Ornithology, Bio 423 Spring 2007
Instructor: Jim Taulman, 605-745-3959, email@example.com
Course Description This
course will cover classification and characteristics of the avian orders, as
well as avian ecology, evolution, natural history, and behavior. Birds of southwestern
Required Text Ornithology by Franklin Gill, available in OLC bookstore.
Attendance A student may be dropped after 3 consecutive absences. Partial attendance will accumulate to class absences. If you miss half of the 3 hour class you will not get credit for attending that class.
Your reasons for missing class will be assumed to be valid. The point is that your absence from 5 classes will not allow you to be exposed to enough of the class discussion to get credit for taking the course. If you miss 5 classes you will have to take the class over to get credit for it.
Homework Work assignments will consist of reading and being familiar with chapters in the textbook for each class period. Students will learn bird songs through regular listening to the tapes.
Grading and Assessment
Lecture - Three lecture tests will be given and will total 80% of your grade in the course.
Report You will select one particular
In addition, a portion of your report will describe the significance, if any, of the species you are writing about to the Lakota people. This will require you to investigate Lakota writings or interview historians about your mammal species. You may do field observations and include those in your report, if you wish.
Methods These headings may be combined if your paper is just a
Materials literature review
The report will comprise 20% of your grade in the course. You should submit a draft of progress so far on your project by mid term. This will comprise 20% of your report grade. Late work will not be accepted. If you only submit the report at the end of the semester it will be graded on a scale whereby the maximum possible is 80% of your total report portion of the class grade.
Oral reports will be presented to the class on the last class day before the final exam. The written reports will be handed in at that time. You can present your report using any visual aids that you want, Powerpoint, posters, etc. Discuss your needs with me beforehand
A = 90 - 100
B = 80 - 89
C = 70 - 79
D = 60 69
F = 59 and below
Pre- and Post-semester Assessment In an effort to provide a measure of familiarity with the course material gained over the semester, an evaluation will be completed by the students on the first day. The same evaluation will be repeated on the last day of class. This evaluation will not be graded, nor will it affect the students grade in any way.
Field Trips We will take several field trips during the semester
Food You can bring a drink into class but we wont be eating in class.
January 23 Introduction
Jan. 30 Evolution and Systematics
Feb. 6 Anatomy and Physiology
Feb. 13 Test #1, More A&P
Feb. 20 Behavior
Feb. 27 Distributions and Ecology
Mar. 6 Threats and conservation
Mar. 13 Test #2, Survey of South Dakota birds
Mar. 20 Survey
Mar. 27 Spring Break
April 3 Field trip - grassland
April 10 Field trip aquatic, riparian
April 17 Field trip Ponderosa pine forest
April 24 Field
trip Spruce forest,
May 1 Reports
May 8 Final exam