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GO 300 Introduction to Dinosaurs
Hageman, Scott


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Course

GO 300 Introduction to Dinosaurs

Semester

FA 2009 HO

Faculty

Hageman, Scott

Title

Associate Professor of Geology

Office Location

SCI 105

Office Hours

M 9:00-11:30  T 8:00-8:45   W 9:00-11:00 R 8:00-8:45 F 9:00-11:30  Many other times by appt

Daytime Phone

816-584-6475

E-Mail

s.hageman@park.edu

Class Days

T-R

Class Time

8:45-10:00

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

  • Textbook: GO300 2nd editionAuthor:  by Anthony J. Martin
  • TextBook:  Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs, 2nd Edition
  • Publisher: Blackwell Publishing, Incorporated; 1 edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405134135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405134132

     

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    Course Description:
    GO300 Introduction to Dinosaurs(MLL): 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 Learnings requirement for the Natural Sciences. 3:0:3

    Learning Outcomes:
      Core 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


    Core Assessment:

    Core Assessment (20% of course grade):

    Write a term paper in MLA or APA format. The paper should be at least 10 pages in length excluding figures and literature cited. A well-defined introduction, body, and conclusions should be apparent. Information covered in the paper should include the following issues with dinosaurs:

    Assignment Issues:

    1. Classify Dinosaurs and explain the complications of classifying them (CLO #1).

    2. Paleoecology and life habits of a specific dinosaur group (CLO #2).
    3. Evaluate the functional morphology problems associated with at least two dinosaur groups (CLO #4).

    4. Describe how dinosaur fossils are found in other countries and how this complicates classification and paleoecology studies. (CLO#1, 2)

    5. Personal opinion of items 1-3 above (CLO#1, 2, 3)

    Link to Class Rubric

    Class Assessment:

    Grading:

    ASSIGNMENT

    DESCRIPTION

     

    WEEKS

     POINTS

    TOTAL POINTS

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Homework

    There are two homework assignments that must be submitted through the dropbox at www.parkonline.org

     

     

    100

    200

     

     

     

     

    Exams

    Their format can consist of all the following: multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer.

     

     

    100

    300

     

    Term Paper

     

    The term paper is written in a specific style (I prefer Chicago, but if you have been trained in MLA, or another let me know).  The paper needs to be selected from a list of appropriate topics or approved.  It is turned in to the dropbox www.parkonline.org

     

     

    100

    100

    Final Exam

    The format can consist of all the following: multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer..

     

    100

    100

    Total Points for Term: 700

    EXAM 1    14.3 %                  PAPER                 14.3 %
    EXAM 2    14.3 %                  HW 1             14.3 % 
    EXAM 3    14.3%                  HW 2             14.3 %
    FINAL       14.3%        

    Grading Breakdown

    A: 89.5% - 100%
    B: 79.5% - 89.4%
    C:  69.5% - 79.4%
    D: 58.5% - 69.4%
    F:  0%   - 58.4%

     

    HOMEWORK 1 GRADING RUBRIC
    PART I. Article Summary (40 Points) Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Does not Meet Expectations No Evidence
    Amount of Information     (15 pts) Complete coverage of the Article that provides a insightful analysis of the material with well construted responses and opinions. 12-15 pts depending on the completeness of coverage Good coverage of the Article that provides a insightful analysis of the material with well construted responses and opinions. 7-11 pts depending on the completeness of coverage Poor coverage of the Article that provides a insightful analysis of the material with well construted responses and opinions. 1-6 pts depending on the completeness of coverage 0 points
    Quality of information     (15 pts) Information is relevant to the course and clearly provides educational information to some aspect of the study of dinosaurs. 12-15 pts Depending on the quality and significance of the analysis Information is relevant but outdated and provides some degree of educational information to some aspect of the study of dinosaurs. 7-11 pts Depending on the quality and significance of the analysis Information is not very relevant and provides little educational information to the study of dinosaurs. 1-6 pts Depending on the quality and significance of the analysis. 0 points
    Accuracy Facts   (5 pts) No errors in the paper. 5 pts Minor erros in the paper. 3-4 pts Several large errors in the paper. 1-2 pts 0 points
    Relevance of Article   (5 pts) The article pertains to a very significant aspect in the study of dinosaurs. 5 pts The article pertains to the study of dinosaurs but is an outdated topic for analysis. 3-4 pts The article appears to have very little to do with the study of dinosaurs. 1-2 pts 0 points
    PART II. Classification (30 Points) Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Does not Meet Expectations No Evidence
    Comparisions   (30 pts) Provides in depth analysis of the differences in the two classification schemes and provides excellent opinions for the complications it creates in dinosaur classification. 26-30 pts Provides an analysis of the differences in the two classification schemes and provides opinions for the complications it creates in dinosaur classification. 16-25 pts Provides a poor analysis of the differences in the two classification schemes and provides little to no opinions for the complications it creates in dinosaur classification. 1-15 pts 0 points
    PART III. Functional Morphology (30 Points) Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Does not Meet Expectations No Evidence
    Each functional morphology example is worth approx. 4 pts Provides a complete explanation of the possible function(s) of the structure 4 pts Provides some explanation of the possible function(s) of the structure 2-3 pts Provides little explanation of the possible function(s) of the structure 1 pt 0 points

