Biology 13BIOLOGY 13
BIOL-013.-01 MARINE BIOLOGY
Instructor: LEE VAN FOSSEN
Introduction to physical and chemical oceanography, marine animals, marine plants, and marine ecology with emphasis on natural history of marine life. Bays, estuaries and open oceans are described as habitats.
Advisory: EWRT 100B and READ 100 (or LART 100), or ESL 24 or 72 ( or ESL 4).
INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION: LEE VAN FOSSEN
Leland Van Fossen has been an instructor of Introductory Biology,
Marine Biology, and California Ecology at De Anza College since 1968.
He has a BA and MA in Biology from San Jose State University and has
taken additional graduate work at Stanford University, Santa Clara
University, U.C. Santa Cruz, and Northeastern Illinois University.
Office Hours Held:
From Monday, Jan.13 to Monday, Mar. 17
Days & Hours:
Mondays, 10:30-11:20 PM
(408) 864-8245, (408) 864-5546
Be prepared to spend at least 15 hours per week using and studying
After completing the reading assignments, watching the video
programs, and completing the labs, you should be able to:
Attend the class Meetings on Monday,Tues.,Wed & Thurs. for lecture-lab is in
room S-73; Course Orientation
may be found at the following class: Day 1--JAN. 7
Pre-registered students who do not attend the first meeting on Monday, Jan. 6, will
be dropped to make room for students on the wait list. .
The last day to add the class (if seats are available): Friday, Jan .10
Attend weekly lab sessions at the assigned times, WED. 10:30-1:20 or during open lab
hours in S-74, BAT Lab.
Complete and turn in all specified labs.
Write a six-page Marine Life Report. (see the format)
Pass 3-4 quizzes, some not announced; pass three exams and the final exam.
Master the concepts, principles and objectives in the video programs,
text and labs.
Purchase at the De Anza College Bookstore:
- Identify the major traits of life.
Identify the major cell structures and their functions.
Identify the structure and functions of marine animals
Outline the steps and differences between the kingdoms of life.
Distinguish the differences between asexual and sexual reproduction by marine plants and animals.
Describe the functions of sea salts and selected chemicals
Measure and describe different marine organism under the microscope and on display during lab times.
Describe the causes of El Nino and other ocean currents
Outline the basic units and relationships in a biotic community.
Identify the components of a marine ecosystem.
Describe the population dynamics in a biotic community over a period of time.
Discuss the process of plant and animal evolution.
MEDIA COMPONENTS AND AVAILABILITY
Russo, Pacific Intertidal Life. Nature Study Guide, 2002 ed.,
(required identification booklet).
Van Fossen, Leland. Marine Biology.
Kipuka Publishing, 5th ed. (required text).
Six Scantron # 2052 Test Forms and a #2 pencil (required).
I use lots of videos and preserved specimens about life in the ocean that demonstrate the life styles and activities of marine animals and how plants and animals live in different habitats.
STUDYING EACH WEEK'S ASSIGNMENTS
The primary course content comes from the readings and lab activities. The videotape
programs are intended to emphasize and illustrate the reading
material. You are tested on information from both the readings and
video programs. If, for any reason, you miss watching a video program get your notes from another student.
During the assigned week, you should still keep current with your
Work on the lessons in the following order:
COMPLETE THE WEEKLY LABS
- Read the textbook assignments. You may not read the text in the
exact sequence, but don't let that bother you.
Read the assigned unit in the Lecture/Lab Book and do all required lab units.
Watch the assigned video & CDs programs.
For each Chapter, view and study the "concepts" and "Quiz" in the
textbook and nature guide.
Labs are 3 hours each weeks and we wlll have 2 Saturday field trips to Monterey Aquarium (bring $14) for San Francisco Aquarium ($9). You will have another trip to the San Francisco Baylands (free).
BIOLOGY LAB: Life Science Learning Center, S-74, is also used as an audio-tutorial lab activity.
