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Slides for the lecture: Modern theory and more
have been posted (Sep 19)
Slides for the Lecture: Darwinian thought
have been posted
Slides for the Lecture: Predarwinian
have been posted (Sep 5)
Slides from Dr. Pick's (Chair of Biology)
introduction to First Year Biology students
posted (Sep 6)
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
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
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.
With a class this big and multiple sections the only way
we can hold a midterm exam is to have it on a
Saturday in the morning. You should
keep these days clear and arrange any work schedules accordingly.
- Midterm 1: October 1, 2016
- Midterm 2: November 12, 2016
First midterm exam -
October 1, 2016
Because of the early date of Thanksgiving the first midterm exam is just around the corner.
We will not be able to complete all of the Modern theory
lecture topic and only slides 1-40 will be on the exam
along with the Pre-Darwinian and Darwinian lectures.
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
Biology 1130 study group
This year the BIO1130 study group is being led by Heidi
Li and will meet from 5:30-7:00 on Tuesday nights in FSS
14005. This is a great chance to get together with other
students in the course and study with guidance of a
mentor. (Sep 21)
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
2016 MindTap eBook registration and required
course key information.
There are a number of steps that you must complete to be
able to access your MindTap version of the two Textbooks,
fact. You'll find them all in this
handout: 5 steps to setting up and logging into your BIO1130 Mindtap
ebook - Biology: Exploring the Diversity of Life and
Digital Diversity. This handout includes
the special Course Code that you need.
(Updated Sep 2)
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.
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.
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.