Henderson State University  - General Zoology Lecture and Lab

Spring 2018


Week Lecture Topics Laboratory Topics Reading Reminders/Other
Week 1. Jan 16-19




Tuesday and Wednesday. Snow days.

Friday: Biology as a science. "The otter lecture."

Lab will not meet on Tuesday.

Thursday: Introduction to the course.


C&R: Chapter 1, especially the scientific method section


Week 2.

Jan 22-26

Monday. Discussion of your experimental design. Conclusion of the otter lecture. Link to original NYT article: http://www.nytimes.com/1999/01/05/science/search-for-missing-otters-turns-up-a-few-surprises.html

Wednesday and Friday. Taxonomy and systematics. What is an animal?

Tuesday. Working with numbers and making measurements. Sampling and estimation in science.

Thursday. Care and use of the compound light microscope. You cannot miss this lab.

After lab, see the directions for microscope use on this website. https://www.microscope.com/education-center/how-to-guides/how-to-use-a-compound-microscope What do they get wrong?

C&R: pages 495-497 and 529-531 Video. Conversions in the metric system. A simplistic review that you may find helpful.

Link to article for Friday discussion: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/science/musk-oxen-climate-change.html


Week 3

Jan 29- Feb 2

Macromolecules: Carbohydrates and lipids

Wednesday. Side trip: extremophiles.

Friday. Macromolecules. Proteins and nucleic acids. 

Cells and Tissues, part 1. Web support material. Review Chapters 2 and 3 as needed.  Read Chapters 4 and 5.  Link to article for Friday discussion. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/24/science/cheetahs-lions-zebras-impalas.html


Week 4  Feb 5-9 Monday. Conclusion of macromolecules. Start cell division.

Wednesday. Conclude cell division.

Friday. Article discussion, review for exam.

Tuesday.  No lab due to other commitments

Thursday. Protista. Protista [Lytle Ch. 5]

Review Chapter 12. Read Chapter 13.  
Week 5 Feb 12-16 Monday. Exam I. Room opens at 7:30.

Wednesday and Friday. Introduction to Heredity. History. Mendel. DNA replication and protein synthesis.

Tuesday. Conclusion of Protist lab.

Thursday. Introduction to Cnidaria

Review Chapter 14, as needed. Read Chapter 15.  
Week 6 19-23 Feb Monday. Errors as sources of variation.

Wednesday, Introduction to Evolution.  Darwin. 

Friday. Mayr's analysis of Darwin. Evidence for evolution. Fossil evidence. Intermediate fossils.

Tuesday. Lab exam I.

Thursday.  The radiate animals. [Lytle Chap. 7 and Campbell 648-651.] Phylum Cnidaria and Phylum Ctenophora.

Chapter 22 Link to article discussion for Friday. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/13/science/songbirds-brains-mates.html


Week 7 26 Feb - 2 March Monday. Evidence for evolution, continued.

Wednesday and Friday. Evolution of populations. Types of selection.

Tuesday.  Phylum Porifera [Lytle Chap. 6, and Campbell p. 646-648.]

Thursday.  Animal morphology [Chap. 8] and Phylum Platyhelminthes [Chap. 9] in Lytle. Also  652-654 in Campbell and Reece.


Chapter 23  
Week 8 5 March - 9 March Monday. Sexual selection, and allele change without natural selection.

Wednesday and Friday. Speciation.

Tuesday.  Animal morphology [Chap. 8] and Phylum Platyhelminthes [Chap. 9] in Lytle. Also  652-654 in Campbell and Reece.

Thursday. Pseudocoelomates [Chapter 10].

Chapter 24 Friday article discussion.
Week 9 March 12-16 Monday. Lecture exam II. Room opens at 7:30 AM.

Wednesday. Cephalopod video

Friday. The importance of scale in biology.

Tuesday. Pseudocoelomates, continued. Ascaris dissection.

Thursday. Phylum Mollusca. [Lytle Chap. 11, and 656-659 in Campbell and Reece]




March 19-23 SPRING BREAK      
Week X March 26-30 Monday and Wednesday.  Homeostasis, Ions and water.

Friday. Thermal homeostasis.

Tuesday. Review for lab exam II

Thursday. Lab exam II

Chap. 44 Friday article discussion
Week XI  April 2-6 All week: group work.  Tuesday. Phylum Annelida [Lytle Chap. 12, and 659-661 in Campbell and Reece.]

Thursday.  Phylum Tardigrada. Phylum Arthropoda,  Subphylum Crustacea: The Crayfish. [Lytle Ch. 13.]

Chap. 44  
Week XII. April 9-13 Monday. Conclusion of homeostasis. Start of circulation.

Wednesday and Friday. Circulation. 

Tuesday. Crustacea, continued.

Thursday. Phylum Arthropoda, continued. Uniramia. Grasshopper, and arthropod diversity. Lytle Chap. 13.

Chapter 42.  
Week XIII. April 16-20 Monday and Wednesday. Gas exchange. Tuesday. Phylum Echinodermata. Lytle Chap. 14.

Thursday. Phylum Chordata. Chap. 15.

Chapter 42  
Week XIV. April 23-27   Tuesday and Thursday. Phylum Chordata. Chap. 15.    
Week XV. April 30-May 4   Tuesday. Exam review.

Thursday. Lab final exam



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