Biology 399V—Anatomy of the Shark

Department of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Spring 2011, Monday 2:00 P.M.

Science Center B31 


Instructor:  Dr. John L. Hunt.  Office:  B-11, Science Center.  Phone:  870-460-1466

E-mail huntj@uamont.eduWeb page:

Office Hours:  MWF, 9:00-10:00, TTh, 2:00-3:00, or by appointment. 


            Text:  Kardong, K.V., and E. J. Zalisko.  2009.  Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy:  A Laboratory Dissection Guide (5th Edition).  McGraw Hill, New York, 225+ pp. 


            Course Objectives To provide a basic understanding of shark anatomy, with a focus on the evolution of morphological characteristics. 


            Grading:  Grading is on the standard 10-point scale.  Points will be earned based on practical knowledge of shark anatomy.


            Attendance:  Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory.  Attendance will be taken on a daily basis.  It is important for you to note that you are responsible for material covered in every class, even if you miss the class with an excused absence.  It is your responsibility to obtain the material you have missed from fellow students; notes for missed classes WILL NOT be provided by the instructor. 


Class policies.  The points in this class are not concentrated near the end—you need to do well early in the semester.  The instructor is here to help you.  Please feel free to ask questions at any time.  You are encouraged to seek help outside of regular class hours if you are so inclined, either during office hours or by appointment.  Tutor service is available at Harris Hall—call 870-460-1054 for details. 

            Please do not hold conversations with classmates during lecture.  You may tape lectures if you so desire, but this should not substitute for the taking of detailed class notes.  DO NOT BRING CELL PHONES TO CLASS!  If your cell phone rings during my lecture, I will respond in the only manner available to me—by adjusting your grade.  You may not text-message or keep your cell phone on your desk during class.  If I see you text-messaging or surfing the web during class, you will be asked to leave.  If this occurs twice, you will be assigned a grade of F for the course.  No electronic devices other than tape recorders are allowed in class—this includes laptops and i-pods.  Disorderly conduct is any behavior which disrupts the regular or normal functions of the University Community, including behavior which breaches the peace or violates the rights of others.  This type of conduct is prohibited by the Student Conduct Code.  The Code may be found on pages 44-47 of the 2009-2011 UAM Catalog. 


Academic dishonesty:  Cheating will not be tolerated.  The Academic Code of the University of Arkansas-Monticello may be found on page 44 of the 2009-2011 UAM Catalog.  Please note that the instructor has wide latitude in taking corrective action in response to cheating; expect the harshest possible response in this class.  You will not be allowed to have a cell phone of any sort on your desk during exams (or any other time during class).


            Students with disabilities:  It is the policy of the University of Arkansas—Monticello to accommodate individuals with disabilities pursuant to federal law and the commitment of the University to equal educational opportunities.  It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any necessary accommodations at the beginning of the course.  Any student requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Special Student Services located in Harris Hall, Room 120, phone 870-460-1026, TDD 870-460-1626, fax 870-460-1926.


Subjects to be covered:  Taxonomy, external anatomy and integument, skull and skeleton, muscles, digestive system, circulatory system, urogenital system, nervous system.


Important dates:  


January 17                   Martin Luther King Day

January 24                   First day of class.

March 21-25                SPRING BREAK (Woo-hoo!).

April 6                         Last day to drop.

May 3                         Last day of class.