Section 29248, 3 Credit Hours
Spring Semester 2019


The objectives of the lecture and laboratory sessions are to increase your understanding of three major themes: a). the origin and evolution of vertebrates, including dinosaurs and their distant relatives the fish, amphibians and amniotes, and their recent relatives the birds; b). geography and climate of the Earth during the evolution of these groups but especially during the time of the dinosaurs and birds; and c). dinosaur classification, phylogeny, evolution, paleobiology, paleoecology and extinction. Through the lecture and lab exercises you will gain an increased awareness of successful evolutionary pathways, as well as mass extinction events that occurred through the dynamic history of our planet.

E114 carries IUB GenEd N&M credit – Natural Science; COLL (CASE) N&M Breadth of Inquiry credit.


The objectives of the course will be achieved if you remember facts, understand the meaning of the material presented, apply your knowledge to solving geologic problems, and analyze topics by breaking them down and understanding the relationship among the parts. You will have practice in each of these steps during both lecture and lab.

Your ultimate goal is to gain skills necessary to synthesize and evaluate information pertaining to dinosaurs and their distant relatives long after the course has been completed.

MATERIALS: Assigned readings are from your required text and postings to Canvas.
Required Text: DINOSAURS, A Concise Natural History, Third Edition 2016, reprinted 2017 Cambridge University Press. Authors: D. E. Fastovsky and D. B. Weishampel, with Illustrations by John Sibbick

CLASS HOURS: Lectures are Monday and Wednesday, 11:15 am – 12:05 pm in Geology 126. Labs are Tuesday 5:45-7:40 pm, Wednesday 1:25-3:20 pm, 3:35-5:30 pm, and Thursday 5:45-7:40 pm in the Geology Building Room 522 or in a location to be announced. You are required to attend 2 lectures and 1 lab per week.


  • Exam 1 – 20%
  • Exam 2 – 20%
  • Exam 3 – 25%
  • In-Lecture Exercises – 10%
  • Labs – 25%

Each lecture exam is comprehensive and will include material presented from the beginning of the semester. Laboratory sessions have a weekly assignment that must be completed and submitted to Canvas by a specified deadline. The assignment will be graded before your next lab session. Your final grade for the course will be based on scores from 3 exams, in-lecture exercises, and laboratory assignments.

A missed lecture exam will require official documentation to substantiate the absence, and can be made-up only at the discretion of the professor.

A missed lab session and assignment will require official documentation and permission from the professor to make-up the assignment. There are 13 labs for which assignments are due throughout the semester. There are 16 weeks to the semester. If you are having trouble keeping up in the class, please come and speak with your AI or with me.


A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D-60-69; F=59 & lower; marks of + and - will be added to the letter grades as follows (- assigned to 0, 1, 2; + assigned to grades of 7, 8, or 9; e.g., 87%=B+, 61%=D-; 74%=C). Class grades are not curved.

Academic Integrity:

As a student at IU, you are expected to adhere to the standards and policies detailed in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct (Code). When you submit a paper with your name on it in this course, you are signifying that the work contained therein is all yours, unless otherwise cited or referenced. Any ideas or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use must be fully acknowledged. If you are unsure about the expectations for completing an assignment or taking a test or exam, be sure to seek clarification beforehand. All suspected violations of the Code will be handled according to University policies. Sanctions for academic misconduct may include a failing grade on the assignment, reduction in your final grade, a failing grade in the course, among other possibilities, and must include a report to the Dean of Students.

Note Selling:

Several commercial services have approached students regarding selling class notes/study guides to their classmates. Selling the instructor’s notes/study guides in this course is not permitted. Violations of this policy will be reported to the Dean of Students as academic misconduct (violation of course rules). Sanctions for academic misconduct may include a failing grade on the assignment for which the notes/study guides are being sold, a reduction in your final course grade, or a failing grade in the course, among other possibilities. Additionally, you should know that selling a faculty member’s notes/study guides individually or on behalf of one of these services using IU email, or via Canvas may also constitute a violation of IU information technology and IU intellectual property policies; additional consequences may result.

Reporting Bias Incidents:

"As your instructor, one of my responsibilities is to create a positive learning environment for all students. Bias incidents (events or comments that target an individual or group based on age, color, religion, disability, race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender dentity, sexual orientation, marital status or veteran status) are not appropriate in our classroom or on campus. What should you do if you witness or experience a bias incident? See it? Hear it? Report it by submitting a report online or calling the Dean of Students Office (812-855-8187)."

