Summer 2021 - BISC 300 D100
Class Number: 1295
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Aug 13, 2021
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
Prerequisites:BISC 202 with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: BISC 204.
The phenomenon of organic evolution, and the major forces leading to changes in allele frequencies over time, i.e. natural selection and genetic drift. Topics include adaptation, speciation, the origin of life, and the major evolutionary trends over geological time. Students with credit for BISC 400 may not take this course for further credit.
Tentative Topic Sequence
The new textbook by Zimmer and Emlen has 18 chapters. We will cover all chapter topics during this course, but not all in the same detail. Attendance at lectures and following suggested readings in the textbook is your best guide to the emphasis given to various topics.
- Quizzes 15%
- Exams x2 45%
- Weekly assignments 10%
- Tutorial participation 5%
- Argumentation assignment 15%
- News podcast assignment 10%
Mode of Teaching:
Lectures: Synchronous, remote
Exams: Synchronous, remote
Tutorials: Synchrounous, remote.
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
It will be important for students to have computer access with digital camera and microphone for tutorial sessions using Zoom.
Required textbook is available as paper copies or digitally. Readings are very important.
D.J. Emlen and C. Zimmer. (3rd edition). Evolution, Making Sense of Life. W.H. Freeman publishers.
Freeman, S. and J. C. Herron. 2013. Evolutionary Analysis, Fifth edition.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html
TEACHING AT SFU IN SUMMER 2021
Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-3112).