BIOL 111

Principles: Organismal Biology

McGill University

An introduction to the phylogeny, structure, function and adaptation of unicellular organisms, plants and animals in the biosphere.

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Andrew Hendry , Elena Melania Cristescu , Anna Lesley Hargreaves

BIOL 111 Syllabus for Andrew Hendry , Elena Melania Cristescu , Anna Lesley Hargreaves — Fall 2018

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WELCOME TO BIOLOGY 111
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
FALL 2018
We hope that you will have an enjoyable learning experience in Organismal Biology.
This syllabus provides the information you will need to participate and succeed.
What is this course about?
This course is about living organisms - microbes, plants, and animals - and the structure and function of their organs and organ
systems. The course is organized as an introduction to many of the different kinds of organisms that exist and how they are
related to, and differ from, each other. For each type of organism, we will introduce one or two general principles. The lecture
titles typically reflect both the type of organism and these principles. We also introduce some of the main concepts of ecology
and evolution. This course is complemented by BIOL 112, a winter semester course that introduces living processes at the level
of cells and molecules. Together, the two courses and their laboratories serve to introduce the study of life to beginning
university students. The lecture and lab schedules with their respective specific topics are provided in separate files on
myCourses.
Web page:
You can access the course web page by logging on to myCourses http://www.mcgill.ca/mycourses/ and then selecting BIOL
111. Important news or updates will be posted in the “News” item of the BIOL 111 myCourses HomePage, which you should
consult regularly for any last-minute instructions regarding lectures or labs. No mobile notifications or calendar items will be
generated.
What are the different components of this course?
The course consists of two lectures and one laboratory session per week.
Lectures:
The purpose of the lectures is to convey the concepts of the course. There are 26 lectures in the course.
Lectures are given on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:35am to 11:25am in Leacock 132. Lectures begin on Tuesday,
September 4th and end on Thursday, November 29th (Tuesday December 4th is a Monday schedule to make up for Labour Day
on Sept. 3rd).
Prior to each lecture, an INITIAL (“pre-lecture”) pdf file of the PowerPoint lecture slides will be posted on myCourses.
You may find it helpful to write notes on during class.
Soon after each lecture, a FINAL (“post-lecture”) pdf of the PowerPoint presentation will be posted, including any last-
minute changes and surprises.
For some lectures, supplementary reading assignments are provided. No exam questions will be taken from these
readings. However, the readings can help your understanding of the material.
The university will attempt to record all lectures. Through a link on myCourses you should be able to view lectures that
you missed and review lectures you attended from any computer with high speed internet access. However, the
university’s recording technology occasionally breaks down, so lecture recordings cannot be guaranteed. You are
responsible for all material presented in lecture, regardless of whether or not it is recorded; so we recommend
you attend all lectures in person rather than relying on the recordings.
Exams:
Two exams test your understanding of the material presented in lectures:
o The midterm exam covers the 11 lectures from September 4th through October 9th. It takes place on Monday,
October 15th from 19:30 to 21:00. You are responsible for checking your assigned exam room for the midterm
exam on myCourses in the “Grades” item.
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o The final exam covers all the lecture material from the first through the last lecture of the course, with an
emphasis placed on material from lecture 12 onward.
Attendance at the final exam is required to complete the course, even if your grades suggest that you would
pass without writing the exam. The assigned final exam rooms will be posted on the McGill site, not in
myCourses.
Both exams include a diversity of question types, including multiple choice and short answer, etc.
All material presented during the lectures (verbally or on slides) will be covered on the exams. Material not presented
during the lectures will not be covered on the exams.
You must bring your McGill I.D., a pencil, and an eraser to write the exams. You will be allowed a paper translation
dictionary, but no other books and no calculator.
If you miss the midterm exam for a valid reason, such as an illness or serious family affliction, you must provide a note
to Anne-Marie L’Heureux within two weeks of the exam date. Valid excuses require a note from a professional (e.g.,
medical doctor / mental health professional) that testifies regarding the problem and covers the date of the exam. All
other excuses (e.g., sleeping in, going to the wrong room, forgetting the date, etc.) will result in a zero grade.
