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Comparative Vertebrate Physiology Laboratory Schedule (2012!)

(last updated Apr. 24, 2012- Spring 2012 / last updated for Sp 2013 'viewing' on 31 Dec. 2012)

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This page is NOT being used in Spring 2013!

2013 Lecture-Demo LD (i.e. part lab) classes will be listed on the main Lecture page itself.

This page contains last Spring's lab material & is retained here for our reference & possible future use.

For further details on the 2013 lab-like Lecture-Demo format, see the description in About this course [link] page.

Direct link to Lab Resources page [ link ] / Quick links 1) web-HUMAN physiology simulation ..

Date Topic/Experiment Location

Jan. 23, 24

(M 1:30, Tu 8:00)

System's physiology experiments I -Lab begins/meets first in Dana 3161a - Constructing digital physiological Instruments for analysis & recording Dana 316

1b - Recording & storing physiological data - Effects of respiration frequency on cardiac function - recording technique, design, data collection & analysis, data storage  Dana 316

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1c - overview of the course & lab - Harder 103 (bring your in-paper lecture & lab outline handouts) Harder 103

1d - Registration for web-HUMAN

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TO DO- Plot your heart rate data in Excel, print it out and hand it in at the beginning of lecture on this Friday - we will return with feedback by next lab.

Resources: Sample poorly conceived graph -ask yourself what is wrong here & how each element could be improved [link].

Resources: How to access your data and graph in Excel [link]

Dana 316 & Harder 103
Jan. 30, 31

System's physiology experiments II

2a) - data collection/experimental procedure - Effects of two differing rates of respiration on cardiac function as measured by finger pulse flow Dana 316

TO DO - you will plot this data in Excel as part of a Methods, Results write-up and hand it in next week for us to evaluate for clarity and effectiveness and provide you with feedback

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2b) -Physiological paper write-ups

In class reading and dissection/discussion of a handout of a sample physiological paper Harder 103

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In class - You WRITE a FOUR-SIX sentence abstract (ideally one sentence each Intro, Methods, Results, Discussion) & we construct, as a class, a consensus abstract

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TO DO- Write up the Methods and Results sections for today's in-lab work. Info on instrumentation employed (also in- paper HO) [link]

Hand it in at the beginning of lecture on this Friday - we will return with feedback by next lab.

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-Preparation for Histology I NEXT WEEK - reading & pre-lab - to be posted soon. 1) Reading 1 2) Reading2 3) Reading 3 4) Prelab- try it- no hand in required 5) Preview- Intro to histology

Dana 316 & Harder 103
Feb. 06, 07

System's physiology experiments III

3a) Physiology of Diving/experimental procedure - a) Lab overview/preview b) Pre-read 178-191 in SN

  • 1) data collection/recordings of heart rate, finger blood flow and O2 saturation during a simulated dive and comparison with values from a diving mammal (seal) b) write-up instructions handed out in lab. This is a full scientific paper format write-up.

3b) Histology I - epithelial tissue/histology of the lung - prelab readings/worksheets due

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TO DO - full scientific writeup of diving experiment

: - ] Tips on whale dives)

Handout of rat anatomy lab manual - still coming! [-;

Dana 316 & Harder 103
Feb. 13, 14

Anatomy I - a) Vertebrate- Mammalian Anatomy- body plan, organs and tissues (general organ anat- rat) 

  • 1) rat anatomy - Manual handout in previous lab/Color plates [link]

  • 2) pig heart - in lab handout- tansfered to next week

  • 3) Histology II - respiratory histology part 2.

A) BRING TO LAB - instrument kits B) DON"T BRING TO LAB - NO CONTACT LENS in anatomy lab! C) reread Manual closely after lab

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Diving lab write-ups now due Feb. 17 before lecture- see your email.

Dana 316
Feb. 20,21

Anatomy II - a) Vertebrate- Mammalian Anatomy - body plan, organs and tissues - frog anatomy - Manual handed out in previous lab (general organ anat.- frog, circulation in a transitional vertebrate - b) pig heart - lab handout of Feb. 7,8

Histology III - Muscle tissue/histology of blood vessels - prelab readings - prepare!! Read 1) Muscle tissue 2) cardiac muscle 3) vessel

A) BRING TO LAB - instrument kits B) DON"T BRING TO LAB - NO CONTACT LENS in anatomy lab! C) reread Manual closely afterwardsMuch lab associated material (worksheets/dissection color plates/practice practicals may be posted in Lab Resources section [link]

Dana 316
Feb. 13-22

Anatomy I & II Resources -

Rat 1- Digestive, Resp. 2- Circulatory 3- Urogenital

Frog 1- Digestive, Resp. 2- Circulatory 3- Urogenital

 
Feb. 27, 28

Histology IV - Transepithelial transport/[kidney & gastrointestinal tract] - /Reading 1/Reading 2/Prelab (handi not required)/

Exercise Physiology in web-HUMAN - factors increasing exercise endurance 

Review for practical exam next week!

