BIOA02H3

Life on Earth: Form, Function and Interactions

University of Toronto Scarborough

A lecture and laboratory course providing an overview of the anatomy and physiology of plants and animals, population biology, ecology and biodiversity. Note: that both BIOA01H3 and BIOA02H3 must be completed prior to taking any other Biology course.

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Stephen Reid, Ivana Stehlik, Rachel Sturge

BIOA02H3 Syllabus for Stephen Reid, Ivana Stehlik, Rachel Sturge — Winter 2019

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BIO A02
Life on Earth: Form, Function and Interactions
Winter 2019
COURSE SYLLABUS
Objectives and Outcomes
The primary goal of BIO A02 is to provide students with the strong foundation required to become
a successful biologist. During the term you will learn:
(1) the major principles of plant and animal form and function;
(2) the key concepts of ecology focusing on the interactions among organisms and
between organisms and their environment;
(3) an examination of the diversity of life in the plant, animal and fungal kingdoms;
(4) some basic laboratory techniques that are required to pursue your chosen field in science;
(5) some approaches for finding and reading relevant biology research articles;
(6) the proper approach to collecting and analyzing data and then communicating the results
using the writing and critical thinking skills presented in labs.
Course Personnel
Name
Title
How to contact1
Office and
Office Hours2
Dr. Ivana Stehlik
Instructor for Module 1
E-mail biolife@utsc.utoronto.ca
(include Stehlik in subject)
SW563C
Hours: TBA
Dr. Stephen Reid
Instructor for Module 2
E-mail biolife@utsc.utoronto.ca
(include Reid in subject)
SW526
Hours: TBA
Dr. Rachel Sturge
Instructor for Module 3
E-mail biolife@utsc.utoronto.ca
(include Sturge in subject)
SW563B
Hours: TBA
Karolyn Keir
Lab/Course Coordinator
for BIO A02
-
Contact regarding late
enrollment, missed
tests, missed labs,
marks management
and general advising
as related to the
course as a whole
E-mail biolife@utsc.utoronto.ca
(include Keir and A02 in
subject)3
SW238
Hours:
TU 2-3pm
TH 2-3pm
Sara Campbell
Laboratory Bio Help TA
sarae.campbell@mail.utoronto.ca
(include biohelp - lab in the subject)
Please see
Quercus.
Laboratory TA
TBA in your first lab
1All e-mails must be sent from your university issued e-mail account (@mail.utoronto.ca). Please refer to the
section “Communicating information within BIO A02” on page 2 for further details.
2All Course Personnel are only available in their offices during stated office hours.
3Karolyn Keir will only respond to e-mails during regular business hours (M-F, 9am-5pm)
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Communicating information within BIO A02
Quercus (q.utoronto.ca)
The main source of information for BIO A02 is the Quercus course page. Information such as contact information
and office hours, lecture outlines, videos and notes, assignment instructions, test dates and locations, and grades
will be posted on Quercus throughout the semester. Information related to your lab practical will also be posted
here. Please check the BIO A02 Quercus page frequently and set notifications so you do not miss any important
information.
E-mail
To help your professors stay organized and answer your e-mails more quickly and effectively, one central e-mail
address serves BIO A02. To communicate with your Instructors and the Course Coordinator, please e-mail:
biolife@utsc.utoronto.ca
Include the name of the person you wish to e-mail, and your student number in the subject line of the e-mail to
help direct it. If there is no name listed in the subject line, your e-mail will not be answered.
Please do not use professors’ e-mail addresses for BIO A02 communication!
Remember to always contact the Instructors, Course Coordinator and TAs using your UofT issued e-mail address.
E-mails from other addresses (@gmail, @hotmail, @yahoo, etc.) will not be answered.
Log onto Quercus by clicking the “Quercus” link under Quick Links on the UTSC homepage
and using your UTORid and password.
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Course Organization & Evaluation
The content in BIO A02 will be delivered through lectures and labs. Students will be evaluated through a number of
different mediums (as outlined below). Each module will evaluate the students’ understanding of the material with a
term test (see schedule below). All term tests will use a multiple choice question format and the date/time and
location will be announced later and posted on the BIO A02 Quercus webpage.
Module and Instructor
Approximate schedule for term test
1 Dr. Stehlik
