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GO 330 Paleobiology
Hageman, Scott


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Course

GO 330 Paleobiology

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

Web Page

http://parkonline.org

Class Days

T-R

Class Time

10:10 - 11:25 AM                    Lab    F   1:30-4:20

Credit Hours

4


Textbook:

 
Bringing Fossils To Life: An Introduction To Paleobiology
Author: Donald R. Prothero
Release: 2003
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Format: Paperback 512 pages
ISBN: 0073661708
ISBN 13: 9780073661704


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Course Description:
The study of the earth's past life, which will be examined in two parts: (1) an introduction to invertebrate and vertebrate paleontology that will focus on classification, relationships, and evolutionary history and (2) the uses of paleontological data in evolution, systematics, paleoecology and extinctions. 3:3:4.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Classify fossil specimens based on identification of preservation type and morphological features and functions.
  2. Differentiate between variation in fossils and variation in growth.
  3. Summarize the evolution and extinction of major fossil groups.
  4. Compare and contrast life, climates, and ecology of the past and present.
  5. Evaluate the differences in sampling for modern versus the fossil assemblages
  6. Explain the function and significance of most parts of a fossil specimen.


Core Assessment:

Core Assessment (34%):
Portfolio:  collection of 5 assignments.  Each assignment is completely or partially related to each of the core learning outcomes.

Assignment 1 (lab final; 10%):  CLO #1
Assignment 2 (ontogeny lab; 2%)  CLO #2
Assignment 3 (Homework 1 with writing component; 10%)  CLO #3, #6
Assignment 4 (Lecture Final with essay questions; 10%)  CLO #4
Assignment 5 (sampling lab; 2%)  CLO #5



Link to Class Rubric

Grading:
 

Your grade will be based on your score out of total points, approximately 900. The course will use the traditional scale of 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D, and below 60%=F. 

                    EXAM 1      11.1%              FINAL   11.1%                      
                    EXAM 2      11.1%               HW 1     11.1%                     Lab Final            16.7%
                    EXAM 3      11.1%               HW 2     11.1%                     Lab Exercises     16.7%
 
NO EXTRA CREDIT!
 
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

All assignments by the start of class. Homework turned in late will be counted off 10% per day, so you have 10 days to submit it before it becomes worth 0 Points. Students missing class due to participation in athletic or other school-sponsored events must turn in all homework PRIOR to their absence. Other exceptions: students who miss class due to an extended illness requiring hospitalization will be allowed to make up missed homework assignments.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT:

·         Wireless (cellular) phones and/or pagers must be either turned to the silent mode (vibrate only) or OFF in the classroom.  If you do receive notice of an emergency call/page (while not taking the mid-term or final examination) quietly leave the classroom to make or receive a call in the hall or outside of the building.  Talking on a phone during class is prohibited.

·         Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Learners must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash.  Learners must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

·         Don’t show up late!  If you do, DO IT QUIETLY!!

·         Do not go to the bathroom every class period.

·         Do not talk loudly to others during class.

·         Do not ask me for my book or notes.

·          Please do not ever feel like you can not talk to me. I get paid to help you!

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

LECTURE

AUG

18 T  Introduction 
  20 R The Fossil Record
  25 T The Fossil Record      and    Variation in Fossils
  27 R Variation in Fossils       
SEPT 1 T Variation in Fossils      and       Species and speciation
  3 R Species and speciation
  8 T Species and speciation   and    Systematics
  10 R Systematics
  15 T EXAM 1
  17 R Evolution 
  22 T Evolution 
  24 R Functional Morphology
  29 T Functional Morphology and Paleoecology
OCT 1 R Paleoecology
  6 T  Biogeography and Micropaleontology
  8 R EXAM 2
  13 T No Class
  15 R No Class
  20 T  Colonial Life: Sponges, Archaeocyathans, and Cnidarians
  22 R  Colonial Life: Sponges, Archaeocyathans, and Cnidarians
  27 T The Lophophorates:  Brachiopods and Bryozoans
  29 R The Lophophorates:  Brachiopods and Bryozoans
NOV 3 T Jointed Limbs:  The Arthropods
  5 R Jointed Limbs:  The Arthropods
  10 T Jointed Limbs:  The Arthropods
  12 R EXAM 3
  17 T Kingdom of the Seashell: Molluscs
  19 R Kingdom of the Seashell: Molluscs
  24 T Spiny Skins:  The Echinoderms
  26 R No Class
DEC 1 T Dry Bones:  Vertebrates and Their Relatives
  3 R Fossilization behavior: Trace fossils
Dec  8th FINAL 10:15 am to 12:15 pm

