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Biology of Microorganisms (Brock) by Michael T. Madigan & John M. Martinko. 13th Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2012.
Laboratory Manual for BIOL 3044 (Symbiosis).
Each student is required to complete all exams and laboratory assignments.
Each student is required to complete a term paper (worth 100 points).
Each student is required to complete 4 reading assignments (worth 25 points each).
There will be 3 midterm exams worth 80 points.
There will be a comprehensive exam worth 160 points.
As stated below, the laboratory portion of the course is worth 400 points (40%).
All exams and assignments count toward your final grade in the course and so it is important to do the best that you can on everything you turn in. If you find yourself having difficulties, please come to me for help early in the semester so that you give yourself time to improve.
Attendance is not a direct component of your course score. However, continual tardiness – and the subsequent class disruption due to coming in late – will be taken into account and may have an effect on your final points awarded.
This course is not graded on a traditional curve, but it is scaled to where the students are. This allows for any adjustments that the instructor deems necessary. The course is worth approximately 1000 points. Grade categories and equivalent percentages are as indicated: A (90-100%); B (80-89.9%); C (70-79.9%); D (60-69.9%); F (59.9% and below). Passing requires 60% of the points (unadjusted) for the course, or 600. Fractional percentages will be rounded at the end.
Lab constitutes approximately 40% of the BIOL 3044 grade. Lecture constitutes approximately 60% of the BIOL 3044 grade. There are three midterm exams, each worth 80 points. Each exam will be based on what was covered since the previous exam. There is a comprehensive final exam worth 160 points. In particular, any material that requires review following an exam (i.e. the vast majority of the class got it wrong) will show up on the final exam.
Throughout the semester we will be reading three primary research articles. Along with these readings, several questions will be assigned. The answered questions will be due the day we discuss the papers. The final reading-type assignment will be a printout and result list of a search related to your term paper. Each reading assignment will be worth 25 points.
The last assignment is a term paper worth 100 points. Details regarding the term paper topic are given below. More detailed information on the paper and a rubric of scoring guidelines will be provided separately.
1) No regrades will be provided for exams done in pencil.
2) Misspelled words (esp. organism names) and incorrect taxonomic nomenclature will result in ¼ point deductions for each instance.
The term paper must be formatted according to the guidelines provided in the Journal of Bacteriology (ASM).
Late papers will lose 10% each 24 hour period past the assigned deadline.
Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes in which they are enrolled.
Although in general students are graded on intellectual effort and performance rather than
attendance, absences may lower the student’s grade where class attendance and class
participation are deemed essential by the faculty member. In those classes where attendance is
considered as part of the grade, the instructor should so inform students of the specifics in
writing at the beginning of the semester in a syllabus or separate attendance policy statement.
An instructor who has an attendance policy must keep records on a daily basis. The instructor
must give the student a verbal or written warning prior to being dropped from the class.
Instructor’s records will stand as evidence of absences. A student with excessive absences may
be dropped from a course by the instructor. Any individual faculty member or college has the
authority to establish an attendance policy, providing the policy is in accordance with the General University Policies. [MSU Student Handbook, p. 43]
Absences will be excused for:
Classroom expectations and policies:
I will respond to e-mail during regular school hours (8:30 am – 5:00 pm M-F). I will make every effort to respond to e-mail sent during the week within 24 hours. Those sent over the weekend will be attended to on Monday.
Always include a subject line in your e-mail messages. It would be particularly helpful to include in the subject line the course number & section (i.e. BIOL 2144-301).