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GO 300 Introduction to Dinosaurs
Christopher, Matthew


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

GO 300 Introduction to Dinosaurs

Semester

S2T 2012 DL

Faculty

Christopher, Matthew

Title

Adjunct Faculty, Online Instructor/Course Manager

Degrees/Certificates

M.A. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
B.S. Organismal Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Office Location

US

Office Hours

Monday & Tuesday, 9:30pm to 11pm Central Time Zone

Daytime Phone

913-221-6484

Other Phone

913-221-6484

E-Mail

matthew.christopher@park.edu

Semester Dates

March 19th, 2012 thru May 13th, 2012

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

  • Author:  by Anthony J. Martin
  • TextBook:  Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs, 2nd Edition
  • Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405134135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405134132
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    Course Description:
    GO300 Introduction to Dinosaurs(MLL): This course is an introduction to the paleontology of dinosaurs. The preservation, history of dinosaur studies, evolution, classification, behaviors, extinction, and current topics concerning dinosaurs are discussed. This course satisfies the Liberal Learnings requirement for the Natural Sciences. 3:0:3

    Educational Philosophy:

    Learning Outcomes:
      Core Learning Outcomes

    1. Classify Dinosaurs and explain the complications of classifying them.
    2. Summarize the paleoecology and life habits of dinosaurs.
    3. Compare and contrast the numerous ideas on the causes for the End of the Cretaceous mass extinction event.
    4. Evaluate the functional morphology problems associated with dinosaurs


      Instructor Learning Outcomes
    1. 1.  Classify major clades of dinosaurs by their evolutionary relationships with each other and other vertebrates.
    2. 2.  Summarize lines of evidence which can be used to help estimate dinosaur biology and reconstruct long-extinct ecosystems.
    3. 3.  Evaluate scientific reports and debates pertaining to breaking discoveries and controversial topics like mass extinction causes and evolutionary relationships.
    4. 4.  Reinforce basic scientific methodology and elaborate on applications of acquired knowledge and empiricism to real world problem solving.
    Core Assessment:

    Core Assessment (20% of course grade):

    Write a term paper in MLA or APA format. The paper should be at least 10 pages in length excluding figures and literature cited. A well-defined introduction, body, and conclusions should be apparent. Information covered in the paper should include the following issues with dinosaurs:

    Assignment Issues:

    1. Classify Dinosaurs and explain the complications of classifying them (CLO #1).

    2. Paleoecology and life habits of a specific dinosaur group (CLO #2).
    3. Evaluate the functional morphology problems associated with at least two dinosaur groups (CLO #4).

    4. Describe how dinosaur fossils are found in other countries and how this complicates classification and paleoecology studies. (CLO#1, 2)

    5. Personal opinion of items 1-3 above (CLO#1, 2, 3)

    Link to Class Rubric

    Class Assessment:

    Assignment schedule at a glance:

    Discussions: Weekly-6 posts per week
    Term Paper Topic Selection: Week 1
    Exams: Weeks 2,4,6 and the Final during Week 8
    Homework: Weeks 3 and 5
    Term Paper Final Draft: Week 7


    DISCUSSIONS: Each week's discussion participation is worth 25 points.  A total of 6 posts are required through the week, and your first post must be made before Thursday, 12:01 am (server) time.  There are four topics each week.  You may disperse your participation amongst the four threads however you like.  Each post counting towards the quota of 6 must be at least two sentences long and provide evidence that you understand the topic.

    Exams: To test your knowledge of the reading materials and PowerPoint Lectures there will be three open-resource exams.  These can be taken during their scheduled weeks: 2, 4, and 6, any time between Monday and midnight Sunday.  You may take the quiz one time and you will have 60 minutes to complete them from the moment you begin, so carefully plan the hour during which you will be taking these exams, turn your phone off, do not answer your door, etc.

    Homework: There are two homework assignments that are due Week 3 and Week 5. Each is worth 50 points. The homework is due at the end of those weeks and must be submitted in the dropbox.  These assignments are meant to keep you on track with your term paper.