     

     

     

    HOMEWORK 2 GRADING RUBRIC
    PART I. NOT DINOSAURS (60 Points) Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Does not Meet Expectations No Evidence
    Each group is worth 12 pts so each one can be graded with the following rubric: Complete coverage of the group that provides a insightful analysis with well construted responses. The response addresses topics indicated in the assignment. 11 -12 pts Good coverage of the group that provides an analysis with well construted responses. The response addresses topics indicated in the assignment. 7 - 10 pts Poor coverage of the group that provides limited analysis. The response addresses some of the topics indicated in the assignment. 1 - 6 pts 0 points
    PART II. EXTINCTIONS (20 Points) Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Does not Meet Expectations No Evidence
    Each explanation is worth 5 pts so each one can be graded with the following rubric: Provides a complete explanation of the proposed cause of the dinosaur extinction event and displays excellent critical thinking in the opinion portion. 5 pts Provides a some explanation of the proposed cause of the dinosaur extinction event and displays some critical thinking in the opinion portion. 3-4 pts Provides a little explanation of the proposed cause of the dinosaur extinction event and displays little critical thinking in the opinion portion. 1-2 pts 0 points
    PART III. DINOSAUR CONTEST (20 Points) Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Does not Meet Expectations No Evidence
    Each analysis is worth 10 pts so each one can be graded with the following rubric: Provides a complete explanation of why they have selected this dinosaur. It is backed with data, descriptions, and critical thinking to support their opinion. 9 - 10 pts Provides an explanation of why they have selected this dinosaur. It is backed with some data, descriptions, and critical thinking to support their opinion. 6 - 8 pts Provides a little explanation of why they have selected this dinosaur. It is backed with little to no data, descriptions, and critical thinking to support their opinion. 1 - 5 pts 0 points


     


    Dinosaur Term Paper Rubric 100 pts
    Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Does Not Meet Expectations No Evidence
    Introduction The intro is engaging, states the main topic and previews the structure of the paper. 9-10 pts The intro states the main topic and may not adequately preview the structure of the paper. 6-8 pts There is no main topic stated and the structure of the paper is not previewed. 1-5 pts No Introduction 0pts
    Body Each paragraph has thoughtful supporting detail sentences that develop the main idea. 27-30 pts Most paragraphs have supporting detail sentences that develop the main idea. 16-26 pts Few paragraphs have supporting detail sentences that develop the main idea. 1-15 pts No paragraphs have supporting detail sentences that develop the main idea. 0 pts
    Organization The paper demonstrates a logical and subtle sequencing of ideas through well-developed paragraphs; transitions are used to enhance organization. 27-30 pts Most of the paragraphs in the paper demonstrates a logical and subtle sequencing of ideas through well-developed paragraphs; shows attempts to use transitions to enhance organization. 16-26 pts Few of the paragraphs in the paper demonstrates a logical and subtle sequencing of ideas through paragraphs; little indication of using transitions to help with the organization. 1-15 pts No obvious attempts at organizing the content. 0 pts
    Conclusion The conclusion is engaging and organizes the key findings of the paper. 9-10 pts The conclusion provides some type of organization to some of the findings of the paper. 6-8 pts A poorly developed organization is used to summarize some of the findings of the paper. 1-5 pts No obvious attempt at writing a conclusion. 0 pts
    Mechanics No errors in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, format, etc. 7 pts Minor to few errors in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, format, etc. 5-6 pts Numerous errors in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, format, etc. 0-4 pts N/A
    Usage No errors in word usage 5 pts One error in word usage 3-4 pts Several errors in word usage. 1-2 pts Numerous errors in word usage. 0 pts
    Citation All cited works, both text and figures, are done correctly in an acceptable style. 8 pts A few cited works, both text and figures, are NOT done correctly. 5-7 pts Several cited works, both text and figures, are NOT done correctly. 1-4 pts Numerous cited works, both text and figures, are NOT done correctly. 0 pts

     

    Late Submission of Course Materials:
    SUBMISSION OF LATE WORK

    Assignments will be accepted up to one week after their due date, but will be penalized 10% per day. Students may NOT make up exams missed unless valid reasons for absences can be provided.  Determining the validity of the absence and allowing a make up exam is at the discretion of the instructor. 

