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Unformatted text preview: Syllabus: Biology 311D Introductory Biology II Spring Semester, 2010 Unique Number: 50050-50055 50060-50065 MWF 10-11 AM MWF 12-1 PM WEL 2.308 WEL 3.402 Instructor: Dr. John Batterton Office: PAI 1.48A Phone: 471-2397 Office hours: MWF 11-11:45 AM; 1-2 PM; and by appointment e-mail : ********************************************************************* Course Description: Introduction to mechanisms of inheritance, evolution, physiology, and species interactions. Prerequisite: BIO 311C with grade of C or better. Required: Textbook: Biology by Campbell and Reece, 8th edition i-Clicker: Bring to each lecture. The Residence Hall Study Groups Program provides free academic support for students enrolled in BIO 311D through study group facilitation, interaction with TA's and faculty, and help from experienced Natural Sciences students. Go to Jester City Limits or Kinsolving dining room (7:30-9:30 PM) Sunday through Thursday evenings to study with your classmates and to get help from program staff. Grading Overview: Semester grade components and percentage weight. Final exam 30 % Three tests 60 % (20 % each) Friday quizzes 0 % [Semester average can substitute for a lower test grade (but not the final exam!)] iClicker lecture questions 4% Discussion section grade 6% Grade scale: 90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, <60 = F Grading Details: Final Exam: Usually 100 or more multiple choice questions. The difference between the highest individual score and 100 % will be added to all scores within a class. Note - This is the only exam that will be “curved”. Tests: There will be three tests during the semester. Questions will require problem solving as well as recall of factual material. All test periods will be scheduled for 90 minutes in the evening. You are responsible for taking tests on the correct date at the correct time and place. If you have a class or other legitimate conflict with a scheduled evening test, then an afternoon time that day can be arranged. Advance notice is required to arrange this. Test bonus points – Either of 2 methods: Individual, or Collaborative: Individual – The student may choose to answer a bonus question on a test for extra points (typically 2 points) to be added to his/her basic score. If this option is chosen, the collaborative method will not count. Collaborative – The student completes the test, but does NOT answer the bonus question at the end and turns in his/her questions and answers. The student joins 2-3 other students to prepare a single answer sheet (for the multiple choice section of the test only) for the group. The group has 30 minutes to turn in that answer sheet. The group has to score higher than its best individual score to earn any bonus points (up to 5 points maximum). If a group score is lower than the best individual score, bonus is zero (no points lost). If an individual has a perfect score, the group score will be compared to the average of the individual scores in the group. Missed tests: Make-up tests will be allowed only for tests (NOT Friday quizzes) missed for valid reasons such as a death in your family, an illness certified by a physician, jury duty, etc. Documentation will be required. . If you know in advance that you will miss a test, notify me or the teaching assistant several days before the test date in question. Note: Make-up tests will only be administered during the three-hour final examination period at the end of the semester. Failure to take a test or a quiz because of oversleeping, or thinking it was on a different day or at a different place or time is NO EXCUSE. Test dates: Test 1 - 6:00-7:30 PM, Monday, February 15, 2010 Test 2 - 6:00-7:30 PM, Friday, March 26, 2010 Test 3 - 6:00-7:30 PM, Monday, April 26, 2010 Note: Test locations are pending and will be announced. Friday quizzes: A short quiz will be given every Friday over material from the preceding 2-3 lectures. While a high quiz average can help your semester grade, a low average can not hurt your semester grade. Lecture questions: The iClicker will be used to record attendance as well as answers to both graded and non-graded questions in class lecture. Collaboration with your classmate(s) will be allowed. Discussion Sections: Six percent (6%) of your semester grade will be based on homework, quizzes, etc., as assigned by your TA in discussion section. Sections meet once a week (see below). Attendance is required. Discussion Sections: Unique # 50050 50055 Day T W Time 2-3 4-5 Place/Room RLM 6.118 WEL 3.402 50060 50065 F T 9-10 1-2 GAR 1.134 SZB 526 Policy of Scholastic Dishonesty: Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University. Since such dishonesty harms the individual, all students, and the integrity of the University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced. For further information, see the Student Judicial Services web site at Important dates per Academic Calendar include: Last day of official add/drop period Last day to drop a course for a possible refund Last day to drop without penalty Spring Break Last day to drop/withdraw with dean’s approval Last class day Final exams January 22 February 3 February 15 March 15-20 March 29 May 7 May 12-15, 17-18 LECTURE CALENDAR: Here are approximate dates that selected topics will be covered in class (any changes to the reading assignments and/or schedule will be posted on Blackboard). Note test dates. “Forgetting” to take a test is an automatic zero – there is no make-up! Dates 1/20, 22 1/25, 27, 29 Tentative Order of Topics Introduction, life cycles, meiosis Mendelian genetics, sex chromosomes, Chapter (pages) 13 (p248-260) 14 (p262-281) chromosomal mutations 2/1, 3, 5 Natural selection, population genetics, and speciation 15 (p289-292;297-301) 22 (p452-466) 23 (p468-484) 24 (p487-504) 25 (p525-531) 26 (p536-551) 2/8, 10, 12 Developmental genes Phylogeny and relationships 2/15 (Monday) Test 1 6:00-7:30 PM A review will be held during regular class hour Plants I 29 (p600-615) 36 (p764-782) 30 (p618-620, 625-634) 38 (p801-811; 817-818) 39 (p824-834, 843-845) 32 (p654-661) 33 (p666-683) 34 (p704-721) 34 (p721-733) 40 (p852-868) 2/17, 19 2/22, 24, 26 Plants II 3/1, 3, 5 Animals 3/8, 10, 12 Vertebrates Homeostasis Spring Break Neural system 3/15-20 3/22, 24 3/26 (Friday) 49 (1064-1083) Test 2 6:00-7:30 PM A review will be held during regular class hour Muscle & circulatory systems 50 (p1105-1112) 42 (p898-915) 42 (p915-927) 44 (p954-972) 45 (p975-994) 43 (p930-951) 3/29, 31, 4/2 4/5, 7, 9 4/12, 14, 16 Gas exchange (O2/CO2) Kidney function Endocrine system Immune system Test 3 4/19, 21, 23 4/26 (Monday) 6:00-7:30 PM A review will be held during regular class hour 4/28, 30 Introduction to ecology Population ecology Community ecology Ecosystems 52 (p1148-1171) 53 (p1174-1194) 54 (p1198-1209) 55 (p1222-1242) 5/3, 5, 7 5/17 (Monday) 5/15 (Saturday) Final Exam 9-12 Noon for 10 AM class (Unique #50050) Final Exam 2-5 PM for 12 Noon class (Unique #50060) Note: The final exam will have questions covering all chapters. At least two-thirds of the exam will be over previously tested material. In preparing for the tests and final exam, consider your lecture/discussion notes as primary sources of information, and the text as a reference source of information. Refer to the publisher’s website ( for chapter outlines, tutorial quizzes, and similar study aids. ...
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