Biology 2091—Principles of Biology II Laboratory

(ACTS BIOL 1014, when combined with BIOL 2083)

Department of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Spring 2015, Wednesday 1:10-3:00 p.m. (Section 01)

Wednesday 3:10-5:00 p.m.  (Section 02)

Science Center B7



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

E-mail huntj@uamont.eduWeb page:

Office Hours:  10-11 MWF; 8:30-9:30 TTh; 2-3 MTThF, or by appointment.


            Prerequisites:  BIOL 2053 and BIOL 2041 (each with a grade of at least C).


            Corequisite:  BIOL 2083; Principles of Biology II.


            Required texts:  none.


            Course Objectives:  Students will participate in exercises and demonstrations on animal and plant diversity, as well as structure, function, and behavior of these organisms.  This lab is designed for biology and other life science majors and minors.


            Tests and grading:  Grades will be computed as a percentage of approximately 300 points.  Of these, 200 points will come from exams, 50 will come from quizzes and lab performance, and 50 will come from a written assignment.  Grading will be on the standard 10-point scale (90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, 0-59 = F).  There is no curving of the grade or “extra” credit.  Points will be earned from scheduled examinations, assignments, and quizzes.


            Attendance:  Attendance at all lab sessions and exams is mandatory.  You will sign an attendance sheet for each lab.  Unexcused absences may result in the loss of ten points from your final average for each lab missed.  It is important for you to note that you are responsible for material covered in every lab, even if you miss the lab with an excused absence.  It is your responsibility to obtain the material you have missed, and to be prepared when you return to class.  Students who miss an exam with an excused absence will take a make-up exam, which may be an essay type.  Make-up exams will be given at a time and place determined by the instructor.  Quizzes may not be made up.


Class policies.  Please note that some of the labs require dissection.  All students are required to participate in dissections; those students who do not participate will lose points.  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 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.  You may not read outside material, study other classes, or work crossword puzzles during class.  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 39-45 of the 2013-2015 UAM Catalog.

            The last date to drop this course with a W (and for most other courses at UAM) is March 18.  A grade of I will only be given if a student has completed 75% of the work of the course, with a mathematical possibility of obtaining a passing grade, and will be given only for University-approved excuses, with the approval of the Dean of Math and Sciences.    


Academic dishonesty:  Cheating will not be tolerated.  The Academic Code of the University of Arkansas-Monticello may be found on page 40 of the 2013-2015 UAM Catalog.  Please note the following definitions of academic dishonesty:


Cheating:  Students shall not give, receive, offer, or solicit information on examinations, quizzes, or other class work. This includes but is not limited to the following classes of dishonesty:  a)  Copying from another student’s paper;  b)  Use during the examination of prepared materials, notes, or texts other than those specifically permitted by the instructor;  c)  Collaboration with another student during the examination;  d)  Buying, selling, stealing, soliciting, or transmitting an examination or any material purported to be the unreleased contents of coming examinations or the use of any such material;  e)  Substituting for another person during an examination or allowing such substitutions for oneself.

Collusion: Collusion is defined as obtaining from another party, without specific approval in advance by the instructor, assistance in the production of work offered for credit to the extent that the work reflects the ideas of the party consulted rather than those of the person whose name in on the work submitted.

Duplicity: Duplicity is defined as offering for credit identical or substantially unchanged work in two or more courses, without specific advanced approval of the instructors involved.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is defined as adopting and reproducing as one’s own, to appropriate to one’s use, and to incorporate in one’s own work without acknowledgement the ideas or passages from the writings or works of others.


Please note that the instructor has wide latitude in taking corrective action in response to cheating; expect the harshest possible response in this class.  In other words, if I catch you cheating even once, I will assign a grade of F for the course.  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.


            Tentative course outline:

Januray 7         No lab. 

January 14       Introduction, mitosis.

January 21       Bone and muscle tissues, bone identification.

January 28       Genetics.

February 4       Dissection of a vertebrate.

February 11     Protists.

February 18     LAB EXAM 1.

February 25     Fungi.

March 4           Animal behavior, technical writing.

March 11         Animal diversity.

March 18         Animal diversity.—Writing Assignment Due

March 25         Spring Break (Woo-hoo!).

April 1             TBD

April 8             Embryology.

April 15           Ecology.

April 22           FINAL EXAM.