The Biopac Student Lab curriculum offers a complete life science learning program that can be quickly and easily tailored to meet a broad range of learning objectives and teaching needs. The Biopac Student Lab Curriculum is a key component of the Biopac Student Lab life science education system, which contains world-class hardware, media-rich software, and an extensive and interactive curriculum.
Right out of the box, the BSL curriculum allows educators to choose from a number of experiments or design their own, all supported by the the student-friendly BSL system that reduces setup time by up to 90%, so students collect excellent data and focus on scientific principles. For educators, the multi-level learning features of the BSL software let educators control the material and method of each experiment.
With over five million laboratory hours and in use in classrooms in the premier learning institutions around the world, the Biopac Student Lab is the preferred teaching solution for life science educators.
Supported Laboratory Disciplines
Preferred by Publishers
BSL lesson experiments are included in a number of the leading published Lab Manuals and have been successfully used to study:
Comprehensive support from published Lab Manuals includes—
Marieb: PEARSON Benjamin Cummings
Wood: PEARSON Benjamin Cummings
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The new Curriculum Management System licensed feature allows educators to easily customize and control all aspects of the lesson content including the on-screen instructions, introductions, recording and analysis procedures, lesson preferences and data reports. Educators can create their own lessons with BSL PRO, and those lessons can be selectively distributed from the Master computer to all networked lab computers.
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|A01 Frog Prep|
Explanation of how to prepare the frog for the following frog experiments: A02, A03, and A04.
|A02 Frog Gastrocnemius|
Stimulate the frog gastrocnemius muscle and record threshold voltage and contractile responses. Option: Stimulate the muscle via the sciatic nerve.
|A03 Frog Sciatic Nerve|
Record Compound Action Potentials (CAP) from a dissected frog sciatic nerve.
|A04 Frog Heart – Cardiac Rate & Contractility|
Record cardiac rate and contractile responses of the surgically exposed frog heart.
Option: Study the effects of chronotropic/inotropic agents on autonomic control of heart rate.
|A05 Visceral Smooth Muscle|
Study the effects of media ionic composition, temperature, and various pharmacological agents on the contraction of the visceral smooth muscle of the rabbit ileum.
|A06 Cockroach Ventral Nerve AP|
Record action potentials through a cockroach ventral nerve cord.
|A07 Fish Respiration & Q10|
Measure the metabolic rate of goldfish at two different temperatures (acclimation temp and acute exposure temp) to demonstrate the Q10 principle.
|A08 Earthworm Action Potential|
Use extracellular recording techniques to stimulate and record action potentials. Measure conduction velocity and plot Strength vs. Duration.
|A11 Resting Potential – Crayfish Muscle|
Follows “Lab 4: Crayfish Resting Potential” from the Crawdad Lab Manual.
|A14 CPG Hornworm|
Perform extracellular recording on tobacco hornworm pupae to study central pattern generators (CPGs) and neural mechanisms. Video clip included.
|A15 Earthworm Smooth Muscle|
Use a force transducer and tissue bath with isolated earthworm gut to measure contractions and the effect of drugs. Video clip included.
|A17 Frog Heart Intracellular Action Potentials|
Examine electrical properties of myocardial cells in the vertebrate heart and study the effects of pharmacological probes on the cardiac action potential.
|BSL Home Lessons|
Practical labs on heart signals (ECG), brain waves (EEG), muscle activity (EMG), eye movement (EOG), and Respiration. Students record data from their own bodies, working individually or in small groups, on or off campus. #BIOPACSavestheLab
|F01-04 Lessons for the fNIRS Education System|
Students embark on real-world NIRS research using a student-friendly approach in these four guided lessons covering nine experiments. COBI Modern makes NIRS experimentation easy for students to start recording in under five minutes, and you can also use it to create your own lessons. For analysis, fNIRSoft includes tools for processing data and statistical analysis. Users can also import files in Excel and Matlab.
Biopac Student Lab’s NIRS lessons are derived from scientific publications, providing students the opportunity to repeat well-known physiological phenomenon, such as in the cuff-occlusion task, and discover trends in cognitive function among individuals.
|H01 12-Lead ECG|
Record a 12-lead ECG.
|H02 Compartmental Modeling|
Explore Westheimer’s saccadic eye movement model with actual and model data.
|H03 Nerve Conduction – MP30|
Use the MP30 for Nerve Conduction Velocity along the ulnar nerve of a human subject. Video clip included.
|H03 Nerve Conduction – MP36/35|
Use the MP36 or MP35 for Nerve Conduction Velocity along the ulnar nerve of a human subject. Video clip included.
|H04 Blood Pressure|
Record (noninvasive) blood pressure response to isometric or straining exercise.
|H05 WAnT Wingate Test|
Record the Wingate Anaerobic Test and complete Wingate Test calculations. In this lesson, the WAnT is performed on a modified, plate loaded, Monark 818E work ergometer.
|H06 Finger Twitch (SS12LA)|
Use a Force transducer to record the finger twitch from a human subject. Video clips included.
|H06 Finger Twitch (SS61L)|
Use the Finger Twitch transducer to record the finger twitch from a human subject.
