BI300 Evolution

for F1J 2010

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BI 300 Evolution


F1J 2010 IN


Manchion, Edward J.


Adjunct Faculty


BSE Biology
MSE Education
+48 Graduate hours in education

Office Location

Independence Campus Classroom

Office Hours

30 min before and after class

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM



Credit Hours


Evolution:  Barton, Briggs, Eisen, Goldstien, Patel Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory Press ISBN978-08796964-9

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Additional Resources:

"Life On Earth" BBC series and other videos
Handouts will be given to students on a regular basis

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Course Description:

 A study of the historical development of the concept of natural selection and modern concepts of evolution.


Educational Philosophy:

Students have said “I am not very good at science” or “Science is not a strong class for me”. The instructor believes that everyone can succeed in a general science class, because science is actually a model for solving problems. In fact, some learning institutions call their science class a “Life Skills” class. Observing, measuring, evaluating, critical thinking and skepticism are the cornerstones to the foundation of science and problem solving. The instructor will incorporate various activities that will help students with differing learning styles, succeed in this course. The instructor will attempt to create a learning environment utilizing lectures, class discussion, small group discussion and presentations, that will satisfy these styles. Students are encouraged to actively participate in class, within the structure of the course, by discussing and debating their views and/or beliefs. Since we will only have 8 class meetings missing just one class will adversely affect your grade. Regular attendance, therefore, is imperative.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define science, its applications, its limitations, and its general methodology
  2. Relate the historical context of modern evolutionary theory
  3. Interpret the contributions of Charles Darwin and other evolutionary biologist to evolutionary theory
  4. Relate the scientific basis of evolution, its mechanisms, and related topics including evidence that supports the theory of evolution
  5. Appraise the implications of evolutionary theory on human's interactions with the environment and other living organisms
  6. Illustrate the general timeline of evolution on earth including the evolution of humans

Core Assessment:

·       Essay, objective and short answer exams (CA)

·       Quizzes

·       Term paper

·    Writing assignments

Class Assessment:

3 Exams
Individual student presentations accompanied by a 9-12 page term paper on the same topic.


Exams 60%
Presentation 15%
Term Paper 25%        

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be accepted, however, the grade will be substantially reduced!!! The later it is turned in, the more your grade will be reduced

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Basic old-fashioned courtesy is expected from each student at all times (whether the instructor, a guest speaker, or a fellow student has the floor). One should expect to be called on to respond in class relative to the terms and concepts under discussion, to which a reply is required. Students are expected to behave in a manner that is not disruptive to the learning environment. The classroom is a place for learning and intellectual development for all in attendance; therefore,

. CD players, cellular phones, beepers, and other communication devices are not welcome where they may disrupt the learning process. Please be respectful of the instructor and your peers by turning off such devices or not bringing them to the class.

. Students suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be removed from the class and reported to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Smokeless tobacco is not to be used during class sessions.

. Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) during class time will result in removal of the student from the class for the day and the student will be considered absent. Multiple disruptions over the semester may lead to dismissal of the student from the class and a subsequent failing grade being given for the course.

. Computers make writing and revising papers and assignments much easier and more productive. Students must recognize, though, that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Be aware that “my computer crashed”, or “my printer ran out of ink”, is not much better than “My dog ate it”. Students 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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

8/17 -Life On Earth (LOE) Chapters 1-3
8/24 -LOE Chapters 4-8
8/31 - LOE Test Chapters 1-8 Chapters 9-12
9/7 -LOE Chapters 13-16
9/14 - LOE Chapters 17-24
9/21 - LOE Test Chapters 9-16
9/28 - LOE Chapteres 25, 26 - Presentations, and term Papers due
10/5 - LOE Test - Chapters 17-26

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
Since we will only have 8 class meetings, missing just one class will adversely affect your grade. Regular attendance, therefore, is imperative.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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