Neuroscience Unit Matrix

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This "matrix" outlines the content and main ideas in the Frontiers of Science unit on neuroscience. The document maps out the goals, lecture themes, readings, activities, assignments, and discussion topics for each of the weeks or sessions that together make up the unit.

Conservation Reserve Design: Data Analysis Example

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This document contains analyses of data collected by students completing the Frontiers of Science fieldwork activity on Conservation Reserve Design. (A teacher's guide and student guide to this activity are provided in accompanying documents.) These analyses are provided to guide instructors who wish to implement the activity and analyze data collected by their students.

Frontiers of Science Unit Matrix

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For each unit of Frontiers of Science, the teaching staff creates and relies on a "matrix" that shows the unit's content and main ideas and how these build on one another. This document is a blank template for others to use in creating matrices for their own courses.

Biodiversity Unit Matrix

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This "matrix" outlines the content and main ideas in the Frontiers of Science unit on biodiversity. The document maps out the goals, lecture themes, readings, activities, assignments, and discussion topics for each of the weeks or sessions that together comprise the unit.

Astronomy Unit Matrix

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This "matrix" outlines the content and main ideas in the Frontiers of Science unit on astronomy. The document maps out the goals, lecture themes, readings, activities, assignments, and discussion topics for each of the weeks or sessions that together make up the unit.

Conservation Reserve Design

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This unique field ecology experiment engages students with the processes of scientific research methods and testing hypotheses about conservation reserve design. The activities involved are novel—students will gather data on the relationship between biodiversity and patch size and shape. As designed, this activity takes place in Manhattan; the relationship under investigation has not been studied in a human-dominated urban setting like Manhattan, so the outcome of students' investigations is not known in advance. The activity may easily be adapted to another setting or research questions, and so provides a useful example for instructors wishing to engage undergraduates in original fieldwork. This document is a student guide; a teacher guide and data analysis example are available in accompanying files.

Conservation Reserve Design

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This unique field ecology experiment engages students with the processes of scientific research methods and testing hypotheses about conservation reserve design. The activities involved are novel—students will gather data on the relationship between biodiversity and patch size and shape. As designed, this activity takes place in Manhattan; the relationship under investigation has not been studied in a human-dominated urban setting like Manhattan, so the outcome of students' investigations is not known in advance. The activity may easily be adapted to another setting or research questions, and so provides a useful example for instructors wishing to engage undergraduates in original fieldwork. This document is a teacher guide; a student guide and data analysis example are available in accompanying files.