ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION (50.102) SECTION 1 —Spring 2010

 

Location:  Section 02 OSH 122 T-Th--11:00-12:15

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BLACKBOARD

Instructor: George T. Davis              Telephone: x4120

Office: HSC 272                 Email: gdavis@bloomu.edu 

Web page: http://facstaff.bloomu.edu/gdavis/

Text: Mader, Sylvia S. 2009. Biology, Tenth Edition, Customized for BIO 102

Clicker information--How to buy, register, etc.

Other readings will be assigned throughout the semester. In addition to readings, other assignments may be made on which you may be tested. The point value for each assignment will never exceed more than 3 test questions, i.e., the same value as questions taken from "Biology in the News".

Office Hours:

LECTURE TOPICS

  TOPIC                          Reading Assignment                     Dates                    Test

Evolution                                                                                                                                                Weeks 1-5                    2/23   

            The Scientific Method                Chapter 1 (pp1-5, 10-11)                                 

            Evolution of a Theory                 Chapter 15

            How Populations Evolve             Chapter 16

            Speciation and Macroevolution    Chapter17

            Origin and History of Life             Chapter 18

 

Evolution of Humans/Ethology                                                                                                              Weeks 6-9                      3/30 

            Evolution of Humans             Chapter 30                                  

            Animal Behavior                   Chapter 16 ( pages 291-293),
                                                        Chapter 43                              

          

Ecology                                                                                                                                                Weeks 10-14                          4/22  

             Population Biology                           Chapter 44    

            Communities                                     Chapter 45

            Ecosystems and the  Biosphere          Chapter 46

            Conservation  Biology                        Chapter 47

 Bioethics:  Readings assigned if time allows

            Genetic Engineering

            Some Ethical Issues     

 *NOTE: Exam dates are approximate and will be adjusted as necessary. If, for example, we, as a class become obsessed with any particular topic, we may linger on that topic, thus necessitating adjustments in the hourly exam schedule.

 FINAL EXAM: YOU MUST TAKE THE FINAL IN YOUR ASSIGNED SECTION

Section 1 ---Tuesday, May 4---10:15-12;15

University Final Exam Schedule

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES: Spring 2010

Class Policies—BIO102, section 1

To avoid confusion and misunderstandings, the following policies will be in place in this class. 

1. Cheating: Students will be severely penalized for demonstrating a lack of academic integrity. The penalty is at my discretion and may include a failing grade for the course or request that the student voluntarily withdraw from the course.  Examples of conduct lacking academic integrity include plagiarism, fabrication and cheating. Additional examples are listed in “The Pilot” and under “Academic Policies” at http://www.bloomu.edu/.  Cheating is defined as “unauthorized use of books or notes, use of crib sheets, copying from another student’s papers, exchanging information with another student orally or by signals, obtaining a copy of the examination illegally, and other similar activities”. A student suspected of, or caught, cheating will be given a failing grade for this course, and may be expelled from school. No one will be allowed to wear headgear during exams. No one will be allowed to bring calculators, cell phones, iPods, or other electronic devices during exams.  YOU KNOW WHAT CHEATING IS, DON’T DO IT, IT’S NOT WORTH IT!!
Academic Integrity Policy
 

2. Readings from journals in Andruss Library will be assigned. Up to three questions/hourly exam will come from these readings. Up to three questions/hourly exam will also come from the "Biology in the News" articles.

3. Extra-credit: The clickers will be used to gain extra credit. The points will be calculated at the end of the semester as follows:

    90% correct =5  extra points      
    80% correct =4  extra points                                        
    70%  correct =3  extra points                                      
    60%  correct =2 extra points                                   
    50%  correct =1 extra point                                           

No other extra credit opportunities will be provided.

4.  Library assignment: Readings from journals in Andruss Library will be assigned. Up to three questions/hourly exam will come from these readings.

5. Students in this class are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the English language reflective of your status as active scholars in the BU community; the ability to clearly articulate a thought is necessary for success both in college and in the professional world beyond.  I will stop reading any email or other written correspondence if it contains 3 or more grammatical errors, misspellings, or incomprehensible ramblings.  In instances where the maximum number of errors is exceeded in an email correspondence, I will send a response with an empty "Reply" field.  Any email written in "text speak" will be ignored and deleted without a reply. Please include a salutation, addressing me as "Dr. Davis", "Professor Davis", “Dr. D.”, Dr. George”, "George", etc. I will respond to "Mr. Davis" with an empty "Reply" field; you're not in high school any more.

6. Examinations: Exams will consist of objective questions (multiple choice, True/False, matching, etc.), and will be computer graded. Provided the scanner is functioning properly, grades will be posted within 48 hrs. Your grades will be posted outside Room 100 HSC. Up to three questions/exam may be based on "Biology in the News", three from assigned readings. I will not answer any questions regarding the exams by email or over the phone.

7. Make-up examinations: If the student misses an exam, (s)he will be given a “zero” for that exam. Exceptions will be made at the instructor’s discretion for documented illness, death of a family member, or absence due to a university approved function (see Pilot). Acceptable documentation of illness will be a written evaluation from a medical professional indicating illness of sufficient severity to disable the student at the time of the exam. Exams will not be given early.
NOTE: IN THE EVENT THAT CLASSES ARE CANCELLED OR SHORTENED DUE TO BAD WEATHER, A SCHEDULED EXAM WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO THE FIRST FULL DAY FOLLOWING THE CANCELLED CLASS.
COMPRESSED CLASS SCHEDULE

8. Final Exam: The final exam will be comprehensive in nature.  It will be equivalent to two hourly exams. The final will be administered as described above unless otherwise noted during the semester. Other than because of schedule conflicts with other final exams, no makeup will be given of the final, i.e., if you miss the final, you will receive a “zero” for the final exam grade. The final will be administered only at the designated time. .

9. Final grading: The final grade for the course will be determined as a straight-scale percentage of the highest possible grade total (500 points). Assignment of letter grades will be as follows:

450    (90%*500)                                 A        
400    (80%*500)                                 B         
350    (70%*500)                                 C        
300    (60%*500)                                 D        
Below 300                                            E

10. Any student whose grade is in the top 5% at the end of three exams will be allowed to design their own comprehensive final exam.

11. Students will be expected to conduct themselves in an adult, considerate manner during class. Biopoints will be deducted for disruptive behavior.

NOTE: How To Forward Your Bloom Email to Your Personal Email Account

 Step 1: Log on to Student Email- go to http://www.bloomu.edu/today/index.php , click on Student Email. If you do not know your login and password, log on to STINF, and click on Biographical.

Step 2: After you have logged on to Student Email, click on the Options and Styles Drop Box.  

Step 3: Click on Forwarding. 

Step4: Type in your personal Email address. Messages will be forwarded to that address.

  Students should read the assigned material before class.  Lectures supplement and highlight the text.  Time does not allow for all assigned reading to be discussed in class.  However, an understanding of the assigned reading is necessary for mastery of course content (and a decent grade). Material in the readings that is not discussed in class will be included on exams.  Be sure to ask any questions you have about assigned material not discussed in class.

Notify me the first week of class if you have any learning needs that require special instructional assistance, or as soon as such need arises.

 SUGGESTIONS--Please feel free to make suggestions anytime during the semester. These suggestions are anonymous.

Response to Suggestions---If I don't address your suggestion or concern in class, please check here

STUDY LINKS

BIOLOGY IN THE NEWS

READING ASSIGNMENTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

STUDENT SUBMITTED SITES

TOP 5% AFTER 3 EXAMS

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