BIO1130: Organismal Biology


This is the BIO1130 Home Page and it's were you're going to get the latest news on what is happening in the course. Hopefully this page is book marked already in your favourites and you'll drop by regularly to see what's new. (Just so you know this page was last updated on: Monday, January 27, 2014 )

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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 9)

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

Web updates
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 Cold Blood
  • Effective today (Nov 27) there will be no changes to the materials available on the web site (Nov 27).
  • Two new crosswords: Phanerozoic animal diversity & Phanerozoic plant and fungal diversity. The same puzzles are linked to the three lecture topics. (Nov 26)
  • 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 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 25).

Final exam
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 Exam

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
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 Homework Assignment 4 Web page (Nov 12)

  • Feedback for Homework assignment 3 contains the explanations for common wrong answers (Nov 13).
  • 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 news.
There are always stories related to biology in the news and I'll highlight some of the more interesting ones here for you.

Lecture podcasts
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
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.

E-mail questions?
If 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.


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