Principles of Biology I Laboratory

Course Details

Course Number: 3054  Section Number: 21A

Spring 2014

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 205

Days & Times:

This lab section meets Monday afternoon at 1:00-3:50 PM.

Course Attachments

Lab SyllabusThis is the syllabus for the lab section.   PoBI Lab A Syllabus Sp'14-20140121-084000.pdf


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. William B. Cook   
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Course Objectives

The Laboratory will illustrate and clarify concepts and principles of biology.

The Laboratory will enhance the student’s scientific reasoning.

The Laboratory will improve the student’s professional writing.

Course Expectations

The student is expected to attend each meeting of the lab.

The student is expected to participate fully in the activities of the lab meetings.

The student is expected to submit assigned work demonstrating her/his best work.

The student is expected to meet deadlines.

Grading Standards

Scores will be calculated as follows:

Attendance (Weekly, on time)                                              5%

Quizzes (Weekly)                                                               10%

Reports, Results and Reponses (Weekly)                         35%

Review Questions (D2L, Weekly)                                     10%

Midterm Examination (Week 7)                                         20%

Final Examination (Week 15)                                            20%


Scores will be submitted to the instructor of Principles of BIology I who will incorporate them as 25% of the overall course grade.

Final Exam4/28/2014  1:00-3:50 PM

Submission Format Policy

Format for submission of exercises and reports is specified as they are assigned.

Grades are assigned, in part, on proper formatting of submitted work.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Deadlines for exercises, reports and exams will be enforced.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is required at all scheduled meetings of the lab.

Other Policies

Assignments will be submitted in physical form – no e-mail submissions will be graded.

No review sessions will be scheduled.  Instead, use lab time to master information and/or visit instructor office hours or TA tutoring times to ask questions and get help with report writing problems.

Graduating seniors will complete the lab entirely, including the final exam.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.