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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biol. for Non-Science Majors I BIOL-1408

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_309 CRN-21219
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 01/12/2014

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 10:35 AM to 11:50 AM, H210


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, H108

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Terrence Boyle Jr

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, S233
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, S233
  • Friday, 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM, S233


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, Spring 2014 Edition. Prestridge etal., Copy Stop Print & Postal

Bioportal Online program comes with purchase of the new text book.

Course Requirements

Lecture Work

Daily quizzes on the Bioportal website will cover recent lecture topics.  No make-up is offered for missed quizzes regardless of reason. In class discussion on lecture topics and activities will also occur periodically.  Submission of Scientific literacy articles and associated questions as assigned.

 Lab Work

Periodic quizzes and worksheets will cover recent topics and assigned readings from the laboratory.  A grade of zero will be recorded for missed work unless an approved excuse is submitted.  No make-up is offered for missed quizzes.  You will be responsible for writing 3 supportive/rebuttal papers over the scientific literacy articles covered in class.  A rubric will be handed out during the first day of class.

 Lecture Exams

Lecture exams will consist of 50 questions consisting of multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching and/or short answer questions.  All exams require an Advantage #28980 scantron.

 Lab Exams (Practicals)

Lab practicals will consists of 20-25 stations covering the most recent lab exercises along with 5-6 questions over a 1 page scientific article.  No make-ups will be offered for missed exams.  If you have a potential scheduling conflict, please contact your professor as soon as possible.


A comprehensive final exam will be administered during the finals period.


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.

Scientific Literacy:  There will be four labs covering scientific literacy.  You will be responsible for submitting an article and a set of questions relevant to the article to your instructor 1 week in advance of your groups’ assigned presentation.  I will choose the article for your group.  Your group will be responsible for leading the discussion about your article during the respective lab period.

Point Distribution:     

Lecture exams (3 exams x 100 points each)               300 points

Final exam                                                              200 points

Lab exams (4 exams x 75 points each)                      300 points

Lecture work Quizzes                                                100 points

Lab work/quizzes                                                     100 points                 

                                                                           1,000 points

A = 900 – 1000 points  B = 800 – 899 points C = 700 – 799 points D = 600 – 699 points F < 600 points.

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 Addendum: Role will be taken by a sign in sheet in the first 15 minutes of each lecture.  If you do not sign this sheet within the time alloted due to coming in late, this will be counted as a tardy.  Four tardies equals 1 unexcecused absence!  Last day to drop with a "Q" is April 11th.

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.




Lecture Topics


Lab Topics

Lab Number


Syllabus /   Introduction


Lab Safety   / Scientific Literacy Ppt

Lab Safety   Handout


Scientific   Thinking





Scientific   Thinking


Scientific   Method





Scientific   Literacy








Chemistry /   Cells


Testing for   Macromolecules





Review for Lab Exam 1





Lab Exam 1



Exam 1







Cell   Exploration





Diffusion   and Osmosis





Scientific   Literacy



DNA, Gene   Expression, and Biotechnology


Review for Lab Exam 2



DNA, Gene   Expression, and Biotechnology


Lab Exam 2



Chromosomes   and Cell Division





Chromosomes   and Cell Division


Cellular   Respiration



Spring   Break


Spring   Break



Chromosomes   and Cell Division


DNA   Replication



Exam 2


Transcription and Translation



Genes and   Inheritance


Scientific   Literacy



Genes and   Inheritance


Review for Lab Exam 3



Evolution   and Natural Selection


Lab Exam 3



Evolution   and Natural Selection


Cellular   Division



Evolution   and Natural Selection


Genetic   Inheritance



Evolution   and Behavior


Natural   Selection



Evolution   and Behavior


Evidences   of Evolution



Evolution   and Behavior


Scientific   Literacy



Exam 3


Review for Lab Exam 4



Evolution   Video


Lab Exam 4



Review   for Final


Review for   Final



Final Exam


Sec 308 – 5/1 – 7:45am

Sec 309 – 5/1 – 10:15am