Biology 1010-1015


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Unit Exams (100 pts possible each)

These three tests will consist of at least 50 questions equally covering all chapters discussed within the designated time period.  Questions are based upon concepts also covered in readings and quizzes. The date and time of these exams are listed below in the course outline and plans should be made well in advance to be in attendance. There are no exceptions for missed tests. Tests cannot be taken late, though arrangements can be made to take a test early. It is your responsibility to make these arrangements and I reserve the right to deny your petition.

You will receive 6 reading assignments spread out through the course. Each article must be thoroughly read and digested. Once
confident with the material, you must write a POM (Point of Most Significance). This is how it is done.
Choose which type of POM to write (I, II, III). Choose wisely, you cannot get an A in the course by doing all Type I POMS.
Your written POM will be turned in via email by the date listed in the syllabus. The email must be written with the following pieces
and format. If you submit a WORD document, you must have your name on the title of the document you send. Your POM may also be written as part of the message body.

Subject: Biology 1010 (Title of Article) POM

Message body:
Name of Student
Type of POM ( Type I, II, III)
Title of Article

Sixty well selected words describing your POM
• TYPE I: You then have 60 words to describe what you think was the point of most significance from the reading. It can
be less than 60 words, but NO MORE! Maximum score for this is 8 points.

• TYPE 2: You have 60 words to briefly state the point of most significance and then RELATE it to something in your life,
previously discussed concept or reading assignment. This is more difficult than Type 1 and so you can earn a maximum
of 10 points. Any citations should be placed on the bottom left side of the card.

• Type 3: You have 60 words to discuss what is being implied by the article. So you have to fully understand what the
article is saying, and then discuss what course of action would be necessary if one were to abide by what is being implied
by the author. Due to the increased level of difficulty, this is also worth 10 points.

QUIZZES (10 pts each)
After each chapter we will take an in-class quiz. These are meant both as a review and to spark discussion. You must be in class to
receive full credit, though these quizzes can be turned in anytime for 8 points. I also allow you to miss one quiz without it affecting
your grade.

Labs (10 pts each)

If registered, you are required to complete 12 of the 13 labs. The 120 total points earned by lab represents a significant portion of your earned grade. All materials needed for lab will be given as you participate. Only the Scientist Discussion will require multiple weeks to complete. For this assignment you will select a scientist from the text and do a 5-page life history report that will be submitted through You will hand in the report and lead a 7-minute discussion on the last lab. More information on this project can be found on the web.  Grades will be calculated by summing all points earned and dividing them by the total points possible. The points possible will be adjusted based on class performance and historical student scores. In summary, I will account for fluctuation in scores by the class, but I will not drop the point’s possible benchmark below 5%. Lab grades will be calculated separately from the course.


You will each be placed in a small group and assigned a GENERAL TOPIC. For that TOPIC your group will need to select a HISTORICAL FIGURE. Once selected, you will need to research that person, focusing on the following areas: 1) What is the historical context? 2) Describe the upbringing of the person and how that may or may not have contributed to them going into their area of research. 3) What was the big picture question they were researching and how did they contribute to the answer? 4) How did the scientific community react to their findings? Your group will then create a 5-minute podcast to teach us what you learned. I will supply the needed equipment for students who do not already own what will be needed. Get creative and have fun with this. You are to make it interesting for your peers as well as me. If I can't finish it because I am bored and fall asleep you probably won't get full points. The podcasts are due two weeks before finals.

Here is the course Syllabus.  Refer back to this when needed.

Practice POM Reading

America has been called the only nation founded on a good idea.  That idea has been given many and elaborate explanations, but the most concise and familiar formulation is the pursuit of happiness.  For a fortunate few people, happiness is the pursuit of excellence in a vocation.  The vocation can be a profession or a craft, elite or common, poetry or carpentry.  What matters most is an idea of excellence against which to measure achievement.  Fortunate people have a talent for happiness.  Possession of any talent can help a person toward happiness.  As Aristotle said, happiness is not a condition that is produced or stands on its own; rather, it is a frame of mind that accompanies an activity.  But another frame of mind comes first.  It is a steely determination to do well.

Author George F. Will from book Men at Work


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