Aquatic Biology Syllabus
Goals: To learn the unique opportunities for life posed by the aquatic environment and explore the myriad means of exploiting those opportunities utilized by aquatic organisms. To survey the major groups of aquatic organisms and examine their roles in aquatic communities. To be able to recognize on sight important aquatic organisms. To explore some of the unique environmental problems dealing with aquatic environments. To develop employable skills in freshwater biological water quality analysis.
Instructor: Dr. Dave McShaffrey Office: Bartlett 306 Phone: 376-4743
Textbook: Sextant - McShaffrey (Hypertext - Located on Bartlett Server)
Lab: Two Optional Texts (choose one of the two, details in class):
An introduction to the aquatic insects of North America. 1996. Edited by Richard W. Merritt and Kenneth W. Cummins. Dubuque, Iowa. Kendall/Hunt Pub. Co.
McCafferty, WP. 1981. Aquatic entomology : the fisherman's and ecologists' illustrated guide to insects and their relatives; with illustrations by Arwin V. Provonsha. Boston, Mass. : Science Books International.
Please wait until instructions are given in class before purchasing either of these books.
You must also obtain a State of Ohio Fishing License.
Attendance: You are expected to attend all class and lab meetings. Absences will likely affect your grade, either directly or indirectly.
Quizzes: Occasional; will cover all previous material and assigned reading for that date. Some quizzes may be take home (i.e. homework). Some quizzes will be on identification of insects and other benthic macroinvertebrates. No make-up on quizzes!
Exams: Two tests and a comprehensive final, make-up by prior arrangement or legitimate excuse such as your own death or illness.
Missed Labs: Field trips cannot be made-up. Laboratory work may be made up if specimens are still available and I feel like it. One field trip will take at least 1/2 day; this trip will be either on a weekend or a Wednesday afternoon and will be scheduled in consultation with the class.
Projects (papers): You will write a short
(10+ page) paper on an applied aspect of aquatic biology.
Your final grade will be determined as follows:
Aquatic Biology Schedule
Note on late assignments: Assignments are normally due at the beginning of class on the date indicated. As a courtesy, I will extend the deadline to 5:00 p.m. of the same day if and only if you attend all of your classes that day. I will not tolerate skipping class to finish an assignment. A late penalty will be assessed to all late papers; such penalty will range from 5 to 100% of the grade, at my discretion. If unforeseen circumstances (death in the family, illness, etc.) will cause you to miss a deadline, you must inform me in advance, and provide me at that time with paper or electronic copies of the work done to date. The electronic age has provided new and creative excuses for not finishing assignments; I note that these gremlins strike only on the night before an assignment is due, and they are not justification for failure to complete an assignment which should have been essentially completed at least 2 weeks earlier. If such gremlins do strike, I will allow a 24 hour period to correct them without penalty, if and only if you submit, on time, a recent copy of the essentially completed work. It is your responsibility to maintain multiple backups of all critical work.
As a further inducement to keep things on track, I reserve the right to request, on 24 hours notice, copies of any assignments in progress at any point during the semester. Failure to submit evidence of reasonable progress may result in a late penalty being assessed.