syllabus

 

BIOL 3113: Evolution and Ecology Laboratory, Spring 2005
Tentative Syllabus

Monday 8-10:50, Room 1123 Biology Building

Dr. Lissa Leege
Office
: Rm. 1103C Biology Building; Office Hours: come see me any time or make an appointment (I am generally in my office when I am not teaching, so I am available at other times if you cannot come during the office hour.)
Phone: (912) 681-0800
E-mail: leege@GeorgiaSouthern.edu
 
Web address
http://www.bio.georgiasouthern.edu/bio-home/harvey/syllabus.html?ccode=ee
Important information including data, assignments, grades etc. are posted on this website.  Please make use of it!
 
Tentative Schedule (subject to change)
 Week of  Topics
 Jan. 10 Lab Intro: Scientific method (termites)
 Jan. 17 No lab ­ MLK
 Jan. 24 Selection and Evolution: Setup
Data visualization and analysis
 Jan. 31 Competition I
 Feb. 7 Selection and Evolution 1: Count trichomes and pollinate
Competition II Class Data
 Feb. 14 Competition III
 Feb. 21 Seed Predation
 Feb. 28 Midterm Lab Exam
 March 7 Analysis: data sets
Last Day to Drop
 March 14 No lab ­ Spring Break
 March 21 Selection and Evolution: Harvest and replant
 March 28 Community Ecology: Succession and Fire (Meet at Botanical Garden)
 April 4 Selection and Evolution II: Count trichomes
 April 11 Fun with Ants I
 April 18 Fun with Ants II
 April 25 Final Lab Exam

Course Description:  Scientists studying evolution and ecology address fundamental questions about the natural world, such as: What processes led to the diversity of form, function, and species we see today?  How do organisms interact with the abiotic and biotic components of their environment and become adapted to them? The goal of this course is to acquaint you with some of the tools and methods used by ecologists and evolutionary biologists to address these questions.  We will introduce you to a variety of statistical and sampling techniques while you collect data on plants and animals.
 
Course Materials: All labs will be made available from the website in advance of your lab.  It is your responsibility to read each lab before you arrive for your lab session.  Readings required during the course of the semester will be either available from your instructor on the web or on reserve at Henderson Library.
 
Lab Activities: 
We will be going outdoors on a regular basis this semester.  Come prepared to collect data at various sites around campus on these days.  Comfortable shoes, a sturdy shirt and jacket for rain are highly recommended.  Be sure to bring a notebook, notepad, or clipboard.  Always bring a calculator to lab.  Insect repellent and sun block are optional.
 
Attendance:  Attendance in the laboratory is required. Students who are more than 10 minutes late to lab will be counted as absent.   You are responsible for everything covered, mentioned, discussed and displayed in all labs.  If you miss more than two labs you will receive an F in the course. Assignments turned in after they are due will be assessed a penalty of 10% of the points for the first 24 hours or any part thereof, and an additional 10% for each subsequent 24 hours period or any part thereof. However, it is better to hand in an assignment late than not at all.
 
Academic Honesty:  All work should be your own.  Even if we collected and analyzed the data as a group and you discussed the results with other class members, you must still write up your assignments independently!  Students found violating the conditions of academic honesty (see Student Conduct Code for definitions of academic honesty) will receive an F in the course.  Additionally, violations of academic honesty will be reported to the administration, and thus they may be documented on one's permanent academic record.
 
Grading:  The overall course grade is earned from 300 possible points, which will come from lab assignments, lab exams and participation. We highly recommend that you present your assignments neatly.  Typing is required. If you understand the concepts and analyses we carry out and turn in your assignments diligently, you should do well in this course.

 Assignments/Exams  Points
 Assignments (8-10 @ 5-20 pts. each)

 120

 Midterm Lab Exam

 50

 Final Lab Exam

 100

 Participation (15 @ 2 pts. each)

 30

 TOTAL

 300

 
Changes and modifications: 
While provisions of the syllabus are as accurate and complete as possible, the instructor reserves the right to change any provisions herein without actual notice if circumstances so warrant.  Every effort will be made to keep students advised of such changes and information about such changes will be available at all times from the instructor.  It is the responsibility of each student to know what changes, if any, have been made to the provisions of this syllabus and to successfully complete the requirements of this course.