BIOL121 Section 226 Term 2 – Course Syllabus
• Quick Learning Tip: First attempt the quiz once, then do the pre-reading – that way you know what
information to focus on while reading!
• It is recommended that you download and/or print off the pre-class lecture slides from Canvas and bring
them to class to assist you in taking notes. Post-class lecture slides (containing useful notes) will also be
posted for each lecture.
2) During lecture
• Note: The course is designed to encourage you to attend class as much as possible. No late or make up
work will be allowed in any case; this includes in-class clicker questions and worksheets. However, we
acknowledge that you may have to miss class for valid reasons. If you complete at least 95% of all
participation-related activities, you will receive full participation marks for the course. There will also be
multiple opportunities for bonus participation marks throughout the term.
• Clicker Questions: The purpose of the clicker questions is to motivate you to come to class, to stay
awake, and to follow along. I also use clicker questions so I can quickly check whether things make sense,
or whether a large number of students are confused.
o Clicker questions will be graded for participation only. Selecting a non-response (e.g., your
answer options are A–D, and you select “E”) is considered non-participation.
o Correct answers to clicker questions will be posted on Canvas after class
• Group Activities: You will be required to form groups of 3–4 students for in-class group activities, which
will occur regularly throughout the term
o The purpose of group work is to encourage you to take an active part in your own learning, and
to overcome the challenges of learning in a large class. In a large lecture hall, it is impossible for
members of the teaching team to interact with everyone. Discussing and problem solving with
your group members will give you on-the-spot, one-on-one feedback regarding whether or not
you understand what’s going on. Also, it is often easier to learn something from someone else
who has just learned it (e.g., a classmate), because they understand where you are coming from.
If you already understand something and the rest of your group doesn’t, explaining and teaching
things to your group members will help to solidify and deepen your understanding of the
o In some cases, worksheets associated with in-class activities will be handed in at the end of class
and graded for participation. Answers to in-class worksheets will be discussed in class, and/or
posted on Canvas after class.
• The purpose of the weekly homework assignments is to motivate you to regularly practice answering
• Most weeks, you will be assigned a homework assignment that is due the following week; consult Canvas
for the most up-to-date due dates. Instructions regarding the due date of the assignment and how to
submit your assignment online will be included with each assignment. No late assignments will be
• All homework assignments will be posted on Canvas; answers to homework assignments will be made
available on Canvas after the due date.
• Review assignments/notes – if concepts are still unclear, either post them on Piazza or contact your
instructor/TA/peer mentor for help. It’s much better to clarify concepts early on in the term as you will
find that any concepts will overlap between the lectures and units.
Try the following:
• Writing summaries: this will help you understand the main ‘big’ concepts of each lecture
• Flashcards: If you are visual learner, this will help you memorize terminology/definitions. Works especially
well if you transit to UBC