BI300 Evolution

for SP 2011

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BI 300      Evolution


SP 2011 HO


Brian Hoffman


Professor of Biology


BA - Biology/Chemistry/Mathematics - Park College - 1986
PhD - Cell and Molecular Biology - St. Louis University - 1996

Office Location

SC 103

Office Hours

MTRF 10-11:15

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

January 10- May 6, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

1:00 - 2:15 AM


60 hours or permission of instructor

Credit Hours



Kardong, Kenneth V.  2008.  An introduction to Biological Evolution.  2st Ed.

      McGraw Hill.  ISBN 0073050776

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Instructor handouts.

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Course Description:

BI 300 (LL) 

A study of the historical development of the concept of natural selection and modern concepts of evolution. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
In this course the instructor attempts to introduce the student to science in general and the study of Evolution in particular through assigned readings, class lectures, examinations, writings and class interactons.  Students are encouraged  to ask questions at any time.

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:

Daily assignments are listed in the Class Calendar.

Three (3) sectional exams will be given on the dates listed in class calendar.
Quizzes may be given at any class meeting.
Course assessment is based on writing assignments.
   A major term paper is required. ( More specific directions will be given in handouts.)
  Three short (3 - 5 page) papers are assigned throughout the course.
All writing assignments (short papers and term paper) are to be submitted to the instructor via dropbox in eCompanion.      


 Grades for the course will be assigned on the basis of the percentage of points earned from the following sources:

Four (4) sectional exams---------------------------55%
Writing assignments: Position papers, term paper-----30%
Attendance, quizzes, participation -------------------15%

Minimum grades of  A, B, C, D will be determined on the basis of percentages of 90%, 80%, 70%, and 60%, of points earned, respectively. 

 Assesment of the success of the course will be determined on the basis of all writing assignments (30% of final grade).  This assessment will be based on the accuracy, presentation, reasoning and documentation of the presentations.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

 Unless otherwise stated, homework is due at the start of the assigned class period. Homework turned in after roll is taken is late. Late homework will be reduced in credit by 25% for each day or part of day that the work is late. Students missing class due to participation in athletic or other school-sponsored events must turn in all homework PRIOR to their absence. Exceptions: students who miss class due to an extended illness requiring hospitalization will be allowed to make up missed homework assignments. Other cases may be considered at the discretion of the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


A. Cellular Phones, Beepers, Other Communications Devices

While in class, the class should be your primary focus. Disruption of class due to communications devices has become so prevalent that they are a major distraction in class (to you, to the instructor and to other students). For this reason such devices must not be brought to class or must be inactivated during class (lecture and laboratory).

B. Student Alcohol or Drug Use

Because the classroom is a professional environment students who are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be removed from class. This also meets our legal obligation to provide a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. Such instances will be reported to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs. Students will not be admitted back into class unless such arrangements are made through the V.P. for Academic Affairs.

C. Student Work, Appointments...Etc.

The student who has signed up for the course has made an obligation to participate in those activities scheduled during regular class times. The student must not make other obligations during this time, or that student alone will be responsible for the consequences. The consequences may include reduced or no credit for that portion of the class and inability to make-up the missed work.

D. Withdrawals

The enrollment status of the student in this course is solely the responsibility of the student. If you wish to change your status in this course, be sure that you file the appropriate paperwork with the registrar before the appropriate deadlines. If you wish to drop, do not just stop coming to class!!! Two weeks of consecutive absences will result in your removal from the class. If you do not file withdrawal papers with the Registrar, you will receive an F in this course.

E. Extra Credit

It is your responsibility to get work done on time in an acceptable form. For this reason, no extra credit will be extended during the course of the semester.

F. Technology Issues

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. Papers will be submitted to the drop box in the eCompanion website for this course.

G. Make-Up Examinations

The student will be given the opportunity to make-up one examination during the course of the semester, provided that an adequate excuse is provided to the instructor within 24 hours of the missed examination. The instructor will be the final judge of what constitutes an adequate excuse. The makeup examination will be administered on Friday of finals week at 8:00 AM and will be a cumulative final.

