Survival Manual: Bio 101

Biology 101 Survival Manual

Last updated March 28, 2005
Lynn J. Fancher, Instructor Office Hours
IC3113d Monday: 10-12 pm
942-2127 Tuesday: 10-12 pm Wednesday: 10-12 pm
Mailbox: IC 3028 Thursday: 10-12 pm
Friday: 11 am-1 pm

Required Texts:

For a topical outline of this course and chapter references from the textbook, go here.

For Study Guides for this course, go here.

Grading Scale Class Assignments
90% - 100% = A 3 Exams: 300 points
80% - 89.9% = B Article Reports: 80 points
70% - 79.9% = C Practice Report: 10 points
60% - 69.9% = D Lab Assignments: TBA
<60% = F

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Some very useful information: This link will take you to the index for the essays I wrote for my Internet Biology 100 course. Though not specifically aimed at this course, they can still be helpful and, hopefully, interesting.

Exams: All exams will be short answer/essay style. There will be three exams, worth a total of 300 points. Exams will cover both lecture and lab materials. Missing any exam without replacing it will be grounds for failing this class. The last exam may not be made up.

Missed exams: Follow this link for the procedure to follow if you miss an exam. The most important things to remember are:
  1. If you know that you will be unable to attand a scheduled exam, it is your responsibility to make arrangements for a possible early exam. If you fail to take your exam early, you must follow regular rules for missed exams.
  2. Most important! You must notify me no later than the day of the exam of your absence and the reason for that absence. If you fail to follow this rule, I am within my rights to refuse to give you a replacement exam. Absolutely no exceptions to this requirement.
  3. If you miss an exam, and take proper action (as per #2 above), you will probably qualify for a replacement exam. See here for specifics.

Labs: Attendance in lab is required. You are expected to be in class, on time, for every lab period of the quarter. Quizzes on lecture material will frequently be given in the first 10 minutes of lab. These quizzes may not be made up and may not be taken late; if you are late to class, you will miss them. Sufficient lab absences will be grounds for failure in this class. Lab reports and assignments will be discussed as the quarter progresses. Most lab reports must be typed.

Reading: You will be required to read and analyze nine articles during the quarter. Follow the link for details of these assignments.

Facts of Life: Go here to check out some important vital statistics of this class.

No extra credit assignments will be considered for this class