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Welcome to Biology 120 Organismal Biology Spring 2015 Lecture: MWF 8-8:50 SB-231 Laboratory: R 8-10:50 SB-331 Hotlines: 860-465-4444 or 800-578-1449
Let’s Look at the Syllabus Enrollment A Course for Freshman Biology/Biochem Majors and Minors This is NOT an LAC course--drop/add something else You should also be registered for: (add if needed) Math 155, 243 (or as placed by exam, but not Math 135!) Chemistry 211 and 213 (or Organic Chemistry 217) English 100 (unless completed already) HPE 104/108 etc. - needed in 1 st 60 credits
Let’s Look at the Syllabus Objectives Structure and Function of Organisms Experience in Modern Phylogeny (Cladistics) Hands-on Experience with Living Organisms Study of Diverse Solutions to Common Problems »Obtaining minerals and water »Obtaining energy and food »Exchanging Gases »Transporting materials »Maintaining temperature »Chemical Signaling »Reproduction »Environmental Sensing »Movement »Etc! Reinforce Experimental Approach and Writing in Biology
Let’s Look at the Syllabus Resources Two textbooks are required: »Freeman, S., L. Allison, M. Black, G. Podgorski, K. Quillin, J. Monroe, and E. Taylor. 2014. Biological Science. 5 th ed. Pearson/Cummings (earlier editions OK!) »Knisely, K. 2013. A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology. 4th ed. Sinauer/MacMillan (Pechenik 7 th or 8th editions are OK too!) Used for ALL Bio Courses! No Laboratory Manual, handouts or visit: plantphys.info »Laboratory and Writing Handouts, if lost, can be downloaded/printed »Depends upon organism availability, readiness, and behavior »Username: and Password: on white board…please write it in! Three-Ring Binder, Zipper Pouch, Pencil with Eraser Laptop with Microsoft Office installed or USB/Flash/Jump Drive Simple Calculator useful (+ – x ÷ =) Colored pencil set would be useful All students with long hair need to have a scrunchie for labs with fire Tuning Technologies ResponseCard QT Clicker for every class!!
Let’s Look at the Syllabus Departmental Laboratory Dress Code Closed Shoes on Thursdays! Long Pants or Jeans or Lab Coat if you wear shorts, skirts, kilts Slacks worn snugly at waist, no undergarment showing!!
Let’s Look at the Syllabus Departmental Laboratory Dress Code Closed Shoes on Thursdays! Long Pants or Jeans... or Lab Coat if you wear shorts, skirts, kilts Slacks worn snugly at waist, no undergarment showing!! Hats are not allowed in any class or laboratory Hair longer than earlobes must be secured with hair-tie in laboratory Neither food nor drink are allowed in laboratory Do not come to class in your pajamas and slippers!!
Let’s Look at the Syllabus Quizzes Weekly quizzes in lab slot based on lec/lab coverage to date. Question types as diverse as biology is: »Multiple Choice »True False »Matching (esp diagrams!) »Drawings (for you to sketch) »Short Answer Quiz question type mix will NOT be announced ahead of time Absence any Quiz: 0 score in spite of situation Don’t be late (see syllabus)! 10% score penalty for quiz taken in ink…bring your pencil! Straight scale: 90 + %A- 80 + %B- 70 + %C- 60 + %D- Perhaps one quiz dropped…we’ll see… Quizzes provide 20% of course grade
Let’s Look at the Syllabus Laboratory Worksheets Must bring worksheet to lab class if previously distributed Must hand in worksheet by due date shown on on-line syllabus »Due dates to be announced in class: attendance critical »Worksheet filled out in ink: 10% penalty--bring your pencil! »Late penalty: 10% per day starting at start of class on due date! »After graded assignments are returned to lab classmates: 100% penalty No makeup of laboratory exercises ever! Missed Laboratory exercise = 0 on corresponding worksheet(s) NEVER schedule physician or court dates on lab days! Dissection and killing of organisms is a routine aspect of this course…if you will not do this, you need to see me ASAP. Laboratory worksheets provide 20% of course grade
Let’s Look at the Syllabus Laboratory Writing Assignments There are six writing assignments, five coming from lab exercises…see orange highlights on on-line syllabus You must hand in each writing assignment by the due date »Due dates to be announced in class: attendance critical »Writing assignments must be computer generated and printed out »There are severe penalties for plagiarism!! Don’t do it! »We share data with lab partners…but calcs, graphics, writing on our own! »Late penalty: 10% per day starting at end of quiz when due! »After graded assignments are returned to classmates: 100% penalty Failing to submit any one writing assignment results in course failure. Scores below 65% must be resubmitted until they make the benchmark! Only the first submission counts in the grade. The resubmission deadline is a real DEAD line! Writing assignments provide 20% of course grade, if all of the assignments are submitted/resubmitted.
