School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Instructor: Dr. Christopher G. Sims
Office: B 14
Office Phone: 460-1664
Office Hours: otherwise by appointment.
Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach,
Course Prerequisites: BIOL 1063
Objectives: In this course we will study the behavior of animals, focusing specifically on the evolutionary and ecological significance of these behaviors. Topics include genetics of behavior, ethology, adaptation, fitness, reproductive tactics/mating systems, foraging, and social behavior.
Course Grade: Lecture:
3 Lecture Exams: 100 pts. each
Final Exam: 100 pts.
lab summaries/article summaries (# to be determined): 10 pts. each
Lab Total 200 pts.
Course total: 600 pts.
*******NO EXTRA CREDIT will be given under any circumstances!!!
Each student will choose a code number/code name prior to the first test and this will be used to post grades. Grades will be posted either by hard copy or on the Internet. If you do not wish to have your grade posted please let the instructor know prior to the first test. Grades will not be provided over the phone or by E-mail.
Attendance, Testing, and Cheating: Attendance in this course is mandatory. Attendance will be recorded regularly and anyone missing 6 class days will be dropped from the course unless appropriate documentation can be provided. Your success in this course is directly dependent on your attendance and participation in lectures.
Exam attendance is required and make-up exams will be given only under extreme circumstances. Make-up exams will be allowed only in cases of illness with a doctor’s excuse, excused university functions, or family emergencies with a written excuse from a family member. If you are forced to miss an exam you must notify me within 24 hours of the exam. Failure to do so will result in a zero on that exam. If you know ahead of time that you will be absent please let me know and prior arrangements for testing can be made.
Cheating in any form will not be tolerated and will automatically result in failure of the course. Cellular phones are included in the cheating policy and any appearance of a cellular phone (or other communication devise) during a test will be considered an attempt to cheat by the student.
Likewise electronic devises such as cellular phones etc. will not be allowed in lecture unless prior approval is given by the instructor.
Students with disabilities: It is the policy of the University of Arkansas at Monticello to accommodate individuals with disabilities pursuant to federal law and the University’s commitment 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.
Statement on disruptive behavior: The following action is prohibited under the Student Conduct Code: Disorderly Conduct: 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.