Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL
Biol. for Non-Science Majors I BIOL-1408
Professor: Dr. John D. Jenkin
Before class, after class, or by appointment
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, Spring 2014 Edition. Prestridge etal., Copy Stop Print & Postal
All sections of this course regardless of location or modality will require:
- A minimum of three major exams
- A minimum of two laboratory exams
- Comprehensive final exam
The following are required components of a student’s final grade.
- Major Exams: At least three major exams covering the lecture material, evenly distributed throughout the semester. Major exams will account for at least 30% of the final grade.
- Laboratory Exams: At least two laboratory exams requiring students to demonstrate an understanding of the laboratory exercises. The Laboratory exams will be designed to address both knowledge and skills and will account for at least 20% of the final grade.
- Minor Exams/Quizzes/Homework: Given at the discretion of the instructor. These materials will account for approximately 10% of the final grade.
- Additional Reports or Projects: Given at the discretion of the instructor.
- Student participation is assessed through the various assignments. These materials will account for at least 10% of the final grade
- 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
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
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.
13. CRITERIA FOR GRADING AND DETERMINING FINAL GRADE:
Final Average in Percent