Biology 162 Principles of Biology: Organismal Diversity Spring 2014 Instructor



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Biology 162

Principles of Biology: Organismal Diversity

Spring 2014
Instructor: Dr. Gregory S. Paulson (253 FSC, office hours: 1000-1100 MWF, 1600-1700TR, or by appt.,

if I’m not in my office check my lab, 251 FSC or 20 FSC)

(Work: 477-1590)

GSPAUL@ship.edu



http://webspace.ship.edu/gspaul/
The 2nd semester of a one-year biology majors level introductory series. Taught in a lecture format with supporting laboratories, we will study the anatomy, morphology, phylogeny, ecology, taxonomy, and development of eukaryotic organisms. Specific topics are listed in the tentative lecture schedule.

Required Text: Campbell Biology. 9th Edition.

Paulson (Ed.) 2010. Principles of Biology I Laboratory Manual.

Photo Atlas for Biology (bring this to lab, also good for review)

Other Required Items: You will need two, 3-ring binders (you don’t need very large binders ca. 1” will probably work well). Place your photo atlas and lab manual in one of the binders. The second binder is for your lab notes, drawings, pre-lab assignments, etc. You will need 3-hole index tabs to divide your lab notebook into units. There are 12 units so you will need a minimum of 12 tabs. You will also need a dissecting kit, bring it to the first lab meeting. There is space to securely store the kit in lab if you desire.
THIS COURSE IS AN OVERVIEW OF ALL OF THE KINGDOMS OF LIFE. YOU MUST BE PREPARED FOR CLASS OR YOU WILL FALL FAR BEHIND AND NEVER BE ABLE TO CATCH UP. READ EACH CHAPTER PRIOR TO CLASS. PREPARE CONCEPT MAPS (http://cmap.ihmc.us/publications/researchpapers/

theorycmaps/theoryunderlyingconceptmaps.htm) OR OUTLINES TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND MATERIAL. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO READ, AND FOLLOW THE STUDY TIPS I MENTIONED ABOVE. IN LECTURE I WILL EXPLAIN DIFFICULT CONCEPTS AND TERMINOLOGY. YOU SHOULD BE READY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM YOUR READINGS.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING FOOD AND DRINKS INTO THE CLASSROOM OR LAB.
Computers

If you want to use a computer during class for note taking, etc. you must sit in the first row of the room.


THE BEST WAY TO GET HELP WITH COURSE MATERIAL IS TO COME BY DURING OFFICE HOURS OR SIGN UP FOR AN APPOINTMENT USING THE SIGN-UP SHEETS ON MY OFFICE DOOR. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE DAY BEFORE AN EXAM FOR HELP. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST FEW WEEKS OF THE SEMESTER FOR HELP. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE READ THE ONLINE STUDY GUIDE (http://webspace.ship.edu/gspaul/162/guide.docx) BEFORE YOU COME FOR HELP. IF I AM NOT IN MY OFFICE WHEN YOU STOP BY CHECK THE WHITEBOARD ON MY OFFICE DOOR TO SEE WHERE I AM. I OFTEN HAVE TO HELP STUDENTS IN OTHER ROOMS OF FSC DURING MY OFFICE HOURS.
My Course Schedule:

Bio 162 Lect

M W F

12:00-12:50

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Bio 162 Lab

(sec 4) Tr

1:30 - 3:20

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(sec 5) Tr

5:00 – 6:50

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Bio 100

M & W

3:30 – 4:45

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Bio 485

M & W

1:30 – 3:20

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Web Page

Stop by my web page (http://webspace.ship.edu/gspaul/). There are pretty photographs (including some of Wanda, my bulldog, and a polydactyl cat), cool electron micrographs, and class information. My CV is also there if you want more information about me. You should also use the Mastering Biology web site that is connected to your book. It has all sorts of videos, guides, and interactive material to help you understand: http://www.masteringbiology.com/.


E-mail

The best way to contact me is to use e-mail. The messaging system on campus is kind of erratic and I do not always answer my phone if I am busy or occupied with someone else. I will use e-mail to communicate with you and you may find it useful for asking questions, etc. I will also use e-mail to clarify class topics, remind you of due dates, and make assignments. Please feel free to contact me with your questions, complaints, concerns, etc. I check my e-mail every morning.


Facebook: Join us on facebook. You can friend “Addy Bio” to be part of an open unofficial department page and also join Biology - Shippensburg University, the official departmental fb page. It’s an easy way to see what’s going on in the department and connect with current students and alumni.
I WILL NOT RESPOND TO E-MAIL INQUIRIES REGARDING CLASS MATERIAL THAT YOU MISSED DUE TO CUTTING CLASS OR E-MAIL ASKING ME TO REITERATE DIRECTIONS OR INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN IN CLASS OR FOUND ON THE SYLLABUS.
I EXPECT YOU TO ATTEND CLASS AND PAY ATTENTION, IF I GIVE YOU INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO COMPLETE AN ASSIGNMENT YOU NEED TO WRITE THEM DOWN AND MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THEM AS THEY ARE PRESENTED.

