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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
Professor: Ross Koning, PhD.
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Cell Phone: 860-933-2712
Office: MF 9-11, W 9-10 SB-356
Email: [email protected]
Website: plantphys.info
University of
(Ann Arbor) 1981
Plant Physiology - Flower development
Please call me Ross!
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 1st 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
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Resources
• Two textbooks are required:
» Freeman, S., L. Allison, M. Black, G. Podgorski, K. Quillin, J. Monroe, and
E. Taylor. 2014. Biological Science. 5th ed. Pearson/Cummings (earlier
editions OK!)
» Knisely, K. 2013. A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology. 4th ed.
Sinauer/MacMillan (Pechenik 7th 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
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE
FIFTH EDITION
Freeman Quillin Allison
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Biology and the
Tree of Life
© 2014 Pearson Education, Inc.
This small book
is the NEW
official writing
style manual for
all courses in the
Biology
Department!
This small book
is the former
official writing
style manual for
all courses in the
Biology
Department!
ALSO OK!
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!!
http://sminklink.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/saggin.jpg?w=300
http://sorryiamnotsorry.com/2012/10/17/fashion-for-dummies-10-all-too-frequent-faux-pas/
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
Bonuses might be provided
for everyone to win!
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.
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
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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
http://eweb.easternct.edu ECSU ID Number
Birthdate MMDDYY or PIN
The Biology Department
Expects You to Monitor
your University email
account.
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?
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