Fall 2020 - BISC 316 D100

Vertebrate Biology (4)

Class Number: 1397

Delivery Method: Distance Education

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 19, 2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

A review of the evolution and the taxonomy of the vertebrate classes. A comparative study of their organ systems and functions with particular reference to reproduction. A comparison of the functional morphology of some species by laboratory dissections.

COURSE DETAILS:

The biology, taxonomy, and evolution of vertebrates are reviewed. Representative species are dissected and the anatomy and functions of organ systems are examined in online laboratory sessions. The principal adaptations of fishes, amphibians, reptiles (including birds), and mammals are studied through comparative anatomy to understand vertebrate evolution.

Grading

  • Lecture Midterm Exam 20%
  • End of Semester Written Assignment 10%
  • Lecture Final Exam 25%
  • Lab Midterm 10%
  • Lab Final 15%
  • Lab Assignments 10%
  • Lecture Assignments 10%

NOTES:

Lectures and Labs will by asynchronous. Tutorials and LiveChats will be synchronous.

Exams will be online and synchronous. You will write your exams during the scheduled lecture time. Exam proctoring software TBD.

REQUIREMENTS:

Highspeed internet essential.  It will be beneficial to have a web camera and microphone, but it is not required.

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

Modelling clay in several colours (or similar materials).

REQUIRED READING:

LECTURE TEXTBOOK:

Pough FH, Janis CM. 2019. Vertebrate Life: online or hard copy Oxford University Press. 10thEdition

LABORATORY TEXTBOOK: 

De luliis G, Pulera D. 2019. The Dissection of Vertebrates: A Laboratory Manual. Academic Press. 3rd Edition. (Hard Copy or E-Text)
ISBN: 9780124104600

Registrar Notes:

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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2020

Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).