Supplemental and deferred Exams
Grades for the supplemental and deferred exams have been posted
on the marks lookup page for the course (Mar 7)
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 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 11)
Marks for the final exam have been posted and you can look them up
in the course's marks look up. I'm not allowed to post your
final course grade; you will have to look that up using your uoZone account and it will take a couple of days for the final
grades to appear (Dec 19)
SpeedBump - Dave Coverly
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.
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.
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
- 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.
Remarked midterms one and
Remarked midterms are available outside my office. FYI:
There were 57 exams submitted. Two students lost a mark
when the exam was remarked, there were 12 addition
errors and of these only 2 were more than a point. The
remainder of the exams had no change in their grades. It
took 2.5 hours to go through these.
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 is the Fifth year that I've offered the course
and at the same time that I'm preparing the lectures I'll
also be updating some of the web pages for the different
topics that we've covered. The updates for the most part
are minor and you can go ahead and uses the resources that
are dated from a previous year of the course. As any
of these pages are modified I'll let you know here. I'll
try my best to have the slides up and available at least
a week in advance.
Fixed Digital Diversity Readings links
Homework assignment 3 and 4 grades have been posted
Crossword puzzle links have been added for all
topics (Nov 23)
I had hoped to update the cambrian puzzle but didn't
get a chance. The puzzle based on last year's
lectures is available (Nov 7)
Small update to the readings for the
first lecture topic: Biology, Biologists and
Bioscience (Sep 25)
Major update to the keywords and
Readings for the lecture topic Proterozoic
- Brand new Proterozoic
crossword puzzle (Oct 30)
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
Use this link to see how you're
doing in the course.
Online homework quiz
You can check your quizzes and how you answered the
questions by clicking on Homework Assignment Lookup
in the Course Materials in the lower right corner of the
Aplia page. Use the tab "reports". Please note
that Google Chrome is causing problems with this lookup
- please use a different browser.
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
- Over a decade ago the human genome
was sequenced and Biologist were surprised to find only
20,000 genes and that 80% of the genome appeared to
be junk. That's not the case, and the unprecedented
work of ENCODE published this week tells us other
wise. Read more at
CBC or visit the
ENCODE Nature site. (Sep 6)
- One in five invertebrates face
extinction. Don't think that's important? Well invertebrates
represent 99% of the known animals on the planet.
Read More (Sep 5)
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
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.
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).
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.