General Zoology

Mission: To provide affordable, accessible, and exceptional education that fosters student success

Term:   Spring 2018
   General Zoology
Delivery Format:  Traditional

Instructor Information:

Name:  Danny Wann
Office Location:
  RC 204
Preferred Contact Method:
Office Phone:
Office Hours: 
As posted
Alternate Phone:  918-658-8471 for emergency only

Textbook 1 Information: Recommended                                         
Integrated Principles of Zoology  Hickman, Roberts, Keen, Eisenhour, Larson, I’Anson 978-0-07-304050-9

Textbook 2 Information: Required
Introduction to Zoology, A Laboratory Manual P.M. Hopkins and David G. Smith 0-89582-358-6

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Course Description:
Designed for students with majors and minors in biological science, this course presents the major concepts of biology as illustrated by animal life and studies selected vertebrates as laboratory animals. 3 hours Theory, 2 hours Laboratory.
Credit Hours:  4.00
Prerequisites:  none
Co-requisites:  none




Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s):

SLO 1. Upon completion of the course students will be able to investigate the basic chemical, cytological and histological components of animals.
-Students will be able to distinguish the difference between acids and bases.
-Students will be able to explain the order of development.
-Students will be able to recognize many tissues of the body and compare to other animals.
-Students will be able to summarize homeostasis.

SLO 2. Upon completion of the course students will be able to combine the principles of nomenclature and taxonomy to name and classify animals.
-Students will be able to paraphrase the rules for nomenclature.
-Students will be able to recognize properly written scientific names.
-Students will be able to name the order in which nomenclature is classified.

SLO 3. Upon completion of the course students will be able to discuss basic knowledge of Mendelian genetics.
-Students will be able to recall knowledge of genetic terminology.
-Students will be able to recognize Mendel’s predictable crosses with phenotypic and genotypic ratios.
-Students will be able to identify sex linked and sex influenced characteristics.
-Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge to work monohybrid and dihybrid genetic problems.
-Students will be able to describe co-dominance.

SLO 4. Upon completion of the course students will be able to compare and contrast the homeostatic mechanisms of major animal phyla.
-Students will be able to summarize how one major system is connected to another major system.
-Students will be able to illustrate negative feedback.
-Students will be able to identify homeostatic mechanisms and compare humans with other animals.

SLO 5. Upon completion of the course students will be able to investigate animal characteristics and the relationships of these animals with their environment.
-Students will be able to relate evolutionary adaptability.
-Students will be able to identify characteristics that make animals unique to their environment.
-Students will be able to discuss why animals live where they live.

SLO 6. Upon completion of the course students will be able to perform the skills necessary to accomplish correctly all Zoological lab dissections including microscope use and proper handling of preserved specimens.
-Students will be able to demonstrate proper microscope handling, care, and function.
-Students will be able to summarize of the differences of invertebrates compared to vertebrates.
-Students will be able to illustrate proper dissecting skills as well as clean up and put away responsibilities.

SLO 7. Upon completion of the course students will be able to verify animal development stages from gametes to zygote to embryo to adult.
-Students will be able to discuss the order in which vertebrates are organized.
-Students will be able to distinguish developmental stages between vertebrates and invertebrates.
-Students will be able to state different reproductive capabilities with advantages and disadvantages listed.
-Students will be able to generalize sexual and asexual reproduction.

SLO 8. Upon completion of the course students will be able to discuss and differentiate behavioral and ecological relationships between animals, man, and their environment.
-Students will be able to describe animal communication methods.
-Students will be able to explain animal behavior toward reproduction and food gathering.
-Students will be able to examine the rituals that same animals have.
-Students will be able to identify possible animal to man or man to animal communication.

Evaluation/Assessment Practices


Assignments and Course Format:

The general format of the class will be lecture, discussion, and individual investigation in the lab. The student will be responsible for reading the assigned topics before class and for participation in class discussion. Presentations as well as research papers will be assigned when appropriate. Students are responsible for all outside assignments made!



Grade Scale:

90-100           A
80-89             B
70-79             C
60-69             D
59 & below    F


Grading Policies:


Six major examinations will be given during the semester. The exams will be objective in nature to include multiple choice, true/false, and possible matching questions. Each examination will be a sectional test covering material that has been lectured over since the previous examination. The final test may be comprehensive. These exams will comprise 600 points while the lab will constitute 200 points. (The test will make up 3/4 of the grade and the lab will make up 1/4 of the grade).  If a research paper is assigned it will comprise 25% of the total lab grade and the paper may be checked by a plagiarism web site.  
     All assignments must be turned in on the due date. I will not take assignments late. Assignments not received on time will have a zero recorded. All students are responsible for making sure your assignments are turned in on time. 
LAB: Will be organized at the discretion of the instructor. You will work in groups of 2 or 3 but no more than 3 in a group. You will partner with lecture class mates not necessarily lab class mates. If necessary, the instructor will choose your lab partners. Instructor reserves the right to move you into a different lab if necessary for any reasons that may make this a more functional lab.

