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BIOLOGY 1403 – ANIMAL BIOLOGY
SP2013

Dr. Matthew KaserOffice: South Science 402
matthew.kaser@csueastbay.eduOffice Hours: W 3:30-4:30

Objectives – To introduce students to the science of animals by: * Comparing the structural and functional characteristics of different animal groups in an evolutionary and ecological context. * Conducting experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and writing scientific papers, and through hands-on interaction with animal phyla * 1403 also covers basic ecological principles

Required texts:
Campbell et al 2009; Biology 9th edition, Benjamin Cummings Publisher.
Lab Manual will be available for free to download on the Lab Blackboard page.

Blackboard (Required) : Course information, including announcements, instructor information, changes and/or additions to the syllabus, and other relevant information will be posted on Blackboard, which can be accessed via the web using your NetID (see www.csueastbay.edu for information).

Grading:
Your grade will be determined by your attendance and performance in both lecture and lab. Lecture constitutes 60% of your final grade and lab contributes 40%. Your grade will be assigned based on the following distribution:

Lecture (60%):

* 2 Midterms (17% each)
* 1 Final exam (26%)

Lab (40%): Assignments will be discussed in lab

You must pass both the lecture and the lab with at least a 60% in order to pass the class.

The format of exams will include short/medium answer, multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blanks. The dates of the exams are listed on the lecture schedule. There are NO MAKE-UPS for exams. If you miss any labs or tests, you will receive a zero for that day or exam. If you have a medical emergency on the date of the lecture exam, you must notify me ASAP and provide documentation explaining your absence within one week of the exam.

Laboratory assignments: See the lab syllabus for details on...
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