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.
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 13).
SpeedBump - Dave Coverly
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
to look up your answers in the online testing system.
Use this link to see how you're
doing in the course.
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.
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 (Sep 1)
Final exam - Dec 15, 9:30
The final exam is not cummulative and will include
material from the three topics
included in the Phanerozoic: Paleozoic, Mesozoic and
Cenozoic (Nov 29)
The gym and seat assignments for the exam are expected
to be available before Dec 2 and posted on the
Faculty of Science's exam page
Second midterm exam
Grades for the second midterm exam have been posted on the marks
lookup page and a
component break down is available. Performance on the
written part of the exam Is still a problem for some stdjents. What I have done is dropped the total score of the exam by
points, the equivalent of the two short answer questions
essentially they become a bonus. Doing that the class average is at
68% (instead of 57%) with the lowest
mark being 10% and the highest 112%. If only the grades of students
with 45% and higher are included in the class average it
would be 68%. (Nov 21)
Exam pick up:
Exam can be picked up at the following dates and times.
Exams not picked up by 4:00 pm Nov 28 will go into
storage and will not be available.
- Nov 24, 12 noon - 4:00 pm BSC
1st floor lobby
- Nov 24, 6:00 - 7:00 pm and 8:30
pm MRN lobby
- Nov 25, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm BSC
1st floor lobby
- Nov 28, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm BSC
1st floor lobby
Grade appeal: 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 Dec 2. (You might want to
look over some of the comments from the requests for remarking
from a previous midterm exam.)
Absence from the second midterm exam. If you missed the exam for
medical or other reasons please provide a note (the actual real copy NOT a scan) to me by
November 30, 2016. If I do not have a note by that date you will receive a score
of 0 for the midterm (Nov 11)
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, 10:00 - 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
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 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