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Lecture: F. H. Pough, J. B. Heiser, and W. N. McFarland. 1996. Vertebrate Life, 4th ed. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, xv+ 904 p.
Laboratory: Walker, W. F., Jr. Vertebrate Dissection, 7th ed. Saunders College Publ., Philadelphia, xii + 391 p.
A set of printed assignments for use with the laboratory manual is on sale in the campus book store.
The lecture examinations will be based on information presented in all prior lectures (except the immediate preceding one) and reading assigned for the period since the previous examination. Thus, the first midterm, for example, will cover lecture and reading material through Thursday, February 8. The second midterm and final exam will emphasize lecture and reading material covered since the lecture preceding the previous midterm but will include review questions on lecture material (not reading). There will be relatively few reading questions (10-20 % of points), and they will be very general so that a single attentive reading of the text should suffice to answer them. The midterms will be designed to take about an hour, and answers will be written directly on the test sheets. Most questions will require a few words or sentences. Examples of previous examinations will be placed on reserve in the Biology Library.
All lecture midterms will be graded by the lab TAs, each of whom will grade a set of questions on all papers. Your test will be returned in the second lecture after the exam. When you receive it, first check addition of the score. Next check the grading key, which will be posted outside my office and on reserve in the Biology Library. If you do not understand your grade on a question, see the grader of that question (not necessarily your lab TA), whose name will be on the grading key.
If you expect to miss an exam, give me advanced notice. If advanced notice is impossible, contact me as soon as possible after the exam. If no valid excuse (preferably written) for absence is provided, a grade of zero will be assigned for the midterm. If a valid excuse is provided, a makeup test may be arranged or a score will be assigned for that midterm based on your performance on remaining lecture exams, at my discretion. You must take the final exam and at least one midterm to receive credit for the course. No one will be permitted to take the final or midterms early. Students who miss the final exam without an excuse will be assigned a grade of F in the course.
There will be at least four laboratory quizzes, but additional announced or unannounced quizzes may be given if the TA believes students are not prepared for lab exercises. No lab grades will be dropped in the final computation of course grades. Emphasis will be placed on work completed since the previous quiz, but quizzes may include questions on the reading assigned for that week's work, and there may also be review questions from previous lab exercises. Procedures for lecture exams apply to lab quizzes, except that problems should be resolved with the lab TA. The format, content, and scheduling of the lab quizzes will be determined by the lab TA.
You must select the topics for the papers in advance, as indicated in the schedule on the first page of this syllabus. The common and scientific names of the species for the first paper on the natural history must be given to Mike Bell in lecture by Thursday, February 8. Only one paper per species will be permitted, and the number of papers per taxonomic group may be limited. A structure for the morphology paper must be approved by your laboratory teaching assistant by Tuesday April 16.
Plagiarism is the misrepresentation of another person's writing as one's own. You are responsible for understanding what plagiarism is; if you are unsure, seek advice from Mike Bell. Plagiarism includes photocopying or changing the name on another student's paper. It also includes incorporating from published or unpublished sources one or more sentences, whether they are intact or slightly modified, whether the sentences are consecutive or scattered among sentences you have written your self. It even includes using pieces of sentences written by other authors in your paper. The point of prohibiting plagiarism is that you are expected to learn about a topic and then write your own paper based on what you learned. If I can prove that plagiarized on any of the course papers, I will report it to the Academic Judiciary Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences, and recommend that a grade of F in the course be asssigned18.
While I take a very dim view of cheating, some collaboration is encouraged: (1) preparation for examinations, (2) performance of laboratory exercises, and (3) criticism (not rewriting) of the form (including proofreading) and content of papers. If you prepare for exams with another student, do not sit near her/him during the exam because students who studied together sometimes give strikingly similar incorrect answers, raising the suspicion of cheating. Innocence is easily verified if students with similar incorrect answers sit far apart during the test.
If you use an institutional reference form, your TA's report to me must be on a copy of the form. Thus, the following procedure must be followed: Fill in spaces (type or print neatly) for the following information on both sides of the form:
Also be sure to sign the waiver section concerning your right to see the form after it has been submitted, regardless of whether or not you choose to waive this right. When the form is filled out, give the original and copy to your lab TA who will fill out the copy and give it and the original to me. Provide a stamped addressed envelope with my name and my return address only for letters to be mailed off campus. If you use a form another institution, make extra copies before filling it out in case I decline to submit it. I will not submit reference forms for students who have not followed these instructions. Check with me after the semester in person or by phone to determine whether I submitted your letter, and with the recipient institution to determine whether it arrived.
1 (1/23) Introduction, Assumptions; Evolution Systematics
2 (1/30) Continental drift; Geological time; inner front cover Fossils; Ontogeny & phylogeny
3 (2/6) Deuterostomes and non-vertebrate chordates 2, 5 Select species for natural history paper (Submit to Bell by Th, 2/8)
4 (2/13) Non-vertebrate chordates; Chordate ontogeny & 6 egg types; Agnatha; Midterm I (Th, 2/15)
5 (2/20) Extant agnaths; Evolution of jaws and 7 (191-95), fins; Acanthodians (Lab Quiz 1) 8 (242-47)
6 (2/27) Placoderms; Elasmobranchs 7
7 (3/5) Osteichthyes; Natural history paper due 8, 9 Th, 3/7)
8 (3/12) Osteichthyes; Invasion of land; Lissamphibia; 10 (282-299), 11 (Lab Quiz 2)
9 (3/19) Lissamphibia; Amniote egg and placenta 10 (299-308), 21 (671-75)
10(3/26) Amniote systematics; Middle ear; Midterm II 19 (607) (Tu, 3/26)
11 (4/2) Spring Recess (no lectures or laboratories)
12 (4/9) Mesozoic reptiles; Endothermy; 13, 14, K/T extinction; Modern reptiles 16 (516-19)
13(4/16) Modern reptiles; Mammals; (Lab Quiz 3, Select 12, 15, 19, structure for morpholohy paper, see TA 20, 21 in lab)
14(4/23) Mammals; Birds; Morphology paper due Th 4/25 13 (405-411), 17, 18(553-57)
15(4/30) Birds (Lab Quiz 4)
(5/8) Final Examination (W 3:30-6:30 pm)
1Date in parentheses is the date on Tuesday of the week. 2Items in bold are examinations or deadlines and due dates for papers.
3Numbers are chapters (pages are chapter sections to be read) in Pough et al. (1996).