BIOLOGY 182, Spring 2019COURSE SYLLABUSLecture Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:50 – 12:40 pm; MUR101Instructor: Dr. Derek Tucker Office: LSA356 Email:[email protected]Office Hours: Mondays 1–2, Wednesdays 10:30–11:30, or by appointment. Lecture TA: Will answer all technical questions related to clickers and Launchpad. All technical questions should be directed to the lecture TA.Lab Coordinator: Heather Hutcherson ([email protected])Lab TAs: TBAOffice hours and additional contact information are available on your TA’s lab syllabusTextbooks and other requirements:Launchpad access for version of Morris: How life works Second editionLaboratory Manual for BIO 182Lab coatTurning Point Clicker and Turning account license: for in-class q/a and quizzesHonors Contracts:Only students enrolled in the Honors lab section (#12690) are entitled to honors contracts.Course Goals:Your goals for this course are to:
(1) Learn about the major theories that underlie the fields of Biodiversity, Evolution, Physiology, and Ecology(2) Develop the ability to use the scientific method(3) Develop the ability to critically evaluate and statistically analyze biological information, as well as interpret biological data graphicallyThese goals require a combination of lecture attendance, where you will be introduced to the major ideas in these fields, and the additional work that you must do outside of the classroom to understand and apply these ideas – (i.e. to learn them).GradingCourse grades are based on lecture and lab scores. We will use the following tentative grading scale:≥ 90%: A80 - 89%: B70% - 79%: C60% - 69%: DThe above ranges identify a minimal cut-off for each grade. “Plus” and "minus" grades within each range of letter grade will be determined when all the grades are in atthe end of the semester. Questions regarding curving or cut-offs will not be answered until all the grades are in. Please do not email the instructor about cut-offs.Course point distributionsLecture points70% of total grade (~700 points), distributed as follows:4 out of 5 Lecture exams, 100 points each: 40% of overall gradeTurning point (clicker) questions: 10% of overall gradeLaunchpad and class preparation: 20% of overall gradeLaboratory point stotal 300, distributed throughout the semester as described in your laboratory syllabus.
Total points for this course: 1000 pointsCanvasThe course will use Canvas for posting course information, lecture material, administering occasional quizzes and grades, discussing course content and communicating online with the instructors. Canvas works as a course website. Canvas is easy to navigate, but you can at any point get help through help.asu.edu. Access Canvas at . You are responsible for any materials or information posted on the site.
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