General Zoology Laboratory Syllabus
Instructor: Terry C. Maxwell
TEXT: Hickman, C. P., L. B. Kats, and S. L. Keen. 2008. Laboratory Studies in Integrated Principles of
Zoology. McGraw-Hill, Boston, MA.
OTHER MATERIALS: Lab Terminology and Accessory Material. To be downloaded and printed from
The following website: www.angelo.edu/faculty/crussell/zoology.
Always bring the manual or the specific pages for the exercises to be covered each week in lab !!!!
At the website above you also will find “Weekly Study Images” from each week’s lab. These should be
useful when studying the material.
You will need a dissection kit (available in bookstore). You may wish to share a kit with your lab partner to
reduce expenses. You may also want to purchase (from pharmacies) rubber gloves to wear for dissection.
DESCRIPTION OF LAB AND LABORATORY EXAMS:
Laboratory exercises will consist of an overview of animal characteristics, surveys of diversity within animal
groups, dissections of representatives of the major animal groups, and occasionally observations of living
animals.
There will be three laboratory practicals, each worth 150 points. Material covered on the lab practicals will
include dissected specimens, histological preparations, and material from the lab manual and handouts.
Practicals will examine concepts discussed in the laboratory as well as classification and details of animal
structure and function. Points earned on lab practicals will be added to points earned in lecture for
determining final course grade.
Laboratory exams may not be made up except under special circumstances, and only with the permission of
the instructor. When permission is granted, then make-up practicals should be taken the week the scheduled
practical is missed, if possible. Otherwise arrangements must be made, and those usually mean an oral lab
practical. You really don’t want to do that, so don’t miss a lab practical.
No use of cell phones, including texting, is allowed during laboratory periods. If there is an emergency need
for use of the cell phone, step outside the lab into the hall.
ACADEMIC HONESTY
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in this lab. During practicals there will be no talking, looking at
other peoples’ papers, or use of study material of any kind. If you violate these rules, you will be asked to
leave the laboratory and you will automatically receive a ZERO. Any additional punishment allowed per
University rules and regulations will be pursued to the fullest.
During practicals, cell phones must remain in backpacks or other carrying containers that are not on
your person.
BIOLOGY 2402-GENERAL ZOOLOGY – Lab Schedule
FALL 2009
Week of:
Laboratory Exercise
Chapter
24 AUG
Microscopes, Cells
1, 2 (+ statement on
use of living and
preserved animals…
before Ch. 1)
31 AUG
Embryological development, Tissues
3, 4
7 SEP
Important concepts in zoology
handout
14 SEP
Animal-like protists (protozoans)
6
21 SEP
Porifera, Cnidaria
7, 8
28SEP
PRACTICAL EXAM I
5 OCT
Platyhelminthes, pseudocoelomates
9, 10
12 OCT
Mollusca
11
19 OCT
Annelida, Arthropoda (in part)
12, 13
26 OCT
PRACTICAL EXAM II
2 NOV
Arthropoda (in part)
14, 15
9 NOV
Echinodermata
16
16 NOV
Lower chordates, Vertebrata
17, 18
23 NOV
Vertebrate diversity
Handout
2 DEC
PRACTICAL EXAM III
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General Zoology Laboratory Syllabus