HOW TO FIND THE INSTRUCTORS

GRADING

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HINTS FOR SURVIVAL

 

Biology 1 Winter 2001 (all sections)

 

Section

Instructors

Where is the class?

When is the Lab?

A

Sean Todd

Lecture Hall

Friday 1.00-3.55pm

B

Steve Ressel

Botany Lab, L4

Thursday 1.00-3.55pm

 

All classes are 10.00&endash;11.25pm, Tuesdays and Fridays

All labs are in the Botany Lab (L4)

 

Where/How to find Sean Todd....

Office:

 

Turrets Annex (3rd floor)

Office Hours:

Wednesdays 9.00-11.30am, or by appointment

Phone:

Phone: ext. 265

Email:

stodd@ecology.coa.edu

Web-page:

http://www.coa.edu/faculty/webpages/stodd/index.html

Where/How to find Steve Ressel...

Office:

 

Natural History Musuem (2nd floor)

Office hours:

TBA

Phone:

ext. 248

E-mail:

SJR@ecology.coa.edu

Course web-page:

http://www.coa.edu/faculty/webpages/stodd/oceanweb/bio1home.htm. This site includes lecture outlines, powerpoint presentations, and useful web links, as well as other important class information. Make sure you visit it!

Teaching Assistant:

Tora Johnson

 

What you will be learning about:

Biology 1 is intended as an introductory overview of basic biological processes. In this unit you will specifically focus on biology at the cellular level. Working at such a fine scale may occasionally seem tedious to you, but it is essential to fully understand the knowledge covered in this class if you are to graduate onto the more complex biological topics. For example, Biology 2 covers evolution and macrosystems such as plants and animals, and is generally considered to be an easier course. Trust us, it's worth the wait. So stick with it!

If you scored well in AP Biology, then you may not need this class. Similarly, if you are interested in learning about introductory biology in a more alternative format, Biology in the News may be a more appropriate course for you. In either instance, talk to your instructor.

There will be a number of times when we will try to mix up the sections so that you can experience the views of classmates other than those in your immediate section. During these Discussion sessions (which are student-directed) take the time to discover the opinions and views of your peers. Also, make sure you know which discussion group you are in, and where you are meeting (check the schedule on the course website).

 

 Grading:

Your evaluation will be based on a number of assessments, including:

%

Problem sets

Cells

10

Cells processes

10

Mitosis/Meiosis

10

Genetics and DNA

10

Final Exam

20

Discussions/class participation

15

Literature research project

15

Assessed labs

10

Textbook:

(available online at Amazon.com, or from Sherman's locally)

Biology 5th Edition by PH Raven and GB Johnson. 1999. McGraw Hill

To reduce costs, you may wish to consider purchasing a copy of the 4th edition of this text instead. If you do this, be warned that the 4th edition is deficient in the modern genetic advances that we will focus on towards the end of the course. As an alternative, there may be some second hand 5th edition books for sale around campus.

If you can afford it, get the version of the book that comes with the CD-ROM; this multimedia option has lots of resources and explanations that will help you in your studying.

Laboratory fee: $15.00

Section A only: Absence of Sean Todd, weeks 6-7

During weeks 6 and 7 Sean will be away in Antarctica on college business. During this time Tora Johnson will teach classes for Section A. Tora has ten years experience teaching biology at the college level, and will provide a useful complement to the teachings that Sean will provide you. Sean will still be responsible for assessing your work during this time, and he will provide supplementary Powerpoint resources for the topics covered while he is away. He promises you a slide show when he gets back!

In addition, there will be classes where the two sections merge for the purposes of discussion, and occasional team teaching.

Hints for surviving this course:

In class:

In labs:

For assignments, and in general:

 

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