I also will not calculate your grade for you, you will be told your grades on every assignment and you should be able to calculate a percentage earned based on that information. IT IS OFFICIAL SU POLICY THAT STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO CHECK THEIR SU E-MAIL ACCOUNT ON A REGULAR BASIS.


Attendance Policy and Common Courtesy:

  • Be on time for class, if you’re late come in quietly through the back door and do not disturb the rest of the class, DO NOT WALK ACROSS THE FRONT OF THE ROOM ONCE CLASS HAS BEGUN

  • You will need to sign in at the start of every class. There is no credit given for attendance but I will not give you outside-of-the-classroom help with material that you do not understand because you cut class. When I assign a grading curve I will consult the attendance sheets to help me determine where to draw the cut-offs for each grade.

  • If you cut class you will miss assignments and quizzes, they cannot be made up, many quizzes are unannounced

  • If you cut class it is your responsibility to “catch yourself up”

  • I get mad at people that fall asleep or mess around in class, if you need a nap stay in your dorm

  • Please – no food or drinks in the lecture hall or lab.




  • Any students that require special assistance or consideration in lecture or laboratory please inform me ASAP.


CELL PHONES AND TEXTING

I will deduct 50 points from the score of any student I see texting or checking a cell phone during class. Turn them off and put them away before class. No exceptions. Also, I am not an idiot, I am aware of your amazing abilities to text without looking, etc.
Grading Procedures:

Assignment

Value

Score

%

3 lecture mid-term exams (100 pts each, lowest grade will be dropped)

200







1 lecture (50% comprehensive) final,

200







2 Lab practical exams (75 pts each),

150







Assignments or quizzes (5 or 10 pts each) lowest score dropped

VARIABLE







Lab notebook/pre-labs and assignments,

100







2 lab write-ups (20 and 80 pts),

100







Total

~750









Approximate Grade Scale:

90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D, 59% or lower = F




  • Final grades will be determined by setting a "grading curve" to the total points earned.

  • Historically the “curve” in this class is negligible.

  • I use the full grading scale i.e. A, A-, B+, B, etc.

  • Lecture exams will be based on material presented in class and assigned readings

  • The lecture final will cover material presented in lectures after the last mid-term exam as well as general comprehensive knowledge of previous material.

  • Exams will be predominately multiple choice and matching, with some short answers/essays.

  • Exams must be taken during your regular class period unless you have made prior arrangements with me.

  • Missed exams and quizzes cannot be made up. There is no reason to miss an exam without notifying me prior to the exam. If you are too sick to use the telephone get a roommate or friend to call.

  • If you miss an exam for any reason it will count as your dropped grade.

  • Anyone caught cheating will be given an F for the course, and turned in to Academic Affairs for further disciplinary action.


LABORATORY

  • For your own safety listen carefully during pre-lab instructions. If you have any concerns about safety please ask me. Material Data Safety Sheets (MSDS) are stored in a clearly labeled drawer of the front bench. I encourage you to examine these sheets at your discretion.

  • Laboratory meets weekly. Attendance is mandatory.

  • If a student has a legitimate reason to miss his/her regular lab period the student may attend another lab section with prior approval from me and, if appropriate, the other lab instructor. Please check on line to see when other lab sections are available.

  • Unexcused absences cannot be made up. If you miss more than one lab I will mark your overall final grade down 10% for each lab you miss.

  • Be on time for lab, if you are unavoidably late come in quietly. If you are chronically late I will mark your lab grade down by a minimum of 10% and may not allow you to participate in lab (your absence will be considered unexcused). If you do not have Pre-lab assignments ready you will not be allowed to participate in lab and your absence will be unexcused (see above).

  • The lab room is not occupied every day of the week. If you want to study, review, etc. I can’t make arrangements for you to have access to the room on weekdays when classes are not scheduled.


LAB NOTEBOOK
You are required to maintain a laboratory notebook. The notebook will hold pre-lab assignments, homework, etc. The completed notebook will be collected and graded the last week of classes.

