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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

General Zoology BIOL-1413

  • Spring 2013 Full Term 2013

  • Section SECTION_302 CRN-20823

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013

  • Modified 01/13/2013

Meeting Times


Tuesday, Thursday, 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM, S-210


Tuesday, Thursday, 5:40 PM to 6:55 PM, S-212

Contact Information

Instructor: Jason Carbaugh

Office: S-117
Phone: 209-8809

It is best to use eCampus mail for communication purposes

Office Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday, 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

or by appointment


Study of the principles of taxonomy, molecular biology, and ecology as they relate to invertebrate and vertebrate animals form, function, diversity, behavior, and evolution.

Core Curriculum Statement

This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives.


1. Describe the attributes of science that distinguish it from other fields of knowledge and learning.

2. Explain the evolutionary mechanisms by which the Animalia has diversified.

3. Demonstrate and understanding of the key methods that are used to classify animals.

4. Identify and contrast the major taxa of animals.

5. Describe the structure and life processes of animals.

6. Describe the interaction of animals with their environment.

7. Demonstrate proficient use of laboratory equipment.


Textbook:  Animal Diversity, 6th ed., 2012. Hickman, C.P. Jr. et al. McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc, New York. 

Lab Manual:  General Zoology – BIO 1413. 2012. Richardson, L. McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc, New York. 

Course Requirements

Lecture ExamsThere will be four lecture exams each worth 100 points. Student’s lecture exam totals will consist of the top three exams for a total of 300 points. Exams may consist of a combination of multiple choice, true/false, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer questions. Exams will cover material from both the lectures and the textbook. The exact date of the tests will be announced in class at least two class periods prior to the examination date, but will follow the course schedule as closely as possible. Make-up tests will only be offered to those with excused absences and proper documentations, no exceptions. Excused absences include: Illness with doctor's note, official Blinn College activity, or death of a close family member with appropriate documentation. Students must contact me before the following class period to schedule a make-up. If you know that you will need to miss an exam prior to the test date, contact me ASAP so that I may plan accordingly. An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero and will serve as your dropped exam score.


Final ExamThe Final is a common comprehensive final worth 200 points. It will consist of multiple choice type questions. I will reschedule your final exam date only when you have a clash in final exam time and can provide a letter from your academic advisor to confirm the time conflict. Please come and see me ASAP so that I may plan accordingly.


Laboratory Practical ExamsThere will be three lab practical exams worth 75 points each. Practical exams may consist of a combination of fill in the blank, true/false, matching, and short answer questions. There will be NO MAKE-UP EXAMS for lab. 


Lecture and Laboratory QuizzesQuizzes will be given during both lecture and lab to help students gauge their progress in learning the required material. Quizzes may consist of multiple choice, true/false, and fill in the blank. These quizzes worth a total of 75 points and will cover material from the previous lectures, lab exercises, and from the textbooks.


Laboratory ExercisesLab exercises are worth a total of 100 points. You are expected to read the assigned pages of the lab exercise before the scheduled lab to gain a general understanding of what you will be doing. Each lab exercise is to be completed during the lab and submitted at the end of the period or as instructed. Deductions will be taken for incomplete work or failure to demonstrate general competency of the assigned material. To receive points for the exercises, you must be present and participating during the entire lab exercise. No late work or make-up will be accepted.


Homework Activities:   Activities will be assigned to help students study and learn the required material. Activities are worth a total of 100 points. Activities will consist of list and defining vocabulary terms or making concept maps. Assigned activities will be announced and assigned a due date during the entire semester.  Deductions will be taken for incomplete work or failure to demonstrate general competency of the assigned material.


Expectations:  We will be covering a large amount of material in this course. For you to be successful, you will need to keep up by reading the textbook and the laboratory manual, studying your notes, and completing the assigned homework activities on time. The lecture component of this course is 3 credit hours. Therefore, you should be devoting at least 6 hours per week towards this course. However, you may need to spend additional time beyond the 6 hours for reading and completing the labs outside of the designated lab time. 


Extra Credit:  Extra credit maybe given out during the semester at the discretion of the instructor to the entire class and not by individual requests. It could be in the form of additional questions on quizzes and exams, activities, or possible field trips. However, do not expect any possible extra credit given to increase your grade substantially in the course. It will still be necessary for you to learn the required material to succeed.


