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Welcome to BIOL& 251 (Spring Quarter 2015) at Clark College! 

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Biology 251 Announcements

Fri. 4/24/15 -- One of your classmates has created a private Facebook group for our course -- search for "Tonyc ApSpring".  To be clear, even though the group has "Tonyc" in the name, I am not involved in any way other than announcing it here on my site -- the group is 100% intended for and managed by the students who are currently in BIOL& 251.  

Thu. 4/23/15 -- Lecture assignments for today and the weekend:

* Continue REVIEWING concepts you already have down.

* PRACTICE answering questions about the concepts.  For example, simulate testing conditions (no notes or book) and try to answer the practice questions on the Prep Guide.  In addition, hand your notes to a partner (who doesn't have to be in the class...any friend or family member can help!), and have him or her ask you questions about the concepts in the notes.

* Continue using the "self-testing technique" described on p. 7 of the syllabus to see what you truly know (or don't know)!

* If you haven't yet, check out the Hot! link below about a research study about a simple writing exercise that helps reduce test anxiety.

* BEFORE Lecture Exam 1 next Tuesday -- Re-read the "Exam day protocol" paragraph on p. 4 of the syllabus, and also read through the document on lecture exam protocols and multiple choice exam tips that I've posted below (scroll down for the link...we'll also briefly go over these at the beginning of lecture today).  Try to employ the tips as best as you can as you practice answering multiple choice questions.

* AFTER today's class -- Get a second reading (or your first reading, if you only skimmed before) of relevant sections of Ch. 3 that we discussed today (coordinating the reading with your notes), and ACTIVELY study and learn the concepts.  Again, some examples of "ACTIVE" studying include re-writing/typing/organizing/phrasing your notes, making flashcards, mind-mapping...above all try to paraphrase (put the info into your own words) if you can.  As always, work first to UNDERSTAND the concepts, and then work to convert that understanding into KNOWLEDGEResources for helping you UNDERSTAND the concepts include:  your book, your classmates, the web, and your instructor (me!).

* REMINDER for next Tuesday -- You must attend your registered lecture section.  (In other words, no "floating" on exam days.) 


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Biology 251 Course Materials for Spring 2015

BIOL& 251 Syllabus, Spring 2015


BIOL& 251 Ch. 1 Notes

BIOL& 251 Ch. 2 Notes

BIOL& 251 Ch. 3 Notes


BIOL& 251 Lecture Exam 1 Prep Guide

New!  Key to the multiple choice questions on the Lecture Exam 1 Prep Guide


New!  BIOL& 251 Lecture Exam Protocols and Multiple Choice Exam Tips


As you may have heard, the A&P sequence is tough, and it requires a lot of outside-of-class study time and effort in order for you to give yourself the best chance to excel.  A while back, I asked some of my best A&P students to tell me what they did to help them score well on the lecture exams.  Here's what they said.

Hot!  Here's an article that references a research study about a simple writing exercise to help reduce test anxiety.

Did you know that Clark's Career Center offers FREE Student Success Workshops on a variety of topics, including note-taking, reading for college success, test-taking tips, test anxiety, time management, stress management, multitasking, procrastination, and more?  Click here for more info, including a link to the workshop schedule for Spring Quarter 2015...and if the workshop time you're interested in has already occurred, occurs too late in the quarter to be of any help to you for this quarter, or conflicts with your schedule, contact them to see if you can still at least get the information that they offer on each topic.

Biology 251L (lab) Announcements

Week 3 (April 21-24) -- The following assignments for this week's labs can be completed outside of regular lab time and should be continued through next weekend:

* Ongoing -- if you haven't finished yet, continue working (together, if you want) on Unit 2 of the Lab Manual.  Use Martini Ch. 1 and my Ch. 1 notes as your initial resources, and check your answers with each other.  If you've tried your best and are still struggling to figure out an answer, you can ask your lab instructor to help guide you.

* Ongoing -- if you haven't finished yet, continue finding locations and functions for the tissues and other indicated structures in the histology unit (Unit 3) of the Lab Manual.  Martini (Ch. 4) and Leboffe are good initial resources -- as always, feel free to team up and work together on this if you want!

 * Ongoing -- review and study the terminology from Unit 2 of the Lab Manual and the tissues and related structures (including locations and functions) from Unit 3 of the Lab Manual.  Remember, your resources for the tissues include:  Leboffe Ch. 3 (epithelia), Ch. 4 (several connective tissues), Ch. 5 (cartilage and bone), Ch. 6 (blood), Ch. 7 (muscle tissues), and Ch. 8 (neural tissue); Martini Ch. 4 (all tissue types); and the web (try Google Images or Youtube).

During regular lab time this week, you should:

* Working with your group, complete the Osmosis Lab Activity during your first (or only) lab meeting of the week in your registered lab section.  Finish, detach, and turn in to your lab instructor the "Data and Analysis" packet (which includes pp. 5-8 and the grading rubric only -- detach and keep pp. 1-4).  Your lab instructor will announce the specific date and time that the “Data and Analysis” packet is due for your particular lab section.

* After you turn in the "Data and Analysis" packet of the Osmosis Lab Activity, review the tissues you learned last week, and work with a partner to practice testing each other on them (you can use a piece of scrap paper to cover the slide label).

Information about next week's labs:

* Lab Exam 1 will take place during your second (or only) lab of next week.  Exception:  if you are registered for lab section TL (Tuesday night), remember that your designated Lab Exam 1 day/time is next Thursday 4/30 at 8PM.  Don't forget:  you must attend your registered lab section (or, in the case of section TL, your designated day/time) for Lab Exams.  (In other words, no "floating" on exam days.) 

* Labs on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (week 4) will be for review.  If you are in lab section VL (Thursday night) or lab section EL (Friday afternoon), and if you want review time in lab next week, then you will have to "float" into a different lab on Tuesday or Wednesday.  

* Access to the lab for review purposes for all students will end at noon next Wed. 4/29, at which point I will begin setting up the microscopes for Lab Exam 1, which begins the next day.

* At some point before your lab exam next week, please read through these ahead of time -- they are the lab exam protocols that will be projected onto the screen during the exam.


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Biology 251L (Lab) Materials for Spring 2015

BIOL& 251L Lab Manual, Spring 2015

BIOL& 251L Osmosis Lab Activity Handout


A&P Open Lab Schedule for Spring Quarter 2015:

·        Saturdays and Sundays, 8AM - 6PM


A&P Links

My colleagues Professor Mark Bolke and Dr. Rick Rausch have compiled extensive collections of links to web resources that you may find useful and interesting during your study of A&P.  Check 'em out!

Professor Mark Bolke's links page

Dr. Rick Rausch's links page

The Archive:  Course Materials From Previous Terms

Biology 251 Course Materials from Spring 2014 -- Note:  if you are taking my BIOL& 251 course this spring (2015), feel free to preview these but do not print them, as I will be editing them for the upcoming quarter and some content and/or organization may change.  I'll have the "new and improved" versions of my notes posted in the "Biology 251 Course Materials for Spring 2015" section of this website (scroll up) by the night before each lecture at the latest, and most often sooner.

Biology 252 Course Materials from Summer 2014

Biology 253 Course Materials from Fall 2014

Biology 164 Course Materials from Winter 2015