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
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
to look up your answers in the online testing system.
Use this link to see how you're
doing in the course.
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.
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)
Final exam - Marks
Final exams are treated differently from midterm exams. One of
the differences is that you will not get your final exam back. You always have
the option of looking over your final exam and most students want to in hopes of
raising their grade to the next letter. Remember that I have already rounded up
the final numeric grade in the course by 0.7% and the amount that I increased
your grade is equal to almost 3 points on the final exam. If, after the marks
are posted, you still feel that you have more than 3 points in marking errors on
your exam please email me and we can make an appointment for you to come in a
look over your exam (Dec 27).
Marks for the final exam have been posted and you can look them up
on BlackBoard Learn. You can also
check your grade on
the different parts of the exam. I'm not allowed to post your
final course grade; you will have to look that up using your uoZone account and it
may take a couple of days for the final
grades to appear (Dec 27)
Midterm mark appeals
There were 57 midterm exams sent to me for an appeal of
their grade. It took me 6 hours to go through them and
other than addition errors only one student received and
additional two marks and two one additional point. These
changes have been made to the BlackBoard learn grade
sheet. None of these changes resulted in a letter grade
change for the students. Exam can be picked up outside
my office BSC 108 (Jan 3)
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
- 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.
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
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.
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