Dana 316 & Harder 103
Mar. 05, 06 

1) Vertebrate Anatomy Practical Exam #1 (1.5 hr) Dana 316 

2) Thermal Biology/- web-HUMAN - possible in lab write-up/Harder 103 - cancelled 

Dana 316 & Harder 103

 
  => Spring Vacation Mar. 11-18 <=   
Mar. 19, 20 High altitude simulation- adaptation and maladaptation [link] Plus see major update in lLectures to HIgh Altitude hypoxia- Metabolism lecture 1 Harder 103
Mar. 26, 27 Temperature effects/experimental procedure - bullfrog heart Q10/ heart rate response to change in environmental temperature. - Full Write-up. Instructions Now dur Wed. at lecture. Dana 316
Apr. 02, 03

Staircase Exercise - blood presures, HR, SO2 measurements during graded exercise - 1 graph & very brief write-up, due next week - use modified question on % SO2

- spreadsheet of class data via email

Dana 316
Apr. 09, 10  Metabolism & thermal stress in small animals/experimental procedure - mouse, bullfrog. Full Write-up.  Dana 316 
Apr. 16, 17

Neural Histology - Part 1 - Pre-reading 2 articles Neurohistology Article 1/Article2/Do readings & worksheet before lab!

Renal Physiology Diet Salt Challenge Simulation (in class write-up)

Dana 316 & Harder 103
Apr. 23,24

A] Functional Vertebrate Neuroanatomy Shark brain

1) shark brain dissection - color picture packet plus lab instructions [link]

B] Neural Histology - Part 2 

1) Review- Pre-reading 2 articles Neurohistology Article 1/Article2

2) some new material - 3 new slides (retina, 2 neocortex) [link]

Dana 316
Apr. 30, May 01

Thermal challenge - web-HUMAN or Conclusion of NS final lecture - lab meets in Dana 316

 / course evaluations

Dana 316
-------------------- E N D O F 2012 C O U R S E M A T E R I A L ! ! -----------------
=> Warning- Materials & links below here are not yet fully updated <=

Storage material - not used in 2012 - Lab 12 - 2) some new material - 5 new slides as per 1) CNS & 2) PNS write-up as above [slides link]

Advanced web-HUMAN simulation - two experiments in a case of diabetes insipidus

Additional possible lab subtopics to be included/Goldfish metabolism, sympathetic/parasympathetic tone change analysis via FFT

 

Reminder- This is last Spring's lab page placed here for our reference.

Notes on lab :

1) Attendance is required. Missing lab without accepted prior excuse results in a zero for that lab.
-There are no make-up labs although you can arrange for within-the-week shifts by consulting the instructor.

2) Lab dissection kits (=instrument kits) are required and should be purchased at the Skidmore shop.

3) Lab write-ups/Writing in the Discipline - Be aware that all non-anatomical laboratory activities involve write-ups/analyses/summaries. This continues and builds on the stress on science communication skills developed in Bi 106 (& 105) ( effective written scientific communication, both graphic and in words). There is no non-anatomical laboratory activity that is not accompanied by a write-up/analysis of some sort. These range from short assignments that ask mostly for effectively communicative plotting to full scientific paper format write-ups. An introductory session in an early laboratory is devoted, in part, to discussion of and practice in effective graphing and writing in the physiological sciences. In addition, there is an interactive practice session on Abstract writing. Please take advantage of the extensive written feedback we provide you on all your plots and write-ups!

4) Lab write-ups (and other papers) are due at the very beginning of your next working lab period. This greatly facilitates beginning lab on time and not repeating the lab introductory talk. If you can not arrive at lab on time for the hand-in simply arrange to get your papers to either of us before lab. Papers late without prior permission will be penalized 10 points per 24 hours. (i.e. 0-24 hr. - minus 10 pts., 24-48 hr. minus 20 pts., etc.).

5) Please be aware that for your safety no food or beverages are allowed in lab.

6) You should be aware that this course involves some dissection and surgery on preserved and live specimens.

7) No final electronic submissions of lab material can be officially accepted by us (there have been too many problems in the recent past). But see 8 & 9 below.

8) All due papers must be submitted in paper to be counted as on time (unless electronic submission is specified e.g. web-HUMAN) . EL also encourages a parallel electronic submission.

9) Drafts - consult your lab instructor as to whether electronic submissions are acceptable (RSM-no; EL-yes) and under what conditions.

10) Because lab write-ups are due on Monday or Tuesday please keep in mind the importance of consulting us as early as possible in the week for advice on lab-write-ups.

11) There may be some changes in the selection of anatomical specimens due to changes in school implementation of safety rules. Not all changes are known at this time and will be listed above as we become aware of the necessary substitutions/deletions.

12) Lab sections/Office Hours

Section In-Office Times
001 / Meyers (bi 244 & 351)

Wed. 12:20-2:00

Fri. 1:15-2:15 except Oct. 10, Mar.9, Apr. 13

002 / Larsen (bi 244 &106)

Monday 2:30-3:30

Tuesday 12:30-1:30

Wed 12:15-1:30

Friday 10:30-11

13) Full credit lab write-ups [projected for Spring 2012] are listed below.

- Full credit: diving, metabolism, frog HR Q10, lab practical #1/neuro lab practical #2 - Half credit: (if given - see Apr 30-01 May)
- All others cpount 1/3 credit (or P/F) unless otherwise stated.

* web-HUMAN is located at http://placid.skidmore.edu/human

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