Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL
Biol. for Non-Science Majors I BIOL-1408
Dr David T Silvey
Phone: (979) 209-8836
This course provides a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans, including chemistry of life, cells, structure, function, and reproduction. Laboratory activities are designed to reinforce lecture topics.
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.
- Distinguish between prokaryotic, eukaryotic, plant and animal cells, and identify major cell structures.
- Identify stages of the cell cycle, mitosis (plant and animal), and meiosis.
- Interpret results from cell physiology experiments involving movement across membranes, enzymes, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration.
- Apply genetic principles to predict the outcome of genetic crosses and statistically analyze results.
- Describe karyotyping, pedigrees, and biotechnology and provide an example of the uses of each.
- Identify parts of a DNA molecule, and describe replication, transcription, and translation.
- Analyze evidence for evolution and natural selection.
- Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions, and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
- Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
- Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.
Textbook: What is Life, 2nd Edition, J. Phelan, 2012, W.H. Freeman and Company
Lab Manual: Biology 1408 Laboratory Manual, Fall 2013 Edition. Prestridge etal., Copy Stop Print & Postal
Textbook: Concepts in Biology, 14th Edition, Eldon Enger, Frederick Ross, David Bailey: 2009. McGraw Hill New York, NY.
Lab Manual: Concepts in Biology Laboratory Manual, McGraw Hill New York, NY. 2009
Daily quizzes on the Bioportal website will cover recent lecture topics. No make-up is offered for missed quizzes regardless of reason.In class discussion on lecture topics and activities will also occur periodically.
Periodic quizzes and worksheets will cover recent topics and assigned readings from the lecture and the laboratory. A grade of zero will be recorded for missed work unless an approved excuse is submitted. No make-up is offered for missed quizzes.
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.
Lab Exams (Practicals)
Lab practicals will consists of 25 stations covering the most recent 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.
A comprehensive final exam will be administered during the finals period.
Lecture Exams: There will be three lecture exams during the semester plus a comprehensive final exam.
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.
Laboratory Exams: There will be four lab exams. An unexcused absence from an exam will result
in a grade of zero. No make-up exams will be offered for lab exams.
Lecture exams (3 exams x 100 points each) 300 points
Final exam 200 points
Lab exams (4 exams x 75 points each) 300 points
Lecture work Quizzes 100 points
Lab work/quizzes 100 points
A = 900 – 1000 points B = 800 – 899 points C = 700 – 799 points D = 600 – 699 points F < 600 points.
Blinn College Policies
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.
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:
- 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);
- representing the College District at an official institutional function;
- high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
- 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.
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
Final Grade Appeal
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. BlinnCollege 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 applies to attire as well as language and behavior. Please dress appropriately for the academic classroom and laboratory.
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.
The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. Each class meeting builds the foundation for subsequent class meetings. Without full participation and regular class attendance, students shall find themselves at a severe disadvantage for achieving success in college. Class participation shall constitute at least ten percent of the final course grade. It is the responsibility of each faculty member, in consultation with the division chair, to determine how participation is achieved in his or her class. Faculty will require students to regularly attend class and will keep a record of attendance from the first day of class 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 absences during the semester, he/she will be sent an e-mail by the College, via their Blinn e-mail account requiring the student to contact his/her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student subsequently accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he/she will be administratively withdrawn from class.
There are four forms of excused absence officially designated by Blinn College:
(1) Observance of religious holy days: The student should notify his/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 Blinn College at an official institutional function.
(3) Official involvement in a high school activity for “dual credit” students.
(4) Military Service.
Other excuses will be considered and may be considered excusable at the instructor’s discretion, with documentation. Missing lecture or lab or both will count as one absence.
Fall 2013 1408-311 Tuesday and Thursday Schedule