Introduction to Zoology (Bio 6) by T8QqX451


									                      Introduction to Zoology (Bio 6)
                                       Riverside Community College
                                                Spring 2012
                                               Greg Burchett
How do you contact me?
My office is located in Life Sciences Building, MTSC Room 326.
My office phone extension is (951) 222-8535.
You can send me email at
You should visit my webpage at
My office hours are: Monday and Thursday (8-9am, 11am – 1pm); Wednesday (8-9am); Thursday (1-2pm).

When does the class meet?
The lectures meet Monday/Wednesday (9-1025am) in room MTSC 307.
The laboratory session meets on Wednesday (11am-210pm) in room MTSC 307.
The section number for this course is 43600.

What is the course description?
This course is an introduction to basic zoology, which is the study of animals in nature, including their behavior and
taxonomy. You will learn about the different kinds of animals, their evolutionary history, how they are adapted to their
specific environments, their ecology, and also how to identify many kinds of animals. It is designed to meet the needs
of both general education students, as well as those embarking on a career in biology, ecology, or zoology. This is an
interesting course, and I hope that you enjoy the material and topics. Let me know if you have any questions!

What are the “learning outcomes” for this course?
“Learning outcomes” are the main goals and objectives of this course. These are the skills that you should have, when
successfully completing this course. Here is the official list of learning outcomes for at Riverside City College:

By the conclusion of the course students should be able to:
1. Write a scholarly, documented research paper that synthesizes their own ideas and information from sources.
2. Critically analyze and discuss zoological issues and/or theories systematically.
3. Distinguish between the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of natural phenomena.
4. Apply scientific principles and methods to prove or disprove a hypothesis.
5. Use theories to explain past observations and to predict answers to new questions.
6. Understand the uses of scientific technologies and their implications.
7. Describe the relationship between animal structure and function, assess interactions of organisms with their
environment, and the ability to make decisions that ensure a sustainable environment for all organisms.
8. Comprehend the relationship between basic characteristics in common among members of the animal phyla which
are products of their common ancestry, and that progressive modifications of these characteristics reflect evidence of
the processes of evolution.
9. Describe the relationships between physical and behavioral characteristics which accommodate animals to their
broad or specific niches or bioregions.
10. Have an understanding of diverse causes of extinctions throughout history, including the current influence of
human activity on habitat destruction.
11. Interpret empirical data acquired during field or laboratory observation in the context of biogeographical distribution
and physiological adaptations.
12. Use basic mathematical and computer-based tools in the scientific investigation of phenomena, and the analysis
of data.

How is the grade calculated in this course?
The lecture and laboratory are each worth 50% of the course. The lecture will consist of one lecture exam, and a
comprehensive final exam. The laboratory will include weekly quizzes, two laboratory exams, class assignments,
animal identification, a detailed notebook/journal, and in-class presentations. There will be no-make up exams given,
except under extreme circumstances (i.e. documented medical emergency). I reserve the right to make the
appropriate judgments. The grade is based on a percentage of total possible points, for both lecture and lab (90% for
an A, 80% for a B, 70% for a C, 60% for a D, 59% or below will receive an F).
How is this course taught?
I teach this course from several perspectives: (1) I assume that you are a non-science major, so this course is an
“introduction” to zoology, and to science in general. (2) I present the material in a manner which includes many
examples which can be found in “everyday life.” I try to make this course interesting, fun, and I teach to the student
who really cares about their education – one who is willing to work hard to achieve their goals. (3) This is an interactive
course – I expect you to have read the material before coming to class, and “A” or “B students routinely do this. I have
supplemental material posted on my website, but you will find that these are not a replacement for coming to class.
Lastly, (4) I teach this course so that you understand that you (as a biological organism) are connected with other
forms of life, how you as a college student can understand the process of science, and how you as a rational adult can
form educated opinions. I hope you find this course entertaining and interesting.

What about attendance and assignments?
Attendance is required, and will be taken each session. Four absences will result in an automatic reduction of one
letter grade, and each tardy will count as 1/2 absence. If you miss more than two lab sessions, I may exercise the right
to drop you from the entire course, or issue a failing grade. If you decide to drop the course, it is your responsibility to
fill out the appropriate paperwork according to RCCD policy. Assignments will be turned in by the stated deadline. I
have decided to no longer accept substandard work in a college course. When I do assign work for you to do outside
of class, you will not plagiarize and do your own work. See description below.