There is no make-up exam for the midterm. If you miss it for a valid reason (see above), the midterm grade component
will be included with the final exam, which will then count for both the midterm and the final exam.
If you miss the final exam, you must apply at the “Student Affairs’ Office” to take a deferred exam in the spring.
Information is given at http://www.mcgill.ca/students/exams. Please note that the instructors play no role in deciding
whether a student is eligible for a deferred exam. The deferred exam covers the same material and has the same weight
as the final exam. The rest of the components of the grade will remain unchanged. If you also missed the midterm
exam, the deferred final exam has the combined weight of the midterm and the final exam.
After the midterm or final exam, you will receive a link to an electronic version of your marked exam with comments.
If you do not agree with the grading of your exam, you can address questions (online) to the TA who graded it. Details
will follow later.
Textbook:
The textbook is Biological Science by Scott Freeman et al. 3rd Canadian Edition (2018). This text is also used in BIOL
112 during the winter term. Use of the textbook is recommended, but not required. You can buy a printed copy at
the McGill Bookstore or online or you can buy it as an e-book.
FRezCa:
FRezCa sessions (First Year Rez Cafeteria Tutorials) provide an opportunity to get help with the lecture content
material and to prepare for exams. More information about the FRezCa sessions will be announced during the lectures.
Laboratories:
The purpose of laboratories is to give you hands-on experience
with a variety of organisms and biological processes.
Laboratories start in the second week of class (the week of September 11th).
You must attend the first laboratory to confirm your space or
it will be given to a student waiting for a space on that day and who is present at that time.
The laboratory schedule - subject to change in the case of possible schedule conflict(s) with midterms from other
courses - is described in a separate document. If you identify a schedule conflict between your registered Biol 111 lab
and a midterm exam from another course, please inform your TA at once, so that a lab reschedule is arranged,
individually or for the whole group. It is your responsibility to be in contact with your TA and lab partner, in order
not to miss any of your group’s possible lab reschedule(s) and associated deadlines.
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Lockers are available for day use only by the BIOL 111-112 and MIMM 212-384 (Microbiology-Immunology)
undergrad students. Bring a padlock. You will very likely need a locker, because for safety reasons, no personal
belongings, such as coats and bags, can be tolerated in the teaching cubicles, nor can they be left in the hallways and/or
on equipment in hallways outside the teaching cubicles. The same is true for BIOL 112 in the winter term. Bring your
laptop/tablet/computer/any valuables to the teaching cubicles for reasons of safety. You can share a locker with
someone in your teaching cubicle.
Laboratories are 2 hours long and are given on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 18:35 to 20:35.
There are 10 laboratory sessions over 12 weeks (specific schedule details will be discussed with your TA and on the
discussion board). Two lab slots are dedicated to the student research project data collection (lab 8) and project
presentation (lab 10).
To attend your BIOL 111 lab, go the Lyman Duff Medical Science building (corner University St. and Pine Avenue,
below the large “NEURO” sign). The teaching cubicle numbers are C1 to C13 on the C floor. As much as possible,
please use the stairs (not elevators) and follow the “BIOL 111-112” signs. The teaching cubicle and TA you go to for
your first lab will remain the same for the rest of the semester. You will only be admitted to your assigned room on
your registered lab day. For a schedule conflict with your currently-registered lab day, follow the instructions provided
on the BIOL 111 myCourses homepage and this syllabus.
You must attend all laboratories and arrive on time. Attendance will be taken. You will be considered as absent
(“A”), when arriving after 18:45 without a justification note from a professional. If you have another lecture/lab ending
at 18:25 far from the Lyman Duff Medical Science building on the campus, let your TA know in advance, but
regardless you should be able to get organised and arrive on time to the lab.
If you need to reschedule a lab ahead of time due to a valid reason (e.g., illness or serious family affliction,
varsity sport or extracurricular activity) provide justifying documentation to your TA to reschedule your lab - within
the same week as the missed lab - and come by the lab coordinator’s (Anne-Marie L’Heureux) office on another day
of the same week to receive information on where/when to make up the lab. TAs will not accept you for a make-up
lab without a note from Anne-Marie.
