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BI 340 Comparative Anatomy
Gabor, Timothy M.


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Course

BI 340 Comparative Anatomy

Semester

SP 2007 HO

Faculty

Gabor, Timothy M.

Title

Associate Professor of Biology

Degrees/Certificates

PhD, Wildlife, Texas A&M
MS, Biology, Memphis State
BS, Wildlife, U of Wisc--Stevens Point

Office Location

Sc 113A

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6869

E-Mail

tim.gabor@park.edu

Web Page

http://captain.park.edu/tgabor

Semester Dates

16 January--11 May 2007

Class Days

Lecture MWF 10:00-10:50, Lab T 2:25-5:15

Class Time

Lecture MWF 10:00-10:50, Lab T 2:25-5:15

Prerequisites

BI 226

Credit Hours

3:3:4


Textbook:

Kent & Carr.  2001. Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates, 9th edition. McGraw-Hill Publishing.  ISBN # 0073038695

 

Wischnitzer & Wischnitzer. 2006.  Atlas and Dissection Guide for Comparative Anatomy, 6th edition. Freeman Publishing.  ISBN # 0-7167-6959-X

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Course Description:
A study of the phylogeny and gross structure of the organ systems of vertebrates.  Major systems of the cat and shark are dissected and correlations are made with other groups of vertebrates.  Prerequisites: BI 226. 3:3:4.

Educational Philosophy:

In this class, the instructor will attempt to create an interactive learning environment based on lectures, class discussions, laboratories, exams, quizzes, and various technologies. Critical thinking and skepticism are the cornerstones of science and the foundations to uncovering the truth.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proper dissection techniques and identification of anatomical structures of representative chordates.
  2. Apply the common theories and concepts associated with comparative anatomy.
  3. Synthesize theories, concepts, and research in comparative anatomy to formulate hypotheses about a selected taxa.
  4. Compare anatomy, physiology, genetics, and development among various chordates as they relate to evolution, behavior, and ecology.


Core Assessment:

http://www.wildlife.org/publications/index.cfm?tname=journal)that compares the anatomy of at least 3 taxa (species, genus, family, etc.), ora common (but variable) character within a taxon composed of at least 3species/genuses.  The paper should be atleast 10 pages in length excluding figures and literature cited.  A well-defined introduction, thesisstatement, body (and sections within), and conclusion should be apparent.Information covered in the paper should include:

1.Evolutionary background of the character or taxa being examined (CLO #4).

2. Anatomical description of the character or taxa being examined (CLO #1).

3a. Discussion of Ecology in regards to the character or taxa (CLO #4).

3b. Discussion of Evolution in regards to the character or taxa (CLO #4).

3c. Discussion of Genetics in regards to the character or taxa (CLO #4).

3d. Discussion of Development/Embryology in regards to the character or taxa (CLO #4).

3e. Discussion of Physiology in regards to the character or taxa (CLO #4).

3f. Discussion of Behavior in regards to the character or taxa (CLO #4).

3g. Discussion of other science fields (e.g. chemistry,physics) in regards to the character or taxa (CLO #4).

4. Analysis of how the taxa or character evolved to the present day based on anatomy's interaction with the above disciplines (CLO #2, 3).

5.Evaluation of taxa's or character's evolutionary fitness in regards to competition and anthropogenic influences.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

ESTIMATED POINT VALUES:

Exams                          2 @ 100 = 200 points

Final                             1 @ 100 = 100

Lab exams                    3 @ 75   = 225

Dissections                                      75

Paper                                             150

                                                  ---------

Total                                        750 points

 

MINIMUM GRADE GIVEN IN COURSE:

A = 90.0% and higher

B = 80.0%

C = 70.0%

D = 60.0%

F = less than 60.0%

Grading:

 

ESTIMATED POINT VALUES:

Exams                          2 @ 100 = 200 points

Final                             1 @ 100 = 100

Lab exams                    3 @ 75   = 225

Dissections                                      75

Paper                                             150

                                                  ---------

Total                                        750 points

 

MINIMUM GRADE GIVEN IN COURSE:

A = 90.0% and higher

B = 80.0%

C = 70.0%

D = 60.0%

F = less than 60.0%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments are due by the end of the class period on their due date.  Assignments not received by this time will be given a grade of zero.  Emergency situations that can be documented will be handled on a case by case basis with the instructor.  All other excused and unexcused absences must personally hand the instructor the assignment or make arrangements for the assignment to be hand delivered before the due date.  Assignments that are mailed, e-mailed, slid under the door, etc. will not be graded.

