General Biology Lab II

EBIO 1240

General Course Information

Instructor: Dr. John M. Basey
Office: C-157 Ramaley Building
Office Hours: T 9 - 11 AM, W 9 - 11 AM
Lab Manual: General Biology Lab II: Spring and Summer 2010, by John M. Basey


Course Description

General Biology Lab II (EBIO 1240) is a laboratory course designed to examine organism diversity, organism form and function, and ecology. Organism diversity will be examined by a survey of the domains of life. Organism form and function will be examined with four labs beginning with the dissection af a fetal pig for two weeks, followed by a lab on exercise physiology and the physiology of the human eye. Ecology will begin with populations and expand to ecosystems. EBIO 1240 is taught only during the spring and summer session B. A sister course dealing with cells (EBIO 1230) is taught during the fall and summer session A.

Objectives of Laboratory Courses

Two basic categories of learning techniques are passive and active. Passive learning techniques are those that involve taking in information, but not manipulating the information. Examples of passive learning techniques are listening, memorizing, reading, and recording notes. Active learning techniques are those which require manipulation and processing of information. Examples are answering questions, writing papers, participating in discussions, experimentation, and analyzing data. Lecture classes typically involve mostly passive learning techniques. In many lecture classes, the students will come to class, listen to the lecture, record notes, and outside of class the student will read the textbook. Maybe occasionally the student will participate in discussions with his/her peers and answer questions in the textbook. Laboratories, on the other hand, are designed to involve students with active learning processes. Instead of listening, recording notes and reading the textbook, laboratories involve experimentation, data analysis, writing papers, and class discussions. Through these active learning techniques, students should gain more insights into the field of study, be able to apply their knowledge to a greater extent and exhibit a greater level of understanding of course material. The down side of active learning techniques is that they require more time invested by the students to cover the same amount of material.


The total number of points possible in this lab is 220 points. The point distribution follows.

110 Lab Reports
110 Quizzes
220 Total
93 A
90 A-
87 B+
83 B
80 B-
77 C+
73 C
70 C-
67 D+
63 D
60 D-
< F

Grades in this course are determined by students demonstrating a certain level of knowledge about the subject. This is accomplished through weekly lab reports and quizzes. Grades in this class will not be curved. If all of the students in the class demonstrate an "A" level of learning then all of the students will receive an "A" in the course. Likewise, grades of B, C, D, and F will be given based upon the level of learning demonstrated by the student.

Quizzes are designed for three purposes. (1) For you to consistently review the lab material. (2) For you to prepare for the upcoming lab. (3) For you to show up to lab on time. Quizzes will all be 10 points. They will be given during the first ten minutes of lab. If you come late, you will have less time to take the quiz and you may not be able to take the quiz at all. The quizzes will cover material from the previous labs and will have 1 - 2 questions on the lab for that day. Also, quizzes will have one question from any lab during the semester.

Each lab report will be worth 10 points. Lab reports are designed for you to use active learning techniques to investigate the subject. You will typically give the lab reports to your TA for evaluation at the beginning of the following lab meeting. All graphs, tables and questions in the lab report should be completed. TA's will mark off points for any part of the manual that is incomplete or completed incorrectly.

Accomodations for Disabilities

Students with disabilities who qualify for academic accommodations must provide a letter from Disability Services (DS) and discuss specific needs with the professor, preferably during the first two weeks of class. DS determines accommodations based on documented disabilities (303-492-8671, Willard 322,

Conflicts between religious observance dates and assignments

In this class, I will make reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students who have conflicts between religious observance dates and course examinations or assignments. The campus policy can be viewed at(

Classroom Behavior

As a result of extensive discussions with and recommendations from faculty and students, a new classroom behavior policy and associated new procedures have been adopted. Please refer to the following web site (

Student Honor Code

Examine the following site for information concerning the Student Honor Code and plagiarism (

This page designed and maintained by John Basey Ph.D.
Last update: January 5, 2010