If your absence is justified and you cannot attend a make-up lab, you will not lose points for failing to submit the
deliverable assignment for that week. However, you are responsible to discuss with your lab partner first, and, if need
be, with your TA what you have missed. Your BIOL 111 lab has priority over tutorials of other courses, which are not
a valid reason for rescheduling your lab.
If you have more than two unjustified absences indicated as an “A” in “Grades”, you fail the lab portion of the
course and will have to repeat it. In that case, you can continue with the lecture portion of the course this year,
but you will have to redo all the labs in a subsequent year to receive the full 3 credits for BIOL 111.
Lab apparel. You will need a lab coat, safety glasses with side shields (or side shields for prescription glasses), a
dissecting kit, plain (unlined) loose-leaf paper, a 2H pencil for each lab.
The laboratories are taught by teaching assistants (TAs) who are graduate students and are responsible for teaching
under the guidance of the laboratory coordinator and the course instructors.
Weekly individually-written pre-lab flow charts. You are required to read and summarise concisely in writing the
lab exercise in the online manual before coming to the respective lab (hand-written with pencil only, using the template
provided at the end of each weekly lab text). Pre-lab flow charts will be accepted only until 18:40 on the day of your
lab. Only you, not your lab partner or a friend, can hand-in your pre-lab flow chart to your TA. Marks can be deducted,
if your text is not sufficiently concise. Also, TAs can refuse to correct it if your hand-writing is illegible. Any suspected
cases of plagiarism will be transferred to Student Affairs for investigation.
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Weekly individually-written lab deliverables: To encourage participation and engagement with the lab material, each
lab will have a hand-in due at the end of lab. No late submission will be accepted for correction. No exception can be
made. Do not forget to hand the deliverable in to your TA before leaving the room. Marks can be deducted, if you are
not concise enough. Again, TAs can refuse to correct it if your hand-writing is illegible. Any suspected cases of
plagiarism will be transferred to Student Affairs for investigation.
Paired Student Research Project: Universities are not just about receiving knowledge they are also about generating
knowledge. Indeed, undergraduate research is a major emphasis at McGill. By having students conduct original
research in their BIOL 111 labs, we hope to make concrete the idea that universities and their undergraduates are
in a position to generate new hypotheses and to test them. Each student, working in a pair, will be responsible for
designing and conducting an experiment addressing a question of their choice. The specific question can be motivated
by other labs, by lecture topics, and by discussions with TAs, instructors, and fellow students. For these projects, a
specific set of organisms (e.g., Daphnia; a listing of these organisms will be posted in myCourses) will be made
available for experiments. Students are expected to come up with a suitable question and hypothesis to be tested.
Organisms and materials & supplies for the experiments will largely be the responsibility of the students, with only
limited quantities of some items made available from the course’s preparation room. If you choose to work with
animals, consider that only invertebrate animals are allowed as study subjects. Each week, student pairs will be required
to hand-in to their TA a brief, written “Weekly Progress Report about their research project.
As specified in the lab schedule, you will formally meet with your TA twice for consultation (pre-proposal and post-
experimental). You will also (as a pair) submit a written project proposal, a written revised project proposal, and a
written summary of your results. To provide an experience presenting science, all students will give a presentation
about their research project to their lab group at a symposium that will be held during the last week of the BIOL 111
labs. In consultation with the TA, students may elect to conduct their experiment at home, in the field, or during lab
10. Any failure to complete these tasks as a team, without justifying documentation, will result in a mark of zero for
the given component(s) for both team members. The research project components must be submitted in the proposed
orderly sequence: you cannot conduct your experiment or presentation for example, if you have not first completed all
the proceeding phases, such as the proposal and consultation with your TA. All and each of the components for the lab
projects must be completed and submitted in the timely fashion described earlier. No component will be accepted for
evaluation if any of the preceding components are missing. Any suspected cases of plagiarism will be transferred to
Student Affairs for investigation.
Participation: You are expected to participate regularly in lab discussions and in the student presentations at the
symposium in the last lab week.
