3

A few minor errors

2

Some major errors or many minor errors.

1

Major Problems

0

Overall Format

  • Section Headings
  • Citations Present
  • Grammar & Spelling

Excellent

3

A few problems

2

Some major errors or many minor errors.

1

Major problems

0

 

 

Lab Management Lab Exercise Presentation

Overall Presentation

 

Very Clearly Presented

Well-Organized

Easy to Understand

4

Few problems.  Could be better organized or more clearly presented.

3

Level of speaking somewhat below what would be expected of a college student.

2   1

Level of speaking significantly below what would be expected of a college student.

0

Handouts

 

Complete, accurate, clear

4

A few minor errors

3

A number of errors that indicate lack of understanding

2   1

Major Problems

0

Demonstration

 

Complete, accurate, clear

12    11

A few minor errors

10   9  8

A number of errors that indicate lack of understanding

7  6  5  4

Major Problems

3  2  1  0