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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors II BIOL-1407

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_307 CRN-11518
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 08/23/2013

Meeting Times

Lecture: TR 7:05-8:20 PM; S-210

Lab: TR 8:30-9:45 PM; S-212

Contact Information

Professor: Mark R Hutchinson

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Office: S-117

Phone: 979-209-8873

Office Hours:  TR 3:45-4:15 PM; TR 9:45-10:15 PM


The diversity and classification of life will be studied, including animals, plants, protists, fungi, and prokaryotes. Special emphasis will be given to anatomy, physiology, ecology, and evolution of plants and animals. Laboratory activities are designed to reinforce lecture topics.


Prerequisite: Students must be college ready in reading, by means of appropriate exemption score by TSI or alternative test; or by completing READ 0306, or READ 0307, or DIRW 0326, or ESOL 0325 with a “C”or better, or by completing READ 0208 or ESOL 0226 with a passing grade.

Recommended: MATH 1314 – Successful completion of College Algebra or concurrent enrollment in higher-level mathematics is recommended. It is also recommended that BIOL 1406, Biology for Science Majors I, be taken before BIOL 1407.

Core Curriculum Statement

This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives.


  1. Describe modern evolutionary synthesis, natural selection, population genetics, micro and macroevolution, and speciation.
  2. Describe phylogenetic relationships and classification schemes.
  3. Identify the major phyla of life with an emphasis on plants and animals, including the basis for classification, structural and physiological adaptations, evolutionary history, and ecological significance.
  4. Describe basic animal physiology and homeostasis as maintained by organ systems.
  5. Compare different sexual and asexual life cycles noting their adaptive advantages.
  6. Illustrate the relationship between major geologic change, extinctions, and evolutionary trends.
  7. Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions, and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
  8. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
  9. Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.



Textbook: Campbell Biology, 9th Edition, 2011. Reece, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, and Jackson. Pearson Education, Inc. 

Lab Manual: Biology 1407 Laboratory Manual, Fall 2013, Copy Stop Print & Postal

Standard course materials:

Notebook for note-taking purposes


3X5 notecards (1 package can be split among 3-4 students)

Course Requirements

eCampus Access

Access to the internet is required for full participation in this course.  Students may access eCampus on a home computer or at the Blinn computer labs located in H-225, L-258, and the Library.  Students coenrolled at Texas A&M may also use any computers on TAMU's campus.

I will be using eCampus to post course materials and communicate with students.  Additionally, you can ask me questions or address concerns via eCampus.  You may also contact other students on eCampus to discuss course-related topics.

Lab/Lecture Engagement exercises

During the course of lab and lecture, we will conduct various activities to ensure you are actively participating in the day's proceedings. These activities will most frequently be questions asked to the entire class during the course of lecture.  Answers will be written on a 3X5 notecard and turned in.  Each exercise will be worth 10 points and there will be approximately 12 exercises.  I will count the top 10 grades received.


There will be weekly online quizzes given through the online course textbook website:  Students will have to use the access code provided with their textbook (if new) or purchase an access code through the website.  Options for purchasing the access code and the process by which you will access the section for this course will be given in class.

Lecture Exams

There will be 4 lecture exams worth 100 points each.  Lecture exams will consist of ~50 questions consisting of multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching and/or short answer questions. All exams require an Advantage #28980 scantron.

Make-up exams are only offered to students with an excused absence. Excused absences include those officially recognized by Blinn College, plus a death in the family, or an illness with a doctor’s certification. To arrange for a make-up exam see me during the first class period following your absence.  An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero.

Lab Exams (Practicals)

There will be 3 Lab Practicals worth 75 points each.  Lab practicals will consist of stations made up of questions covering the most recent lab exercises. Questions can involve indentification, interpretation, and analysis of specimens or lab equipment, or understanding of principles covered in lab exercises. 

No make-ups will be offered for missed exams. If you have a potential scheduling conflict, please contact your professor as soon as possible.


Point Distribution:

Evaluation Method

Point Total

Lecture Exams (4 exams  x 100 points each)


Final exam (200 points)


Lab Exams (3 exams x 75 points each)


Engagement Activities  (10 points each)


Weekly Online Quizzes (Averaged Category) 


Total Points


Final Grade Determination:  The following point totals will ensure the point totals as listed.

