Assignment Syllabus Spring 2013


A.  Notebook                                                         25%
B.  Presentation I (Technique/instrumentation)       20%
C.  Presentation II                                                 20%
D.  Exam                                                               25%
E.  Quizzes and Assignments                                    5%
F.  Wall Micrograph                                                  5%



Prior to Admittance

   A. Preliminary Project Description Due

           Each student must submit a short project proposal prior to the onset of lab work. This   must be submitted electronically.

   B. Project Information Sheets Due

          Each student must be identified with an account number to track usage within the  CMRF. Some students may already have such an account.


 January 29


   A. Project Planning Paper Due

         All aspects of your project need to be reviewed and planned.  You need to  determine where inconsistences can happen.  Variations in fixation time, section  thickness all can affect   the results. With your CMRF staff instructor, Preplan your  experiments.  You will write a short plan detailing the following procedures:

  Specimen collection
  Fixation and processing
  Sectioning
  Staining
  Image Collection
  Analysis


 February 12


  A. Stereology homework due


April 9


  A.  EXAM
  B.  All equipment training should be completed

          Additional training can be provided at student expense.  Microscopes should be used during off-hours going forward.

  C. Poster information due

         If submitting a poster in lieu of the notebook, you must have submitted the abstract and faculty sponsor letter.


 April 16


  A. Informal Power Point Presentation of Project Results with Micrographs

        Each student will prepare a Power Point presentation of their research containing the

  B. Topics for Presentation I due and approved by instructor

       Each student will present a topic outside the scope of this course.  The topic MUST be approved by the instructor by this date.


 April 23


  Presentation I:  Technique/instrumentation

      Each student will give a 10-15 minute talk about current instrumentation and  techniques  that beyond the scope of this course


 May 14


A. Presentation II:  Research Presentations-Power Point

      Each student will present a 10-minute PowerPoint talk describing students'    project results and presenting high quality micrographs.

B. Notebooks due in 76 EMRB by 5:00 PM

     Notebook Criteria and Grading

      Each student will submit a notebook consisting of a short "paper" describing work done on their project.  The paper should contain an introduction stating project goals, a materials   and methods section, and a results/discussion section containing analysis and conclusions with supporting micrographs.  Notebooks must be presented electronically.

      A minimum of ten different high quality micrographs will be presented in the notebook at the end of the course.

  1. All project micrographs are to be of high contrast, well-focused, free of knife marks and contamination.  Fluorescent images should not be over-saturated.  The images should support your conclusions.

  2. Each print must be accompanied by a sample description (legend).

  3.  Each print must have a marker bar to indicate scale (i.e., 1 mm or 0.01 mm etc.).

C. Wall Micrograph Due

      Each student will choose one micrograph for artistic content and mount it for display in the CMRF. 

  •  The image must be saved in .tif format and given to the instructor in electronic form. 

  •  The image must be printed at high resolution.

  •  The black mounting board will measure 8 inches by 10 inches.

  •  The image will be mounted to this board.

  •  The micrograph should include a scale bar, a short legend and the names of the department, student and advisor.

  •  A template for this micrograph will be provided.

 Laboratory Policy