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BIO 1004 Biological Diversity Mon/Wed at 10:00 am Spring 2012

Course Syllabus
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course will include the structure, function, evolutionary relationships and ecology of major groups of microorganisms, protists, fungi, animals, and plants.
Text: Raven et al. 2008. Biology, 9th ed. The McGraw-Hill Companies.
Laboratory Manual: Vodopich, Moore. 2008 Biology. 9th ed. The McGraw-Hill Companies
It is suggested you bring your Text with you to each class session. It is necessary for you to bring your lab manual to seminar.
Lecture Meeting: Monday and Wednesday 10-10:50am in D225

Seminars: 01-Tuesday 10-10:50 am in D-229

02-Friday 10-10:50 am in D-225

Instructor: Keith King

Office D-316

Ph. 815-224-0201

[Biology Lab 815-224-0308]

Office Hours : Mon 12-12:50 pm, Tue 12-12:30 pm, Wed 1-1:50 pm, Thu 10-12 :50 pm and Fri 12-12:50 pm.
Lab Duty Hours : Mon 1-1:50 pm, Tue 11-11:50 am, Wed 12-12:50 pm, Thu 12-1:50 pm
Important Notes Related To This Course:

A. Attendance Policy: Attendance for this course is mandatory. Prior to the “Last Day for Student Withdrawal” (Monday April 9th) students may be withdrawn from the course by the instructor after accumulating five unexcused absences. (If you have five unexcused absences in a row without contacting me I will automatically drop you without contacting you). An excused absence, (illness, death in the family) requires documentation, i.e. a doctor’s note. You may lose participation points by not attending or showing up late to class.

Please note the “Last Day for Student Withdrawal” is Monday April 9th.

If you are going to miss class, please call my office at 815-224-0201, or e-mail me at You can also call the biology lab (815-224- 0308) to speak with someone or leave a message (especially on a lab test day). E-mail is the preferred method and I appreciate it if you put your course and section number in the subject line.In case of inclement weather or emergency:  If you feel there is a possibility the college may cancel classes due to weather, you can tune in to WLPO 1220 AM, check the college web site (, or call the college switchboard (815-220-4822). 
B. Make-up Policy: If you miss a scheduled lecture test or laboratory practical, you MUST notify me as soon as possible. If you have an acceptable excuse, (see section A for what constitutes and excused absence), for missing a lecture test or a lab test, you will have THREE SCHOOL DAYS to make an appointment to take a make-up test. Make-up tests will be essay exams for lecture tests and oral exams for lab practicals.

C. Methods of Evaluation: The final letter grade earned for this course will be based on the total number of points accumulated from lecture tests, lab practicals, assignments, participation, and quizzes. The following grading scale will be used as a guide in assigning final letter grades:

A: 90%-100% B: 80%-89% C: 70%-79% D: 60%-69% F: below 60%
I will not round up unless the percentage is an x9.5. For example and 89 will not round up to an A unless it is at least an 89.5.
D. Test/Quiz/Assignment Scores:
Quizzes: Quizzes may be announced or unannounced. They will primarily be given online. Online quizzes will not be accepted late.
There will be an online quiz on blackboard for each lab we complete. I will be dropping the lowest two quiz scores. (approx 50 points).
There will be an online quiz in connect for each chapter we complete. I will be dropping the lowest two quiz scores. (approx 50 points).
Assignments: Assignments, including online assignments, will be given throughout the semester. We will be doing a variety of in-class and online writing assignments. There will be approximately 50 points of assignments. Late assignments will be penalized at a rate of 10 percent per school day. Online assignments will not be accepted late.
Testing: There will be four lecture tests and three lab practicals during the semester. In general, lecture tests will not be comprehensive in nature, but will focus on material covered in class, text, and lab manual for each specific portion of the course. Each test will be worth 100 points.
Participation Points: These points will be given for attending class, arriving on time, and participating in class discussions/activities. A total of 50 participation points will be awarded.
Participation points will be lost by not attending class regularly, arriving late, not participating in class work, sidebar conversations, playing on your phone, etc...