Exam Calendar:

Lecture Exams


Lab Practicals


Exam 1

February 5

Lab Practical 1

February 21

Exam 2

February 26

Lab Practical 2

March 28

Exam 3

April 2

Lab Practical 3

April 25

Exam 4

April 23



Final Exam

May 7




Evaluation Methods




Lecture Exams (Top 3 of 4)


Final Exam


Laboratory Practical Exams (3)


Lecture and Laboratory Quizzes


Laboratory Exercises


Homework Activities




Total Points



Grading Scale




Letter Grade




90 – 100 %


800 – 899

80 – 89 %


700 – 799

70 – 79 %


600 – 699

60 – 69 %


≤ 599

≤ 59 %



Your Course Average = [ (Your Total Points) / 1000 ] x 100 = ____ %

Blinn College Policies

Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Student and Faculty Handbook and the Board and Administrative Policy Manuals are applicable to this course

Civility Statement

Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference. 

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook,

Attendance Policy

The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. observance of religious holy days—The student should notify his or her instructor(s) not later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. military service.

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty

member with appropriate documentation.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook,  In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

Students with Disabilities

Blinn College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Support services for students with documented disabilities are provided on an individual basis, upon request. Requests for services should be made directly to the Office of Special Populations serving the campus of your choice.  For the Bryan campus, the Office of Special Populations (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251.  The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Special Populations on the Brenham campus (Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157.  Additional information can be found at

Final Grade Appeal

If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline for the appeal and the four steps in the appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook,

Electronic Devices

All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District civility policy (administrative policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

Course Policies

Attendance Policy Reminder:  Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence.  For classes that meet twice a week during the spring semester two absences counts as one week's absence.  Students accumulating two week’s worth of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped. The last day to drop this semester with a Q is Friday, April 12, 2012.


Problem Resolution: If you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try and resolve the problems or issues. If the problems or issues cannot be resolved at the instructor level, you should request a conference with the Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, Science 241,


Eating and Drinking:  Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.


Tentative Lecture and Lab Schedule – Spring 2013





Lecture Period

Laboratory Period










Introduction to Biology and Zoology

Introduction to Biology and Zoology


Ch. 1 – Evolution of Animal Diversity

Lab & Equip Safety, Fund Lab Skills  (2-4)




Ch. 1 – Evolution of Animal Diversity

Hardy Weinberg Lab – Handout on eCampus

Ch. 2 – Animal Ecology


Ch. 2 – Animal Ecology

Cells and Tissues  (7)




Ch. 3 – Animal Architecture

Reprod, Regen and Cell Division  (5 & 6)


Ch. 4 – Taxonomy & Phylogeny

Cladistics – Handout on eCampus and (8)




EXAM #1  (Introduction and 1-4)

*Ch. 5 – Protozoan Groups


Ch. 5 – Protozoan Groups

Protists  (9)




Ch. 6 – Sponges

Sponges  (10)


Ch. 7 – Radiate Animals

Cnidarians  & Ctenophores (11)




Ch. 8 – Acoelomate Bilateral Animals

Lab Practical #1 Review


Ch. 9 – Gnathiferans





EXAM #2  (5-9)

Flatworms  (12)


Ch. 10 – Molluscs

Molluscs  (14)




Ch. 10 – Molluscs

Annelids  (15)


Ch. 11 – Annelids and Allied Taxa

Nematodes & Smaller Ecdysozoans  (13)









Ch. 12 – Smaller Ecdysozoans

Arthropods  (16-18)


Ch. 13 – Arthropods

Arthropods  (16-18)




Ch. 13 – Arthropods

Lab Practical #2 Review


Ch. 14 – Echinoderms





EXAM #3  (10-14)

Echinoderms  (19)


Ch. 15 – Vertebrate Beginnings

Urochordates & Cephalochordates  (20)




Ch. 16 – Fishes

Cartilaginous and Bony Fishes  (21)


Ch. 17 – Amphibians

Amphibians  (22)




Ch. 18 – Nonavian Reptiles

Reptiles  (23)


Ch. 19 – Birds

Birds  (24); Mammals  (25)




EXAM #4  (15-19)

Lab Practical #3 Review


Ch. 20 – Mammals





Lecture Catch-Up & Review

Lecture Catch-Up & Review




FINAL EXAM:  Tuesday, May 7  3:15-5:15 pm in S-210