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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors I BIOL-1406

  • Fall 2013

  • Section SECTION_325 CRN-11412

  • 4 Credits

  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013

  • Modified 08/22/2013

Meeting Times

Lecture or Lab

Tuesday, Thursday, 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM, S215

Lecture or Lab

Friday, 10:35 AM to 11:50 AM, S216/S215

Lecture or Lab

Friday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, S216/S215

Contact Information

Instructor: Ms. Diane L Ebbole

Office: S234
Phone: 979-209-8853

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, S234
Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM, S234
Friday, 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM, S234


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

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 "split" textbook at the Blinn Bookstore for $99 (be careful with other sources; sometimes books that "come with access codes" are expired or already used codes)

Course Requirements

Lecture Exams: There will be four lecture exams during the session.  The exams will cover lectures, textbook readings, and your notes. The exams may include multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, short answer and essay questions.  Make-up exams are only given with an excused absence, and will have a larger proportion of essay questions.  Your lowest exam grade can be exchanged for the percentage grade you get on the final exam, if that grade is higher.

 Lab Practicals: There will be two departmental lab practicals. They will consist of short answer, problem solving, or fill-in-the-blank.  You will use your lab manual, worksheets, and skills you learn during lab to prepare for the practicals.  Missing a lab practical without an excused absence will result in a grade of zero. 

 Final Exam:The final exam is departmental and cumulative and will be given Thursday, December 12th from 7:45 – 9:45 AM.  Please keep in mind that each instructor may stress different things in the various sections.  However, the individual writing the final knows that every 1406 student uses the same textbook.  Keeping up with the textbook readings is strongly encouraged.  

 Lecture quizzes/assignments: There will be 7 quizzes, each worth 10 points, and I will count your top five scores.  If you miss a class, check eCampus and make sure you are ready for any quiz that may be given the day you return.  If you miss a quiz, you must make arrangements with me before the next class to make up the quiz.  Once the quizzes are returned to the rest of the class, you may not make up a quiz. 

 Lab Work:  Throughout the session, there will be 12 graded lab assignments.  I will count your top 10 scores.  If a lab activity carries over to the next scheduled meeting and you miss that day of class, I will accept the assignment late for partial credit.  Except for unusual circumstances, labs cannot be made up.  Possible sources of 1-point deductions from lab work include: using notebook paper instead of the lab worksheet paper, failing to write your group number on the paper, improper storage of microscope, missing or dirty materials in your assigned box, stapling pages out of order. 

 Mastering Biology: Homework assignments through Mastering Biology will be averaged together and weighted as 50 points.  I will drop two of your low assignments before I average.  I will add your points twice to eCampus -  once before the drop date and once near the end of the semester. 

 Bonus Points: During the semester there will be opportunities to earn as many as 35 bonus points. Some of the points can be earned by participating in group activities and then taking a quiz at the end of the activity.  Other points can be earned by writing responses on exam days to topics introduced at the beginning of lecture.   



Point Distribution: 

Evaluation Method


Lecture Exams


Lab Practicals


Lab work




Mastering Biology


Lecture quizzes/assignments






Grading: The gradebook in eCampus will provide your point total at all times in the semester.  However, please keep in mind that 40% of the graded material occurs at the very end of the semester.  Grades can change very suddenly.


A         900  and up

B         800 – 899

C         700 – 799

D         600 – 699

F          below 600


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

Missing lecture or lab or both will count as one absence.

If you are more than 15 minutes late to lecture or lab, or if you leave class for an unexcused extended period of time, you will be counted as absent.

The last day to drop this semester with a Q is Friday, November 15th.

Eating and drinking is not allowed in the classroom.



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



Week Of






Syllabus & Ch. 1 Intro to Biol.

Labs 1 & 2

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



Ch. 3 Water and Life

Labs 4 & 5

Ch. 4: Carbon & Molecular Diversity

Lab 6 - Metric Measurement



Lab 6 cont.

Ch. 5: Large Biological Molecules

Ch. 5 cont.

Organic Molecules Activity



Exam #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

Ch. 8

Lab 11- Membrane Transport



Exam #2  (6-8, 11, 19)

Lab 11 data

Ch 9: Cellular Respiration

Ch 9 cont…

Cellular Respiration Concept Maps



Ch 10: Photosynthesis

Ch. 10

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



Exam #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



Exam #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 325 is Thursday, December 12th, from 7:45 – 9:45


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

  • § We covered only part of the chapter.

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