Biology 5446/5446G
Instructor: C. Ray Chandler

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The recommeded (but not required) textbook for this course is Frank B. Gill's Ornithology (2nd ed., 1995, W. H. Freeman). Students will find this a useful text for this course, as well as a convenient reference in the future. Readings assignments from this text are given in the lecture outline and the course schedule. There will be a variety of required reading from journal articles and other books. These will be placed on reserve.

In addition to the text, I strongly recommend that students get a field guide of their choice. Good choices are listed in the bibliography.


My office is MPCS 2043B. I have no formal office hours. Instead, I have an open door policy. Students are welcome to stop by at their convenience or see me to arrange an appointment. If you are unable to reach me you may leave a message in the Biology Department office (681-5487). You may also reach me using e-mail. Don't hesitate to see me if you need help. I am happy to have you visit me in my office.


Attendance is at your discretion. However, failure to attend class will inevitably result in poor performance. There are aspects of this course (e.g., observations of birds in the field) that cannot be readily made up if you are absent. We will spend a great deal of time in the field. You must come to lab prepared to be outside for 2-3 hours.


There will be three exams in this course, each worth 100 points. These exams will include definitions, short answer, and discussion question. In the lab you will have two 50-point field identification quizzes, a laboratory test on bird morphology and structure (50 points), and an indpendent research project/presentation (50 points). There will be 500 possible points in this course. There is no extra credit.


All work in this class is expected to be your own. If you violate GSU policies concerning academic dishonesty (see the Student Conduct Code for a definition of academic dishonesty) you will receive an F in the course and the incident will be reported to the administration (it will go on your permanent record).

The Student Conduct Code also requires you to conduct yourself in a non-disruptive manner (turn off cell phones, no talking, be respectful of classmates). Disruptive students will be removed from the lecture hall and, if disruptions continue in future classes, will be removed from the course.

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