BIO120H1F Syllabus – Fall 2018
Important course policies and procedures (please read these carefully!)
1. Your quiz, assignment, test, and exam grades for BIO120 will be visible to you on Quercus. It is your
responsibility to check your grades and report any inconsistencies to the BIO120 Office as soon as
2. It is also your responsibility to check your UTORmail account on a frequent basis, as any urgent
communications will be sent that way. Failure to see an email will not be accepted as an excuse.
3. Please send all course-related email to [email protected]; your email will be forwarded to the
appropriate team member. Include your full name and student number in the body of the message. You
should use your UTORmail address or else your emails are likely to be diverted to Junk Mail.
4. You must obtain a minimum average of 50% on the laboratory material (see page xi in the lab manual) in
order to pass the course. If you do not receive a minimum average of 50% on the laboratory material, the
highest possible final grade you can receive is 49% for the course.
5. Test 1, Test 2, and the Final Exam consist of multiple-choice questions; marks are not deducted for
incorrect responses. Test locations will be posted on Quercus. Bring an HB pencil, eraser, and your T-
card to all tests/exams; no aids are permitted (no cell phones, calculators, dictionaries, etc.).
6. If you miss Test 1 or Test 2 due to illness you must contact the BIO120 Office within 24 hours of the
missed test. Valid documentation is required in order to be considered for the make-up test. The make-
up tests include short-answer or essay questions (i.e., not only multiple-choice) and are typically written
on the Friday morning of the week following the test at 8:00 a.m. Valid documentation consists of one
of the following: a U of T Verification of Student Illness or Injury Form
(http://www.illnessverification.utoronto.ca), or a letter from your College Registrar.
7. If you miss the Final Exam you must contact your college registrar and initiate a petition to write a
deferred exam (do not contact the BIO120 Office). If your petition is granted, the exam is typically
written during the next Faculty Examination Period.
8. Test conflict with a scheduled class: If you have a scheduled class at a time when Test 1 or Test 2 is
being written, your class takes precedence (i.e., attend your lecture and write the early test sitting for
BIO120). Contact the BIO120 Office no later than one week prior to the test date to arrange to write the
early sitting. If you do not notify the BIO120 Office before this deadline, we may not be able to arrange
an alternate sitting of the test for you. Please provide a copy of your timetable as proof of the conflict.
9. If you miss your scheduled lab period for an authorized reason (e.g., illness), present valid
documentation (see #6 above) to the BIO120 Office during office hours within one week of the missed
lab to find out if space is available to attend another lab during the two-week period that each lab is
offered. If it is not possible for you to attend a make-up lab, you will be assigned a make-up assignment
if you miss an in-lab assignment. The due date and time of lab quizzes do not change, regardless of
whether you miss a lab or attend a make up lab. It is important to note that you are permitted to make
up only one missed lab with the appropriate documentation. Serious illness affecting two consecutive
labs or more will be considered on an individual basis. Note that you are responsible for submitting
any assignments that are due for the lab you missed; no extensions will be granted for assignments
on or after their due date. E-mail your assignment to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit it online
10. Labs begin at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; at 11:10 a.m. on Fridays; and at 6:10
p.m. on Thursday evenings. If you arrive late to lab, the teaching assistant will send you to see the
Course Coordinator. She will decide if you have missed too much of the lab and therefore cannot remain
to complete it.
11. The lab quizzes are completed on Quercus. They are available for seven days preceding the start of lab.
Lab quizzes are due by the start date and time of the associated lab. No extensions or exemptions are
allowed. Detailed information on the quizzes is available on Quercus.
12. The University of Toronto is committed to accessibility. If you require accommodations for a disability,
or have any accessibility concerns about the course, the classroom or course materials, contact