CURRENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Thanks to everyone who worked hard in NATS 104 this semester!
  • The 3rd 100-point exams have been graded and the class grades have been turned in. The average score on the exam is the same as for the 2nd 100-point exam - 65%. Including the field trip, writing exercise, workshops, and extra credit assignments, the average score for the semester is 79%. The most common final grade for NATS 104 is an "A."
      A - 38 persons
      B - 33 persons
      C - 26 persons
      D - 9 persons
      E - 10 persons

Questions? contact: Prof. Owen Davis, Gould-Simpson 344

NATS 104: LIFE ON EARTH
Spring Semester, 2002

  • Owen Davis 621 7953 palynolo@geo.arizona.edu
      OFFICE HOURS: M W 1:00 GLD-S 344, F 1:00 ILC 105C
  • Melissa Trout mtrout@geo.arizona.edu
      OFFICE HOURS: W 1-3:00 GLD-S 205
  • Jennifer Miller jmiller@geo.arizona.edu
      OFFICE HOURS: Tu 11-12:00 GLD-S 205
  • Joseph Carreon josephc@email.arizona.edu
      OFFICE HOURS: W 9-10:00 GLD-S 205
  • Class Schedule*

    Lect. Date Lecture Topic Readings Wksp. Date Workshop Title
    1 Jan 9 Overview and Organization  
    2 Jan 14 Nature of Science & Matter M p. 44-60 Jan 17 1. CARBON, NUTRIENTS
    3 Jan 16 Matter, Atoms, Molecules & Life ST p. 22-29, 39-51
    4 Jan 23 Biogeochemical Cycles M p. 87-97 Jan 24 2. NUTRIENTS, LIFE
    5 Jan 28 Development of Life M p. 102-107 Jan 31 3. GEN. MODIFIED CROPS
    6 Jan 30 Origin of sex - genetics ST p. 174-188
    7 Feb 4 Cells and Viruses ST Chpt. 4 Feb 7 4. CLONING DEBATE
    8 Feb 6 Genes to Organisms ST Chpt. 9  
    9 Feb 11 Molecular Biology ST Chpt. 10 Feb 14 5. LIBRARY
    Feb 13       EXAM #1       Example
    10 Feb 18 Theory of Evolution ST Chpt. 17, p. 24. M 62-63 Feb 21 6. EVOLUTION/DATING
    11 Feb 20 Evolutionary Trends & Extinction M p. 107-112, ST Chpt. 18  
    12 Feb 25 Evolution, Extinction & Future M p. 113-118 Feb 28 7. HUMAN EVOLN.
    13 Feb 27 Human Evolution ST Chpt. 28  
    14 Mar 4 Global Climate and Life M p. 120-130 Mar 7 8. BIOMES (CLUE LAB)
    15 Mar 6 Terrestrial ecosystems M p. 130-141
    Mar 9-17       Spring Break
    16 Mar 18 Terrestrial ecosystems M p. 141-149 Mar 21 9. BIODIVERSITY I
    17 Mar 20 Aquatic Ecosystems M p. 152-170  
    18 Mar 25 Dinosaurs & extinct ecosystems ST Chpt. 27 Mar 28 10. BIODIVERSITY II
    Mar 27       EXAM #2       Example
    19 Apr 1 Species Interaction & Succession M p. 173-185 Apr 4 11. PEER REVIEW OF PAPER
    20 Apr 3 Species Interaction & Succession M p. 186-195  
    21 Apr 8 Population Dynamics M p. 198-209 Apr 11 12. HUMAN POPN. I
    22 Apr 10 Human Population Dynamics M p. 238-258  Research Paper Apr. 11
    Fieldtrip Sa Su Apr. 13, 14
    23 Apr 15 Risk and Toxicology M p. 396-415 Apr 18 13. HUMAN POPN. II
    24 Apr 17 Human Disease M p. 404-427  
    25 Apr 22 Air Pollution and Life M p. 427-440 Apr 25 14. CLIMATE CHANGE
    26 Apr 24 Geologic Record, Climate, Life M p. 446-450  
    27 Apr 29 Greenhouse Warming and Life M p. 450-465  
    28 May 1 Ozone Depletion and Life M p. 465-473   Wkshp. Glossary & Bibliography
    Fri. May 3       EXAM #3   11 - 12:00 a.m.     (in ILC 130)       Example
    *IMPORTANT FOOTNOTE:
    Schedule changes will be announced in class on the class listserve and posted on this page.
    THE HELPFUL FOOTNOTE:


    GRADES:

    Lecture Exams (100 pts. ea.) 300 pts.
    Workshop Reports (20 - 50 pts. ea.) 270 pts.
    Student Paper 60 pts.
    note: this table was ammended 4/30/02 to include 60 points for the student paper as awarded in workshop (rather than 50 as noted previously) OKD
    Lecture Pop Quizzes (10 pts. best 8 of 10) 80 pts.
    Field Trip Report (50 pts.)   50 pts.
    TOTAL 760 pts.

      A=100-90%   B=89-80%   C=79-70%   D=69-60%

      See the statements on cheating and attendance
    in the class syllabus.

      READ UofAz Code of Academic Conduct

      READ UofAz Code of Academic Integrity


    FIELD TRIP
    Santa Catalina Mountains Vegetation Zones

            Sat., Sun. Apr. 13, 14

      Depart 8:00 AM, north side Gould Simpson
      Return before 5:00 PM
      Sign-up sheets will be posted one week before
      LIMIT: 60 persons per day
      Report (50 points) handed in at the end of the field trip.

      Read field trip section in syllabus.

    WORKSHOP SECTIONS:


    LEC 5 (29701) Th 9:-9:50 GLD-S 209 TA: Melissa Trout
    LEC 6 (29703) Th 10:-10:50 GLD-S 209 TA: Melissa Trout
    LEC 7 (29705) Th 12:-12:50 GLD-S 209 TA: Jennifer Miller
    LEC 8 (29707) Th 11:-11:50 GLD-S 209 TA: Jennifer Miller

    READ Workshop Conduct

    Read workshop section in syllabus.



    LECTURE EXAMS:

      20 - 50 Questions on each exam
      100 Points Total each exam
      Covering readings, lectures, and workshops
      No Comprehensive Final, but 3rd 100 point
         exam will be given during Finals Week

      Read exams section in syllabus.

    LECTURE QUIZZES:

      Unannounced, During Lecture
      10 Points Each
      Best 8 of 10 Scores

      Read quizzes section in syllabus.