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Slides for the lecture topic Hadeon Eon
have been posted (Oct 7)
Slides for the topic Modern theory and more
have been posted Please note we will be starting
at Speciation slide 58 to the end then doing
Microevolution last. (Sep 22)
SpeedBump - Dave Coverly
Mass email updates.
There will be times when I need to contact the whole
class and to do that I will be using an email
notification system provided by the University.
I'll also post the emails here as well.
In the lecture we took a look at keywords and
strategies for working with them. If you missed our
copy of that part of the podcast is available.
Keywords can be checked by using the glossary in the
ebook or using web sources. The library has an excellent
Dictionaries available online and the
Oxford Dictionary of Biology is a good general
reference for Biology terms. More specialized
dictionaries are also available.
This is the seventh year that I've offered the
course. After feedback from former students last year I
major revisions to the Organization of the course. The
content hasn't changed, just the sequence in which is
presented. I'm placing all the history and basic biology
together at the start of the course. When we are
introduced to a major biologists discovery we will also
study it in depth. Once we are done that we'll examine
the history of Biodiversity from the Big Bang to today.
There will be some minor adjustments and updates and I hope to keep a
week or two ahead so that various resources will be
available in a timely fashion. If I fall behind please
be patient. Any updates will appear here.
Keywords in the lecture topic Modern theory and more
have been split into Microevolution and Speciation
and cladistics (Sep 24)
I have updated the keywords in the Speciation and
Cladistics subtopic of the topic Modern theory and
more. (Sep 28)
New crossword puzzle focusing on
the Speciation and Cladistics subtopic of the
Lecture topic Modern theory and more is now
available (Sep 29)
There will be no more web updates until after the midterm exam on October 3.
That's old news
As different things that are posted on the Home Page of
the course became a few weeks old they don't disappear.
They are moved to the
"That's old news" page. There you can check for any
announcements and things that you might have missed.
Office hours are an opportunity for you to come in and
ask questions about the course and the material that we
have been covering during the course. So drop on by.
You'll find my office in the Bioscience wing of the
Bioscience complex (the same wing of the building where
the labs are) in BSC 108.
- Monday, 10:00 - 11:30
- Wednesday, 11:30 - 1:00
- Friday, 10:00 - 11:30
If it is impossible to make any of the
schedules office hours check this
copy of my schedule and we'll try and find an
alternative time when we can meet. Send me an email with
some alternate times to meet.
Please note: Office hours are
cancelled the Friday before a midterm exam for
preparations associated with the exam.
First midterm exam
The marking of the first midterm exam has started. So
that you can get a general idea of how you did on the
exam I have posted the preliminary marking scheme. This
is a preliminary scheme that will change and may include
intentional errors to test the accuracy of the markers.
So PLEASE don't email me about the answers in the
marking scheme or about what you answered until this is
Students who missed the exam must provide a medical note
for their absence by October 19, 2015; otherwise their
score for the midterm will be zero
Even for scientists, the scientific method is a hard
discipline. Like the rest of us, they’re vulnerable to
what they call confirmation bias—the tendency to look
for and see only evidence that confirms what they
already believe. But unlike the rest of us, they submit
their ideas to formal peer review before publishing
them. Once their results are published, if they’re
important enough, other scientists will try to reproduce
them—and, being congenitally skeptical and competitive,
will be very happy to announce that they don’t hold up.
Scientific results are always provisional, susceptible
to being overturned by some future experiment or
observation. Scientists rarely proclaim an absolute
truth or absolute certainty. Uncertainty is inevitable
at the frontiers of knowledge
National Geographic March 2015
Marks look up
The marks from various parts of the course are collected
in this one location. This is a secure site and when you
click on it you'll go to the login area on InfoWeb to
enter your student number and password and then to the
marks page. If you receive an error refresh this page or
clear your cache.
Use this link to see how you're
doing in the course.
With a class this big and multiple sections the only way
we can hold a midterm exam is to have it on a
Saturday in the morning. You should
keep these days clear and arrange any work schedules accordingly.
- Midterm 1: October 3, 2015
- Midterm 2: November 7, 2015
This year we are taking advantage of some special
equipment in the Marion auditorium that allows us to
record the lectures and deliver them as podcasts. A
complete list of the lectures is available on the
podcast page. We'll do our best to get the lecture
up with 24 hours, Friday lectures by Monday.
you have a question you can use e-mail t o ask it. I
would ask that you place the course code in the subject
line of your message. There is so much garbage e-mail
that my SPAM filter may discard your e-mail; if BIO1130
is in at least a part of the subject line you can be
sure that I'll get it.
Have you ever thought about how you come
across in the e-mail you write? There is a whole
netiquette to it and it is very different from text
messaging. How you talk to your friends, compared to
your parents or a professional differs. It's the same
for e-mail. You want to look your best and that applies
to when you write to a professor or anyone that takes
any form of communication as an indication of your
mastery of it.
Find out more about Netiquette.
I don't sit glued to my computer waiting
for e-mail so don't expect an immediate answer. If I've
got a back log of e-mail I'll try and have it answered
by the next scheduled office hours.
good is your study technique?
Globe and Mail published an article "Why your
teenager is studying the wrong way". Here are some
suggestions. (Sep 14)
Don't waste your time reading
notes or the textbook over and over again
Mix up your subject matter
Put material such as a scientific definition in your
Learn the reason behind the fact
If studying is easy, you aren't learning