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Course : Araneology

Course Number
BIOL 5743
Section Number
280
Semester
Spring 2023
Location
Bolin Hall, 207
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Tuesday, May 09, 2023 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Course Description:  Classification, physiology, ecology, food habits, and distribution of spiders and related forms.  Emphasis on local fauna.

Course Objectives: The study of spiders as it pertains to each of the following topics.

Orders of Arachnida

Functional Anatomy

Metabolism

Neurobiology

Spider Webs

Locomotion and Prey Capture

Reproduction

Development

Ecology

Phylogeny and Systematics

Class Prerequisite:  Graduate standing or consent of the instructor.

 

Class Requirements:  This class contains both a lecture and lab component to it. Spider collection required. Upon submission, your spider collection will be retained by the Department of Biology.

 

Paper Presentation:  You will be required to give a 15-minute oral presentation over any arachnid-related paper (or collection of papers) on your choice of such topics as behavior, physiology, evolution, paleontology, taxonomy, biological control, etc. Please try to focus on more recent research to enlighten the class concerning more current topics in arachnology. A handout that includes an abstract of your presentation and citation of the article(s) that you are presenting should be prepared to give to your instructor and pass out to all class members on the day of your presentation. Make sure you are prepared to answer questions about your presentation topic. You are also expected to listen and ask questions when others give their presentations. In order to prevent duplications, please inform the instructor of your title as soon as you have decided on the topic/article that you want to use for your presentation.

Exams: There will be three lab exams and one lecture exam that collectively will comprise 50% of your overall grade for the class. The single lecture exam will be a comprehensive final exam over material primarily from the lecture textbook. This exam will consist of various types of testing formats (i.e. multiple choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank, listing, drawing/labeling, and short answer). The three lab exams will consist of a spider anatomy exam, family identification exam and a final lab exam that involves keying down spider specimens to the species level. See “Course Grading” for a breakdown of what each testing component is worth. DO NOT MISS AN EXAM!!!! Academic honesty must be practiced at all times. Any instances of academic dishonesty may result in a zero being assigned for a test or assignment and repeated dishonesty can result in an F as a final course grade.

 

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

   Anatomy Exam                                      = 5%                                                  

  Family Identification Exam                    =10%                  

   Final Lab Exam (Key to Species)          =20%                                       

   Spider Collection                                   =40%                    

  Lab Grade total                                   =75%

  Paper Presentation                                  =10%

  Lecture Final Exam                                  =15%       

   Lecture Grade total                                 =25%      

  Lab Grade (75%) + Lecture Grade (25%) totals = 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%

Class Attendance:  You are expected to attend all classes and utilize all of the scheduled time wisely.  The majority of this class entails you working with spiders directly with the aid of a microscope. A lot of time is required and devoted to the identification of spiders that you will be collecting on your own and as a class.

The date and order in which oral presentations will be given will be decided by random drawing during the first day of class. Students are expected to have all required materials prepared and oral presentation ready to be given on their chosen date/time. The only exception for these events to occur at a later (or earlier) date is if the student has traded presentation dates by agreement with a fellow classmate. The instructor must be informed of this well in advance of the presentation date (at least two weeks before). Otherwise, failure to present on your designated date/time will result in a grade of 0 for this class requirement.

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.

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