COURSE SYLLABUS – APPROVED FORMAT General Information Northern Arizona University- Yuma; Department of Arts and Sciences BSC 429, Mammalogy Fall or Spring 2 hr. Lecture & 3 hr. Lab, 3 credit hours Dr. Megan Lahti Science and Research building, Office 113 Office hours: Monday/Wednesday 8:00am to 9:00am and 2:00pm to 3:00pm Course prerequisites BIO 182 or ENV 230 Course description: This course introduces the classification, distribution, life history, evolution, and ecology of mammals with an emphasis on mammals in the desert southwest. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab (3 credits). Letter grade only. Course fee required. Student Learning Expectations/Outcomes for this Course 1. Describe the evolutionary history of mammals and adaptations of mammals in different habitats 2. Discuss main concepts of distribution, ecology, behavior, physiology, digestion, reproduction, and morphology of mammals 3. Identify characteristics of modern mammal groups 4. Identify species common to the southwest using pelts, skulls, scat, and track 5. Demonstrate techniques used to study mammals Course structure/approach: The course may involve one or more of the following approaches: lecture and discussion; application exercises; scheduled activities; case analysis; team projects; field trips, speakers with relevant expertise, and/or other activities as appropriate to achieve learning outcomes. Textbook and required materials: Student learning is facilitated with textbooks, readings, audio-visual content, software, and/or other materials Recommended optional materials/references (attach reading list): None Course outline: Week 1: Mammalian origins and characteristics Week 2: Monotrema and Metatheria Week 3: Xenarthea and Pholidota Week 4: Rodentia Week 5: Lagomorpha Week 6: Demoptera and Scandentia Week 7: Primates Week 8: Insectivora Week 9: Chiroptera Week 10: Carnivora Week 11: Perissodactyla and Artiodactyla Week 12: Cetacea and Afrotheria Week 13: Physiology and form and function Week 14: Ecology and behavior Week 15: Zoogeography and conservation ethics Week 16: Domestication, disease, and zoonosis Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes Methods of Assessment: In-class exams, research paper, field labs, presentations, and participation. Timeline for Assessment: Over the span of the course Grading System: Letter grades for the course will be determined based on the percentage of the total points as follows: 90-100% A Excellent 80-89% B Good 70-79% C Average 60-69% D Lowest passing <60% F Failure Course policy: Retests/makeup tests: No make-up exams or re-tests except for what the instructor may deem as extenuating circumstances. Attendance Policy: Under NAU Policy, students are expected to attend every session of the class in which they are enrolled. Statement on plagiarism and cheating: DON’T CHEAT! Please refer to the NAU Student Handbook policy statement on Academic Integrity. Academic honesty does not allow "plagiarism — knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own" (2005, Undergraduate General Academic and Graduation Policies). If your instructor determines that you are guilty of plagiarism he deserves the right to give you a zero on the alleged assignment up to failing the course in question. All incidents regardless will be reported to the university. University policies Attach the Safe Working and Learning Environment, Students with Disabilities, Institutional Review Board, and Academic Integrity policies or reference them on the syllabus. See the following document for policy statements: http://www4.nau.edu/avpaa/UCCPolicy/plcystmt.html. Your instructor reserves the right to make any changes to the course policies, schedule, or any other aspect of the class as he sees fit.