Early- to mid February 2019
2 Dr. Reid
Early- to mid March 2019
3 Dr. Sturge
During UTSC Exam Period in April 2019
The final grade in BIO A02 will be determined as follows:
Laboratory component of final grade = 31% (see breakdown below)
Labs: 6 online quizzes x 0.5% = 3%
There will 6 online laboratory quizzes delivered through Quercus. You are responsible for completing each quiz
by the assigned due date. No make-ups are possible. The first quiz, which will be focused on Lab 1, must be
completed by Monday, January 21 at 12:00pm (noon). The other five quizzes are to be completed before each
of your scheduled labs. You must attend the associated lab to receive credit for the quiz. Quiz marks will revert
to zero if you are absent from the associated lab.
6 lab reports x 2.5% = 15%
Lab Reports (1-6) will be completed during scheduled lab periods and submitted to Lab TA before you leave the
lab. It is a prudent use of time to complete as much of these reports as possible before your scheduled lab
period.
Laboratory Assignment = 4%
This assignment will be sent through Quercus as an announcement during your Lab 1 lab period. It must be
printed, completed by hand, and submitted at the start of your Lab 2. No late assignments will be accepted.
Formal Lab Report (FLR) = 9%
1% of the FLR mark will come from the successful completion of Academic Integrity modules (details will be
posted on Quercus).
Submitted online through Quercus by 11:59am (noon) on Friday, March 8, 2019.
Lecture component of final grade = 69% of final grade (see breakdown below)
Module 1 => 23% of final grade (see breakdown below)
20% Term Test #3
3% Online Assessments
Module 2 => 23% of final grade (all Term Test #2)
Module 3 => 23% of final grade (see breakdown below)
20% Term Test #3
3% Online Assessments
Statement regarding use of Turnitin
In BIO A02 Winter 2019, we will be using Turnitin.com (via Quercus) for the submission of the Formal
Lab Report. You should be aware of the following policy for the use of Turnitin at the University of
Toronto:
Normally, students will be required to submit their course essays to Turnitin.com for a review of textual similarity and detection
of possible plagiarism. In doing so, students will allow their essays to be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com
reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the
University's use of the Turnitin.com service are described on the Turnitin.com web site".
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Course Content
A. Lecture Topics (tentative)
Module 1: Plant Form and Function
Tree of Life Plants
Plant Cells and Tissues
Reproduction and Development in Flowering Plants
Transport in Plants
Plant Nutrition and Soils
Module 2: Animal Form and Function
animal physiology and anatomy
nervous system
endocrine system
skeletal muscles
hearts and circulatory systems
respiratory systems
cardiorespiratory control
thermoregulation
osmoregulation
digestive system
Module 3: Ecology
Animal Behaviour
Population Ecology
Community Ecology
Ecosystem Ecology
Biomes
Global Ecology
The Anthropocene
LECTURE SCHEDULE
DATE
TIME
LOCATION
LEC01
Tuesday
11 12
IC 130
Thursday
11 12
IC 130
Friday
10 11
AC 223
LEC02
Tuesday
1 2
AC 223
Thursday
1 2
AC 223
Friday
11 12
AC 223
LEC60
Online lecture
Facilitated Study Groups (FSGs)
BIO A02 is supported by an independently-run facilitated study group. These weekly study sessions are open to all BIO
A02 students. Attendance is voluntary. If you have questions, visit the FSG website at:
http://ctl.utsc.utoronto.ca/home/fsg
Please note: All materials used in FSG sessions (handouts, questions etc.) are created by the FSG moderators and
not by the course instructors. Please ensure that you contact the FSG moderators about any questions related to
these materials. Please also note that while the questions used in the FSG sessions are very useful to promote your
understanding of course concepts, they may NOT be in the same format that will be used for the term tests in
BIOA02.
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B. Lab Topics
Lab 1: Flower Morphology and Plant Sexual Systems / Investigating the Effects of
Nutrients on Plant Growth: Set-up for Formal Lab Report
Lab 2: Plant Vegetative Morphology / Investigating the Effects of Nutrients on Plant
Growth: Analyzing data for Formal Lab Report
Lab 3: Behavioural Responses in Terrestrial Isopods
Lab 4: Physiological Responses to Temperature using Daphnia spp.
Lab 5: Population Sampling Methods / Set-up for aquatic plant bioassay (Lab 6)
Lab 6: Population Growth Experiment using an aquatic plant bioassay
LAB PRACTICAL SCHEDULE
Week
Lab #
Practical
Dates (2019)
