Introduction to Evolution and Scientific Inquiry

This website contains all materials used in BIOL 01104 Section 4, Spring 2020 at Rowan University with Dr. Spielman. This course meets Monday/Wednesday 11-12:15 and Friday 11:00 am-1:45 pm in Science Hall 239.

All grading and assignments (unless otherwise stated) will be hosted on Blackboard, but in-class materials and scheduling will be posted on this site.

  • Download the course syllabus. This document contains all course policies. When in doubt, check here first.

  • Download the regrade form. This form may be used to request a formal regrade on an assignment or exam. Please consult this document for instructions.

  • Link to required CITI Laboratory Safety Training Instructions. You must complete “General Biological Laboratory Research” and “General Laboratory Safety Training.” If you already have an up-to-date certificate, don't retake the trainings, and don't do other trainings you don't need!

  • Student Visiting Hours will be held Wednesday and Thursday in Science Hall 201D from 2:30 - 4 pm. You do not need to make an appointment. To speak with me one-on-one with a guarantee of privacy, please set up an appointment with me via email.

  • Assigments are always due one hour before class at 10 am, unless otherwise stated. Assignments submitted within an hour of classtime will be deducted a 10% late penalty. Late assignments will not be accepted without prior permission, which you can obtain by contacting me!. Note that the lowest assignment grade will be DROPPED at the end of the semester.

  • The Final Exam will be on Monday May 4th 10:15-12:15 PM in SCI 239 (our classroom)



Class Schedule and Materials

Materials are subject to change up until the day of class based on student progress. Note that many slides will pertain to several days of class. In-class worksheets are NOT graded.

No.
Day/Date
Topic and Slides
In-class materials
Readings/Assignments DUE Notes
1 W 1/22 Introduction Day None None None
2 F 1/24 Scientific Method: Hypotheses and Predictions Hypotheses and Predictions Worksheet Read Chapter 1 of textbook None
3 M 1/27 Scientific Method: Experimental design Continue Friday's worksheet None Last day of regular course add/drop period
4 W 1/29 Scientific Method: Interpreting experimental results Experimental Results Worksheet None None
5 F 1/31 Lab: Scientific Method (Termites) None Submit both CITI Lab Safety Training Certificates to Blackboard Bring lab coat and lab goggles to class, and wear close-toed shoes.
6 M 2/3 Scientific Method: Representing Data I Quantitative Data Visualization Website Read box on pages 37-38 of textbook, “A Closer Look: Correlation” Last day of late course add/drop period
7 W 2/5 Scientific Method: Representing Data II Data Visualization Worksheet None End of late course add/drop period
8 F 2/7 Lab: Scientific Measurements (Stickleback) 1. Stickleback Lab Instructions
2. Class Google Sheet
3. Plotting website (optional but HIGHLY recommended)
Scientific Method (Termite) Lab assignment due on Blackboard Bring lab coat and lab goggles to class, and wear close-toed shoes.
9 M 2/10 Introduction to genetics and biological variation None None Deadline to provide Exam 1 accommodations and/or athletic schedules
10 W 2/12 Evolution by Natural Selection: Variation and heritability I None Read Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 sections 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 None
11 F 2/14 Evolution by Natural Selection: Variation and heritability II Worksheet Stickleback Lab assignment due on Blackboard None
12 M 2/17 Exam 1 None None Covers classes 1-11
13 W 2/19 Exam 1 Regroup None None None
14 F 2/21 EvoDots activity 1. EvoDots Download
2. EvoDots Instructions (incl. download instructions)
3. EvoDots Assignment/Worksheet
15 M 2/24 Measuring variation populations TBD None Bring calculator to class
16 W 2/26 Measuring selection in populations Selection coefficients and fitness worksheet Solutions None Bring calculator to class
17 F 2/28 Modes of natural selection TBD 1. Read Chapter 4 sections 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, and 4.7 (not 4.6)
2. EvoDots Assignment due on Blackboard
None
18 M 3/2 Sexual Selection Read Section 3.5 of book None None
19 W 3/4 Selection redux Sexual selection and natural selection worksheet Solutions
20 F 3/6 Beyond natural selection: Mutation, Drift, and Migration I None Selection Assignment due on Blackboard None
21 M 3/9 Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium I TBD None Bring calculator to class
22 W 3/11 Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium II Continue Monday's worksheet None Bring calculator to class
23 F 3/13 Evolutionary forces in action I 1. On-campus application link
2. Off-campus application link
3. In-class evolfoRces worksheet
None Bring laptop to class
M 3/16 - F 3/20 SPRING BREAK! None None None
24 M 3/23 Evolutionary forces in action II Continue previous worksheet None Bring laptop to class
25 W 3/25 Overflow Day None None None
26 F 3/27 Exam 2 Review Session None evolfoRces Assignment Due on Blackboard Bring laptop to class
27 M 3/30 Exam 2 None None Exam covers classes 14-26. Bring calculator to exam.
28 W 4/1 Speciation I None Read Sections 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, and 6.5 of textbook (skip content about phylogenetics/evolutionary trees) None
29 F 4/3 Speciation II and Introduction to Phylogenetics Worksheet Read the following resources:
1. Understanding Evolutionary Trees
2. Phylogenetic trees (Khan Academy)
3. Building a phylogenetic tree (Khan Academy)
TBD
30 M 4/6 Phylogenetics II
31 W 4/8 Phylogenetics III
32 F 4/10 Phylogenetics Activity 1. On-campus application link
2. Off-campus application link
3. Activity worksheet
None Bring laptop to class
33 M 4/13 Biogeography
34 W 4/15 Phylogenetics of Speciation
35 F 4/17 Other Applications of Phylogenetics
36 M 4/20 Exam 3 None None Exam covers classes 28-35.
37 W 4/22 History of Life on Earth I
38 F 4/24 History of Life on Earth II
39 M 4/27 Human Origins and Evolution Optional readings:
1. Fantastic blog-posted from world-renowned human geneticist Ewan Birney on “Race, Genetics, and Pseudoscience”
2. NY Times article on one of the most recently discovered ancient human fossils
3. First discovery of Neanderthal-Denisovan hybrid
4. Article about Homo eretus
40 W 4/29 OPTIONAL Final Exam Review Session