Zoology and Botany
Formally known as Advanced Biology
This class constitutes an in depth investigation of selected aspects of
zoology and botany. The animal kingdom is examined in survey style,
including detailed study of sponges, cnidarians, worms, mollusks,
arthropods, echinoderms, and chordates. The course includes numerous
dissections, microscope labs and live animal activities. The botany
portion of the course emphasizes the diversity of higher plants and the
anatomy of flowering plants. The course work is designed to provide a
solid body of biological information as well as to promote critical
thinking, curiosity, creativity, and a deeper appreciation of the
living world around us.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS
1. Be in class on time, prepared with a pen or
pencil, the current study packet, and textbook. Tardies will
negatively affect your grade. Just don't be late! As missing
class time impacts your learning, I take a hard line on tardies; please
refer to the student handbook for consequences. The tardy policy
will be discussed and posted in class.
2. The use of electronic devices in class (phones,
MP3 players, etc.) is prohibited and will result in the confiscation of
the device and consequences in accordance with school policy.
However, there will be a couple of specific times when the teacher will
require you to use these devices with permission to complete a specific
3. Maintain regular progress in the current packet.
These packets provide important structure for the class. Every
assignment, lab, notes, etc, are contained within the packets.
Assignments will be stamped regularly and then the whole packet will be
turned in and graded at the end of the unit. Also, packets may be
used on the Open Packet Final at the end of each semester.
4. All work must be turned in on time as late work is
not accepted. Assignments must be stamped on the due date to
assure credit. If you have an excused absence (see student
handbook for excused absence), you are allowed one day of make-up time
for each day missed to receive credit. No late work will be
accepted for unexcused absences. The calendar at the beginning of
the packet should help you stay on top of your assignments. The packet
will be turned in on the day of the test for the unit.
5. Take all tests and quizzes on their assigned
dates. Make-up opportunities will be provided during class on the day
you return only for cases of legitimate, excused absences.
6. Participate cooperatively in class discussions and
activities, contributing to a positive classroom learning
environment. If you miss a warm-up due to an excused absence, see
me before class subsequent to the absence being cleared through the
7. As a final note, plagiarism (including the copying
of homework assignments) will not be tolerated and result in forfeiture
of credit and disciplinary action. Maintain 100% integrity.
Tests and Quizzes..............50%
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