UCSC BIOE 134L - 02 - Comparative Anatomy

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Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy BIOE 134 L Summer 2019 Lecture 70889 Tuesday Thursday 9 00AM 12 00PM Coastal Biology 115 Lab 70890 Tuesday Thursday 1 00 4 00PM Coastal Biology 115 Dr Rita S Mehta 831 459 1490 office rmehta2 ucsc edu Ana Valenzuela Toro anmavale ucsc edu Instructors Office Hours 12 1pm T Th or during labs or by appointment Phone Emails TA Office Hours Ana will be available during the labs after labs for about an hour or by appointment Ana s office is in the Costa Lab CBB 169 To schedule appointments outside office hours or outside of lab please email us with your availability Book Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin Available on Canvas Lecture Material Much of lecture material comes from select chapters from Comparative Anatomy Function Evolution K Kardong 7th Edition and original research from the PI s lab or the primary literature for papers All readings will be provided You are more than welcome to come and look at my lecture notes after class during lab I do not allow students to take photos of power points or anything else during lecture Photos of dissections are allowed and you are required to sign a waiver which outlines your understanding of how photos are to be used only for studying purposes and never for social media Course Objectives and Goals 1 Understand basic concepts of evolutionary biology and classification of vertebrates 2 Become familiar with form and diversity of the following systems Skull axial skeletal and muscular system 3 Be proficient in anatomical dissection 4 Understand basic principles of functional morphology in particular how form contributes to Letter Grades based on 200 97 100 A 80 83 B 94 96 A 77 79 C 90 93 A 74 76 C 87 89 B 70 73 C 84 86 B 60 69 D 60 F no course credit different feeding and locomotor behaviors Points Grading Lecture 3 Exams 2 Midterms 1 Final 100 pts each 6 Quizzes 10 pts each inner fish 60 Participation in class OH 10 Assignments in outside lecture Fish Skull Activity 10 pts in class lab 10 pts take home activity Designer Skull 20 Design your own skull with motion Sketch Science paper 30 Meet with me to discuss Sketching Communication Total possible points 10 430 1 Laboratory 2 Lab practicals 100 pts each 1 Mock practical Selection of fish skull 200 10 10 280 60 Dissection 6 x 10 pts Total possible points Attendance Participation Required for all lectures and laboratories Students must be punctual to class Attendance and participation are components in your evaluation Only rarely are course exams allowed to be made up and then only with a written medical excuse from your physician We cannot make up labs in summer session You are welcome to perform the lab on your own You will be docked 5 points for each lab and each dissection that is missed It is imperative that you come prepared to lecture and laboratory The laboratory reading assignments should be read BEFORE coming to lab We will be lenient on the first lab if needed All of these materials will be on Canvas If you have to miss lab for any reason that is not a medical emergency we expect that you will make time to conduct your own dissection at home Examinations Students will not be allowed to leave the room during any examination Please use the restroom ahead of time No make up exams will be given with the exception of a legitimate medical excuse must be doctor s written medical excuse Honor Code There will be zero tolerance on infractions to the honor code Please refer to http deanofstudents ucsc edu pdf student handbook pdf Pay special attention to the following sections 102 011 Cheating 102 012 Plagiarism 102 013 Furnishing false information in the context of an academic assignment 102 014 Creating an improper academic disadvantage to another student or an improper academic advantage to oneself 102 015 Interference with courses of instruction and 102 016 Theft or damage of intellectual property At the end of the course students with continually improving grades may be given some additional consideration An incomplete grade I is given only in accordance with university criteria see http registrar ucsc edu navigator section4 performance incomplete 20 html if criteria are met a written contract must be signed both by instructor and student it is not intended as an escape clause for poor performance How to learn anatomy Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy is not a course that can be easily learned in a few hours a week The dissections take time and there is nothing that takes the place of spending the necessary time in the lab as allotted every Tuesday and Thursday To successfully learn the principles examined in this course we encourage you to come to lectures review your notes and practice new terminology In addition study groups with your fellow students will allow you to further explore the material by teaching each other Learning biology does not involve osmosis rather you must actively review the material from the textbook lecture and laboratory We are also available if you have any questions concerns or comments If you are still unsure on how to study feel free to contact us Please refer to the syllabus for our availability What is conceptual about anatomy Understanding muscle attachment origin and insertions how contraction works is all conceptual Spatial orientation should be somewhat intuitive and will help you understand how movement occurs through contraction of different muscles Terminology is absolutely 2 not conceptual Terminology is memorization Terminology is how we will communicate so please learn your terminology Use of Animals In this class we will be dissecting a number of different animals including a lamprey fish frog and rat We expect that all animals will be dissected properly and respect be given to the animals We use real animals for dissection because it provides greater learning than models or computer programs To learn anatomy effectively you must get your hands dirty figuratively we have gloves to keep your hands clean If you have concerns with the dissections please come to see me so we can discuss your concerns Dissection is required and learning this subject matter will be much easier if you work in teams of 2 while making yourself accountable for learning all of the material Accessibility Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak to Professor Rita and TA Ana about accommodations they may need to produce an accessible learning environment Syllabus for Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lecture and Lab The syllabus is a guide and


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