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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL


Biol. for Non-Science Majors I BIOL-1408

  • Spring 2014

  • Section SECTION_311 CRN-21225

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014

  • Modified 01/10/2014



Meeting Times


Lecture

Tuesday, Thursday, 2:50 PM to 4:05 PM, H 210

Lab

Tuesday, Thursday, 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM, H 108

Contact Information


Professor: Dr. John D. Jenkin

Email: jjenkin@blinn.edu
Office: H247
Phone: 979-209-7366

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM, H247

Before class, after class, or by appointment.

Description


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.

Outcomes


  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.

Materials


Bryan

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

 

Course Requirements


All sections of this course regardless of location or modality will require:

  1. A minimum of three major exams
  2. A minimum of two laboratory exams
  3. Comprehensive final exam

Evaluation


The following are required components of a student’s final grade.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Minor Exams/Quizzes/Homework: Given at the discretion of the instructor. These materials will account for approximately 10% of the final grade.
  4. Additional Reports or Projects: Given at the discretion of the instructor.
  5. Student participation is assessed through the various assignments. These materials will account for at least 10% of the final grade
  6. 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


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 www.blinn.edu/disability/index.html.

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


13. CRITERIA FOR GRADING AND DETERMINING FINAL GRADE:

 

GRADE SCALE:       

Final   Average in Percent

Letter   Grade

89.5-100%

A

79.5-89.4%

B

69.5-79.4%

C

59.5-69.4%

D

>59.4%

F

Schedule


WhenTopicNotes
 

Date

Month/TTH

Lecture Topics

Ch.

Lab Topics

Lab Number

1/14

Syllabus /   Introduction

 

Lab Safety   / Scientific Literacy Ppt

Lab Safety   Handout

1/16

Scientific   Thinking

1

Measurement

1

1/21

Scientific   Thinking

1

Scientific   Method

2

1/23

Chemistry

2

Scientific   Literacy

3

1/28

Chemistry

2

Macromolecules

4

1/30

Chemistry /   Cells

2/3

Testing for   Macromolecules

5

2/4

Cells

3

Review for Lab Exam 1

 

2/6

Cells

3

Lab Exam 1

 

2/11

Exam 1

 

Microscopy

6

2/13

Energy

4

Cell   Exploration

7

2/18

Energy

4

Diffusion   and Osmosis

8

2/20

Energy

4

Scientific   Literacy

9

2/25

DNA, Gene   Expression, and Biotechnology

5

Review for Lab Exam 2

 

2/27

DNA, Gene   Expression, and Biotechnology

5

Lab Exam 2

 

3/4

Chromosomes   and Cell Division

6

Photosynthesis

10

3/6

Chromosomes   and Cell Division

6

Cellular   Respiration

11

3/10-3/15

Spring   Break

 

Spring   Break

 

3/18

Chromosomes   and Cell Division

6

DNA   Replication

12

3/20

Exam 2

 

Transcription and Translation

13

3/25

Genes and   Inheritance

7

Scientific   Literacy

14

3/27

Genes and   Inheritance

7

Review for Lab Exam 3

 

4/1

Evolution   and Natural Selection

8

Lab Exam 3

 

4/3

Evolution   and Natural Selection

8

Cellular   Division

15

4/8

Evolution   and Natural Selection

8

Genetic   Inheritance

16

4/10

Evolution   and Behavior

9

Natural   Selection

17

4/15

Evolution   and Behavior

9

Evidences   of Evolution

18

4/17

Evolution   and Behavior

9

Scientific   Literacy

19

4/22

Exam 3

 

Review for Lab Exam 4

 

4/24

Evolution   Video

 

Lab Exam 4

 

4/29

Review   for Final

 

Review for   Final

 

5/6 

Final Exam

 

Tuesday, 7:45-9:45 AM

Room H210