BIOL 3451—Mammalogy Lab

Fall 2013, B31, Science Center

Thursday 1:40-4:30


Instructor:  Dr. John L. Hunt.  E-mail:  Phone:  870-460-1466.  Web page:  Office:  B11, Science Center.  Office hours:  MWF, 8:00-9:00, Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 2:00-3:00, or by appointment.


Suggested text:  Sealander, J. A., and G. A. Heidt.  1990.  Arkansas mammals:  their natural history, classification, and distribution.  The University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville, 308 pp.  This book is out of print, but copies are sometimes available from web-based booksellers.


Objective:  To introduce the student to diversity of mammals in Arkansas, and to techniques used to study them.


            Tests and grading:  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, from a major paper, from lab exercises, and from announced and unannounced quizzes.  Exams will consist of a mixture of practical, essay, short answer, and objective-type questions, and may include some drawing. 


            Attendance:  Attendance at all lab meetings and exams is mandatory.  Please note that some labs require attendance early in the morning, late at night, and on weekends.  There will be a weekend field trip to the Ouachita Mountains Biological Station near Mena, October 18-20.  Check out their website at:   Your success in this course is directly dependent upon your attendance and participation in the lab.  To this end, one percentage point will be removed from your class grade for each unexcused lab absence.  It is the responsibility of the student to provide a university-approved excuse for each class missed on the next class day.  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. 


            Missed exams:  Missed exams may be made up only by students with an approved university excuse, by arrangement with the instructor.  Approved university excuses do not include “had to work,” “hung over,” “overslept,” or “my car is busted.”  Please be aware that any made-up exam may NOT be the same exam given during the normal class period.  Students are responsible for all material presented in class, even with an approved university excuse for missing a class.  It is the responsibility of the student to obtain missed material from classmates.  


            Class policies:  Mammalogy lab is a demanding class, with a large number of terms and concepts to be mastered.  Expect to spend a great deal of out-of-class time studying.  The instructor is here to help you; please feel free to ask questions at any time.  You are encouraged to seek my help outside of regular class hours if you are so inclined.

Mammalogy lab is designed as a FIELD LAB.  You should come prepared to spend the entire lab time outdoors, rain or shine.  Some labs will require you to get wet, muddy, or dirty.  Labs will often entail moving through heavy brush and thorns, climbing up steep hills, and providing blood meals for mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, and flies.  If this doesn’t sound like fun to you, you may be in the wrong line of work.  Use common sense in deciding what to bring into the field with you.  You may want sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, machete, and water.  You should always dress appropriately--don’t wear nice clothes.  Long pants and heavy shoes are always recommended.

            Use of tobacco products in University vehicles or on University property is strictly prohibited (this means no “dippin’”).  You may bring food or snacks, but you must not leave paper or trash in the van or at any of the field sites we visit.

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 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 October 30.  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.


            Students with disabilities:  It is the policy of the University of Arkansas-Monticello to accommodate students with disabilities in accordance with federal law.  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.


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:


1.      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 one’s self.

2.      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.

3.      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.

4.      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).


Tentative schedule:  Because of the vagaries of weather, the schedule of the mammalogy lab must be considered to be somewhat fluid.  The following schedule is subject to change with or without notice.  Be prepared!


August 22                   Introduction

August 29                   Skulls & Bones

September 5                Mammals of Arkansas

September 12              Library

September 19              Basic trapping (will require activity outside regular lab hours)

September 26              Scientific Writing

October 3                    TBD

October 10                  Mammals of Arkansas/Skull & Bones review

October 17                  Mid-term Exam

October 18-20             Weekend field trip

October 24                  Trapping grid (will require activity outside regular lab hours)

October 31                  Tracks and Scats

November 7                TBD (First draft of paper due)

November 14              Zoo trip

November 21              TBD (Final draft of paper due)

November 27-29         Thanksgiving holiday 

December 5                 Lab Final