||General Biology II
|COURSE SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:
||Dr. Billy Williams
There are three hours of lecture each week.
There is one two-hour laboratory each week.
Biology, by 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 from observations, and
reach some conclusion based on evidence.
||Critical thinking will be demonstrated with questions
essential to critical thinking.
||To have laboratories that emphasizes 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 street that what we "know" today could
be proven incorrect tomorrow.
||To present ideas as well as facts by requiring students
to read material an ethical probes that have no easy answer.
||To promote problem solving by requiring students to use
the scientific method in solving some personal problem of this choice,
writing this up as an assignment.
INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES USED TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS
A survey of the major phyla of the plant and animal kingdoms is made.
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.
METHOD OF EVALUATION:
Five one-hour tests will be given in lecture. Two two-hour comprehensive
laboratory practical examinations will be given. The grading system will be:
5 - 1 hour tests (lecture) 75%
2 - 2 hour laboratory practical 25%
Grades will be assigned according to the following scale:
90 - 100 - A
80 - 89 - B
70 - 79 - C
60 - 69 - D
Below 60 - F
Attendance is expected (see catalog.)
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