You must complete all lab study questions at the time you're doing
your lab. Turn in the required lab reports. Turn
in the lab reports to your instructor in S-73 or S-74, or to the lab
assistant at the S-74 check out window, only if you are ill at the time to turn in reports. Each lab must be completed
during the week it is assigned during lab hours. No extensions are
COMPLETING THE MARINE LIFE REPORT
The Marine Life Report includes an analysis and a six-page paper. The due date (Mon., Feb.24) is listed on the
Assignment Schedule of this syllabus. Failure to complete this
report will result in a Quarter "F" grade. Please retain a copy of
your paper for your files. I will not return your original copy.
Type your paper, double-spaced, or print it in ink. Use the cover
sheet on the last page of this syllabus.
1. Record everything you can research about the habits, habitats, traits--internal and external, predators, adaptations, size, etc. Use the Open Media Lab computers (word
processing software is available) to produce a paper copy of your Marine Life Report. Due the day of your seminar or Monday of Week 10.
2. Write a paper that is at least six pages long. The pages should
cover each of the traits of one marine species, that is, at least one page on each of the major features. (. Use the World Wide Web (http://www. google or altavista) and zoology books
for reference sources (see the Reference Librarian in the Learning
Center if you need assistance) and list three references on your
Go to the Zoology Web Page at Internet address:
http://www.google.com. or alternate site given. Following the
directions on the page, enter the data for your plant or animal and print
out the final report, including and the
description about habitat, food, relationships, niches, etc.
Turn your paper in at our lab or S-74 check out window, or
may also mail to:
Lee Van Fossen
De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
You may go to a zoo, seashore or an aquarium, take 25 photos of
marine plants or animals, and write up information about each organism. They must be typed, doubled-spaced summaries and you must list your references (40 points).
. The due date (week 9--Mar. 4)) is listed on the Assignment Schedule;
REVIEW MATERIAL FOR EXAMS
Attend the Lecture/Review Sessions:
The instructor reviews the course assignments, and helps you prepare
for the examinations. Past experience has shown that students who
attend these sessions have a better grasp of the course
material and score higher on their exams.
Since new information regarding schedule changes or other problems
may be announced during these lecture/review sessions, students who do not
attend may miss essential information.
TESTING AND GRADING
The midterms and final exam are composed of multiple-choice, diagrams and
true-false questions. See the class schedule for exams and quizzes.
Exam #1: January 27. Must know abiotics,plants,cnidaria
Exam #2: February 13: Must know worms,echinoderms,mollusks
Exam #3: March 16: must know arthropods, some chordates
Final Exam: Thurs.,March 27, 9:15-11:15 AM --no late finals, be on time:
Comprehensive with emphasis on Phylum Chordata, Mostly: chapters 20-21; labs, videos, lectures
are posted in S-74 by instructor-selected PIN for 1 week ; exams may be viewed 1 week after exam only.
Bring one Scantron 2052 Testing Form, a photo I.D. and one #2 pencil to
each exam, whether you take your exams at the regularly scheduled
times or through the Life Science Learning Center--Only with permission by the instructor and with documents of sickness, or deaths. Testing is
available DURING POSTED TESTING HOURS ONLY in S-74. Testing hours
will be enforced. See BAT Lab Chart on the front door.
The Quiz covers Labs & Lectures and will be taken in the Biology
Lecture or lab.
Evaluation of course mastery is based on accumulated total points earned:
Quizzes 3-4: 50
Exam #1 100
Exam #2 100
Exam #3 100
Final Exam 100
Biol 13-Life Report 30 & oral is 20 extra credit
Lab Reports 50
Marine Survey 50
TOTAL 580 points (approximately)
Bonus Points: 45 points (Not included in Total Possible
Points-Extra Credit Only).
Your accumulated total points are compared to the total possible, and
your letter grade is determined by:
Percentage: Final Grade:
Below 55% F
POLICY ON COPYING AND CHEATING.
Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
Homework Cover Sheet
Please make a copy of this cover sheet and attach it to all assignments that you turn in.
BIOL-013.- / Van Fossen / Winter '03
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