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Attendance: Lecture and Laboratory

(January 3, 2021)

General Information

Assigned Seating.  For contact tracing purposes, students shall sit in assigned seats in both the lecture hall and in the laboratory.  Details are provided in the appropriate sections below.  Seating map links for both the lecture hall and the laboratory are provided here:

Lecture Hall Seating Chart              Laboratory Seating Chart

Face Coverings.  As noted in the Coronavirus Safety Measures section of this syllabus, properly worn face coverings are required to be worn during lecture and in the laboratory.

Recording Attendance.  Student attendance of both lecture and laboratory sessions shall be recorded for contact tracing purposes and the data will be used only should the need arise.  Attendance shall be tracked electronically using a feature of the YSU app.  Students should download the YSU app to their mobile phone and scan the QR code posted next to the door of the classroom/laboratory.  [NOTE: See attendance policy below for both the lecture and laboratory.]

“Excused Absence” Policy.  Absence(s) by students will be handled in accord with the attendance policy adopted by YSU’s Academic Senate and published in YSU’s eBulletin.  In part, this policy reads as follows:

“The responsibility for work missed during absence rests with the student. The instructor has no obligation to give make-up graded coursework or to review other class work missed by a student as a result of absence except under those specific conditions cited below:

  1. Participation in University-sponsored activities. University-sponsored activities are those that are scheduled by academic, student affairs, and athletic units. They include, but are not limited to: intercollegiate athletic competitions; activities approved by academic units, including artistic performances; R.O.T.C. functions; academic field trips; professional conferences; and special events connected with coursework.
  2. Government-required activities, such as military assignments, jury duty, or court appearances.
  3. Religious observances that prevent the student from attending class.
  4. Death of an immediate family member, including father, mother, sister, brother, spouse, children, step-children, step-parent, parent-in-laws, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandparents, foster parents, foster children, legal guardians, any person who stands in the place of a parent (loco parentis), or a domestic partner.

e.    Documented personal illness.”

NOTE: Vacations or other types of travel away from campus are not defined as an excused absence regardless if plans were made prior to or after enrolling in BIOL 3702 or BIOL 3702L.  Exceptions for unanticipated travel is solely at Dr. Cooper’s discretion.

University Cancellation and Closing Procedures.  Due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g., bad weather, power outage, etc.), YSU may cancel classes or close the University.  Details of these procedures can be found on the Cancellation and Closing Procedures web page.  Students are strongly encouraged to not only review this information, but also consider subscribing to PenguinAlert text messages.  In addition, students may wish to listen to broadcasts of WYSU-FM 88.5, which is the official radio source regarding information about University operations.

When the University cancels classes, closes the institution, or invokes the “unscheduled leave” policy, Dr. Cooper shall amend any impacted lecture or laboratory activities as appropriate to meet educational objectives while endeavoring to hold students harmless.

Lecture Attendance

Lecture Attendance.  The coronavirus pandemic has markedly affected the lecture delivery of this course.  Hence, students MAY attend lecture, but are not required to do so.  At the time that this syllabus was written, there were 70 students enrolled in the lecture portion of BIOL 3702.  The lecture hall, Ward Beecher Science Hall, Room 3022 (the auditorium), has a coronavirus capacity of 71.  The particular seats have been numbered and shall be assigned to students (see below).  However, students who are not comfortable with attending lecture shall have access, like all students, to recorded lectures available through the following link: Lecture/Laboratory Recordings.

NOTE: To clarify, all lectures will be provided as online videos available via the web page Lecture/Laboratory Recordings.  Attendance of the lecture is not required, but is optional.  However, students who do attend a lecture session must be seated in an assigned seat (see below).

Lecture Assigned Seating.  With regard to lecture, a Lecture Hall Seating Chart is available for the auditorium in Ward Beecher Science Hall, Room 3022.  Prior the beginning of the semester, students will receive an email from Dr. Cooper with a seat assignment.  Students requiring special seating accommodations must privately notify Dr. Cooper by email, preferably before the semester begins, so that proper arrangements can be made.  In extenuating circumstances, changes in assigned seats may be considered.  However, before the end of the second week of the semester, students may trade assigned seats with one another PROVIDED that Dr. Cooper is notified by email (not by verbal notification).  After this time, there will be no changing of assigned seats.

