Sylibus - SPRING 2008 BSC 1005 BIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES...

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SPRING 2008 BSC 1005: BIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES Lecture Page 1 BSC 1005: BIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES COURSE SYLLABUS: SCHEDULE, INFORMATION, AND POLICIES Instructor Teaching Assistant Name Dr. Dave Borst (Dr. Dave) Mr. Paul Cohill Office BL 441 BL 427 Email [email protected] [email protected] Telephone 407-823-1460 407-823-2607 Office hours 10-12 Tues & Thurs or by arrangement Tuesday 3 – 5; Friday 2 - 5 URL: http://biology.ucf.edu/~dborst/ Lecture Meeting Times: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 11:30-12:20 PM Visual Arts Building (VAB) Room 132. The taping of lectures is permitted. Course Description: The course is an introductory course designed for students who are not majoring in biology. The course is designed to give the student an overview of the basic biological principles, and to understand contemporary issues related to biology. Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10-12 AM. You can also e-mail or call me to set an appointment for another time. Email: To keep your emails from being lost on my computer, please include the following statement at the beginning of the subject line: BSC 1005. I will try to answer your email within 48 hours. Use my email address given above; do NOT use WebCT. Class Web Site: The web site for BSC 1005 can be accessed through the WebCT portal. If you need help logging on, go to: http://reach.ucf.edu/passwords/ . Grades will be posted there. Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to: 1) Demonstrate an understanding of biology as an empirical attempt to acquire information about the real world, develop possible explainations of these phenomena, and test the explanations by predicting the outcome of future observations. 2) Assess the extent to which claims presented as “scientific” satisfy the empirical character of scientific explanations. 3) Understand scientific knowledge and problem solving in the biological sciences. Text: H. Tak Cheung (2007) Fundamental Concepts in Biology, 1 st edition; Stipes Publishing. Clickers: You will need to purchase and register a CPS personal response pad (‘clicker’) from eInstruction. It is important that you purchase the correct clicker – you will need the CPS-RF (radio frequency), generation II response pad, the version with a small LCD screen. The clicker costs about $20; registration costs $13. If your response pad is not new, please purchase new batteries. Bring your clicker to class each day. Class participation grades will reflect clicker responses. These clickers will be used for midterm and final exams, opinion polls, on-the-fly knowledge assessments, attendance.
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