I am allowing everyone three “strikes” when it comes to tardiness and unexcused absences. After that you will lose points.

-5 points for 4th offense, -10 for 5th , -15 for 6th, and -20 for 7th.

Please let me know when you have questions about your grade!
Blackboard: We will be using the online program Blackboard. There is a link to blackboard in several places on the IVCC website. Blackboard will be used for posting announcements, assignments, lecture powerpoints, web links,quizzes and your grades.
All students have new Blackboard usernames.

Username: K-Number

Default Password: Seven Digit Student Number
There is help available for blackboard users at the student help desk in the learning commons and online at the student help desk web-site. I am also happy to help and assist you with blackboard.

Connect: We will be using an online program associated with your textbook this semester called connect. We will be primarily be using connect for two functions. We will have our text book chapter quizzes on it. We will also be using the learnsmart program, which is designed to help you learn from your reading assignments. I will be dropping the lowest two scores on the learnsmart assignments. (approximately 50 points).
Grade Breakdown(approximation)

Lecture Tests 400 points

Lab Practicals 300 points

Quizzes 100 points

Assignments 50 points

Learnsmart 50 points

Participation 50 points

Total 950 points
Extra Credit: Various extra credit opportunities may present themselves throughout the semester. The maximum amount of extra credit available to any student is 25 points.
E. Academic Dishonesty/ Student Code of Conduct: Any student caught cheating during a lecture test, lab practical, quiz or any other evaluation will receive a zero for that evaluation.
Violations of the IVCC Student Code of Conduct may result in appropriate disciplinary action, including withdrawal from the course (see IVCC catalog and Student Handbook). THIS INCLUDES BEING RESPECTFUL TO MYSELF AND OTHERS IN CLASS.
If you create a disruption or distraction in class you will lose participation points, and if it continues you may be withdrawn from the class.
F. No headphones are allowed in class. Please turn all cell phones/ iPods OFF! Tablet computers and laptops are allowed as long as they are being used for note-taking. If they are being used for non-class related purposes they will no longer be allowed.
G. No food, drink or tobacco is allowed in the lecture classroom or laboratory. You are discouraged from bringing children to class. For safety reasons, children are not allowed in the laboratory.
H. In general, preserved laboratory materials are not to be checked out of and/or removed from the laboratory

I. Safety: Please be aware of the location of all exits in your classroom and the laboratory, and know where you should proceed if a fire, intruder or tornado alarm sounds during classEmergency procedures should be posted near the doorway of each classroom.  In case of any emergency, you can dial 911 from any campus phone.

J. You may be eligible for academic accommodations if you have a documented physical, psychiatric (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, AD/HD, post-traumatic stress, or others) or cognitive disability such as a learning disability. If you have a disability and need more information regarding possible accommodations, please contact Tina Hardy at (, 224-0284) or Judy Mika or 224-0350) or stop by office B-204.
In an effort to create a classroom environment that maximizes the success of all students, I encourage you to make me aware of any barriers that may inhibit your learning. Feel free to speak to me at any time about concerns or questions you may have about assignments, activities, or assessments. The college provides several support services for students who have barriers to learning. They include, but are not limited to: Disability Services Office, Writing Center/Peer Tutoring, Counseling Center, and Project Success. Please see me if you want to learn more about any of these offices.
The IVCC Writing Center offers free, unlimited, one-on-one tutoring for students in any class at any stage of their writing process. The Writing Center staff, which includes faculty and student tutors, is happy to assist students in understanding assignments, brainstorming topics, organizing and developing ideas, and revising and editing drafts. The Writing Center also has handouts on grammar and style, writing reference materials, and documentation manuals available in the Center and in the Stylebook ( The schedule and appointment availability can be found by visiting the Web site (, calling the Learning Commons at 815-224-0318, or stopping by the Writing Center in the Learning Commons.

