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Course : Zoology: Animal Life

Course Number
BIOL 3114
Section Number
201
Semester
Spring 2022
Location
Bolin Hall, 127
Days & Times
Monday
8:00 am - 8:50 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:50 am
Friday
8:00 am - 8:50 am
Final Exam Day/Time
Tuesday, May 03, 2022 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

-          Learn the distinguishing characteristics of the 12 animal phyla representing synapomorphies that identify these major clades.

-          Understand the evolutionary position of each phylum on the phylogeny of major animal phyla collectively.

-          Learn basic anatomy and morphology of each major animal phylum.

-          Learn specifics of physiological processes such as feeding, reproduction, locomotion, and osmoregulation in each animal group covered.

-          Examine various animal life cycles and learn about ecological relationships of animals.

-          Learn about homeostasis and temperature regulation in animals.

-          Comparatively examine the structure and function of various cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems and their interrelationships in different groups of animals that were studied. The following systems will be addressed: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, excretory, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, and reproductive. 

 

Class Requirements:  This class contains both a lecture and separate lab component to it. You must be registered in both the lecture and the separate lab and attend both.

 Lecture Exams:  There will be four, equally-weighted major exams (including the final exam) that will each be worth 17.5% of your overall grade for the class.  The final exam will NOT be comprehensive but will cover all of the material since the previous exam.  Lecture exams will all be a multiple choice testing format. Make-up exams will be administered ONLY FOR EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES OR UNIVERSITY-AUTHORIZED ABSENCES. You MUST present a valid university excuse to me and/or make arrangements with me BEFORE an exam is missed in order to be able to make up a missed lecture exam.  If a make-up exam is granted, it should be taken immediately (i.e. before exam results are revealed to the class).  DO NOT MISS AN EXAM!!!!  Academic honesty must be practiced at all times.

 

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

 

Test #1                     =17.5%                                                                              

Test #2                     =17.5%                                                                              

Test #3                     =17.5%                                                                             

 Final Exam              =17.5%                                                                              

Lecture Grade total  =70%                  +              Lab Grade  =30%       =  Total Course Grade 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%

 

COVID-19 Amendment to Spring 2022 Syllabus

Class Attendance: Your attendance will be documented. You are expected to attend all classes of face-to-face instruction unless you are in isolation or quarantine for COVID-19 (in which case, University officials should notify me of this reason for your absence from the classroom) or for other University-excused absences. Virtual attendance via ZOOM will not be an option to rectify these absences since this is entirely a traditional face-to-face course. A lot of material is presented in each class period, which makes it easy to fall behind if a class is missed. If you miss a class, it is YOUR responsibility to get class notes from classmates or any handouts from your instructor. Students with excessive absences may be dropped from the course. If you are required to isolate or quarantine for COVID-19, please contact me to discuss options for keeping up with course content while you are required to be away from the classroom. Students should refer to the current MSU Handbook and Activities Calendar for university policy on academic dishonesty, class attendance, student rights and activities. For example, see page 27 for information on class attendance policy and page 4 for the student honor creed. Please see the following information for current COVID-19 policies at MSU Texas for the Spring 2022 semester.

 

MSU Texas COVID-19 Policies for Students

 


Although COVID-19 vaccinations are not mandated, MSU Texas is strongly recommending that all students be vaccinated for COVID-19. The vaccines are safe and effective and will protect the student and other members of the MSU Texas community.


Masks will not be required for either indoor or outdoor activities on campus, however, all visitors to the Vinson Health Center will be required to wear a mask. The wearing of masks while in public indoor settings and frequently washing your hands has proven to be effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19. Accordingly, we strongly recommend wearing masks when around others in indoor settings.


Fully vaccinated students who are not experiencing symptoms will NOT be required to quarantine or seek testing following an exposure to a COVID-19 positive person, including roommates. Following a known exposure, students should monitor for symptoms over the course of 14 days and quarantine if symptoms develop.


Unvaccinated students who have been identified as having a known exposure to a COVID-19 positive person will be required to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days or longer depending upon testing and degree of contact. If a student is unvaccinated and can prove a COVID-19 diagnosis and recovery in the last 90 days and is symptom free, quarantine will not be required.

 

Self-isolation will be required for all students (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who test positive for COVID-19. Students who live in university housing will be provided with a location to complete the self-isolation period. 

Any student (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who has a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 must complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form for Students.

 

Wichita County Public Health District Quarantine Procedures

Some COVID-19 related questions and answers from the Dean of the McCoy College of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering

 

Q. Is the two-week quarantine for people testing positive or exposed to a person who tested positive still in effect?

 

Yes. Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff must quarantine for two weeks after exposure to a COVID-positive individual. COVID-positive students, faculty, and staff must be in isolation for two weeks (or until the county releases them back to normal activities.)

 

The notification process for COVID positive tests or exposure is still in effect. Those links are at https://msutexas.edu/coronavirus/report-covid-19.php Student specific link is as follows:

 Reporting form for students: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?MSUTexas&layout_id=9

 

Q. How are absences during COVID quarantine or isolation counted?

 

Quarantine/isolation counts as an absence for students. There is no automatic streaming or hybrid delivery of courses.

 


Q. If a student accrues too many absences, do standard university policies still apply?

 

Yes. A faculty member may do an instructor drop for students accruing too many absences. 

 

Make-up exams will be administered ONLY FOR EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES OR UNIVERSITY-AUTHORIZED ABSENCES. You MUST present a valid university excuse to me and/or make arrangements with me BEFORE an exam is missed in order to be able to make up a missed lecture exam.  If a make-up exam is granted, it should be taken immediately (i.e. before exam results are revealed to the class).  DO NOT MISS AN EXAM!!!!  Academic honesty must be practiced at all times.

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.

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