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Course : Invertebrate Zoology Lab

Course Number
BIOL 3644
Section Number
Fall 2022
Bolin Hall, 207
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Thursday, December 01, 2022 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


  • Give students the opportunity to examine both preserved and living representatives of many of the major and minor phyla of invertebrate animals and select protists.
  • Compare the anatomy and morphology (and behavior in living examples) among these groups through hands-on dissections and thorough observation…both macroscopic and microscopic.
  • Be able to identify representatives of all major phyla of invertebrates using recognizable characteristics.
  • Learn about the classification of invertebrates and select protists.
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in use of both compound and dissection microscopes and exhibit basic laboratory skills necessary for success in studying organismal aspects of the biological sciences.
  • Give students the opportunity to observe and collect invertebrate animals in their natural setting out in the field.
  • Expose students to field aspects of biology.

The central theme to this lab is careful observation and examination of invertebrate animals and select protists. Therefore, it is expected that students will spend alotted lab time in patient, studious focus on their subjects in order to better understand them.

Lab Exam: There will be a single comprehensive final lab exam that will be worth a total of 15% of your overall grade for the class. This major exam will be a practical exam that tests the student in a “hands-on” type of setting. Students will be tested using microscopes and preserved/dissected (or possibly living) specimens that have been set-up and arranged with questions at an array of stations in the laboratory.  


Lab Notebook: Lab work compiled into a notebook will comprise the remaining 10% of the overall grade. Notebook should include all of your drawings and written observations and facts about the organisms you observe each week. Grade for the notebook will be based on completeness and order, not on artistic ability (but still make every effort to make your drawings nice and, at very least, recognizable).


 Course Grading: The following is a breakdown of your final course grade:

Lecture Grade      =75%                                                    

Lab Final Exam    =15%                                                                      

Lab Notebook       =10%                                                                   

total                     =100%

The grading scale used to determine your letter grade for the course is as follows:

A            =             90-100%

B            =             80-89%

C            =             70-79%

D            =             60-69%

F             =             below 60%

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There will be NO make-up exam for the lab final.  DO NOT MISS IT!!!!

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