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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors I BIOL-1406

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_323 CRN-11407
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 08/27/2013

Meeting Times

This course meets:

  • Tuesdays & Thursday at 7:45 am in S-224
  • Fridays at 10:35 am in S-225 and then at 12:10 in S-224

Contact Information

Instructor: Ms. Roxanne Brown

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM, S-110, Bryan Campus
  • Friday, 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM, S-110 on the Bryan Campus

Virtual meetings can be arrange using Elluminate/Collaborate by request.  

In order to meet your scheduling needs, I am happy to arrange to meet students at other times as well. Please contact me for an appointment.


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 

Advantage Scantrons: Available for purcase in the bookstore and other locations around town.

eCampus access: Students are expected to login to eCampus after every class to access course announcements and assignments.  Resources such as Powerpoint presentations, Tegrity audio files, grades, and other review materials are also available.  If you miss a class, it is especially important to check with the eCampus announcements so you will be ready for the next class.

Mastering Biology Access Code: can be purchased online or bundled with the "full" or "split" textbook at the Blinn Bookstore for (slpit is about $99). Be careful with other sources; sometimes books that "come with access codes" are expired or already used codes. Part of your grade comes from assignments which must be completed in Mastering Biology, so it is required for this course.

Course Requirements

Lab Manual :This is an important part of biology. You will be expected to complete the labs assigned either during class or finishing on your own time. In order to enhance your lab time it is imperative that you read and understand the labs before coming to class. Most Lab Worksheets will be taken up for a participation grade (see below). Lab worksheets are due at the end of the lab unless you are specifically given permission to turn them in at the beginning of the next lab period. Your score for these assignments will be based upon the completion of the assignment and correctness of your responses to the questions assigned. For the online class: Some labs will be completed as online assignments instead of turning in paper worksheets. Specific instructions for each lab will be provided in eCampus.

Lab Practicals : There will be two lab practicals during the semester. They will cover and test your knowledge of the material we have covered in lab. You will use your lab manual, lab worksheets, and the knowledge that you gain from the labs to prepare for the lab practical. Take these lab exams very seriously. Do not wait until the day before the practical to begin preparation for the exam. An overview of the material which will be covered on the lab exam is located in the Appendix of your lab manual.

Daily Assignments: Out of class work will also be given to students weekly throughout the semester to supplement lecture/lab. Some assignments will be completed during class and others will be given or finished as homework. No late daily assignments will be accepted. Announced quizzes may be given periodically throughout the semester.

Regarding Online Assignments: Online assignments are given via eCampus and Mastering Biology. These assignments must be completed through their respective sites and are due by the times posted on their individual servers. No late assignments are accepted. To help students keep track of when an assignment is due at one site versus another, I will post the due dates of all assigned online work in the "Announcements" area of the main coruse page in eCampus, so students will have a central place to keep track of assignment due dates.

  • Mastering Biology Assignments: Always due by 11:59 pm on their due date. The system does allow later work at a 20% penalty per HOUR late.
  • eCAmpus Assignments: Always due by 11:00 pm on their due date. NO LATE SUBMISSIONS ARE ALLOWED.

Participation: The bulk of your participation score will come from grades received on in class laboratory worksheets, in class quizzes, and via online discussion forums or group activities.

Major Exams: There will be four major exams during the semester. These will cover the lectures, readings from your lecture text, material covered in MasteringBiology and eCampus,

and your notes. The exam questions may consist of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, drawings/diagrams, matching, and short answer essay (1-2 paragraphs). Take these exams very seriously. Do not wait until the day before the test to begin preparing for an exam.

Exams will be made available at the Blinn Testing Center of the student’s choice during the exam period specified on the course calendar. In order to ensure that testing information is provided to the appropriate campus in a timely fashion, students will have to designate which campus they plan to use for testing.

Final Exam: The final exam is comprehensive and required for all students. The exam is departmental (all 1406 students take the same exam) and will consist of 100 questions (usually all multiple choice).

Useful Web Links:

Tegrity Self Help Guide:

Tegrity Help for Students:

Ecampus Students Guide:

Ecampus Help:


Point Distribution:

Evaluation Method


Lecture Exams (4 exams )


Final exam


Lab Practicals (2 practicals )






Total Percent





Letter Grade

90 - 100%


80 – 89%


70 – 79%


60 – 69%


Less than 60%


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.

Closed-toe Shoes: Students are required to wear closed-toe shoes in the lab. Failure to follow the rules will result in a student being denied access to the lab. This will count as an absence. The student Will NOT be allowed to make up missed work.

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.

Attendance: Two zeroes for online work will count the equivalent of 1 absence in this course. After a combination or 4 absences (from missing online work or F2F class) the student may be dropped from the class.



Outline of the course content and Schedule – (TRF)*



Week Of






Syllabus & Lab 1 Safety

Ch 1: Intro to Biology  & Lab 2

Ch 1 cont… &  Ch 2: Chemical Context of Life. &  Lab 3 - Scientific Method



Lab 4 / Lab 5

Ch 3 Water and Life

Lab 6 - Metric Measurement



Ch 4: Carbon & Molecular Diversity & Ch 5: Large Biological Molecules

Ch 5: cont…

Organic Molecules Activity



Test #1  (1-5)

Ch 6: A Tour of the Cell

Ch 6 cont… & Ch 19: Viruses§ & Lab 7 - Testing for Organic Molecules



Lab 8 – Microscopy

Ch 7: Membrane Structure & Transport

Ch 7 cont… & Ch 11: Cell Communication§ & Lab 9 - Observing Cells in Action



Lab 10 - Prokaryotic & Eukaryotic Cells

Ch 8: Intro to Metabolism

Lab 11- Membrane Transport



Test #2  (6-8, 11, 19)

Ch 9: Cellular Respiration

Ch 9 cont… & Cellular Respiration Concept Maps



Ch 10: Photosynthesis

Review for Lab Practical 1

Ch 10 cont…   &   Lab Exam #1  – (Friday, 10/18)



Lab 12 - Spectrophotometer

Ch 12: The Cell Cycle 

Ch 13: Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycle & Lab 17 – Mitosis



Test #3  (9-10, 12)

Lab 13 – Chromatography 

Lab 14 - Photosynthesis



Ch 16: Molecular Basis of Inheritance

Ch 17 From Gene to Protein

Ch 17 cont… &  Gene Expression Concept Maps

12 Q


Lab 15 - DNA Isolation

Ch 18: Regulation of Gene Expression§

Ch 14: Mendel and the Gene Idea &  Lab 16 – Restriction Endonucleases



Ch 14: cont…

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics cont’d & Review for Lab Exam #2



Test #4 (13-14, 16-18)

Thanksgiving Day Holiday

Thanksgiving Day Holiday



Lab Exam #2  – (Tuesday, 12/03)

Ch 15: Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance

Review and Assessment



Final Exam for section 323 is Thursday Dec 12th at 7:45 am in S-224


* In case of course schedule changes, updates will be posted on eCampus and notified in class.

  • § We covered only part of the chapter.

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