BI300 Evolution

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BI 300 - EVOLUTION - FALL II - 2010


F2B 2010 BL


Mendoza, Roberto, A.


Professor of Biological Sciences


B.S. and M.S.

Office Location

Bldg. 614 - Rm 9

Office Hours

7:30 to 8:00 am, or by appointment

Daytime Phone

(915) 831-7051



Web Page


Semester Dates

Oct 23 to Dec 11, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 to 1:00 pm



Credit Hours



An Introduction to Biological Evolution - 2nd Edition:  Author - Kenneth V. Kardong
ISBN:  978-0-07-305077-5

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Additional Resources:
Students wiil be issued Power Point Lecture Handouts to be posted on E-Companion, for Units 1 through 4.

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Course Description:
BI300:  A survey of the historical background and developmental concepts that led to the modern synthesis of the
            Theory of Evolution.

Educational Philosophy:

It is the facilitator's responsibility to create a positive learning environment for the enrolled students.  This will ensure and
promote a positive attitude towards learning.

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:

1.  Attendance and Participation - 10%
2.  Oral Presentation  - 10%
3. Lecture Examinations - 80%


   90 to 100  -  A
   <90 to 80  -  B
   <80 to 70  -  C
   <70 to 60  -  D
   <60  -  F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Guidelines to be announced.-

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

It is expected of all students to conduct oneself in an appropriate manner which encourages the learning process, for both
the student and the fellow classmates.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

UNIT ONE - Oct 23 - Oct 30 - Chs. 1 to 4:  Devpt. of Evolution, Geological Ages, Heredity, Emergence of Life
                      Unit One Exam.
UNIT TWO - Nov 6 - Nov 13 - Chs. 5 to 8:  Biodiversity, Evidence of Evolution, Selection and Variation
                       Unit Two Exam.
UNIT THREE - Nov 20 - Nov 27 - Chs. 9 to 12:  Speciation, Co-Evolution, Life History Strategies and Life in Groups
                          Unit Three Exam.                        
UNIT FOUR - Dec 4 - Dec 11 - Chs. 13 to 16:  Extinctions, Human Evolution and Evolutionary Biology
                        Unit Four Exam.

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

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