Homework assignments are posted here with a link to
the assignments along with
when they are due.
good is your study technique?
The Globe and Mail published an article "Why your
teenager is studying the wrong way". Here are some
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Unfortunately we ran out of time last year but
here are the the survival guide from the class of
2008. It has some great ideas about how to study and work
with the course materials. Take a look
With a class this big and multiple sections the only way
we can hold a midterm exam is to have it on a Saturday.
Midterm exams will occur between noon and 5 pm. You should
keep these days clear and arrange any work schedules accordingly.
- Midterm 1: October 4, 2014
- Midterm 2: November 8, 2014
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.
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.
Bizarro - Dan Piraro
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.
Questions about the textbook?
Drop by the
course component page of the course guide to see what
you require as a textbook. In short you must have
the two electronic books and you have the option of buying
the access codes for the ebooks only or pay more and get
the codes plus a hard copy of the book