Biology of the Protists MCB 4710/5715

Monday and Wednesday, 5:30-6:45 PM

Instructor

Richard A. Snyder

Office:

Office Hours:

Bldg. 58 Rm. 62D (lab Rm. 117)

Tues-Thurs. 13:00 - 15:00

Phone: 474-2806

Friday 13:00 - 15:00

email:rsnyder@uwf.edu

 

Text:

No text required, books will be on reserve and papers from the literature will be available for copying.

 

Assistance: If you have a need for any in-class accommodations or special test-taking arrangements because of physical, and/or perceptual limitations, please contact the instructor or the departmental secretary (474-2748) as soon as possible.

 

Attendance

Conflicts with exam or laboratory scheduling must be taken care of in advance for non-emergency situations. Material or sessions missed for emergency or excused absences must be made up at the convenience of the instructor and teaching assistants.

 

How you will be Graded:

Weekly quizzes will cover the previous week’s material. Lowest quiz grade will be dropped. A take home exam will be given towards the end of the course

Additional Requirements for Graduate Credit:

1) Prepare a research paper on a topic to explore in further detail

2) Present a short (10-15 min) presentation on the paper topic for the class.

Grading System:

Weekly quizzes (lowest quiz grade will be dropped) (65%)

Take home exam (35% for undergraduates, 25% for graduate students).

Paper and presentation (10% graduate students only)

Grading Scale:

Final grades will be based on frequency distribution of total course points.

 

Course Withdrawal

The last day to withdrawal with an automatic "W" is October 23, 1998.

 

Lecture Schedule

Class

Week of

Topic

1

24 Aug

Introduction, History, Microscopic Methods, Basic Cell Structure

2

31 Aug

Serial Endosymbiosis, Ultrastructural Conservatism

3

7 Sept

Labor Day, Self Assembly of Molecular Structures

4

14 Sept.

Evolutionary Relationships

5

21 Sept.

Protist Microanatomy & Diversity: Amoebae

6

27 Sept.

Protist Microanatomy & Diversity: Zooflagellates

7

5 Oct.

Protist Microanatomy & Diversity: Ciliates

8

12 Oct.

Protist Symbioses: Protist-Protist, Bacteria-Protist Anaerobic Protozoa

9

19 Oct.

Locomotion: Pseudopodia, Axopods, Cilia/Flagella Structure and Function

10

26 Oct.

Feeding Strategies, Nutrition, Bioenergetics

11

2 Nov.

Reproduction, Nuclear Dynamics, Protist DNA

12

9 Nov.

Veterans Day

13

16 Nov.

Ecosystems Perspective: Microbial Food webs, Biogeochemical Cycling

14

23 Nov.

Student Presentations, Thanksgiving

15

30 Nov.

Student Presentations, Review