Biology 399 - History of Life
General Course Information

I. Personal Information

Instructor: Dr. Dale D. Edwards
Office: KC 214
Phone: 479-2645
E-mail:; homepage:
Office Hours: Tuesday, 11:00 a.m-12:00 noon, Thursday, 2:00-4:00 p.m., and by appointment

II. Course Information

A. Meeting Times and Places

Lecture: 11:00 a.m., MWF, KC 243

B. Textbook and Other Reading Materials

Textbook: There is no assigned textbook for this course. I have, however, provided you with a list of web sites (see course syllabus) that will serve as supplimental reading materials of various topics covered during the course of the semester. There are also a number of articles and essays that you will be required to read (see course syllabus).

III. Evaluation

Your final grade will be determined using the following formula:

Exam 1 - 20%
Exam 2 - 20%
Final Exam - 25%
History of Life Web Page - 20%
Article quizzes - 5%
Quiz on Book #1 - 5%
Quiz on Book #2 - 5%

The grading scale for this course is as follows:

93 - 100 = A
90 - 92 = A-
87 - 89 = B+
83 - 86 = B
80 - 82 = B-
77 - 79 = C+
73 - 76 = C
70 - 72 = C-
67 - 69 = D+
63 - 66 = D
60 - 62 = D-
>60 = F

IV. Attendance/Deadline Policy

Your participation in the classroom is integral to the course. You are expected to attend all classes. If you miss class during a regular lecture session you are responsible for all work missed. The dates indicated for the exams and assignments (see lecture syllabus) are considered final. If for some unforeseen reason you are unable to attend class on the day of a quiz or exam, or on the day an assignment is due, I will ask that you contact me immediately. Furthermore, I will request that you submit a note from the Office of the Dean of Students confirming the reason for your absence. If the reason for your absence complies with University policy governing excused absences, I will work with you on an arrangement that is appropriate for the item that was missed. If you miss a quiz or lecture exam you will be given a re-test. If you cannot be in class when an assignment is due you will be given an extension up to one-week. If you do not satisfy the terms of this request you will regrettably receive a zero for the quiz/exam missed. And in the case of an assignment that has not been turned in on the specified due date, a letter grade will be subtracted for your performance for each day that it is overdue. If you miss a quiz, exam, or assignment date because of an official University event you will be granted the same privileges, provided that the event has been properly authorized.

V. The Honor Code

In the performance of all work in this course each student is expected to adhere to the standards of ethical behavior as stated in the University of Evansville Honor Code (page 40, 2001-2003 Undergraduate Catalog). The following are expected:

1. that students neither give nor receive assistance on exams
2. that each report and oral presentation is the students own work
3. that students avoid plagiarism in both their oral and written work
4. that students deal forthrightly and honestly when consulting with faculty

If there is any reason to suspect that you have violated the University honor code, you will automatically receive a zero for the work in question. Your violation will be reported to the Office of the Dean of Students and will probably result in an Honor Council hearing. Any student found guilty and sanctioned by the Honor Council is entitled to an appeal.