BIOS 1700 LIFE SCIENCE FOR NON-MAJORS

 

STUDY GUIDE FOR THE FINAL EXAM

TO BE HELD DURING FINALS WEEK

 

The exam will consist of 37 questions worth a total of 100 points. All questions will involve choosing among alternatives. Some questions will request more than one response; all responses will be worth 2 points each.

 

74 points will be specific to the evolution unit; 26 points will be devoted to issues associated with the course as a whole (concept mapping and nature of science).

 

You will be expected to solve problems similar to those you encountered in Chapter 6 of the BIOS 1700 Course Pack. You will NOT be expected to answer specific questions regarding national and state benchmarks. You will NOT be expected to answer problems like the pre-assessment problems at the start of the chapter. Please disregard any questions that refer to the Mystery Phenomenon and also any cladistics problems, both of which appear in the extra practice problems for the final exam in your course pack.

 

Like previous exams, the exam will include two concept mapping questions. One will involve terms from the concepts listed on pages 298-299 of the Course Pack. The other may involve terms from all of the concepts we have learned for the course as a whole (i.e. pp. 76-77, 110-111, 142-143, 190-191, 240-242 and 298-299). These problems may involve creating a concept map, completing an incomplete concept map, or ŇdebuggingÓ concept map phrases.

 

You should be able to answer questions about common misconceptions children have about evolutionary topics (pp. 264, 265 and 271). Twenty points of the exam will consist of ten multiple choice questions developed from the two Annenberg films on evolution we have seen together in class.

 

Several questions about the Mystery Phenomenon will appear on the exam. In preparation for this you should be able to explain the mystery phenomenon from the perspective of the three theories we discussed in lab (acquired inheritance, natural selection, mutation) and be able to evaluate a statement of evidence from each of those three perspectives.

 

The exam will feature a few cladistics problems of the sort you will practice in lab during the last week of class. (Examples of these sorts of problems are provided in the Extra Practice Problems on pp. 437-451 of our Course Pack.)