 

LAB

AUG

21

F

Preservation

 

28

F

Ontogeny

SEPT

4

F

Numerical Taxonomy

 

11

F

Sampling Bias

 

18

F

Biotic Interactions (epibionts)

 

25

F

Micropaleontology

OCT

2

F

Paleoecology

 

9

F

Sponges/Cnidaria

 

16

F

No Class

 

23

F

Bryozoans/Brachiopods

 

30

F

Mollusca

NOV

6

F

Mollusca

 

13

F

Echinoderms

 

20

F

Misc. (Vertebrates, Traces, Plants,…)

 

27

F

No Class

DEC

4

F

LAB FINAL

The list above is a list of topics and labs, they are not necessarily set in stone due to a variety of factors.

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Written work provides clear and effective discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each of the assignments within the portfolio Written work generally provides clear and effective discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each of the assignments within the portfolio, although discussion may be vague or incomplete for 1 of the assignments Written work provides vague or superficial discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each of the assignments within the portfolio; or discussion is not included for 2-3 of the assignments Written work does not provide any discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each of the assignments within the portfolio 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Written work clearly and effectively integrates 6 out of 6 of the concepts identified in all of the core learning outcomes Written work appropriately integrates the concepts identified in at least 5 of the 6 core learning outcomes Written work demonstrates minimal evidence of integrating the concepts identified in at least 3 - 4 of the 6 core learning outcomes; or only integrates concepts from 1-2 core learning outcomes Written work does not indicate an integration of concepts from any of the core learning outcomes 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Written work provides clear, accurate, and relevant analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by all of the assignments in the portfolio Written work generally provides clear, accurate, and relevant analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by all of the assignments in the portfolio; or written work does not provide analysis for 1-2 of the assignments in the portfolio Written work provides vague or superficial analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by the assignments in the portfolio; or written work does not provide analysis for 3-5 of the assignments in the portfolio Written work does not provide analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by the assignments in the portfolio 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
All assignments within the portfolio demonstrate a clear and appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes All but 1-2 of the assignments within the portfolio demonstrate a clear and appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes 3-5 of the assignments within the portfolio fail to demonstrate a clear and appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes None of the assignments within the portfolio demonstrate a clear or appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Multiple examples of terms discussed through the course that are relevant to each assignment and the core learning outcomes are used appropriately throughout the written work A variety of terms discussed through the course that are relevant to each assignment and the core learning outcomes are used throughout the written work, however 1-2 may be incorrectly used Only a few terms discussed through the course that are relevant to each assignment and the core learning outcomes are used in the written work; or 3-5 of the terms are incorrectly used Written work does not include the use of any relevant terms discussed in the course or related to the core learning outcomes; or all of the terms used are incorrectly applied 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
All written work within the portfolio is entirely error-free in the following format items: MLA or APA citation format, length, works cited, internal documentation Written work within the portfolio contains 1-2 errors in MLA or APA format with citation format, length, works cited, internal documentation Written work within the portfolio contains 3-4 errors in the following format items: MLA or APA citation format, length, works cited, internal documentation Written work within the portfolio contains 3-4 errors in the following format items: MLA or APA citation format, length, works cited, internal documentation 

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