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CURRENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
NATS104 SPRING 2008

WELCOME
Welcome to NATS 104
Life on Earth

CLASSES
Classes begin Wednesday, January 16
We look forward to meeting you.

1/1/08





CLASSES
Classes begin 1:00pm Wed., Jan. 16
ALL course materials are on D2L http://d2l.arizona.edu/.
Assignments for 1/16/08 are "Workshop 0" & "Lecture Quiz 1."

1/4/08





Please sit in ASSIGNED SEATS.
ALL course materials are on D2L.
Assignments for 1/16/08 are "Workshop 0" & "Lecture Quiz 1."

1/4/08





Schedule
If you are having trouble accessing the class schedule on D2L you can find the readings here. And, you can go directly to the quizzes and workshops in D2L by clicking on |Quizzes| in the blue bar at the top of the D2L homepage.

1/22/08





Assigned Seating
The classlist has been updated, and the seating is now "permanent."
Please locate your seat by clicking [here] Please be in in your assigned seat at the Beginning of Class, Wednesday.

Seedling Experiment
Start sprouting your seedlings NOW link

1/24/08





D2L Schedule
The D2L staff is still working on the problem some of you are having, accessing the schedule from the NATS104 Homepage on D2L. In the meantime, use the off-D2L copy of the schedule [link], and access the quizzes and workshops by clicking on |Quizzes & Workshops| in the blue bar at the top of the NATS104 homepage on D2L PLEASE let us know if you have problems with this work-around.

1/28/08





Assigned Seating / Attendance
Attendance is mandatory in NATS104 [link], and it is taken by marking empty seats. Prior to the end of the 4th week, Administrative Drops [link] will be given to students with excessive absences. Make sure you are sitting in your assigned seat [link] students who have been marked absent 2/3 times the last 3 classes are indicated.

Schedule on D2Lfixed
The D2L staff have fixed the problem some of you are having, accessing the schedule from the NATS104 Homepage on D2L. From now on, you should be able to access it from D2L and use it to complete your lecture quizzes and workshops PLEASE let us know if you have any more problems with the schedule on D2L.

WORKSHOP FEEDBACK
Workshop 1 (hypothesis definition) will be graded by Friday, Feb. 1. PLEASE note the comments your GTA has provided: [link] From the NATS104 homepage on D2L click on |Quizzes & Workshops|. If there is an "information bubble" next to the quiz, you have received a comment.
  1. click on the "information bubble"
  2. click on any attempt that has the "information bubble"
  3. read the Attempt Feedback

1/30/08



WORKSHOP 3
Is not submitted in a dropbox. It is submitted as "Workshop 3" under |Quizzes & Workshops|. You should deposit your tables in the space provided, as demonstrated last Friday. If you want to submit a graph, submit it as an email attachment in the .jpg or .gif format.

First Pop Quiz
198 NATS104 students were present for the first pop quiz. The average grade was 4/5 and 72 students got 5/5 points. If you missed the pop quiz, see the class syllabus. If you took the quiz and it doesn't show up on D2L, you probably made an error filling out the bubble sheet, and have already received an email, asking you to make an appointment to correct the error.

2/7/08





Second Pop Quiz
193 NATS104 students were present for the first pop quiz. The average grade was 3/5 and 39 students got 5/5 points. If you took the quiz but it doesn't show up on D2L, you probably made an error filling out the bubble sheet, so make an appointment to correct the error.

2/8/08





Workshop 5
Be Prepared! To be eligible to complete Workshop 5, you must be marked present by your GTA this Friday and have with you the pro and con statements described in the directions [LINK]. D2L Workshop 5 will only be open to students with the written pro and con statements.

Assigned Seating
The seating chart has been revised with the recent updates from the registrar, and a few inconsistencies have been resolved. If your quizzes have had the wrong seat number on them, they should be right, now. PLEASE CHECK! [link]

2/11/08





First 100-point Exam
Our first 100-pt exam will be Friday (Feb 22) of next week. There are no "prep sheets" but there will be a review session Wed. Feb 20, lead by the GTAs. Note that there are two old exams to demonstrate the kinds of questions, and two kinds of practice exams. Don't put off studying!

