Biology 101L Biology & Society Laboratory

Biology 101L Biology & Society Laboratory

Biology 101L Biology and Society Laboratory Spring Semester Lab 01 2013 Instructor:

Michelle Smith Contact Information: Email: [email protected] Class Web Sites: www.wcc.hawaii.edu/facstaff/miliefsky-m/

Syllabus Schedule Assignments Handouts

Prelab quizzes Lab Time & Location Lab: Section 35115 F 2:30-5:15 Imiloa 123 Instructors Office Location & Hours

Imiloa 136 Tuesday 11:15-1 Wed.-Friday 12:30-1 or by apt General Objectives Make you excellent observers

Develop life-long habits which will help you understanding how you fit into and impact society Learn how to apply the scientific method to common biological problems Discover key community resources

Strategy Active learning Collect your own data Analyze data & compare with other data Interpret through synthesis Considerable work outside lab Strategy

Work generally spans multiple sessions Details shown in PowerPoint slides Procedures and Info Links on the Web Lab Topics Making Observations: Birds

Bird Abundances & Trends Habitat Assessment & Evaluation Biomes Invertebrates and Vertebrates Food Lab Topics Variability : A Food Perspective Biological Forensics

Ethics & Environmental Dilemmas Environmental Trends & Predictions Lab Requirements Field Notebook Safety Check

Assumption of Risk & Release Permission for field trip Cell Phones Please turn it off before arriving to class!

Attendance Mandatory Be on Time! Dont expect labs to end early. Let instructor know if you anticipate an absence. 5% of grade

Participation Participate in activities Work collaboratively

Clean up after 5% of grade Pre-Lab Quizzes

14 pre-lab quizzes (10% of grade) Posted @ www.wcc.hawaii.edu/facstaff/miliefsky-m/ Go to BIOL 101L site No make-up quizzes Dont be late Homework Assignments Your work matches the

assignment It is accurate and complete It is on-time It shows thoughtful insight

80% of your grade Grading Attendance 5% Participation 5% Prelab Quizzes 10% Assignments 80%

Total 100% Note: Your laboratory grade will be averaged with your lecture grade (50:50). Grading A90% or above in total points B 80%- 89% of total points C70%- 79% of total points

D60%- 69% of total points F Below 55% of total points; also informal or incomplete withdrawal from course. What We Do For You Stimulate your interest Guide you in asking critical

questions Demonstrate data collection and documentation Show you basic analysis techniques What We Expect of You Come on time and prepared to

fully participate Join us in the spirit of adventure and learning Take the time and apply the effort Assumptions You are here to participate You are honest You can show initiative

General Structure of the Labs Review and discuss homework Learn about the new tasks Work on the tasks in the lab and outside Review new homework assignment to be done between labs Discuss some ethical dilemmas

related to the lab materials Web Support www.wcc.hawaii.edu/facstaff/miliefsky-m/ Cheating Plagiarism ee student handbook on conduct code or

tp://www.hawaii.edu/student/conduct/imper.html Ethical Dilemmas Biology 101L Biology & Society Laboratory Laboratory 0 Ethical Dilemmas Questions that provoke

discussions about topics which require mature decision-making. Role playing is often required put yourself is someone elses place and evaluate a situation from her perspective. Ethical Dilemmas Topics come from:

Issues related to this class Current news Perennial societal issues It is hard for me to get to class on time and I dont think that I should be penalized points for being late. I think that it is much more important whether

I do my assignments correctly than if I am prompt or not. My Instructor didnt give me a very good grade on the last assignment. I really thought that I deserved better. There should be a simple, completely objective standard

on which all grading is based. Smoking and obesity have been in the news recently with the claim that they are equally important, major-risk factors in preventable deaths. I dont think that a biology class is the proper venue to discuss such issues.

Whether I smoke or what I eat is simply a matter of personal choice. The Board of Water Supply is urging that we use less water. I think that I should be able to use as much as I want. It is the job of government to

supply what is needed, not to tell me what to do. Human stem cell research involves the use of embryonic tissue. I believe that scientists should be allowed to study what ever they want, especially if there is some promise of

eventually helping people. Political leaders should not put any restrictions on scientists.

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