|Day and Time||Room||Discussion Leader|
|Monday, 8-9am||B118 Life Sci||Katie|
|Tuesday, 8-9am||B118 Life Sci||Katie|
|Wednesday, 8-9am||C114 Life Sci||Katie|
|Wednesday, 125-215pm||B118 Life Sci||Nick|
|Wednesday, 230-320pm||B118 Life Sci||Nick|
|Thursday, 5-6pm||B118 Life Sci||Nick|
Dr. John Wares (firstname.lastname@example.org), office hours by appointment ONLY.
Louisa Staton (email@example.com)
Katie Bockrath (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nick Arthur (email@example.com)
An introduction to biological evolution, from the level of genes to species. The prerequisite for this course is BIOL 1108 or its equivalent. You should have a firm grasp of Mendelian genetics and understand basic concepts of molecular genetics and biochemistry. Since evolutionary biology has a substantial mathematical component, you should feel comfortable with algebra.
Evolution is the major organizing principle of all the life sciences. The field of evolutionary biology is an active one, with applications in agriculture, medicine, conservation, computer science, and industry. Darwin’s description of evolution by natural selection is one of the key intellectual achievements of humanity and all educated people should understand its basic concepts. The course goals are: to introduce you to the principles of evolutionary biology, including population genetics and macroevolution; to demonstrate the application of evolution to other fields through the use of case studies; to help you understand the mathematical underpinnings of evolution through practice; to have you understand the basic evolutionary forces; and, to appreciate the processes that led to the generation of earth’s biodiversity.
These have been requested to be available in the UGA bookstore for Fall 2013 but are also available online and even as e-texts.
1. Sandwalk Adventures by Jay Hosler (link is to e-book as this one may be harder to find in print, though you will need the Google Play app on your iOS or Android device, or you can read the book in a computer browser window)
No makeup exams will be given. If you have a legitimate excuse for absence, your final grade will be calculated based on the remaining grades. The faculty has the ultimate discretion as to whether or not you have a legitimate excuse. You must document your excuse in writing to the faculty (not a TA) within 1 week of the date of the missed exam (e.g., a detailed note from a physician – not a generic note from the Health Center). You may find it helpful to contact the Office of Student Affairs (201 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building) for assistance in documenting your absence. Without an acceptable written excuse, your grade on a missed exam will be zero.
All exams are graded anonymously by the faculty and TA’s. We try to grade as quickly and fairly as possible. However, if you believe that a question was graded incorrectly and want it regraded, please submit a signed, written request to the professor within 1 week of receiving the graded exam. The request should detail how you believe the question was graded incorrectly. No exams completed in pencil will be regraded. The professor will regrade the question. Please note: in grading exams, we determine acceptable answers by looking at how the class as a whole answered a question. In this way we can fairly decide what we will accept as a correct answer. Since we have no other exams to compare to in a regrade, the question will be regraded using the faculty member’s ideal answer as the standard. Since it is possible that the new grade for a question will be lower than the original grade - and we have the option of regrading the entire exam – please consider your requests for regrades carefully. This policy is meant to make regrades as fair as possible to the entire class: it should not deter you from discussing your exam with the TA’s or the faculty.
This course is graded on a generous curve. Therefore, your final course grade is determined based on the final distribution of all grades in the class, not on any specific grade cut-off. For example, getting above an 89.45 average does not guarantee an ‘A-’ grade. We assign plus-minus grades using the following guidelines: ‘A:’ achievement that is outstanding and well above the level necessary to meet course requirements; ‘B:’ achievement that is above the level necessary to meet course requirements; ‘C:’ achievement that meets the basic course requirements; ‘D:’ achievement that is worthy of credit even though it does not fully meet the basic course requirements; ‘F:’ achievement that fails to satisfy the basic course requirements. The final grade distribution in the Fall 2010 class, including +’s and –‘s, was: A: 23%; B: 42%; C: 28%; D: 4%; F: 3%. Students who scored the class average received a B-. Of course, past performance is no guarantee of future results and the distribution of grades this semester may be different from past years.
Student evaluations of the course and faculty will be performed online rather than in class. Online evaluations should provide you more time to give us thoughtful feedback. The faculty will announce in class the window of time when online evaluations are available. Students will be able to access the evaluation form at http://eval.franklin.uga.edu/. Although you will need to login with your UGA MyID, the system is anonymous: your responses are not in any way linked to your identification. Bonus credit will be given for those students who fill out the course evaluations.
We are committed to full inclusion of all students. Students who, by nature of a documented disability, require academic accommodations should contact Dr. Wares as soon as possible. Students should speak with Disability Services (542-8719) to discuss the process for requesting accommodations. Since our exams might require lengthy essays, if you do not speak English fluently and feel that you require additional time for exams, see Dr. Wares.
All academic work must meet the standards contained in "A Culture of Honesty." Students are responsible for informing themselves about those standards before performing any academic work. This information is available at honesty.uga.edu and is testable material. Your professors have had to take students to meet with the Office of Student Academic Services every year, we do catch this behavior, we do take it seriously, and we don’t enjoy such meetings. If more than one of your instructors feels that there is reason to take your behavior - whether on a test (cheating) or on the wiki (plagiarism) - to the Office of Student Academic Services, you will get a zero on that grade unless you have an unbelievably convincing counterargument.
You are expected to be at lecture on time and should not leave before the lecture ends. If you are late, do not let the door to the lecture hall slam shut – it is loud and distracting. You may feel anonymous in a large lecture hall, but you would be amazed at how much the instructor can see and hear, even those doing crossword puzzles in the back. Please turn off cell phones and silence other devices during class. Although the Davison Building has wireless capabilities, students may not use laptops or other portable devices during lecture except for course-related use. Violation may result in temporary confiscation!!
The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations announced to the class by the instructors may be necessary.