You must bring your laptop/tablet or a print out of the lab manual to each lab. Please note that the safety of your
computer/tablet from damage or theft is your responsibility and not the responsibility of McGill University or any of
the course staff.
You need to perform all the experiments described in the lab manual. Otherwise, you will be considered as absent
for that lab (unjustified absence). In that case, an unjustified absence (“A”) will be reported in “Grades” by your TA.
BIOL 101 students (lab only - 1 credit, lecture material already credited from another course and/or institution) are
not required to write the midterm and final exams.
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DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE LABORATORY
You are responsible for checking the accuracy of your weekly lab marks entered by your TA in myCourses (“Grades”) on a
weekly basis. Any discrepancy should be addressed directly to your TA at once (original documents are required).
The deadline for any correction is by 20:25 of lab 10. All the existing lab marks are final after that deadline.
Allergies. If you are subject to allergies that can become a threat to your safety, please notify your lab TA during the first lab.
If you already know that you are subject to severe allergies, you should carry the prescribed medication on you at all times.
You may come into contact with several known allergens, such as fish, crayfish, latex, antibiotics, iodine, mealworms,
formaldehyde, etc.
Lab Groups. The lab is divided into groups of 8-14 students, each led by a TA.
Announcements. Important news will be posted in the “News” item of myCourses, which you should consult regularly
for any last-minute instructions. Your TA might also email announcements to you. Only your official McGill email
address will be used in correspondence.
No coats or bags are allowed in the teaching cubicles or in the hallway outside. Lockers available for day use only
are available on the C floor.
No Food or Drink. No food or drinks, including water, may be consumed in any of the hallway leading to, or in the
teaching cubicles.
No open shoes, sandals/flip flops or shorts are allowed in labs. Make sure you wear closed shoes in all labs
throughout the semester.
Lab coats are required to attend the labs. You will not be admitted into the lab room without your lab coat. Lab coats
are to be worn in the lab only. During your lab session, if you need to leave the room momentarily (e.g., to the restroom),
you must take your lab coat off and leave it in the room. You must also take you lab coat off at the end of the lab,
before leaving the room.
Safety glasses with side shields are required in the lab whenever handling hazardous materials (e.g., some reagents,
preserved specimens, etc.). If you wear prescription glasses, you may buy the side shields and attach them to your
glasses. Others around might be putting you at risk (splashes of chemicals or braking glass).
Examination gloves are essential when dissecting preserved animals and proceeding through certain laboratory
exercises; and they will be provided in the lab. Since we are using the same teaching cubicles as the Microbiology and
Immunology department, the “prudent avoidance” principle must be applied; therefore, disposable gloves are required
when doing any work in those shared labs spaces. Your TA will advise you as to when it is important to wear them and
how to use them safely in order not to spread contaminants throughout the lab and to protect yourself from chemical
and/or biological contamination.
Dissections. The dissection of preserved plant and animal specimens is an integral and essential part of many of the
lab exercises. Students are encouraged to work in teams of two for these dissections. Students who do not conduct the
dissections themselves are advised to carefully observe the process, so that they understand the arrangement and
appearance of important structures. All students are responsible for the material covered, whether they have performed
the dissection themselves or not. Blood will be handled during the (frozen) mice dissection.
If, before the first lab, you need to switch to a lab section that is already full or to change your lab day due to a
schedule conflict with another course (only), please follow the instructions below:
Step 1. Log on to Minerva often, so you can catch a spot made available by students switching out of their current lab
into other lab sections. If you find a spot made available for the desired lab day, you will have to first drop both the
lecture and currently-registered lab and then re-register to the lecture and new lab section. Step 2. If you cannot find
a spot in your desired lab section as described above, register to any lab or keep your currently-registered lab, even
though it does not fit your schedule. As of the first day of the term, you will be able to use the course’s discussion board
on myCourses and send a request to try to find a student that can exchange his/her lab section with you. When you find
someone to switch labs with, you will have to simultaneously, first drop both the lecture and currently-registered lab
and then re-register to the lecture and new lab section. Step 3. If you still cannot find a spot this way, come on the
needed lab day and wait outside Anne-Marie L’Heureux’ office in D6 of the Lyman Duff Building 15 minutes before
the lab begins. If the lab you are registered for takes place earlier in the week than your desired lab day, you must still
come to your registered lab, so that you do not lose your registration spot.