If you miss two exams, one will be scored as a zero and included in your examination average. Missing three examinations will result in a grade of "F" for the course. Students who fail to sit for the final will receive a grade of "F" for the course.  Four lecture examinations are scheduled for this semester. Your examination average will be calculated from all four test scores. If you feel that one test score is not representative of your effort, you may opt to take the make-up examination.  Failure to sit for the final examination will result in a grade of "F" for the course.

athletes involved in sports contests or students participating in other school-sponsored events will be allowed to take the examination prior to the scheduled date. The instructor must be given prior notice of such an event.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Class Date -----------Assignment  
1 Jan 11----------------- Introduction to Evolution-------------------Syllabus & handouts  
2 Jan 13----------------- Before Darwin ------------------------------handouts/online
3 Jan 18 -----------------Darwin-----------------------------------------handouts/online
4 Jan 20-------------------Evolution of evolution--------------------Kardong, Ch1  
5 Jan 25-------------------Time------------------------------------- ------Kardong, Ch2  
6 Jan 27------------------Heredity , mitosis, meiosis------------Kardong, Ch3, appendix  
7 Feb 1------------------- Heredity-------------------------------------Kardong, Ch3  
8 Feb 3-----------------Emergence of life--------------------------Kardong, Ch4
9 Feb 8----------------Diversity------------------------------------Kardong, Ch 5; FIRST POSITION PAPER DUE   10 Feb 10------------------FIRST HOUR EXAM  
11Feb 15 ----------------Evidence of evolution---------------------KardonegCh6, Loon & Miller
12 Feb 17--------------Selection--------------------------------Kardong, Ch7,  Miller & Loon 
13  Feb 22---------------Variation------------------------------Kardong, Ch 7; TERM PAPER TOPIC DUE  
14 Feb 23----------------Speciation----------------------------------------Kardong, Ch9
15 Mar 1-----------------Speciation-------------------------------------Kardong, Ch9  
16 Mar 3-------------------Review  , Second position paper due
17 Mar 8-------------------Spring Break, No class 
18 Mar 10-------------------Spring Break

19  Mar 15---------------Optional topic, review
20   Mar 17-------------------------------Coevolution-------------------Kardong, Ch 10 
21 Mar 22---------------Life history stratagies----------------------------------Kardong, Ch11
22 Mar 24---------------Life in groups---------------------------------------Kardong Ch 12 
23 Mar 29-----------------SECOND HOUR EXAM------------------; LAST POSITION PAPER DUE  
24 Mar 31--------------------Extinction-----------------------------------Kardong Ch13
25 Apr 5---------------------Evolution of horse---------------Handouts; OUTLINE, DRAFT OF TERM PAPER DUE   26 Apr 7--------------------Human adaptations--------------------------Handouts 
27 Apr 12--------------------Human evolution------------------------------Kardong, Ch 15
28 Apr 14---------------------Human evolution-------------------------------Kardong, Ch 15
29 Apr 19--------------------Evolutionary Biology-------------------------Kardong, Ch16
30 Apr 21---------------------Catch up & review;
31Apr 26--------------------THIRD HOUR EXAM------------------------Chs 11-16, horse, human  
32 April 28-------------------Term paper Due
33  May 3---------------- Optional Topic, Review

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 (submitting someone's work or thoughts as your own) will not be tolerated. (See 2005-2006 University catalog, page 85-87.)

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
Attendance at all class meetings is mandatory. Part of the education of college is preparation for professional conduct. Attendance at work or graduate or professional school is mandatory for remaining employed or in school. Get in the habit of being here all of the time now. Education is also a cooperative effort. You are as responsible for furthering the education of your fellow classmates and the instructor as the instructor is for yours.

It is recognized that personal emergencies will arise during the course of the semester. Three absences (for any reason: illness, personal appointments, doctors appointments car problems...etc.) are allowed without penalty. After 3 absences, 5% will be deducted from the students grade for each subsequent absence. Eight absences is considered excessive, and the student missing eight classes will fail the course. Students who miss class will be responsible for the assignments made and material covered in that class period. Students who enter class after roll is taken will be counted tardy. Two tardies count as an absence. Students who are 15 minutes late (by my watch) will be counted absent.

Exceptions: Athletes who miss class for an athletic contest or students who miss class due to other school sponsored events will not be penalized IF AND ONLY IF THE INSTRUCTOR IS GIVEN TWO LECTURE MEETINGS PRIOR NOTICE AND WORK IS TURNED IN AND EXAMS TAKEN BEFORE THE CLASS IS MISSED!!!!!!!!!! If you have an illness that requires extended hospitalization, have someone contact me!

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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