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The Early Alert System helps to promote your academic success through the development of a comprehensive process to identify, assist, and follow-up with you as challenges to successfully complete a course may arise. The process consists of the identification of such challenges by faculty referral, self-report, and/or GPA.

Once identified, you will meet with a counselor to assess areas of difficulty and develop a Success Agreement. The Agreement will outline a very specific and individualized plan for you to employ to work toward academic improvement.
Students participating in this program will be encouraged to meet more frequently with their counselor to review progress so any new or continuing difficulties can be addressed, and successes can be recognized. Students will continue in the program until satisfactory improvements are achieved.
Please note: Effective Summer 2011, all students will be responsible for checking their IVCC email. All electronic college correspondence will only be sent to the IVCC email. For information on accessing this account, go to”
Effective Summer 2011, students will have the ability to initiate a withdrawal from classes. By completing the form in the Records Office or through the form located within WebAdvisor, the student is authorizing IVCC to remove him/her from the course. Entering the student ID number serves as the student’s electronic signature. IVCC has the right to rescind a withdrawal in cases of academic dishonesty or at the instructor’s discretion.

Students should be aware of the impact of a withdrawal on full-time status for insurance purposes and for financial aid. It is highly recommended that students meet with their instructor or with a counselor before withdrawing from a class to discuss if a withdrawal is the best course of action for that particular student.


More detailed information is available at and selecting the menu item for Withdrawals on the left side of the page.

Bio 1004 Schedule-This schedule is subject to change.
Jan 9th-13th Go over syllabus.

Lab: Introduction to Connect.

Jan 16th-20th Chapter 23 Systematics No Class on Mon 16th

Lab Ex 24 Prokaryotes

Jan 23rd -27th Chapter 26 the Tree of Life

Lab Ex 25 Algae Jan 24th Last day for refund

Jan 30th -Feb 3rd Chapter 27 Viruses

Lab Exercise 26 Protozoa and Slime Molds

Feb 6th-Feb 10th Chapter 28 Prokaryotes Lec Test 1 Wed 8th

Lab Exercise 27 Fungi

Feb 13th-Feb 17th Chapter 29 Protists

Lab Ex 36 Porifera & Cnidaria

Feb 20th-24th Chapter 31 Fungi/Feb 20th No Class, President’s Day

Lab Practical I Feb 21st and 23rd (Exercises 24-27)

Feb 27th-March 2nd Chapter 31 Fungi/Chapter 32 Animal Diversity

Lab Ex 37 Platyhelminthes & Nematoda

March 5th-9th Chapter 33 Noncoelomate Invertebrates/No class Tuesday March 6th

Lab Ex 38, 39 Mollusca and Annelida, Arthropods

March 12th-16th Chapter 33 Noncoelomate Invertebrates/Lec Test 2 Wed 15th Lab Ex 40 Echinodermata, Hemichordata, & Chordata
March 19th -23rd Chapter 34 Coelomate Invertebrates. No Class Fri March 23rd.

Lab Ex 40 Echinodermata, Hemichordata, & Chordata cont.

March 26th-March 30th No Classes Spring Break
April 2nd -6th Chapter 34 Coelomate Invertebrates

Lab Exercise 28 Liverworts and Mosses

April 9th-11th Chapter 35 Vertebrates Last Day to Withdraw: Mon April 9th

Lab Practical II April 10th and 13th(Exercise 36-40)

April 16th-20th Chapter 35 Vertebrates/ Lec Test 3 Wed 18th.

Lab Exercise 29 Ferns

April 23rd -27th Chapter 30 Plants

Lab Exercise 30 Plant Kingdom

April 30th-May 4th Chapter 57 Community Ecology

Lab Practical III May 3rd and 6th

May 7th Lec Test 4 May 7th at 10 am.

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