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Spring 2017 Syllabus BIO 311D Introductory Biology II Dr. Ruth Buskirk BIO 311D topicsinclude inheritance, population genetics, mechanisms of evolution, phylogeny, biodiversity, structure-function relationships, adaptations, physiology, development and regulation in plants and animals, experimental design, population ecology, community interactions, and ecosystems. BIO 311D is organized around these big ideas: Evolution & Diversity, Structure & Function, and Ecology. (Prerequisite: credit for BIO 311C with at least C-.) University Core Curriculum Objectives:This course may be used to fulfill three hours of the natural science and technology component of the university core curriculum, and your successful participation addresses the following four core objectives established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: communication skills, critical thinking skills, teamwork, and empirical and quantitative skills. Core Competencies: Throughout your Biology courses, you will be developing these skills: • PROCESS OF SCIENCE. Engage in the process of science by practicing observation, generating hypotheses, designing testable experiments and manipulating data. • QUANTITATIVE REASONING. Manipulate numerical data and evaluate the significance of the data using appropriate mathematical and/or statistical methods. • CRITICAL THINKING. Use logical reasoning to apply known concepts to novel situations and to identify and evaluate source materials and scholarly literature. • INDEPENDENT LEARNING. Demonstrate personal responsibility to set goals and regularly engage in self-assessment of progress towards academic accomplishment. • EXCHANGE OF IDEAS. Collaborate, discuss, and exchange ideas in a team setting in order to explore creative solutions to complex problems. • BIOLOGY AND SOCIETY. Apply biological concepts to daily life and issues in society. Instructor: Dr. Ruth Buskirk, Molecular Biosciences Dept. & Biology Instructional Office, Campus Mail A5000. Preferred means of contact by email: [email protected] Office phone 512-471-7793, Office BIO 316A. Office hours: MW 2-3, Tu 10-12, most MWF 10-10:30, and also by appointment. Lectures(2 classes) combined in same Canvas site for online homework, brief lecture notes, grades) MWF 9-10 am, WEL 2.246 (uniques 48615-48640) or MWF 1-2 pm, WEL 3.502 (uniques 48820-48845)During lecture time you will be actively answering questions, solving problems, working in small groups, as well as listening and taking notes. Your active participation and classroom courtesy are expected.Discussion sections: please attend the time for which you are registered. For the MWF 9 am lecture for the MWF 1 pm lecture48615 Thursdays 10-11 in WEL 2.312 48820 Thursdays 9-10 in JES A203A48620 Wednesdays 11-12 in MEZ 2.124 48825 Fridays 9-10 in SZB 380 48625 Thursdays 11-12 in GDC 6.202 48830 Thursdays 10-11 in WEL 2.31248630 Wednesdays 12-1 in BIO 301 48835 Fridays 10-11 in JES A305A 48635 Wednesdays 2-3 in BIO 301 48840 Thursdays 2-3 in BIO 30148640 Wednesdays 3-4 in GAR 3.116 48845 Thursdays 3-4 in WEL 4.224 Graduate Teaching Assistants(Discussion Section Instructors) Alex Cantu