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Bio Lab;Instructions;Final Applied Lab Project (1 credit Lab Component);Addresses course outcomes 1-4;recognize and explain how the scientific method is used to solve problems;make observations and discriminate between scientific and pseudoscientific explanations;weigh evidence and make decisions based on strengths and limitations of scientific knowledge;and the scientific method;use knowledge of biological principles, the scientific method, and appropriate technologies;to ask relevant questions, develop hypotheses, design and conduct experiments, interpret results;and draw conclusions;This is the culminating lab assessment in BIOL 103. It is designed to assess your ability to apply the principles;of the scientific method.;The Effect of low pH on Enzyme Activity;Design an experiment in which you will test the effect of an acidic fluid on enzymatic activity. Recall: enzymes are proteins! To complete this project, it may be useful for you to first review the Scientific Method Tutorial, the OLI module about pH and enzymes, Lab 1 (Introduction to Science) and Lab 4 (Enzymes). As you review Lab 4, you will be reminded that there are several factors that impact enzymatic activity: pH, temperature, and amount of reagent. It is OK to use the same enzyme/substrate/method as you did in lab 4 (but modify the treatment), or you can search on-line to find a different enzyme/substrate/method for measuring enzyme activity for your project (include all references).;As you design your experiment for this project, please remember that you are trying to examine how an acidic fluid will modify the outcome of an enzymatic reaction. To successfully complete this project, you will need to identify the question(s) being asked in your experiment and the hypothesis that you are testing. In your experimental design, you must clearly explain what you are doing. That means that you will need to identify the enzyme, the substrate, the acidic fluid used as treatment, the control treatment and the method of measuring enzyme activity, as well as explain your experimental protocol. You must also thoroughly explain how the acidic fluid impacted enzyme activity based on the results from your own experiment as well as knowledge of enzymes and pH from the OLI modules, lab manual and potentially additional information sources.;Hint: Keep in mind that the acid will change the environmental conditions of the experiment (for example, a low pH value could change the shape of the active site on the enzyme protein), without directly participating in the reaction.;Lab Materials;You may need all or some of the following, depending on your experimental design;Materials from your lab kit;pH paper;hydrogen peroxide solution (you can purchase this at a pharmacy if you have used up the bottle that came with the lab kit);plastic beakers or cups;vinegar;yeast (can be purchased at grocery store if more is needed);balloons;plastic bottle;marker for labeling of beakers;You may choose to use additional materials (different acidic fluids and/or different organisms and/or different substrate if you chose an enzyme other than catalase).;Outline (10 points) submit in assignment folder in week 7.;Include the following in your outline;Name of enzyme you will use;Name of organism (if applicable);The substrate;Method for measuring enzyme activity;Treatment: acidic fluid(s), pH, length of exposure, how you will treat your samples;The control(s) in the experiment;Sample size;Hypothesis;How you will present your data (table and/or type of graph);Anything else you would like to get feedback on before you start your experiment;Write a paper that includes the following;1. Title page: descriptive title, your name, course name, semester;2. Introduction: general background information about enzymes and specific information about your chosen enzyme, the question(s) that you are asking and a clear hypothesis for your experiment (15 points).;3. Design an experiment. Provide a detailed description of the materials and methods used to conduct the experiment. Identify control and experimental samples, as well as independent and dependent variables. Also include the methods used for data collection and analysis (20 points).;4. Conduct the experiment and record your results. What did you observe? Present your data in table and/or graph format. Remember to label everything and include the unit of measure with all numbers (20 points);5. Use your knowledge of enzymes and pH to interpret and discuss your results. It may be necessary for you to refer to the OLI course modules, lab manual and/or use additional information resources. What effect does the acidic treatment have on enzyme activity? Did you get the expected results? Explain. (15 points);6. State a specific and accurate conclusion. Is your hypothesis supported by the results? Looking back, how could you have improved your experiment? (10 points);7. Include a list of references to all