Lecture Syllabus

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Lecture Syllabus

    Principles of Biological Sciences II

    BSC 111-H002

    Fall 2009

Instructor: Aimée T. Lee, M.S. E-mail:

    Office: MHB 005B; 601.266.6374 Office Hours: By appointment (Schedule by sending an thText: Biology, 8 ed., by Neil A. Campbell and Reece E-mail)

Welcome to BSC 111, Principles of Biological Sciences II. I hope you enjoy this course, which is designed to explore an

    introduction to the biological sciences, emphasizing the systematics, diversity, form and function of biological organisms,

    and their evolution and ecology. This course is required for all Biological Sciences majors and should be taken after

    successful completion of BSC 110, Principles of Biological Sciences I. This course is part of the General Education

    Curriculum (GEC) of the University. As a consequence, the course fulfills the following GEC Student Learning


    Course objectives ? demonstrate the ability to develop and focus on one topic in writing assignments and present ideas in an organized,

    logical, and coherent form,

    ? demonstrate the ability to develop and focus on one topic in speaking assignments and present ideas in an organized,

    logical, and coherent form,

    ? demonstrate the ability to use Standard English grammar, punctuation, spelling, and usage,

    ? understand the evolutionary history of major groups of organisms, and

    ? understand the ecology of major groups of organisms.

    Class expectations You are expected to attend lecture and to be prepared by reading the text and reviewing the notes taken prior to that class

    day. You may be called upon during class to answer a question pertaining to the reading and/or notes. Data indicate that

    active thinkers earn better grades. Data also indicate that students who attend class and study earn better grades than those

    who do not attend class or study.

You may use a laptop to take notes, although, you will be asked to leave if you are using it for social networking or

    anything else inappropriate that may be distracting. I also ask that you sit in the rear of the room so that your screen does

    not distract other students. You may NOT use your cell phone in class. It should be silenced (not placed on vibrate) as

    you enter the room.


    There will be four non-comprehensive examinations given throughout the semester, with each exam worth 100 points.

    You will need a scantron for each exam. Material for each exam will be taken from both the lecture and the text. Please

    make every effort to be on time (preferably early) for exams. In the event that you arrive late, I will only allow you to

    take the exam provided no other student has already finished the exam, turned it in, and left. On exam days, you are not

    allowed to wear hats, hoodies, or headphones. Furthermore, you are not allowed to have a phone on the desk.


    There will be five announced quizzes given throughout the semester, with each quiz worth 25 points. The lowest quiz

    grade will be dropped and the remainder will be equivalent to an exam grade. On quiz days, you are not allowed to wear

    hats, hoodies, or headphones. Furthermore, you are not allowed to have a phone on the desk.

Final grade

    The four exams and four quizzes will be averaged. Because I offer bonus points on many assignments, I do NOT give

    extra credit at the end of the semester. Your overall grade will be based on the following scale:

A: 90 100% B: 80 89% C: 70 79% D: 60 69% F: 0 59%

Make-up policy

No make-ups will be allowed on quizzes. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped prior to averaging; therefore, if you miss

    a quiz, the zero will be dropped from your average. However, if a second quiz is missed, it will be recorded as a zero.

    Make-up of exams will require a dire emergency and should be approved in advance by me and verified by the Assistant

    to the Vice President of Student Affairs (in Union room 219), and will be taken during a time set by me. Exams not made

    up will be recorded as a zero. All make-up exams are composed [entirely] of essay questions.


    Withdraws should be done using SOAR before 30 September 2009. A grade of WP will be given after that date ONLY to

    a student who is passing at that time.

    Plagiarism/Cheating You are being educated to be a credible scientist. If you plagiarize others or cheat, you lose the credibility that is so

    precious to our field. You are also guaranteed an F in this course, and possible expulsion from the university.

Academic Honesty Statement (From the USM Bulletin and Student Handbook)

    When cheating is discovered, the faculty member may give the student an F on the work involved or in the course. If

    further disciplinary action is deemed appropriate, the student should be reported to the dean of students. In addition to

    being a violation of academic honesty, cheating violates the Code of Student Conduct and may be grounds for probation,

    suspension, and/or expulsion. Students on disciplinary suspension may not enroll in any courses offered by the University

    of Southern Mississippi.

    Plagiarism is scholarly theft, and it is defined as the unacknowledged use of secondary sources. More specifically, any

    written or oral presentation in which the writer or speaker does not distinguish clearly between original and borrowed

    material constitutes plagiarism. Because students, as scholars, must make frequent use of the concepts and facts developed

    by other scholars, plagiarism is not the mere use of another's facts and ideas. However, it is plagiarism when students

    present the work of other scholars as if it were their own work. Plagiarism is committed in a number of ways:

1. reproducing another author's writing as if it were one's own

    2. paraphrasing another author's work without citing the original

    3. borrowing from another author's ideas, even though those ideas are reworded, without giving credit

    4. copying another author's organization without giving credit.