 Students are expected to take tests at the time they are scheduled. A student that cannot make the exam at the time it is scheduled must contact the instructor prior to missing the test to be able to make that exam up. Only then, the student will take it on the last scheduled lab period of the semester or at the discretion of the instructor. Arrangements can be made for "special" occasions which are under the discretion of the instructor. There will not be a curve or bonus on any make-up examination. Lab tests will not be made up. Lab assignments will not be made up. I will not take assignments late.  I do drop your lowest lab grade. I do not drop the lowest lecture test grade.  All final decisions will be made in the fairest manner possible by the instructor.




            Supplies: Scantrons, #2 lead pencil, gloves, goggles, aprons, closed toed shoes. If you come to a dissecting lab without gloves, goggles, lab aprons and closed toed shoes you will be asked to leave. I will supply dissecting kits..... NO CONTACTS WHILE DISSECTING!!! I do need your time and commitment to this class!!!! Please turn your papers in on time! It is your responsibility to keep up with your progress so come by the office on occasion and check on your grade!! I will post your grades after every lecture exam by your student I.D. These will be posted in random order

 Behavior: STUDENTS are expected to act like an adult. Unruly or disruptive behavior will result in your permanent dismissal from class.

NO Tobacco products on any CASC campus. This is a NON-Smoking institution.


            Attendance is a must to be successful in this or any other course. Excessive absences (more than 4) may lead to the student being failed or administratively dropped from the course. Attendance records will be kept and excessive absences will be reported to the office of student affairs. Attendance should be prompt and on time. If you come in the class after the teacher you are late and counted absent. This disrupts class and is rude as well as disrespectful. You may be asked to turn around and leave. Once you have made it to class on time I would prefer you not to sleep in class. Again, you may be asked to leave!   There is no such thing as an excused absence.  If you know you are going to be gone, come by or call and talk to me prior to leaving.

Additional Course Information:

CELL PHONES: You are to turn them off or silent during class. While testing they are to be off and put away. We will google some things during class so they will be utilized from time to time.



Student Email:

IMPORTANT- All course information, billing, financial aid notices, housing information, scholarship awards, degree check results, and other mail will be sent to you via student email. Please remember to check your student email often for important information.

ADA statement:


Carl Albert State College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students with disabilities who need special accommodations should make their request in the following way:

 *      Talk with your instructor after class about your disability or special needs related to work in class.


 Poteau Campus

*      Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the Student Disability Services Coordinator. You can Reach Crissy Keeton at 918-647-1319, or in the LRC on the third floor of the Ollie building rm 1318.

Sallisaw Campus

*      Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the Assistant Student Disability Services Coordinator located in the Learning Resource Center in office SC 8025. .


*      Call or e-mail your instructor about your disability or special needs related to work in web courses.

*      Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the Student Disability Services Coordinator. You may find information on our website under Student Affairs/Student Disability Services.


·         LRC: The Learning Resource Center is located in the George Ollie Center for Academic Excellence on the third floor, in room 1301; Crissy Keeton, the LRC director, may be reached at 918-647-1319. The LRC offers tutoring in a variety of subjects including math and English: specific tutoring schedules are available.  The LRC also offers notes and textbooks for many classes, as well as a computer lab and study area. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursdays from 8 am to 6 p.m., and on Fridays from 8 am to 4 pm.

·         Counseling: CASC Student Counseling Services provides free counseling to students who are struggling with school, home life, or a disability. Overseeing the CASC Student Counseling Center is Kerrie Blair, MS, LPC.  She serves as counselor at Carl Albert State College and may be reached by phone (918) 647-1389, text (918) 658-5568, or email


·         Library: Research for your class should be conducted at the CASC Libraries.  College-level research requires college-level sources. CASC Libraries offer a number of appropriate sources in both print and electronic formats.  Visit the library in person for research assistance or at 

Phone: 918-647-1311 (Poteau)  918-775-6977 (Sallisaw)
Facebook:  Library Friends @ Carl Albert State College
Twitter:  @CASCLibrary
Instagram: casclibrary 


HEA-Required information:

The National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) issued Information Required to Be Disclosed Under the Higher Education Act of 1965: Suggestions for Dissemination (NPEC 2010-831). This publication is available at


Additional Information including Student Handbook, FERPA, Financial Aid, Clery Report, and student consumer information are located at

Notification of class cancellation:

In the event class must be cancelled by the instructor the student will be notified through various methods including, but not limited, to the following:  text message, email, or written notification.  Students should check their Carl Albert email accounts regularly for such notifications.  When possible, instructors will provide notification in advance.

