Identify the experiment, e.g., Mammalian Dive Reflex
Provide the lab number
ZOOL 141L/ZOOL 142L and semester (Fall 2018)
Provide your name
Introduction (Purpose and Background)
Accurately describe the purpose of the study. It is OK to begin with “The purpose of this study is to….”
Briefly summarize relevant background information leading to a specific statement about the problem being investigated.
Do not repeat what is in the lab manual, but connect this experiment to anatomy and physiology in general. This is where you include previous research (be sure to cite the references!) to link the experiment to the big picture of how the body functions (or fails to function properly)
A hypothesis is an educated guess phrased in the form of a statement. The experiment you conduct is used to validate or refute your hypothesis. Remember that you can never prove your hypothesis, you can find evidence to support or deny it. List all hypotheses. See the following example below.
H1. A subject who holds their breath will have a lower BP and heart rate than when the same subject does not hold their breath.
Briefly describe your methods, i.e., what you did and how you did it, as if someone who has never done this before could follow your instructions and get similar results. Do not write it as a recipe in a cookbook or as bulleted points.
Provide any tables, figures and calculations in this section.