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
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.
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 cache.
handout to look up your answers in the online
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
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.
First midterm exam
Grades for the first midterm exam have been posted on the marks
lookup page and a
component break down is available. Performance on the
written part of the exam was not very good, especially with the
short answer questions. Many of you simply listed facts - or
worse didn't answer the question - this is why there are so many
E and F grades. You need to be able to write a good explanation
or comparison to answer the questions.
What I have done is dropped the total score of the exam by
points. Doing that the class average is at 60% with the lowest
mark being 6% and the highest 106%. If only the grades of students
of 45% and higher are included in the class average it
would be 67%. (Oct 10)
Exam returns: Exams are available for pick up
at ONLY the following times. If you didn't pick up your
exam by Friday at 1:30 pm the unclaimed exams will be
placed into storage. To pick up your exam you will need UofO ID or International student card (Upass
is not accepted):
Thursday October 13th from 8:00 am - 12:00 noon and
12:45 - 5:00 pm in the BSC first floor lobby.
Thursday October 13th from 6:00-10:00 pm in the
Marion Lobby on the first floor.
Friday October 14th from 9:30 am -1:30 noon in the
BSC first floor lobby.
Monday October 17th from 8:00am - 12:00 noon and
12:45 - 5:00 pm in the BSC first floor lobby.
Tuesday October 18th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm in the
BSC first floor lobby (Updated Oct
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 Oct 28. (You might want to
look over some of the comments from the requests for remarking
from the first midterm exam last year.)
Exam absence: If you missed the
midterm exam and have a medical note please provide the
original copy of the note, not a scanned copy, to me
before October 19, 2016. If you fail to provide the note
by that date you will receive a zero for your exam
good is your study technique?
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
Learn the reason behind the fact
If studying is easy, you aren't learning
Voices from the past: Survival
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
2008. It has some great ideas about how to study and work
with the course materials. Take a look
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.
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.