NATURAL SCIENCES 104
LIFE ON EARTH
Welcome to NATS 104 - Life on Earth!
In this course, you will learn about biological systems,
from molecular to global.
Our aim is provide you with a basic understanding of biological systems,
how biological systems are studied,
and how to evaluate future work on the changes that
biological systems undergo on small and large scales.
LEARN! Attend all lectures and workshops on time, and do all the readings.
DON'T CHEAT! Read the University of Arizona Code of Academic Conduct
and the University Code of Academic Integrity
Cheating includes copying another person's homework, even if you
worked out the problems together. Although we encourage you to study and
work together, you must complete the work on your own.
Cheating will result in a grade of zero for the assignment,
a failing grade in the course, and/or referral to the Dean of
Students for possible suspension or expulsion from the University.
CLASS WEB PAGE, ATTENDANCE, AND READINGS
This course has a web page:
On this web page are IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS, lecture notes, supplemental material
for the lectures, the schedule of classes, policies (including this document),
and a lot of other information that you will find useful for this class.
It is YOUR responsibility to check this web page frequently for
any new information.
Although we will not take attendance formally, it is very much to your
benefit to attend every class. We provide lecture notes on the class web page,
and the readings cover the material presented in lecture, but neither gives
the emphasis and explanation provided by the professor.
You can be tested on anything in the lectures, including material that
might not be in the online lecture notes or readings.
You will also miss out on discussion and questions are that
likely to benefit your learning. And there are no makeup quizzes if
you miss an lecture quiz.
It is YOUR responsibility to keep us informed of your status.
If you will miss a lecture - for any reason - you MUST notify us
BEFORE class by email or phone message.
If you fail to notify us before class, and your absence becomes an
issue for any reason, we will not consider any course of action
that would resolve that issue. To protect your privacy and to help
us keep track of your homework in case of questions about grades,
you must pick up your own work. Unless you notify us ahead of time
that you will miss lecture, we will take off 1 point for every day
you do not pick up your work.
You may communicate with any of us at any time by email
and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We strongly encourage you to use this avenue, in addition to office hours,
to ask questions about the course material, set up appointments, or for any other reason.
If your questions are not of a personal nature, and the answers will benefit other
people in class, consider asking the question on the listserv.
However, please be aware that we might not be able to answer immediately because of other
commitments. From time to time, we may communicate with you by email.
As with the web page, it is important that you check your email
at least once or twice a week for any messages we might send.
The assigned readings
should be done BEFORE each lecture, to prepare you for class.
Most of the readings from our Textbook
Miller 12th), but other supplementary
readings will be made available through the internet.
Just click on each assigned reading and follow the instructions.
For example, click on P.U.S. p. 87-100
SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS SOURCES
D.P. = Dott, R.H., Jr. & Prothero, D.R. "Evolution of the Earth" 5th ed., McGraw-Hill (2001)
P.U.S. = Pruitt, N.L., Underwood, L.S. & Surver, W. "BioInquiry" 1st ed., Wiley (1999)
V.R. = Volpe, E.P. and Rosenbaum P.A., "Undertanding Evolution" 6th ed., McGraw-Hill (2000)
Your grade will be based on the following elements:
|Exams (100 pts. ea.)
|Workshop Reports (20 - 50 pts. ea.)
|Lecture Pop Quizzes (10 pts. best 8 of 10)
|Field Trip Report (50 pts.)
|| 50 pts.
A=100-90% B=89-80% C=79-70% D=69-60%
There will be no curve, but "extra credit" points will be
awarded for extra work during the course.
This is not offered as a replacement or substitute for clas or workshop material,
but to reward those who go beyond the amount of material required, or who need to
supplement poor performance through an opportunity to learn the material better.
Please note that a total of only 75 extra credit points will be possible,
but that is (75/750=10% of the class) enough to raise your grade one level.
Most of the extra credit assignments will come before the second 100 point exam.
The maximum possible extra credit points you may receive is 75 points, but your
actual number may be lower. If we offer more than a total of 75 points, and you
do all of the extra credit assignments, we will use your highest scores.
-amount of credit
Deadlines: extra-credit material must be turned in on time.
Late material will be assigned a penalty of 2 points per day after the
due date & time. Also, see the statements on
cheating elsewhere in this syllabus.
Copying material from any other source is cheating.
The lecture exams will include 20 - 50 questions on each exam,
for a total of 100 points on each. Each exam covers readings, lectures, and workshops.
The final is not a comprehensive exam and covers the material in
the last third of the course.
Note that there are policies with implications for your
grade in other sections in this syllabus.
Quizzes will be given during lecture. They will not be announced ahead of time.
There will be a total of 10 quizzes, and your grade will be based on the 8 highest scores. There are NO make-up quizzes. If you miss a quiz FOR ANY REASON, including illness, sporting events, family emergencies, etc., your grade will be based on the remaining quizzes. Thus, it is very much to your benefit to come to lecture, not only so that you don't miss a single scintillating minute, but so that you don't miss any quizzes, either.
WORKSHOP SECTIONS / REPORTS
The workshops are designed to take the concepts you learn in
lecture and expand on them. The workshops use a variety of approaches
to address different types of information and scientific research methods,
including analysis and compilation of data, library research,
and scientific debates. You will be graded on your workshop
reports (20-50 points each, depending on workshop).
This course is planned on lectures and workshops.
All students will attend the lecture on TTh 11-12:30.
The workshop sections and TAs are:
The schedule of classes outlines the topics that we will
cover in lecture and in the workshops, and provides the reading
assignments from your textbook, Life in the Environment, by Miller.
Here we explain procedures and policies for this class.
Please read the following material carefully.
There will be one REQUIRED field trip.
The purpose of the field trip is to study the Santa Catalina Mountains Vegetation Zones.
All trips depart at 8:00 AM sharp, from the north side of Gould-Simpson,
and return before 5:00 PM.
Sign-up sheets will be posted in the workshops, and will be first come-first served.
The limit on each trip is 60 persons per day (4 15-passenger vans).
You will complete a report that will be handed in at the end of the field trip.
Attendance on the field trip and the report are worth 50 points.
Field trip dates:
Sat. Oct. 13
Sun. Oct. 14
Sat. Oct. 20
Sun. Oct. 21