BIOL 1413
General Zoology

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. This is a laboratory course and all lab assignments will be conducted in tandem with the lecture portion of the course.  More detailed information on labs can be found on the departmental website.   General Zoology fulfills the lecture requirements necessary in the natural sciences in order to secure an Associate of Arts Degree, and is a core curriculum course that will transfer to any state- supported college to help fulfill natural sciences requirements.  This course introduces the student to the life, growth, anatomy, nutrition and classification of animal species.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
    1. Students will conduct a virtual biology lab in which they determine the interconnectedness of population size, carry capacity, birth rate and death rate of a species.  Evaluation will be based on a submitted quiz and report of the lab.
    2. Students will conduct a virtual biology lab in which they determine the effect of temperature on the diffusion of various size particles across a membrane.  Evaluation will be based on a submitted quiz and a report of the lab.
    3. Students will conduct a virtual biology lab in which they will assess the processes that occur in each step of the mitotic cycle. Evaluation will be based on a submitted quiz and a report of the lab.
  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. Text – Fish and Wildlife: Principles of Zoology and Ecology, 3rd edition by L. DeVere Burton, Cengage/Delmar Publishers ISBN: 1111-976-481.  This number will provide you with the text book and the access code to the labs.  There is no separate lab manual as all labs will be done virtually.

    Should you purchase the text online, you may buy the access code from the WTC bookstore; [325-574-7601] as a stand-alone entity.  The ISBN number for this access code is 0538-491-183.  The ISBN number for the text alone is 1-4354-1963-4.

    1. Grading policy – Weekly quizzes will count 25% of the final grade.  Major tests will count 50% of the course grade. Lab grades will count 25% of the final grade. There will be 4-6 major exams and a final. Each exam will count equally.  Missed major exams may NOT be made up except in extreme circumstance and then only at the discretion of the instructor.  Missed weekly and lab grades may not be made up.   The lowest major exam grade, excluding the final, will be dropped at the end of the semester.   Neither weekly grades nor lab grades will be dropped.
  4. SCOPE AND SEQUENCE FOR BIOL 1413

The plan you see below is tentative in that, although this is the probable sequence and pace we will follow, there may be extenuating circumstances that cause us to” leave the trail” for a while.  That decision is at the instructor’s discretion.

TOPICS

CHAPTERS IN TEXT

Zoology Basics

1 – 5

Zoology of Mammals

6 – 10

Zoology of Birds

11 – 15

Zoology of Fish, Reptiles, Amphibians and Other Aquatic Fauna

16 – 19

Conservation and Management of Animals and Their Environment

20 - 22

  1. Other Policies: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities

 

 

Last Modified: August 18, 2015