exams must be taken using Respondus, a video-based proctoring tool in
Blackboard. You must download the Respondus software to your computer in
order to take the lecture and lab exams. You may download the Respondus
software by going to this link (http://www.respondus.com/lockdown/download.php?id=586140509).
No other books, notes, other computers or anything else that can be
considered as providing help in taking the lecture or lab exams should
be available during testing. You should also take the exam in one
sitting and not leave the room while the exam is being taken. A practice
short exam using Respondus will be set up prior to the first exam to
give you some experience taking exams using the video proctoring
computer you use to take lab and lecture exams must have a video camera
available. If your own computer does not have a video camera, then you
should take exams in the library computer lab where there are video
cameras for many stations. If you take exams with any approved
accommodations, please let me know so I can work with you to adjust exam
any assignment deadline or exam is missed without an instructor
approved excuse, one/half credit for the missed assignment can be
obtained by completing the assignment within one week following the
deadline. After one week has passed beyond the deadline for an
assignment, no credit will be able to be earned for that assignment or
exam. The only exception is Lab Exam 3 and Lecture Exam 3, the
comprehensive final exam, which must be taken by 10 PM MT during the day
they are assigned during finals week..
All exams listed in
the syllabus must be taken on the day indicated for full credit. The
exams will be posted in the exam folder on the day indicated in the
syllabus and must be completed by 10 PM MT of that day.
College of Science deadline for dropping a class is Oct. 28, 2016.
After that date, the College of Science will not approve any course
withdrawals unless a student withdraws from all courses for medical or
other serious reasons.
A grade of Incomplete is only used in
extraordinary circumstances confined to a limited event such as a missed
exam, project, or lab. If the student has missed a significant
amount of work (e.g. multiple assignments or tasks), a grade of
Incomplete is not appropriate or warranted.
Self Testing Opportunities
special effort has been made to modularize this online material with
self-testing opportunities to provide you immediate feedback about your
understanding of the material covered in the lecture portion of the
course. The questions in these quizzes named "quizlets" will not count
for a grade but are designed to give you an understanding of the types
of questions that you will see on the scheduled lecture exams and will
provide you with feedback to let you know your level of mastery of the
material covered. And, because the quizlets are timed, taking the
quizlets will also provide you experience in taking a timed exam. The
quizlets will also show you if your computer set-up and Internet
connection are adequate for the testing process in Blackboard. Use the
quizlets as a way of determining if you may have a problem in taking
online exams from your computer so that you can make arrangements to
take the exams in the University computer labs or library labs. The
Quizletz will not utilize the Respondus Lockdown browser.
course data indicates that students who do these quizlets more times get
better grades than students who do the quizlets fewer times or none at
all. The "quizlets" are a type of formative assessment and can be used
as an assessment FOR learning. Your goal is to do the Quizlets many
times in order to consistently get high scores in the time provided. If
you have trouble completing the Quizlets in the time provided and do not
get high scores, that may be an indication that you do not have the
basic terms memorized and the concepts understood well enough. If you
find difficulty in finishing quizlets in the time provided and are not
getting high scores, then get in touch with me for advice.
Comprehensive Final Lecture Exam
final lecture exam will be comprehensive which means it will cover all
lecture material covered in the course. There will be questions to
answer from the new material not yet covered in previous exams but
expect questions also from material that was already covered as well.
For the final exam in lecture, expect about 75 questions to come from
the new material which was not covered for Lecture Exams 1 and 2 and
around 125 questions chosen from material already covered and included
on Lecture Exams 1 and 2. Lecture Exam 1 will contain 150 questions,
Lecture Exam 2 will have 150 questions and the Final Exam will contain
August 22 - 23 Introduction and Chapter 1
August 24 - 27 - Chapters 2, 4 & 5
August 28 - Sept. 4 - Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10
Sept. 5 - 11 - Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10
Sept. 12 - Lecture Exam 1 (15%)
Sept. 13 - 17 - Chapter 11
Sept.18 - 22 - Chapter 12
Sept. 23 - 30 - Chapters 19 & 21
Oct. 1 - 9 - Chapters 16 & 17
Oct. 10 - 16 - Chapter 18
Oct. 17 - 23 - Review Chapters 11, 12, 19 & 21, 16 & 17, 18 for Lecture Exam 2
Oct. 24 - Lecture Exam 2 (17% All material from last lecture exam)
Oct. 25 - 31 - Chapter 20
Nov. 1 - 23 - Chapters 23 & 22
Nov. 24 - 27 - Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 28 - Dec. 7 - Review all chapters covered in course for final exam.
