BI111 Environmental Biology

for SP 2011

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BI 111 Environmental Biology


SP 2011 HO


Williams, Donald L.


Associate Professor of Biology


BA, Kansas Wesleyan University, Biology and Secondary Education
MA, Western State College, Biology
Ed. D., Ball State University, Science (Biology)

Office Location


Office Hours

M-W-F, 10-12(noon); M-W, 1-4p.m.

Daytime Phone



Web Page

Semester Dates

January 10–May 6, 2011

Class Days

--T-R--; Lab meets on Tuesday afternoon from 2:25-5:15 in SC125

Class Time

8:45 - 10:00 AM; Lab: 2:25-5:15PM

Credit Hours



Enger, E. D. and B. F. Smith. 2010. Environmental science—a study of interrelationships, 12th Ed. ISBN: 978-0-07-338320-0

Lab Text: BI111 Environmental Biology Laboratory Manual will be sold for $25.00, cash only!!!!  Bring the cash to your first lab session.  Each student will be given a receipt and the lab manual at that time. Each student is to have their own lab manual!  Failure to purchase a lab manual will result in a grade of zero for each laboratory activity until purchase of manual is made.  No manuals will be given on a "credit" basis--payment is due before receiving the manual.

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

The McAfee Memorial Library--A variety of books and audiovisuals have been put on in-library reserve for the use of Environmental Biology students when completing laboratory and class writings.
Dr. Williams' web site has links to many useful science-related resources.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024
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Course Description:
BI111 Environmental Biology (GE): Environmental science is the study of the position and impact of Homo sapiens as an organism in the environment and consideration of the sociological, political, and economic implications of mankinds relationship to the ecosystem. Problems of world population, world hunger, international implications, etc. will be included. Specific considerations of energy availability, usage, and controversies, as well as pollution topics will be addressed. 3:3:4

Educational Philosophy:

In this class, the instructor will attempt to create an interactive learning environment utilizing lectures, class discussions, homework, exams, quizzes, various technologies, laboratory activities, and guest speakers (when appropriate and available). Each student is strongly encouraged to participate within the structure of the course via discussion and debate of his/her views and personal beliefs. Critical thinking and skepticism are the cornerstones of science and the foundations to uncovering the truth about the natural world. Course topics will be presented and discussed with these foundations in mind. It is the belief of this instructor that everyone can understand and utilize scientific principles, and that science can be fun; therefore, this course will be taught from these premises.

This instructor has an “open door” policy towards students. Please feel free to come in or call if you have any questions concerning course items or college life in general.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Use biology as a model to demonstrate what science is, how it works, and illustrate its potentials and limitations;
  2. Explain how living things are related to each other and their environments;
  3. Discuss evolutionary and ecological processes and the influences organisms and environments have on each other;
  4. Express the importance of science (biology in particular) as a critical thinking process in everyday life;
  5. Practice the use of the scientific method and satisfactorily perform science activities within the laboratory
  6. Exhibit an environmental thought process that will allow him/her to develop a personal responsibility and concern for his/her community and world

Core Assessment:

CORE ASSESSMENT ASIGNMENT:  Household Water Pollution Laboratory Activity including lab quiz and Formal written laboratory report.  (Meets 20% of final course grade.)



1.        Acquisitionof knowledge via laboratory handout document giving the studentbackground information and laboratory directions for performing theexperiment.

2.        Acquisitionof knowledge via lecture over water pollution basics and to includeecological interactions of organisms within a water environment.

3.        Acquisitionof knowledge via lecture and slide presentation over waste watertreatment including ecological interactions within such a facility.

4.        Artificialwater pollution laboratory activity to collect and interpret datademonstrating the student’s capabilities to perform in the laboratory.

5.        Formalscientific paper to be written addressing water pollution concepts,waste water treatment, and ecological relationships, and to demonstratethe student’s understanding of how science works via experimentationand the scientific method of inquiry.

6.        Laboratory quiz over the above concepts.


Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the relevant or “Core” Departmental Learning Outcomes.  The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities.   The core assessment for this course will be the last formal laboratory write-up over an environmental pollution topic (see Core Assessment, above).  
Additional assessment items will include text assignments, lectures, and lab topics which will follow the syllabus schedule as much as possible. (This instructor reserves the right to change or alter the schedule if necessary.) The following items will be used during the teaching of this course to assess student learning. Each item will be given a point value and the student’s grade will be determined via a percentage completion of that value.
  • Video tapes, slides, etc. will be used to enhance and clarify concepts when such materials are available. These, many times, will be used during the lab sessions.
  • Major exams will be given according to the printed schedule. Concepts covered on exams may not have been fully addressed in lab or lecture. It is the student’s responsibility to have text and lab materials fully studied.
  • Lecture and laboratory quizzes.
  • Outside reading to enhance one’s own understanding is strongly encouraged.   Specific articles may be assigned by the instructor on a periodic basis.
  • Whenever possible, community resource persons may give presentations and/or field trips may be taken. If you have any suggestions for outside speakers, please inform the instructor.


The following areas will be used in determining the student’s over-all grade for this course.


  • All work will be scored on a point basis with the student’s grade being calculated as a % of the total possible points assigned.  The student will be able to keep track of their grade by using the course selection in the eCompanion system.  If any discrepancies are noted feel free to contact the instructor to have your grade checked and changed if warranted.  It is in the best interest of the student to keep all returned assignments in case a grade needs to be validated.


