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Term:  Spring 2020
Course:    ZOO 1114
   General Zoology
Delivery Format:  Hybrid (Lecture online, Lab on campus)

Instructor Information:

Name:  Brook Wiersig
Office Location:  RC 304
Preferred Contact Method:   e-mail
Office Phone:  647-1417
Office Hours:  As posted

Textbook 1 Information: Required                                       
Integrated Principles of Zoology.    Hickman, Roberts, Larson, I Anson, Eisenhour. 0073040509

Textbook 2 Information: Required
Hopkins and Smith Introduction to Zoology, A Laboratory Manual. Morton Publishing, Englewood, California.   0895823586

Textbook 3 Information: Required
Notes Packet from CASC Bookstore   

Course Description:
Designed for students with majors and minors in biological science, this course presents the major concepts of biology as illustrated by animal life and studies selected vertebrates as laboratory animals. 3 hours Theory, 2 hours Laboratory.
Credit Hours:  4.00 Credits

General Education Outcomes:

Demonstrate knowledge-

  • Demonstration of knowledge results from the appraisal of knowledge and practice of core concepts through analytical, practical, or creative means.  Students shall assemble evidence; identify, categorize, and distinguish among ideas, concepts, and theories; and relate and analyze the significant uses of the gathered knowledge.


Think Critically-

  • Critical thinking encompasses the abilities to identify, categorize, synthesize, and distinguish ideas, concepts, theories, and approaches.  The presentation, explanation, and analysis of skills acquired in academic settings allow examination of competing hypotheses and non-academic events in light of acquired knowledge and relate the implications of cultural and social perspectives.


Communicate Effectively-

  • Effective communication results from the presentation and expression of concepts encountered in an academic setting in a clear, error-free manner both verbally and in written explanation.  Critical aspects are the clear expression of competing hypotheses and perspectives in response to material read, analyzed, or presented in both academic and non-academic settings.


Practice Global and Civil Awareness-

  • Practicing global and civil awareness creates the ability to understand both the student’s own civic and cultural background as well as that of others.  This results from the evaluation of historical and contemporary positions on values, practices, assumptions, and predispositions.  Encouraging active community participation and cognizance provides insight and expands students’ perspectives and awareness.


Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

SLO 1. Upon completion of the course students will be able to investigate the basic chemical, cytological and histological components of animals.
-Students will be able to distinguish the difference between acids and bases.
-Students will be able to explain the order of development.
-Students will be able to recognize many tissues of the body and compare to other animals.
-Students will be able to summarize homeostasis.

SLO 2. Upon completion of the course students will be able to combine the principles of nomenclature and taxonomy to name and classify animals.
-Students will be able to paraphrase the rules for nomenclature.
-Students will be able to recognize properly written scientific names.
-Students will be able to name the order in which nomenclature is classified.

SLO 3. Upon completion of the course students will be able to discuss basic knowledge of Mendelian genetics.
-Students will be able to recall knowledge of genetic terminology.
-Students will be able to recognize Mendel's predictable crosses with phenotypic and genotypic ratios.
-Students will be able to identify sex linked and sex influenced characteristics.
-Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge to work monohybrid and dihybrid genetic problems.
-Students will be able to describe co-dominance.

SLO 4. Upon completion of the course students will be able to compare and contrast the homeostatic mechanisms of major animal phyla.
-Students will be able to summarize how one major system is connected to another major system.
-Students will be able to illustrate negative feedback.
-Students will be able to identify homeostatic mechanisms and compare humans with other animals.

SLO 5. Upon completion of the course students will be able to investigate animal characteristics and the relationships of these animals with their environment.
-Students will be able to relate evolutionary adaptability.
-Students will be able to identify characteristics that make animals unique to their environment.
-Students will be able to discuss why animals live where they live.

SLO 6. Upon completion of the course students will be able to perform the skills necessary to accomplish correctly all Zoological lab dissections including microscope use and proper handling of preserved specimens.
-Students will be able to demonstrate proper microscope handling, care, and function.
-Students will be able to summarize of the differences of invertebrates compared to vertebrates.
-Students will be able to illustrate proper dissecting skills as well as clean up and put away responsibilities.

SLO 7. Upon completion of the course students will be able to verify animal development stages from gametes to zygote to embryo to adult.
-Students will be able to discuss the order in which vertebrates are organized.
-Students will be able to distinguish developmental stages between vertebrates and invertebrates.
-Students will be able to state different reproductive capabilities with advantages and disadvantages listed.
-Students will be able to generalize sexual and asexual reproduction.

SLO 8. Upon completion of the course students will be able to discuss and differentiate behavioral and ecological relationships between animals, man, and their environment.
-Students will be able to describe animal communication methods.
-Students will be able to explain animal behavior toward reproduction and food gathering.
-Students will be able to examine the rituals that same animals have.
-Students will be able to identify possible animal to man or man to animal communication.