Workshop 5
Workshop 5 is now open to persons who were marked present in today's (Fri, Feb 15) in-class debate. If you are not able to open Workshop 5, contact your GTA. There appear to be some persons who not in there assigned seats in Section three?

2/15/08





First 100-point Exam
The NATS104 GTAs will lead a review session today (Feb 20) for our first 100-pt exam on Friday (Feb 22). There are no "prep sheets" but there are (1) pdfs of two old exams linked to on the schedule for today, and (2) an online version of an exam over the material to be covered by Friday's exam. Also, there is (3) a D2L practice exam. At 8:00 Wed morning 12 persons had tried the online exam (including one of the GTAs) and 43 persons had attempted the D2L practice exam. Five students had done both, including 4 with current grades of "A." Don't put off studying for the test if you want a good score. In past semesters, students who begin studying earlier, and finished more practice exams got much better grades.

Workshop 5
If you are not able to open Workshop 5, contact your GTA. Some were not in their assigned seats and there were some errors in marking students present for the debate.

2/20/08





First 100-point Exam
The average grade for the 1st 100-point exam is 73.2%. There were 16 "As," 52 "Bs," and 71 "Cs." The grades are posted on D2L.

Workshop 6 > > Term Paper
Workshop 6 (starts this week) is the first of 3 workshops leading up to your term paper. After completing it, you must choose a topic (Workshop: REQUIRED for Workshops 9, 10 and Term Paper) before you are able to submit any other work related to the Term Paper

2/25/08





Workshop 6 > > Term Paper
Workshop 6 is the first of 3 workshops leading up to your term paper. Be sure to review the paper topics in Wks 5, and as soon as you complete workshop 6 log onto D2L Workshop: (REQUIRED for Workshops 9, 10 and Term Paper) and select your Term Paper topic. You must do this before you are able to submit any other work related to the Term Paper. Once you have chosen a topic, you cannot change it.

3/2/08





Workshop 13
Prof. Davis introduced lecture 13 with a statement about "Differences of Opinion" in science. The weakness of biology textbooks on the topic of Human Evolution is, in part, due to the scientific interest in, and diversity of interpretations of the human fossil record. PLEASE READ this recent article on the different interpretations of the "Homo floresiensis" fossils from Indonesia.

ASSIGNED SEATING
During Spring Break we will change the seating assignments. This does not include rows In, IIa or IIIn. Otherwise, if your current seat is based on special permission, please send Prof. Davis a note reminding him of this exception. When you return, please check the chart before coming to class Mon. Mar. 24

3/10/08





Workshop 14
We've gotten a couple of emails indicating a False Rumor is circulating that Prof. Davis has "locked documents or pictures used in Workshop 7." Generally, the pdf files work better for MACS, but if you're using a MAC and the links aren't working, try the .rtf file instead geo.arizona.edu/Antevs/nats104/Wk7HumEvol.rtf You can also access the files from the first link for March 7 on the schedule www.geo.arizona.edu/Antevs/pdf/

ASSIGNED SEATING
During Spring Break we will change the seating assignments. This does not include rows In, IIa or IIIn. Otherwise, if your current seat is based on special permission, please send Prof. Davis a note reminding him of this exception. When you return, please check the chart before coming to class Mon. Mar. 24

3/10/08





REQUIRED for Wksp 9, 10 Term Paper
Several people have now completed this step, and I will begin pairing reviewers beginning this Wednesday. As I ANNOUNCED IN CLASS: to avoid over-taxing the GTAs, the different topics will be evenly distributed. No more than ~20 students per topic. Three of the topics are already nearing that number.
  • Epidemics: Research the Spanish Flu
  • Human Biology: What is human growth
  • Infectious disease: Research tuberculosis
It is First-Come - First-Served, so sign up NOW to make sure you get your first choice!

3/25/08





PEER-REVIEW PAIRS
The peer-review pairings have have been made for topics that are nearly full. Students who have completed the "REQUIRED for Wksp 9..." workshop, can begin the peer-review process for the folowing topics
  • all pairings have been made
FIRST: log on to D2L click [Classlist] then [Groups] then [Group Type] to check if you've been paired.
SECOND: If you've been paired, click [Discussions], scroll down to the topic pair with your name, click it.
THIRD: click [Compose]. Type a message to your partner, click Add a File attach your rough draft, click Post.
"Posting" makes your rough draft visible to your peer reviewer. Once they post their rough draft, complete p.7 of wk6.rtf, post it and complete D2L WORKSHOP 9!

