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  • EEB225H1S: Biostatistics for Biological Sciences
    If you are planning to take EEB225H next year (2007-08) please note that the lecture times for this course are: Mon 3-4 and Tues 2-3.
    (The lecture times for this course printed in the 2007-08 Regisration Handbook and Timetable, Tues 3-4, are INCORRECT. This information will be corrected in June on the Arts and Science website and in printed supplement to the Timetable)
  • Interested in the Environment? Want to make a difference?
    Consider an environmental program in the Centre for Environment, Geography or Forestry Conservation! The Centre for Environment is holding a session to introduce first year students to these programs. Date and Time: March 28th, from 5 – 6:30 pm Place: Room ES 1042, Bancroft Wing, Earth Sciences.
    · Meet Centre for Environment Faculty, and representatives from Forestry Conservation and Geography
    · Learn about the wide variety of B. A. and B.Sc. environmental programs offered in Arts&Science
    · Meet representatives from the Environmental Students Union and the University of Toronto Students Environment Network.
    Refreshments will be served. For further information, contact David Powell, Undergraduate Student Advisor, Centre for Environment.

  • Your "Ethical Issues in Biology" written report: The University expects students to write well, and provides several resources to help you, such as the Writing at U of T website and the College Writing Centres. As students in BIO150 you also have access to iWRITE, web-enabled software developed at U of T to assist students with their writing:
    About iWrite:
    * Students are be able to read five sample reports written by past students in BIO150, along with detailed comments from the instructor on what made the reports good or excellent.
    * Also on iWRITE are several strategic tips on how to do well on the ethics report (select the "Grading Criteria" link)
    To access iWRITE:
    * Go to
    * Choose BIO150 from the list of courses
    * Enter by using your 9-digit student number as both your login and the initial password (you can change the password once you’re in by using the Preferences bar at the bottom of any screen.
    * When you are done, please complete the online questionnaire. [13 March 07]

  • Online Exercise: The Evolution of Cooperation (optional). Many students in past years have found this interactive online tutorial (described on page 10-10 of your lab manual) to be an excellent companion to learning the material in Chapter 10. Objective: Play single and iterated versions of the Prisoner’s Dilemma game against the computer, conduct computer experiments to see how strategies might be maintained and evolve in populations, and learn about how animals, including humans, appear to use successful strategies in behavioural interactions. [13 March 07]

  • Environmental Career Day
    Thurs., March 1, 10am-4pm,
    Hart House, Great Hall
    • A job fair for ALL students interested in the environmental field to learn about their dream job & a chance to explore internship, co-op and volunteer opportunities
    • A way to meet and network with people from the environment industry
    • Attended last year by hundreds of students from the University of Toronto, and other Southern Ontario universities such as York, Guelph, Western & Waterloo
    [20 Feb 07]

  • Undergraduate Research Fair First Year students are welcome to view current 299Y students’ research work at
    Undergraduate Research Fair
    Thursday, March 1, 2007 (4:00 to 6:00 p.m.)
    Alumni Hall, Victoria College
    [13 Feb 07]

  • 299Y Research Opportunities Program (ROP)
    Deadline - Applications (up to a maximum of 5 per student) are due at the ROP Office, Room 1067 Sidney Smith Hall by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16th, 2007.
    Eligibility - Arts & Science St. George campus students entering Second Year - must have completed the equivalent of at least 4 full courses, but no more than 9 by May, 2007.
    Applications and 299Y project descriptions will be available at the following locations after Reading Week on Monday, February 26:
    ROP Office - Room 1067 Sidney Smith Hall
    Departmental Offices
    College Registrars’ Offices
    ASSU Office (Room 1068 Sidney Smith Hall)
    APUS Office (Room 1089 Sidney Smith Hall).
    [13 Feb 07]

  • Effective immediately, Shelley McCabe's (RW020) drop-in office hours for lab help will be:
    Monday to Thursday: 11:15 - 12:00
    Friday: No Drop-in
    To get lab help outside of these hours, please email: or phone 416-978-5446 to book an appointment.
    NOTE: There will be no drop-in hours on Wednesday, January 10, 2007. [8 Jan 07]

  • Test 2 Marks now available. The answer keys (code 22, code 33) are now posted, along with your incorrect responses. [18 Dec 06]

  • The spring-term lecture guide for BIO150 Lectures in Ecology
    is now in the U of T Bookstore. For more information, click here.

  • The Test 1 Marks and answer keys (code 22, code 33) are now posted, along with your incorrect responses. [6 Nov 06]

  • Change in location of evening lecture on Monday, Nov. 13: Due to fall convocation, the evening lecture (6:10 to 8:00) and tutorial (8:00 to 9:00) on Monday, Nov. 13 will be held in the UTS Auditorium (Faculty of Education, FE 114), 371 Bloor Street West (southwest corner of Huron and Bloor Streets, west of St. George). (The day lectures remain in Convocation Hall.)
  • Change in location of lecture tutorial on Wednesday, Nov. 15: The lecture tutorial on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 5:10 to 6:00 p.m. will not be in Con Hall, but will move (for this day only) to the Medical Sciences Building (MS), room 3154 (1 King's College Circle). Go to campus map. [6 Nov 06]

  • The following will be announced by your TA in Lab 4 (Oct. 30-Nov. 9):
    • In the Library Research self-study exercise (Chapter 14 in your lab manual) you are introduced to the library system and the primary scientific literature, and learn how to locate a primary scientific article in the library using electronic databases.
    • Each student:
      • Obtains a set of keywords (beginning in Lab 4).
      • Completes the online Optimal Information Foraging interactive tutorial
      • Searches electronic databases for two primary research articles that relate to their keywords.
      • Obtains the two articles from their respective journals (print or e-journal).
      • Reads the articles, and hands in Library Assignment in Lab 8 (Jan. 22-Feb 1; explained on page 14-10).
    • Page 14-1 of the Library Research exercise introduces two resources designed especially for students in BIO150: Optimal Information Foraging Tutorial: an interactive tutorial to help students locate journal articles, background information in books and encyclopaedias, and academic websites effectively and efficiently! My Biology Library: a selective guide to online information resources in the field of biology, with links to databases to help find articles on a topic, full-text electronic-journals, and online books.

