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BIO 1210L Foundations of Biology


This guide supports students taking BIO 1210L and will help you complete exercises in Chapter 3: Finding and Creating Knowledge. Interested in finding more library information? Check out the comprehensive Biological Sciences Guide to find additional resources to support bio-related research!



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Your Assignment

Chapter 3: Finding and Creating Knowledge

Learning Outcomes

By participating in the lab you will have the opportunity to:

  1. Select appropriate information retrieval systems for accessing the information you need.
  2. Access and use research/literature search services available from the Cal Poly Pomona Library.
  3. Distinguish among primary, secondary, and tertiary literature sources.
  4. Correctly communicate in writing full citations for bibliographic referenes.
  5. Explain the methods followed in designing and implementing a scientific investigation.
  6. Define and differentiate between null and alternative hypotheses.
  7. Define, identify, and differentiate among independent, dependent, and standardized variables.
  8. Explain what control treatments are and why they are required.
  9. Describe the value of replication and randomization to experimental design.
  10. Design, set-up, and initiate an experiment based on your research proposal.