Freshman Seminar for Biology
(CW 101, sections PB and PM)
Fall 2017

instructor: Dwight Moore, Ph.D. (for section PB)
office - Science Hall 144
phone - 341-5611
email -

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 - 10:00; Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00; Thursday 9:00 - 10:00; and by appointment. If I am in my office and not already talking with another person, feel free to stop in.    Dwight Moore's schedule

instructor: Alexis Powell, Ph.D. (for section PM)
office - Science Hall 168
phone - 341-5609
email -

Office Hours: Monday 2:00 - 5:00, Wednesday and Friday 11:00 - 12:00, and by appointment.

section: CW 101 PB, 10:00 - 10:50, Thursday, Science Hall 156
CW 101 PM, 1:00 - 1:50, Thursday, Science Hall 156

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I. Course description:

Freshman seminar is a course designed to increase your success in college by assisting you in obtaining skills necessary to reach your educational objectives. Topics in this course include time management, test taking skills, study techniques, use of university resources, university procedures, communication skills, and personal issues that face many college students. In addition, this section is specifically for students in Biology, and will also include specific skills necessary for success in a science major. These skills will include; library skills, computer skills, ability to produce and interpret graphs and tables. You will also be introduced to the Department of Biological Sciences, its faculty, students, and student organizations. The purpose of the course is to help students learn and adopt methods to be successful at Emporia State University.

II. Course format:

Some material will be presented in the form of lectures, while at other times material will be covered in small group discussion. The lectures and discussion will be taken from various readings or handouts. It is important that you read the material before coming to class. You will get much more from the class if you come to class well prepared.

Class is designed to encourage discussion. You should feel free to ask questions at any time. In addition, if you have a question that can not wait until class time or did not want to ask in class, please e-mail us. We will send you back an answer quickly. Be sure to use your ESU e-mail account to insure that your e-mails do not wind up in our junk mail.

III. Learning Outcomes:
At the completion of this course you will be able to do those things listed below.
  1. Discover and apply talents and strengths (Strength Finders)

  2. Demonstrate the skills and strategies for success in higher education
    1. Manage time more effectively,
    2. Take effective notes,
    3. Improve ability to recall information,
    4. Prepare for and take tests

  3. Demonstrate the skills for forging academic, professional, and interpersonal connections
    1. Use e-mail to contact faculty and students
    2. Associated Student Government and RSOs
    3. Internships
    4. Community Service

  4. Identify career objectives in the sciences and develop an academic plan to meet those objectives
    1. Write a cover letter for a job or scholarship application.
    2. Understand what it means to be a biology major.

  5. Demonstrate an understanding of available campus resources and identify appropriate usage of those resources.
    1. health
    2. stress management
    3. personal relationships
    4. discrimination or sexual harassment
    5. alcohol or drug abuse

IV. Grading

You will receive a letter grade (A - F) for your performance in this class. It counts as one hour of elective credit in the 124 hours that are needed for graduation and it counts in the calculation of your grade point average. Your grade will be based upon the total points (approximately 300) accumulated during the semester. There is no provision for doing outside or extra credit work to raise your grade. If you have:

A  = 92.0% to 100%
A-  = 89.0% to 91.9%
B+  = 86.0% to 88.9%
B  = 83.0% to 85.9%
B-  = 79.0% to 82.9%
C+  = 76.0% to 78.9%
C  = 70.0% to 75.9%
D  = 60.0% to 69.9%
F < 60.0%

  1. Attendance (5 points for each class for a total of 80 points)
  2. Participation in class
  3. All assigned work. Each assignment is worth 10 points and is due at the beginning of class; there maybe more than one assignment due for any given day. Work that is not turned in by 5:00 pm on the day that it is due will have 20% of its total value deducted from the final score. If the work is more than 1 week late, then it will be worth nothing. There will be approximately 150 points.
  4. Reaction papers or similar writing assignments. There will be at least 3 such writing assignments that are each worth 20 points for a total of 60 points. Each writing assignment will have specific directions.
If you miss a class, you should contact one of us immediately and arrange to make up the work.

V. Home Page:

There is web page for this course. The URL is In addition to this syllabus, there are links to useful sites on the Internet. We strongly suggest that you explore these sites and remember where they are so that you can refer to them as needed in the future.

VI. Academic Dishonesty:

Any student who permits another student to use his/her work will get a zero on the assignment. Finally, any copying or other forms of cheating during a test will result in a zero on that exam. The Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences will be informed of all acts of academic dishonesty and the action taken against the offender. Your name will also appear on a list in the Office of the Provost and academic dishonesty can be used as a reason to deny you admission to some programs or majors on campus. Be sure to review the Policies on Academic Dishonesty of Emporia State University and the Department of Biological Sciences.

VII. Accommodations for Disabilities:

Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services (Plumb Hall 106, 341-6637) and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services, and the professor will be strictly confidential.

VIII. important and useful information from the registrar.

IV. Very Tentative Schedule

Your first hour-long test will occur in most of your classes in four or five weeks. Part of the first four weeks is to get you ready for those tests and then later in the course to give you the tools to assess how you did and to make corrections if needed.

24 Aug Introductions; welcome by Dr. Yang (Dept. Chair), purpose of freshman seminar; e-mail, hornet life, and buzzin.

31 Aug1)Time Management 2) Note taking

7 SepStudent Panel

14 Sep1) Center for Student Involvement and Associated Student Government 2) Strength Finders Assessment

21 SepStudent Advising Center, career portfolio; Results from Strengths Assessment

28 Sepinterview a faculty member from the Biology Faculty, Biology Student Organizations, Planning your courses (biology curriculum and general education, calculating your GPA

5 Oct Career Services and using Focus with June Coleman (Director of Career Services)

12 Octno class, Fall break

19 Oct University Library, finding literature in Biology with Terri Summey (Professor of University Libraries)
26 Octalcohol and drug abuse, Student Life and Counseling Center mid-course discussion; how to use your textbooks.

2 Novmid-course discussion

9 Novuniversity policies, policy on withdrawals; midterms grades; group study sessions; Student Code of Conduct

16 NovHigh School versus College

23 Nov No Class, Thanksgiving

30 Nov Analyzing test results; Preparing for Final Exams

7 DecSetting goals for next semster, review of skills learned this semester.

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