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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biol. for Non-Science Majors I BIOL-1408

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_305 CRN-21208
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 01/12/2014

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 2:50 PM to 4:05 PM, H-210


  • Monday, Wednesday, 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM, H-108

Contact Information

Instructor: Jason Ryan Carbaugh

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM, S-117


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.


  1. Distinguish between prokaryotic, eukaryotic, plant and animal cells, and identify major cell structures.
  2. Identify stages of the cell cycle, mitosis (plant and animal), and meiosis.
  3. Interpret results from cell physiology experiments involving movement across membranes, enzymes, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration.
  4. Apply genetic principles to predict the outcome of genetic crosses and statistically analyze results.
  5. Describe karyotyping, pedigrees, and biotechnology and provide an example of the uses of each.
  6. Identify parts of a DNA molecule, and describe replication, transcription, and translation.
  7. Analyze evidence for evolution and natural selection.
  8. Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions, and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
  9. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
  10. 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

Course Requirements

BioPortalBioPortal is a website providing supplement material with the course textbook. You are REQUIRED to register on the website with an access code. During the semester, you will be completing assignments on this webite.


Lecture Quizzes and ActivitiesQuizzes and activities will be given to help students gauge their progress in learning the materials. These quizzes and activities are worth a total of 100 points and will cover material from both the lectures and textbook.


Lecture ExamsThere will be three lecture exams each worth 100 points. Exams may consist of a combination of multiple choice, true/false, matching, fill in the blank, and/or short answer questions. All lecture exams require an Advantage #28980 scantron. Exams will cover material from both the lectures and the textbook. Make-up exams will only be offered to those with excused absences and proper documentations; no exceptions. Excused absences include: illness with doctor's note, official Blinn College activity, or death of a close family member with appropriate documentation. Students must see me during the first class period following the absence to schedule a make-up exam. If you know that you will need to miss an exam prior to the test date, contact me ASAP so that I may plan accordingly. An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero.


Final ExamThe final exam is a comprehensive final worth 200 points.


Laboratory ExercisesLab exercises are worth a total of 100 points. You are expected to read the assigned pages of the lab exercise before the scheduled lab to gain a general understanding of what you will be doing. Each lab exercise is to be completed during the lab and submitted at the end of the period or as instructed. Deductions will be taken for incomplete work or failure to demonstrate general competency of the assigned material. To receive points for the exercises, you must be present and participating during the entire lab exercise. No late work or make-up will be accepted.


Laboratory Practical ExamsThere will be four lab practical exams worth 75 points each. Practical exams may consist of a combination of fill in the blank, true/false, matching, and short answer questions. There will be NO MAKE-UP EXAMS for lab.


Expectations:  For you to be successful in this course, you will need to keep up by reading the textbook and the laboratory manual, studying your notes, and completing the activities. The lecture component of this course is 3 credit hours. Therefore, you should devote at least 6 hours per week towards this course. However, you may need to spend additional time beyond the 6 hours for reading and studying the labs outside of the designated lab time.


Extra Credit:  Extra credit maybe given out during the semester at the discretion of the instructor to the entire class and not by individual requests. It could be in the form of additional questions on quizzes and/or exams, and by activities. However, do not expect any given extra credit to increase your grade substantially in the course. It will still be necessary for you to learn the required material to succeed.


Exam Calendar:

Lecture Exams


Lab Practicals


Exam 1

February 12

Lab Practical 1

February 10

Exam 2

March 24

Lab Practical 2

March 3

Exam 3

April 23

Lab Practical 3

April 2

Final Exam

May 5

Lab Practical 4

April 28


Evaluation Methods




Lecture Exams (3)


Final Exam


Laboratory Practical Exams (4)


Lecture Quizzes and Activities


Laboratory Exercises




Total Points



Grading Scale



Letter Grade





90 – 100 %


800 – 899

80 – 89 %


700 – 799

70 – 79 %


600 – 699

60 – 69 %


≤ 599

≤ 59 %



Your Course Average = [ (Your Total Points) / 1000 ] x 100 = ____ %

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

Cellular telephones and beepers/pagers must be disengaged while the student is in the Blinn College Library or any classroom/lab, unless otherwise instructed. 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 ReminderMissing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence. For classes that meet twice a week during the semester, two absences count as one week of absence. Students accumulating two weeks of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped.


Health ConcernsEating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.


Problem Resolution:  If you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try to 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].


Tentative Lecture and Lab Schedule – Spring 2014





Lecture Period

Laboratory Period










Lab Safety

Ch. 1 – Scientific Thinking

Scientific Literacy


Ch. 1 – Scientific Thinking

Lab 1 – Measurements




Holiday – No Class


Ch. 1 – Scientific Thinking

Lab 2 – Scientific Method




Ch. 2 – Chemistry

Lab 3 – Scientific Literacy


Ch. 2 – Chemistry

Lab 4 – Macromolecules




Ch. 2 – Chemistry

Lab 5 – Testing for Macromolecules

Ch. 3 – Cells


Ch. 3 – Cells

Lab Practical #1 Review




Ch. 3 – Cells



EXAM #1  (1-3)

Lab 6 – Microscopy




Ch. 4 – Energy

Lab 7 – Cell Exploration


Ch. 4 – Energy

Lab 8 – Diffusion and Osmosis




Ch. 4 – Energy

Lab 9 – Scientific Literacy


Ch. 5 – DNA, Gene Expression, and Biotech

Lab Practical #2 Review 




Ch. 5 – DNA, Gene Expression, and Biotech



Ch. 5 – DNA, Gene Expression, and Biotech

Lab 10 – Photosynthesis

Ch. 6 – Chromosomes and Cell Division



Spring Break




Ch. 6 – Chromosomes and Cell Division

Lab 11 – Cellular Respiration


Ch. 6 – Chromosomes and Cell Division

Lab 12 – DNA Replication




EXAM #2  (4-6)

Lab 13 – Transcription and Translation


Ch. 7 – Genes and Inheritance

Lab 14 – Scientific Literacy




Ch. 7 – Genes and Inheritance

Lab Practical #3 Review


Ch. 7 – Genes and Inheritance


Ch. 8 – Evolution and Natural Selection




Ch. 8 – Evolution and Natural Selection

Lab 15 – Cellular Division


Ch. 8 – Evolution and Natural Selection

Lab 16 – Genetic Inheritance




Ch. 9 – Evolution and Behavior

Lab 17 – Natural Selection


Ch. 9 – Evolution and Behavior

Lab 18 – Evidences of Evolution




Ch. 9 – Evolution and Behavior

Lab 19 – Scientific Literacy


EXAM #3  (7-9)

Lab Practical #4 Review




Lab 20 – Evolution Videos



Review for Final Exam

Review for Final Exam




FINAL EXAM:  Monday, May 5  3:15-5:15 pm in H-210


*The last day to drop the course with a Q is Friday, April 11