Dr. Jacob P. Harney
Office: Dana 369
Office Hours: MW 1:30-3:00 and by appointment
MW: 5:35-6:50 Dana 403
W: 7:00-9:30 Dana 344
Basic physiological processes of animals/humans are presented. Topics include nervous systems, endocrinology, muscle function, circulation of blood, respiration, osmoregulation, and excretion. Laboratory exercises extend the lecture presentation but are primarily oriented towards human physiology. Laboratories will be announced week to week and primary literature discussions and presentations will be included as a part of the laboratory.
Text and Assigned Readings
Randall, Burggren and French, Animal Physiology: Mechanisms and Adaptations, 5th edition.
Some of the lecture is taken from the text, however, there will be material in lecture that may not be covered completely in the text. Handouts will be provided on occasion and outside reading will be assigned periodically. Try to read ahead to familiarize yourself with the material that will be discussed in lecture.
Laboratory will be a mix of bench labs and discussion/analysis of primary literature. Lab reports (when necessary) are to be handed in by 5:30 pm on the Monday following the previous Wednesday lab. Points will be deducted for each day late after this deadline. Lab reports and related written assignments will be graded and collectively will constitute 10% of your final grade. Although for most of the lab projects you will be working in groups and, therefore, will have the same or similar results, lab reports are not to be a joint effort and points will be deducted if this proves to be the case. Lab quizzes may be given in lieu of lab reports and those will be announced.
Each student will research an area of animal physiology that particularly interests them. This project will be discussed in more detail in class. A final report will be submitted by each student in the form of a power point presentation which will be presented briefly to the rest of the class during the last 2 weeks of the semester.
Examination and Grading Policy
Examinations will consist of three 90 minute examinations during the course, each worth 20% of your final grade. In addition, there will be a comprehensive final examination which will also constitute 20% of your final grade. Exams will be admixtures of multiple choice, true/false, short answer and problems (where appropriate) questions. There will be no makeup exams.
Letter grades will be determined at the end of the course as follows:
A>90%, B >80%, C >70%, D >60%, F < 60%.
Students are expected to conform to the Academic Honesty Policy oultined in The Source Graduate and Undergraduate Student Handbook. Cheating on quizzes, exams or in the laboratory will not be tolerated. A first offense will result in an F on the work involved. A second offense will result in failure of the course as well as notification of the student's advisor and academic program director.
Attendence to lecture and laboratory is mandatory as students in the past who have missed several classes have ultimately not passed. Missing more than 3 classes will result in the drop of one letter grade minimum. On time arrival is expected out of respect for the instructor and your classmates.
_______Syllabus: Comparative Animal Physiology / BIO 336 / Spring 2004