Environmental Physiology (BSC 452/552) Class Links
Course Homepage: http://ichthyology.usm.edu/courses/bsc452/
Office hours: Monday-Wednesday 8:00-11:00 am, If these office hours don't fit your schedule please see me for
alternate times when we can schedule a meeting. Feel free to contact me after
class or through email to set up a meeting time.
Office: 1004 Johnson Science Tower
Lectures: 2:00-3:15 Monday, Wednesday in JST 210
Environmental Physiology of Animals, Second Edition, by P. Willmer,
G. Stone and I. Johnston
- The nature and mechanisms for physiological adaptation in an environmental
- An introduction to physiology and the issues of size and scale
- Understanding of specific adaptations to environmental extremes
There will be three inclass exams. For the most part, these exams will also
divide the semester into units based on the topics we cover. Final grades are
assigned in a standard 90-80-70 scale with no curve and no extra credit. The
point values are as follows:
||Class Presentations (graduate only)
||Final Exam (cumulative)
||400 points (450 Graduate)
See the course calendar for exam dates. This calendar is subject to change,
and all changes will be announced in class and on the course web page. Exams
will consist of a variety of question formats. All questions will come from
lecture material and assigned readings in the textbook. Finally, academic integrity
is considered fundamental to the learning environment. Acts of dishonesty are
not acceptable and will be dealt with appropriately.
I strongly encourage your attendance at lecture. Although your attendance record
is not calculated into your overall course grade, experience has shown me that
students having several absences do not perform well on exams. If you miss a
lecture, find someone in class to tell you what you missed or see me during
office hours. It would be wise to borrow a classmate's notes and/or read the
textbook because we cover important material every day. If you have to miss
class, I would be happy to go over what you missed during my office hours.
Students are expected to invest considerable time outside of class in learning the material for this course. The expectation of the University of Southern Mississippi is that each week students should spend approximately 2-3 hours outside of class for every hour in class working on reading, assignments, studying, and other work for the course. Time management is thus critical for student success. All students should assess their personal circumstances and talk with their advisors about the appropriate number of credit hours to take each term, keeping in mind that 30 credit hours each year are needed to graduate in four years. Resources for academic support can be found here.
Dates of Interest
For information on the last day to drop this class, see the academic
calendars published by the Office of the Registrar.
The final exam will be administered at the scheduled time, see the final
exam schedule published by the Office of the Registrar.
Please respect the other students in the class by not causing disruptions.
This includes cell phones ringing, having conversations with others in the class
or other disruptive behavior.
In general, all exams must be taken in class on time. If there is some reason
you can not take an exam at that time, please see me ahead of time.
If you miss an examination for medical reasons, please give me a written statement
to that effect signed by the attending physician. Documentation will be accepted
only up to one week following the missed examination. Exams missed without
medical documentation or prior consent of the instructor result in a grade of
0. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Disability Support Services
If any student has special needs they can contact the Office
for Disability Accommodations for assistance.
All students at the University of Southern Mississippi are expected to demonstrate the highest levels of academic integrity in all that they do. Forms of academic dishonesty include (but are not limited to):
• Cheating (including copying from others’ work) • Plagiarism (representing another person’s words or ideas as your own; failure to properly cite the source of your information, argument, or concepts)
• Falsification of documents
• Disclosure of test or other assignment content to another student
• Submission of the same paper or other assignment to more than one class without the explicit approval of all faculty members’ involved
• Unauthorized academic collaboration with others
• Conspiracy to engage in academic misconduct
Engaging in any of these behaviors or supporting others who do so will result in academic penalties and/or other sanctions. If a faculty member determines that a student has violated our Academic Integrity Policy, sanctions ranging from resubmission of work to course failure may occur, including the possibility of receiving a grade of “XF” for the course, which will be on the student’s transcript with the notation “Failure due to academic misconduct.” For more details, please see the University’s Academic Integrity Policy. Note that repeated acts of academic misconduct will lead to expulsion from the University.
Note: This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion
of the instructor. All changes will be announced in class and on the course