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Course : Life III: Diversity of Life Lab

Course Number
BIOL 2114
Section Number
11B
Semester
Fall 2021
Location
Bolin Hall, 214/203
Days & Times
Friday
3:30 pm - 5:20 pm
Final Exam Day/Time
Friday, December 03, 2021 3:30 pm - 5:20 pm

1.) Students will understand how structural and physiological attributes of microorganisms, plants, and animals are used in their classifications.

2.) Students will classify organisms based on their structural and physiological attributes.

3.) Students will use bright field microscopy to identify characteristic structures of organisms.

4.) Students will understand the diversity of organisms that populate the ecosystems of Earth's biosphere.

  

Life III – The Diversity of Life is a laboratory course. Enrollment and participation in the laboratory section of the course are necessary for you to experience forms of life first hand. They’re also required. If you miss a laboratory session for any reason, it is your responsibility to contact your lab instructor and make arrangements to complete assignments from that laboratory when that is possible. If you miss three or more laboratory meetings for any reason you may be dropped from the course with a grade of F. So, save up those two permitted absences for unexpected, unavoidable situations.

Student Handbook

Academic Misconduct Policy & Procedures

Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given). Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Office of Student Conduct.

Student Handbook 2020-2021

 

Achieve Exercises

You will complete two sets of exercises through the Achieve site. For each chapter covered in the course, complete the Learning Curve exercise prior to the corresponding exam. For each chapter covered in the course, complete the summative quiz. The combined scores from these exercises will make up 15% of the final grade.

Exams

Each of the three segments of the course will culminate in an exam. There will be no comprehensive final exam. Posted exam dates are fixed. Do not make doctor/dentist or other appointments on exam dates, as they will not constitute excusable absences. Cell phones, electronic dictionaries, calculators, or other electronic aids may not be used for exams. Personal effects will be placed in the front of the classroom during exams. 

 Extra Credit

Each instructor may provide an opportunity to earn extra credit. If available, the means of earning extra credit will be explained by the instructor at the beginning of the corresponding module. Ad hoc extra credit work for individuals will not be offered or accepted.

  

Desire-to-Learn (D2L)

Use of the MSU D2L program is a part of this course. Each student is expected to be familiar with this program as it provides a primary source of communication regarding assignments, examination materials, and general course information. You can log into D2L through the MSU Homepage. If you experience difficulties, please contact the technicians listed for the program or contact your instructor.

 

Instructor Class Policies

Out of courtesy to classmates and the instructor, please observe the following guidelines:

1) Don’t walk through the front of the classroom after class has begun or before class has ended.

2) Don’t carry on conversations during lectures, videos, examinations or other official class activities.

3) At the beginning of each class period, turn off cell phones (smart or otherwise), pagers and other   electronic devices that may make noise, disrupt or distract.

 

Services for Students With Disabilities

In accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Midwestern State University endeavors to make reasonable accommodations to ensure equal opportunity for qualified persons with disabilities to participate in all educational, social, and recreational programs and activities. After notification of acceptance, students requiring accommodations should make application for such assistance through Disability Support Services, located in the Clark Student Center, Room 168, (940) 397-4140. Current documentation of a disability will be required in order to provide appropriate services, and each request will be individually reviewed. For more details, please go to Disability Support Services.

 

University Policies

Campus Carry Rules/Policies

Refer to: Campus Carry Rules and Policies

 

Smoking/Tobacco Policy

University policy strictly prohibits the use of tobacco products in any building owned or operated by WATC. Adult students may smoke only in the outside designated-smoking areas at each location.

 

Alcohol and Drug Policy

To comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 and subsequent amendments, students and employees of Midwestern State University are informed that strictly enforced policies are in place which prohibit the unlawful possession, use or distribution of any illicit drugs, including alcohol, on university property or as part of any university-sponsored activity. Students and employees are also subject to all applicable legal sanctions under local, state and federal law for any offenses involving illicit drugs on University property or at University-sponsored activities.

 

 

 

Grading

Table 1: Percent values of each score category

 

 

Assignments

Percentage

Exams

60%

Laboratory

25%

Achieve Exercises

15%

Total Points

100%

 

Table 2: Grade Standards

 

 

Grade

Percentages

A

90 to100%

B

80 to 89.9%

C

70 to 79.9%

D

60 to 69.9%

F

Below 60%

 

 

Attendance

From the 2020-2021 Student Handbook: Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes in which they are enrolled. Although in general students are graded on intellectual effort and performance rather than attendance, absences may lower the student’s grade where class attendance and class participation are deemed essential by the faculty member. In those classes where attendance is considered as part of the grade, the instructor should so inform students of the specifics in writing at the beginning of the semester in a syllabus or separate attendance policy statement. An instructor who has an attendance policy must keep records on a daily basis. The instructor must give the student a verbal or written warning prior to being dropped from the class. Instructor’s records will stand as evidence of absences. A student with excessive absences may be dropped from a course by the instructor. Any individual faculty member or college has the authority to establish an attendance policy, providing the policy is in accordance with the General University Policies.

 

Life III – The Diversity of Life is a laboratory course. Enrollment and participation in the laboratory section of the course are necessary for you to experience forms of life first hand. They’re also required. If you miss a laboratory session for any reason, it is your responsibility to contact your lab instructor and make arrangements to complete assignments from that laboratory when that is possible. If you miss three or more laboratory meetings for any reason you may be dropped from the course with a grade of F. So, save up those two permitted absences for unexpected, unavoidable situations.

 

Late Work

Assignments with due dates must be successfully submitted by the deadlines.  Successful, timely submission, following the instructions accompanying the assignments, is part of the assignment and will not be waived.

 

If you miss a laboratory session for any reason, it is your responsibility to contact your lab instructor and make arrangements to complete assignments from that laboratory when that is possible.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MSUTexas e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and 2) earned 60 hours. Students may meet this requirement in one of three ways: by passing the Writing Proficiency Exam, passing two Writing Intensive Courses (only one can be in the core), or passing English 2113. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://msutexas.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://msutexas.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@msutexas.edu.