SCHEDULE: LINKS
(this includes workshop 17)
Earlier this semester, ILC installed a new version of D2L. It handles addresses differently, so some of the links on the schedule no longer work. Please use the [Quizzes and Worksops] tab in the blue bar near the top of the page to access the lecture quizzes and workshops.

4/2/08







ABBREVIATED P-R INSTRUCTIONS
FIRST: click [Discussions], scroll down to the topic pair with your name, click it.
SECOND: click [Compose]. Type a message to your partner, click Add a File attach your rough draft, click Post.
THIRD: complete p.7 of wk6.rtf Post p. 7 to your partner and complete D2L WORKSHOP 9!

SECOND 100-PT EXAM
The results of the 2nd exam were nearly identical to the 1st. The average score was 73.4% vs 73.7% for exam 1. There was 1 perfect score, 13% As, 31% Bs, 21% Cs, & 20% Ds. The online practice exam was taken 194 vs. 159 (ex.2 vs. ex.1) times. The D2L exam was attempted 750 vs. 740 times. Over the past 5 semesters the average scores for exam 2 have been
Sp05Sp06Sp07Fl07Sp08
73.073.373.872.573.7

4/5/08





PEER-REVIEW, WKSP 10
To be eligible for Workshop 10, you must post your review (p.7 of wk6.rtf) (the same one you deposit in Wksp 9) in your D2L "Discussion." When the GTA grading your topic (LINK) has checked your review, Workshop 10 will be open for you. We have revised wk6.rtf to cover the D2L "Discussion" exchange. Be sure you have a current copy of wk6.rtf before beginning Workshop 10.

ABBREVIATED P-R INSTRUCTIONS
FIRST: click [Discussions], scroll down to the topic pair with your name, click it.
SECOND: click [Compose]. Type a message to your partner, click Add a File attach your rough draft, click Post.
THIRD: complete p.7 of wk6.rtf Post p. 7 to your partner and complete D2L WORKSHOP 9!

ROUGH-DRAFT EXCHANGE
Last week, the Workshop 9 due date was extended. After Sun. Apr. 5, students who have not deposited their rough drafts in their "Discussions" folder have 2 points deducted from their workshop 9 scores. Students who have deposited their rough draft can complete wks 9 after Apr 5 and before Wed. Apr 9 1:00pm for full credit for q. 9, wks 9. Those students can do Workshop 10 as soon as the GTA has deposited a review in their "Discussions" folder.
 Rough Draft depositedNo Rough Draft
Wksp 92 pts q.9Wksp9- 2 pts q.9Wksp9
Wksp10Eligible w/ GTA Peer-RevIneligible Wksp 10 & T-P

WRONG FILE FORMAT
See Discussion Forum instructions.

SECOND 100-PT EXAM
The results of the 2nd exam were nearly identical to the 1st. The average score was 73.4% vs 73.7% for exam 1. There was 1 perfect score, 13% As, 31% Bs, 21% Cs, & 20% Ds. The online practice exam was taken 194 vs. 159 (ex.2 vs. ex.1) times. The D2L exam was attempted 750 vs. 740 times. Over the past 5 semesters the average scores for exam 2 have been
Sp05Sp06Sp07Fl07Sp08
73.073.373.872.573.7

4/7/08





TURNitIN.com
After you have completed workshop 10, make any final changes suggested by the GTA and deposit your FINAL DRAFT in your D2l topic folder. (label it final draft!)
Plagiarism will result in loss of credit, failure of the class, or expulsion from the UofA.
References in the "Works Cited" do not count as plagiarism. However, any sentence or clause in the body of the paper, copied but not in quotes and cited is plagiarism. See the class syllabus.
Once the paper is deposited in D2L, deposit it turnitin.com. See this [link] for instructions including the Class ID and password.
(this link only works in D2L)

PEER-REVIEW, WKSP 10
To be eligible for Workshop 10, you must post your review in your D2L "Discussion." (p.7 of wk6.rtf (the same one you deposit in Wksp 9) When the GTA grading your topic (list) has checked your review, Workshop 10 will be open for you. Be sure you have read the current copy of wk6.rtf) before beginning Workshop 10.