Clarification of the Bio 120 Late Paper Penalty Policy Your first writing assignment is due on Friday... Handed in Friday at 8 AM = full credit Handed in Friday at 8:05 AM = 1 day late = 10% penalty Handed in Monday at 8 AM = 4 days late = 40% penalty Handed in Monday at 8:05 AM = 5 days late = 50% penalty Handed in after any paper has been returned by instructor to first student = too late = 0% If the late assignment is a writing project, then, even though it may be worth 0% because of its tardiness, you still MUST hand it in at a passing level (65%) or you fail the course!
Let’s Look at the Syllabus Comprehensive Final Exam Given during Final Exam Week (May 4 8-10 AM in S-231) Clear your work, travel, summer, etc. schedules now! Questions based on the entire course (comprehensive) Question types as diverse as biology is: »Multiple Choice »True False »Matching (esp diagrams!) »Drawings (for you to sketch) »Short Answer Bring your clicker! 90 + %A- 80 + %B- 70 + %C- 60 + %D- Final Exam provides 20% of course grade
Let’s Look at the Syllabus Participation Points In lecture and laboratory feedback will allow the instructor to assign points to each student based on participation. Some of these points may be assigned based on methods OTHER than the use of your clicker Using your Clicker in lecture will generate the majority of these points—bring it to every class! Use of the Clicker in laboratory may also be a method for gathering participation data Particpation Points provide 20% of course grade
Let’s Look at the Syllabus Non-Clicker Participation Variables » Attendance-reliability » Attitude-positive » Attention-in and out of class » Staying on-task and on-topic » Engaged in class discussions » Effective and contributing team member » Bringing required materials to class » Arriving on-time always » Never using a cell-phone for talking or texting during class » Never leaving lecture for a bathroom break (go before class and hold it until after class!)
Let’s Look at the Syllabus Participation ECSU Catalog » Study/Work at home is expected » Two hours of work at home for every one hour in class Calculations of homework expectations: » 3 hours lecture per week make 6 hours of homework » 3 hours laboratory per week make 6 hours of homework » You are expected to do 12 hours of homework each week! » YES…12 (twelve) hours per week! » In particular, lab worksheets and writing projects are NOT designed to be completed within class time! Welcome to College!
Let’s Look at the Syllabus Extra Credit There is NO extra credit »Not for any one »Not for any reason »Not at any time Cheating Copying or Plagiarism Completely Prohibited »We share data observations only with those who helped collect them »We never share calculated results, created graphics, or written answers to questions »Plagiarism of professional sources and each other will be given severe penalties! »Plagiarism includes the giving of your work that someone else copies (see in Student Handbook, page 81). BEWARE! »In written work you paraphrase rather than quote, and always cite sources completely! »Copy and Paste or using a Lab Partner’s Computer file is plagiarism…providing the source material is plagiarism too. Bonuses might be provided for everyone to win!
Let’s Look at the Syllabus Participation Commuting Students » There is no special treatment for commuting students » Is your vehicle reliable? » Are your tires capable of driving in snow? » Is there a family member who can drive you for “Plan B” » Do you have a “Plan C” carpool with other students in town? » Are you a courageous driver in snow, sleet, ice, pouring rain? » Parking is limited on our campus…arrive early to find a spot » Plan on walking time from your parking spot to class » Hand in papers before a deadline to avoid late penalties!! Especially if foul weather is forecast!
Let’s Look at the Syllabus Accommodations If you are a student with a disability, it is your responsibility to contact the office of AccessAbility Services to request accommodations in a timely manner. I cannot provide any accommodations for anyone without a letter from the office of AccessAbility Services. So if this applies to you, GET GOING soon! If you are having difficulties with aspects of this course, please see us in office hours, visit with the course TA(s), or visit the Academic Services Center in the Library…before it is too late to help you out!
Let’s Look at the Schedule Headings Tentative Syllabus: subject to change: watch website! Dates: as currently planned, subject to change Writing Assignments: orange highlights Lab Worksheets: yellow highlights Lecture Topics will be links to lecture notes on website Readings: Portions of the textbook you need to read before class Laboratory Exercises: Print out if you have lost yours! Note: No Hour-Exams (just weekly quizzes) Note: Final Exam during Final Exam Week
Meet Your Biology Advisor The Biology Department Expects You to Monitor your University email account. http://eweb.easternct.edu ECSU ID Number Birthdate MMDDYY or PIN
Announcements Remember that your written response to the essay, “Effective Learning Begins With the Right Attitudes” is due on Friday (1/16) in Lecture at 8:00 AM. One page typed/computer printed single spaced, second page only if double-spaced, 1” margins, 12 point font preferred Papers arriving at 8:01 AM are one-day late!
For laboratory on Thursday: 1.One source of beans shaken to mix them 2.Two samples poured into finger bowls 3.One sample submerged in water 4.The other sample left dry Does this describe an experiment?