Diversity of Life - EBIO 1010 / EBIO 1015


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    Instructor:  Dr. Bruce E. Fleury

    Stern 4030, x8290 (504-862-8290)

    email: bfleury@tulane.edu
    home page: http://www.tulane.edu/~bfleury/

    Questions about registration for Diversity lab and lecture should be directed to our Operations Manager, Mr. Jack Leslie in Boggs 400, x8282, jleslie4@tulane.edu

    Office Hours: Stern 4030 - by appointment (after class).
    Class Meets: M-F 9:00-10:30 in Boggs 105. All exams are held in the same lecture room.

    Lecture Syllabus

    Textbook: P.H. Raven et al. Biology. McGraw-Hill - 10th edition only - custom online text. Do not purchase any earlier edition. This custom text is available online, or through the campus bookstore (purchase an access card). To obtain a copy of the text go to:  http://create.mcgraw-hill.com/shop/

    Search by ISBN number:
    9781308201535, or by title: Diversity of Life. Add the book  to your cart and pay with your credit card. The cost is $43.06.

    To supplement your text for the material on the history of evolution, you will find a great web page at UC Berkeley on early evolutionary thought:


    I've also posted a study guide for the evolution and organismal material, which supplements your text and lab manual:

    Diversity Study Guide

    Course Philosophy: Although we share this planet with many curious and interesting organisms, we are largely unaware of their existence and importance. The lecture and lab will survey the six kingdoms of life, and help you gain a better perspective on your place in the natural world.

    Grading: Exams will be based solely on material covered in lecture, therefore attendance at lecture is required. There will be three one-hour lecture exams. Each lecture exam will count for 100 points; exams are not cumulative. There will be no make-up exams or extra credit work under any circumstances. Missing a lecture exam will result in a grade of zero for that exam.

    Each student will be expected to uphold the ideals of academic integrity expressed in the Honor Code of their college or division. The LAS Honor Code can be found http://tulane.edu/college/code.cfm. Violations of the honor code will be prosecuted.

    Initial grades will be based on a standard percentage scale (see table below). Before final grade are assigned, however, significant individual improvement over the course of the semester will be considered as an important factor in the final grade. Further information about exam format and content will be given in lecture. Grades will be posted on Blackboard following each exam. The instructor's spreadsheet (not Blackboard) will be used to calculate your final grade. Final grades will be determined as a percentage of 300 points as follows:

    A      93-100  B+    87-89 C+    77-79 D+    67-69
    A-     90-92 B      83-86 C      73-76 D      60-66

    B-    80-82 C-    70-72 D-    55-59

    All students enrolled in lecture must also take the EBIO 1015 laboratory that accompanies the lecture section, and vice-versa. The two classes are co-requisites. Both lab and lecture are designed to complement and reinforce one another.

    Outcomes and Assessment: This class and lab will encourage departmental majors and minors in both EEB and ENVS to become familiar with the diversity of  living things, especially the less familiar invertebrate organisms, and the basic facts of their natural history and systematic relationships. Specific outcomes will include knowledge of the history of evolutionary theory, especially Darwin's role in developing the theory of evolution by natural selection, a familiarity with the basic lines of evidence supporting evolution, familiarity with the basic theory of population genetics and cellular reproduction, including the genetic basis for variation, and theories of animal behavior, especially with regards to competition, predation, and reproduction.

    Lecture Schedule

    Date Topic Textbook (10th ed.) Lab


    Introduction, Origin of Life Ch. 1
    Intro, Dichotomous Key
    Darwin and Mendel UC Berkeley web Evolution, Cell Division


    Variation Ch. 2
    Population Genetics
    Ch. 3 Microscopy

    Micro & Macroevolution
    Ch. 4-8

    Kingdoms Bacteria, Archaea, Protista
    Ch. 9-11 Bacteria, Protists
    How to Be an Animal Lab Guide #1, Ch. 15
    First Lecture Exam
    Porifera, Cnidaria Ch. 15

    Platyhelminthes, Mollusca
    Ch. 16

    Annelida Ch. 16

    Nematoda, Arthropoda Ch. 16
    Molluscs, Annelids, Nematodes
    Arthropoda 2
    Ch. 16

    Protochordates, Chordates
    Ch. 17 Echinoderms, Chordates
    Fungi Ch. 14 Fungi
    Second Lecture Exam

    How to Be a Plant, Bryophytes Ch. 12, Lab Guide #1 Non-seed plants
    Ferns and Fern Allies
    Ch. 12

    Seed Plants I - Gymnosperms Ch. 12
    Seed Plants II - Angiosperms
    Ch. 13, 18, 19
    Gymnosperms, Angiosperms
    Behavior (Competition, Predation) Ch. 20
    Field trip
    Behavior (Behavioral ecology, courtship) Ch. 20
    Animal Behavior
    Final Exam

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    Lab Syllabus

    Lab Supervisor : Charlotte Sprehn


    Office Hours: TBA

    Click Here to Access the Current Lab Syllabus

    Questions about registration for Diversity lab and lecture should be directed to our Operations Manager, Mr. Jack Leslie in Boggs 400, x8282, jleslie4@tulane.edu

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