Assignments 2018

There is a computer lab assignment (Sim Bio) and also a research proposal to be written:

Here is a more comprehensive explanation about the proposal assignment – PDF

and the rubric associated with it – PDF

SimBio (5% of grade)

Lab Information: Understanding experimental design

You will be doing a computer lab that reviews experimental design.  The material covered in this lab will be helpful for this class in general and for your writing assignment (a research proposal) coming later in the class.  The lab is due by Wednesday February 21st at 5 p.m.  Details on how to register for and gain access to the lab are below.  The cost is $6 and you will need access to a computer.  There is a way to use a USB drive and download the software to use on a shared computer, and there are instructions on the site if you wish to do this.  For software issues, please contact SimBio directly.  Details on how to do this are below.  If you have problems that can’t be readily resolved by them please let us know. You will submit your answers through SimBio directly and the grades will be available to us.  The SimBio lab represents 5% of your final grade.


It is important that you review the information below before you subscribe to the SimUText for Evolution at University of California – Santa CruzTo avoid possible problems, do not wait until the last minute.

Should you encounter problems, you may need your course-specific Access Key. It is:  UhN2-fqSL-YuZ4-mwTs-y78M

Problems or questions? Visit SimUText Support (


Research proposal (10% of grade)

You will need to write a research proposal based on the SimBio material and review two of your classmates’ research proposals. First, write a research proposal that is no more than two pages, double-spaced. Print two copies of your research proposal (double spaced) and swap with two classmates on Wednesday February 21st. You should have two people reviewing your proposal and you should review two students’ proposals. Return your reviews to one another no later than Wednesday February 28th so that you will be able to make edits to your work before the final deadline on Wednesday March 7th. Please let me know if you do not receive reviews back on time. Incorporate the reviewers’ comments into your work and print this final draft. Return to us the final version (wit your name) and the two reviews (with reviewers names). Your grade for this assignment will include the quality and thoroughness of your peer reviews. The paper will account for 10% of your course grade.