  • Final Grade will be determined as follows:
      • Exams = 30% of the course grade.
      • Lab assignments, quizzes, written reports, and all other graded items during course = 50% of the course grade.
      • Core Assessment Laboratory Assignment = 20% of course grade 


  • Grading Scale:

A = 90.0% and higher

B = 80.0%

C = 70.0%

D = 60.0%

F = less than 60.0%


Exams: Exams and final may consist of multiple choice, matching, labeling, short answer, and essay questions. Go to Dr. Williams' web site Home Page for a link to test item examples.

Quizzes: Lecture quizzes will not be announced; questions will be multiple choice or one-word answer and will test on material from the previous few classes and reading for the current class.

Lab Quizzes: At the beginning of each lab session, a short quiz will be given over the previous lab’s material and/or preliminary preparation for the current lab activity.

Assignments: All papers, lab write-ups, and any other out-of-class assignments must be typed (double-spaced, 12 point, left justified, in plain text) and stapled in the upper left corner unless the instructor explicitly states otherwise. Homework will have varying point values.

Make-ups: Lecture and lab quizzes and lab exams cannot be made up. Emergencies involving missed exams and assignments will be handled on a case-by-case basis (see attendance policies, above).

Extra credit: The only extra credit allowed will be the use of the Extra Credit Bingo card.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments are due by the end of the class period on their due date. Late assignments will receive a grade of zero. An absence from the session at which an assignment is due does not exempt one from the assignment due date; it is the student’s responsibility to get assignments to the professor on or before the due date, especially in the case of excused absences as mentioned, above. Emergency situations that can be documented will be handled on a case by case basis with the instructor. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

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 professor 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 or laboratory 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 much easier and more productive. Students must recognize, though, that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. 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:









Bioquantitation Lab


Environmental Ethics;

Interrelated Scientific Principles



Scientific Method Lab






Ecosystem Role-play



Kinds of Ecosystems & Communities; Population Principles




Food Chain;



Human Population Issues;

Human Impact on Resources;

Soil and Its Uses




Biological Monitoring: Stream Sampling Techniques



Agricultural Methods & Pest Management








Energy & Civilizations



Energy Sources


Nuclear Energy





MRR Lab;        Population Genetics Lab



SPRING BREAK (3/06-3/13)




Energy (cont’d)




EXAM #3 (4/11)

Water Management



“Final Warning”


Movie & Rx. Paper


Air Pollution;





Lab “The China


Movie & Rx. Paper



Solid Waste Management & Disposal




Regulating Hazardous Materials


Water Pollution Lab 
(Core Assessment)


Finish Pollution Topics


16 & 20

Data collection from Water Pollution Lab;
Acid Rain Lab


Environmental Decision-Making




Thur. 5/5, 8:00-10:00 a.m.



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
Instructor's attendance policies:  It is the opinion of this instructor that class performance directly relates to class attendance.  Regular attendance at lectures and labs, therefore, is imperative.  The attendance policy as printed, above, will be followed as a minimum requirement.  Attendance will be taken on a regular basis both in lab and lecture; unexcused and/or excessive absences (more than 5) will result in a lowered course grade of at least one letter grade.  For excused absences due to illness, emergencies, scheduled field trips, university sanctioned sports trips, etc. it is the student's responsibility to communicate such with the instructor well in advance of the absence for assignment makeup, etc.

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: .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
6 or more sources referenced. 5 sources referenced (min. 3 books +/or journals; 2 internet) 1-4 sources referenced. No sources referenced. 
Identify and discuss 6 or more assignment issues. Identify and discuss 3-5 assignment issues. Identify and discuss 1-4 assignment issues. No assignment issues identified or discussed. 
Within the Intro. & Conclusion, assess 6 or more items indicating the degree of and effects of water pollution in the world's ecosystems. Within the Intro. & Conclusion, assess 3-5 items indicating the degree of and effects of water pollution in the world's ecosystems. Within the Intro. & Conclusion, assess 1-4 items indicating the degree of and effects of water pollution in the world's ecosystems Within the Intro. & Conclusion, 0 items indicating the degree of and effects of water pollution in the world's ecosystems. 
No terminology/factual errors noted. 1-3 terminology/factual errors. 4-5 terminology/factual errors. 6 or more terminology/factual errors. 
Demonstrate mastery of 5 or more concepts from assignment; e.g.:  



?types of sewage treatment plants,

?types of water pollution,

?water food chains,

?DO formation and depletion, etc.

Demonstrate mastery in 3-4 concepts from assignment



?types of sewage treatment plants,

?types of water pollution,

?water food chains,

?DO formation and depletion, etc.

Demonstrate mastery in 1-2 concepts from assignment



?types of sewage treatment plants,

?types of water pollution,

?water food chains,

?DO formation and depletion, etc.

No demonstration of mastery of assignment concepts.



?types of sewage treatment plants,

?types of water pollution,

?water food chains,

?DO formation and depletion, etc.

Effectively incorporates 5 or more reference citations in the body of the paper. Effectively incorporates 3-4 reference citations in the body of the paper. Effectively incorporates 1-2 reference citations in the body of the paper. No evidence of the incorporation of cited material in the body of the paper. 


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