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Lecture 1 - BIOLOGY 345 ORGANIC EVOLUTION Dr. Thomas...

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1 BIOLOGY 345 ORGANIC EVOLUTION Dr. Thomas Dowling (Instructor) LSA 214 TU 10:30 – Noon, WE 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM or by appointment Cyd Hamilton (teaching assistant) LSA 170 MW 10:30AM - Noon or by appointment For exams Special times to be announced
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2 Introductory information Course goals learn about the process of evolution and its importance in the fields of biodiversity, genetics, and ecology develop the ability to critically evaluate and analyze biological information Nature of the course Importance of basic genetics and math (algebra, some calculus)
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3 Introductory information (cont.) Textbook (none are required!) Recommended (on reserve in the library) Futuyma, D. J. 2005. Evolution. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA Supplementary texts (on reserve in the library) Freeman, S. and J. C. Herron. 2004. Evolutionary Analysis, 3 rd edition. Prentice Hall Inc., Inglewood Cliffs, NJ Website: http://www.prenhall.com/freeman Additional supporting material (on reserve in the library) Nesse, R. M. and G. C. Williams. 1994. Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine. Random House, NY, NY A few others as well Blackboard (https://myasucourses.asu.edu) Check regularly for announcements Posted lectures prelecture postlecture Project for bonus points
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4 Grading Three midterm exams Multiple choice, ca. 30 questions Drop lowest score Each of two exams worth 30% of grade Comprehensive final Multiple choice, ca. 40-50 questions Worth 40% of final grade One extra credit assignment (additional 2% - FREE*) *disclaimer – nothing in life is free. It will involve some work.
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5 Grading (cont.) Final grade Graded on a curve Won’t know letter grades until after all points are in!!!!! Curve will only work downwards. The following are guaranteed minimums: >90 = A 80-90 = B 70-80 = C 60-70 = D <60 = E
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6 What is science? General view The organization of knowledge in any field (e.g., a collection of facts) Scientist’s perspective The process allowing for pursuit of knowledge Knowledge = objectively verifiable sense experiences Therefore, scientific advancement requires accumulation of knowledge through experimentation
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7 What is evolutionary biology? The
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Lecture 1 - BIOLOGY 345 ORGANIC EVOLUTION Dr. Thomas...

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