BI 490 Special Topics in Biology: Ornithology
SP 2013 HO
Associate Professor of Biology
PhD Zoology, PostDoc Conservation Biology, University of ArkansasMS Biology, Central Washington UniversityBA Math, BS Biology, Univ. Texas at Arlington
M-W-F 9-11 AM, Tue. and Thur. 10-11 AM
14 January - 10 May, 2013
11:00 - 11:50 AM
Ornithology, Third Edition, Frank B. Gill. ISBN-13: 978-0-7167-4983-7, ISBN-10: 0-7167-4983-1
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BI 490 Ornithology. This course will present information on birds, including evolutionary history, anatomy, physiology, ecology, behavior, and conservation issues. Students will learn to identify a selection of local native bird species by sight and song. Walking trips in the forest and on campus will enhance the learning experience.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Lecture Exams 4 @ 100 = 400 points
Term Paper (core assessment) 125 total (written report = 100, powerpoint presentation = 25)
A = 90.0% and higher
B = 80.0%
C = 70.0%
D = 60.0%
F = less than 60.0%
Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due by the date and time specified. Assignments not received by this time will be given a grade of zero. Emergency situations that can be documented will be handled on a case by case basis with the instructor. All other excused and unexcused absences must personally hand the instructor the assignment or make arrangements for the assignment to be hand delivered before the due date.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Cellular phones, beepers, and other communication devices are not allowed in class, and must be turned off and put away. Disruption of class by one of these devices will result in that student being counted as absent for the day and removed from the class for the day. Students suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be reported to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and removed from the class. Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) such as loud talking, snoring, leaving the classroom repeatedly during class time, etc. will result in removal of the student from the class for the day and the student will be considered absent. Multiple disruptions (loud talking, cell phone, etc.) over the semester will lead to withdrawal of the student from the class by the instructor.
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 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.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 987. Students with a total of 12 unexcused absences in lecture classes or 5 labs will receive a grade of F in the course. Further, any combination of unexcused lecture and lab time totaling 25 hours will receive a grade of F. Students should inform the instructor if not able to attend class.
8. Students who miss exams will not automatically be given a makeup test. Students must notify the instructor if not able to be present on test day in order to schedule a makeup exam.
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 .
Last Updated:12/19/2012 2:25:58 PM