Instructor: David P. Kreps
Office in S-101
Office hours are posted on the office door
Office phone number is 5310
Post Office Box is 150
Class Meetings: Lecture
room is in S-100
Lecture time is 1:00 - 1:50
Class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Required Readings: The Text: Human
Biology: Health, Homeostasis, and the
Environment, 3rd Ed., by Daniel D. Chiras
Handouts will be provided for selected topics.
300 points - Three one-hour exams, including the final.
50 points - MEDIA REVIEWS
70 points - Seven BEST quizzes
200 points - Two class research projects, 100 pts/ project
A = 90-100%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79 %, D = 60-69%, F= < 60%
Class Assignments: Assigned reading, short writes, concept mapping, group discussions
Class Policies: Attendance is required. Be sure to sign in when entering the classroom at the beginning of each class session. Get to class on time. A late arrival is disturbing to the class and the instructor and it puts you at an disadvantage when you have missed part of the work that is in progress. Examinations are scheduled. I must be notified if you are unable to be present because of illness. You must arrange a time for a make-up examination since I will not be contacting you. Class policy on plagiarism is outlined in the Spartan Que. Be sure that you are familiar with this statement because it will be enforced in this class.
Hints: My goals in teaching this course include: (1) introducing you to a few areas biology and science that will help you to become better informed and (2) to help you become a active participant in the learning process by emphasizing the importance of reading, note taking, and by having you become a "critical thinker" as we explore the topics covered in class.
Note Taking: Have an idea of what is to be covered in class before you come to class. Think about what you already know about the area(s) listed in the syllabus. Don't try to write everything down that is mentioned by the instructor but try to pick out terms and ideas that appear to significant. Listen for signals from the instructor that indicate he or she feels a particular point has special significance, e.g. "this is a key factor", or "note the relationship that exists between." After each lecture, review your notes. Flesh in points that you may have missed. This can be accomplished by checking with other members of the class to find out what they have in their notes.
Concept mapping: Most students will try to memorize pieces of information without knowing how the parts or concepts are related to each other. Organizing topics, terms, and other bits of information into a "map will help you see how subject matter can be tied together. You may already be very familiar with the idea of concept mapping and know how it can help you understand material presented in class. For those of you not familiar with this process, we will spend some time showing you how to arrange terms taken from the text or lectures into groups and explain how each is related to other members of the group. At first, you will be given sets of terms which you are to map using guidelines provided by the instructor. Your initial efforts can be done as a part of a group with group maps being presented to the class. Eventually, you should be able to produce concept maps on your own which will be evaluated by the instructor.
Critical Thinking Skills: Many students
measure the success in a particular class by how successful they are in
guessing what to memorize for the next test. I will attempt to have you
become an active participant in the learning process in this class. That
does not mean that you can get by with learning a bunch of facts" and then
regurgitate them onto paper on the next exam. I am looking for more than
recall in this course; I want you to learn how to evaluate a body of evidence,
to be able differentiate between assumptions and observations, and to be
able to reach some type of conclusion based on the evidence, not on preconceived
bias or misinformation. The following list of expectations for a critical
thinker was compiled by Daniel Charas, Human Biology - Health, Homeostasis,
2nd Ed. (page 15)
Group Research Project Assignments
OTHER WEB SITES
Chairas' Web Site
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