Biology 111 - Organismal Biology
Section 2 - Fall
2014

Instructor: Jim Dooley
Updated:
11/23/2014


Office: 428 Boyd Science Center
E-Mail: jdooley
Phone: 826-8227
Lecture: BSC 401, MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m.

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Course Description:

My overarching goal for this course is convey a broad, conceptual understanding of organismal biology.  Please understand the scope, depth and challenge levels of the course are designed to prepare students for further study in the sciences and then careers in life science or related fields.  This is an LAE course but it is designed with the assumption that students have plans for professional careers in the life sciences or related fields (e.g., medicine).  Please consider this carefully if you are planning to major in areas outside the sciences. Also note that routine access to the text will be vital for academic success.  The good news is that we use this text for all the introduction courses for life science majors.  The bad news is that the text is very expensive (~ $160.00).  Again consider that information in your decision to take this course.


Students should enhance their appreciation and understanding in the following general areas:

(1) Pre- and post-Darwinian world views
(2) The nature and mechanics of evolutionary theory.
(3) Mechanisms that drive change in gene pools within populations and how variation is maintained within a population.
(4) Mechanisms of speciation
(5) Methods of classification and
recent reclassification of the animal kingdom based on new molecular DNA evidence.
(6) Evolutionary relatedness among the selected phyla and classes.


Clearly, evolution is an important theme in this course - and for good reason.  Evolution provides one of the most important and exciting theoretical frameworks in all of science and certainly provides the conceptual foundation upon which all of modern biology rests. Most folks have "kind of an idea" of what evolution is all about, but few people have a solid command of even its most basic principles. In addition, there is a lot of misunderstanding about what evolution says and what it doesn't say. Much of that misunderstanding springs from a more general problem many people have in understanding how science works.

A Word About Our Topic: Some people feel that accepting the ideas associated with evolution places them at odds with their religious or philosophical beliefs (on the other hand, many others see no inherent conflict). My goal here is not that you come out of this course believing in the theory of evolution, however I will expect you to understand the basic theoretical principles underpinning modern evolutionary biology as well as current ideas about the history of life that we will advance through lectures, reading, and discussion.
 
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:

Course Design and Structure:

The course is designed to progress through a carefully selected array of topics.  Topics for class sessions and associated readings are presented in the classroom schedule that follows later in this syllabus.  I will lecture during many class sessions however some sessions will feature demonstrations or discussions of articles or discussion board assignments.   Several short quizzes are already planned, more may be added if it appears that class learning is not keeping an appropriate pace. 

There are a number of important resources discussed below but foremost among them is your text.  It is an excellent book and I expect that you will invest a great deal of time in your text reading.  Please note: we can't cover everything from the reading in class.  Therefore, expect that tests will have questions drawn directly from text reading and any other materials I've assigned - even if we haven't directly discussed the material in class!  
 

Class Policies:

In some cases coaches, other staff or faculty members have taken to sending out documents listing names of students who are not going to be attending classes because of a field trip, athletic event or other college sanctioned activity.  Please Note: I will not review each of these documents and then compare the names with each of my class rosters - sorry but that would require a huge amount of wasted time.   Therefore understand that if you are going to miss class, it is your responsibility to email me with an explanation prior to the class meeting. Please be sure to include reference to the class you are taking with me and make sure I receive this information 1 week before the event.   Failure to comply with this policy will mean you will be counted as absent for the class.
 

Grading: Course grades will be based on the following formula:
 
Test I
15%
Test II
20%
Test III
20%
Test IV - Comprehensive Final
25%
Quizzes & Short Assignments
15%
Class & Event Participation 5%
Total
100%


Course Resources:
 

 

 

Classroom Schedule


Week
Dates
Topic/Activity/Assignment
1
8/25

8/27



8/29

Introduction, Overview of Syllabus. 