ABBREVIATED P-R INSTRUCTIONS
FIRST: click [Discussions], scroll down to the topic pair with your name, click it.
SECOND: click [Compose]. Type a message to your partner, click Add a File attach your rough draft, click Post.
THIRD: complete p.7 of wk6.rtf Post p. 7 to your partner and complete D2L WORKSHOP 9!

WRONG FILE FORMAT
See Discussion Forum instructions.

4/10/08











SCHEDULE
The GTA-s have requested that the due date for the term paper be extended to April 25 to allow time for more extensive feedback. As part of workshop 10, you will submit a 2nd rough draft, revised based on your partner's (or GTA's) peer review. That will be checked against your self-review deposited Workshop 10. Your GTA's comments on that self review may suggest further revisions. If not, you can save another copy as your final draft and deposit it in TurnItIn.com.
DateExerciseWhat's Due
2/29Wkshp 6complete Wkshp 6
3/28REQUIRED 4Term Paper Topic
4/4Wkshp 9Peer Review,
1st Rough Draft
4/18Wkshp 10Self Review,
2nd Rough Draft
4/25Term PaperTurnItIn.com,
FINAL DRAFT

TURNitIN.Com
After you have completed workshop 10, make any final changes suggested by the GTA and deposit your FINAL DRAFT in your D2l topic folder. (label it final draft!)
Plagiarism will result in loss of credit, failure of the class, or expulsion from the UofA.
References in the "Works Cited" do not count as plagiarism. However, any sentence or clause in the body of the paper, copied but not in quotes and cited is plagiarism. See the class syllabus.
Once the paper is deposited in D2L, deposit it turnitin.com. See this [link] for instructions including the Class ID and password.
(this link only works in D2L)

PEER-REVIEW, WKSP 10
To be eligible for Workshop 10, you must post your review in your D2L "Discussion." (p.7 of wk6.rtf (the same one you deposit in Wksp 9) When the GTA grading your topic (list) has checked your review, Workshop 10 will be open for you. Be sure you have read the current copy of wk6.rtf) before beginning Workshop 10.

4/11/08






NOTICE
The Final Draft for the Term Paper is due (extended) Sat 4/26/08 1:00pm. (1) in the D2L Discussion folder and (2) in TurnItIn.Com. Thereafter, late penalties of 10%/day apply.

4/22/08





CONGRATULATIONS & THANKS
I'm pleased to have had you in NATS104 this semester, and wish you the best in your future academic careers. Please keep in touch!

LAST DAYS
The last day to complete Workshops is tomorrow Fri May 9, and for Lecture Quizzes it will be Monday May 12.

TERM PAPERS Todd and Kevin have already submitted grades for their term paper topics (list). Amanda now predicts that she will have hers graded Wed. May 14, before noon.

FINAL EXAM
The 3rd 100-pt EXAM (covering lectures 19-27) will be in our regular classroom (Modern Languages 350) Fri May 16 11:00-12:00 one hour only. (NOT a comprehensive final.)

5/11/08





CONGRATULATIONS & THANKS
I'm pleased to have had you in NATS104 this semester, and wish you the best in your future academic careers. Please keep in touch!

TERM PAPERS
All term papers have now been graded. Please check your D2L grades to ensure that your paper wasn't overlooked on TurnItIn.com.

FINAL EXAM
The 3rd 100-pt EXAM (covering lectures 19-27) will be in our regular classroom (Modern Languages 350) Fri May 16 11:00-12:00 one hour only. (NOT a comprehensive final.)

5/16/08





CONGRATULATIONS & THANKS
I'm pleased to have had you in NATS104 this semester, and wish you the best in your future academic careers. Please keep in touch!

FINAL GRADES
The average grade for the 3rd 100-pt EXAM was 81.2%. The average grade for NATS104 Spring 2008 was 76%. The grade distribution was
  • 44 As
  • 83 Bs
  • 47 Cs
  • 27 Ds
  • 26 Es
5/16/08