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SpeedBump - Dave Coverly
Mnemonics for the geological time
After collecting the mnemonics from all three class sections and
those e-mailed to me, a list was compiled separating the
mnemonics according to the time scale.
Check here to see the complete list.
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.
Updated links in Digital Zoology include the videos
shown in class (Oct 30)
Viruses, prions and viroids moved into the Archea
lecture magterials (Oct 30)
Midterm and final exams for 2012 and 2013 have been
uploaded (Sep 17)
Dates for four of the homework assignments have been
set (Sep 17).
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.
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.
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.
Second Midterm Exam
The final answer grid for the second midterm has been
posted along with the marks for the midterm. The exam
was marked out of 70 and the class everage was 58% with
a low of 8% and a high of 103%. If we remove the F
letter grades the class average rises to 65%. Use the
marks look up page to see your final grade or the
breakdown page to see your score for the different
parts of the exam. Exams will be avialable for pick up
in the documeht drop off area this afternoon (Nov
If, when you get your exam back, you have a question about the
marking please take a look at the answer template to be sure you
understand how the question was to be answered. If you still
think the mark isn't correct please explain why in a short
and hand it in to me along with your exam. This way I'll go over
all your comments at one time. Please do this by Dec 1. (You might want to
look over some of the comments from the requests for remarking
from the first midterm exam last year.)
If you missed the exam for medical reasons please
provide me with a note by November 21st. If you do not
provide a note you will receive a grade of zero
First Midterm Exam.
Information pertaining to the first Midterm has been
moved to the Old News page
I will be posting a note here when I get a chance to
go over the exams with a request for remarking -
hopefully in the next week or two
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.
Organismal Biology in the
There are always stories related to biology in the news
and I'll highlight some of the more interesting ones
here for you.
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.
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.