Evaluation/Assessment Practices:


Assignments and Course Format:

1.            Exams: A total of four or five major examinations will be given during the semester for the lecture section of the class. Exams may include multiple choice, matching and possibly labeling sections. Each exam will be a sectional test covering material that has been lectured over since the previous exam, and the final may be comprehensive.
2.            Assignments and class participation may count as one overall grade that will be equal to a test grade.
3.            Lab

The general format of the class will be lecture and discussion as well as occasional group activities. In lab, you will be working in small groups of 2-3 students. You may turn in lab work with your group or as individuals. The textbook will occasionally be used in lab and possibly in class. 



Grade Scale:

Average                               Letter Grade                      To Figure Overall Average:
90% and above                 A                             (Exam Average)(0.75) + (Lab Average)(0.25) = Final Average
80%-89%                              B                                                   
70%-79%                             C                                                            
60%-69%                              D
59% and below                 F


Grading Policies:


The lowest of the regular lecture exam grades may be dropped (this includes the assignment grade but excludes the final). Lecture tests (including the participation/assignment grade) will make up 75% of the total grade.

The lowest of the lab grades may be dropped. Lab will make up 25% of the total grade. 

Bonus work will NOT be given on an individual basis.

Students are expected to take tests at the time they are scheduled.  A student that cannot make the exam at the time it is scheduled must contact the instructor prior to missing the test to be able to make that exam up.  Arrangements can be made for "special" occasions which are under the discretion of the instructor. All tests must be made up before the week of finals (no make-up tests will be given the week of finals).  No curve or bonus will be given on any make-up exam.  Lab tests or lab assignments will not be made up.



            The student will be responsible for reading the assigned topics before class and for participation in class discussion and activities.  Students are responsible for all outside assignments made! DO NOT work on your review questions during class!! You will be counted absent for the day if you are working on your review questions during class. AV and research papers will be assigned when appropriate.

1.            Tardiness: Tardiness (being late for the beginning of class) is severely frowned upon.  Class officially begins at the posted time (and according to instructor's clock).  If a student is not present at roll (which is taken at every class meeting), that student is counted absent. Students are expected to arrive in class on time. 
2.            Class Materials: Students are responsible for bringing notes to class. Do not ask me to provide you with notes if you forget them. You are also responsible for bringing something to write with, extra paper, etc., and scantrons and pencils on test days.
3.            Cell Phones: Silence phones before class. If you are on your phone during a test, I will assume you are using it to cheat and you will receive a zero for that test.
4.    Laptops, Ipads, Headphones, Ipods, etc: Should not be used or out during class.
5.    RESPECT!! Please show respect for your instructor, fellow students and your college.
    a.        Do not talk while the instructor or another student is speaking.
    b.        Do not distract other students while they are trying to listen and learn.
    c.        Put trash in the trash can. DO NOT put trash in the sinks, drawers, or cabinets of the desks.
    d.        Do not write on or vandalize desks, chairs or any other school property.


            Responsibility for attending class rests upon the student. Attendance in class is expected and will be recorded. Each faculty member will determine his or her attendance policy which may require between 75 - 90 percent attendance for credit in the course.

Punctual and regular class attendance is expected of all students enrolled at Carl Albert State College. A student is expected to attend every class and laboratory for which he or she has registered. Each instructor will make known to the student his or her policy with respect to absences in the course. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of this policy. Being prepared for class in advance and participating on a regular basis is a vitally important ingredient for academic success.

At the beginning of each semester, every instructor will distribute a course syllabus and clearly state his or her attendance policy. It is the student's responsibility to inquire of the instructor if there are questions.

It is also the responsibility of the student to consult with his/her instructors when an absence must be excused. Instructors are given the prerogative of determining the excusableness of student absences except absences for school-sponsored activities and legally required jury duty, which shall be deemed excusable.

A student is also responsible for all class work covered during his/her absence from class, even in classes in which he/she is able to satisfy the instructor that the absence was unavoidable.

Failure to attend class regularly may result in a recommendation for the student to withdraw from class or from College. Students who cease attending a class but do not withdraw from that class will receive a grade of F for the course. Attendance will be taken in each class at Carl Albert State College each time that class meets

Additional Course Information:

SUPPLIES: Scantrons, #2 lead pencils, 3-ring binder, colored pencils or pens, paper

Course Calendar:

Spring 2020 TENTATIVE Schedule


Lecture (Chapters)






2, 3




Cells, Mitosis, Tissues


3, 5                  Exam 1 (1-4)




Tissue test, Cell Cycle





11,12             Exam 2 (5, 7-10)

Ecology Ch. 15



Protista Ch. 4



Shark dissection; Ch. 6-7


Spring Break



16, 17              Exam 3(11-15)

Arthropods, Ch. 10


18, 19

Frog dissection



Frog test; Ch 8-9


23            Exam 4 (16-20)




Fish Lab



Pig dissection



Pig test


Final (23-28)

No Labs


More accurate and detailed schedules will be posted to blackboard as the semester progresses.

Brook Wiersig,
Jan 11, 2019, 7:13 AM
Brook Wiersig,
Jan 8, 2020, 8:10 AM