BI 111 Environmental Biology
SP 2011 HO
Williams, Donald L.
Associate Professor of Biology
BA, Kansas Wesleyan University, Biology and Secondary EducationMA, Western State College, BiologyEd. D., Ball State University, Science (Biology)
M-W-F, 10-12(noon); M-W, 1-4p.m.
January 10–May 6, 2011
--T-R--; Lab meets on Tuesday afternoon from 2:25-5:15 in SC125
8:45 - 10:00 AM; Lab: 2:25-5:15PM
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
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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
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 RubricClass Assessment:
The following areas will be used in determining the student’s over-all grade for this course.
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,
Interrelated Scientific Principles
Scientific Method Lab
Kinds of Ecosystems & Communities; Population Principles
Human Population Issues;
Human Impact on Resources;
Soil and Its Uses
Agricultural Methods & Pest Management
Energy & Civilizations
MRR Lab; Population Genetics Lab
SPRING BREAK (3/06-3/13)
EXAM #3 (4/11)
Movie & Rx. Paper
Lab “The China
Solid Waste Management & Disposal
Regulating Hazardous Materials
Finish Pollution Topics
16 & 20
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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Plagiarism: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.
Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96Instructor'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: http://www.park.edu/disability .
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