BIO1130: Organismal Biology


This is the BIO1130 Home Page and it's were you're going to get the latest news on what is happening in the course. Hopefully this page is book marked already in your favourites and you'll drop by regularly to see what's new. (Just so you know this page was last updated on: Friday, September 23, 2016 )

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Recent Adobe PDF uploads
Watch here for the latest uploads of lecture handouts and other Adobe documents that you'll need for the course. There are a variety of different tools that allow you to make notes on and annotate a PDF File. Find out more.

In the lecture we took a look at keywords and strategies for working with them. If you missed our discussion, a 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 list of Dictionaries available online and the Oxford Dictionary of Biology is a good general reference for Biology terms. More specialized dictionaries are also available.  (Sep 13).

SpeedBump - Dave Coverly

Web updates
This is the ninth year that I've offered  the course. This course is organized a little differently than most biology courses. The first part, about a third of the lectures, follows the history of biology and when we are introduced to a major biologist's 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. As there is every year 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.

  • The home page has been updated for 2016 (Sep 1)

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.

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.

Midterm exams
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. (Sep 1)

  • Midterm 1: October 1, 2016
  • Midterm 2: November 12, 2016

First midterm exam - October 1, 2016
Because of the early date of Thanksgiving the first midterm exam is just around the corner. We will not be able to complete all of the Modern theory lecture topic and only slides 1-40 will be on the exam along with the Pre-Darwinian and Darwinian lectures. (Sep 21)

How good is your study technique?
The Globe and Mail published an article "Why your teenager is studying the wrong way". Here are some suggestions. (Sep 13)

  • 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 words...
  • Learn the reason behind the fact
  • If studying is easy, you aren't learning

SASS Biology 1130 study group
This year the BIO1130 study group is being led by Heidi Li and will meet from 5:30-7:00 on Tuesday nights in FSS 14005. This is a great chance to get together with other students in the course and study with guidance of a mentor. (Sep 21)

Voices from the past: Survival Guide 2015
At the end of the course I ask the students to give some advice to  next years students on how to do well in the course. Here are the the survival guides from the class of 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 2010, 2009 and 2008. It has some great ideas about how to study and work with the course materials. Take a look (Sep 8)

2016 MindTap eBook registration and required course key information.
There are a number of steps that you must complete to be able to access your MindTap version of the two Textbooks, five in fact. You'll find them all in this handout: 5 steps to setting up and logging into your BIO1130 Mindtap ebook - Biology: Exploring the Diversity of Life and Digital Diversity. This handout includes the special Course Code that you need. (Updated Sep 2)

Office hours
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.

Lecture podcasts
In this course 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 within 24 hours of the end of class, Friday lectures by Monday.

E-mail questions?
If 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.


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