The main objective of this graduate course is to prepare students to plan and conduct an experiment in the laboratory or in the field following the scientific method. Lectures will consist of short theoretical presentations followed by group exercises/discussions that intend to build practical skills applying the scientific method and planning an experiment. Students will be presented with a real-life situations, and trained to find a novel and interesting research questions, determine the hypotheses that need to be tested to answer it, design experiments to test each hypothesis, and collect and organize data for posterior analysis. Students will discuss and critique experimental designs used in published literature.
There is no textbook for this course.
At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to: