BIOL 209 ANIMALS AS ORGANISMS
This course is designed as an introductory general zoology treatment that compliments the other 4 credit hour course BIOL 208. Plants As Organisms (general botany). These two courses are taken primarily by students following a biology major or minor or those considering environmental science or aquatic science concentrations in the environmental studies major. BIOL 209, together with BIOL 208 also may be used to satisfy the 8 credit hour general studies requirement of non-science majors who have some interest in the life sciences.
Since most students taking this course will have an extensive exposure to several other, more specialized biology courses, BIOL 209 attempts to lay foundation for the subsequ4ent biology curriculum. While there will be some treatment of such topics as ecology, cellular and molecular biology, genetics and developmental biology, the major emphases will be those of basic biological processes exhibited by animal organisms together with treatment of the anatomy, physiology and systematics of major animal groups.
Meeting Schedule: We will adhere to the semester schedule for our class meetings. All students are expected to be properly enrolled in the course (both lecture and lab). All students are expected to be in attendance for each and every lecture and lab period and to be settled in by the time the period is scheduled to begin. If you are unavoidably late in arriving to class, please enter the room with a minimum of fanfare. Any student who is chronically late to class may be admonished.
Text: : The current text is a customized version of Integrated Principles of Zoology by Hickman et. al. This replaces a previous text so please obtain the correct text. Please use this edition of the book. Previous editions are very similar but have significant differences in the arrangement of subject matter. I will provide a number of handouts to supplement material presented in text readings. There is also a customized BIOL 209L Lab Manual that should be purchased.
Internet Resources: There is an increasing body of information about the Animal Kingdom that is Internet accessible. Examples can be located using Google or other search engines with such key words as General Zoology
Office and Office Hours: My office is in Rm. 214 in the new wing of Snyder Hall. Soon there will be posted an Office Hours schedule on the small bulletin board next to my office door. You may expect to find me in or around my office during those posted hours. I may be working Byrd 200 or 202.
If you need to contact me outside of office hours, my campus extension number is 876-5357 and my e-mail address is email@example.com.
We are scheduled to meet formally with each other on four different days of the week. There will usually be time just before or just after class to consult with each other or to make special appointment arrangements.
Exams and Quizzes: During the course of the semester, you will write 4 major examinations. Each of these 4 exams will cover about 4 weeks of course work undertaken in the lecture and lab periods preceding each exam. Each of these exams will be primarily objective in format with most test items presented in a multiple-choice question style (For this you will need to provide a “Scantron” answer sheet and your own #2 lead pencil. There may be also short essay questions or problems to solve. Each of these exams will be weighted at 100 points.
There also will be a laboratory lab grade component that will influence your course grade. Based upon attendance, participation, lab quizzes and lab reports, this lab component will represent a total of 150 points.
Course Grade: At the end of the semester an official course “letter” grade will be assigned to each student enrolled. This letter grade will be determined by the sum of scores on the 4 major exams added together along with the total points in the 150 lab component (i.e. a grand total of 550 possible points). Grades will be assigned as follows:
What if a student misses one of the four major exams? If a student misses a scheduled, 100 point major exam, a make-up will be provided ONLY if the student provides documented evidence that the absence was unexpected, unavoidable and the result of serious medical or other emergency situations. Such documentation must provide a telephone number by which the person verifying the serious nature of the absence may be contacted. Any “make-up” exams provided are likely to be in an “all essay” format.
The following are some of the situations NOT considered legitimate excuses for missing an exam: oversleeping, having other scheduled exams, needing to “catch a ride” with another person, leaving early or returning late from trips or vacations, engaging in elective activities of other courses or elective extra-curricular experiences.
What if a student misses a lab? As with exams, only with documented evidence that the absence was unexpected, unavoidable and the result of serious medical or other emergency situations may make-up work be considered.
The instructor will take roll periodically. All students are expected to be in class (lecture and lab) for every meeting. All students are expected to pay attention, follow directions, complete reading assignments and take detailed notes about the material being covered. There is no substitute for being in class. There is no really effective way to “make-up” for material missed during regular class meetings. The instructor will provide copies of distributed handouts to absentees, if requested. Each student is responsible for finding out about missed material. Students should not expect the instructor to solicit reasons for students missing class. The student must initiate and follow through with arrangements to make-up work, without prompting or reminder by the instructor. If a student misses any lecture or lab, such absence may mean that a student will not answer correctly one or more items on a subsequent exam or quiz and therefore any absence or lack of attention may adversely affect the student’s grade in the course. One will only know if an absence is “alright” after an exam or quiz covering the missed material has been given and graded.
I WILL NOT REQUIRE ANY STUDENT IN MY CLASS TO MISS ANY OF THEIR OTHER CLASSES AND I EXPECT THAT NO STUDENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO MISS THIS CLASS BY ANY OTHER COURSE INSTRUCTOR, ESPECIALLY ON A SCHEDULED EXAM DATE. ALTERNATIVELY, YOU MAY ASK ANY OTHER INSTRUCTOR TO EXCUSE YOU FROM ANY ACTIVITY WHICH CONFLICTS WITH THE SCHEDULED CLASS MEETINGS OF THIS COURSE.
Academic Honesty: Unless specifically told otherwise, all students must write each exam and quiz independently of any other student or reference source. The use of notes or text materials, communication with other students, written or oral while taking any exam or quiz in this course is forbidden and if done by any student, will constitute “cheating”. Any such “cheating” will result in the assignment of a grade of “zero” on the affected exam or quiz.