|COURSE SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:
There are 3 hours of lecture each week.
There is one two-hour laboratory each
Biology, Mader, 6th Edition
Laboratory Manual and Lecture Supplements, B. Williams, 4th Edition.
GOALS OF THE COURSE:
- To introduce students to the basic concepts
and principles of general biology.
- To share with beginning students our sense
of excitement about modern biological science.
- To impart an understanding and appreciation
of the vast diversity of living things, their special adaptations to their environment,
and their evolutionary and ecological relationships.
- To emphasize the basic unity of life and
the interdependence of the thousands of varieties of living things on the Earth.
- To promote critical thinking by requiring
students to evaluate a body of evidence, separate assumptions form observations, and reach
some conclusion based on evidence.
- Critical thinking will be demonstrated with
questions essential to critical thinking.
- To have laboratories that emphasize
observation and hands-on, discovery-based activities that lead to formulating and testing
- To start every class with an attempt to
explain why the topic for the day is interesting and important. Relevance is important
because it builds learning connections to students experiences, and motivates
students by appealing to their curiosity.
- To present or teach information as a
constant state of flux rather than dogmatic "facts". To stress that what we
"know" today could be proven incorrect tomorrow.
- To present ideas as well as facts by
requiring students to read material on ethical probes that have no easy answers.
- To promote problem solving by requiring
students to use the scientific method in solving some personal problem of their choice,
writing this up as an assignment.
INSTUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES USED TO ACHIEVE
As the syllabus indicates, a hierarchical
approach proceeding from the chemistry of the cell up to the organization of the biosphere
is used. Some of the material is covered in the lecture format while other material is
dealt with in "hands on" laboratory sessions. Use is made of lecture
demonstrations and audiovisual presentations. Both live and preserved specimens will be
utilized during laboratory investigations. Too, occasional field trips will be made.
Technological instruction aids will
include the use of the texts companion CD and others that provide multi-media
material for use in lecture, in the lab or anywhere PCs are available. The text is
supported on the Internet. The Mader Home Page provides resources for and help with
studying the chapters at:
Critical thinking will be stressed in dealing with theoretical questions concerning
evolution genetics and other rapidly developing areas in life science research.
METHOD OF EVALUATION:
Four one-hour tests will be given in
lecture. A two-hour comprehensive laboratory practical examination will be given. The
grading system will be:
4 1 hour tests (lecture)
1 2 hour laboratory practical 20%
Grades will be assigned according to the
OPTIONAL (EXTRA CREDIT) ASSIGNMENT:
A short paper dealing with the solution of
a problem, utilizing the scientific method.
Attendance is expected (see catalog).
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