BI 340 Comparative Anatomy
SP 2009 HO
Williams, Donald L.
Associate Professor of Biology
Ed. D. in Science (Biology), Ball State Univ., Muncie, IN, Sum. '98MS in Biology, Western State College, Gunnison, CO, Sum. '78BA in Biology, Kansas Wesleyan Univ., Salina, KS, May '70
T-R, 9:00-10:00 a.m. & 2:30-4:30 or by app't.
January 12-May 8, 2008
11:35 - 12:50 PM
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
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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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
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 RubricClass 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.
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
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.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The classroom is a place for learning and intellectual development for all in attendance; therefore,
Concepts, Premises, & Pioneers
Kent Ch. 2
Fishbeck Part Four (ch. 14)
Protochordates, Origin of Chordates, & Parade of the Craniates
Kent Chs. 3, 4,& Appendix
Kent, Chs. 7, 8, & 9; Fishbeck Ch. 5
Skeletal Systems cont’d.
Kent Ch. 10; Fishbeck Ch. 5
Muscular Systems(Fishbeck chs. 6, 17, 26, & 35)
Kent Ch. 11; Fishbeck Ch. 6
Muscular Systems cont’d.
Body Cavities & Mems.; Dig. Systems
Respiratory Systems (Fishbeck chs. 8, 19, 28, & 37)
Circulatory Systems(Fishbeck chs. 11, 21, 30, 39)
Kent Ch. 15; Fishbeck Chs. 9 & 10
Kent Ch. 16; Fishbeck Ch. 12
Nervous Systems & Sense Organs(Fishbeck chs. 12, 22, 31, & 40)
Kent Ch. 17; Fishbeck Ch. 12
Nervous Systems & Sense Organs, cont’d.(Fishbeck chs. 12, 22, 31, & 40)
Sense Organs (cont’d)
Kent Ch. 17;Fishbeck Ch. 12
Endocrine Systems (Fishbeck chs. 13, 23, 32, & 41)
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