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Principles of Biology (BIOL 002) Syllabus Summer 2012

Instructor: Dr. A. Robin Collins Plant Biology Department Phone: XXX-XXX-XXXX (TBD) Email: Alexandra.Collins@uvm.edu Office hours: WR 1-2pm or by appointment Laboratory teaching assistant: (TBD) Course Timeline: June 18, 2012 July 12, 2012 Lecture: MTWR 9:00am 12:45pm; Perkins building 200 o Exams will be given during lecture each Thursday Lab: 1:00pm 4:45pm either MW or TR, at your assigned time; 114 Marsh Life Science Required Text Campbell, N.A., Reece, J.B., Urry, L.A., Cain, M.L., Wasserman, S.A., Minorsky, P.V., Jackson, R.B. Biology, ed. 9. 2010. Benjamin Cummings, California; ISBN-10: 0321558235 Course Description Topics: Broadly, BIOL 002 will cover principles of organismal biology, nature of scientific inquiry, plant form and function, ecology, evolution, animal phylogeny illustrated by comparative anatomy and physiology, animal behavior and conservation biology. Readings: All readings are from chapters within the assigned text, Campbell Biology, ed. 9. Exams: There will be three exams (one will be dropped) and a cumulative final exam in this course. I will drop your lowest exam grade, excluding the final exam. The final exam will include material from the first 3 weeks (cumulative portion) and new material. There will be no make-up exams. A missed exam will be counted as the one dropped midterm grade. The only legitimate excuse for rescheduling an exam is if you are required to be off-campus for a university sponsored event or religious holiday. In such cases you may schedule to take the exam early, but not late. Discuss this with me during the first week of class. If you should miss an exam and then have some emergency that causes you to miss a second, you must provide written documentation of your emergency in order not to have a 0 counted in your grade. Online Homework: There are 7 homework assignments worth 100 points (due midnight on Mondays and Wednesdays) that will be completed online using Mastering Biology. The homework will generally take approximately 1-1.5 hours, so please leave ample time to complete
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assignments. The online homework will total 100 points of your grade. Late homework will receive a penalty of 10% for each day it is late, up to a maximum penalty of 70%. However, if you miss the deadline, it is still worth completing the homework to receive partial credit. No homework assignments will be accepted after Thursday, July 12th. Visit the Blackboard Bio 2 course page for complete instructions on Mastering Biology registration and assignments. Homework is available through the publishers website, http://www.masteringbio.com. Register as a new student (or just join the course if youve already registered through Bio 1) under the course name "Bio 2 Principles of Biology" and Course ID "BIO002SUMMER2012." The access code comes with the purchase of your textbook. If you have purchased a used book, you will need to purchase access to the website separately. In addition to homework, the Mastering Biology website also has numerous tutorials, animations, and practice tests in the study area section. Grading Date June 21st , 2012 June 28th , 2012 July 5th, 2012 July 12th, 2012 -7 assignments due M and W Percentage of Grade 20% 20% 20% (lowest score of exams 13 will be dropped) 30% 15% 15%

Exam 1 Exam 2 Exam 3 Cumulative Final Exam Laboratory Grade Online Homework

Student responsibilities: I expect students to show up to class prepared, on time and ready to learn. This means that you will have read the assigned material before class and come to class prepared to participate in inclass activities. Please refer to the lecture schedule (distributed the first week of class) to plan accordingly. I highly encourage students to ask questions about the course material. Remember that no matter what your question is, there are probably two or three other students that are asking themselves the same thing. There are no stupid questions. Students are responsible for creating a safe and respectful atmosphere in the classroom so that everyone feels comfortable participating. This does not mean that students cannot provide criticism, on the contrary, I encourage student to think critically and form opinions of what they are learning but it must be done in a respectful manner. My goal as a teacher is to provide a safe, structured and stimulating environment to learn. I welcome students to suggest topics they would like to cover in class and any future improvements to the course. I hold myself to a high standard I expect the same from my students. I do not tolerate cheating or any disrespectful behavior towards myself or fellow classmates. Please silence your cell phones, do not text and do not surf the internet during class.
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