  • A=900-1,000
  • B=800-899
  • C=700-799
  • D=600-699
  • F=<600

Bonus Points: Bonus points will be given at the discretion of the professor and will be assigned uniformly to the entire class.  DO NOT ASK if you can do an extra project, assignment, etc. to earn extra credit!!

Blinn College Policies

Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Student and Faculty Handbook and the Board and Administrative Policy Manuals are applicable to this course

Civility Statement

Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference. 

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Attendance Policy

The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. observance of religious holy days—The student should notify his or her instructor(s) not later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. military service.

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty member with appropriate documentation.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

Students with Disabilities

Blinn College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Support services for students with documented disabilities are provided on an individual basis, upon request. Requests for services should be made directly to the Office of Special Populations serving the campus of your choice.  For the Bryan campus, the Office of Special Populations (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251.  The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Special Populations on the Brenham campus (Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157.  Additional information can be found at

Final Grade Appeal

If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline for the appeal and the four steps in the appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Electronic Devices

All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District civility policy (administrative policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

Course Policies

Attendance Policy Reminder: Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence. For classes that meet twice a week during the spring semester two absences counts as one week's absence. Students accumulating two week’s worth of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped.

Problem Resolution: If you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try and resolve the problems or issues. If the problems or issues cannot be resolved at the instructor level, you should request a conference with the Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, Science 241, [email protected].

Eating and Drinking: Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.

Mutual Respect: I will give you all the respect you deserve without question. Simultaneously, I expect you to respect me and your classmates. Respect includes not speaking over others, wearing offensive or revealing clothing, or using cell phones/electronic devices in class.


Tentative Schedule:  All laboratory activities will take place as scheduled unless extreme situations call for alteration to this schedule.  Lecture activities can potentially undergo minor changes due to variation in coverage time among professors.  I will inform you of all changes via Blinn email or announcement in a prior class.



Lecture Topic

Laboratory Exercise / Topic

1 –   Tue 8/27


Introduction  &   Chapter 1

Lab Safety & Scientific   Drawing

2 –   Thu 8/29


Descent with Modification:  A Darwinian View of Life


3 –   Tue 9/3


The Evolution of Populations

Evolutionary Observations

4 –   Thu 9/5


The Origin of Species


5 –   Tue 9/10

25   & 26

The History of Life on Earth

Phylogeny and the Tree of Life - Lecture

6 –   Thu 9/12

26   & 54

Chapter 26 cont’d & Cladistics

Community   Ecology - Lecture

7 –   Tue 9/17


Exam I

Ecosystem Ecology - Lecture

8 –   Thu 9/18


Bacteria and Archaea

Species Diversity

9 –   Tue 9/24




10 – Thu 9/26


Protists cont’d

Lab Exam I

11 – Tue 10/1




12 – Thu 10/3


Exam II

Protists cont’d

13 – Tue 10/8


Plant Diversity I: How Plants Colonized   Land


14 – Thu 10/10


Plant Diversity II: The Evolution of Seed   Plants

Plant Diversity I

15 – Tue 10/15


Plant Structure, Growth, and Development

Plant Diversity II

16 – Thu 10/17


Angiosperm Reproduction and Biotechnology

Plant Tissues 

17 – Tue 10/22


An Overview of Animal Diversity

Dichotomous Keys

18 – Thu 10/24


Exam III

Outdoor Plant Activity  & Review

19 – Tue 10/29


Introduction to Invertebrates

Lab Exam II

20 – Thu 10/31


Introduction to Invertebrates

Animal Diversity I

21 – Tue 11/5


The Origin and Evolution of Vertebrates

Animal Diversity II

22 – Thu 11/7


Basic Principles of Animal Form and   Function

Animal Diversity III

23 – Tue 11/12


Mammalian Organ System - TBA

Animal Tissues

24 – Thu 11/14


Mammalian Organ System - TBA

Mammalian Anatomy – Pig   Dissection

25 – Tue 11/19


Mammalian Organ System - TBA

Mammalian Anatomy – Pig   Dissection

26 – Thu 11/21


Exam IV


27 – Tue 11/26


Mammalian Organ System - TBA

Lab Exam III

       Thu 11/28

Blinn   Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

28 – Tue 12/3


Mammalian Organ System - TBA

Mammalian Organ System - TBA

29 – Thu 12/5


Mammalian Organ System - TBA




FINAL EXAM:        Tuesday, December 10  5:30-7:30 PM