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Table 1.
Activities implemented as part of the authentic research component.
ActivityAssessment
Experimental Design Worksheet (SLO#1 & #2), due 1st week Graded with feedback 
Revised Experimental Design (SLO#1 & #2), due 3rd week Graded; based on analysis of original experimental data 
Laboratory Safety: Proper and safe disposal of cell cultures and chemicals Instructor observation 
Capturing and measuring cells using microscopes with cameras (SLO#6), due 2nd week Assignment: photos of cells with measurements 
Maintaining a laboratory notebook (SLO#8), collected 6th week Graded with feedback 
Generated graphs (with error bars) from collected data (SLO#7), collected during 6th week Graded with feedback 
Formal Laboratory Report (SLO#9 & #10), collected two weeks after completion of activity Graded with feedback; Summative Assessment 
Maintenance of Cell Cultures (SLO#5) Instructor observation 
Laboratory Skills: Pipeting; Use of digital microscopes and cameras; Calculations of solutions, dilutions, and concentrations (SLO#3 & #4) Skills Performance Assessment 
ActivityAssessment
Experimental Design Worksheet (SLO#1 & #2), due 1st week Graded with feedback 
Revised Experimental Design (SLO#1 & #2), due 3rd week Graded; based on analysis of original experimental data 
Laboratory Safety: Proper and safe disposal of cell cultures and chemicals Instructor observation 
Capturing and measuring cells using microscopes with cameras (SLO#6), due 2nd week Assignment: photos of cells with measurements 
Maintaining a laboratory notebook (SLO#8), collected 6th week Graded with feedback 
Generated graphs (with error bars) from collected data (SLO#7), collected during 6th week Graded with feedback 
Formal Laboratory Report (SLO#9 & #10), collected two weeks after completion of activity Graded with feedback; Summative Assessment 
Maintenance of Cell Cultures (SLO#5) Instructor observation 
Laboratory Skills: Pipeting; Use of digital microscopes and cameras; Calculations of solutions, dilutions, and concentrations (SLO#3 & #4) Skills Performance Assessment 
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