BIO 342
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy


Instructor: Gary Ritchison
Office: Moore 237
Office phone: 622-1541
E-mail: gary.ritchison@eku.edu

Text: Vertebrates: Comparative Anatomy, Function, & Evolution by Kenneth V. Kardong

Lab manual: Vertebrate Dissection by Warren F. Walker & Dominique G. Homberger

Lecture Notes are available on the web at:
 

I - Chordate origins & phylogeny

II - Skeletal System I

III - Skeletal System II

IV - Skeletal System III

V - Skeletal System IV

VI - Muscles

VII - Digestive System

VIII - Respiratory System

IX - Circulatory System

X - Urogenital System

XI - Nervous System

Examinations:

1 - There will be six lecture exams worth a total of 420 points plus a final, optional, semi-comprehensive exam worth 100 points.

2 - There will be five lab exams worth a total of 255 points. There will not be a comprehensive lab exam.

3 - Lecture exams will include questions (mainly essay questions with a few multiple choice questions) from material in the text as well as material covered in lecture. Review questions will be provided for each exam (Exam 1, Exam 2, Exam 3, Exam 4, Exam 5, Exam 6, and the Optional Comprehensive Exam) and these questions will be over material covered in lecture plus material from the text. All exam questions will be based on these review questions.

4 - Lab exams will involve identification of anatomical structures. A list of structures you need to know for each exam will be provided.

Grading: Final grades will be assigned based on total points earned out of a possible total of 775 (if you take the optional comprehensive test):
 

697 - 775 A
620 - 696  B
542 - 619  C
465 - 541 D
< 464 F

OR out of a possible total of 675 (if you do not take the optional comprehensive test):
 

607 - 675 A
540 - 606 B
472 - 539 C
405 - 471 D
< 404 F

Mid-term grade: Your grade at mid-term will be provided along with your score on lecture exam 3.

Disability statement: If you are registered with the Office of Services for Individuals with Disabilities, please make an appointment with me to discuss any academic accommodations you need. If you need academic accommodations and are not registered with the Office of Services for Individuals with Disabilities, please contact the office on the third floor of the Student Services Building, by email at disabilities@eku.edu or by telephone at (859) 622-2933 V/TDD. Upon individual request, this syllabus can be made available in alternative forms.

Attendance: Attendance is required only on days that exams are given.


Tentative Lecture Schedule

Date(s) Topic Text chapters



Aug. 25, 27, Sept. 1, 3 Chordate origins & phylogeny 1, 2, & 3
Sept. 8 EXAM 1 (50 pts)
Sept. 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 Skeletal system 7, 8, & 9
Sept. 29 EXAM 2 (100 pts)
Oct. 1, 6, 8, 13 Muscular system 10
Oct. 15 EXAM 3 (75 pts)
Oct. 20, 22, 27, 29 Digestive & Respiratory systems 11 & 13
Nov. 3 EXAM 4 (60 pts)
Nov. 5, 10, 12, 17, 19; Dec. 1 Circulatory & Urogenital systems 12 & 14
Dec. 3 EXAM 5 (75 pts)
Dec. 8, 10 Nervous system & sense organs 16 & 17
Dec. 15 (1:00 - 3:00) EXAM 6 (60 pts)
Dec. 16 (1:00 - 3:00) OPTIONAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAM (100 pts)


Tentative Lab Schedule

Date Topic Lab manual



Aug. 26 Chordate origins & phylogeny Chs. 1 & 3 (26 - 31)
Aug. 31; Sept. 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 Skeletal system Chs. 2 (pp.18-19), 4, & 5
Sept. 23 LAB EXAM 1 (75 pts)
Sept. 28, 30; Oct. 5, 7, 14, 19, 21 Muscular system Ch. 6
Oct. 26 LAB EXAM 2 (50 pts)
Oct. 28; Nov. 4, 9 Digestive & Respiratory systems Ch. 9
Nov. 11 LAB EXAM 3 (40 pts)
Nov. 16, 18, 23, 30 Circulatory system Chs. 10 & 11
Dec. 2 LAB EXAM 4 (50 pts)
Dec. 7, 9 Nervous system & sense organs Chs. 7 & 8
Dec. 15 (1:00 - 3:00)  LAB EXAM 5 (40 pts)


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