BIO 210 ~ Course Syllabus ~ Fall 2013


Lecture Instructor: Rick Gillis  Office: 3014 Cowley Hall Office Phone: (608)-785-8253  


OFFICE HOURS: Although my Office Hours in 3014 Cowley Hall are listed on the schedule below in green, please feel free to visit me any time I am in my office (which is usually when I am not in class, as indicated by the yellow shading).


Class Period


Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


325 CH


325 CH

Office Office Office Office


100 CH
100 CH
100 CH



Office Office Office Office


325 CH        


325 CH 100 CH   100 CH  


325 CH Office Office Office Office
15:1516:15 325 CH        



I can usually be reached by phone (608-785-8253) or visited during the hours I am not in class, but if this becomes a problem, I can always be reached by e-mail at:


CLASS ROOMS: Lectures meet in 100 Cowley Hall; labs meet in 325 Cowley Hall.


Course MaterialsAs part of the special course fee you have paid, you will be provided with a set of Course Lecture Outline Notes (which includes a series of appendices), a Laboratory Manual and a CD-ROM  (Zoo Disk) that contains just about all of the questions (except for some questions to the function of some structures) along with their answers, their correct spelling, whether they need to be underlined or not, capitalized, etc. found on the Animal Biology Lab Practical Exams!   



Optional Material: Animal Diversity by Hickman and Roberts.  Although you may wish to use this text as a reference, there will be no reading assignments nor will any test material be taken from it.


Special Note to Teacher Education Students: Activities in this course can potentially be used for portfolio development!


D2L on-LINE PRACTICE EXAMS: After we have finished the material for each lecture and laboratory exam, you can go to the course D2L website and take a practice exam over the same material.  Each practice lecture exam will cover the same material as the actual lecture exam and will be in the same multiple-choice format.  Each of the laboratory practice exams will cover the same material as the actual lab exams and consist of 30 fill-in-the blank questions. After taking the exam, you will be shown your score as well as any questions you might have missed and the answers you provided. Although you can certainly use your notes while taking these practice exams, the actual exams are “closed-book/closed-notes”, so the best advice is to study for each exam and then take it to see where you are with respect to the material you need to know for the exam!


METHOD OF Evaluation: Course grades will be determined by points received on machine-scored, non-comprehensive, multiple choice exams given during lecture hours* as well as a microscope quiz and three laboratory practical exams. Questions for the lecture test will be taken only from the material presented in lecture.  The dates of all quizzes and exams can be found on the Class Schedule.

Note: Any of the lecture exams (including the final exam) may be taken prior to the date and time for which they are scheduled for any reason.  With reasonable justification (such as illness, participation in an athletic event, the scheduling of an unreasonable number of exams and assignments on the same day or two, etc.) students may take lecture exams at a later date. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the student to find a time to take the exam during which the instructor is free and available. 

If you wish to take an exam after its scheduled time and date, you must notify the instructor in writing via e-mail before the scheduled date and time of the exam, explain the reason you wish to take the exam at a later date and indicate when you wish to take the exam


Note: If you fail to do this, you will not be permitted to take the exam and will receive a score of zero for the missed exam!

Note also that there is no provision for making up missed laboratory practical exams! If you miss a scheduled lab exam, check with your lecture instructor immediately to explain your reason for missing the exam and to see if you will be permitted to take it at a later scheduled time! If this is not possible, and you have contacted your lecture instructor within 24 hours of missing the exam and your excuse for missing the exam is deemed justifiable, the score you receive on the next lab practical will be counted twice.

If you miss the last lab practical (for a reason deemed justifiable by your lecture instructor), the lower of your previous two lab practical scores will be counted twice. But remember, if you miss a lab practical for a reason not deemed justifiable by your lecture instructor (i.e., you over-slept, forgot the exact time, arrived after the quiz had begun, your alarm clock didn’t work, etc.) you will receive a zero for that exam!

The breakdown of points will be as follows:

Exercise or Test


Lecture Exams (3)


Comprehensive Final Exam


D2L On-Line Lab Pre-Lab Quizzes (10)*


D2L On-Line Post Lab Quizzes (10)*


Phylogenetic Tree Lab Exercise


Microscope Quiz


Lab Practical Exams (3)


Total points =


*One (the lowest, missed, failed to be recorded due to computer lock up, etc.) pre-lab and post-lab on-line quiz score will be dropped.

The course grade distribution will be as follows:


A: 90-100%   AB: 87-89%   B: 80-86%     BC: 77-79%   C: 70-76%  D: 60-69%  F: 0-59%


Class AttendanceAttendance at all lectures and lab sessions is a normal and expected component of this (or any other) course at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse!  You are responsible for any important announcements, changes to the exam schedule, assignment due dates, etc. made in lecture and lab. Thus, if you fail to take a lecture exam before or during its scheduled hour because the date of the exam was changed and a new exam date was announced in class, this does not constitute “reasonable justification” for having missed the exam, and you will receive a score of zero for that exam!


Required Writing Assignment: As part of the writing-across-the-major program, all students in this course are required to complete a writing assignment. Accordingly, up to 15 points of extra credit may be awarded for completing this assignment, but remember, if the writing assignment is not turned in personally to your lecture instructor by the time and date specified in the course syllabus, 15 points will be subtracted from your total number of course points!


Note:  In addition to the Link on this website, instructions for completing the writing assignment can also be found in the stapled set of class handouts. 


Code Numbers: In keeping with UW-L and Federal requirements (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) for maintaining student confidentiality in the grading process, all lecture and lab exam scores will be posted on the Animal Biology website on the following Link   by a three-digit Code Number known only to the student and the lecture instructor. 


To obtain a Code Number, visit your instructor in his office (3014 Cowley Hall) at your earliest convenience, but no later than the date and time the second lecture exam is scheduled. This is the only way of obtaining this number (which is also be used for obtaining your species and identifying your extra credit writing assignment)!


Students With Special Needs: Any student with a documented disability who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the instructor and the Disability Resource Services Office at the beginning of the semester.  Such accommodations are not a special privilege; they are your legally mandated right!

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