In instances of school closure the notification process occurs in the following ways: the alert system is used to send messages including phone calls, text messages, and emails to all names in the alert system as soon as a decision has been made regarding the status of CASC; an email is sent to all Carl Albert email addresses; closure information is posted to the CASC website as quickly as possible; the phone message for incoming calls at the CASC switchboard will indicate closed status; local radio stations and television stations are notified; however television may or may not post our information so please be sure to check other sources of information as listed above.

Assessment Statement

Assessment is the process that evaluates the learning experience with the purpose of continual improvement and has the objective of assuring the accomplishment of the mission of Carl Albert State College.

Academic Integrity/ Misconduct Policy: 

The following will apply in connection with academic dishonesty:


A. The instructor and his/her Division Chairperson have final authority over the grades given to students   or the lowering of grades because of cheating or plagiarism.


B. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to:


1.       The use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations.


2.       Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments.


3.   Acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the college faculty or staff.  The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished   work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.


If it is established that cheating or plagiarism has more than likely occurred:


A. The instructor may take appropriate disciplinary action, which may include the awarding of an “F” on the particular assignment or in the course.


B. The instructor will make a report of the incident and of action taken to the Vice President for Academic  Affairs.


C. The student will receive a copy of the report if s/he desires and may appeal the decision of the instructor to the Academic Affairs Committee.


D. The student and instructor may meet individually with the Academic Affairs Committee to present documentation pertinent to the appeal. Once the Academic Affairs Committee renders its decision, the appeal process is concluded.


Carl Albert State College considers all forms of academic misconduct and dishonesty serious matters which warrant serious attention. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cases of cheating and plagiarism, and is, at the very least, subject to disciplinary action by the instructor of record. More serious infractions will warrant disciplinary actions by the college. 


Plagiarism is considered unacceptable and incompatible with the educational mission of Carl Albert State College. Since plagiarism always carries consequences, all students are expected to be familiar with the rules for avoiding plagiarism. 


Intentional plagiarism is a deliberate act of academic dishonesty in which an individual knowingly represents the work or knowledge of another person as one’s own, knowingly incorporates into one’s work the words or ideas of another person without clear attribution, fails to acknowledge clearly the partial or full authorship of someone else when submitting a work, and/or consistently fails to cite or quote textual resources properly.


Cheating is considered to be a serious infraction of academic integrity and as such is not tolerated at CASC. Specifically, cheating includes, but is not limited to, instances where work is turned in that is not one’s own, copying others’ answers in exams and/or papers, infiltration of grading systems, use of deception in acquisition of answers, and/or instances of forgery. 


Grade Protest

Students may challenge a final grade, provided a solution cannot be reached through proper academic channels. Students should first contact their instructor and then the Division Chair if resolution is not satisfactory. Appeals for the purpose of challenging a final grade must be made to the Academic Affairs Committee within 90 days after the grade in question appears on the permanent record.  Information concerning procedures to be followed is available from the Office of Admissions and Records. (CASC Catalog, p. 74)


Faculty Complaints

A student who feels he or she has serious grounds and evidence to demonstrate unfair treatment by a faculty member may file a formal written complaint with the division chair. First, however, the student is encouraged to visit with the faculty member on an informal basis to discuss the situation. If, after that visit, the student still wishes to file a formal complaint, the division chair will call a meeting between the student and the faculty member to discuss the complaint and any further action. If the issue still remains unresolved, the division chair, faculty member, and student will meet with the Associate Vice President of Instruction in the Academic Affairs Office.