The 95% no final rule - Any student that has an average of 95.00% or higher going into the final is exempt from taking the final. Students that believe they meet this criterion must have their exemption approved by me before the last day of class. Any student that has missed a lab or more than 5 lecture periods is disqualified from eligibility for the 95% rule.
Exam Appeal/Rebuttal Process:

Students may appeal questions on each of the 3 midterms. Appeals must be submitted by e-mail, neatness and proper English count. Students may appeal questions for many reasons, for example if they felt a question/answer was unfair, vague, misleading, or wrong. If I agree with a student usually only partial credit will be awarded, but up to full credit can be earned depending on the strength of the argument presented. In other words don't write, "I thought question 3 was vague", tell me why you felt that way. Explain why you chose your answer and be sure to indicate that you know the correct answer. Appeals are due, during the student’s regular class period, one week from when exams are handed back. NO EXCEPTIONS!!


Extra Credit

No individual extra credit will be given in class.


Tips to Help You Succeed in this Class.


  1. Be prepared for class i.e. read assignments, have all the materials you will need.




  1. I suggest you take “book notes” from each chapter, highlighting is a waste of time.




  1. Come to class on time every time.




  1. Be an active learning during classes, take notes, think, ask questions, and make connections.




  1. After every class, review, organize, synthesize, and try to master the material discussed.




  1. Use a multifaceted approach to learning the material: read, write, draw, and talk about it.




  1. Ask questions when you do not understand something, in class or office hours. Get help early.




  1. Form study groups (two or three people are ideal), compare notes, quiz each other, etc.




  1. Complete your assignments ahead of time so you have time to review and edit if needed. Instructors can tell when assignments were completed at the last minute.

TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE LECTURE AND LAB BIO 162

(* Readings refer to Textbook)


DATE


TOPIC (WEEKLY LAB TOPIC AND EXAMS IN ITALICS)

TEXTBOOK CHAPTER

20Jan

No Classes




22 Jan

Introductions, Syllabus, and Scientific Method

1

24 Jan

Evolution: Unifying Theme and Library Intro

22,23




Week 1: No labs




27 Jan

Evolution, Genetics, Evolutionary Trends

23,24

29 Jan

History of Life, Paleontology, Extinctions, Adaptive Radiation

25

31 Jan

Tree of Life and Prokaryotes

26 & 27




Week 2: Microscopes and Scientific Investigation using Daphnia




3 Feb

Prokaryotes (end of material for exam I)

27

5 Feb

Protists

28

7 Feb

Protists

28




Week 3: Evolution: Selection and genetic drift




10 Feb

EXAM 1




12 Feb

Plant Diversity-Algae, Bryophytes, and Pteridophytes

29

14 Feb

Plant Diversity-Algae, Bryophytes, and Pteridophytes

29




Week 4: Microorganisms and Protista Diversity Lab




17 Feb

Plant Diversity-Seed Plants

30

19 Feb

Plant Structure, Growth, and Reproduction

35 & 38

21 Feb

Plant Structure, Growth, and Reproduction

35 & 38




Week 5: Introduction to the Kingdom Plantae




24 Feb

Fungi

31

26 Feb

Fungi (end of material for Exam 2)

31

28 Feb

Animal Diversity

32




Week 6: Angiosperms




3 Mar

Exam 2




5 Mar

Invertebrates

33

7 Mar

Invertebrates

33




Week 7: Does Leaf Polish Change Transpiration Rates?




10 Mar

Invertebrates

33

12 Mar

Vertebrate Evolution and Diversity

34

14 Mar

Vertebrate Evolution and Diversity

34




Week 8: Lab Practical I(Microscope, Microorganisms, and Plants




17 Mar

Spring Break

33

19 Mar

Spring Break

33

21 Mar

Spring Break

34




Week 9: No Labs




24 Mar

Vertebrate Evolution and Diversity

34

26 Mar

Vertebrate Evolution and Diversity

34

28 Mar

Vertebrate Evolution and Diversity

34




Week 10: Fungi and Primitive Animals




31 Mar

Homeostasis, Metabolism, Circulation and Gas Exchange

40

2 Apr

Homeostasis, Metabolism, Circulation and Gas Exchange

40 & 42

4 Apr

Homeostasis, Metabolism, Nutrition, Circulation and Gas Exchange

40 & 42




Week 11: Taxonomy and Morphology: Lophotrochozoans and Ecdysozoans




7 Apr

Osmoregulation, and Excretion

44

9 Apr

Osmoregulation, and Excretion

44

11 Apr

Animal Reproduction

46




Week 12: Deuterostomes: Echinoderms and Chordates




14 Apr

Introduction to Ecology

52

16 Apr

Introduction to Ecology

52

18 Apr

Exam 3







Week 13: Perch Dissection: Vertebrate systems & morphology




21 Apr

Biomes

52

23 Apr

Population Ecology

53

25 Apr

Population Ecology

53




Week 14: Effects of pH on Population Growth in Yeast




28 Apr

Community Ecology

54

30 Apr

Conservation Biology

56

2 May

Catch up and Wrap up







Week 15: Lab Practical 2







FINAL DURING EXAM WEEK




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