Remarked midterm exams
Sorry for the delay, but both midterm exams have been
remarked. Here are some stats. It took 7.5 hours to go
over the 52 exams and there were only 17 changes in
marks. 2 from incorrectly entered grades, 3 addition
errors. 2 had their marked raised by two points, 9 by
one point and one lost a point. For the final all marks
are double checked by two separate markers to be sure
that they are entered correctly. The exams, with my
comments, are available outside my office.
Modified grades will appear on the marks look up page
but NOT the component mark page. (Dec
An email reminder!
If BIO1130 doesn't appear in the subject line of your
email I won't receive. Be sure it is there.
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.
SpeedBump - Dave Coverly
This is the Sixth year that I've offered the
course. After feedback from former students I am making
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 major 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.
Python eating a deer - David Attenborough In
Effective today (Nov 27) there will be no changes to
the materials available on the web site
Two new crosswords: Phanerozoic animal diversity &
Phanerozoic plant and fungal diversity. The same
puzzles are linked to the three lecture topics.
Keywords and resoures for Phanerozoic - Cenozoic
have been updated (Nov 18)
Keywords and resources for Phanerozoic-Mesozoic have
been updated (Nov 18)
Key words for the Phanerozoic - Paleozoic have been
added (Nov 18)
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.
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.
The Dean's office has released the final exam schedule and
BIO1130 will be writing their exam on December 7th at 9:30 am.
Rooms will be announced later. I have no control over the final
exam schedule and if you have any issues about the date and time
of the final exam you should contact the Faculty of Science
Undergraduate Program Office. (Oct 16)
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.
The final marking scheme for the final exam has been posted. This will give you
an idea of how well you did. (Dec 08)
Marks for the final exam have been posted and you can look them up
in the course's marks look up. 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 19)
Homework assignment 4 has been assigned and is available
from 3:00 AM Sunday Nov 17 until 3:00AM Wednesday Nov 20. Find out more on the
4 Web page (Nov 12)
Feedback for Homework assignment 3
contains the explanations for common wrong answers
Explanations for common wrong
answers have been added to
Homework assignment 2 web page - look at the
bottom of the page (Oct 24)
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.
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.
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, 10:30 - 11:30
- Wednesday, 11:30 - 1:00
- Thursday, 1:00 - 2:30
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 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.