Welcome to 20.109! It is our goal to make this class a useful and fun introduction to the experiments and techniques used in biological engineering. Though there is not enough time to show you everything needed to do research, after this class you will feel confident and familiar with some fundamental experimental approaches and laboratory protocols. You will develop good habits at the bench, which will increase the likelihood of success in your work and ensure the health and safety of you and your labmates. By the end of the semester, you will also be well-versed in good scientific practices - through your experience with scientific writing, notebook keeping, and orally presenting data and novel ideas. All of us involved in teaching 20.109 hope you will find it a satisfying challenge and an exciting experience that has lasting value.
Lecture times: Tuesday (T) and Thursday (R) 11 - 12 pm in 1-390
Laboratory section times: Tuesday (T) and Thursday (R) 1 - 5 pm or Wednesday (W) and Friday (F) 1 - 5 pm in 56-322
Absences from lecture: Attendance will be recorded for participation points throughout the semester. If absent, student is responsible for all information provided in lecture.
Absences from laboratory: Excused absences should be discussed with the Instructors as soon as possible. Because make-up laboratory time is not provided, attendance in another section may be required to complete the necessary experiments. Unexcused absences will result in a 1/3 of a letter grade deduction from the final grade on the major assignment for the module (for example, a B+ would become a B).