Semester Regulations Concerning the Beginning and End of the Term

Students should keep in mind that the semester begins with the first day of class, and ends with the last day of the designated final exam period.  For that reason, and because final exams may be scheduled up to and through the last day of the final exam schedule, students should not plan to travel until the first day after the end of finals week, unless approval is granted by the division chair AND the Academic Affairs Office. Students may request changes in individual final exam times in writing and through completion of the Change in Final Exam form. Forms are located in the office of the registrar. Requests for change for personal convenience are generally not approved. Approvals are normally limited for the following reasons:

    1. Conflict with working hours on a job that has been held during the term, and for which working schedules cannot be readily adjusted.
    2. Religious reasons.
    3. Four finals in one day. Where amicable agreement cannot be reached by the student and the instructors, the division chair and/or Academic Affairs Office can grant accommodations.
    4. Military obligations verified in writing.
    5. Other exceptional hardship cases including health reasons concerning immediate members of the household and/or death of an immediate family member or attendance of a funeral of an immediate family member.

Additionally, with take-home final exams, instructors have the option and may choose to make those due on the last day of finals.

Students are required to:

1.        complete the Change in Final Exam form;

2.        request the signature and approval of the designated instructor;

3.        submit the form to the appropriate division chair for approval;

4.        The form will be forwarded to the Academic Affairs Office or designee (Vice President for Sallisaw campus).

5.        The Academic Affairs office will then inform the student of the results of the request.

*Requests will be finalized within 72 hours of the formal request.


Withdrawal Policy:
Students withdrawing from courses should first consult instructors and refer to the current student handbook or website for withdrawal procedures.  Additionally, the student should contact the offices of Financial Aid, Admissions, Business, and Retention.  Students failing to attend initial class meetings will be dropped from the class without notification.  Beyond that, failure to attend class is not equivalent to dropping the class; students who fail to formally drop the class will receive a grade in the course.


Online Etiquette Statement:

Carl Albert State College expects online users to follow the same basic rules that apply in face-to-face communication.  The following guidelines provide direction for students using Internet-based communication.  Failure to follow appropriate communication rules may result in negative consequences.


1.       Think before you write.  What you say online is permanent.  Review and edit before you post and take the feeling of others into consideration.

2.       Be friendly and positive.  Even if you disagree with an idea there are ways you can approach your criticism without being hurtful.

3.       Use standard English.  Avoid slang and jargon with which others in the class may be unfamiliar.  Communication is only effective if the audience can relate to it.

4.       Be professional.  Avoid writing in all caps, using multiple exclamation or question marks, and emoticons. 

5.       Ask for help.  If you feel lost, or need clarification, ask.  If you don’t ask the questions your instructor and other students won’t be able to respond.  Besides, you’re probably not alone, but don’t wait for someone else to ask for you.


Statement of Instructor Modification Right

This syllabus is subject to alteration at the discretion of the instructor.  Notification of alteration will be provided to students via class announcement, e-mail, blackboard posting, or similar reasonable method.


Student Financial Responsibility Statement:

In addition to enrolling in classes, part of your enrollment responsibility is payment of your Business Office Account (tuition, fees, etc.)

If you have already paid your entire balance for the semester, and any past balances, thank you.

If you have not Carl Albert State College requires all students to either pay for their Business Office Account by the first day of class or enroll in the Nelnet Payment Plan located on the website by the first day of class.

Students who anticipate receiving financial aid must enroll in the Payment Plan as well.  If the financial aid pays for all costs then the payment plan will not go into effect.

If you have questions, please feel free to call the Business Office at 918-647-1325






Course Calendar.






1 & 2

 2- Microscope, cells and tissues


Chemistry,  2 & 3

Test over 2


 4, Test 1

3 and 15, Protista and Ecology 


 5 & 37(ecology)

Genetics handout


Test 2,  9

Finish handout- Genetics Quiz


10, 11, 14, 15

Frog- 13 , Vertebrate representation


17, 18, 19, 20

Frog - 13


 23, 24, Test 3,

Frog Test 


25, 26, 27 

14, Pig. Mammal representation


28, Test 4

14, pig 


29, 30

Pig Test 


31, 32 

 6, 7 & 8, platyhelminthes, nematodes, annelida 


32, 35, Test 5 

arthropods and fish( chordates), Handouts


7, 8, 33, 34




NO LAB- make up exams





Zoology Lab schedule W/ Presentations


week 1                                              Microscope- Cells & Tissues       

week 2                                              Cell Tissues test/ Genetics

week 3                                              Finish Genetics

week 4                                              Worms

week 5                                              Lab 3 & 15

week 6                                             Fish, Crayfish, Grasshopper, &


week 7                                              Finish Fish/Shark

week 8                                              Presentations (4 or 5)

week 9                                              presentations

week 10                                           Fall Break

week 11                                           Presentations

week 12                                           Frog

week 13                                           Frog Test

week 14                                           Pig

week 15                                           Pig Test

week 16                                           Thanksgiving Break

week 17                                           Make Up Exams