Kennesaw State University
Dept. of Biology and Physics
Title of course: Biological Principles ll
Number of course: BIOL 2108
Term of course: Spring 2014
Instructor: Dr. Sigurdur Greipsson
Office hours: T 13:00-14:00PM and R 10:00AM-14:00PM or by appointment Time of class:
Lecture: T and R 8:00-9:15AM
Lab: T 9:30AM-12:15PM
Classroom location: Lecture: rm. SC 109
Lab: rm. SC 234
Office location: SC room 316
Office telephone: 770-420-4359.
Course description: An organismal approach to biology. Topics include macroevolution, biodiversity, animal form and function, animal behavior, ecology and environmental sciences. In the laboratory, emphasis is on the collection & analysis of data from exercises dealing with population genetics and ecology. Fetal pig dissection is included. For science majors.
Objectives: The course is intended to develop skills in the beginning science major or future educator. These skills include hypothesis formation & testing, data collection and analysis, and keen observation. The course is also designed to deliver an organismal biology content base appropriate for the beginning student. This content includes macroevolution, foundational concepts in ecology, environmental sciences, and a basic familiarity with the diversity of the living world.
Learning objectives: By the end of this course, students will be able to: Possess the basic knowledge in macro-evolution, animal structure and function, ecology and environmental sciences. Process scientific data by: observations, hypothesis formation & testing and statistical analysis. Ask scientific questions and analyze problems that are related to the content of the course. Participate in class discussions on topics that focus on the content of the course.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2107.
Text: Biology, 9th ed., Campbell & Reece, 2011. Pearson Benjamin Cummings publisher. Writing Guide: A Short Guide to Writing About Biology, 7th ed., J. Pechenik, 2010. Lab. Text: Laboratory Exercises: Variation in Natural Systems, Davis, M., et al., Spring, 2013. Available for download from the course WebCT page.
Important dates: March 3 – last day to withdraw without academic penalty. Course content:
LECTURE SCHEDULE – FALL 2011
Biology 2108 T&R: 8:00 – 9:15 AM.
WEEK OF (MONDAY -)
Introduction - Scientific Method (1)
The Origin and History of Life (25)
Phylogeny and Systematics (26)
Biodiversity (27, 28 & 29)
Biodiversity (30, 31 & 32)
EXAM I (Feb 3)
Biodiversity (33 & 34)
Animal Form and Function (40)
Circulation and Gas Exchange (42)
The Immune System (43)
EXAM II (Feb 26)
Osmoregulation and Excretion (44)
The Nervous System (48-49)
EXAM III (Mar 28)
Week of Spring Break
Ecology and the Biosphere (52)
Population Ecology (53)
Community Ecology (54)
Conservation and Restoration (56)
FINAL EXAM BEGIN May 1
Biology 2108 – Biological Principles II
Biology 2108 M 14:00 PM – 16:45 PM
No Labs (First full week of classes)
No Labs (20th is a holiday)
Introduction / Safety / Science Writing & Statistics I
Science Writing & Statistics II: Fish Lab
Phylogenetics Lab I
Phylogenetics Lab II
Pig Dissection I
Pig Dissection II
No Labs (Week of Spring Break)
Reserve Lab Week
Reserve Lab Week
No Labs (Last full week of classes, Finals begin May 1)
* We will meet in the lab and then walk to the woods to collect data. Wear...
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