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GO 300 Introduction to Dinosaurs
Hageman, Scott


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

GO 300 Introduction to Dinosaurs

Semester

SP 2006 HO

Faculty

Hageman, Scott

Title

Associate Professor

Office Location

SCI 004

Office Hours

MWF 8-10    many other times by appointment

Daytime Phone

584-6475

E-Mail

scott.hageman@park.edu

Web Page

http://www.park.edu/shageman

Class Days

-M---F-

Class Time

1:50 - 3:05 PM

Prerequisites

NONE

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/dinosaurs/  

Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs
By: ANTHONY MARTIN, Emory University


Contents
Chapter 1: Why Study Dinosaurs?
Chapter 2: Tools of the Trade, Part I: Scientific Methods and Their Use in Dinosaur Studies
Chapter 3: Tools of the Trade, Part II: Geologic Principles Associated with Dinosaur Studies
Chapter 4: History of Dinosaur Studies
Chapter 5: Dinosaur Anatomy and Classification
Chapter 6: Dinosaur Taphonomy
Chapter 7: Dinosaur Tracks
Chapter 8: Dinosaur Eggs and Nests
Chapter 9: Dinosaur Feeding Habits: Teeth, Toothmarks, Gastroliths and Coprolites
Chapter 10: Origin and Evolution of Dinosaurs
Chapter 11: Theropods
Chapter 12: Sauropodomorphs: Prosauropods and Sauropods
Chapter 13: Ornithopods
Chapter 14: Thyreophorans: Ankylosaurs and Stegosaurs
Chapter 15: Marginocephalians: Pachycephalosaurs and Ceratopsians
Chapter 16: Bird Evolution and Dinosaur Extinctions
Chapter 17: Future of Dinosaur Studies  

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
This course is an introduction to the paleontology of dinosaurs.  The  preservation, history of dinosaur studies, evolution, classification, behaviors, extinction, and current topics concerning dinosaurs are discussed.  This  course satisfies the Liberal Learning requirement for the Natural Sciences  majors.  3:0:3

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. • Classify Dinosaurs and explain the complications of classifying them.
  2. • Summarize the paleoecology and life habits of dinosaurs.
  3. • Compare and contrast the numerous ideas on the causes for the End of the Cretaceous mass extinction event.
  4. • Evaluate the functional morphology problems associated with dinosaurs
Grading:
Your grade will be based on your score out of total points, approximately 600. For example, 518/720 = .72 *100 = 79% C. The course will use the traditional scale of 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D, and below 60%=F.
Exams: 3 exams worth 100 points; 1 final worth 100 points. = 400
Outline and Paper: 1 outline worth 20 points;  1 paper worth 100 points
Homework: 2 homework assignments worth approximately 100 points each = 200
Total = 720

Approximate break down:
EXAM 1     13.9%     FINAL    13.9%       OUTLINE     3.0%
EXAM 2     13.9%     HW 1     13.9%       PAPER      13.9%
EXAM 3     13.9%     HW 2     13.9%

The Paper will be evaluated for both content and style of presentation.  The instructor will identify a list of topics.  The paper will be typed, double-spaced, font size of 10-12, Times Roman typeset, citations in proper MLA Style (For example:  http://www.liunet.edu/cwis/cwp/library/workshop/citmla.htm ), including a properly formatted Works Cited page (does not count toward the total word count required), margins of one-inch on four sides, contain a proper MLA Style header and page header and page numbered, include a minimum of five sources (not from the Internet), be submitted via email attachment in Microsoft Word, and be at least 10 pages.  Be advised that the review will be submitted to a plagiarism detection software program.  The student is held responsible for fully understanding what constitutes plagiarism and Park University's and the facilitator's regulations regarding consequences of plagiarism detection.  

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late Homework- Homework is due at the start of class. Homework turned in late will be counted off 10% per day, so you have 10 days to submit it before it becomes worth 0 Points. Students missing class due to participation in athletic or other school-sponsored events must turn in all homework PRIOR to their absence. Other exceptions: students who miss class due to an extended illness requiring hospitalization will be allowed to make up missed homework assignments.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Make-Up Examinations
Three lecture examinations and one final are scheduled for this semester.  BE THERE!  The final must be taken on the scheduled date. Do not make early travel arrangements!  A make-up exam will be given ONLY if the student contacts the instructor before the next scheduled class meeting and gains approval from the instructor for a make up exam (584- 6475 OR scott.hageman@park.edu).  

Students will be allowed one make-up test. If the student misses two tests, they will be allowed one make-up and the second missed test will be scored as a zero. The make-up tests will be comprehensive and will be given on the day of the final examination.  

Exceptions: Athletes and students who know they will be missing class due to other school sponsored events or other reasons deemed acceptable by the instructor can make arrangements to take the exam before the miss.  


Extra Credit- NO!!!!!   It is a students responsibility to get work done on time in an acceptable form, therefore no extra credit will be given during this course.


The Please Don't List- 1. show up late. 2. If you do show up late do it quietly. 3. Do not go to the bathroom every class period. 4. Do not talk loudly to others during class. 5. Turn off the cell phones and pagers for 50 minutes (your parents and grandparents somehow survived without them). 6. Do not ask me for my book or notes. 7. Please do not ever feel like you can not talk to me. I get paid to help you!


*The schedule and procedures for this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Jan.   9   Introduction to course, Introduction to Dinosaurs
     13   Scientific Method, Paleontology, Importance of knowing the History of Dinosaur Studies
     16   NO CLASS (MLK)
     20   Paleontology, Importance of knowing the History of Dinosaur Studies
     23   Importance of knowing the History of Dinosaur Studies, Dinosaur Bones (Formation, Names, and Features)  
     27   Dinosaur Bones (Formation, Names, and Features)
     30   Dinosaur Bones (Formation, Names, and Features)
Feb.   3   EXAM 1
      6   Taphonomy
     10   Taphonomy/Tracks
     13   Tracks / Eggs & Nests
     17   Eggs & Nests, Feeding Habits
     20   NO CLASS (President's Day)
     24   Feeding Habits, Evolution
     27   Evolution
Mar.   3  EXAM 2
   6-10  NO CLASS ( SPRING BREAK)
     13  Theropoda
     17  Theropoda
     20  Sauropodomorpha
     24  Sauropodomorpha      
     27  Ornithopoda
     31  Ornithopoda
Apr.   3  Ornithopoda
      7  EXAM 3
     10  Thyreophora
     14   NO CLASS (Good Friday
     17  Marginocepalia
     21  Marginocepalia        
     24  Birds, Extinction
     28  Birds, Extinction
May        FINAL http://park.edu/calendar/finals.asp

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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