Michelle Smith Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Instructor: Contact Information:
Syllabus Schedule Assignments Handouts Class Web Sites: www.wcc.hawaii.edu/facstaff/miliefsky-m/
Lecture: Section 35115 WF 1-2:15 Imiloa 123 Lab: Friday 2:30-5:15 Imiloa 103 Class Time & Location
Tuesday 11:15-1 Wed.-Friday 12:30-1 or by apt Instructor’s Office Location & Hours Imiloa 136
Class Policies Attendance: Mandatory Come Prepared: Read assignments Review lecture notes and outlines
Please turn it off before arriving to class! Cell Phones
Meets general education core requirements for a biological science course.
This class is designed for the non-science major.
Introduction to the characteristics of science, historical development of scientific concepts, and interaction of society with science illustrated by topics from biological science.
By the end of this course the student should know: The basic terminology of biology General history and philosophy of the biological sciences Key fundamental concepts in evolution, cell biology, population biology and ecology The major, current biological issues in human society How to ask scientific questions, make hypotheses, and interpret results
Attendance Attendance is mandatory. If a class is to be missed the Instructor must be notified and as to the reason why. Attendance is worth 100 points (10%) toward your lecture grade. Each unexcused absence will result in a deduction of 10 points
Assignments Readings from ‘Into the Jungle’ Discussion and written analysis of book or articles Four assignments are worth 75 points each, totaling 300 points (30%) toward your lecture grade
Review Session You ask questions Jeopardy game Ecology SymbiosisSuccessionCommunityBiodiversityPotluck
4 exams @ 150 points each (60%) Non cumulative 50 multiple choice questions Book questions included on exams Closed book, but allowed 1-sided 3x5 note card Final Exam: Mon. 6, 1-3pm EXAMINATIONS:
Bring your own scantron At bookstore 6 for $1.25
Missed Exam Policy No retest unless a legitimate reason Take exam next class time Contact your instructor (email)!
1. 4 assignments worth up to 5 percentage points toward your exam (e.g. 85% + 5 = 90%) 2. Attend a lecture at Waikiki Aquarium, Hanauma Bay Education Center, participate in a beach or algae cleanup… 3. Review an article related to class content (e.g., Discover magazine, National Geographic, local paper…). No internet articles. 4. Write a 1 page summary-reaction paper, typed, double spaced, size 12 font. Attach article to paper (photocopy or cut it out).
No plus or minus final grades Grading Grade cutoffs: A = above 90% B = 80%-90% C = 70%-80% D = 60%-70% F = below 60% Attendance 100 points Assignments 300 points Exams (4) 600 points Total lecture grade: 1000 points
Cheating Plagiarism See student handbook on conduct code or http://www.hawaii.edu/student/conduct/imper.html
Textbooks Simon, E., Dickey, J., & Reece, J., 2013. Biology: Science for Life (5th ed.). Pearson. ISBN. 9780321772596
Textbooks Carroll, S., 2009. Into the Jungle: Great adventures in the search for evolution. Pearson. ISBN. 9780321556714
Biology as a Way of Thinking Fundamental processes (& we know a lot about them) Applied in the context of diversity (unique in the sciences & fundamental) Evolution (also unique)
Key Themes How science has developed The strong interaction between science and society The importance of variability (no survival without adaptive differences) Thinking about time (fast vs. glacially slow)
How to Succeed in this Class Review lecture notes as often as possible. Read the text. Making flashcards for each new vocabulary word presented. Establish study groups and study together. Ask questions.
Why Biology 101? We are at the right place There are very important problems We have a good basic knowledge Knowing biology will help your overall understanding of life
Reminders Make sure you have access to the class web site: www.wcc.hawaii.edu/facstaff/miliefsky-m/ If you are taking the lab -- attend this week’s session Simon, E., Dickey, J., & Reece, J., 2013. Biology: Science for Life (5th ed.). Carroll, S., 2009. Into the Jungle: Great adventures in the search for evolution. (bookstore)
Questions The course instructor’s name is: The instructor suggested that the best way to get help for the course is to: The title of the Biology 101 textbook is: The Biology 101 course URL (web address) is: A primary goal of this course is to: The best place to get the dates of the exams is: