Welcome to my web page. I am Donna Forbess and I work as a faculty associate in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Tennessee in Martin, Tenn. I teach Biology 110 and Biology 120 labs. Below you will find the schedules for both Biology 110 and Biology 120 labs. The schedules have been designed by the department and are the same regardless of which lab instructor you may have. You can contact me at office in Brehm Hall B207, phone 587-7173 or by e-mail. My e-mail address is dforbess@utm.edu

Biology 110 Laboratory Schedule, Spring 1998

Exercise Dates Topics

2 Jan 12-14 Process of Scientific Inquiry

3 Jan 18-20 The Microscope and General Structure of Cells

4 Jan 26-28 Chemistry of Cell Components-Macromolecules

5 Feb 2-4 Macromolecules II- Nucleic Acid

6 Feb 9-11 The Movement of Molecules by Kinetic Energy

7 Feb 16-18 Enzymes: the Chemical "Machinery" of the Cell

8 Feb 23-25 Photosynthesis

9 Mar 2-4 Respiration

10 Mar 9-11 Cell Division- Mitosis

Mar 16-18 Spring Break

11 Mar 23-25 Meiosis

12 Mar 30 Apr 1 Mendelian Genetics

13 Apr 6-8 Human Genetics

Apr 13-15 Open Review

Apr 27-29 Final Lab Exam

A ten point quiz will be give in each laboratory period, covering the material from the previous exercise. The lowest quiz score will be dropped when the grades are computed. No make-up quizzes will be given. There are no extra questions or bonus points. Do not miss lab. Students must attend laboratory for the entire period in order for the quiz taken that day to count in the student's grade. A comprehensive 50 point final practical examination will be given at the end of the semester. There will be 170 points in computing your lab grade. (Thirteen quizzes, 10 points each, lowest quiz will be dropped= 120 points plus a 50 point final = 170 points). The lab counts 30% of the course grade (# points earned/ 170 x 0.3 lab grade adjusted to 30% of the total course grade.

Attendance Policy

The stated attendance policy in laboratory will be strictly enforced. Make-up labs will not be permitted except in extreme circumstances and then only with permission from the laboratory coordinator. On rare occasions when the circumstances warrant, permission to attend a make-up lab may be obtained from Dr. Andy Sliger in room 232 Brehm Hall. Laboratory must be made up during the week of the missed lab. Students enrolled in a particular lab are expected to obligate their time for that lab. Do not schedule medical appointments, trips home, campus activities, or other events that conflict with your scheduled lab. Your quiz will not count unless you participate in the scheduled laboratory activity on the day of the quiz. Leaving the lab early constitutes non-participation, unless your laboratory instructor certifies that you have completed all assigned tasks.

Biology 120 Labs

The Biology 120 laboratory exercises are designed to use the scientific method to investigate the relationships between certain processes. You will notice that the lab exercises do not closely follow the Biology 120 lectures. This is normal and not a figment of your imagination.



Biology 120 Lab Schedule

Dates Topics

Jan 12-14 IVA-AVB. Mammalian and Invertebrate Anatomy: An Introduction to Physiological Systems and the Circulatory System

Jan 18-20 IIIA. Anatomy of Vascular Tissue in Plants

Jan 26-28 IIIB. Transpiration Rates in Different Environmental Conditions

Feb 2-4 IIIC. Developmental of Stomata in Plants Grown at Different Light Levels

Feb 9-11 Discussion of Labs IIIA-IIIB

Feb 16-18 IIB. The Behavior and Ecology of Daphnia

Feb 23-25 IID. Aggression in Siamese Fighting Fish

Mar 2-4 IB. Skeletal Adaptations for Different Forms of Locomotion in Mammals

Mar 9-11 IC. Studying Phylogenetic Relationships using Mammalian Skulls

Mar 16-18 Spring Break

Mar 23-25 IA. Plant Reproduction. Adaptation of Flowers to Different Modes of Pollination

Mar 30-Apr 1 Discussion of Labs IA-IC. Introduction to Physiological Systems

Apr 6-8 IIA. The Aquatic System

Apr 13-15 Discussion of the data generated in the Aquatic System lab

Apr 20-23 VA. Designing an Independent Project on the Behavioral Ecology or Physiology

of Daphnia

Apr 27-29 Laboratory Final Exam

Laboratory grades determine 30% of your grade for Biology 120, based upon:

Quizzes (given at the start of most labs, typically worth 5-20 points each) = 120 points

Laboratory Notebook= 50 points

Two outside assignments @20 points each= 40 points

Laboratory Final Exam= 60 points

Laboratory Polices: You are expected to attend and to be prepared for each laboratory. Make-up labs may be possible in case of serious documented medical or family emergency if they are arranged in advance with the Biology 120 lab coordinator, Dr. David Pitts B 204 Brehm Hall, phone 587-7182, e-mail address dpitts@utm.edu Messages can be left with the Biology Department Office and if you can attend a different lab with available space, during the same week as the missed lab it may be possible to make up the missed lab. If you have a valid reason, as verified by your laboratory instructor, for missing a lab and are not able to make up the lab you may be able to arrange with your laboratory instructor to drop the points associated with that lab from your lab score. Points can be dropped when there is a verified emergency and it is verified that your were unable to make up the lab, for a maximum of two laboratories. Quizzes and other points associated with lab can not be made up unless the entire lab in which the points were given/ due is made up.

Material needed: You are required to bring to each lab: Your laboratory manual, your laboratory research notebook, another notebook for taking notes that do not belong in the research notebook, a calculator that can do basic arithmetic and take square roots, and a metric ruler. For some labs, you will also be required to bring your textbook. It is your responsibility to read the lab material in advance and to find out if the textbook is required. If you come to lab without the required materials you may not be allowed to attend lab, as your presence would slow down the other students.

For both Biology 110 and 120 labs, no food or drink is allowed in the laboratory. Use of tobacco in any form is not permitted. Violation will result from dismissal for the laboratory and the quiz for that day will not be counted.

Students enrolled in Biology 120 will notice that there is an outside world wide web assignment incorporated int the lab. You can access this web site by the following address. http://www.utm.edu/~rirwin/phyloglab.htm and you can find the rat dissection at the address http://www.utm.edu/~rirwin/RatAnat.htm Both these web sites can also be accessed through Dr. Rebecca Irwin's home page.