1
1
Odd numbered practicals (eg.
P0001, P0003, P0005….)
Jan 7 11
2
1
Even numbered practicals (eg.
P0002, P0004, P0006….)
Jan 14 18
1
2
Odd numbered practicals
Jan 21 25
2
2
Even numbered practicals
Jan 28 Feb 1
1
3
Odd numbered practicals
Feb 4 8
2
3
Even numbered practicals
Feb 11 15
READING WEEK NO CLASSES
Feb 18 22
1
4
Odd numbered practicals
Feb 25 Mar 1
2
4
Even numbered practicals
Mar 4 8
1
5
Odd numbered practicals
Mar 11 15
2
5
Even numbered practicals
Mar 18 22
1
6
Odd numbered practicals
Mar 25 29
2
6
Even numbered practicals
Apr 1 5
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PRACTICAL
Week
Day
Time
Lab
P0001
1
Tuesday
9am to 12pm
SW 237
P0002
2
Tuesday
9am to 12pm
SW 237
P0003
1
Tuesday
9am to 12pm
SW 240
P0004
2
Tuesday
9am to 12pm
SW 240
P0005
1
Tuesday
9am to 12pm
SW 242
P0006
2
Tuesday
9am to 12pm
SW 242
P0007
1
Tuesday
12pm to 3pm
SW 237
P0008
2
Tuesday
12pm to 3pm
SW 237
P0009
1
Tuesday
12pm to 3pm
SW 240
P0010
2
Tuesday
12pm to 3pm
SW 240
P0011
1
Tuesday
12pm to 3pm
SW 242
P0012
2
Tuesday
12pm to 3pm
SW 242
P0013
1
Tuesday
3pm to 6pm
SW 237
P0014
2
Tuesday
3pm to 6pm
SW 237
P0015
1
Tuesday
3pm to 6pm
SW 240
P0016
2
Tuesday
3pm to 6pm
SW 240
P0017
1
Wednesday
10am to 1pm
SW 237
P0018
2
Wednesday
10am to 1pm
SW 237
P0019
1
Wednesday
10am to 1pm
SW 240
P0020
2
Wednesday
10am to 1pm
SW 240
P0021
1
Wednesday
10am to 1pm
SW 242
P0023
1
Wednesday
1pm to 4pm
SW 237
P0024
2
Wednesday
1pm to 4pm
SW 237
P0025
1
Wednesday
1pm to 4pm
SW 240
P0026
2
Wednesday
1pm to 4pm
SW 240
P0027
1
Wednesday
1pm to 4pm
SW 242
P0028
2
Wednesday
1pm to 4pm
SW 242
P0029
1
Thursday
9am to 12pm
SW 237
P0030
2
Thursday
9am to 12pm
SW 237
P0031
1
Thursday
9am to 12pm
SW 240
P0032
2
Thursday
9am to 12pm
SW 240
P0033
1
Thursday
12pm to 3pm
SW 237
P0034
2
Thursday
12pm to 3pm
SW 237
P0035
1
Thursday
12pm to 3pm
SW 240
P0036
2
Thursday
12pm to 3pm
SW 240
P0037
1
Thursday
3pm to 6pm
SW 237
P0038
2
Thursday
3pm to 6pm
SW 237
P0041
1
Monday
1pm to 4pm
SW 237
P0043
1
Monday
1pm to 4pm
SW 240
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2019 Winter Semester - Important Dates
Monday, January 7
Classes begin in S courses and resume in Y courses.
Sunday, January 20
Last day to add S courses.
Monday, February 18
Last day to drop Y courses without academic penalty and have
them removed from the transcript.
Monday, February 18
Family Day holiday University closed.
Saturday, February 16 - Friday, February 22
Reading Week No classes or midterms held.
Monday, February 25
Classes resume in S and Y courses.
Sunday, March 24
Last day to add or remove the CR/NCR mode of assessment for a
Y section course. (Note: For details go to
www.utsc.utoronto.ca/registrar)
Last day to drop S courses without academic penalty and have
them removed from the transcript.
Last day to add or remove the CR/NCR mode of assessment for
an S section course. (Note: For details go to
www.utsc.utoronto.ca/registrar)
Friday, April 5
Last day to drop UTSC S and Y courses on eService and have
them remain on the transcript with a grade of LWD indicating
withdrawal without academic penalty. After this date grades are
recorded on transcripts whether course work is completed or
not (with a '0' assigned for Incomplete work) and they are
calculated into GPAs. (Note: See
www.utsc.utoronto.ca/registrar for LWD dates for courses on
other campuses.)
Last day of classes and last day for submission of term
assignments in S and Y courses.
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Course Regulations
Lectures
To get maximum benefit from the lectures in this course, students are advised to:
read the relevant sections in your textbook before the lecture (see lecture schedule). Do not take
extensive notes or memorize the material at this stage just read and become familiar with the terms
and concepts to be covered
download posted lecture material from Quercus before each lecture
actively engage while attending/watching lectures
during lectures, take your own notes with the aim of understanding the main concepts covered
re-read the relevant sections in your textbook as needed after lecture and create your own study notes;
review your notes frequently
arrange to see the Instructor during scheduled office hours or by appointment if having difficulties
understanding material covered in lectures
Attendance in Labs
Attendance in the labs is required to get credit for that lab and any associated work. You must arrive on time! The lab
door will close at 20 minutes after the hour. If you arrive late and the door is closed, you will have missed the
introductory information and will not be permitted to participate in the lab. If you are late or miss your lab entirely, you
