BIO 3100- INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (4 credit hours) Fall 2013
D. Zeigler Office Oxendine 2101A
Phone: 521-6610 Office Hrs: WF 1:00-2:30 and TR 1:30-2:30

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: A survey of the major invertebrate phyla emphasizing classification, morphology, natural history, evolution, and behavior. At least one Saturday coastal field trip is required. Credit, 4 semester hours.

Meeting times: MWF 10:10-11:00 lecture, M 1:25-3:15 lab

GOALS: To gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the diversity found in the animal kingdom in terms of morphology, metabolism, lifestyles, adaptations, behaviors, etc. Also to understand something of the evolutionary history and relationships among the major animal groups.

TEXT: Required: Biology of Invertebrates by Jan Pechenik (6th edition). There will also be several important handouts given in both lecture and lab. Handouts must be printed off by the student and brought to class. They will not be provided in class if you fail to have them with you. Much of the course material will be given in class from powerpoint type presentations, and you must take good notes on these presentations as this material will cannot be accessed outside of class.

GRADING: 3 lecture exams worth 20% each (60%).
3 lab exams worth 15% each for the two highest scores, and 10% for the lowest score.
I will use a 10-point grading scale: 90-100=A, 80-89=B, etc. and I will assign + & - grades as in this example: B-=80-82.9, B=83-86.9, B+=87-89.9. There are no other grades in the course, and no extra credit is available other than a few bonus points which will be part of each exam.

LABORATORY: Will typically involve looking at slides, specimens, dissections, films, etc. of the phyla covered that week. Your 3 lab exams will test your knowledge and recognition of these materials.

ATTENDANCE: Attendance is expected at every class meeting. If you should miss any lectures or labs. You must obtain the missed material from other students. If an exam is missed, notify me as soon as possible as to the reason. If the reason is judged to be valid, a make-up exam will be scheduled. Regular exams usually include some bonus points, make-ups exams will not. If you are a responsible adult who cares about your education and doing your best, you will be at every possible class meeting. I will not reward good attendance or punish poor attendance by adding or deducting course points.

CLOSING HOTLINE: The school does at times cancel classes for all or part of a day, usually due to bad weather. To find out if classes are running as usual, call the University Hotline at: (910) 521-6888.

CELL PHONES: No professor appreciates cell phones ringing in class. Please turn them off or to vibration mode while in class. Off is preferable, unless you are expecting a real emergency call. Texting during class time is rude and is not allowed.

Behavior: I expect you to be aware of the contents of the Academic Honor Code, found in Section IV. Rights and Responsibilites of the Student Handbook (online and hardcopy), and its wording on cheating, plagiarism, academic dishonesty, and the Code of Conduct. I especially stress that you should be in class to take notes, ask questions, give input when it is pertinent, and to give your attention to what is being presented in the class. Any continued/repetitive form of disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. You need to be respectful of the material presented and of your fellow students who have come to learn the material. As laid out in the Student Handbook under Code of Conduct (items 15 & 17), disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Should disruptive behavior become excessive, you will be asked to leave the classroom, and you must seek permission from me before reentering the class on the next class day. Continued problem behavior will be reported to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, and you may be administratively withdrawn from the class. Do not bring food to either lectures or lab. Drinks will be tolerated if you are careful and clean up any spilled liquid.

EMAILS: any emails to me should include Bio.310 in the byline, so that I will read it rather than delete it.

CLASS VISITORS: Please check with me beforehand if you have someone with you who you want to sit in on the class session (especially so in the case of children).

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE: Students who submit written notification to their instructor within the first two weeks of the semester shall be excused from class and/or lab to observe a religious holy day of their faith falling withing the semester. Excuses absences are limited to two days per semester. Students will be permitted a reasonable amount of time to make up exams or other missed work due to a religious holiday excuse.

DISABILITY: Any student with a documented learning, physical, chronic health, psycholgical, visual or hearing disability needing academic adjustments is requested to speak directly to Disablility Support Services and the instructor, as early in the semester as possible, preferably within the 1st week. All discussions will remain confidential. Please contact: Disability Support Services, DF Lowery Building, Room 103 or call 521-6695 for an appointment.


Introduction Ch. 1
Classification Ch. 2
Protists Ch. 3
Porifera Ch. 4
Cnidaria Ch. 6
Ctenophora Ch. 7
Platyhelminthes Ch. 8
Gastrotricha Ch. 18
Nemertea Ch. 11

Feeding Modes
Chaetognatha Ch. 18
Cycliophora Ch. 18
Nematoda Ch. 16
Nematomorpha Ch. 17
Priapulida Ch. 17
Rotifera Ch. 10
Mollusca Ch. 12
Annelida Ch. 13

Bryozoa (Ectoprocta) Ch. 19
Brachiopoda Ch. 19
Tardigrada Ch. 15
Onychophora Ch. 15
Arthropoda Ch. 14
Echinodermata Ch. 20
Hemichordata Ch. 21
Chordata Ch. 23
Invertebrate Behavior
EXAM III----will be given at the assigned time period during finals week.