Organismal Biology BIOL 1030-002

Spring 2008

Course Content

This course provides an introduction to the classification, structure, biology and diversity of plants and animals. It is designed for science majors and BIOL 1020 (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. Note that you need to enroll in BIOL 1031 this semester as that is the required lab co-requisite for BIOL 1030.

Laboratory: The 1031 laboratory is a required part of this course, and will account for 25% of your course grade. Laboratory attendance is mandatory. Information for the laboratory, such as schedule, rules, and syllabus, are available at


Required Materials

● TEXT: Biology, 7th Edition (Campbell and Reece); CourseCompass website access is required for lab (ebook only is also an option)
● LAB MANUAL: Organismal Biology 1030 Lab Manual, 2nd Edition (Folkerts et al.)
● InterWrite PRS RF remote (“clicker”)


Attendance Policy

Roll will not be taken in lecture classes. Lecture attendance is up to you, but students who frequently miss class will almost certainly do poorly in the course. Laboratory attendance is mandatory and a part of your grade is determined by participation in each lab exercise.



● Tests will be on lecture material (lecture notes and anything more covered in class), plus some assigned topics from the textbook that will not be covered in class.

● Lecture notes will be available on the website or blackboard and you will receive emails about fresh postings. The best way to do well in this course would be to read the lecture notes before they are covered in lecture (using the textbook, especially figures, to help you understand the topics). Print them out and make notes on them for yourself, especially where you have questions.

● Bring your printout of the lecture notes to class but always make sure to add more of your own notes during the lecture. The lecture notes might also contain short questions, or blank spaces after concepts/ terms that you can fill in with your own notes. Completing these exercises will help you, but there is no
substitute for taking down notes in class – it is without doubt the best way to learn.

● A day or two after class you should look back over the material that was covered before moving on to reading for the next class.

● Use the lecture notes and the appropriate figures in your textbook as your starting point when preparing for class; when studying for exams, supplement this with practice tests and study guides that will be posted on the class website. The CD that comes with your textbook and the CourseCompass website also
have many useful study aids. The university offers some academic support services; in particular, study partners has been of use to students in the past. It may also be helpful to form study groups with your classmates; the class discussion section on WebCT will be available for students to communicate with each other and form study groups. Information about tutoring services like study partners can be found at


Tests and Grading

Your performance will be graded based on three lecture exams and the activities in the laboratory. Bonus activities during lecture (homework, group activities, pop quizzes, bonus questions in each lecture exam and the final exam) have been included as a means for you to earn more points. Except for these, there will be no opportunities for extra credit or bonus work for the lecture portion of the class.

1st Lecture Exam-------- 100 points
2nd Lecture Exam------- 160 points
3rd Lecture Exam-------- 180 points
Bonus activties------------- 60 points
Final Exam ---------------- 250 points
Lab ------------------------- 250 points
TOTAL for the course-1000 points

All major tests will be computer scored on scan sheets. YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN #2 PENCIL for each test. Make-up tests will be given only to those who provide prompt (either before the test or by the following school day), valid and documented excuses for incapacitating illness or official university business.
Small lecture quizzes (up to 30 total bonus points possible) will be announced one lecture day in advance.

Makeup bonus quizzes will not be given for any reason. The final lecture exam and the 3rd lab practical will be comprehensive. The final will not be given early to any student, except in the case of a Dean's excuse.

The grading scale is as follows:
A = 90 - 100% ----- 900 - 1000 points
B = 80 - 89% ------- 800 - 899 points
C = 70 - 79% ------- 700 - 799 points
D = 60 - 69% ------- 600 - 699 points
F = below 60% ----- 599 and lower

NOTE: Any student who may require special accommodations, assistance or awareness on my part is encouraged to make an appointment with me so we can discuss the situation confidentially. Contact the office of the Program for Students with Disabilities for assistance.

Nandini Rajamani
146 Funchess Hall
Auburn University

Office hours
Monday: 10 - 11:30 am

or by e-mail appointment

Course Meeting Times
MWF -1: 1:50 pm
101 SCA

SCL 0223 (See BIOL 1030 lab homepage for details)