may discuss your situation with the Course Coordinator, Karolyn Keir.
There will be no make-up labs in BIOA02.
Provided you have valid documentation, you may miss one lab practical without academic penalty during the course of
the term. For subsequent missed labs, you will be assigned a grade of zero for all associated work.
Students who attend lab practicals that they are not registered in will be asked to leave the lab immediately and will be
assigned a grade of zero for all associated work. You must attend the practical that you are registered in!
You will not receive credit for online quizzes, nor be allowed to submit lab reports for labs that you have not attended.
Late formal lab reports will have a late penalty automatically applied (10% of the mark per day including weekends);
work will not be accepted if more than 5 days late. Times and dates to hand in late material will be posted on Quercus;
assignments will not be accepted on either Saturdays or Sundays.
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Procedure for missed labs and tests
In order to be eligible for consideration for a missed term test or lab work, students must provide a valid
documented reason to the Course Coordinator.
For missed labs and lab assignments/FLRs:
***You must contact the Course Coordinator before the end of your scheduled lab to be eligible for
accommodation. Please include a scanned copy of your self-declaration form with this email or indicate when
you plan to submit this form. Once you are well enough to return to your academic duties, you must drop off
the hard copy of this form by your next lab to the Course Coordinator. Please remember that you are only
allowed to miss one lab practical with valid documentation during the course of the term. ***
If you are ill during the term, and this illness influences your ability to attend your lab or meet a deadline
for submission of a term assignment, you can submit a Self-Declaration of Student Illness form, indicating
the days in which you were ill. This form is meant to take the place of the more typical medical form, and is
available on the department’s website www.utsc.utoronto.ca/biosci.
Please note the following aspects related to this Self-Declaration of Student Illness form:
1. Similar to the submission of a medical form, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for contacting the Course
Coordinator to make arrangements for an accommodation for your absence.
2. You may use the Self-Declaration of Student Illness form ONLY for lab absences or term assignments.
For any term exams in this course you will need to submit a Verification of Student Illness form (See
“For Missed Term Tests”). For the final exam you will need to follow the typical procedures for
petitioning to write a deferred exam.
3. You may use the Self-Declaration of Student Illness form up to two times in this course. If you require
an additional accommodation for a term assignment you must then use the standard Verification of
Student Illness form. However, you may only be exempt from one lab.
4. Submitting a false Self-Declaration of Student Illness form constitutes academic misconduct, and could
be subject to sanctions under the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters.
Please submit any Self-Declaration of Student Illness forms to the Course Coordinator as soon as
possible.
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For missed term tests:
*** You must contact the Course Coordinator within 72 hours of the end of your scheduled term test
to be eligible to write a make-up term test***
Please submit a completed University of Toronto Verification of Illness or Injury Form. Form can be
found here:
http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/registrar/verification-illlness-or-injury
The date/time of the original test that was missed must be clearly indicated as well as a clear statement of the
medical issue.
If you cannot attend Friday evening or Saturday midterm tests for religious reasons, please notify the Course
Coordinator in writing by e-mail within one week of the announced midterm test date; an alternative time
will be presented if approved by the Instructor.
For missed tests during the final exam period/final exams:
Students must contact the Registrar’s office (www.utsc.utoronto.ca/registrar/deferred-exams) and follow the
procedures outlined in order to arrange to write a Deferred Final Exam (DFE). The DFE will be scheduled during
the Summer 2019 Exam Period. Please note that the format of the DFE may differ from the original while
covering the same content.

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