Dr. Ray L. Winstead
Professor of Biology, Indiana University of
BIOL104 General Biology II Syllabus - Spring 2012
PROFESSOR: Dr. R. L. Winstead, Office Room 5, Phone (724) 357-2912
(Biology Office (724) 357-2352)
Office Hours: Monday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
NOTE: Information and
handouts for this course (plus other information) are also available on
my website at http://raywinstead.com
(Note the QR code that you can scan on your smart phone
to give you easy access to the website on your smart phone.)
LECTURE TEXT: Biology: Tenth Edition, 2010 by Sylvia S. Mader
LAB MANUAL: General Biology Laboratory Manual by IUP General Biology Faculty.
Purchase at PRO-PACKET at University Square next to Domino's Pizza.
REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL READING: This course is part of the university's
Liberal Studies program and therefore, as mandated by the program, requires
that you have a supplemental reading assignment beyond the textbook. The assignment and grade for
assignment will be a part of your lab score. The assignment will be based
on the book Emotional Intelligence : Why It Can Matter
More Than IQ, 1995 by Daniel Goleman. (2005 paperback edition ISBN:
GRADING: Seven tests will be given on lecture material. Recorded scores for each test will be the percentage
of correct answers, since each test will probably have a different number of questions. Lecture tests will consist of multiple choice questions, true-false questions, matching, and/or similar questions. Your two lowest scores of the first six tests will be dropped. However, the seventh test during the exam period will NOT be dropped. The remaining five tests will each contribute fifteen percent (15%) to your course grade and individual lecture tests will NOT be curved. Your laboratory grade will contribute twenty-five percent (25%) to your course grade. Laboratory tests will be given during lab, and lab grades will not be curved.
Your final course grade will be on the basis of your overall, weighted average as calculated below:
Final Course Score (two lowest of first six tests dropped) =
(15)(Test "1") + (15)(Test "2") + (15)(Test "3") + (15)(Test "4") + (15)(Test 7) + (25)(Lab Grade)
Note that this formula takes into account the different percentage weights of
the lecture tests and lab part of the course. Also note that the five lecture
tests in the formula include the scores from the four highest tests out of the
first six plus your score for Test 7 during the exam period. Your final course
letter grade will be determined by your final average.
SINCE TWO LECTURE TESTS ARE BEING DROPPED, NO MAKE-UP TESTS FOR MISSED LECTURE TESTS WILL BE GIVEN. This means that if you miss one of the first six tests (including arriving late
after the first student has turned in a test) FOR ANY REASON, either your "fault" or "NOT your fault," (e.g., illness, accident, car trouble, other university activity,
wedding, or funeral), then your score for the missed test will be a zero and no make-up test is available. Missing a test for any reason is included in and provided for by the policy of dropping two of the first six tests.
You would be wise to attend class and be on time, if at all possible, to save
the two dropped tests until you really need them, e.g., for illness. (If you miss the final exam, then I will assume you intended to miss it and accept that failing grade, unless you immediately let me know otherwise.)
Bring your ID Card to all lecture tests. No extra credit is available.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: You are expected to attend all classes and be on time. There is no direct grade penalty for missing class, HOWEVER I offer you a friendly but strong warning that from past experience the indirect penalty for missing even one class is often severe. Based upon the percentage of material missed, the student who misses a class should not be surprised to score substantially lower on a test than originally expected. This adverse effect is observed even if lecture notes are obtained from someone else in the class.
Note that the grading policy above includes a test at the beginning of the class
period basically every other week. (See the test schedule below.
Also note that a test will last no longer than thirty
minutes, and the lecture will continue after the test.) When a student misses a class, I assume that
the student is a conscientious student and is, in fact, missing for a good,
legitimate reason. I do not get into judging myself whether or not I think
it was a good reason or not. Therefore, especially note the policy of the
course of no make-up tests above, since I acknowledge and allow for those
occasions that do occur when someone must miss a class and test. This is the
purpose of dropping two test grades. Missing more than two of the first
six tests means that the person has missed too much of the course and should
either seriously consider withdrawing from the course, if possible, or realize
there will be adverse consequences of missing so much of the course.
CHEATING: Be aware that any form of cheating in this course (lecture or lab)
will result in failure for the course. (Be aware that this penalty has been officially implemented in this course in
the recent past.) During a test, please be sure that no notes, text, electronic device,
or ear phones are accessible.
COURTESY: Please respect your classmates by not disturbing them. For example, please turn off all sound on phones and other
electronic devices while in class. The college dean has also established
the policy of no food or drinks in this lecture room. Thank you for your
General Biology II Lecture Schedule and Readings
|I. Material for Test 1, January 24 -
Tuesday February 7
|II. Material for Test 2,
February 7 - February 16.
Tuesday February 21
|III. Material for Test 3, February 21
- March 1.
|The Nervous System
||p. 679-682; p. 688-697
3 Tuesday March 6
|IV. Material for Test 4,
March 6 - March 22.
||Chapters 24, 25
|Introduction to Human Physiology
|Properties of Blood
Tuesday March 27
|V. Material for Test 5, March 27 -
|The Circulatory System
||p. 596-597; p.602-605
|The Lymphatic System and Immune Response
|The Respiratory System
|The Digestive System
Tuesday April 10
|VI. Material for Test 6, April 10 - April
|The Urinary System
|The Endocrine System
Tuesday April 24
|VII. Material for Test 7, April 24 -
Thursday May 10, 10:15 AM
(This is the official, university-scheduled exam day and time for this
course. No exam will be given early, so plan ahead for this or drop the
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