  • Project: Universal Minds
    ASSU needs you, volunteer tutors needed
    • tutor a high school student for one hour a week
    • add volunteer experience to your resume
    • get a certificate of recognition from the Dean of Arts & Science
    • feel good on the inside
    For more information, click here.

  • Professor Barrett's remaining help sessions before Test 1:
    Wed. Oct. 25 5-6pm, Convocation Hall
    Wed. Nov. 1 5-6pm, Convocation Hall

  • Test 1 is on Thursday, November 2, 2006, 6:00-7:15 p.m. (75 minutes). For more information (format, content, locations) check out the Test 1 Information page.
  • There will NOT be a lecture tutorial/help session on Wed. Oct. 4, 5-6 p.m. (Con Hall); to replace this session, one has been ADDED for the following week (Wed. Oct 11, 5-6 p.m. in Con Hall) [29 Sept 06 ]

  • As stated in the Course Syllabus: [29 Sept 06 ]
    • The University is closed on Monday, Oct. 9 (thus no BIO150 lectures on Thanksgiving Monday).
    • There will be labs the week of Thanksgiving. Note that labs on Monday, Oct. 9, 1:30-4:30 p.m. (which is Week 2) will be rescheduled to Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6:00-9:00 p.m. (same room, same instructor).
    • On Wed. Oct. 11 (10-11, in Convocation Hall) there will be a special guest lecture in BIO150 -- by Prof. Brian Silliman, a renowned community ecologist from the University of Florida who works in marine systems. Learn more about Prof. Silliman: visit his website, read his c.v., and read some of his papers.
    • There will be a lecture tutorial./help session with Prof. Barrett on Wed. Oct 11, 5-6 Con Hall.

  • A paper copy of the Course Syllabus was handed out at the first class on Monday, Sept. 11.

  • Lab Information:
    • Week 1 labs (P--01) begin the weeks of Sept. 18 (fall) and Jan. 8 (spring)
    • Week 2 labs (P--02) begin the weeks of Sept. 25 (fall) and Jan. 15 (spring)
    • If your lab section is P0102 (= Week 2 Monday) your lab on Monday, Oct. 9 (Thanksgiving), 1:30–4:30 p.m., will be rescheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6:00–9:00 p.m. (same lab room and TA).
    • Click here on Wed. Sept. 13 to determine the time, day, and week you have been assigned to, and check again on Sat. Sept. 16 for your lab room number. A printed list will also be posted next to RW 013 on Monday, Sept. 18.
BIO150 lab times:
Monday: 1:30-4:30 p.m P0101 (Week 1), P0102 (Week 2)
Tuesday: 1:30-4:30 p.m P0201, P0202
Wednesday:   1:30-4:30 p.m. P0302, P0302

6:00-9:00 p.m.   P5302, P5302
Thursday: 1:30-4:30 p.m P0401, P0402
Friday: 1:00-4:00 p.m. P0501 (Week 1 only)


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I get help with lecture or lab material?

See the Help Web page.

What do I do if I miss a test?

Students who miss Test 1, 2, or 3 must telephone (not email) the BIO150Y Office (416-978-7588) on the day immediately after the test if they wish to be scheduled to write a make-up test at a later date; make-up tests consist of short-answer questions. These students must complete a written request for special consideration explaining the reason for missing the test, and attaching appropriate documentation, such as a medical certificate or a college registrar's letter. If a student misses a make-up test, s/he must discuss the situation with the Course Coordinator on the day that the test was to have been written; no student is entitled to write a second make-up test. Students who miss Test 4 in the Faculty examination period must petition to the Faculty of Arts and Science.  Note: Medical certificates must confirm a students inability to attend a test and the dates of the illness, and must show the physician was consulted at the time of the illness. Medical certificates will be verified by the BIO150 Office.

What do I do if I miss a laboratory?

If a student should miss a scheduled lab period for an authorized reason, telephone the BIO150Y Office immediately (416-978-7588) to arrange to attend a lab at another time during the two-week period when each exercise is offered if space is available. Written documentation authorizing the students absence (e.g., medical note or registrar's letter) must be presented to the BIO150Y Office only if the student is unable to attend a lab at another time and is requesting to be given special consideration. Students who do not produce written documentation will lose the value of any quiz that may have taken place during their absence.

What if a regularly scheduled class conflicts with a test in BIO150?

If you have a regularly scheduled class at a time when either Test 1 or 3 is being written your class takes precedence (i.e., attend your lecture and write the early test sitting). Contact the BIO150 Office (416-978-7588) no later than one week prior to the test date to arrange to write the early sitting; this will be on the day of the test immediately before the regular sitting is scheduled to begin. You will be asked to show your timetable as proof of the conflict.


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