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lab assignments intended to teach the basics of reading phylogenetic diagrams and parsimony optimization.
intoductory courses for non-majors
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
basic osteology and evolution (VERY basic - this can be taught without those).
How the activity is situated in the course
Early in semester. Lab 3 is assigned immediately following lecture on subject. Labs 4 and 5 are on succeeding weeks.
Content/concepts goals for this activity
basics of reading phylogenetic diagrams and parsimony optimization
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
predictive nature of the historical sciences
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
quiz; follow-up assignmentsMore information about assessment tools and techniques.
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- Activity Description/Assignment:lab 3 basic parsimony and tree-reading (Acrobat (PDF) 258kB Jul21 09)
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