Dec. 8 - Comprehensive Final Exam - all chapters covered for semester - (18% of final grade)
August 22 - 25 - Lab. 1, Cells & Cell Structure
August 26 - 28 - Lab. 2, Epithelial Tissues
August 29 - Sept. 9 - Lab. 3, Connective Tissues
Sept. 10 - 16 - Finish Lab. 3
Sept. 17 - 20 - Review for Lab Exam 1
Sept. 21- Lab Exam 1 (Labs 1, 2, 3 - 15% of final grade)
Sept. 22 - 30 - Lab. 4 & 5, Blood & Muscle Tissue
Oct. 1 - 9 - Lab. 6, Nervous Tissue
Oct. 10 - 16 - Lab. 7, Respiratory System
Oct. 17 - 23 - Lab. 8, Endocrine System
Oct. 24 - 25 -Review Labs 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 for lab exam 2
Oct. 26 - Lab. Exam 2 (Labs 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 - 16% of final grade)
Oct. 27 - Nov. 13 - Lab. 9 , Digestive System
Nov. 14 - 30 - Lab. 10 , Urogenital System (male and female)
Dec. 1 - 5 - Review Labs 9 and 10 for Lab. Exam 3
Dec. 6 - Lab. Exam 3 (Labs 9, 10, 11 - 17% of final grade)
Students With Disabilities
per Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, if a student needs an
accommodation then the Office of Disabled Student Services located at
UTEP need to be contacted. If you have a condition, which may affect
your ability to perform successfully in this course, you are encouraged
to discuss this in confidence with the instructor and/or the director of
the Disabled Student Services. You may call 915-747-5148 for general
information about the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the
rights that you have as a UTEP student with a disability. Individuals
with disabilities have the right to equal access and opportunity. It is
the student's responsibility to contact the instructor and The Disabled Student Services Office at The University of Texas at El Paso.
University of Texas at El Paso prides itself on its standards of
academic excellence. In all matters of intellectual pursuit, UTEP
faculty and students must strive to achieve excellence based on the
quality of work produced by the individual. In the classroom and in all
other academic activities, students are expected to uphold the highest
standards of academic integrity. Any form of scholastic dishonesty is an
affront to the pursuit of knowledge and jeopardizes the quality of the
degree awarded to all graduates of UTEP. It is imperative, therefore,
that the members of this academic community understand the regulations
pertaining to academic integrity and that all faculty insist on
adherence to these standards.
Any student who commits an act
of scholastic dishonesty is subject to discipline. Scholastic dishonesty
includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the
submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in
whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another
person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the
attempt to commit such acts. Proven violations of the detailed
regulations, as printed in the Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP),
and available in the Office of the Dean of Students, and the homepage of
The Dean of Students (DOS) at http://www.utep.edu/dos, may result in
sanctions ranging from disciplinary probation, to failing grade on the
work in question, to a failing grade in the course, to suspension or
dismissal, among others.
Plagiarism Software Notice
course may utilize third party software that has the ability to
automatically detect plagiarism on documents submitted for grading.
Effective Electronic Communication
your messages concise and clearly written. Most ideas can be stated in a
couple of paragraphs, although sometimes a longer message may be needed
to develop your thoughts adequately. Keep in mind that people are more
apt to read and digest shorter messages than long ones.
respectful of other's ideas, opinions, and beliefs. It's fine to
disagree with someone, but please respect their right to think
posting simple two or three word statements such as "I agree" or "Good
point". If you think someone has made an especially strong point and you
want to say so, and then explain why by adding a few sentences
describing your response or adding to the original point.
message that demonstrates substance contributes to the understanding and
application of ideas by doing one or more of the following:
1. Reflection about meaning:
Describe thoughtfully what something means or new insights it provides,
or raise a question as a seed for clarification or further discussion.
Discusses relevant themes, concepts, main ideas, components, or
relationships among ideas. Or, identifies hidden assumptions or
fallacies in reasoning.
Builds on ideas of others or ideas found in the readings by adding
details, examples, a different viewpoint, or other relevant information.
Provides examples of how principles or concepts can be applied to
actual classroom situations, or discuss the implications of theory for
5. Synthesis: Integrate multiple views to provide a summary, a new perspective, or a creative refashioning of ideas.
6. Evaluation: Assesses the accuracy, reasonableness, or quality of ideas.
Effective Electronic Communication
this point in the course, it is also important to share a word of
caution, so we can become wiser about interpersonal distance learning
communications. When communicating electronically, many of the feelings
or impressions that are transmitted via body language in face-to-face
communications, are lost. Consequently, interpreting emotions and
innuendos is much more difficult. Only what is written, or drawn,
carries the message. Often, excitement can be misinterpreted as anger or
insult. It is important that we all keep this in mind as we
communicate. Words in print may seem harmless, but they could
emotionally injure us when working at a distance. Hence, it is vitally
important that we develop some ground rules for working at a distance.
Avoid the use of caps in your electronic messages, as wording in caps
comes across as shouting. More information on NETIQUETTE, the etiquette
of Internet communication, can be found at www.albion.com/netiquette.
you are on campus, call 747-4357. If you are in the El Paso area, call
915-747-5257. ONLY students enrolled in 100% online courses will have
access to 24x7 technical support. The contact information is provided
below. Please do not use/share this information for courses that are not
fully online in Blackboard. UTEP partners with a vendor to provide 24/7
help desk and technical support to faculty and students. The 24/7 Help Desk
can help with technical problems and can provide instructions on use of
technology. You may call their toll free number 1-877-382-0491.
rule of thumb for time planning for a course is approximately three (3)
hours for every credit hour taken. This is a standard figure
recommended across the board by American universities. For a 3 credit
course, course you should expect to spend:
3 hours of class time + 9 hours of study and prep time = 12 hours per week.
of the materials that are posted within this course are protected by
copyright law. These materials are only for the use of students enrolled
in this course and only for the purpose of this course. They may not be
further retained or disseminated.
instructor reserves the right to make changes in the syllabus/course as
deemed necessary. Students will be given plenty of notice of any
and all changes.
Copyright (c) 2016 Michael Kolitsky and The University of Texas at El Paso