MSC-276 – Marine Vertebrate Zoology

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MSC-276 – MARINE VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
SYLLABUS
Instructors: Jason Rogers
Marie Millis
Text:
Robins et. al., A Field Guide to the Atlantic Coast Fishes,
Houghton Mifflin Co., 1986.
Resource Reading
Moyle, P.B., Cech, J.J., Fishes: An Introduction to Ichthyology. 1995
Helfman, G.S., Collette, B.B., Facey, D.E., The Diversity of Fishes. 1999
Equipment: Dissection kit, field clothing (i.e. closed toe shoes)
Course Description
This course covers the behavior and classification of marine fishes, reptiles, birds and mammals.
Topics include identification, feeding behavior, reproduction, migration and other marine
vertebrate characteristics. Upon completion students should be able to identify marine
vertebrates and demonstrate an understanding of the methods marine vertebrates use to survive in
the ocean.
Course Hours Per Week:
Semester Hours Credit:
Prerequisite:
Class 3, Lab 2.
4
None
Class Objectives
1.
2.
3.
4.
To identify marine vertebrates from North Carolina waters.
To understand the identifying characteristics of major classes and families of
marine vertebrates.
To understand some of the behavioral habits, such as feeding behavior, migration,
locomotion, and reproduction of each group.
To classify individual vertebrates by class, order, family and Genus species.
Personal Responsibility
You are responsible for your own learning. Success is determined by your commitment and
effort.
Attendance:
Each hour absent will reduce the attendance grade by 3 points. More than 16 hours absent will
result in failure. Two tardies equal one absence.
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Withdrawal:
Students may withdraw by filling out and having the instructor sign a withdrawal form available
in the Registrar's Office.
Conduct and Safety:
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will not interfere with the learning
or safety of classmates. The use of cell phones in this class is strictly prohibited. Failure to
comply will result in a 10-point penalty on a quiz. Each additional incident will result in the
doubling of the previous penalty. No food or drink is permitted in the classroom.
Grading (8 point scale)
Exams (Midterm and Final)
Quizzes
Lab Exercises and Assignments
Lab Notebook
Attendance
35%
20%
20%
15%
10%
Tests
Exam questions will be multiple choice, fill in the blank, or short answer.
Laboratory
Due to the nature of lab exercises there will be no laboratory make-ups. Under no circumstances
will there be a Practical exam make-up.
Graded assignments are due on the assigned date. Late work will be penalized 10 points for each
day late.
A lab notebook may be used on lab practical exams.
Course Website
http://cfcc.edu/faculty/rogers
Username : msc276
Password : gofish
Office:
Number:
Hours:
Phone:
E-Mail:
S204D
TBA
362-7405
[email protected]
Marine Vertebrate Zoology Syllabus
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Week Lecture Topic
Laboratory
1
Review of syllabus and course outline.
Vertebrate Ancestry
Subphylum Vertebrata
Family: Myxinidae (Hagfishes)
Family: Petromyzontidae (Lampreys)
Class: Chondrichthyes
Class: Chondrichthyes
Families: Sturgeons, Tarpons, Eels,
Herrings, Anchovies
Families: Trouts and Allies, Lizardfishes,
Toadfishes, Goosefishes, Frogfishes, Cods
Families: Cusk-eels, Flyingfishes,
Needlefishes, Killifishes, Silversides,
Squirrelfishes, Cornetfishes, Trumpetfishes
Families: Pipefishes, Temperate Basses, Sea
Basses, Bigeyes, Tilefishes, Bluefishes,
Cobia, Remoras, Jacks
Review for Midterm
Lecture Midterm
Families: Dolphins, Snappers, Mojarras,
Grunts, Porgies
Families: Drums, Spadefish, Butterflyfishes,
Anglefishes, Damselfishes, Wrasses
Families: Parrotfishes, Mullets, Barracudas,
Blennies, Gobies, Mackerels
Families: Scorpionfishes, Billfishes,
Swordfish, Butterfishes, Searobins
Flatfishes, Tetraodontiformes
Website and e-mail orientation
Marine Mammals
Order Cetacea
Order: Carnivora
Marine Reptiles and Birds
Course Evaluation
Review & Final Exam
Reproduction in Fishes
Preparation for practical
Field Trip to Beasley Sea Turtle
Facility
Final Practical
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Basic External Anatomy
Finding and Measuring Taxonomic
Characteristics
Sampling field trip
Process field trip material
Basic Internal Anatomy
Character Trends and Morphological
Variation
Preservatives and Storage of
Ichthyological Collections
Preparation for practical
Midterm Practical
Field Trip to CP&L Southport Nuclear
Plant
Process CP&L Material
Sampling field trip
Process field trip material
Otolith Laboratory
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