 

No "extra credit" is available in this class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Cellular phones, beepers, and other communication devices are not allowed in class.  Disruption of class by one of these devices will result in that student being counted as absent for the day and removed from the class for the day.  Students suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be reported to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and removed from the class.  Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) such as loud talking, snoring, going to the bathroom/snack machine/soda machine during class time, etc. will result in removal of the student from the class for the day and the student will be considered absent.  Multiple disruptions (loud talking, cell phone, etc.) over the semester will lead to withdrawal of the student from the class by the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

WEEK             TOPIC                                                                     CHAPTER

  1                    Introduction                                                                  1

   2                   Concepts & Protochordates                                        2 & 3

   3                   Parade of Craniates & Development                             4

   4                   Development                                                                 5

   5                   Exam (chapts. 1-5)  & Integument                              6

   6                   Mineralized Tissues                                                       7

   7                   Vertebrae, Ribs, and Sterna                                          8

   8                   Skull                                                                               9

   9                   Spring Break

   10                 Girdles and Limbs                                                         10

   11                 Exam (chapts. 6-10) & Muscles                                  11

   12                 Digestive                                                                       12

   13                 Respiratory                                                                   13

   14                 Circulatory                                                                    14

   15                 Urogenital & Nervous                                                15 &16

   16                 Sense & Endocrine Glands                                         17 & 18

Final Exam

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Instructor's attendance policy.-- It is the student's responsibility to initial the attendance sheet each day they are in class.  Students may not initial for other students (even if they are in attendance); this constitutes academic dishonesty. Three absences (for any reason) are allowed without penalty; 5% will be deducted from the student's final grade for each additional absence.  Students more than 5 minutes late for class or that leave more than 5 minutes prior to the end of class will be considered absent.  If less than 5 minutes late, the student will be counted as tardy.  Two tardies constitute an absence.  Students who miss a class due to a school-sponsored event (e.g., athletics) will not be counted as absent if the instructor is given at least 1 week notice prior to the event and work is turned in and exams taken prior to the event.

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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Uses 12 or more peer-reviewed citations Uses 9-11 peer-reviewed citations Uses 6-8 peer-reviewed citations Uses lees than 6 peer-reviewed citations 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Uses references from 6+ of the following types of articles: genetics, behavior, anatomy, development/embryology, evolution, physiology, ecology Uses references from 5 of the following types of articles: genetics, behavior, anatomy, development/embryology, evolution, physiology, ecology Uses references from 4 of the following types of articles: genetics, behavior, anatomy, development/embryology, evolution, physiology, ecology Uses references from 3 or less of the following types of articles: genetics, behavior, anatomy, development/embryology, evolution, physiology, ecology 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Assesses the outcomes of 5 of the assignment items (must include all of item #3) Assesses the outcomes of 4 of the assignment items (must include all of item #3) Assesses the outcomes of 3 of the assignment items. Assesses the outcomes of 2 or less of the assignment items. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
No factual errors 1-2 factual errors 3-4 factual errors 5+ factual errors 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Demonstrates mastery of 5 of the assignment items, including all of #3. Demonstrates mastery of  4 of the assignment items (must include all of #3). Demonstrates mastery of 2-3 of the assignment items. Demonstrates mastery of 1 or less of the assignment items. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Uses references from 6+ of the following types of articles: genetics, behavior, anatomy, development/embryology, evolution, physiology, ecology Uses references from 5 of the following types of articles: genetics, behavior, anatomy, development/embryology, evolution, physiology, ecology Uses references from 4 of the following types of articles: genetics, behavior, anatomy, development/embryology, evolution, physiology, ecology Uses references from 3 or less of the following types of articles: genetics, behavior, anatomy, development/embryology, evolution, physiology, ecology 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Provides a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on defined CSE style

 
Has 1 error in providing a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on defined CSE style Has 2 errors in providing a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on defined CSE style Has 3+ errors in providing a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on defined CSE style 

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