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BI 340 Comparative Anatomy
Williams, Donald L.


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Course

BI 340 Comparative Anatomy

Semester

SP 2009 HO

Faculty

Williams, Donald L.

Title

Associate Professor of Biology

Degrees/Certificates

Ed. D. in Science (Biology), Ball State Univ., Muncie, IN, Sum. '98
MS in Biology, Western State College, Gunnison, CO, Sum. '78
BA in Biology, Kansas Wesleyan Univ., Salina, KS, May '70

Office Location

SC 114B

Office Hours

T-R, 9:00-10:00 a.m. &  2:30-4:30 or by app't.

Daytime Phone

816-584-6516

E-Mail

don.williams@park.edu

Web Page

http://captain.park.edu/dwilliams/

Semester Dates

January 12-May 8, 2008

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM

Prerequisites

BI226

Credit Hours

4


Textbook:
 

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

Lab Text: Fishbeck, D. W. & A. Sebastiani. 2008. Manual of Vertebrate Dissection: Comparative Anatomy, 2nd ed. Morton Publishing Co. Englewood, CO. ISBN#: 0895827484

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Course Description:
BI340 Comparative Anatomy: A study of the phylogeny and gross structure of the organ systems of the vertebrates. Major systems of the shark and cat are dissected and correlations are made with other groups of vertebrates. Prerequisite:BI226. 3:3:4
In other words, this course of Comparative Anatomy involves the study of characteristic features of selected vertebrates and a comparison of anatomy of representative forms in relation to environment to provide a background for a deeper understanding of the human structure. 

Educational Philosophy:

In this class, the instructor will attempt to create an interactive learning environment utilizing lectures, class discussions, homework, exams, quizzes, various technologies, laboratory activities, and guest speakers (when appropriate and available). Each student is strongly encouraged to participate within the structure of the course via discussion and debate of his/her views and personal beliefs. Critical thinking and skepticism are the cornerstones of science and the foundations to uncovering the truth about the natural world. Course topics will be presented and discussed with these foundations in mind. It is the belief of this instructor that everyone can understand and utilize scientific principles, and that science can be fun; therefore, this course will be taught from these premises.

This instructor has an “open door” policy towards students. Please feel free to come in or call if you have any questions concerning course items or college life in general.

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.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate proper dissection techniques
  2. Identify and compare likenesses and differences between organs and systems exhibited in vertebrate species
  3. Describe the “Chordate Big 4” characteristics
  4. Describe the common characteristics of the Craniates
  5. Understand the common theories and concepts associated with comparative vertebrate anatomy
  6. Comprehend and describe the taxonomy, systematics, and evolution of the chordate organisms
  7. Briefly describe the major evolutionary advances for each taxa of chordates
  8. Briefly describe the major steps in the developmental processes of chordates
  9. Have a general knowledge and understanding of the interrelationships among anatomy, physiology, evolution, genetics, and development of vertebrate organisms
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:

Text assignments, lectures, and lab topics will follow the syllabus schedule as much as possible. (This instructor reserves the right to change or alter the schedule if necessary.) The following items will be used during the teaching of this course to assess student learning. Each item will be given a point value and the student’s grade will be determined via a percentage completion of that value.

  • Video tapes, slides, etc. will be used to enhance and clarify concepts when such materials are available. These, many times, will be used during the lab sessions.
  • Major exams will be given according to the printed schedule. Concepts covered on exams may not have been fully addressed in lab or lecture. It is the student’s responsibility to have text and lab materials fully studied.
  • Lecture and laboratory quizzes.
  • Outside reading to enhance one’s own understanding is strongly encouraged.   Specific articles may be assigned by the instructor on a periodic basis.
  • Whenever possible, community resource persons may give presentations and/or field trips may be taken. If you have any suggestions for outside speakers, please inform the instructor.

Grading:
 

The following areas will be used in determining the student’s over-all grade for this course. All work will be scored on a point basis with the student’s grade being calculated as a % of the total possible points assigned. (Note: The professor reserves the right to adjust these point values as he sees necessary during the duration of the course based upon student performance and abilities.)