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Attendance at the first lab, starting the week of September 11th is compulsory to maintain your registration. Students
not showing up for the first lab will have their space offered to students waiting for a spot that are present at that
moment.
Additional information will be provided in the first lecture and the first lab of the course.
What you need to buy for the course:
McGill Bookstore / Librairie Le James (3544 avenue du Parc, across the street from New Residence Hall):
1. Lab coat, safety goggles with side shields or side shields for prescription glasses
2. Dissecting kit
3. Unlined, plain loose-leaf paper (21.25 x 28 cm = 8.5" X 11")
4. 2H pencil
5. The textbook is recommended, but not required, reading (printed or online version).
WHO TO CONTACT, IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS
If you have questions about the course, first check this syllabus to see if the answer is here.
If the answer is not in this syllabus:
For lab related questions, contact your lab TA.
For lecture content questions, post on the discussion board before emailing the lecture content TA.
If you have trouble signing in to myCourses, there is a help link on the sign-in page.
If you are not registered for the course, email the lab coordinator, Anne-Marie L’Heureux for permission to register
(contact information below).
STAFF
Role and Name of Staff Member
Email
Telephone
Office Room #
Course Coordinator and Lecturer
Prof. Andrew Hendry
andrew.hendry@mcgill.ca
email
by appointment
Lecturers
Prof. Anna Hargreves
Prof. Melania Cristescu
Prof. Graham Bell
anna.hargreaves@mcgill.ca
melania.cristescu@mcgill.ca
graham.bell@mcgill.ca
email
email
email
by appointment
by appointment
by appointment
by appointment
Lab Coordinator
Anne-Marie L’Heureux
annemarie.lheureux@mcgill.ca
(514) 398-6404
Lyman Duff D-6
Lab Technicians
Ming Wang Zhang
Judit Pandur
Lyman Duff C-19
Lyman Duff C-19
Lab Assistant
Sean Kernaghan
Lyman Duff C-19
Technical and Lecture Content TA
Chelsea Bishop
chelsea.bishop@mail.mcgill.ca
email
by appointment
Lab Teaching Assistants (Tas)
One TA will be assigned to each lab group. Your TA will provide his/her contact information when you meet in the first lab week.
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How is the course grade calculated? (* indicates components graded in pairs, not individually)
Component
Contribution
Midterm exam on lectures 1 11
15%
Final exam on ALL lectures
48%
LAB BIOSAFETY QUIZ
Student-Pair Research Project
Pre-proposal consultation with your
TA to discuss your experimental design
and the background work you have
already done on your topic
* Proposal (handed back in lab 5)
* Revised-Proposal (if need be. as
evaluated by TA)
Data collection (preparedness,
autonomy, safety, methodology, knows
when to ask for help)
Post-experiment consultation with TA
to discuss the management and the
presentation of the collected data
*Written summary
Presentation
* Originality of project and/or set-up
Capacity and autonomy to trouble-
shoot, anticipate and resolve issues by
individual students in pair
Quality & relevance of communications
& follow-up with partner & TA by
individual students in pair
1%
2%
4%
2%
4%
2%
4%
4%
1%
2%
2%
Participation during lab discussions
and student presentations
2%
7 weekly pre-lab flow-charts
(individually)
7 weekly lab deliverables
(individually)
3,5%
3,5%
100 %
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Final grade round-up policy:
Rounding-up of the final course grade (this is not done for individual grade components) is done to the next letter mark
when it is less than 1 point from the threshold of the next higher letter grade. No exceptions will be made. For example,
a 69.00% will not be rounded up to 70%, but a 69.01 % will be rounded up to 70%.
What are the options if you do not pass the course?
If you do not pass the course or if you receive a D, you may apply to take a supplemental exam in the spring.
Permission is granted by the “Student Affairs Office”. See the web page for details
http://www.mcgill.ca/students/exams/
The supplemental exam covers all the lecture material and has the combined weight of the midterm and final exams.