Plagiarism is a serious offense. An act of plagiarism may lead to a failing grade on the paper and in the course, as well as

    sanctions that may be imposed by the student judicial system.


    You are advised to login to and add this class to your groups. This is how I will communicate with

    you throughout the semester. I will also use this group to stimulate intellectual biological discussion among students

    enrolled in this lecture. You may use it to contact each other and form study groups (highly recommended).

    Search BSC 111 Lecture Fall 2009. Click add group.

    Help along the way

Disability accommodations

    If a student has a disability that qualifies under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and requires accommodations,

    he/she should contact the Office for Disability Accommodations (ODA) for information on appropriate policies and

    procedures. Disabilities covered by ADA may include learning, psychiatric, physical disabilities, or chronic health

    disorders. Students can contact ODA if they are not certain whether a medical condition/disability qualifies. Address:

     The University of Southern Mississippi Office for Disability Accommodations 118 College Drive # 8586

    Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

    Voice Telephone: (601) 266-5024 or (228) 214-3232 Fax: (601) 266-6035 Individuals with hearing impairments can

    contact ODA using the Mississippi Relay Service at 1-800-582-2233 (TTY) or email Suzy Hebert at

Counseling Center

    If you would like to speak with a personal counselor, contact Student Counseling Services, KWH 200, 601.266.4829.

Career Services

    The Career Services Center, MCL 125, 601.266.4153 provides resources, services and opportunities for students, alumni and employers in academic, job related and career endeavors.

Writing Center

    The Writing Center is a free tutorial service available to any USM student who wants assistance with a writing project. They offer one-on-one writing instruction that is designed to help you become a more effective writer. The tutorial service is offered on a walk-in basis or by appointment (on the hour for 45 minutes). However, the appointments often book up several days in advance, so making an appointment is always a good idea. LIB 112, 601.266.4821,

Speaking Center

    The Speaking Center was designed to improve oral communication skills across the campus. As part of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan, the centers are available for all students, faculty and staff. LIB 117, 601.266.4965,

Library Assistance

    E-struction is an email instruction program which will introduce participants to a range of electronic library resources. The series of lessons will be emailed to the participants upon registration. The series of lessons include: 1) Introduction to ANNA, the Library Catalog 2) General Tutorial for Finding Articles from a Database 3) How to Retrieve Articles 4) Plagiarism 5) Formatting and Citing in MLA Style 6) Formatting and Citing in APA Style 7) Research Literature Basics,

Other Important BSC information for BSC 111 students


     Lab website


     Faculty web pages

    2. FREE BSC Tutorial Center Located in MHB 004

     Monday 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

     Tuesday 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

     Wednesday 12:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

3. BSC Department Office is JST 720

     Advisement Bulletin Board


4. Get involved

     Beta Beta Beta the National Biological Sciences Honor Society

    Faculty contact is Dr. Leal JST 414

     Roots and Shoots

     Faculty contact is Dr. Herron JST 314

    Sierra Club

     Faculty contact is Dr. Jawor JST 403

     Other Honor Societies

     Ask Ms. Hokanson TEC 103

    The use of cell phones and iPods is not allowed during class. A penalty will be imposed if you decide to use one during


Date Topic Chapter(s)

    20 August Introduction to the Course

    The History of Life on Earth 25

    25 August Phylogeny and the Tree of Life 26

     Bacteria and Archaea 27

    27 August Bacteria and Archaea cont.

     Protists 28

    01 September Quiz 1; Protists cont. 28

    03 September Plant Diversity I: How Plants Colonized Land 29

    08 September Plant Diversity I: How Plants Colonized Land cont. 29

     Plant Diversity II: The Evolution of Seed Plants 30

    10 September Exam I 15 September Fungi 31

    17 September An Introduction to Animal Diversity 32

    22 September Invertebrates 33

    24 September Invertebrates cont. 33

    29 September* Quiz 2; Invertebrates cont. 33

    01 October Vertebrates 34

    06 October Quiz 3; Vertebrates cont. 34

    08 October Fall break: No class

    13 October Vertebrates cont. & Review 34

    15 October Exam II 20 October The Immune System 43

    22 October Osmoregulation and Excretion 44

     27 October Osmoregulation and Excretion cont. 44

     29 October Quiz 4; Hormones and the Endocrine System 45

    03 November Nervous Systems 49

    05 November Nervous Systems cont. 49

    10 November Exam III 12 November An Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere 52

    17 November An Introduction to Ecology cont. 52

    19 November Quiz 5; Population Ecology 53

    24 November Community Ecology 54

    26 November Thanksgiving holiday: No class

    01 December Community Ecology cont. 54

    03 December Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology 56

    08 December Exam IV --- 10:45 a.m. 1:15 p.m.

     * September 30 is the last day to drop without academic penalty

    ** Quiz and exam dates are subject to change

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