    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".

    Classroom Rules of Conduct:

    You are expected to:

    • OWN AND READ the Textbook. This course has been designed with Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs 2nd ed. by Anthony J. Martin as the template. 
      http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/dinosaurs/toc.asp 
      Read the Course Home page and Syllabus.
    • Complete the assigned readings, learning activities, labs, and assessments each week according to the class schedule.
    • Comply with all Park University policies and procedures.

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    AUG
    18
    T
    Introduction to course, Introduction to Dinosaurs 
     
    20
    R
    Definition of Dinosaur  
     
    25
    T
    Scientific Method 
     
    27
    R
    History of Dinosaur Studies
    SEPT
    1
    T
    History of Dinosaur Studies
     
    3
    R
    History of Dinosaur Studies and Paleontology and Geology as Sciences
     
    8
    T
    Paleontology and Geology as Sciences
     
    10
    R
    Paleontology and Geology as Sciences
     
    15
    T
    EXAM 1
     
    17
    R
    Dinosaur Anatomy and Classification
     
    22
    T
    Dinosaur Anatomy and Classification
     
    24
    R
    Dinosaur Evolution
     
    29
    T
    Dinosaur Evolution
    OCT
    1
    R
    Dinosaur Taphonomy
     
    6
    T
    Dinosaur Taphonomy and Dinosaur Physiology
     
    8
    R
    EXAM 2
     
    13
    T
    No Class
     
    15
    R
    No Class
     
    20
    T
    Dinosaur Physiology
     
    22
    R
    Theropoda
     
    27
    T
    Theropoda
     
    29
    R
    Sauropodomorpha
    NOV
    3
    T
    Sauropodomorpha and Ornithopoda
     
    5
    R
    Ornithopoda
     
    10
    T
    EXAM 3
     
    12
    R
    Thyreophora
     
    17
    T
    Marginocephalia
     
    19
    R
    Marginocephalia and Dinosaur Ichnology
     
    24
    T
    Dinosaur Ichnology
     
    26
    R
    No Class
    DEC
    1
    T
    Birds as Modern Dinosaurs
     
    3
    R
    Dinosaur Extinctions
    Dec 
     10th
    FINAL
    8:00 to 10:00 am

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

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    Rubric

    CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
    Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
    1,2,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    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
    1,2,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Compares facts from 4+ citations for any assignment issue. Compares facts from 4+ citations for any assignment issue. Compares facts from 2 citations for any assignment issue. Compares facts from less than 2 citations for any assignment issue. 
    Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    Outcomes
    1,2,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Assesses the outcomes of all 4 assignment items Assesses the outcomes of 3 of the assignment items 4-6 factual errors 7+ factual errors 
    Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Outcomes
    1,2,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    No factual errors 1-3 factual errors Demonstrates mastery of 2 of the assignment items. Demonstrates mastery of 1 or less of the assignment items. 
    Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
    1,2,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Demonstrates mastery of 4 of the assignment items. Demonstrates mastery of 3 of the assignment items. Discusses 1 explanations for function for assignment issue #3. Discusses 3 explanations for function for assignment issue #3. 
    Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Outcomes
    4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Discusses 3 explanations for function for assignment issue #3. Discusses 2 explanations for function for assignment issue #3. Has 3-4 errors in providing a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on MLA or APA format Has 5+ errors in providing a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based MLA or APA format 
    Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Outcomes
    1,2,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Provides a well-defined introduction, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on MLA or APA format Has 1-2 errors in providing a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on MLA or APA format Contains 3 errors in the following paper format:
    Page numbering
    Headings and subheadings
    Citation style in text
    Citation style in Lit. Cited
    Scientific names
    Length 
    Contains 4+ errors in the following paper format:
    Page numbering
    Headings and subheadings
    Citation style in text
    Citation style in Lit. Cited
    Scientific names
    Length 
    Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
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