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Unformatted text preview: BIO 311D – INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY II Spring 2010 – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 49970 – 12-1pm 50030 – 2-3pm ***************************************************************** Instructor – Dr. Brenda Chinnery-Allgeier (you can call me Dr. Chinnery) Web site –I use Blackboard for announcements, assignments, posted lectures, and other documents. I post grades on the Blackboard grade book. Office – PAI 1.48B Phone – 232-5459 Office hours – Mon. and Weds., 10:30-11:30; Tues. 11-1pm, or by appointment. e-mail – [email protected] Campus mailbox – A5400 Please contact me by email or phone with any questions. The best time to call is during office hours; in an emergency, call my cell phone – 512-585-8372. I am here to help you. Make sure to contact me as soon as possible with any question or problem! ***************************************************************** This syllabus is intended for two separate classes. I am teaching two classes of BIO 311D this semester. These classes will be covering the same material, but not taking exams together. This is an advantage for you – if you can’t attend your scheduled lecture, you may attend the other, although you won’t get credit for attendance. You also have two teaching assistants to ask for help. Class information is below. Unique numbers 49970, 49975, 49980, 49985 are in one lecture, 12 – 12:50pm in WAG 101. The official class unique number is 49970, and you will be using this number for exams, extra credit, and also please include it in emails to me. Unique numbers 50030, 50035, 50040, 50045 are in one lecture, 2 – 2:50pm in PHR 2.108. The official class unique number is 50030, and you will be using this number for exams, extra credit, and also please include it in emails to me. Each individual unique number has a separate discussion section time and location. This syllabus is only for the lecture portion of the class. Your TA will provide you with information on your discussion classes. ***************************************************************** Basic Information – Prerequisite – Grade of C or higher in BIO 311C. If you do not meet this prerequisite you will automatically be dropped from this course by the School of Biological Sciences – I have no knowledge of or control over this process. Required textbook – Campbell and Reece, Biology, 8th edition. An ebook can be downloaded on <> for $86.50. The password subscription is good for 365 days. Obviously, there is no buyback on the e-book. An older edition of the textbook may be used, but it is your responsibility to determine which pages you are responsible for. I-clicker clickers must be purchased at the bookstore before 1/25 and brought to each class. These clickers cost around $33.00 but this is a one-time-only fee (there is no course registration fee) and they can be sold back for part of the cost at the end of the semester. Overview – This course continues the introduction to the biology disciplines that was begun during the first semester of the Biology two-semester series. Starting at the cellular level with meiosis and genetics, the course then progresses through evolutionary concepts, physiology of plants and animals, and finishes up with ecology and population dynamics. In effect, the course progresses from the cellular level to the organ and organ systems levels and to the individual and group levels. This provides continuity of the major concepts incorporated into this course, which are evolution, adaptation, and balance, at all levels. Grading system – 500 total points for the course 65 pts for Exam 1 – Weds. 2/17 75 pts for Exam 2 – Weds. 3/24 75 pts for Exam 3 – Weds. 4/21 150 pts for Final Exam – 5:00 – 6:30 pm 5:00 – 6:30 pm 5:00 – 6:30 pm location to be announced 49970 – Sat., May 15, 2:00–5:00 pm 50030 – Mon., May 17, 2:00–5:00 pm 50 pts for lecture class attendance/participation and assignments 50 pts for discussion attendance, participation, and assignments 35 pts for discussion section quizzes (6 quizzes total worth 7 pts each; lowest is dropped) Class policies – Class attendance will be taken using the iclicker system. Class participation will also use the clicker system, so please bring your clicker to every class! Your TA will discuss discussion section attendance and policies with you. The majority of your grade will be taken from the exam scores, so make sure to be prepared! The exams will consist of multiple choice, short answer, and short essay questions, taken from the lectures, the text book, and the discussion section assignments. You are responsible for all material from Biology 311C as well as all new material assigned. THE FINAL EXAM IS WORTH ONE THIRD OF YOUR GRADE AND WILL BE COMPREHENSIVE! I am NOT using the plus/minus system this semester for grading. Letter grades will be assigned as follows: A = 90% and above, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69%, and F = up to 59%. I will not change grades which are more than 1% below a cutoff (for example, I will not give a grade of C for 68%!!)