SC-255 General Zoology with Lab

Course Description:
This course is an introduction to various vertebrate and invertebrate animals, their evolutionary relationships, and biology including anatomy and physiology, behavior, and ecology. The course covers the complex and diverse world of animals. Though this is a very broad subject, we will complete a thorough representation and sampling of various the taxonomic groups and related biological topics. Humans are used in some examples, such as for anatomy and physiology, the focus of the course is on other animals and zoology in general.

  • Prerequisite Courses: SC 120 Biology, MR 120 Marine Biology, or permission from instructor

A. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOS):
The student will be able to:

  1. Enrich and deepen self knowledge by exploring different academic experiences
  2. Articulate and understand their experiences through effective writing, reading, speaking and modes of artistic expression.
  3. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and basic skills appropriate to their personal and professional goals in their chosen area of specialization.

B. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOS) - GENERAL
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and its applications.
  2. Describe the parts of the cell and their various functions.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of animal diversity through in-depth study of animal taxonomy and systematics.
  4. Explain the significance of the relationship between structure and function, evolution, genetics, ecology in the organization, survival, and diversity of animals.
  5. Identify basic, selected external and internal structures and associated biology/function for different kinds of animals.
  6. Recognize the ecological, scientific, economic, cultural, and social importance of the interrelationships between animals, humans, and the environment.

SLO

PLO 1

PLO 2

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3

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4

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D

5

D

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6

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D

I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOS) – SPECIFIC
The student will be able to:

General SLO 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and its applications.

Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment strategies

1.1 Define and describe the general steps in the scientific method, differentiate inductive and deductive reasoning, explain how hypotheses are formed, identify variables, and elaborate upon the reasons why, and the ways in which, a scientist conducts controlled experiments.

Evaluation of lab assignment

1.2 Demonstrate knowledge of the scientific method through the regular completion of lab assignments and/or lab reports

Rubric evaluation of lab report

General SLO 2: Describe the parts of the cell and their various functions.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment strategies

2.1 Differentiate between prokaryotic cells, eukaryotic cells, and viruses.

Quiz and/or examination and laboratory exercises.

2.2 Describe the function of a cell membrane.

Quiz and/or examination.

2.3 Name and explain the functions of structures in both eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells.

Quiz and/or examination.

2.4 Identify prokaryotic cells, plant cells, animal cells, and major cellular components.

Demonstrate in laboratory exercises.

General SLO 3: Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of animal diversity through in-depth study of animal taxonomy and systematics.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment strategies

3.1 Differentiate between taxonomy, systematics, and phylogeny.

Quiz and/or examination.

3.2 Identify the major groups of invertebrates and vertebrates to their designated phyla, classes, and other designated levels.

Lab activity and examination.

3.3 Identify major structures and discerning features of organisms as they relate to their classification.

Lab activity and examination.

3.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between form and function between selected specimens reviewed in lab.

Lab activity

3.5 Dichotomous key and appropriate field guides to identify organisms.

Lab activity

3.6 Define the term ‘species.’

Quiz and/or examination.

General SLO 4: Explain the significance of the relationship between structure and function, evolution, genetics, ecology in the organization, survival, and diversity of animals.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment strategies

4.1 Recognize the various types of body symmetry.

Lab assignment

4.2 Differentiate between phenotype, genotype, dominant, recessive, homozygous and heterozygous.

Quiz, homework, and exam.

4.3 Define genes, chromosomes, and alleles and use them properly in scientific discussions of Mendelian genetics.

Examination questions and lab assignments.

4.4 Construct a monohybrid cross using a Punnet Square and information regarding their parental generation.

Quiz, homework, and exam.

4.5 Define ecology.

Quiz, homework, and exam.

4.6 Provide examples of the different trophic level and describe their interactions.

Examination questions and lab assignments.

4.7 Explain the concepts of life cycle and larval stages and provide examples of each

Examination questions and lab assignments.

4.8 Differentiate between sexual and asexual reproduction and list advantages/disadvantages of each.

Examination questions and lab assignments.

4.9 Compare and contrast endothermy, ectothermy, homeothermy, and poikilothermy.

Quiz, homework, and exam.

4.10 Describe Darwin’s theory of evolution by Natural Selection.

Examination questions and lab assignments.

4.11 Describe other forms of evolutionary selection processes.

Quiz, homework, and exam.

4.12 Explore the relationship between Darwin and Mendel’s research.

Homework, exam

General SLO 5. Identify basic, selected external and internal structures and associated biology/function for different kinds of animals.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment strategies

5.1 Identify key internal/external structures associated with the various phyla discussed.

Lab assignments

5.2 Describe the functions of key internal and external structures covered in lab/lecture discussions.

Lab assignments

General SLO 6. Recognize the ecological, scientific, economic, cultural, and social importance of the interrelationships between animals, humans, and the environment.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment strategies

6.1 Demonstrate the significance of global biodiversity to the needs of ecosystems, the biosphere, and mankind.

Examination question

6.2 For major taxonomic groups covered in lecture, students will report and examine examples of culturally, economically, and socially important species and describe their value to man.

Lab assignments, examination questions

D. COURSE CONTENT

  1. Scientific Methodology
  2. Cell Biology
  3. Animal Classification and Phylogeny
  4. Evolution and Natural Selection
  5. Mendelian Genetics
  6. Ecology, Biomass, Biodiversity
  7. Life History and Survival
  8. Organizational Structure and Function
  9. Interrelationships between Animals, Man, and the Environment
E. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION

Lectures, laboratory exercises, field trips, and observations.


F. REQUIRED TEXT AND MATERIALS

English, S., Wilkinson, C., and Baker, V. (1997) Survey Manual for Tropical Marine Resource (or most recent edition).


G. REFERENCE MATERIALS
Current publications and periodicals of relevance and appropriate regional Field Guides

H. INSTRUCTIONAL COST
Replacement of laboratory equipment approximately $200 per year, transportation and supplies associated with field trips approximately $500 per year.

I. EVALUATION
The final grade will be determined by calculating an overall average combining results from homework, quizzes, and 3 major projects.

J. CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

 

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