Martin Lab

aquatic biology and ecology


(Section B)


Books and other required materials: 1) Field and Laboratory Biology for Elementary Teaching Majors (in bookstore GET IMMEDIATELY!!) 2) A Photographic Atlas for the Biology Laboratory (5th ed.) by Van De Graaff and Crawley, 3) graph paper (10 pages) GET SOON! 4) LARGE 3-ring notebook, highlighter.


Tentative schedule: (There can be slight changes by instructor as necessary).


Honors Credit Students interested in earning honors credit for this course should see the instructor within the first week of classes.  To obtain honors credit, students will be required to conduct five additional assignments throughout the course.  Each of these assignments will be 40 points thereby increasing the total points for the course from 740 to 940.


Your grade for the course will be based on the following laboratory and lecture assignments.  All grades are determined by the instructor.  There is NO extra credit, and there is NO curve.


     Tentative point distribution:                    points possible                        points obtained

     Poster presentation                                           100                                                _____

     Practical Exam I                                                  50                                                  _____

     Written Exams (II & IV, 100 ea.)                     200                                          _____  _____

     Practical Exams( III & V, (60 ea.)                     120                                           _____  _____

     Final                                                                      120                                                 _____ 

     Assorted assignments        

           Math homework                                           5                                                     _____

           Metric homework                                        5                                                     _____

           graphs                                                             10 (5 each)                              _____  _____

           experimental design                                   10                                                   _____

           animal report                                                30 (presentation + handout)   _____

           eye diagram                                                   5                                                     _____

           ear diagram                                                   5                                                      _____

           heart diagram                                               5                                                      _____

           plant collection                                           30                                                     _____

          budget                                                             20                                                    _____

           observations                                                 25                                                     _____



                                                                        TOTAL = 740                                              _______



A = 94–100   A- = 90–93  B+ = 87–89   B = 84–86   B- = 80–83  C+ = 77–79   C =  70–76   D = 60–69   F = < 60 



Academic Integrity:  All cases of academic dishonesty will be pursued.  Cheating in any form will not be tolerated (e.g., sharing information during an exam, looking at someone else’s exam, getting someone else to write your paper, plagiarism, etc. . . ).  “To plagiarize is to steal the words, ideas, etc. of another and use them as one’s own . . . literary theft” (Webster’s Dictionary).  Students caught doing dishonest acts will lose all points for the activity.  Any student who knowingly permits another student to use his/her work shall also receive a failing grade for the activity.  A second offense will be an automatic “F” in the course.  All acts of dishonesty are reported to the Department Chair and appropriate academic personnel (ESU Student Handbook, 45).  Further action (including expulsion) might per pursued by the institution.  Do not cheat yourself out of an education.


Class attendance and promptness will be noted.  Because of the extremely fast-paced nature of this course and large amount of content, missing class will severely hamper your ability to make a good grade.  Do not expect to do well if you do not have the commitment to attend class on a daily basis and do the required assignments.  Participation in group activities is each member’s responsibility.  If you fail to actively participate, you will receive a zero for the work resulting from that activity.  DO NOT MISS EXAMS!!  No exams will be made up unless there is a doctor's note indicating illness or you have contacted the instructor either prior to the exam or within twenty-four hours because of extreme circumstances.  Those with excused absences are responsible for making arrangements to complete the activity and/or exam in the week of their return.  Activities not completed in the appropriate time frame will be recorded as zeros.  For sporting events, class field trips, and other scheduled activities, the student needs to make up the class work in advance of their absence if possible.  Activities not completed in the appropriate time frame will be recorded as zeros.  The instructor reserves the right to lower the final grade of students with excessive absences by one letter grade (ESU Catalog, 28–29). *** Due to excessive late arrivals to class in the past, your instructor will deduct TWO points from your final point total for EACH time you are late to class.  Lateness is disruptive to the entire class.



You are expected to read the assignments as given on the schedule prior to coming to class (these are subject to pop quizzes), and assignments are to be turned in AT THE BEGINNING OF THE HOUR on the day they are due to ensure that there is not a penalty (10% per day).  There will be projects that are done as a team; the resulting reports need to be done by EACH individual in the group and in your own words and writing.  Xerox or computer printout copies that are the same will ALL be given a grade of zero.  Observations of experiments need to be taken daily in a notebook until the project is ended.



Appropriate student conduct is required during class time.  A student can be withdrawn from class if his/her behavior disrupts the learning atmosphere of the class.  Activity not accepted includes: violence, threats, persistent vocal or behavioral disruption, and the use of profanity.  The instructor retains the right to take whatever action is appropriate in accordance with written notification through the appropriate academic office.  Students are expected to clean up after themselves to keep the classroom safe and a good learning environment.  Electronics including MP3 players, and cell phones will be turned off and put away during class time (inform the instructor of emergencies that deem exception).  THIS INCLUDES TEXTING!!!!!  ANY PERSON TEXTING IN CLASS WILL HAVE HIS/HER CELL PHONE CONFISCATED UNTIL THE END OF THE CLASS PERIOD.



This is an introductory laboratory course in the fundamentals of general biology.  The laboratory exercises/experiences provided will focus on inquiry-oriented studies for the elementary education major.  Importance is placed on real-life situations, construction of lab materials, laboratory maintenance, and safety.  Upon completion of this course, students should be able to direct and perform activities in biology inquiry, relate structure and function, and communicate a basic understanding of biological and unifying concepts of science. 


From the Teachers College:  (in part)  “Our graduates are skilled practitioners who are prepared with essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions in their fields of specialization.  . . . Outcomes for Teacher Candidates include; (Knowledge #2) Candidates will exhibit knowledge of essential concepts in their content studies, (Skill #1) Candidates will be able to integrate and use concepts from their general, content, and professional studies in their teaching environment, and (Disposition #1) Candidates will demonstrate a commitment to professionalism and ethical standards.”  (Nov. 1, 2001)



Early Childood – Late Childhood:  Kindergarten through Sixth Grade

Standard #3.  The Kindergarten through sixth grade teacher knows, understands, and uses fundamental concepts in the subject matter of science—including physical, life, and earth and space sciences—as well as concepts in science and technology, science in personal and social perspectives, the history and nature of science, the unifying concepts of science, and the inquiry process scientists use in discovery of new knowledge to build a base for scientific and technological literacy for all students.


Late Childhood through Early Adolescence:  Grades 5–8

Standard #2.  The teacher of science demonstrates an understanding of life science.

Standard #4.  The teacher of science demonstrates an understanding of the nature of inquiry and the ability necessary to help students do scientific inquiry.

Standard #6.  The teacher of science demonstrates an understanding of science as a human endeavor, of the nature of science, and of science from historical perspectives.

Standard #7.  The teacher of science demonstrates an understanding of the concepts and processes unifying science domains.

Standard #8.  The teacher of science demonstrates an understanding of science in personal and social perspectives.

Standard #11.  The teacher of science understands how to relate science to the daily lives and interests of students and to a larger framework of human endeavor and understanding.


Disability Clause:  Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services, and the professor will be strictly confidential.