Biology 2161—General Zoology Laboratory

(ACTS 1054, when combined with BIOL 2153)

Department of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Spring 2005, M 1:10-4:00

Science Center B7


             Instructor:  Dr. John L. Hunt.  Office:  B-11, Science Center.  Phone:  870-460-1466.  E-mail:  Office Hours:  Weekdays 10:00-11:00; or by appointment. 

             Required texts:  Hickman, C. P., L. S. Roberts, and A. Larson.  2003.  Animal Diversity.  3rd Edition.  McGraw-Hill, New York, 447 pp. 

             Course Objectives:  To introduce the student to classification, phylogenetic relationships, morphology, function, and life histories of invertebrate and vertebrate life forms. 

             Tests and grading:  Grades will be computed as a percentage of 400 points, which will come from four scheduled practical exams.  Regular laboratory sessions will be held after tests.  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 only from scheduled examinations.

             Attendance:  Attendance at all lab sessions and exams is mandatory.  In the event that you miss a lab, 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, 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.  It is to your advantage to take the exams as scheduled.

             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.    

Disorderly conduct is any behavior which disrupts the regular of 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 page 46 of the 2003-2005 UAM Catalog.  Please do not hold conversations with classmates during lecture.  DO NOT BRING CELL PHONES TO CLASS!  If your cell phone rings during lab, I will respond in the only manner available to me—by adjusting your grade.

             Academic dishonesty:  Cheating will not be tolerated.  The Academic Code of the University of Arkansas-Monticello may be found on page 65 of the 2003-2005 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.

             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.

             Course outline: 

 January 24      Microscopy, Tissues, Mitosis

January 31       Development, Protozoans

February 7       Phyla Porifera and Cnidaria

February 14     EXAM I, Phylum Platyhelminthes

February 21     The Pseudocoelomates

February 28     Phylum Mollusca

March 7           EXAM II, Phylum Annelida

March 14         Spring Break

March 21         Phylum Arthropoda

March 28         Miscellaneous Phyla

April 4              Phylum Echinodermata

April 11            EXAM III, Phylum Chordata

April 19            Fetal Pig

April 25            Mammalian Heart and Brain

May 2              EXAM IV

Dates to Remember:     January 17—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (UAM closed)

January 19—Last day to register or add a class

March 14-18—Spring Break

                                    April 6—Last day to drop with a W

                                    April 29—Last day to withdraw from class

                                    May 4—Last day of classes