Starting and Ending Class.  Dr. Cooper actively endeavors to begin the lecture portion of this course promptly at 10:00 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays throughout the semester.  With few exceptions, the lecture shall be concluded by 10:45 AM, leaving 5 minutes for students to disinfect their seating area (see Coronavirus Safety Measures).  Students are expected to be punctual, if not early for lecture.  Please note that the lecture section operates on “Dr. Cooper’s Apple iPhone Time”, which may or may not correlate to the time that exists at other places on campus.

When the weather is agreeable, students shall exit the lecture hall by the doors at the front of the auditorium.  Students should avoid clustering by the doors prior to and after class.  Also, crowding the doorway prior to the release of a class meeting before this course’s scheduled time is discouraged.

Expectations.  Attendance of lecture sessions is not required.  However, regular and on-time attendance of the lecture portion of this course is strongly encouraged.  There is no doubt one’s final course grade can be positively impacted by regular and on-time attendance.

Laboratory Attendance

Laboratory Attendance.  Students are required to attend the particular laboratory section in which they are enrolled.  Although students have enrolled for two 1.5-hour sessions per week, due to coronavirus restrictions, students will be assigned to primarily attend only one of these sessions per week.  HOWEVER, due to scheduling anomalies, students must keep the time of the non-assigned session open for required laboratory activities, i.e., by means of a real example for this sememster, students assigned the Wednesday 8:00 AM session shall have to attend the second half of the corresponding laboratory session on Monday during Week 9 (see Lecture/Laboratory Schedule).

Laboratory Assigned Seating.  Due to safety considerations, no more than 12 students may occupy the laboratory at the same time.  However, at the time of the writing of this syllabus, no more than 10 students will be assigned to a particular lab section.  With regard to laboratory seating, a Laboratory Seating Chart has been established.  At the first laboratory session, a student may choose any seat position to occupy for the entire semester except seat #1 at the front of the laboratory.  The laboratory instructor will record which student is sitting in each particular seat.  [NOTE: Each seat in the laboratory has a particular number physically assigned to it, but students should sit only in the seat as indicated by the number on the Laboratory Seating Chart.]

Starting and Ending Laboratory.  Laboratory sessions will begin promptly at their scheduled times.  Students are expected to be punctual, if not early for laboratory.  A student who is tardy shall not have directions repeated by the laboratory instructor and may not be permitted to participate in laboratory activities.  The latter may possibly result in the student receiving a score of “0” for any laboratory activity being conducted that day.  Any decision rendered by the laboratory instructor is final.  Laboratory sessions typically run the entire scheduled time, particularly if a student does not come prepared to work.

Open Laboratory Periods.  Throughout the semester, students enrolled in BIOL 3702L shall need to return to the laboratory to complete an assignment during an Open Laboratory Session (click on the previous link to view the schedule of open laboratory sessions).  Students may also wish to attend an Open Laboratory Session for independent work/study.  The Open Laboratory Session schedule is also posted in the laboratory.  Students should never enter the laboratory during a period in which another class is scheduled to be meeting.

Important Note: Only 12 students are permitted in the laboratory at a time, even during Open Laboratory Sessions.

Expectations.  Attendance of the laboratory sessions is absolutely mandated.  A student who is absent during a laboratory activity is very likely to receive a score of “0”.  Exceptions are detailed in the “Excused Absence” Policy section above.

Please report any “broken” links to Dr. Cooper

Coronavirus Safety

Lecture Home Page

BIOL 3702L Home Page

Lecture/Laboratory Schedule

Assignment Deadlines

Lecture/Laboratory Recordings

Course Description

Learning Outcomes

Course Materials

Dr. Cooper’s Contact
Information/Office Hours

Syllabus Changes


Syllabus Acknowledgement

Liability Waiver


Open Lab Schedule



Lecture Videos

Laboratory Videos
[links to important videos]

ASM Recommended
Competencies and Skills


Other Important

Special Accommodations

Laboratory Exercises
[links to PDFs/other materials]

Email Communications


Laboratory Safety Rules

Sources Used

Standard Lab Practices

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