GO 300 Introduction to Dinosaurs
F2T 2009 DL
M.A. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KansasB.S. Organismal Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
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October 19, 2009 thru December 13, 2009
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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:
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 RubricClass Assessment:
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,
There are two
homework assignments that must be submitted through the dropbox.
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
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.
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.
Total Points for Term: 960
EXAM 1 10 %
PAPER 20 %
EXAM 2 10 % HW
1 5 %
EXAM 3 10 % HW
2 5 %
FINAL 20 %
Discussion 20 %
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%
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.
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 "WH".
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.
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
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