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GO 300 Introduction to Dinosaurs
Christopher, Matthew


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Course

GO 300 Introduction to Dinosaurs

Semester

S1T 2010 DL

Faculty

Christopher, Matthew

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

M.A. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
B.S. Organismal Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Office Hours

Tuesdays 10am to 11am, Central Time and Sundays 9:30pm to 10:30pm Central Time;  Also by appointment.

E-Mail

Matthew.Christopher@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 11, 2010 thru March 7, 2010

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

  • Textbook: GO300 2nd editionAuthor:  by Anthony J. Martin
  • Title:  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

    Grading:

     ASSIGNMENT  DESCRIPTION  WEEKS POINTS
    TOTAL POINTS
    Discussion This is a weekly requirement and determines your participation grade. You must post at least 6 times during each week. The first posting must be completed by Wednesday, the second by Thursday, and the final posting by Sunday. The posting should be related to the weekly topics and contain multiple sentences. Weekly discussions will be graded for content, relevance and timeliness. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
    25
    200
    Homework There are two homework assignments that must be submitted through the dropbox. 3,7
    50
    100
     Exams  There are three exams that are meant to be comprehensive of the material covered for two weeks.  These can only be taken once.  Their format can consist of all the following: multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer.  They are open book, but I cannot stress enough that studying for them would be a necessity.  2,4,6  100  300
     Term Paper
     The term paper is written in a specific style (Chicago, MLA, ...) and selected from a list of appropriate topics.  It is turned in to the dropbox.  Topic selection-1

    Final Draft-7
     200  200
     Final Exam  This is a proctored exam. It is NOT OPEN BOOK.  Your proctor form must be completed by week 6. The format can consist of all the following: multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer.
     8  200  200


    Grading:

    Total Points for Term: 1000

    EXAM 1    10 %                  PAPER         20 %
    EXAM 2    10 %                  HW 1           5 % 
    EXAM 3    10 %                  HW 2           5 %
    FINAL        20 %                 Discussion   20 %

    Grading Breakdown

    A: 900 - 1000 points       90% - 100%

    B: 800 - 899 points        80% - 89.9%

    C: 700 - 799 points        70% - 79.9%

    D: 600 - 699 points        60% - 69.9%

    F: 0 - 599 points             0%   - 59.9%

    Late Submission of Course Materials:
    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. 

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    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

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    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.
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    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".
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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
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    Citation style in Lit. Cited
    Scientific names
    Length 
    Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
    1,2,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Contains 0 errors in the following paper format:
    Page numbering
    Headings and subheadings
    Citation style in text
    Citation style in Lit. Cited
    Scientific names
    Length 
    Contains 1-2 errors in the following paper format:
    Page numbering
    Headings and subheadings
    Citation style in text
    Citation style in Lit. Cited
    Scientific names
    Length 
    Does not demonstrates competency of assignment issue #4. Does not address assignment issue # 4. 

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