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CLARENDON BIOL 1413 - BIOL 1413 SYLLABUS

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BIOLOGY 1413: General Zoology CLARENDON COLLEGE Division of Science and Health Course Syllabus Fall 2010 Lecture: BIOL 1413.101 Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. ADMN 207 Lab: BIOL 1413L.101 Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. ADMN 207 4 Semester Credit Hours Instructor: Mrs. Scarlet Estlack Office: ADMN 205 Phone: 874-3571 extension 130; the direct line to my voicemail after hours is 874-4827 E-mail: Through our Three Rivers Systems course OR [email protected] Mailing Address: Clarendon College, P.O. Box 968, Clarendon, TX 79226 Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Friday 1:00pm – 2:00pm Other office hours by appointment. Course Description: Topics in General Zoology include a history of zoology, cell biology, genetics, evolution, and a taxonomic survey of the animal kingdom. Laboratory includes techniques of microscopy, experiments in physiology and genetics, and observation of both vertebrates and invertebrates. Statement of Purpose: General Zoology partially satisfies the requirements for the Associates Degree at Clarendon College and is designed for transfer to a senior college. Required Texts: Zoology 7th Edition by Stephen A. Miller and John P. Harley. Class lectures will be based on the book chapters, but not all of the material in the text will be covered in class. You are, nevertheless, responsible for reading the text. Further, supplemental material may be presented that is not in the book, and thus it is essential that you attend the class regularly. Supplies: Textbook, a 1 ½” or larger 3 ring binder, scantrons, pencils, latex or vinyl gloves, and a calculator. Methods of Instruction: This course will utilize lecture/discussion, audio-visual materials, and individualized lab instruction. Exemplary Course Objectives: Successful completion of General Zoology should enable the student to… • Understand and apply methods and appropriate technology to the study of natural sciences. • Recognize scientific and quantitative methods and the differences between these approaches and other methods of inquiry and to communicate findings, analyses, and interpretation both orally and in writing. • Identify and recognize the differences among competing scientific theories. • Demonstrate knowledge of the major issues and problems facing modern science, including issues that touch upon ethics, values, and public policies. • Demonstrate knowledge of the interdependence of science and technology and their influence on, and contribution to, modern culture.SStudent Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of General Zoology, the student should be able to… • Prepare and examine preserved dissection animals to identify major body organs. • Calculate the results of monohybrid genetic crosses utilizing an understanding of Mendelian genetics. • Calculate the results of dihybrid genetic crosses utilizing an understanding of Mendelian genetics. • Differentiate between the scientific explanations of evolution (Blending Inheritance, Acquired Characteristics, Natural Selection, and Mendelian Genetics). • Appraise ecological concepts (the relationships between plants, animals, and humans and their environments). • Compare and contrast the major phyla of animals. Grading Policies: You will receive one letter grade for BIOL 1413. That grade comes from five components: class participation, your lecture notebook, lecture exams, lab quizzes, and lab practicals. 1. Class participation will count as 10% of your final course grade. a. This grade comes from your participation in class discussions and exercises. i. If you choose not to participate in class discussions, you will receive no credit. b. For every three unexcused absences (either to lecture or lab) you will have 10 points deducted from your class participation grade. i. If you leave during class, you will receive an unexcused absence. ii. If you arrive late to class, you will receive an unexcused absence. iii. If you are asked to leave class due to disrespectful behavior, you will receive an unexcused absence. 2. Your Lecture Notebook will count as 10% of your final course grade. a. Lecture notes (that are to be completed during class) are posted online in our Three Rivers Systems course under Course Hyperlinks. b. You should print these notes and come to class with them in your 3 ring binder. c. Your notebook should also include any lecture and/or lab handouts. d. Your notebook will be graded during your lab final. It will be graded on the following criteria… i. Completeness ii. Neatness e. A grading rubric (checklist) is posted in our Three Rivers Systems course under Course Hyperlinks for your use. 3. Lecture exams will count as 55% of your final course grade. a. Students will not be allowed to take exams until they have signed a course contract. b. All lecture tests, including the final, will be weighted equally. c. Each test covers the material covered since the last test (not comprehensive). d. The tests will utilize a variety of question formats (objective, matching, multiple choice, true/false, etc.) e. I will drop your lowest lecture test grade, excluding the final which must be counted. f. You will take these exams on a scantron, form no.882-E (the long skinny one with 50 questions on each side). i. These scantrons are on sale in the bookstore and in the office. ii. These exams MUST be taken in PENCIL. g. During the exams, electronic communication devices are NOT allowed, and both hands MUST remain on the desktop, in clear view. 4. Lab quizzes will count as 15% of your final course grade. a. Short quizzes will be given each week during the first 15 minutes of lab. b. If you come too late to lab, you will receive a zero on that quiz. c. The weekly quizzes will cover the material from the previous lab. d. At the end of the semester, I will drop your lowest weekly lab quiz. 5. Lab practicals will count as 10% of your final course grade. a. You will take a midterm practical exam and a final practical exam in lab. b. The average of those two grades will be 10% of your final course grade. 6. Extra Credit Opportunities: There will be various opportunities to earn extra credit during the semester through challenge trivia, a t-shirt contest, and a “My Favorite...” assignment. Details are posted


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