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BSCI 1510L Literature and Stats Guide: 2 Project timeline

Introduction to Biological Sciences lab, first semester

2 Project timeline

Week Dates Task
2 Sep 4-8 Read abstracts and introductions of three papers on the effectiveness of antibacterial soap.
3 Sep 11-15 Read methods and results sections of the three papers.  Examine protocol of former soap experiment and think about its design and flaws.
4 Sep 18-22 Discuss the design of your experiment.  Decide on number and types of treatments, data collection methods, and sample size.  Turn in an outline of your introduction and methods before you leave class.  Homework: write the introduction to your paper and write the methods (to be turned in week 5).
5 Sep 25-29 Turn in introduction and methods.
6 Oct 2-6 TA-led discussion of protocol.
7 Oct 16-20 Conduct experiment
  Oct 17-24 Collect data outside of class (usually the day after the experiment was conducted)
8 Oct 23-27 Analyze data.
9 Oct 30-Nov 3 Turn in results (including statistical analysis).
10 Nov 6-10 Receive analysis back from grader with comments.
11 Nov 13-17 Submit final draft to TA for grading.  Since most parts of the paper have already been graded, the final draft will be graded mostly on the abstract, conclusions, and adherence to overall format of a scientific paper.