    Term Paper: The final draft of your paper will be due at the end of Week 7.  It will be evaluated for both content and style of presentation as well as command of the subject matter. You will chose a topic from a list of provided topics during the first week of class and develop your resources and outline as parts of the two homework assignments.  The student is held responsible for fully understanding what constitutes plagiarism and Park University's and the facilitator's regulations regarding consequences of plagiarism detection.  The following are resources you can use to avoid submitting unoriginal work:

    Resources on Plagiarism

    Citation:


    Final Exam: The 200 point final exam, administered by proctor during week 8, will be comprehensive with an emphasis placed on the last four chapters and will include multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions. You will have two hours to take this proctored exam, and it will be a closed book/ closed notes exam. You will need to register through the proctor website to schedule the final proctored exam:

    http://proctor.park.edu



    Grading:

    Turn-Around Time: Assignments will be graded and in the gradebook no later than a week after the due date. Portions of the exams will be graded and posted in the gradebook instantaneously, but essay questions are not graded by this auto-grading system.  The auto-grading system does not always accept as many possible answers as correct as I do.  Your exam grade is not final until I have personally graded it, so do not panic when the score that appears after you take your exam is not what you expected.

    Total Points for Term: 1000

    EXAM 1 10 %      PAPER 20 %
    EXAM 2 10 %      HW 1 5 % 
    EXAM 3 10 %      HW 2 5 %
    FINAL 20 %         Discussion 20 %

    Grading Breakdown

    A: 900 - 1000 points 90% - 100%

    B: 800 - 899 points 80% - 89.9%

    C: 700 - 799 points 70% - 79.9%

    D: 600 - 699 points 60% - 69.9%

    F: 0 - 599 points 0% - 59.9%

    Late Submission of Course Materials:
    Assignments will be accepted up to one week after their due date, but will be penalized 10% per day. Students may NOT make up exams missed unless valid reasons for absences can be provided. Determining the validity of the absence and allowing a make up exam is at the discretion of the instructor. 


    Check the Gradebook tab regularly to make sure you are keeping up with assignments.  If you see a 0 score for an assignment which you think you turned in, you should contact me to make sure I was able to find your submitted work.



    Late Submission of Course Materials:

    Classroom Rules of Conduct:

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
    Assignment schedule at a glance:

    Discussions: Weekly-6 posts per week
    Term Paper Topic Selection: Week 1
    Exams: Weeks 2,4,6 and the Final during Week 8
    Homework: Weeks 3 and 5
    Term Paper Final Draft: Week 7

    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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

    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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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.
    ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

    Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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    Rubric

    CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
    Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
    1,2,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Uses 12 or more peer-reviewed citations Uses 9-11 peer-reviewed citations Uses 6-8 peer-reviewed citations Uses lees than 6 peer-reviewed citations 
    Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
    1,2,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Compares facts from 4+ citations for any assignment issue. Compares facts from 4+ citations for any assignment issue. Compares facts from 2 citations for any assignment issue. Compares facts from less than 2 citations for any assignment issue. 
    Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    Outcomes
    1,2,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Assesses the outcomes of all 4 assignment items Assesses the outcomes of 3 of the assignment items 4-6 factual errors 7+ factual errors 
    Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Outcomes
    1,2,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    No factual errors 1-3 factual errors Demonstrates mastery of 2 of the assignment items. Demonstrates mastery of 1 or less of the assignment items. 
    Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
    1,2,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Demonstrates mastery of 4 of the assignment items. Demonstrates mastery of 3 of the assignment items. Discusses 1 explanations for function for assignment issue #3. Discusses 3 explanations for function for assignment issue #3. 
    Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Outcomes
    4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Discusses 3 explanations for function for assignment issue #3. Discusses 2 explanations for function for assignment issue #3. Has 3-4 errors in providing a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on MLA or APA format Has 5+ errors in providing a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based MLA or APA format 
    Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Outcomes
    1,2,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Provides a well-defined introduction, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on MLA or APA format Has 1-2 errors in providing a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on MLA or APA format Contains 3 errors in the following paper format:
    Page numbering
    Headings and subheadings
    Citation style in text
    Citation style in Lit. Cited
    Scientific names
    Length 
    Contains 4+ errors in the following paper format:
    Page numbering
    Headings and subheadings
    Citation style in text
    Citation style in Lit. Cited
    Scientific names
    Length 
    Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
    1,2,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Contains 0 errors in the following paper format:
    Page numbering
    Headings and subheadings
    Citation style in text
    Citation style in Lit. Cited
    Scientific names
    Length 
    Contains 1-2 errors in the following paper format:
    Page numbering
    Headings and subheadings
    Citation style in text
    Citation style in Lit. Cited
    Scientific names
    Length 
    Does not demonstrates competency of assignment issue #4. Does not address assignment issue # 4. 

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