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Biology of Shellfishes

Spring 2012

Lecture:            M  W  F    12:30-1:20, FSH 107
Laboratory:       M  &  W   2:00-4:50, FTR 124    or    Tu & Th 2:00-4:50, FTR 124

The course is intended to provide undergraduate students with an introduction to aquatic invertebrates with an emphasis on taxa with economic and cultural significance in the region.  The class will expose students to the dramatic diversity of invertebrates and examine various mechanisms organisms employ to adapt to environmental conditions. Most of the content will focus on the morphology, life history and physiology of arthropods and molluscs.


Dr. Steven Roberts
232  FTR (Fisheries Teaching Bldg) 


  Biology of Invertebrates - Jan A. Pechenik - 6th Edition

Prerequisites:        10 credits of biological science

Reading assignments:          
Most readings come from the required textbook.  Additional readings may be posted on the website periodically to complement the course.

Learning objectives:                
To develop skills and acquire knowledge to be able to understand the taxonomy, life history, physiology and ecology of selected invertebrate taxa.  You will learn about the interrelationship between different species and their role in the natural environment.  

Skill objectives:      

 • Oral scientific communication                 
 • Written scientific communication
 • Critical thinking and problem solving 
 • Collaborating with other students 
 • Gathering, reading, and reporting on current events related to invertebrate biology 
 • Participation in discussions 


Evaluation system:

Assignment Percent Grade*
EXAM 1 15
EXAM 2 15
EXAM 3 15
Participation 5
Lab Session 30
     5% Question Sets**  
     10% Lab Report  
     10% Lab Worksheets  
     5% Species Reports  
Final Exam 20

*subject to change 

** online, can be from lecture and lab material

Late Policy:             
Assignments turned in late will be penalized (at least 5%) for each day they are late unless prior arrangements have been made. Question sets (online) will not be accepted after due date.

Approximately 75% of the material on the exams will be from information presented in lecture or lab, and approximately 25% may be from the assigned reading. Class time and/or a time in lab will be scheduled for discussion and to answer questions for exams.

The three exams will consist of: 
• Multiple choice
• Short answer (problems, definitions, compare-and-contrast, etc.) 
• Short essay
• Sketches / drawings

 The final exam will be comprehensive 

Online question sets will be posted every Monday and are due by Friday at midnight.

Participation: 4pts will be for participation on message board (2 posts per week). 1pt will be for class disscussion participation.


Disability accommodations:    
If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz (206-543-8924 (V/TTY).  If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to the instructor so that we can discuss the accommodations you might need for the class. http://fish.washington.edu/classes/integrity_disability.html 

Academic Integrity: 
Plagiarism, cheating, and other misconduct are serious violations of your contract as a student. We expect that you will know and follow the University's policies on cheating and plagiarism . Any suspected cases of academic misconduct will be handled according to University regulations.  More information, including definitions and examples of Academic Misconduct,can be found at: http://depts.washington.edu/grading/issue1/honesty.htm 

Field Trips:We will go on several field trips during the lab sessions. One or two will occur during normal lab hours two field trips will be on Saturdays due to tides. Please see http://fish.washington.edu/classes/trip_insurance.html for any questions on field trips and insurance.


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