BIOL*1050 Biology of Plants and Animals in Managed Ecosystems

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The following description is for the course offering in Fall 2018 and is subject to change. It is provided for information only. The course outline distributed to the class at the beginning of the semester describes the course content and delivery, and defines the methods and criteria to be used in establishing the final grades for the course.

In this course you will investigate the biology of plants and animals in the context of agroecosystems and other managed ecosystems. You will learn about the form and function of plants and animals and interactions between organisms and their environments. The course strongly emphasizes participatory and self-directed learning, problem solving, reasoning and exposure to primary research literature and introduces the general principles necessary for more advanced courses. Students lacking Grade 12 or 4U Biology should consult with their program counsellor prior to taking BIOL*1050 in first semester.

Instructors:

Teaching Assistant:

Nicole Berardi, Alexandra Ficht, Sanjay Mallijarjunappa, Joshua Nasielski

Credit Weight:

0.50

Course Level:

  • Undergraduate

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture and Department of Animal & Poultry Science

Campus:

Guelph

Semester Offering:

  • Fall

Class Schedule and Location:

Please refer to Web Advisor for class schedule and location.

Learning outcomes:

The course Biol*1050 is designed to emphasize the following categories of learning outcomes:

  • Literacy
  • Communication
  • Professional and Ethical Behaviour
  • Critical and Creative Thinking.

Specific learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. understand and identify variables related to biological processes

  2. apply statistical methods to assess and interpret observed biological processes

  3. form and test hypotheses

  4. search peer-reviewed literature to expand their knowledge of biological processes

Lecture Content:

Topics to be covered in lectures include:

  • Sexual reproduction of plants
  • Seed structure and function
  • Vegetative reproduction of plants
  • Climate change effects on plants
  • Plant-animal interactions: pollinators and organisms involved in colony collapse disorder
  • Chemistry of nutrition – minerals, vitamins, macromolecules
  • Nutrition at the cellular level – glycolysis, cellular respiration
  • Nutrition at the organismal level - mammalian digestive anatomy and physiology
  • Plant-animal interactions: adaptations to herbivory, co-evolution of plants and animals
  • Harvesting photons: C3/C4/CAM photosynthesis
  • Photoreceptors, light responses, circadian rhythms, plant-plant interactions
  • Carbon and nitrogen acquisition, transport, and storage
  • Secondary metabolites, mutualistic and antagonistic associations
  • Principles of animal morphology, functioning, and behavior.
  • Organ systems and functioning of animals kept in human managed environments.
  • Physiological adjustments to environmental challenges.
  • Regulation of functions.
Labs & Seminars:

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test
Contribution to Final Grade

Midterm Exam

25%

Weekly Laboratory Assignments

40%

Final Exam

35%

Final examination:

Please refer to Web Advisor for exam schedule and location.

Course Resources:

Required Textbook

Campbell Biology (Textbook)
Second Canadian Edition.

It is available in physical and in e-book format. A few copies of the textbook will be available in the library on a two hour in-library loan basis. The Semester at a Glancefile on Courselink includes the relevant chapter readings for the lecture series.

Mastering Biology (Textbook)

Mastering Biology provides on-line access to all learning resources for the current edition of Campbell Biology. It is available in physical and in e-book format. A few copies of the textbook will be available in the library on a two hour in-library loan basis. The Semester at a Glance file on Courselink includes the relevant chapter readings for the lecture series.

Lab Manual:

The BIOL*1050 lab manual will be available on CourseLink.

CourseLink

CourseLink (Website)  http://courselink.uoguelph.ca

CourseLink will be used as our method to relay information related to the course. The course website on CourseLink should be consulted daily for general course information, announcements, detailed information about assignments, room locations for the midterm, lecture readings, access to semester marks, and study resources. We will use the News section to provide clarification, additional instructions, and information regarding the current activities in the course. PDF versions of lecture materials will be available the morning of each lecture.

In order to access the materials posted on the Biol*1050 Courselink site, students must pass an on-line quiz for Biol*1050 regarding Academic Integrity. This quiz is available on the Biol*1050 Courselink homepage; select the Quizzes tab located on the upper ribbon. A link is also provided to the University’s web tutorial on Academic Integrity. Until successful completion of the Biol*1050 quiz only the course outline and first lab outline will be visible to registered students. 

If you have difficulties accessing information, tutorials, posted grades etc., email biol1050@uoguelph.ca. Note that if you are in arrears regarding tuition fees, access to the CourseLink website will be unavailable until you have settled matters with the Registrar’s Office.

Additional Resource(s)

Lectures (Other)

PDF versions of the slides used in lecture will be posted in the Contents section on Courselink. Additional material and videos will also be posted on Courselink throughout the semester. At least two of the instructors (Drs. Robinson and Lyons) plan to record their lectures and provide links to these (provided the technology works) on the Courselink site. These podcasts are provided for the convenience of students officially registered in the course and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.

Citation Format for Reports (Other)

The required format for citing references in reports is the CSE Name-yearstyle. A document outlining the style required for Biol*1050 has been posted in CourseLink under Contents. Do not rely on other guides to the CSE name-year format you may find posted on the Library or other websites

 

Course Policies:

Grading Policies

Tracking Marks: We will use CourseLink to collate marks throughout the semester. It is your responsibility to review these grades and report any discrepancies. Keep paper and/or other reliable back-up copies of all in- and out-of-class assignments: You may be asked to resubmit work at any time.

