PREREQUISITE: BIO 1080/90 and BIO 1081/91 (or equivalent)
Instructor: Dr. Hays – Lecture: 11-12:15 MW; Lab: 12:30-3:20 MW SI 2085
Office: SI 2032.
Phone: (303)615-0777; Fax: (303) 556-6426
E-Mail: [email protected]
Hays Homepage: http://sites.msudenver.edu/haysc
Office Hours: 8:30-11 MW; or by appointment
OPTIONAL TEXT: Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates, 9th Edition, by Kent and Carr and Hays outlines/objectives from Hays Homepage. ISBN for text is 13: 9781308799308. A lab manual is required, see laboratory objectives for that information.
LECTURE AND LECTURE EXAM SCHEDULE:
|Aug. 17||Introduction||Chapter 2|
|Aug. 19||Vertebrate Characteristics & Classes||Chapter 1|
|Aug. 24||Vertebrate Classes||Chapter 3&4|
|Aug. 26||Early Development||Chapter 5|
|Aug. 31||Early Development & Integument (Integument not on Quiz 1)|
|Sept. 2||Integument (not on Quiz 1)||Chapter 6|
|Sept. 3-6||QUIZ 1||Online|
|Sept. 7||No Class|
|Sept. 9||Integument/Intro to Skeleton|
|Sept. 14||Vertebrae||Chapter 7|
|Sept. 16||Ribs, Sternum, Neurocranium||Chapter 8&9|
|Sept. 17-20||QUIZ 2||Online|
|Sept. 21||Head Skeleton||Chapter 9|
|Sept. 23||Head Skeleton|
|Sept. 28||Head Skeleton|
|Sept. 30||Appendicular Skeleton||Chapter 10|
|Oct. 5||Appendicular Skeleton||Chapter 10|
|Oct. 7||Muscular System (not on Quiz 3)||Chapter 11|
|Oct. 8-11||QUIZ 3||Online|
|Oct. 12||Muscular System||Chapter 11|
|Oct. 14||MIDTERM (Through Skeleton)||In class|
|Oct. 19||Muscular System|
|Oct. 21||Digestive System||Chapter 12|
|Oct. 26||Digestive System|
|Oct. 28||Respiratory System (not on Quiz 4)||Chapter 13|
|Oct. 29-Nov. 1||QUIZ 4||Online|
|Nov 2||Respiratory System||Chapter 13|
|Nov. 4||Circulatory System||Chapter 14|
|Nov. 9||Circulatory System||Chapter 14|
|Nov. 11||Circulatory System|
|Nov. 12-15||QUIZ 5||Online|
|Nov. 16||Urinary System||Chapter 15|
|Nov. 18||Reproductive System|
|Nov 23-28||No Class|
|Nov. 30||Nervous System||Chapter 16|
|Dec. 2||Nervous System|
|Dec. 3-6||QUIZ 6||Online|
This is a tentative date
|FINAL EXAM (Muscles – Nervous System)||In class|
- Students are responsible for full knowledge of the provisions and regulations pertaining to all aspects of their attendance at MSU Denver, and should familiarize themselves with the policies found in the MSU Denver Catalog.
EXAMS AND GRADES:
1. There will be 6 quizzes each worth 50 points (300 total). Each quiz has 50 multiple choice or true/false questions. These are open-note, open-book exams. However, you may not collaborate with your classmates. You can access the exams through Blackboard (msudenver.blackboard.com). You will have 1 hour to complete each quiz but only one chance to complete it. Online tests open at 12 a.m. on the date listed above and close at 11:59 p.m. on the date listed above (Thursdays-Sundays). If you miss the due date for an online quiz, notify your instructor. Late online exams will have an automatic deduction of 5 points per day late. When you are ready to take the quiz, click on the exam link, read the instructions, and then click “begin.” You may save your answers as you go, or wait until the end and save all of the answers and then “save and submit.” After it is submitted, click “ok” to view your results to learn from this assessment. There is a practice test that you may try at any time to make sure your web browser is compatible with Blackboard and to get familiar with the format. No points are awarded nor deducted for results on the practice test.
2. There will be a comprehensive midterm and final each worth 125 points (250 total). These are closed book tests administered in class.
3. There will be 3 lab exams each worth 100 points (300 total). 50 questions worth 2 points each. MOST of the questions will be identification of structures you have studied in lab.
4. The total number of points possible for the course is 850. Letter grades will be assigned on a percentage basis, as follows:
A = 765-850
B = 680-764
C = 595-679
D = 510-594
F = Fewer than 510 points
5. There will not be any exam make-ups allowed excepting for extenuating circumstances. If this occurs, I must be notified in person or by phone/email message BEFORE the exam begins.
6. The room door closes 15 minutes after the start of the class period on exam day. No exam may be started after this time.
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SYLLABUS POLICIES – Fall 2020
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BEST GRADE STANDS
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Catalog Course Description:
A comprehensive study is made of the evolution of structure and function of vertebrates. The laboratory portion of the course is emphasized and will consist of detailed dissections of vertebrates representing several classes.
Specific (Measurable) Student Behavioral Learning Objectives (format: 1, a, i, ii, etc.):
Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:
- Explain why an understanding of basic evolutionary and embryological principles is essential for an understanding of the theory of comparative anatomy.
- Relate structure and function of all organs in each body system.
- Analyze the structure, function and evolution of the vertebrate integument and its derivatives.
- Compare bone and cartilage and their respective roles in forming the vertebrate skeleton.
- Analyze the structure function and evolution of the vertebrate vertebral column, appendicular skeleton and head skeleton.
- Relate bone and muscle in producing movements.
- Illustrate the microscopic features used in classifying muscles.
- Discuss the evolutionary trends evident in muscle groups.
- Analyze the structure function and evolution of the coelom.
- Analyze the structure and function of the digestive system.
- Analyze the structure, function and evolution of the oral cavity and the pharynx and their derivatives.
- Compare the ontogeny and phylogeny of the vertebrate kidney.
- Theorize the evolutionary trends of the urogenital ducts of vertebrates.
- Diagram the functional anatomy of the heart.
- Theorize the evolution of the heart.
- Explain the evolution of systemic and pulmonary flow circuits.
- Analyze the structure, function and evolution of the nervous system and sensory organs of vertebrates.
- Observe anatomical materials more critically.
- Become skilled in dissecting procedures.
- Identify bone, cartilages and surface markings of skeletons. Compare similarities of these features between different vertebrate groups.
- Identify the major skeletal muscles of fishes, amphibians and mammals. Compare the locations and similarities of the muscles between these animals.
- Identify the structures of the respiratory, digestive, urogential, cardiovascular and nervous systems of representative vertebrates. Compare the locations and similarities of organs in these systems between the representative vertebrates.