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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors I BIOL-1406

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_316 CRN-11391
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 08/30/2013

Meeting Times

biol.1406 316

  • Monday, Wednesday, 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM, S225


  • Monday, Wednesday, 5:40 PM to 6:55 AM, S224

Contact Information

instructor: Dr. John David Holman

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, S 242
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 2:00 AM to 4:00 AM, S242


Fundamental principles of living organisms will be studied, including physical and chemical properties of life, organization, function, evolutionary adaptation, and classification. Concepts of cytology, reproduction, genetics, and scientific reasoning are included. 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.

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 the characteristics of life.
  2. Explain the methods of inquiry used by scientists.
  3. Identify the basic requirements of life and the properties of the major molecules needed for life.
  4. Compare and contrast the structures, reproduction, and characteristics of viruses, prokaryotic cells, and eukaryotic cells.
  5. Describe the structure of cell membranes and the movement of molecules across a membrane.
  6. Identify the substrates, products, and important chemical pathways in metabolism.
  7. Identify the principles of inheritance and solve classical genetic problems.
  8. Identify the chemical structures, synthesis, and regulation of nucleic acids and proteins.
  9. Describe the unity and diversity of life and the evidence for evolution through natural selection.
  10. Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
  11. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
  12. 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 1406 Laboratory Manual, Fall 2013, Richardson et. al. Copy Stop Print & Postal 


Course Requirements

Criteria for Grading 

All major exams will be comprehensive exams and all will be of equal value. There will be four major exams plus a comprehensive final exam. Major lecture exams (4) other than the final will be worth 40% of the total grade. Daily quizzes and homework or take home exams will be equal to 20%.  The final exam is worth 20%.  The fourth exam may substitute as a makeup exam that can replace any lower grade on a major exam or if you miss an exam the fourth exam will replace that exam.  The total laboratory grade is 20% ,  which will consist of : class participation grades, completion of lab assignments  = 10%  and the two major lab exams = 10%.  The daily quiz - take home component includes the Blinn College requirement of a 10 % class participation grade.  There are no makeup exams for daily assignments, daily tests and lab exercises


The following are required components of a student’s final grade.

  1. Major exams account for at least 30% of the final grade.
  2. Laboratory exams designed to address both knowledge and skills and will account for at least 20% of the final grade.
  3. Minor Exams/Quizzes/Homework: Given at the discretion of the instructor. These materials will account for approximately 10% of the final grade.
  4. Additional Reports or Projects: Given at the discretion of the instructor.
  5. Student participation is assessed through the various assignments and will count for at least 10% of the final grade.
  6. Final Exam: Comprehensive exam covering the entire course. The comprehensive final exam will account for at least 20% of the final grade.

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

Eating and Drinking

Eating and Drinking are not allowed in classrooms and laboratories. Students with food or drink will required to stow away said items or risk being immediately required to leave the  lecture- laboratory for the remainder of the class and accumulated an unexcused absence.


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
lecture and lab

Biology 1406 Fall  2013   Tuesday and Thusday 





Lecture Topic

Laboratory Topic






First Day /Intro to Biology

Intro to Biol/Chemical Context of Life


Labs 1 & 2 – Safety/Process of Science

Lab 3 – The Scientific Method


09/ 02




Labor Day

Water and Life

Lab 4 and 5 – Exp. Design/Graphing

Lab 6 – Metric Measurement






Carbon and Molecular Diversity

Large Biological Molecules

Organic Molecules Activity

Lab 6 – Metric Measurement cont’d






Large Biological Molecules

Exam 1 ( 1-5)

Lab 7 – Testing for Organic Molecules

Lab 8 – Microscopy




6 ,19**

A tour of the Cell , Viruses

Lab 9 – Observing Cells in Action

Lab 10 – Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells ,viruses




7, 11 **


 Membrane Transport , Cell  communication

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport cont’d






Intro to Metabolism

Exam 2  (6-8, 11**, 19 **)

Ch 6  Metabolism & Enzymes

Cellular Respiration Concept Maps





Cellular  Respiration

Review for Lab Practical #1

Review for Lab Practical 1








Lab Exam # 1 ( 10/ 21)

Lab 12 Spectrophotometry






The Cell Cycle

Exam 3  (9,10,12 )

Lab 14 – Photosynthesis

Lab 14 – Photosynthesis cont’d






Meiosis and the Sexual Life Cycle

Molecular Basis of Inheritance

Gene Expression Concept Maps

Lab 15 – DNA Isolation




From Gene to Protein


Lab 16 – Restriction Endonucleases

Lab 17 – Mitosis





Regulation of  Gene Expression

Mendel and the Gene Idea

Lab 18 – Restriction Endonucleases

Lab 18 – Mendelian  Genetics





Mendel and the Gene Idea       Thanksgiving Holiday

Review for Lab Exam #2

Lab Exam #2 (Wednesday , 12/04)






Exam 4 ( 13,14, 16-18)

Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance

Review and Assessment






Final Exam

15                 Chromosamal Basis of Inheritance




5:30 - 700  Wednesday , Dec. 11





* In case of course schedule changes you will be  notified in class

 Q-drop, last day to withdraw with a “Q” is Friday, November 15, 2013

** partial chapters