General Biology II BIO 102-105 and 102-106 Spring 2009 INSTRUCTOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION Name: Dr. Roarke Donnelly Office: Goslin 222 Office Hours: 12-1 MF, 10-11 WF, 11-12 Th, or by appointment Email: email@example.com Phone: 404.364.8401 Web: www.oglethorpe.edu/faculty/~r_donnelly/ Lecture: MWF 9:00-9:50 in G-108 Lab: Th or F 1:30-4:30 in G-229 COURSE OVERVIEW Description This is the second of two courses that introduce the broad, active, and fascinating study of living things. The course is comprised of three lecture periods and one laboratory period per week. During these periods, you will hear lectures, complete exercises, conduct experiments, observe demonstrations, and work toward completion of a service learning project. Objectives After completing this course you will: understand the process and outcomes of evolution above the species level, be familiar with the variety of animal groups, their distinguishing characteristics, and their evolutionary relationships, understand animal and plant physiology, be familiar with basic theories of animal behavior, be able to explain how biotic and abiotic factors dictate species distributions, recognize how and why biodiversity changes with geographic location, know the primary threats to biodiversity and how those threats can be ameliorated or removed, be familiar with scientific methods, be able to design and carry out scientific experiments, and be able to analyze and interpret data using basic statistical analyses. Prerequisites All students taking this course must meet the math prerequisite described in the bulletin. Students majoring in biology or biopsychology should earn a grade of “C-” or better in General Biology I (BIO 101) before enrolling in this course. SCHEDULE Tentative Weekly Schedule Week M’s date Lecture 1 1/12 Macroevolution 2 1/19 Macroevolution 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 1/26 2/2 2/9 2/16 2/23 3/2 3/9 3/16 3/23 3/30 4/6 4/13 4/20 4/27 Animal diversity Animal diversity & Physiology Animal physiology Animal physiology Animal physiology Plant physiology & biotechnology TBA Spring Break Animal behavior Ecology Ecology & biogeogr. Conservation biology Urban ecology Review Lab Tissues Porifera/Cnidaria/ Platyhelminthes Nematoda/Annelida/ Mollusca Chordata Echinodermata/ Arthropoda Human circ. syst. Exam one Frog heart phys. Lab practical Spring Break Resource selection BHNP* Project prep. TBA TBA BHNP Proj. present. Notes Q1, No class M Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Exam one in lab Q6 Lab practical Q7 Q8 Q9 Project presentation M is last class, Exam two on F 5/1 at 8am *Blue Heron Nature Preserve Special Dates 1/20 last day to withdraw with 100% tuition refund 2/11 Oglethorpe Day 3/7 BHNP project introduction (attend this OR intro on 3/28) 3/27 last day to withdraw with grade of “W” 3/28 BHNP project introduction (attend this OR intro on 3/7) 4/14 Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium RESPONSIBILITIES Attendance You are required to attend all regularly scheduled class and lab periods. You are, however, permitted a total of five unexplained (i.e., the reason is irrelevant) absences during class or lab periods. This total includes any period to which you are more than 10 minutes late or from which you leave early. If you accumulate a sixth absence before the drop deadline, you must withdraw from the class before the deadline or I will assign you a grade of “FA” for the course. If you accumulate a sixth absence after the drop deadline, I will assign you a grade of “FA” for the course. In order to avoid accumulation of six absences, keep track of how many absences you have accumulated and “save” as many absences as possible for times when you absolutely cannot attend class. Note that all absences will count toward your absence total unless (1) you have already accumulated five absences and (2) you have a note from Nurse Grote or a doctor explaining that you were ill during the missed class or lab period. I allow only two of these exceptional absences per student. Etiquette You must observe the following rules during class and lab periods: do not eat or drink; do not use tobacco products; treat your peers, the instructor, and university property with respect; make positive contributions to class and lab activities; keep all electronic devices (e.g., cell phones, laptops) off (i.e., unable to ring OR vibrate); during lab periods, wear appropriate clothing and footwear for indoor work with chemicals and machines or, if forewarned, for fieldwork. I will warn you upon your first etiquette violation. I will punish each violation after the first with dismissal from the class or lab period and one absence. See the Attendance section for the consequences of accumulating six absences. Note that you may use a laptop for taking notes if you have my permission. Items to Purchase The course text, lab manual, and dissection kit are required. You may purchase all of these things from the OU bookstore. I will assign reading from the textbook. Content from those readings will appear on lecture quizzes, the lab practical, and exams. Each lab group must bring at least one textbook, one lab manual, and one dissection kit to each lab unless otherwise instructed. Course text: Campbell, N.A. and J.B. Reece. 