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BI 300 Evolution
Theus, Maya


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Course

BI 300 Evolution

Semester

U1N 2008 SM

Faculty

Theus, Maya

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. Biology New Mexico State University
M.S. Cell & Developmental Biology New Mexico State University

E-Mail

maya.strunk@park.edu

mayastrunk@netzero.net

Semester Dates

May 27-July 10 2008

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

2:00-5:00

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
An Introduction to Biological Evolution Kardong, Kenneth V. 2nd edition ISBN: 978-0-07-305077-5

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Additional Resources:
Additional Lecture Handouts  and videos to be given to students on a regular basis.

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Course Description:
A study of the historical development of the concept of natural selection and modern concepts of evolution. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I encourage students to read scientific literature on a regular basis.  This will provide them a better understanding of the material presented in lectures and examinations.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define science, its applications, its limitations, and its general methodology
  2. Relate the historical context of modern evolutionary theory
  3. Interpret the contributions of Charles Darwin and other evolutionary biologist to evolutionary theory
  4. Relate the scientific basis of evolution, its mechanisms, and related topics including evidence that supports the theory of evolution
  5. Appraise the implications of evolutionary theory on human's interactions with the environment and other living organisms
  6. Illustrate the general timeline of evolution on earth including the evolution of humans


Core Assessment:

·       Essay, objective and short answer exams (CA)


·       Quizzes


·       Term paper


·    Writing assignments

Class Assessment:
2 Exams, short answer and essay in format.

 
ndividual Student presentations, visual aide required.  In addition, a written essay will also accompany the presentation, approximately 8-10 pages in length.  2
 
 Pop quizzes will be given throughout the term.

Grading:

2 exams each worth 100 points (25% each)
Student Presentations (25%) and written component worth 100 points (15%). 
 
Each quiz will be worth 5% (or 10 points total). 
 
100-90:  A 89-80:  B 79-70:  C 69-60:  D 59 and below:  F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students arriving late or are absent on examination days will be subject to a make-up exam, essay in format.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Cell phones must be turned off or placed in a silent mode during lectures.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

May 27:   Introduction to the course, Syllabus and course expectations.  Time magazine article (Evolution Wars), and Handout 1.

May 29:  Introduction to the Scientific Method & Evolution of Evolution. The Evidence for Evolution. Why is Evolution so Controversial? Before Charles Darwin, Importance of Darwin's work (A most Dangerous Voyage, Critics & Controversy), Lamarck, Linnaues, and Wallace. (Chapter 1)

June 3:
  Darwin's Dangerous Idea. Movie

June 5: Exam 1. Chapter 1, August 2005 Time Magazine article, Handout 1 & Movie

June 10: Emergence of Life.  (Chapter 4):  Major Transitions of Life (Inorganic to Organic Evolution), Heterotrophs, Autotrophs, Prokaryote to Eukaryote.  Major Transitions of Life and Consequences:  Ozone, Pollutants.  Chemical Coding:  From Genotype to Phenotype:  DNA, RNA, Proteins and Genes.  What is life?  An RNA World, A Protein World.

 June 12: Diversity of Life (Chapter 5):  Prokaryotes:  Bacteria vs. Archaea.  Eukaryotes:  Protista, Plants, Fungi, Animalia

June 17 : Selection (Chapter 7):  Artificial vs. Natural Selection:  Artificial Selection, Natural Selection.  Types of Selection:  Stabilizing Selection, Directional Selection, Disruptive Selection, Sexual Selection.

June 19: Exam 2:  Chapter's 4,5 & 7

June 24: Co-evolution.  (Chapter 10).  Competition:  Symbiosis.  Plant-Animal-Co-evolution.  Protective coloration and shape:  Camouflage, Aposematic (Warning coloration).

 June 26: Extinctions  (Chapter 13).  Uniform Extinctions:  Co-evolution, Islands, Assessment of Uniform Extinctions.  Mass Extinctions:  Cause of Dinosaur Extinctions.  Mass Extinctions:  Plate Tectonics, Ice Age, Cosmic collision.

 July 1:  Human Evolution (Chapter 15).  Hominids:  Out of Africa, Out of Africa Part II, Evolving Language.  Hominid Evolution:  Innovations and Insight, Human Variation.  Physical and Behavioral Features:  Hairless Bodies, Stereoscopic Vision, Bipedal.

 July 3:  In class review handout.

July 8: Exam 3:  Chapter's 10, 13 and 15.
 
July 10: Presentations
 
 
 
 
 

 

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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