David Seibel

The following information comes from the named instructor and should describe characteristics general to courses as taught by this instructor. Individual sections of specific courses will deviate from this description in some respects.

Class Format

Face-to-face sections are moderately- to fast-paced lecture/lab combinations with an emphasis on conceptual understanding, but there is a strong component of memorization as well.  Classes involve a high level of student participation.

Resource Use

Specimens and models allow hands-on experience, augmented by extensive online materials.

Textbooks are important for learning the content, but specific emphases are highlighted through extensive handouts, some lecture, and frequent group discussions. 


Assessment is primarily through quizzes and exams, which occur very frequently throughout the semester. This may seem overwhelming initially, but it breaks the material into manageable units that most students appreciate once the get into the routine. Human Anatomy has a comprehensive midterm and final exam; General Zoology does not. Both courses have 5 or more lab practical exams, daily lab quizzes, and weekly mini-exams over lecture/textbook material.

Homework Policy

Most homework is not for credit, but is essential for students to be prepared for the frequent tests and quizzes.

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance is essential for most students to succeed because of the large amount of material they well miss if absent. In addition, some of the daily lab quizzes and certain other forms of assessment cannot be made up. However, attendance is not part of the grading formula in General Zoology and is only a small component (less than 5%)in Human Anatomy. There is generally a 15% penalty for makeup exams, when allowed.


I am normally on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to at least 10 pm in the fall and during these hours plus Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to at least 9:30 pm in the spring. Other hours are available by appointment. Responses to emails normally occur within 12-24 hours, but possibly longer on weekends.