2009L_Syllabus - BSC 2009L - Laboratory in Biological...

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Unformatted text preview: BSC 2009L - Laboratory in Biological Sciences LABORATORY SYLLABUS Summer B 2011 TA Name: _____________________ E-Mail: _____________________ Office: _________________ LOCATION : 315 Rolfs Hall BIOLOGY Office : 220 Bartram Hall; 392-1175 LAB COORDINATOR: Dr. Kent A. Vliet ( kvliet@ufl.edu ), 208 Carr Hall, 392-8130. REQUIRED TEXT : Lab manual available at Target Copy. HOME PAGE : www.bsc.ufl.edu/2009L.html E-LEARNING in SAKAI : https://lss.at.ufl.edu/ PRE(CO)REQUISITE BSC 2007 - Cells, Organisms, and Genetics, or BSC 2008 - Evolution, Ecology and Behavior. Officially, BSC 2007 or 2008 is a pre- or co-requisite for BSC 2009L. However, any biology course, including high school biology, and access to a biology text will probably be adequate. COURSE DESCRIPTION This is not a laboratory course in the traditional sense of the word. Few actual investigations will be conducted. However, we will provide evidence and understanding of biological principles through a variety of visual and multimedia approaches, allowing an interactive approach to the understanding of aspects of biology. The amazing intricacies and complexities of life tend to obscure basic underlying relationships among all living things. This course attempts to elucidate principles of biological organization and function that tie together seemingly unrelated forms. The tendency of species to change over time ( i.e. , evolution) will provide the basis of our approach to interpreting biological phenomena. Biological principles will be examined at all levels, from cellular, to organs and whole organisms, and to ecosystems. Attention will be paid to the relationships between structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) at all levels of organization. The course includes a study of human body structures and functions. Several lab exercises emphasize biological processes using humans as models. Ecological problems related to human impact on the environment will also be discussed. GRADING Your BSC 2009L grade will be based on raw scores from quizzes, worksheets, data sheets and lab exercises. Specific assignments will be detailed by your instructor. Quizzes generally cover material from the previous lab exercise as well as assigned readings for the present lab. Final letter grade will be assigned based on percentage of the total points earned, using the following cutoffs: A 90.0%, A- 86.7, B+ 83.3%, B 80.0%, B- 76.7, C+ 73.3%, C 70.0%, C- 66.7, D+ 63.3%, D 60.0%, D- 56.7, E < 56.7%. There is no A+. These cut-offs may be lowered at the discretion of instructors, but they will not be increased. Scores will not be rounded (i.e., 89.9% is not 90%). Current UF grading policies for assigning grade points can be found at: http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/catalog/policies/regulationgrades.html ....
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