With the exception of the exam marks, all the other components of your grade remain the same.
If the course is required in your program and you are not allowed to take the deferred exam or if you fail the
supplemental, you must repeat the course if you are to stay in that program.
If you are in the Faculty of Science, a minimum grade of 55% (lecture and lab combined) is required to pass the course
(other programs may have different requirements, please check with your program advisor).
Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD): You can apply for specific services and support regarding physical and mental
health conditions and personal issues at http://www.mcgill.ca/osd/office-students-disabilities.
For immediate issues with access to Minerva, you can contact the Helpdesk at 514-398-3398.
For issues with registration, you can contact Service Point (http://www.mcgill.ca/students/servicepoint/), equivalent to
the registrar’s office.
For issues regarding your program, academic and/or personal difficulties at any time during your studies, you can
contact your assigned advisor, indicated in your transcript. Biology students can contact Mrs. Nancy Nelson
(nancy.nelson@mcgill.ca).
Right to submit in English or French written work that is to be graded [approved by Senate on 21 January 2009]: In
accord with McGill University’s Charter of Students’ Rights, students in this course have the right to submit in English or in
French any written work that is to be graded.
Academic Integrity
Fairness to all students and to those who depend on the validity of a McGill degree depends on honest evaluation of student
comprehension and experience of the course material. Therefore, we will make every attempt to assure that each student is
evaluated on his or her own work and only that work. The Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures define honesty
in academic work and the penalties for those found to have cheated.
McGill University values academic integrity.
Therefore, all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic
offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.
Please see www.mcgill.ca/integrity for more information.
Evidence of text and/or data modification, creation or copy, without proper citation of sources
for any of the weekly lab derivable & the Student-Pair Research project
will be reported to Student Affairs for investigation.
We are looking forward to interacting with you this semester.
The BIOL 111 Teaching Team
BIOLOGY 111 LECTURE SCHEDULE AND READINGS - FALL 2018
Lecture Topic
Readings: Freeman 3rd ed.
1
Tue Sep 4
Introduction to the course. What is life?
The 3 challenges
Ch.1 (1-4); article by Dobzhansky
(posted on myCourses)
GB
2
Thu Sep 6
Origin of life
Ch.3 (70-72); Ch.4 (98-100);
Ch.25 (514-537)
GB
3
Tue Sep 11
Prokaryote cells
Ch.26 (538-560); essay by May
(posted on myCourses)
GB
4
Thu Sep 13
Prokaryote populations
Ch.25 (514-526); Ch.27 (561-583)
GB
5
Tue Sep 18
Eukaryote cells
TBA
GB
6
Thu Sep 20
Introduction to animals: Sponges
Ch.30 (639-660)
MC
7
Tue Sep 25
Cnidarians & Platyhelminthes
Ch.30 (639-660); Ch.31 (661-666)
MC
8
Thu Sep 27
Nematodes & Annelids
Ch.31 (666-668; 673-675); Ch.32
684-685)
MC
9
Tue Oct 2
Arthropods I: skeletons, molting, muscles
Ch.31 (675-683); Ch.45 (991-
1009)
Guest
10
Thu Oct 4
Arthropods II: metamorphosis, hormones
Ch.46 (1011-1031)
Guest
11
Tue Oct 9
Mollusks
Ch.31 (668-672); Ch.43 (945-958)
MC
12
Thu Oct 11
Fungi
TBA
ALH
Mon Oct 15
Midterm exam: 19:30 21:00
13
Tue Oct 16
Plants 1 (details to follow later)
To be specified later
ALH
14
Thu Oct 18
Plants 2 (details to follow later)
To be specified later
ALH
15
Tue Oct 23
Plants 3 (details to follow later)
To be specified later
ALH
16
Thu Oct 25
Plants 4 (details to follow later)
To be specified later
ALH
17
Tue Oct 30
Plants 5 (details to follow later)
To be specified later
ALH
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Thu Nov 1
