INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY - MSC 174


Course Outline & Syllabus

INSTRUCTOR Jason Rogers
TECHNICIAN

Shawna Daniel

TEXT Seashore Animals ofthe Southeast
  Edward E. Ruppert & RichardS. Fox
  University of South CarolinaPress. 1988
  Biology of the Invertebrates
  Jan A. Pechenick
  McGraw Hill, 2000
EQUIPMENT Dissection Kit

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is a study of the taxonomy and classification ofmarine invertebrate animals. Preserved animals will be utilizedfor learning the taxonomic relationships between various marineinvertebrates. Laboratory periods will be used to study someof the behavioral and anatomical characteristics of selectedanimals.

Course Hours Per Week: Class 3, Lab 2.
Semester Hours Credit:4
Prerequisite: None

CLASS OBJECTIVES

1. To identify marine invertebrates from North Carolinawaters.

2. To understand the identifying characteristics ofmajor phyla, classes, and orders of marine invertebrates.

3. To understand some of the behavioral habits, suchas feeding, respiration, locomotion, and reproduction of each group.

4.Toclassify individual invertebrates by phylum, class, order, family,and Genus species

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

You are responsible for your own learning; it is up to you toget something useful and interesting from this course. It isyour responsibility to save all graded assignments.

ATTENDANCE

Each hour absent will reduce your attendance grade by 3 points. Morethan 16 hours absent will result in failure. Two tardies equalone absence.

WITHDRAWAL

Students may withdraw by filling out and having the instructorsign a withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

CONDUCT AND SAFETY

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner thatwill not interfere with the learning effort or safety of classmates.The use of cell phones in this class is strictly prohibited.Failure to comply will result in a 10-point penalty on a quiz. Eachadditional incident will result in the doubling of the previouspenalty. No food or drink is permitted in the classroom.

GRADING (8 point scale) 

Exams (Midterm and Final)  40%
Quizzes  25%
Laboratory Exercises 25%
Attendance 10%

 

10 points will be deducted from anygraded assignment turned in late throughout the semester.

Due to the natureof the laboratory exercises, there will be no makeups. The studentmay attend another section for a makeup, but the instructor cannotmake special accommodations.

10 points willbe deducted from any lab grade when a student fails to bringtheir dissecting kit. Students are advised to keep a lab notebook,which may be used on lab practical exams.

TESTING

Exams may have multiple choice, matching, or essay type questions.

RESOURCE READING

Living Invertebrates

Vicki Pearse, John Pearse, Mildred Buchsbaum & Ralph Buchsbaum
BoxwoodPress, 1997

COURSE WEBSITE

http://www.cfcc.edu/faculty/rogers

Username: msc174
Password: spineless

OFFICE:

Number: S204D
Hours: TBA
Phone: 362-7405
E-mail: jrogers@cfcc.edu

Week

Lecture Topic

Laboratory

Assigned Reading

1

 Review of syllabus and course outline.

Invertebrate video.

Microscope refresher

Chapter 1 & 30

2

Discussion of relationships and classification.

Kingdom Protozoa

Survey of protozoan slides.

Investigation of marine plankton

Chapter 2

3

Invertebrate reproduction and development

Phylum Porifera

Survey of porifera

Porifera reassociation

Spicule investigation

Chapter 2 & 3

4

The hydrostatic skeleton

Phylum Cnidaria

Survey of Cnidaria

Nematocysts examination

Chapter 5 & 6

5

Phylum Ctenophora

Phylum Platyhelminthes

Survey of Platyhelminthes slides

Turbellaria manipulations

Chapter 7, 8, & 9

6

Phylum Platyhelminthes

Phylum Mollusca

Bivalve dissection

Squid dissection

Chapter 9, 14 & 15

7

Phylum Mollusca

Review for Midterm

Survey of Gastropoda

Radula extraction

Chapter 15

8

Lecture Midterm

Phylum Annelida

Preparation for practical

Chapter 16 & 17

9

Phylum Annelida

Phylum Sipuncula

Midterm Practical

Chapter 17

10

Phylum Arthropoda

Survey of Arthropoda

Blue crab dissection

Chapter 20, 21, & 22

11

Phylum Arthropoda

Phylum Nematoda

Salinity fluctuation experiment

Chapter 21, & 12

12

Phylum Chaetognatha

Phylum Brachiopoda

Survey of Chaetognatha & Annelida

Preparation for practical

Chapter 25 & 26

13

Phylum Brachiopoda

Phylum Bryozoa

Survey of Brachiopoda

Survey of Bryozoa

Chapter 26

14

Phylum Echinodermata

Survey of Echinodermata

Specimen dissections

Chapter 27

15

Phylum Echinodermata

Phylum Hemichordata

Preparation for practical

Chapter 27 & 28

16

Phylum Chordata

Final Review

Survey of Chordata

Chapter 29

17

Lecture Final

Practical Final