Course : Zoology: Animal Life Lab
- Course Number
- BIOL 3114
- Section Number
- Spring 2022
- Bolin Hall, 203
- Dr. Roy C Vogtsberger
- Days & Times
- 2:00 pm - 3:50 pm
- Final Exam Day/Time
- Monday, April 25, 2022 2:00 pm - 3:50 pm
- Development of basic laboratory skills necessary for success in further studies in the biological sciences.
- Learn about the vast diversity in the Kingdom Animalia (all major phyla) and compare anatomy, morphology, physiology, and ecological relationships among those groups studied. Be able to identify basic anatomy and functions of representative animal groups.
- Learn about the phylogenetic relationships among animals and protists and their classification. Be able to identify specimens of representative animal groups.
- Identify major anatomical structures and internal organs of the fetal pig and know their functions in the body.
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.
Lab Practical Exams: There will be a major midterm lab exam and a major final lab exam that will EACH be worth 10% of your overall grade for the class. These two major lab exams will be practical style exams that test 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. There will be NO make-ups for these practical lab exams. DO NOT MISS ONE!!!! These practical lab exams will include classification, external and internal anatomy, and natural history (such as habitat, feeding habits, etc.), among other things.
Lab Quizzes: There will be short lab quizzes during the majority of our lab meetings. The average of these quizzes will comprise the remaining 10% of the overall grade. Quizzes will primarily be over material that was covered in the previous week’s lab (i.e. knowledge of that material already covered), but will likely also have questions concerning the new material to be covered in that day’s lab (i.e. reading the chapter(s) ahead of time and coming to lab prepared). These quizzes will be a written format (not a practical or multiple choice).
Course Grading: The following is a breakdown of your final course grade:
Test #1 =17.5%
Test #2 =17.5% Lab Midterm =10%
Test #3 =17.5% Lab Final =10%
Final Exam =17.5% Lab Quizzes =10%
Lecture Grade total =70% + Lab Grade Total =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%
Lab Attendance: A laboratory class represents a unique experience for the student that is important in the study of science; therefore, attendance is mandatory. A valid university excuse is required to make up a missed lab. It is YOUR responsibility to inform the instructor of any impending absence BEFORE a lab is missed.
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.
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.
There will be NO make-ups for the practical lab exams. DO NOT MISS AN EXAM!!!! Academic honesty must be practiced at all times.
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