information sources used in APA format (5 points).;Submission;Submit your final applied lab project in the assignment folder by the due date specified in the course schedule.;Start Date;Aug 18, 2014 12:00 AM;Due Date;Oct 12, 2014 11:59 PM;Hide Rubrics;Rubric Name: Final Applied Laboratory Project;Criteria;Excellent (90-100%);100 points;Good (75-89%);89 points;Adequate (50-74%);74 points;Unacceptable (0-49%);49 points;Outline 10 points (Due in week 7);Outline includes all the required components and planned experiment meets requirements for the assignment and is clearly and accurately described. Submitted on time.;9-10 points;Outline missing one or two of the required components, and/orplanned experiment does not meet one of requirements for the assignment and/orminor issues with clarity and accuracy.;7-8 points;Outline missing several of the required components, and/orplanned experiment does not meet several of the requirements for the assignment and/ormajor issues with clarity and accuracy.;5-6 points;Outline missing most of the required components andplanned experiment does not meet the requirements of the assignment.;0-4 points;Introduction, Question and Hypothesis (15 points);Background information about enzymes in general and about specific enzyme used in project is clearly and accurately written. Questions and hypothesis are specific, relevant and clearly stated.;14-15 points;Background information about enzymes in general and about specific enzyme is somewhat unclear and/or inaccurate. Questions and hypothesis could be more specific, relevant and clearly stated.;11-13 points;Missing background information about enzymes in general orabout specific enzyme used in project orquestions and hypothesis.;7-12 point;Missing background information about enzymes in general andabout specific enzyme used in project andquestions/hypothesis.;0-6 points;Experimental Design, Materials and Methods (20 points);Experiment is designed to directly test the hypothesis, description of experiment is detailed and well written and includes all materials and methods used.;18-20 points;Experiment is mostly designed to test the hypothesis and/ordescription of experiment is somewhat inaccurateand/or some information about materials and methods used is missing and/orminor problems with clarity an organization.;15-17 points;Experiment is barely designed to test the hypothesis and/ordescription of experiment is inaccurate and/or most of the materials and methods used are missing and/or major problems with clarity an organization.;10-14 points;Experiment is not designed to test hypothesis and/ordescription of experiment and materials and methods used are missing.;0-9 points;Results (20 points);Results are clearly and accurately presented in a table and/or graph format.;18-20 points;Results are presented, but minor problems with clarity and/or accuracy.;15-17 points;Results are described, but major problems with clarity and/or accuracy and/or results not presented in table or graph.;10-14 points;Results are not included;0-9 points;Discussion of Results (15 points);A clear, accurate and well organized discussion of results that demonstrates good knowledge of enzymes.;14-15 points;Minor problems with clarity, accuracy or organization and/ordemonstrates some gaps in knowledge of enzymes.;15-17 points;Major problems with clarity, accuracy or organization ordemonstrates minimal knowledge of enzymes.;10-14 points;Missing discussion of results, or major problems with clarity, accuracy or organization andmissing understanding of enzymes.;0-9 points;Conclusion (10 points);A well stated conclusion that is accurate and specific and directly related to the data collected. Clearly stated whether or not the results support the hypothesis. Relevant suggestion for improvement of experiment.;9-10 points;Conclusion stated, but slightly inaccurate,and/or not directly related to data collected and/orsuggestion for improvement of experiment not very relevant.;7-8 points;Conclusion stated, but inaccurate and/orbarely related to data collected and/ormissing suggestion for improvement of experiment.;5-6 points;Missing conclusion, only suggestion for improvement of experiment.;0-4 points;Citations (5 points);All references used are included and in correct APA format, in-text references are included.;5 points;All references are included, but a few minor mistakes in APA format, and/or missing in-text references.;4 points;Missing one or several references and/or major mistakes in APA format.;3 point;No references included or references not in APA format.;0-2 points;Grammar and Spelling (5 points);Less than 3 minorspelling and grammatical errors;5 points;Between 4 and 7 minor spelling and grammatical errors;4 points;Between 8 and 12 spelling and grammatical errors;3 point;More than 13 spelling and grammatical errors;0-2 points;Overall Score;Level 4;90 or more;Level 3;75 or more;Level 2;50 or more;Level 1;0 or more

 

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