Biology 1031 Lab Practical Information
Following are some notes about the Biology 1031 lab practical given in lab at your regular lab section on June 28. SHOW UP ON TIME to your lab section, you will start the practical at the starting time of class. Bring a #2 pencil; scantrons will be provided. You MUST go to your normal lab section; if you go to the wrong one you will not get credit for the exam.
The lab practicals will be multiple-choice tests that will be given in lab. Some physical specimens will be used, as well as some projected slides (especially in place of microscope slides). The first practical covers Labs 1-6; it will have 50 questions (~8 per lab) worth 3 points each, or 150 points. The second practical covers Labs 7-12; it will also have 50 questions (again ~8 per lab week) worth 3 points each, or 150 points. For all practicals there will be no going back for questions that you miss, so come to the test on time and pay attention throughout the test.
Unless you have a documented excuse or accommodation, you must take your lab practical at the scheduled day and scheduled time (NOT during the other lab section). If you have a LEGITMATE, DOCUMENTED EXCUSE for missing your lab section time then you will need to contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by noon on Thursday, June 30, to let me know that you missed you practical, have excuse documentation, and will need to take a makeup. I will then contact you with details about your makeup, which will likely be at 9am on Friday, July 1. Be sure to BRING YOUR EXCUSE DOCUMENTATION TO THE MAKEUP. The makeup is the deadline for turning in excuses for the lab practical; no excuse documentation will likely mean that you get a zero for the exam.
If you have an accommodation memo (for extra time on exams, separate testing environment, etc.), then you must contact me at least a week before your scheduled lab exam date if you wish to have your accommodation(s) honored for that exam. Most likely, accommodated exams will be given at 5pm on June 28 in the Biol 1031 lab room (this exam must be taken in the lab room).
Biol 1031 Lab Practical #1 study outline
Here are a few more details on what to expect:
Several questions will deal with phylum-level identification (and possibly one at the class level for monocots/dicots). Most phylum identification questions will have a specimen or an image of a specimen. Many organisms that you viewed in lab will be set out with a simple multiple-choice question: “This organism is a member of which phylum?”
Any organism that has been in the labs or their genus names will be fair game as clues in test questions, but will not be answer choices. For example, if a question asks what phylum Mnium is in you should be able to pick out “Byrophyta” from the answer choices, but not the other way around. Or, knowing that Mnium is a bryophyte, you should then be able to answer a question about its life cycle.
A lot of time has been spent in labs dealing with life cycles – mainly terms and differences between different plant groups in aspects of the life cycle such as which ones have a dominant gametophyte, which ones are heterosporous, etc. The life cycles study guide is intended to help you with this. Also, all the lab lecture slides are available on the lab webpage.
Every semester it seems that students fail to adequately prepare for this test; class averages are nearly always well under 70% for what is really a pretty straightforward test. I hope that this class will do better than before, but understand that even if the average is very low there will be NO curving of the test.