Experimental Design

Experimental Design materials, August 2012

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Please see the following Pre-Assessment survey for experimental design bootcamp BEFORE the 1st session of the course on Friday August 24th: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PRETESTEXPDES


See posted materials for the lecture

Please fill out the evaluation for day 1: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EXPDESEVALDAY1

 Homework assignment to prepare for Day 2:

 Prepare a half-page document (from top down in hierarchical order), including:

·       A defined framework and research question from their previous research

·       The experimental system used with a justification

·       2 strengths and 2 limitations of this system

·       One way to think about this is to think about your system as your “toolbox;” what are the contents that you need to address your questions?

Bring this to lecture on day 2 and, based on the lecture content, should think about new strengths and limitations to add to the list they already came up with. This can be done in bullet point format.


See posted materials for the lecture

Please fill out the evaluation for day 2: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EXPDESDAY2EVAL

 Homework assignment to prepare for Day 3:

Answer ONE of the following 3 questions:

1.     What’s the next major horizon-line question in your field of interest? or

2.     Pick a cool question you would love to see answered in biology

3.     A question you hope to answer as a graduate student at HMS


Day 3

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Please fill out the evaluation for day 3: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EXPDESEVALDAY3

Homework assignment to prepare for Day 4:

Finalize power point presentation for day 4: present the design for testing your New Idea and/or question (include system validation, controls, data interpretation support). Focus on the homework question answers you came up with and modified from peer discussions in section.

Please use the template, see attached documents

Specific goals for this exercise:

·       Students will have to answer:

o   what is the chosen question

o   outline the framework

o   what experiment could you do to examine this

o   what system would you choose

o   explain how to validate it and design the appropriate controls to ensure good data interpretation.

 Day 4

See posted materials for today's lecture

Please fill out the evaluation for day 4: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EXPDESEVAL4

Please see the following Post-Assessment survey for experimental design bootcamp: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/POSTTESTEXPDES