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GO 300 Dinosaurs
Hildreth, Stephen C.


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Course

GO 300 Dinosaurs

Semester

F2T 2012 DLA

Faculty

Hildreth, Stephen C.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Geology 1997

E-Mail

Stephen.Hildreth@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs

Second Edition
Blackwell Publishing
ISBN: 1-4051-3413-5
$79.95

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Course Description:
GO300 Introduction to Dinosaurs : 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:
The teacher's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The teacher will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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


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:

Readings – Textbook. It should be noted that the textbook is the main source for materials. All 
the PowerPoints are designed to enhance, expand on, and clarify the information in the textbook.

Lectures – Presentations and supplemental websites. The PowerPoints are an extremely helpful tool to help guide you through key information. Not viewing them is commonly an indication of a student not willing to actively engage in the course. Most of the PowerPoints also indicate what is being stressed for the week and what will appear on examinations.

Discussions - Respond at least 6 times per week. A response is more than just one sentence. The first post must be completed on or before Wednesday. Many of the discussions present questions that then lead the class to additional questions. Posting five comments in 5 minutes on Sunday night does not help your peers.

Quizzes - Complete the exams for weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8.  Exams on weeks 2,4, and 6 are open book but you had better know the chapters well before taking the exam because 60 minutes goes by fast if you are still thumbing through your book trying to find each answer.

PROCTORED FINAL EXAM 
This is a proctored exam. IT IS NOT OPEN BOOK. The final chapters are stressed in the final but it is comprehensive.  Half of the final will consist of material covered over the first 6 weeks of the course and the other half will cover the last two weeks.  Your proctor form must be completed by week 6. The final exam will consist of similar question formatting to what you will see in the open-resource exams.


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:

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late material will only be accept if student has contact the teacher beforehand and has been granted an extension.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Chapter/Topic schedule:

Week 1: Dinosaurs Defined & Scientific Methodology

Week 2: History of Dinosaurology & Paleontology and Geology

Week 3: Anatomy and Classification & Evolution

Week 4: Taphonomy & Physiology

Week 5: Theropoda & Sauropodamorpha

Week 6: Ornithopoda & Thyreophora

Week 7: Marginocephalia & Ichnology

Week 8: Avian Origins & End Cretaceous Extinction


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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 95-96

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 95

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".
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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:
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Contains 4+ errors in the following paper format:
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Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1,2,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Contains 0 errors in the following paper format:
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Contains 1-2 errors in the following paper format:
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Length 
Does not demonstrates competency of assignment issue #4. Does not address assignment issue # 4. 

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