General Zoology Lab

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Biology 1402

Zoology Laboratory

 Spring 2011 Syllabus


Room: WSB 111

Time: Wednesday 1:00 – 2:50; 3:00 – 4:50; 7:00 – 8:50; Thursday 2:00 – 3:50; 4:00 – 5:50



Name:       Melinda “Millie” K. Dooley                                  J. Alex Nichols

Office:       WSB Room 214 (Bio Grad Office)                     WSB Room 214 (Bio Grad Office)


Office hours: Monday 4 – 6                                                             Monday 10 – 11

                        Tuesday 2 – 5                                                Wednesday 10 – 11

                                                                                                Friday 10 – 1


Course description: Zoology provides a general survey of the animal kingdom, considering the fundamentals of biological facts, laws, and principals as they apply to animals and the structures and functions of the organs and systems of representative animals.  Specific topics are listed below.


Text:  Smith, David G.  2002.  Exercises for the Zoology Laboratory.  2nd Edition.  Morton Publishing Co., Englewood, Colorado.


Course objectives:

  1. Provide a broad overview and appreciation of animal diversity.
  2. Develop an understanding of the role of evolutionary theory and its relation to animal diversity.
  3. Explore the physical, morphological, and physiological characteristics of animals.
  4. Develop an understanding of basic genetics and the role of genetics in natural selection.
  5. Enhance critical thinking skills.


Attendance: Students missing more than three labs may be dropped from the class as per university policy and receive an F in the course.  Arrangements for excused absences should be made beforehand.  If you will be absent the day of an exam, you must let us know before you miss the exam, or within 24 hours of the missed exam with a doctor’s note.  Otherwise, you will get a zero for that exam.  There are no exceptions!


Grading: Lab grades will be based on a total of 200 possible points.  There will be three exams, each worth a maximum of 40 points.  There will be ten quizzes, worth 5 points each.  There will be one lab report worth 30 points.   (Note: Your Lab grade is 1/3 of your overall Zoology grade.)

Written work will be submitted through an online plagiarism detector.  If you submit work that is not your own, you will receive a zero for the course. 



Your Score

Max. Possible Points

Exam I



Exam II



Exam III



Quiz Total



Lab Report







Students with disabilities will be provided with reasonable accommodations. If you wish to request such accommodations because of physical, mental, or learning disability, please contact the ADA coordinator for Program Accessibility at 837-8203 in FH 112.


Laboratory expectations:  Please observe the following rules during class.

  1. Attend lab.  Pay attention.  Do your assignments. 
  2. When in doubt, ask.  This guideline applies to lab protocol, quiz or exam questions, assignments, and life in general. 
  3. Please be on time.  Quizzes will typically be given at the beginning of each lab, and cannot be made up if you are absent or late. 
  4. Please silence cell phones.
  5. No food, drink, or tobacco use in class.  
  6. Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. 



Tentative Laboratory Schedule:

Week of…                  Lab                 Topic                                                              Chapter


26/27 Jan.                    1                    Microscope and Cell Structure                    1, 2


2/3 Feb.                       2                    Mitosis, Meiosis, and Development             3


9/10 Feb.                     3                    Protista                                                           4


16/17 Feb.                   4                    Porifera and Cnidaria                                   5, 6

                                                            BEGIN PLANARIAN PROJECT


23/24 Feb.                             Exam I                                                                        1 – 6


2/3 March                    5                    Platyhelminthes and Nematoda                  7, 8


9/10 March                 6                    Mollusca and Annelida                                 9, 10

                                                            FINISH PLANARIAN OBSERVATIONS


16/17 March               --        SPRING BREAK – NO LAB


23/24 March               7                    Arthropoda                                                    11


30/31 March                         Exam II                                                                      7 – 11


6/7 April                      8                    Echinodermata and Chordata                     12, 13

                                                            PLANARIAN PAPERS DUE


13/14 April                  9                    Fish and Herps                                              14, 15, 16


20/21 April                  10                  Birds and Mammals                                      17, 18            


27/28 April                                        Review


4/5 May                                 Exam III                                                                     12 – 18




Lab Handouts and Supplements

Lab 1 Handouts (1 and 2)

Lab 2 Handouts

Lab 3 Handouts, Protista Table

Lab 4 Handouts (1 and 2), # of Organisms

Lab Practical I Review (old and new)

Lab 7 Handouts, Planaria Project, Sample Planaria Paper

Lab 8 Handouts

Lab 9 Handouts

Lab Practical II Review

Lab 10 Handouts (1 and 2)

Lab 11 Handouts & Ch 15

Lab 12 Handouts (1 and 2)

Lab Practical III Review


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