Echinoderms: water vascular system,
deuterostomes. Introduction to Chordates
Ch.32 (685-690)
APH
19
Tue Nov 6
Fishes: vertebrates, jaws, circulation
Ch. 32 (690-696); Ch. 42 (934-
942)
APH
20
Thu Nov 8
Amphibians: respiration (lung)
Ch. 32 (698); Ch. 42 (926-929)
APH
21
Tue Nov 13
Reptiles: amniotic egg, excretion (kidney)
Ch. 32 (697-698; 700) Ch. 40 (887-
895)
APH
22
Thu Nov 15
Birds: flight, endothermy,
thermoregulation
Ch. 32 (700-703); Ch. 39 (871-
874); Ch. 44 (927-929)
APH
23
Tue Nov 20
Mammals I: reproduction and development
Ch. 32 (698-700); Ch. 47 (1054-
1057)
APH
24
Thu Nov 22
Mammals II: primates and hominids ,
central nervous system primates and
hominids
Ch. 32 (705-710); Ch. 43 (959-
966)
APH
25
Tue Nov 27
The Mechanisms of Evolution (+Species
and their formation)
Ch. 22 (460-463); Ch. 23 (475-
495) + Ch. 24 (496-513)
APH
26
Thu Nov 29
Ecology 1
Ch. 50 (1109-1129); Ch. 51 (1143-
1145); Ch. 52 (1154-1159; 1174-
1179)
APH
APH: Andrew Hendry; GB: Graham Bell; ALH: Anna Hargreaves; MC: Melania Cristescu
BIOLOGY 111 LABORATORY SCHEDULE - FALL 2018
Laboratory dates are subject to change due to possible schedule conflicts
arising between registered Biol 111 evening labs and evening midterms from other courses.
You are responsible to be in contact with your lab TA and lab partners in order not to miss any necessary lab reschedule(s).
WEEK OF: TOPIC
Lab 1 Sept. 10 The Microscope, Experimental Design and the Diversity of Life
Student-pair research project explained: individual brainstorm handed-in to teaching assistant (TA)
Lab 2 Sept. 17 Microorganisms: Bacteria, Algae, Fungi and Protists
Student-pair research project: brainstorm with your project partner handed-in to TA
Lab 3 Sept. 24 Plants on Land: Responses to the Environment
Visit of the mini-greenhouse and research project supply room, C15
Student-pair research project pre-proposal TA consultation about experimental design of
contemplated project to be completed with TA by the end of this lab (at the latest)
Lab 4 Oct. 1 Plant Diversity, Growth and Reproduction
Student-pair research project proposal including organism-supplies-in-lab equipment list and task
list for each member due electronically in myCourses’ “Assignment” tool by 18:40 at the latest
(daily minus 20% (-20%) for lateness, starting at 18:41 of lab day)
Lab 5 Oct. 8 Animal Physiology, Invertebrates and Data Workshop
TA-corrected student-pair research project proposal returned for revision(s), if need be.
Lab 6 Oct. 15/22 Invertebrates
Student-pair research project revised proposal due electronically in myCourses’ “Assignment” tool
by 18:40 at the latest on lab day (daily minus 20% (-20%) for lateness, starting at 18:41 of lab day)
Lab 7 Oct. 29 Vertebrates
Student-pair research project discussions and/or setting-up of materials for experiment data
collection of the subsequent lab (week 8) for in-lab ran experiments.
Lab 8 Nov. 5 Student-Pair Research Project Data Collection for in-lab ran experiments
For at-home or field-ran experiments: post-experimental TA consultation about research project data
Management.
Lab 9 Nov. 12/19 Evolution
For lab 8 in-lab ran experiments: post-experimental TA consultations about research
project data management.
Lab 10 Nov. 26 Student-Pair Research Project Symposium
Student-pair research project presentation of results. Written summary and presentation slides due
electronically in myCourses’s “Assignment tool by 18:40 at the latest of lab day (daily minus 20% for
lateness, starting at 18:41 of lab day)
* Students with a schedule conflict for their lab on the week of November 20th, due to the American Thanksgiving on Thursday
November 22rd, will be allowed to reschedule their lab and TA-consultation, only if arrangements have been made ahead of
time with TA directly and providing a proof of travel arrangements to TA.

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