Quiz on Syllabus
Pre-Course Content Knowledge Assessment.
Lecture
: The Darwinian Revolution Challenged Traditional Views - Ch. 22.1

Open Book Quiz on pages 462-470
Lecture:
Descent With Modification & Natural Selection - Ch 22.2
Pre-Course Content Knowledge Assessment.
Poll Everywhere - class feedback.

1st Journal Assignment on Blackboard due at 5 pm

2
9/01

9/03  


9/05

Lecture: Evidence of Evolution - Ch. 22.3

Intro to Mastering Biology Homework Due 11 pm 9/02.
Lecture: Complete Evidence of Evolution & Review

Lecture: The Smallest Unit of Evolution & Genetic Variation - Ch. 23.0 & 23.1
Open Book Quiz

3
9/08


9/10  

9/12

Mastering Biology Homework for Chapter 22 Due 11 pm 9/07.
Lecture: Hardy-Weinberg Theory - Ch. 23.2
 
Lecture
: Hardy-Weinberg Theory - Ch. 23.2

 Lecture: Natural Selection, Genetic Drift & Gene Flow - Ch. 23.3  

  4
9/15

9/17


9/19

Lecture Natural Selection Is the Primary Mechanism of Adaptive Evolution - Ch. 23.4

Mastering Biology Homework for Chapter 23 Due at 11 pm 9/16
Lecture
:
Finish Exam I Coverage & Review
 
Exam I (Chapter 22, Chapter 23)

5
9/22

9/24


9/26

DVD - Organization & Diversity

Exam I Review and Writing

DVD & Conferences: Great Transformations
6
9/29

10/01

10/03

Discussion: Willingham Papers

Lecture
: Overview of Allopatric & Sympatric Speciation - Ch. 24.1 & Ch. 24.2.


Lecture: The History of Life on Earth - Ch. 25.1
The Fossil Record Documents the History of Life - Ch. 25.2
7
10/06

10/08

10/10
Fall Break

Lecture: The Fossil Record Documents the History of Life - Ch. 25.2

Cancelled Class

8
10/13

10/15

10/17

Lecture: Key Events in Life's History - Ch. 25.3

Lecture: The Rise and Fall of Groups Reflect Differences in Speciation  and Extinction Events - Ch. 25.4

 
LectureMajor Changes in Body Form Result from Developmental Genes - Ch. 25.5 & 25.6. 
9
10/20

10/22


10/24

LectureMajor Changes in Body Form Result from Developmental Genes - Ch. 25.5 & 25.6. 

Activity
:
Exam II Test Prep - Bring Text
-
Mastering Biology Homework for Chapter 25 due at 5 pm


Lecture: Plant Structure - Ch. 35.0 & 35.1
10
10/27

10/29

10/31

Exam II

Exam II Review and Writing - Internship Poster Night - 7 pm

Lecture: Plant Meristems & Primary Growth- Ch. 35.2 & 35.3
11
11/03

11/05


11/07

Lecture: Plant Meristems & Primary Growth- Ch. 35.2 & 35.3

Lecture: Plant Secondary Growth - Ch. 35.4 -
 
Lecture: Animal Attributes - Ch. 32.0, 32.1
12
11/10


11/12

11/14

Lecture: The History of Animals - Ch. 32.2

Lecture: Animal Body Plans - Ch. 32.3

Lecture: Animal Body Plans & New Views of Animal Phylogeny - Ch. 32.3 & 32.4  -
13
11/17

11/19

11/21

Lecture: Introduction to Invertebrates  & Sponges - Ch. 33.0 & 33.1 -

Lecture: Cnidarians - Ch. 33.2

Lecture: Lophotrochozoans - Ch. 33.3

14
11/24

11/26

11/28

Lecture: Lophotrochozoans - Ch. 33.3 & Exam Prep
 
No Class: Thanksgiving

No Class: Thanksgiving
15
12/01

12/03

12/05

Course Evaluations.

Exam III

Exam Writing Day

 12/??
Final Exam




 
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:

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