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APBI 398 Research Methods
in Applied Animal Biology
APBI 398
Section: TBA
Instructor: Joanna Makowska
Office: TBA
Office Hours: TBA
Class Schedule: Tues/Thurs 2:00-3:30pm
Classroom: MCML 170
Important Course Pages
Lecture Notes
Course Discussion

Course Description

An introduction to research methods in applied animal biology for 3rd year students.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will:

  1. Become familiar with research approaches in applied animal biology
  2. Learn how to present to a general audience
  3. Learn how to present to a scientific audience
  4. Gain experience in summarizing and critiquing published research articles and reviewing an area of research

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning Outcome #1. The course is based on experiential learning. You will work together with a researcher throughout the semester to gain exposure to research techniques and ideas, and to develop a passion for your research area.
  • Learning Outcome #2. You will show your general understanding of the main research questions and approaches through a "news feature" style presentation, designed to be accessible to a general audience. This presentation will allow you to develop skills in scientific journalism and will expose the other students in the class to this research area.
  • Learning Outcome #3. You will demonstrate understanding of your research area by completing a "scientific conference" style abstract, oral presentation, and poster presentation. The presentations will be based on your work with your mentor and will describe your research objectives, methodology, results, and conclusions. These presentations will allow you to develop scholarly presentation skills.
  • Learning Outcome #4. You will show your grasp of the research area and your ability to summarize and critically evaluate research papers by writing a 12-page literature review on your topic of interest. This may provide a basis for an independent essay or thesis (APBI498/499) in your 4th year.

Course Content and Prerequisites

This course is required for all students in Applied Animal Biology - 3rd year standing in this program is a prerequisite. The course will introduce you to research methods in this field and will help you develop the research and critical thinking skills essential for the success in the essay or thesis (APBI 498/499) required in 4th year.

Assessment, Grading, Evaluation

There will be no formal examinations. You will be awarded a grade based on your participation with a researcher, presentations, papers, and participation in class.


Activity Weight
Participation with Mentor 10%
First Oral Presentation 5%
Self-reflection on Video 5%
Midway Self-reflection on Progress 5%
Literature Review Outline 5%
Literature Review Draft 15%
Literature Review Final 20%
Conference Abstract 5%
Poster 10%
Final Oral Presentation 10%
Class Participation 10%
TOTAL: 100%

Participation in external seminars: up to 2 extra percent

Estimated Schedule

To be discussed in class.