Announcements (refresh)

03 May 2017 C.E.


Examination 5
Mean: 77.7%
Range: 30% - 100%

19 April 2017 C.E.

ASU will be in need of qualified tutors next term. This is a great way not only to help other students but to cement what you have learned in your brain for permanent storage. If you are interested, you may contact Alternatively, you are able to directly apply for the position by looking it up through the ASU jobs portal using the requisition ID 30155BR.

07 April 2017 C.E.

I am giving you the option to retake one lecture examination. To exercise that option you must submit this form by noon on 30 April 2017 C.E.

Examination 4
Mean: 75.7%
Range: 20% - 100%

05 April 2017 C.E.

Today I received the following message from the Director of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences:

"Please, as soon as possible, post to your Bb shells or share in class an announcement that anyone who has concerns about academic dishonesty or with threatening behavior, both of which are addressed by ASU polices and which are included in all of our syllabi, they need to come and speak with [Lara Ferry].  Please point out in your communication with the students that these policies are spelled out on the syllabus."

31 March 2017 C.E.

Please keep in mind that the deadline for withdrawal is 2 April. Enjoy the weekend.

17 March 2017 C.E.

Examination 3
Mean: 68.2%
Range: 18% - 100%

15 March 2017 C.E.

Two of your observant colleagues noticed that I have the homework listed as being due on the date of the examination, which I never intended. The actual due date is 20 March.

21 February 2017 C.E.

Consider this:


17 February 2017 C.E.

Examination 2
Mean: 72.9%
Range: 36% - 100%

07 February 2017 C.E.

Please be aware of this:


29 January 2017 C.E.

Please be aware of this opportunity:

27 January 2017 C.E.

Examination 1
Mean: 73.5%
Range: 20% - 100%

21 January 2017 C.E.

For the upcoming examination, you will need to bring this kind of DataLink form.

12 January 2017 C.E.

An important message from ASU's DRC:

A notetaker is needed for this class. In exchange for providing this service, the selected notetaker will be paid a stipend of $25.00 per credit, i.e. total of $75 for a 3 credit class OR if preferred, awarded a letter of community service at the end of the semester. If you take clear, concise notes and are willing to share a copy, visit the DRC's web page and click on any of the DRC Connect links on the page and click "sign up as a notetaker".

Please visit to access the DRC Connect web portal.

The process is explained in this video:

11 January 2017 C.E.

I apologize for the fact that Pearson sucks as a company. My prediction that I was going to regret using Mastering is gradually coming true. Anyway, some of you are getting messages indicating that you need a course ID (which is supposed to NOT be true). If you get such a message (but please ONLY if you get such a message) feel free to try hoffman77092 as the course ID. I'm not promising anything though, given Pearson's ineptness. If this proves successful for anyone, please let me know.

09 January 2017 C.E.

Today in BIO353, I accidentally told a couple students that there is no laboratory meeting the first week. I was thinking about A&P, not Cell Biology. THERE DEFINITELY IS A MEETING THIS WEEK FOR BIO354. I'm sorry about the confusion.
13 December 2016 C.E.

I have amended the syllabus again. The current version is dated 13 December 2016 C.E.

12 December 2016 C.E.

I have amended the course syllabus. The current version (12 December) is now available.

11 December 2016 C.E.

The course syllabus has been posted. Please realize that the syllabus might change. If I upload an updated version, I will post an announcement here. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are using the most current version (printed at the top of the syllabus).

11 November 2016 C.E.


Welcome to BIO353. For various reasons, I am choosing to use my own website (this one) for this course, but you will be required to visit Blackboard to view your scores. If any item in the menu to the left is unavailable as a link, that is because the corresponding page is being amended. When changes have been made, the menu item will become an active link.

You are required to check these announcements daily throughout the term, and any announcements that appear here will be official. It is a good idea to take a few minutes right now and familiarize yourself with this website. You should also take a look at the global site to see whether there is anything that might be helpful to you in any of your courses. It would be silly not to at least take a look to see what's there that might help you.

I want you to succeed in this course, but doing so is going to require a commitment on your part. Part of that commitment is carefully reading everything, including all parts of this website. You should do that BEFORE you become busy (that means before the term starts).

There are two things that you should take care of immediately. You should visit the link for Bonus Points, because you will not have a chance for any extra points later in the term. Also, you MUST read and submit the Rules Consent Form. You will receive no credit for any assignment until that electronic form is submitted.

I'll see you soon.