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IB132L Mammalian Physiology Laboratory

Note: IB132L is the laboratory course for IB 132 Survey of Human Physiology

About the Spring 2007 IB132L Course

Dr. Steve Lehman
office hours: by appt.
in VLSB 5112

Lab Instructors:
Sean Gross
lab sections: Mon 9-12, Tues 2-5
office hours: TBA

Karen Chan
lab sections: Tues 9:30-12:30, 2-5
office hours:

Greg Byrnes
lab sections: Weds 9-12, 2-5
office hours: TBA

Nastaran Faghihnia
lab sections: Thurs 9:30-12:30, 2-5
office hours:

Texts: Widmaier, Hershel, and Strang, 2006. Vander, Sherman, and Luciano's Human Physiology, 10th edition.

Lehman, S.L. and Colton, T. F. 2007.
Mammalian Physiology Laboratory, Spring 2007. (available at Copy Central, 48 Shattuck Square)

Lab Room :  3048 Valley Life Sciences Building

Prerequisites: You are expected to have taken IB 131 (Human Anatomy) or an equivalent course. IB132 is a pre- or co-requisite.

Note: Students may not earn credit for both IB 132 and either MCB 32 or MCB 136.


"A lab is where you do science" (Thornton 1972). In this course you will learn some of the skills of the professional scientist as you gain hands-on experience measuring physiological parameters. This 2-credit laboratory course is designed to complement the lecture course. In this lab you will learn to do the following:

  • conceive of novel questions that can be investigated scientifically
  • devise testable hypotheses and experiments to answer those questions
  • use a variety of techniques to measure physiological parameters and use a computer to record and manipulate the data
  • interpret scientific data, including graphing and simple statistics
  • write up an experiment as a journal article
  • critically review a paper
  • present research findings orally in the format used at scientific meetings
  • use common spreadsheet, statistical, data acquisition, and presentation software
  • work effectively in a team

In some labs, you will be given a set of specific questions to be investigated, along with a description of the system and techniques you can use to answer them. In other labs, you will be asked to conceive of the investigation yourself, starting by identifying questions you want to answer. In these labs our role will not be to tell you what hypotheses to test, what experiment to do, and how to get "the right answer." Frequently there is no "right answer." It will be up to you to figure out what you think the answer should be, to gather data to support or refute your suspicion, to interpret these data, and to persuade your peers and instructors that your analysis is correct. Although you will have access to plenty of help along the way, the primary responsibility for a successful investigation rests with you.

Your investigations will focus on organ-level and systems-level human physiology. In most labs, you will be both the experimenter and the subject, as you employ a variety of techniques for measuring physiological parameters non-invasively in humans. A few labs will employ animal or inanimate models for experiments that are not feasible or ethical on human subjects.


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