! And please don’t ask me for extra work to help your grade – after the final there will be no opportunities to help your grade, so I suggest that you take advantage of any extra credit provided earlier in the semester. If an exam must be missed for any reason, you need to have a valid written excuse and talk to me beforehand as soon as possible to take the exam. Any illness or emergency that prevents you taking an exam must be excused with a note from a doctor or other official in order for you to take a makeup exam. There will be no make-ups for missed quizzes, since one will be dropped from your grade. Discussion section quizzes will be given randomly throughout the semester, with or without notice. Any students with special needs should contact me as soon as possible. As with all University of Texas classes, cheating will not be tolerated. Cell phones must be OFF at the beginning of each class and discussion section, and laptops may only be used to take notes. If a student is found using their laptop for other purposes, he or she will be asked to leave the class. Respect for the rest of the class (including the TA and instructor) is expected, and unruly behavior or unnecessary comments will also warrant dismissal from class. Please take note of the following important dates: 1/22 - Last day of the official add/drop period. After this date approval of the department chair and dean are needed. 2/3 - Last day to drop a course for a possible refund. 2/15 - Last day to drop a course without a possible academic penalty. 3/29 – Last day to drop a course with the deans approval. I strongly encourage students to take advantage of the Academic Communities Residence Hall Study Group Program ( Study Group hours will be Sunday through Thursday in Jester City Limits (JES 7:30-10:30 pm) and in Kinsolving (KIN 8:00-10:30 pm). Faculty, TA’s, and upper level students will be there to help you with questions. This is a great place to take a study group or just study. Take advantage of it!! Last note – Do not think that due to my informal teaching style that this class will be easy. I enjoy teaching and like to make the class entertaining for my students, but do expect you to learn the material, do the assignments, and be able to demonstrate your understanding in a test situation. Daily schedule – The following daily outline is tentative, and is expected to be adjusted occasionally. Apart from illness and other reasons for class to be cancelled, some concepts inevitably need more time than that provided, and I am much more concerned that the concept is understood than that we stick to the schedule. You are responsible for reading the relevant chapter ahead of the class, as there won’t be time enough to cover all vocabulary and basic concepts in the lectures. Date (tentative) 1/20 1/22 1/25 – 2/1 2/3 – 2/5 2/8 – 2/10 2/12 – 2/15 2/17 2/19 2/22 2/24 – 3/3 3 /5 - 3/10 3/12, 3/22 3/13 – 3/21 3/24 Weds. __ Weds. Lecture TO BE READ BEFORE CLASS _________ Ch. 13, 248-261 Ch. 14, 262-285; Ch. 15, 289-292 Ch. 22, 452-467 Ch. 23, 468-486 Ch. 24, 487-506 Introduction 1. The importance of sexual reproduction 2. Patterns of inheritance 3. Processes of evolution and adaptation 4. Microevolution (population genetics), process of natural selection 5. Macroevolution (evolution of species) Exam #1 _5:00 – 6:30 pm ________________________________________ Ch. 26, 536-555 Ch. 25, 507-533 Ch. 29, 600-617; Ch. 30, 618-635 Ch. 35, 738-751 & 755-763; Ch. 39, 821-849 Ch. 36 6. Phylogenetics, cladistics 7. Origin and early evolution of life 8. Plant evolution and life cycles 9. Plant structure, growth and hormones 10. Plant transport systems SPRING BREAK Exam #2 _5:00 – 6:30 pm ________________________________________ Ch. 40; 852-874 Ch. 45, 975-996, Ch. 48, 1047-1057 Ch. 43, 930-938, 940-953 Ch. 42, 898-929, Ch. 44, 954-974 3/26 - 3/29 3/31 – 4/5 4/7 – 4/9 4/12 – 4/16 4/19 4/21 Weds. 11. Form and function (in animals) 12. Cell to cell communication (in animals) 13. (Animal) defense systems 14. Exchange and transport systems (in animals) Skits Exam #3_____5:00 – 6:30 pm _________________________________________ 15. Introduction to ecology, climate, energy flow, and nutrient cycling 16. Behavior, interactions between individuals 17. Population growth 18. Community interactions Catch-up day Ch. 52, 1148-1171, Ch. 55, 1222-1244 Ch. 51, 1120-1145 Ch. 53, 1174-1197 Ch. 54, 1198-1221 4/23 – 4/26 4/30 – 5/1 5/3 5/5 5/7 FINAL EXAM – COMPREHENSIVE ...
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