1 and 2 will include short answer, essay,
matching, and diagram sections. Lecture, text, and information
encountered in the field and laboratory will be included. A study
guide will be provided to help focus your preparation (see below).
Test 3 will include the course evaluation. Note: Evidence that you attended three approved
science-related lectures outside of class during the semester is also
required, each of which is worth 2 bonus points that will be added to your
examination scores. A lecture
feedback form will be distributed during the final examination period.
About the Laboratory: Laboratory is scheduled in
a four-hour block to allow us adequate time in the field (including travel
time). We will use the entire laboratory period during that part of
the semester when labs focus on the field component. As the semester
progresses this time slot can and should be used to work on group projects and consult
with me as needed.
The Laboratory grade is based on two components. Your peers will
grade your participation and contribution. I will grade your
participation and contribution. You are also expected to participate
in the preparation and presentation of your group's final contribution to
the class report. I will grade your group's project. The other members of your group will
evaluate your effort toward completion of the project.
The laboratory component of this course is the "meat".
Field trip experiences are integrated with lecture and active participation
is critical to your success (and that of your laboratory partners).
As such, failure to complete any component of the laboratory will
result in a failing grade for the course (i.e., unexcused absences from
lab field trips). Moreover, failure to receive a passing mark
for the peer review section of the laboratory participation grade will
result in a failing grade for the course. It is unlikely that
missed field trips can be made up or that missed laboratory meetings can be
duplicated. However, substitutions may be possible if scheduling
problems or personal emergencies arise. It is your responsibility to
keep me apprised of such difficulties.