311D.pdf - Bio 311D Introductory Biology II Spring 2014 Syllabus Dr Ruth Buskirk Bio 311D topics include inheritance population genetics mechanisms of

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Bio 311D Introductory Biology II, Spring 2014 – Syllabus – Dr. Ruth Buskirk Bio 311D topics include inheritance, population genetics, mechanisms of evolution, phylogeny, diversity, structure-function relationships and adaptations, physiological mechanisms and regulation in plants and animals (applying cellular mechanisms to whole-organism physiology), experimental design, population ecology, community interactions and ecosystems. ( Prerequisite: Bio 311C grade at least C-.) To encourage you to observe biology daily, the instructor will occasionally offer brief (15 minutes), highly optional "mini field trips" on campus (potential times and locations to be announced). This section of Bio 311D is part of an initiative to transform introductory biology into a more student-active course, even during the lecture periods. Our objective is to engage students in higher- level thinking, problem solving, and group communication as they learn biology. Instructor: Dr. Ruth Buskirk email: [email protected], BIO 316, phone 471-7793. Office hours in BIO 316: generally MWF 10-10:30 am, MW 2-3 pm, Tu 10-12, and by appointment. Required Textbook : Campbell & Reece, Biology , 9th edition, 2011. [Optional online tutorials and resources in Mastering Biology , access code comes with new textbooks; useful but highly optional.] Required Technology: iClicker , Register your eid for the year at Canvas Web Site (modules, homework, brief lecture notes, old exams) Lecture Meetings: MWF 9-10 am WEL 2.246 Discussion Instructor : Megan Davis-Fields [email protected] Discussion meetings by unique number: For MWF 9-10 lecture class: 49570 Thursdays 8-9 SZB 286 49575 Thursdays 9-10 SZB 286 49580 Wednesdays 2-3 WEL 2.256 48885 Wednesdays 3-4 GAR 3.116 Weekly discussion sections, led by your discussion instructor, are designed to review and enhance material from the lecture. They have an active learning format, with exercises and worksheets; participation in discussion sections counts about 5% of the course grade. 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 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. Student activities consist of individual and small group work on problem solving and in-class exercises. Students will analyze data and interpret graphs, model population changes, and predict results of experiments in physiology. Course grading system (of 500 total semester points) 100 points (20%) Exam 1 Monday, February 10, 7:00-8:15 pm in UTC Rooms 4.124, 4.132, 4.134 100 points (20%) Exam 2 Thursday, March 6, 7:00-8:15 pm in UTC Rooms 4.124, 4.132, 4.134 100 points (20%) Exam 3 Monday, April 14, 7:00-8:15 pm in WEL 1.308 26 points (5%) In-class exercises during lecture hour (iClicker, worksheets, questions) 24 points (5%) Discussion section worksheets and participation 20 points (4%) Homework multiple choice questions and surveys submitted on Canvas

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