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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.
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SpeedBump - Dave Coverly
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
Effective today (Nov 27) there will be no changes to
the materials available on the web site
Two new crosswords: Phanerozoic animal diversity &
Phanerozoic plant and fungal diversity. The same
puzzles are linked to the three lecture topics.
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
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.
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, December 7,
The final exam is coming up and includes all three
lecture topics in the Phanerozoic eon.
Although the exams are
not cumulative there is content that was repeated from
earlier in the course or may have been part of a
homework assignment and questions on the exam will
include this material.
Room assignments for the final exam are now available.
The room you are writing in depends on your section and
last name as shown here:
- Section Exam Rm Surname
- BIO1130A GYM A A - Il
- BIO1130A GYM B Im - Rok
- BIO1130A GYM C Roy - Z
- BIO1130B GYM C A - Da
- BIO1130B GYM D D'C - Mercer
- BIO1130B GYM E Mercier - Yo
- BIO1130B GYM F Yu - Z
- BIO1130C FSS 2005 A - Gra
- BIO1130C GYM F Gri -Sm
- BIO1130C MRT 212 So - Z
Final exam room assignments for all courses in the Faculty of Science can be
Please note that there is assigned seating for the final
exam. Once in your exam room, consult the printed sheets
located at the rear of the room to know your exact seat
Homework assignmentHomework 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
4 Web page (Nov 12)
Feedback for Homework assignment 3
contains the explanations for common wrong answers
Explanations for common wrong
answers have been added to
Homework assignment 2 web page - look at the
bottom of the page (Oct 24)
Second Midterm Exam
The final marking
scheme for the second midterm exam has been posted.
Please do not email me about the marking scheme or your
answers until after you get your exam back. (Nov
Grades for the second midterm exam have been posted on the marks
lookup page and a
component break down is available.
Once again for many of you performance on the written part of the exam was not very good,
especially with the short answer questions. This is where it becomes clear
whether you know the material or not and many of you simply listed facts - or
worse didn't answer the question - in part why there are so many E and F grades.
What I have done is dropped the total score of the exam by 6 points - the
equivalent of a short answer question. Doing that
the class average is at 59% with the lowest mark being 8% and the highest 104%.
If the grades of the F students with below 35% are removed from the calculation the class
average would be 65%. Although this distribution is a bit bumpy it is not
unusual for the course. On the MM multiple choice exam for MM.13 there was no
correct answer so it was graded out of 25 points
Midterm exams can be picked up in the document drop off area
(where you hand in lab reports) starting on
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 Nov 29. (You might want to
look over some of the comments from the requests for remarking
from the first midterm exam last year.) (Nov
If you have a medical note for your absence from the
midterm exam on November 9th pleases give it to me by
Friday November 29, 2013. If I do not receive a note by
then you will receive a 0 grade. (Nov
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.
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 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.
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.