2005. Biology (7th edition, NOT the newest edition). Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco. Other editions are not sufficient. Lab manual: Rust, T.G. 1983. A guide to biology lab (3rd edition). Southwest Educational Enterprises, Boerne. Other editions are not sufficient. Quizzes, Exams, and the Lab Practical Questions on quizzes, exams, and the lab practical may appear in a variety of formats including but not limited to: fill in the blank, matching, multiple choice, sketches, visual identification, figure interpretation, and essay. Quizzes will cover any material presented during or assigned for class periods since the last quiz or exam (whichever was more recent). You will take quizzes at the beginning of class on Fridays, unless otherwise noted. If you are late to class on the day of a quiz, you will not receive extra time to complete your quiz. If you are absent on the day of a quiz, you will receive a zero on that quiz unless you present a note from Nurse Grote or a doctor stating that you were ill during the quiz. A note will entitle you to take a different version of the quiz within a few days of the missed quiz. The dates on which you must take quizzes, exams, and the practical are noted in the tentative schedule above. Should the dates change, I will give you ample warning. The practical covers all material presented during or assigned for the prior labs. Exam 1 covers all material presented in or assigned for class periods before the date of that exam. Exam 2 covers all material presented in or assigned for class periods since exam 1 and all material from lab covered since the practical (excluding labs dedicated to BHNP projects). Blue Heron Nature Preserve (BHNP) Project You are required to conduct ecological/environmental research at the preserve that will help you learn about ecology, environmental management, and preserve stewardship. You will learn more about this project as the semester progresses. GRADING You must include an affirmation of the honor code to receive credit for documents related to all course activities. If you have any questions about the honor code, I strongly encourage you to reread the code and ask me questions. Be aware that the code defines cheating and plagiarism as follows: Cheating is (a) the unauthorized possession or use of notes, texts, or other such materials during an examination; (b), the copying of another person's work or participation in such an effort; and (c) the attempt or participation in an attempt to fulfill the requirements of a course with work other than one's original work for that course. Students have the responsibility of avoiding participation in cheating incidents by doing their own work, taking precautions against others copying their work and in general not giving or receiving aid beyond what is authorized by the instructor. Plagiarism includes representing someone else's words, ideas, data, or original research as one's own, and in general failing to footnote or otherwise acknowledge the source of such work. One has the responsibility of avoiding plagiarism by taking adequate notes on reference materials, including material taken off the internet or other electronic sources, used in the preparation of reports, papers, and other coursework. For information on “Incomplete” grades, please refer to the most recent OU Bulletin. I will evaluate the answers you give during quizzes, practical, and exams based on two criteria. The first criterion, scientific merit, is the most important. An answer with high scientific merit is the product of correct and complete recollection, translation, interpretation, application, analysis, synthesis, and/or evaluation of scientific data and/or concepts. The second criterion is format. An answer with correct format communicates relevant and logical arguments and adheres to the rules of English grammar. I will award points for activities as follows: Activity # of units and unit pt. value Exam 2 1 @ 105 Exam 1 1 @ 90 Quizzes 9 @ 10 BHNP project 1 @ 80 Practical 1 @ 75 Co-curricular events 2@5 Total pts. possible = Total pt. value 105 90 90 80 75 10 450 I will assign grades based on the following scale from the most recent OU Bulletin: Earned % of total points possible Letter grade Quality points >92 A 4 90-92 A3.7 87-89 B+ 3.3 83-86 B 3 80-82 B2.7 77-79 C+ 2.3 73-76 C 2 70-72 C1.7 67-69 D+ 1.3 60-66 D 1 <60 F 0 GETTING HELP From the Professor If you have a disability and need accommodations or if I can help with anything else related to this class, please talk with me after class or during office hours, send me an email, schedule an appointment, or catch me in my office. From Other Students Ask other students if they would like to form a study group that meets regularly. From University Services If you need assistance with writing or notetaking, please contact the Writing Center or visit the center on the second floor of OU's Weltner Library. If you need assistance with your internet account, please contact Network Services (404.364.8518).
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