District Syllabus
General Zoology

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: BSC1010 Principles Of Biology with a grade of "C" or better and
BSC1010L Principles Of Biology Laboratory with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisites: ZOO2010L General Zoology Laboratory
Catalog Description: Morphological, physiological, and taxonomic aspects of animals are studied. Representatives animals are used to illustrate significant characteristics of major animal groups. Variety of form and function in animals is given considerable emphasis throughout the course. Recommended for biology majors. Local beach and marine animals are emphasized. Meets A.A. general education Category VI.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Hickman, Roberts and Larson. Animal Diversity (PSC Custom), 6th ed., McGraw-Hill HIgher Education, 2013. ISBN: 9781121600829
Supplemental Materials:
Special Requirements: None
Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes:

I.  Critical Thinking:  Students will evaluate the validity of their 
own and other's ideas through questioning, analyzing, and 
synthesizing results into the creative process.
     B.  Given characteristics of the body plan, students will be  
         able to identify the classification (phylogenetic 
         hierarchial taxon) to which the animal belongs.

II. Communication:  Students will develop effective reading, 
writing, speaking and listening skills to communicate verbally and 
nonverbally on literal and figurative levels.
     C.  Students will be able to present information obtained 
         from conducting research.
III. Scientific and Mathematical Literacy:  Students will apply an 
understanding of mathematical, natural or behavioral scientific 
principles and methods to solve abstract and practical problems.
    A. Students will be able to identify biological solutions 
       animals use to cope with various environmental or 
       physiological conditions.
    E. Students will be able to discuss or identify evolutionary 
       trends in animals. Students will be able to discuss or 
       identify the hierarchical nature of animal body structure.

Course Learning Outcomes:
1. Students should develop a general understanding of the
      cellular and organismal architecture of animals.
   2. Students should gain an appreciation for the diversity of
      animal forms which exist on the planet earth and the
      challenges associated with classifying such a diverse kingdom
      of organisms.
   3. Students should be exposed to a variety of different
      mechanisms which animals use to accomplish the same life
      processes and gain an appreciation for the changes that may
      occur in an animal throughout its life cycle.
   4. Students should develop an understanding of the symbiotic
      and ecological interactions which occur between animal
   5. Students should be exposed to the various roles that animals
      play in the functioning of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
      and how their behaviors help accomplish these tasks.
   6. Students should develop a greater understanding for the
      economic and social impact that animals have in our daily
   7. Students should be able to identify the various cell 
      tissue types and body forms found in animals.
   8. Students should be able to correctly identify common animals
      by their phylum, class and common names.
   9. Students should be able to explain how a particular animal
      accomplishes the following tasks: reproduction,
      development, movement, gas exchange, excretion of wastes,
      circulation of nutrients, and detection of changes in its
  10. Students should be able to cite specific examples of species
      which are mutualists, commensals, parasites, competitors or
      predators with each other.
  11. Students should be able to discuss the ecological niche of
      some of the more common species in the animal kingdom and
      describe adaptive behaviors used by those species.
  12. Students should be able to give specific examples of animals
      that have important impacts on our health and in our social
      and economic endeavors.
Methods of Evaluation: Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the instructor, within the policies of the college and the department. Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed by the instructor for each section being taught. Students will have four hourly exams and a final exam. A student project may also be assigned.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Student Email Accounts Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.