Counseling and Psychological Services:

For information about services offered to students by CAPS:

Disability Services for Students (DSS):

"Every attempt will be made to accommodate qualified students with disabilities (e.g. mental health, learning, chronic health, physical, hearing, vision neurological, etc.) You must have established your eligibility for support services through the appropriate office that services students with disabilities. Note that services are confidential, may take time to put into place and are not retroactive; Captions and alternate media for print materials may take three or more weeks to get produced. Please contact Disability Services for Students at or 812-855-7578 as soon as possible if accommodations are needed. The office is located on the third floor, west tower, of the Wells Library, Room W302. Walk-ins are welcome 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. You can also locate a variety of campus resources for students and visitors that need assistance at:"

Sexual Misconduct and Title IX:

As your instructor, one of my responsibilities is to create a positive learning environment for all students. Title IX and IU’s Sexual Misconduct Policy prohibit sexual misconduct in any form, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and dating and domestic violence. If you have experienced sexual misconduct, or know someone who has, the University can help. If you are seeking help and would like to speak to someone confidentially, you can make an appointment with:

  • The Sexual Assault Crisis Services (SACS) at (812) 855-8900 (counseling services)
  • Confidential Victim Advocates (CVA) at (812) 856-2469 (advocacy and advice services)
  • IU Health Center at (812) 855-4011 (health and medical services)

It is also important that you know that Title IX and University policy require me to share any information brought to my attention about potential sexual misconduct, with the campus Deputy Title IX Coordinator or IU’s Title IX Coordinator. In that event, those individuals will work to ensure that appropriate measures are taken and resources are made available. Protecting student privacy is of utmost concern, and information will only be shared with those that need to know to ensure the University can respond and assist. I encourage you to visit to learn more.

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Classroom Emergencies

  • Know the emergency exits and evacuation areas for every classroom.
  • Devise "buddy systems" so that everyone is accounted for in an evacuation.
  • Evaluate the challenges that you might face during an evacuation.
  • Be personally prepared for an emergency:

Emergency Communication

Campus emergency communication is done via a voice message, text and/or an email through IU Notify. Go to One to review your contact information. See more information about IU Notify at:


  • When you see smoke or fire, immediately evacuate the building.
  • If not already activated, pull the fire alarm switch to alert others of the situation.
  • Use a fire extinguisher only if you know how to use it and the fire is small.

Evacuations – Drills or real

  • You may not know if this is a drill or not, so take every call to evacuate seriously.
  • Take your personal belongings and immediately leave the building.
  • Know where the evacuation area is for every building you are in.
  • Leave the campus only if instructed.

FOR THIS CLASS, the closest exit is: back door on ground floor exiting to the parking lot. We will meet across the street in the next parking lot.

If it is severe enough to move furniture, DROP, COVER and HOLD ON: Immediately seek shelter (under a desk or table, if possible) cover your head and hold on. Evacuate if directed, or you feel it is safe to do so.

Severe Weather

Thunderstorms are the most common type of severe weather in the Bloomington area. However, winter storms, extreme hot/cold temperatures, flooding, and tornadoes can occur.

  • Seek shelter indoors in a low part of the building (Maps w/shelter locations are located throughout the building)
  • Move to a windowless interior room away from hazardous materials
  • Monitor and local media
  • Take cover under a sturdy object or against an interior wall
  • Wait for the all clear before leaving your safe space

FOR THIS CLASS, the closest shelter location is: GY 126 (lecture room) or GY 447 (on the floor below the lab room)

Violence/Active Shooter

There may be situations where it is imperative that you seek shelter and not leave the building.

  • RUN – if a safe path is available. Always try to escape or evacuate if possible.
  • Call IUPD (812-855-4111) or 911 when it is safe to do so
  • If evacuation is not possible, HIDE in a concealed location, Lock and/or barricade the door, Turn off the lights, stay quiet and silence your cell phone
  • FIGHT – as a last resort, working together or alone, act with aggression; use improvised weapons to disarm the shooter. Commit to taking the shooter down.
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Dinosaur graphic elements from Wikimedia under Creative Commons license.