Week 4


  • CEM131 – Start Chapter 3, Daily Quiz
  • No later office hours, Curriculum Meeting


  • BIO220 – Exam 1 (starts at 9:00), Endospore Staining Lab
  • BIO161 – Exam 1, no lab


  • CEM131 – Daily Quiz, Continue in Chapter 3, Emission Spectra Lab


  • BIO220 – Start Chapter 5
  • BIO161 – Daily Quiz, Start Chapter 26

Drop Date for Classes

Jackson College LogoNot that I think this applies to anyone, but in the spirit of information, the last day to drop any of my courses without receiving a “W” is Friday, January 27th.  After that point you will be considered Withdrawn (“W”) rather than dropped and that has implications on your transcript/financial aid.

Week 2 of Winter 2017

It is the second week of the term.  As we progress you need to focus on the Daily Quizzes (BIO161/CEM131) and think about the first exams coming up in a couple of weeks.

Monday:  CEM131-DQ2, Finish Chapter 1, start Chapter 2

Tuesday:  BIO220-Chapter 2 (Chemistry), Finish Nature of Science Lab, Microscope Use.  BIO161-DQ2, Chapters 21 (with some brought in from outside of the text and Chapter 20), Basic Techniques Lab (you should have the microscope labelled and metric system calculations done).

Wednesday:  CEM131-DQ3, Chapter 2 (Energy, Specific Heat), Dimensional Analysis practice, Specific Heat of a Metal Lab.

Thursday:  BIO220-Chapter 2(Chemistry)/Chapter 4(Cell Biology).  BIO161-DQ3, Chapter 21/22

Basic Website Navigation

Hello to all the new students.  This is my external website that I use as a Course Archive and Announcement page.  The website is based on a WordPress setup so many of you are probably familiar with the layout, but just in case here are a few pointers.

This is the Homepage.  Here is where I will post course announcements.  Each announcement will be tagged by class so you can use the tags to filter for your class.  You should keep this page bookmarked as it will have the most current status of the course, so if times get changed or class gets cancelled, it will be here first.

To the left (on a desktop/tablet) or in the hamburger menu (on mobile devices) are the individual course page listings.  Each class has its own archive.  These are where I will post the materials for the course and any handouts I may give.  I post all my PowerPoint files and numerous other files, but I do not provide a “course pack.”  I feel that such devices do not help you learn, but rather to simply memorize material.  In order to truly learn you must put information in your own context, not mine.  If you miss a class you are responsible to get the information (including schedule changes) you missed.  I will provide you with sections covered and schedule changes (if asked) but not notes for a missed class (ask a colleague).

Office Hours for WS17

This term I will be keeping the following office hours (posted outside my office at 136A McDivitt).

Monday: 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM / 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM (except every other Monday due to a Meeting)

Tuesday: No Scheduled Office Hours (I teach from 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM)

Wednesday: 10:30 AM -1:00 PM

Thursday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM / 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Friday: Only by Prior Appointment

Change Over for the Term

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It is that time, change of term.  The new term (WS17) at JC college starts on January 16th (yes MLK day, I don’t make the schedule).  This term I am teaching Introductory Chemistry (CEM131, M/W afternoon, Main), Introductory Microbiology (BIO220, T/R morning, Main), and General Biology 1 (BIO161, T/R afternoon, Main).  I have updated the syllabus downloads on the individual course pages, and posted them to the JetNet Syllabus archive.  Over the next few days I’ll be updating the rest of the content for this term.  See all of you on the 16th or 17th.

BIO161 Final Grades

I have finished the grading for BIO161.  The median on the final exam was 75%, so there was no curve applied.  A number of you just didn’t do the cladogram, so that was 20 points you left right there on the table.  I will be posting these to the JC server on Saturday, so please contact me with any concerns before then.

P.S. yes, I went back and added the two points I forgot in E4.

Tuesday Lab

Thursday Lab

Have a nice break.

BIO161 Penultimate Grades

Yep, I finally got the BIO161 grades done.  Here are the gradebooks.

Tuesday Grades

Thursday Grades

First, this grade assumes you have a zero on the final, so your grade can get no lower than this.  The last column (to 2.0) is the graded needed (out of 100) on the final for you to get a 2.0.  If you are above 2.0 now, you will at least pass.  Before you ask me, to determine your possible final grade, just determine the final points needed for a grade (i.e. for a 4.0 you would multiple 905 by 0.9, getting 814.5 points), then subtract your current score.

Second, I looked for the best way to grade LQ3/4 to your advantage.  The best way was to take a combined score (50 pts.) then count the first 25 points you got to LQ3 and any left over to LQ4.

Week of November 28, particular attention BIO220

Welcome back from the annual dinosaur carving holiday.  I hope you enjoyed the Lions winning, and to UoM fans, I don’t think it was a first down either (my team lost by 40 points in their last game).  To the Buckeye fans, hope you like that next game because it won’t be pretty for you (no offensive scores in regulation, really).

Okay, back to our regularly scheduled programming.  We have four weeks left in class and that is both a lot of time and not much at the same time.  If you are doing okay, four weeks is too long to slack off and keep doing well.  If your grade is not where you want it, four weeks isn’t a lot of time to bring it up.  All of my classes have at least one test left and two of them have major projects left, so stay focused and look to the finish line.

The major change for this week will come in BIO220.  With campus closed over the holiday I started unknown cultures before break, but couldn’t check on them.  Technically I could probably eek through with what I have, but some of you would really not like me for the cultures you got, so I am changing the schedule for class this week a little.  We are going to run lab during the Thursday timeslot (don’t worry 1.5 hours is enough, but I’ll be around at 10:30, just in case).  We will run the lecture from 9-12 on Tuesday (yes, we will take a break) and I’ll introduce the Unknown Project from 12-12:30.  The take home message is that those of you who have been missing Thursday class quite often, should probably focus on coming to class this week. Yes, your lab is due on TUESDAY.



  • Tuesday – Chapter 14, Start Unknown (background)
  • Thursday – Unknown Assignment 1 (plate setup, Gram-stain, etc.)


  • Tuesday – Exam 4 (Animals Intro through Protostomes), Lab (Squid, Perch, and finish Protostomes), Formal Lab due for Tuesday Lab.
  • Thursday – Deuterostomes, Lab (same), Formal Lab due for Thursday Lab.


  • Tuesday – Chapter 26-28