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Course : Zoology: Animal Life Lab

Course Number
BIOL 3114
Section Number
Spring 2024
Bolin Hall, 207
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, April 29, 2024 1:00 pm - 2:50 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.

Class Attendance: Your attendance will be documented. You are expected to attend all classes unless you have a University-excused absence. 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. 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.


There will be NO make-ups for the practical lab exams.  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.

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

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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.

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