Biology 107(1) - Biology Lab

Fall 2015
Updated: 8/31/2015


Instructor: Jim Dooley
Office: Room 428, BSC
Phone: 740-826-8227
Location/Time: BSC 441, Tuesdays 12:30-3:20

Meeting Dates: 9/22, 9/29, 10/6,10/20,10/27, 11/3, 11/10,11/17,12/1


Course Description: This first-year laboratory is designed to complement material covered in Biol 111 and also to begin providing students with skills they will need for laboratories in upper-level biology courses.

Please note: Biol 107 is a co-requisite course for Biol 111.  Unless given permission by the chair of biology, you need to be enrolled in both courses.  Also, note that Biol 111 & 107 count in satisfying the Scientific Understanding section of Muskingum University's General Education program.  As such, the courses are designed to meet the Learning Goal for the Scientific Understanding area: students will be able to "describe scientific principles and apply methods of scientific inquiry."   

Course Learning Objectives:  Course Leaning Objectives extend directly from the Biology Department's Learning Goals.   In particular, the learning objectives for this course emphasize Biology Department Learning Goals 1, 3 & 4.   As a result of successfully completing this course, students will:

  • Be able understand why natural selection is the determinate driving force in biological evolution and to be able to articulate this understanding
  • Be able to understand how microevolutionary changes occur in a population and to conceptualize such changes using Hardy-Weingberg Theory
  • Be able to identify and understand one of the major processes that leads to the evolution of new species.
  • Be able to distinguish anatomically the difference betweeen plant roots, stems and leaves
  • Understand the 2 major stages of photosynthesis as well as the overall photosynthetic equation
  • Understand of how to use a dichotomous key and to identify deciduous and evergreen trees emploing such a key
  • Identify the basic differences in the circulatory, respiratory, excretory and reproductive systems of some invertebrates including:earthworm, clam, round worm, grasshopper, squid and crayfish.

Some Key Points to Remember:

  • Students should be sure to complete pre-lab assignments by the deadline set by the instructor.
  • Please bring a calculator for use in data analysis.

Exams and Grading

Review your notes between class meetings. Final grades will be based on the following:

1.     Quizzes, worksheets, pre-lab postings, other assignments (55%)

2.     Discretionary (5%)

3.     Comprehensive Final Exam.   (40%)

Take notes on all lectures, exercises, and during all videos - all are fair game as material for quizzes and the final exam.

Course Policies: 

Participation & Attendance: There are only 9 meetings of this class, therefore you must attend all classes (the only exceptions to this policy will be certified illness or family emergency).   In the case of absences due to College sanctioned activities (field trips for other courses or participation in intercollegiate sports) I will require a weeks advance notice. Because of the nature of the laboratory activities, there can be no make-up of missed sessions (including quizzes).  However, students missing class owing to college sanctioned reasons will have the option of writing a short paper (probably 5 double-spaced pages) on a topic related to the theme for the lab they missed or having their final course grade being lowered by 10% and taking a "0" for the quiz grade (if one occurred).  If attendance is going to be a problem, don't take this course!  The bottom line: missing a class will likely lower your final grade by at least a whole letter grade - take this policy seriously!

Communication Policy:   I understand that you may or may not routinely check email in your personal life.  However, email is a critical means of communication for this course.  Your are responsible for checking in for course email at least once each day.  "I didn't receive the email" will not  be accepted as an excuse if you fail to receive and act on announcements or changes to course assignment.

Laboratory Manual: (used for both 107 labs you need to take as a biology major): Laboratory Manual for Majors General Biology, Perry, Morton & Perry (PM&P below), Brooks/Cole, ISBN: 978-0-495-11505-2

Course Schedule






PM&P - Exercise 10: Evolutionary Agents
PM&P - Exercise 11: Evidences of Evolution
PM&P - Exercise 12: Plant Taxonomy

Fall Break: - No Lab this Week
PM&P - Exercise 21: Plant Organization
PM&P - Exercise 6: Photosynthesis
PM&P - Exercise 18  - Animal Dissection I
PM&P - Exercise 19 - Animal Dissection II
PM&P - Exercise 20 - Animal Dissection III- pages 
Thanksgiving Break

12/1 Final Exam

Disabilities StatementAny student who wishes to request an accommodation  is responsible to contact the Disability Education Office (DEO) to discuss his/her specific needs and the process to receive reasonable accommodation.  Please contact the DEO, located in The PLUS Center in Walter Hall #26 or call 740-826-6132 to arrange an appointment as soon as possible.  At the appointment, the procedure to coordinate accommodations will be discussed.  You can also find information about the process for accommodation on the web at 

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