ESTIMATED POINT VALUES:

Exams                                      4 @ 100 =  400 points

Lab Practical exams                  2 @ 100 =  200

Lab Diss., quizzes, etc.                            =  200

CORE Assessment Paper                        =  200

                                                              ---------

Total                                                      =1000 points

Grading Scale:

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. Late assignments will receive a grade of zero. An absence from the session at which an assignment is due does not exempt one from the assignment due date; it is the student’s responsibility to get assignments to the professor on or before the due date, especially in the case of excused absences as mentioned, above. Emergency situations that can be documented will be handled on a case by case basis with the instructor. 

See Assessment and Grading information, above, for any other information on this policy.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The classroom is a place for learning and intellectual development for all in attendance; therefore,

  • CD players, I-Pods, cellular phones, beepers, and other communication devices are not welcome where they disrupt the learning process. Please be respectful of the professor and your peers by turning off such devices or not bringing them to the class. 
  • Students suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be removed from the class and reported to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Smokeless tobacco is not to be used during class or laboratory sessions.
  • Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) during class time will result in removal of the student from the class for the day and the student will be considered absent. Multiple disruptions over the semester may lead to dismissal of the student from the class and a subsequent failing grade being given for the course.
  • Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize, however, that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technological failures. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Wk.
Lecture Topic(s):
Chs.:
Lab. Assign.:
 1
   Syllabus, Schedule, &
Introduction
Introduction in both Kent & Fishbeck.
 Fishbeck Part One (chs. 1-3)

2

Concepts, Premises, & Pioneers

Kent Ch. 2

  Fishbeck Part Four (ch. 14)

3

Protochordates, Origin of Chordates, & Parade of the Craniates

Kent Chs. 3, 4,& Appendix

  External Anatomy & Integumentary Systems (Fishbeck chs. 4, 
15, 24, & 33)

4

Integument

Kent Ch. 6;
Fishbeck Ch. 4
  Skeletal Systems(Fishbeck chs.
5, 16, 25, & 34)

5

          EXAM #1                Axial Skeleton

Kent, Chs. 7, 8, & 9; Fishbeck Ch. 5

Skeletal Systems cont’d.

6

Appendicular Skeleton

  Kent Ch. 10; Fishbeck Ch. 5

  Muscular Systems(Fishbeck chs. 6, 17, 26, & 35)

7

Muscles

  Kent Ch. 11; Fishbeck Ch. 6

Muscular Systems cont’d.

8

  EXAM #2

Digestive System

  Kent Ch.12;
Fishbeck Chs. 7 & 8

Body Cavities & Mems.; Dig. Systems

(Fishbeck chs. 7, 18, 19, 27, 28, 36, & 37)

9

  SPRING RECESS
 
March 8-15
  3/11
 
NO CLASS

10

Respiratory System

  Kent Ch. 13;
Fishbeck Ch. 8

  Respiratory Systems (Fishbeck chs. 8, 19, 28, & 37)

11

Circulatory System

  Kent Ch. 14;
Fishbeck Ch. 11

  Circulatory Systems(Fishbeck chs. 11, 21, 30, 39)

12

Urogenital System

  Kent Ch. 15; Fishbeck Chs. 9 & 10

Urogenital Systems
(Fishbeck chs. 9, 10, 20, 29, & 38)

13

  EXAM #3

Nervous System

 Kent Ch. 16; Fishbeck Ch. 12

Nervous Systems & Sense Organs(Fishbeck chs. 12, 22, 31, & 40)

14

Sense Organs

  Kent Ch. 17; Fishbeck Ch. 12

  Nervous Systems & Sense Organs, cont’d.(Fishbeck chs. 12, 22, 31, & 40)

15

Sense Organs (cont’d)

  Kent Ch. 17;Fishbeck Ch. 12

Endocrine Systems (Fishbeck chs. 13, 23, 32, & 41)

 16
 Endocrine System
   Kent Ch. 18; Fishbeck Ch. 13
 TBA

17

  EXAM #4
 
Thurs. 10:15-12:15

 

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2008-2009 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Instructor's attendance policies:  It is the opinion of this instructor that class performance directly relates to class attendance.  Regular attendance at lectures and labs, therefore, is imperative.  The attendance policy as printed, above, will be followed as a minimum requirement.  Attendance will be taken on a regular basis both in lab and lecture; unexcused and/or excessive absences (more than 5) will result in a lowered course grade of at least one letter grade.  For excused absences due to illness, emergencies, scheduled field trips, university sanctioned sports trips, etc. it is the student's responsibility to communicate such with the instructor well in advance of the absence for assignment makeup, etc.

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. 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 .



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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