How is the class conducted?
What is plagiarism? According to the Webster’s New Dictionary of English Language it is “to present the ideas or
words of another as one’s own work.” This basically means that any “cutting and pasting” which is so tempting
(especially online) is considered cheating. Do your own work – this will help you actually learn the material. You are
an adult in college. I expect you to uphold educational ethics. Participation in groups is highly recommended,
especially during studying. I consider cheating on exams a serious offense, and will be handled according to RCCD
policy. I will not allow anyone to disrupt class by being late, talking, or allowing their cell phones to go off. Every
student is paying for the right to be in class, and I will not allow anyone to infringe on the rights of others. I will exercise
the right to excuse or drop from class anyone who is a major disruption. If your pager or cellular phone goes off in
class, you will be excused for that day. The use of electronic devices in class is under my sole discretion.

Is the textbook required?
Yes, the lecture textbook is required. There are no “textbook police” which will come and arrest you. But, with this in
mind, the textbook is where the information for the course is found – my job is to explain the material, so that you can
better understand the text material. Here is the text that this course will be based on:

Hickman, Cleveland ( Animal Diversity, lecture text and laboratory manual (newest edition). McGraw Hill
Publishing Company, New York, NY.

There are supplemental sources of information, which I have found really helps. These are not required, but they will
enhance your experience in this course. If you find any suggestions, please let me know.

Van De Graff, K., and J. Crawley. Photographic Atlas to the Zoology Laboratory.

Thain, M., and M. Hickman. 2000. The Penguin Dictionary of Biology.

Do you need any special assistance?
Are you a student who may need special assistance in my course? Riverside Community College has a very
successful Disabled Student Programs and Services facility (, with many
amazing people to help you achieve your educational goals. Come see me if there is anything I can do to help.

Textbook and Study Guide References
I have a limited number of quality textbooks and student study guides which students can check out from me.
This is on a limited basis, and up to my discretion. If you do check out materials from me, you will sign a contract
for the return of the material. If not returned, a hold on your student records will be initiated. Also, if at the end of
the course, you happen to be interested in donating any materials back to me for future use, please feel free to
speak to me.
                                  TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE
           Subject to announced changes. You are responsible for any announced changes in class.

Date                  Lecture                                         Laboratory
February 13           Introduction.
February 15           Survey of life’s diversity.                     The scientific method and microscopes.

February 20           No School – School Holiday.
February 22           Animal classification.                          Animal classification.

February 27           The Evolution of Evolutionary Thought.
February 29           Evolutionary theory.                            The protozoans and pond water life.

March 5               Natural selection.
March 7               Areas of evolutionary evidence.                 The sponges and jellies.

March 12              The geologic history of earth and its animals.
March 14              The transition from invertebrates to vertebrates. The worms.

March 19              The development of the skeleton and jaw.
March 21              The transition from water to land.              The molluscs.

March 26              Review for Lecture Exam #1.
March 28              Lecture Exam #1.                                The arthropods.

April 2               The world of parasites.
April 4               Behavioral ecology.                             Lab Exam #1.

April 9               No School – Spring Break
April 11              No School – Spring Break

April 16              Ecological Relationships.
April 18              Population ecology.                             The echinoderms and Phylum Chordata.

April 23              Population ecology.
April 25              Community ecology.                              The fishes.

April 30              Community ecology.
May 2                 The Earth’s Ecosystems.                         The amphibians, and the reptiles.

May 7                 The Earth’s Ecosystems.
May 9                 Earth’s Biomes and habitat types.               The birds.

May 14                Earth’s Biomes and habitat types.
May 16                Conservation biology.                           The mammals.

May 21                Conservation biology
May 23                Poster presentations.                           Animal Ecology.

May 28                No School – School Holiday
May 30                Review for comprehensive final exam.            Lab Presentations.

June 4                Final Exam
June 6                Final Exam

                Comprehensive Lecture Final Exam is on Wednesday, June 6 (8-1030am).
                      Laboratory Final Exam (day and time) discussed in class.

Student Information:
      Full Name and Student Number:

      Email Address:

      Cell Phone Number:

      Would you like your grades posted as the semester progresses? If so, please give me a
      “nickname” that only you know.

      Tell me about your major and your interests.

Why are you taking this particular course?

Have you ever taken an zoology (or science course) before? If so, where and when? What was
your experience like?

What are your expectations of this zoology course?

      What grade do you expect to get?
      How many hours per week are you planning on studying for this course?

Any random thoughts or concerns?

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