Team Think Tank 5 – Data analysis

Team Think Tank (T3) examples:

T3-5: Data analysis.

During this think tank you will work in pairs to to analyze the data you have generated to-date and to design a proper, scientific figure and figure caption, along with a short discussion (this can be in point form).

Please bring your laptop/tablet for this think tank. You will be required to work together to produce a:

  • data figure (complete with figure caption)
  • materials and methods section
  • discussion section

The team think tank is divided into the following sections:

  1. For the first 30 minutes of the think tank you will discuss with your instructor the main requirements for each section. Come up with a plan for tackling each section and an overview of what you would like to highlight in each section. Here are some resources to help you with this task. Please make sure you’ve gone over these resources prior to the think tank:
      • Short video on designing figures/figure captions for this course: click here
      • Rougier, N. P., Droettboom, M., & Bourne, P. E. (2014). Ten simple rules for better figures. PLoS computational biology, 10(9), e1003833.
      • Annesley, T. M. (2010). Who, what, when, where, how, and why: the ingredients in the recipe for a successful Methods section. Clinical chemistry56(6), 897-901.
  1. For the next 1 hour you will work in pairs to analyze and prepare your specific data figure. Each lab pair will construct their own figure/figure caption/ discussion.
  2. Each lab pair will then showcase their work to each other in a short, 5-minute presentation. The lab mentor may comment and provide feedback, which students can use to change their figure. At the end of this section, the entire lab mentor team will choose one of these assignments to hand in for marking.


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