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Biological Sciences
Jason Brown

University of Toronto Scarborough – Department of Biological Sciences BIOB34 – Animal Physiology – Course Syllabus – Fall 2013 Course Instructor: Dr. Jason Brown Office: SW563B Email: [email protected] *Students are encouraged to use the discussion boards on Blackboard for questions about course content Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am, Thursdays 1-2pm, or by appointment Course Coordinator: Angela Jiang Office: SW421-D Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 10am-noon, Tuesdays, Thursdays 2-4pm Teaching Assistants: Peter Perri Email: [email protected] Sherri Thiele Email: [email protected] Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:10-1pm AC 223 **Lecture notes (PowerPoint slides) will be posted on Blackboard ~24 hours before each lecture ** An online quiz based on each lecture will be available on Blackboard immediately following each class rd Tutorials: Every 3 Thursday 5:10-7pm AC223 (See Tentative Schedule for exact dates) Course Description: A comparative animal physiology course covering regulatory and control mechanisms such as: homeostasis; metabolism and energetics; excretion and osmoregulation; feeding and digestion; muscles and locomotion; nervous systems. Prerequisites: BIOA01H3 and BIOA02H3 rd Recommended Text: Animal Physiology, 3 edition; Hill, Wyse, and Anderson *Copies of this textbook are available in the campus bookstore in both hard cover (~$150) and loose-leaf (~$90) versions *There will be no assigned readings from this textbook; therefore, any textbook on the topic of animal physiology would be suitable, including older editions of the recommended textbook or other animal physiology textbooks used previously in this course Evaluation: Term Tests 35% (25% best; 10% worst) Tutorials & Assignments 30% (2% pre-survey; 3% tutorial 1 literature analysis; 2% researcher profile; 6% tutorial 2 literature analysis; 10% grant proposal; 5% tutorial 3 selection committee exercise; 2% post-survey ) Final Exam 35% **NOTE: You must pass each component of this course to pass the course** Important Notes Regarding Evaluations: Students will write two Term Tests. The first test will likely take place during the week of October 8 (2 hours; date and time TBD by the Registrar’s office) and will cover all lecture material from September 5 to October 1 (inclusive). A review session will be held during lecture on October 3. The second test will likely take place during the week of November 11 (2 hours; date and time TBD by the Registrar’s office) and will cover all lecture material from October 9 to November 5 (inclusive). A review session will be held during lecture on November 7. Generally, tests will comprise of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, labeling/drawing diagrams, and/or short answer questions. Students will be notified of the particular composition of each test at least 48 hours in advance. Students will have some choice with regards to which questions they answer (e.g., answer 20 out of 25 multiple choice questions). A student’s best test will be worth 25% of their final grade, and the remaining test will be worth 10% of their final grade. Tests will be marked as quickly as possible. Once the tests are marked, an test viewing session will be set up to allow students to view their marked tests and ask questions. The date and time of these test viewing sessions will be announced on Blackboard and in class. Rules regarding these sessions will be posted on Blackboard. If you miss a test due to medical illness, then you must submit to the course coordinator a detailed UTSC Medical Certificate filled out by the physician you saw on the day of the test itself. This note is due within three business days of the test. We will not accept any other medical notes, and if the UTSC Medical Certificate is not completed to our satisfaction, we reserve the right to refuse it. The UTSC Medical Certificate can be found at http://www.utsc. If you miss a test for any other valid reason, please consult the course coordinator as soon as possible. The course coordinator will determine whether the reason given for a missed test is valid in accordance with university policies. Students who miss one test for a valid and verified reason will not be permitted to write a make-up test; rather, the weight of the remaining test will be increased to 35% of their final grade. Students who miss both tests for valid and verified reasons will not be permitted to write make-up tests; rather, the weight of their final exam will be increased to 70%. Students who miss a test for any unverified and/or invalid reason will receive a grade of zero for that test; this will not be negotiated. Three Tutorials will be held during this course on Thursday September 12, Thursday October 3, and Thursday October 31. All tutorials will be held in AC 223 from 5-6:50pm. The tutorials and the associated Assignments will employ the C.R.E.A.T.E. method to help students become more confident in their ability to read and analyze primary scientific articles, understand the kinds of people who are involved in doing scientific research, and better understand the scientific process and its relationship to government and citizenry. Prior to the first tutorial, students must complete a pre-survey, which will be available online (worth 2% of final grade) at least one week in advance. This survey will gauge students’ attitudes towards various aspects of science as they are beginning this course. Failure to complete this survey before the start of tutorial 1 will result in a zero grade for the survey. During the first tutorial, students will work in groups (6-8 students) to analyze a recent scientific paper. (All groups will be analyzing the same paper.) The Introduction to the paper will be posted one week in advance of the tutorial, and students will be expected to read it prior to attending the tutorial. The methods and results will be posted just prior to the tutorial. During tutorial, each group will work to interpret the data presented in the paper by completing an in- tutorial assignment (worth 3% of final grade). Immediately after tutorial 1, each group will be assigned two papers from a laboratory that is presently conducting research in the area of animal physiology. Before tutorial 2, each student will select one a
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