Change to BIO220

ATTENTION BIO220 STUDENTS

Due to a scheduling conflict I will not be teaching the lab portion of the BIO220 MW afternoon course.  Steve Thurlow will be teaching the lab on Wednesday afternoon and will alert you to materials you need for the lab.  I will still be teaching the lecture portion of the class and will be responsible for the overall grade.  The lab will count for 25% of the overall grade and will be provided by Steve Thurlow, based on his assessment criteria.

Welcome to Fall 2014 Term here at Jackson College

Jackson College LogoWelcome to the new term here at Jackson College.  I am Professor John Ireland and this is my personal server space where I archive materials for my courses.  This term I am teaching two sections of CEM131 (the -01 and -04 sections) and one section of BIO220 (-03).  Normally I also teach BIO161, but am not doing so this term.

Since JetNet seems to have issues through out the term I prefer to store my materials in an off campus independent server and format them in such a way that they should be readily accessible to students from any device.  All print materials are published as PDF files and PowerPoint presentations in the native PPTX format (there is a free viewer available for Windows machines if you do not have Office).  I do not publish the PowerPoint files as PDF files because it renders the dynamic nature static and therefore decreases their review value in my opinion.

If you are taking one of my classes click on the appropriate tab above and familiarize yourself with the materials present.  You will find the syllabus and numerous early lesson materials already posted.  Thanks for reading and I hope we have a good term.

A NOTE SPECIFIC TO BIO220… Multiple professors teach BIO220, for my section you only need the textbook, NOT the lab manual or course pack.

FINAL GRADES – BIO161

The FINAL GRADES for BIO161 have been posted on the course page.  Please review your grades and bring any problems to my attention before Saturday, when I will be posting them on Eservices.  After they are posted to the system it is much harder to make corrections.

FINAL GRADES – BIO220

The FINAL GRADES for BIO220 have been posted on the course page.  Please review your grades and bring any problems to my attention before Saturday, when I will be posting them on Eservices.  After they are posted to the system it is much harder to make corrections.

Post Exam 4 Grades BIO220

The fourth exam was graded.  The curve was +12%.

The posted grades now account for the dropped exam and have the Unknown and Presentation grades calculated in.  In other words, this is as low as your grade can go.

Class for 4/14/14 – BIO220

My son Zachary has a 104 fever and therefore cannot go to daycare tomorrow.  We will not have class tomorrow, but we should be okay.  Please read chapters 14 and 15, focusing on the vocabulary and I’ll hit the key concepts when I come back.  The assignment for the presentation should be submitted electronically if possible, but can be submitted in person on Wednesday if need be, but you probably won’t get to go the first day of presentations then.

BIO161 Exams

Due to a variety of reasons both personal and professional, I have not completed the exams yet.  I will be returning them on Tuesday next week.

You do have a quiz today, I would look at the first four sections of Chapter 35.

Way to wait till the last minute

I’m sorry, but I have to be a bit snarky at this point.  We have three weeks left and still people are emailing me the day before an assignment is due.  I would cry but it is just too depressing.

For one more time, because I mentioned this during the lab and the class on Monday afternoon, the number column in the database is irrelevant.  Those were the ID numbers in a previous semester.  The other columns are tests that can be done.  Yes, we haven’t done them all, but you can still use the data (you will be doing the remaining ones tomorrow) to determine a dichotomous key.  Each step of a key is a simple yes/no construct where you are eliminating possibilities until you have only on possible outcome in each branch.