Active Learning Experiment for human EMG
|H08 Dive Reflex|
Active Learning ECG Dive Reflex Experiment
|H09 Auditory Evoked Potential|
Auditory Evoked Potential recordings from human subjects
|H10 Hemispheric EEG|
Electroencephalography (EEG) and Hemispheric Asymmetry
|H11 Mirror Test EDA|
Sensory-Motor Learning and Electrodermal Activity (EDA)
|H12 Saccades EOG|
EOG: Angular Displacement – Saccade Study
|H13 Tracking EOG|
EOG: Tracking study – Effect of visual stimulation vs. imagination
|H14 Fixation I EOG|
EOG: Ocular Fixations while reading (Part one: 3-lead)
|H15 Fixation II EOG|
EOG: Ocular Fixations while viewing an image (Part two: 6-lead)
|H16 Reflexes & Reaction Time|
Active Learning: Reflexes & Reaction Time
Biomechanics (Goniometry & EMG)
|H18 Automatic Noninvasive BP|
Exercise Physiology: Automatic Noninvasive Blood Pressure
|H19 VO2 & RER|
Record and measure oxygen consumption and respiratory exchange ratio
Design and develop software-based digital filters and cascade 2nd-order biquads.
|H21 Impedance Cardiography|
Record and measure relative differences in Cardiac Output and Stroke Volume using a noninvasive bioimpedance technique.
|H22 Visual Evoked Response|
Visual Evoked Potential recordings from human subjects (P100 test)
|H23 Signal Averaging ECG|
Record ECG data under different experimental conditions and perform a Signal Averaged ECG recording for each segment of data.
Record EDR and Heart Rate response to repeated stimulus to demonstrate habituation and its probabilistic trend toward decreased response.
|H25 BME Breadboard I|
Schematics and design notes to build Active Filters, Sine Wave Generator, Logarithmic Amplifier, and Absolute Value Converter with SS39L and MP36, MP35, or MP30.
|H26 BME Breadboard II|
Block diagram to build ECG R-wave detector with SS39L and MP36, MP35, or MP30.
|H27 Facial EMG|
Record EMG response on the corrugator supercilii & zygomaticus major muscles.
|H28 Reflex Response|
Record knee and ankle reflex response with the SS36L Reflex Hammer transducer. Optional: Use SS20L Goniometer to measure angular movement in response to varying strike force.
|H29 Basal Metabolic Rate|
This BSL PRO lesson describes the hardware and software setup of the BSL System in order to measure Oxygen Consumption (V̇O2) using an open circuit indirect calorimetry technique. Metabolic Rate can then be calculated using the V̇O2 measurement.
|H30 Stroop Effect|
Record strength of interference between associative tasks: naming & reading.
|H31 Prepulse Inhibition|
Record the startle response with and without a prepulse inhibition stimulus.
|H32 Heart Rate Variability|
Explore statistical measures, geometric measures, and spectral analysis in heart rate variability studies.
|H33 FFT Fast Fourier|
Build up a square wave composite waveform form sine components to examine the FFT.
Record an electrogastrogram (EGG) from a human subject.
|H35 ROM/Sit & Reach|
Perform Range of Motion (ROM) and Sit and Reach tests with a goniometer and compare to normative values.
|H36 Muscular Biofeedback|
Measure changes in EMG with maximal contraction, as compared to baseline, incorporating different combinations of visual and auditory feedback.
|H38 Effect of Social Support on Stress Response|
Examines the impact of social support on stress; participant provides a photo of a socially supportive other (e.g., friend, family, pet). Students record and measure electrodermal activity (EDA) and an electrocardiogram (ECG) to calculate heart rate (HR) as physiological correlates to stress.
|H40 EMG-Controlled Robotic Arm|
The BSL PRO H40 Robotic Arm Lesson Set is used with the BSL breadboard and BME accesories to build a functional robotic arm grip using EMG signal input. It includes:
|L01 Electromyography I|
Standard & Integrated EMG
|L02 Electromyography II|
|L03 Electroencephalography I|
Relaxation & Brain Rhythms
|L04 Electroencephalography II|
Alpha Rhythms in the Occipital Lobe
|L05 Electrocardiography I|
Components of the ECG
|L06 Electrocardiography II|
Bipolar Leads (Leads I, II, III), Einthoven’s Law, Mean Electrical Axis on the Frontal Plane
|L07 ECG & Pulse|
Mechanical Action of the Heart, Peripheral Pressure Pulse, Plethysmography
|L08 Respiratory Cycle I|
Respiratory Rates, Relative Depths of Breathing, Regulation of Ventilation
|L09 EDA & Polygraph|
Electrodermal Activity & the Polygraph
|L10 Electrooculogram I|
Eye Movement; Saccades & Fixation During Reading
|L11 Reaction Time I – Auditory Stimulus|
Reaction Time & Learning with fixed-interval and random presentation tTrials of auditory (click) stimulation.
|L11A Reaction Time II – Visual Stimulus|
Reaction Time & Learning With Fixed-interval and Pseudo-random Presentation Trials of visual LED stimulation
|L12 Pulmonary Function I|
Volumes & Capacities
|L13 Pulmonary Function II|
Pulmonary Flow Rates (FEV1,2,3 and MVV)
Relaxation & Arousal
|L15 Aerobic Exercise Physiology|
Cardiovascular & Respiratory Adjustments During and After Exercise
|L16 Blood Pressure|
Indirect BP Measurement, Ventricular Systole and Diastole, Korotkoff Sounds, Mean Arterial Pressure
|L17 Heart Sounds|
Cardiac Valve Functions, Electrical & Mechanical Events
|L20 Spinal Cord Reflexes|
Anatomical and Physiological Elements of Simple Spinal Reflexes
|S01 EMG 1 Motor Unit Recruitment|
Motor Unit Recruitment
|S02 EMG 2 Mechanical Work|
|S03 ECG1 Components of the ECG|
Components of the ECG
|S04 ECG 2|
|S05 EEG 1 Brain Rhythms|
|S06 EEG 2 Alpha Rhythms in the Occipital Lobe|
Alpha Rhythms in the Occipital Lobe
|S08 EOG 1|
Autonomic Nervous System
|S10 Aerobic Exercise Physiology|
Heart & Metabolic Demands
|S11 Reaction Time|
Brain Fixed & Pseudo-random Intervals
|S12 Respiration – Apnea|
The Respiratory System