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BIO (Biological Sciences)
444
032151
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
The Biology of Love and Sex
The Biology of Love and Sex
College of Sciences
Biological Sciences (17BSC)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2014
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
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Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
BIO 483Spring 201311
BIO 483Spring 201412
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Letter Grade Only
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)


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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Lisa McGraw
Assistant Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture1515Non/a
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
P: C- or better in two of the following: BIO 330, BIO 410, BIO 424, BIO 488, GN 311; R: Junior or Senior Standing
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
17BIOSCBS-17BIOSCIPNBiological Sciences-Integrative Physiology and NeurobiologyElective
17ZOOBSZoologyElective
17BIOSCBS-17BIOSCEECBiological Sciences-Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation BiologyElective
17GNBSGeneticsElective
The need to find and seduce a mate is one of the most powerful forces in biology. In this course, we will examine the biological factors that contribute to love and sex. We will adopt a broad evolutionarily-based perspective, examining a variety of strategies in both human and animal systems. Our readings and discussions will cover current hypotheses and experimental methodologies spanning genetics, neuroscience, and endocrinology.

Our students have demonstrated an interest in courses having to do with organismal function (e.g., Neurobiology, Endocrinology, Immunology, Anatomy & Physiology) as well as in the biological bases of behavior. This new course will provide more opportunity for students in an important area of interest, focusing on the interface of genetics, neurobiology, endocrinology, and behavior- all within an evolutionary context. There is also a need for upper division, small enrollment courses for our students, and the instructor is committed to retaining the advantages of a small course by keeping enrollment at or below 15.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
No
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No new resources are necessary for this course. Dr. McGraw will teach BIO 444 as part of her regular teaching responsibilities.

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, students will be able to:


-integrate concepts, theories, and methods across different areas within biology (including endocrinology, genetics, neurobiology, and evolutionary biology), and apply this knowledge to an understanding of the biology of love and sex.


-evaluate how scientific knowledge and standards are applied in addressing questions about the biology of love and sex.


-distinguish primary literature from review articles.


-identify scientific articles of interest and appropriate to the scope of the course.


-write brief summaries of scientific articles that are clear, accurate, and relevant to understanding the biology of love and sex.


-find research on one topic relevant to the biology of love and sex and present an overview of that research.


-communicate the results of their work in a professional manner.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Readings assignments10%Reading Summaries
1-2 page summary of reading materials. We will discuss expectations the first day of class
Participation20%Class Participation
Expectations will be discussed the first week of class. Regular participation and attendance is required.

1. Participating is not the same as talking a lot. Participation involves offering thoughtful opinions or questions that add to the conversation.

2. Be prepared to critique (constructively) and be critiqued. Having opinions requires having support for your opinions, otherwise they are just words.

3. Be open-minded about your opinions. You may come to class with your own ideas but be prepared to discuss other perspectives respectfully.

4. You can't participate substantively if you have not done the reading or the assignments. Do not come to class unprepared.

5. If you have made an effort to understand a subject matter but still do not understand the concepts, never hesitate to ask clarifying questions - you may not be the only one who is confused.

6. For select reading assignments you will be required to come to class with 2-3 thoughtful and well-written questions relevant to the topic area. Students will be called on to ask their questions to stimulate discussion. Your questions will be turned in to the instructor in order to gauge understanding and the degree of thought invested.

7. The instructor will provide mid-semester feedback on participation performance. At any point during the semester, you have the option of requesting a meeting to discuss your performance.
presentation30%Leading Discussion
You will select (with approval) 1-2 primary research articles and lead class discussion of those articles.
Written Assignment20%Review Article
An 8-10 page review article on a topic of your choice (with instructor approval) within the scope of the course material. Details will be provided in a separate handout.
Project20%Poster
An independent project in which you will create and present a poster on a topic related to the course material. Details will be provided in a separate handout.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Week 11 weekIntroduction to the Course - Why Sex?
Introduction to Navigating Scientific Literature
Week 21 weekTheory of Sexual Selection
Week 31 weekLessons from the Animal Kingdom
Week 41 weekSociobiology
Week 51 weekMonogamy & Promiscuity
Review Article proposed topic due
Week 61 weekMate Preference
Week 71 weekVisual, Acoustic and Chemical Signaling
Week 81 weekIntrasexual Competition
Week 91 weekSPRING BREAK
Week 101 weekSexual Conflict
Week 111 weekSperm Wars
Week 121 weekAlternative Mating Tactics
Week 131 weekHomosexuality
Poster outline due
Week 141 weekParent/Offspring Interactions
Week 151 weekSex in Plants
Review Article due
Week 161 weekEpigenetics & other strange topics!
Final Poster due (poster session date TBA)
This course was approved by UCCC 10.8.2014. Because portions were approved as the old CAF, this form was filled out by OUCC, with syllabus and CAF attached. Approval memos sent via email to Registration & Records and college liaisons.GMN 2.27.2015
cmfreem2 (Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:49:50 GMT): Rollback: Need to add Course ID so have to rollback and I will approve and submit through to see if let's me add ID
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