Assignment of grades at the University of Guelph is outlined in the Undergraduate Calendar. The definitions for each of the numeric grade ranges are as follows:

  • 80-100 (A) Excellent. An outstanding performance in which the student demonstrates a superior grasp of the subject matter, and an ability to go beyond the given material in a critical and constructive manner. The student demonstrates a high degree of creative and/or logical thinking, a superior ability to organize, to analyze, and to integrate ideas, and a thorough familiarity with the appropriate literature and techniques.

  • 70 - 79 (B) Good. A more than adequate performance in which the student demonstrates a thorough grasp of the subject matter, and an ability to organize and examine the material in a critical and constructive manner. The student demonstrates a good understanding of the relevant issues and a familiarity with the appropriate literature and techniques.

  • 60 - 69 (C) Acceptable. An adequate performance in which the student demonstrates a generally adequate grasp of the subject matter and a moderate ability to examine the material in a critical and constructive manner. The student displays an adequate understanding of the relevant issues, and a general familiarity with the appropriate literature and techniques.

  • 50 - 59 (D) Minimally Acceptable. A barely adequate performance in which the student demonstrates a familiarity with the subject matter, but whose attempts to examine the material in a critical and constructive manner are only partially successful. The student displays some understanding of the relevant issues, and some familiarity with the appropriate literature and techniques.

  • 0 - 49 (F) Fail. An inadequate performance.

Exams and Assignment Submission:

We do not provide makeup labs or exams. Late assignments are NOT accepted and missed assignments, presentations, and exams will receive a grade of zero (0).

Some laboratory assignments are due at the end of the laboratory period. Late submission of assignments will not be accepted; such assignments will receive a grade of zero (0).  Certain laboratory assignments are required to be submitted electronically via the CourseLink dropbox. Late reports will not be accepted after the CourseLink dropbox closes. After 11:59 pm of the day prior to the next laboratory period the dropbox will no longer accept reports. Reports not uploaded to CourseLink by the due date/time will receive a grade of 0.

We strongly advise that you upload the report prior to 11:00 pm on the due date so you have time to: 1) upload the file; and 2) confirm that it was the correct file you wanted to upload.

After 11:59 pm of the day prior to the next laboratory period the dropbox will no longer accept reports. Reports not uploaded to CourseLink by the due date/time will receive a grade of 0. If you miss the deadline, do not bother emailing the report.

Electronic submission format: Files uploaded to the CourseLink dropbox must be either in a Microsoft word format (*.doc  or *.docx or *.rtf) or in a portable document format (*.pdf). If you upload a file in a format other than those listed, your assignment will be considered "not submitted” and will receive a grade of 0.

Electronic Devices & Recording Of Lectures:

Electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without the prior consent of the Lead Instructor. This prohibition extends to all components of the course, including, but not limited to, lectures, seminars, and lab instruction. When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the Lead Instructor.

Classroom Etiquette:

Disruptive behaviour:  You are expected to avoid behaviour that interrupts the learning environment for fellow students. This includes, but is not limited to, use of cell phones and use of electronic devices for purposes unrelated to the course

Turn your cell phone off; Turn the sound off on your computer; Disable movie & video feeds, and remove offensive pictures from your desktop/screen saver.

A student that engages in disruptive behaviour will be asked to leave the classroom for the remainder of the period. Any student demonstrating repetition of disruptive behaviour will require a permission note from the Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College to attend future lectures.

Other Course Information:

University Policies

Academic Consideration

When you find yourself unable to meet an in-course requirement because of illness or compassionate reasons, please advise the course instructor in writing, with your name, id#, and e-mail contact. See the academic calendar for information on regulations and procedures for Academic Consideration:

Academic Misconduct

The University of Guelph is committed to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity and it is the responsibility of all members of the University community, faculty, staff, and students  to be aware of what constitutes academic misconduct and to do as much as possible to prevent academic offences from occurring.

University of Guelph students have the responsibility of abiding by the University's policy on academic misconduct regardless of their location of study; faculty, staff and students have the responsibility of supporting an environment that discourages misconduct. Students need to remain aware that instructors have access to and the right to use electronic and other means of detection. Please note: Whether or not a student intended to commit academic misconduct is not relevant for a finding of guilt. Hurried or careless submission of assignments does not excuse students from responsibility for verifying the academic integrity of their work before submitting it. Students who are in any doubt as to whether an action on their part could be construed as an academic offence should consult with a faculty member or faculty advisor.

The Academic Misconduct Policy is detailed in the University Calenders:

Accessibility

The University of Guelph is committed to creating a barrier-free environment. Providing services for students is a shared responsibility among students, faculty and administrators. This relationship is based on respect of individual rights, the dignity of the individual and the University community's shared commitment to an open and supportive learning environment. Students requiring service or accommodation, whether due to an identified, ongoing disability or a short-term disability should contact the Student Accessibility Services (SAS), formerly Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD), as soon as possible.

For more information, contact CSD at 519-824-4120 ext. 56208 or email sas@uoguelph.ca or visit the Student Accessibility Services website: http://www.uoguelph.ca/csd/.

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