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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors I BIOL-1406

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_313 CRN-21494
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 01/13/2014

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM, S-225


  • Monday, Wednesday, 5:40 PM to 6:55 PM, S-224

Contact Information

Instructor: Melissa Layton M.S.

Office Hours: MW 2:50-4:05 in S-117 or other times by appointment


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, 10th 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 

MasteringBiology:  Pearson Educational, Inc. Online platform

Course Requirements

a.  eCampus: Access to the Internet is REQUIRED. Internet access at home would certainly be a plus, however, all students at Blinn College and/or Texas A&M have computing resources available to them. The Open Computer Labs at Blinn College are located in Room H-225, the Learning Center (L-258 above the Library), and the Library. If you are not familiar with these, see me or inquire at the Learning Center, for more details, ASAP. eCampus is an online course tool. It is in essence a virtual classroom through which I will be posting course related materials and information, assignment instructions, quizzes and assignment due dates, test and exam dates, and important announcements. You will also be able to contact me with questions and or problems you might be having and have the ability to contact your classmates. It will be your responsibility to check this site daily:


b.  Final Exam: The Final is a common comprehensive final worth 200 points. It will consist of 150 multiple choice questions. I will reschedule your final exam date only when you have a conflict in final exam time and can provide a letter from your academic advisor to confirm the time conflict. Please come and see me ASAP so that I may plan accordingly.  Section 313 Final Exam will be on Friday, May 2nd , from 3:15 to 5:15 pm in the lecture room S-225 (see the class schedule for other available times).


c.  Tests: There will be four tests each worth 100 points. Tests may consist of a combination of true/false, multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer questions.Please see the lecture and lab schedule containing a list of the topics and chapters to be covered on each test. The exact date of the tests will be posted on eCampus Calendar and also announced in class at least two class periods prior the test date. We  will follow the course schedule as closely as possible. Make-up tests will only be offered to those with excused absences and proper documentations, no exceptions. Excused absences in addition to those officially recognized by Blinn (see “Attendance” below) include: illness with a doctor's note, or death of a close family member with documentation provided by funeral home. Students must contact me before the following class period to schedule a make-up. If you know that you will need to miss a test prior to the test date, contact me ASAP so that I may plan accordingly. There are no curves.


d.  Homework, Lecture Quizzes, and Activities: Daily homework will be completed and submitted through MasteringBiology and will be worth a minimum of 5% of your overall grade. Quizzes and in class activities completed in lecture (worth a total of 100 points) are designed to help students gauge their progress in learning the materials and feel comfortable with the types of questions that will be on tests. Quizzes will cover material from the previous lectures, handouts, and/or activities.  The semester will be divided into quarters, the final grade for quizzes and activities for each quarter will be out of 25 points.  These will typically be graded in class by your peers; you will identify your work using the 4 digit ID number of your choosing.


e.  Laboratory Practicals: There will be two lab practicals worth 100 points each. Lab practicals will test a student’s ability to carry out specific tasks or techniques that relate to lab activities performed and/or the overall student learning outcomes for the laboratory. Additional short answer, problem solving, or fill-in-the-blank questions may also be administered. There will be NO MAKE-UP EXAMS for the lab.


f.  Laboratory Exercises and Quizzes: Lab exercises and quizzes are worth 100 points. Each lab exercise is to be completed during the lab and turned in at the beginning of lecture the following class. Late work will not be accepted. Work will be accepted from students with an excused absence and documentation. Labs missing the appropriate coversheet will not be accepted. The semester will be divided into quarters, lab assignments from each quarter of the semester will be worth 25 points. Returning disorganized bins, leaving dirty equipment or workspace, or improperly storing microscopes will result in the loss of 50% of the points on that lab exercise for everyone in the group.


g.  Excellence Points: There are 50 points available over the course of the semester and earned on a quarterly basis.  Each quarter will be worth 10 points with an additional 10 points at the end of the semester awarded at the instructor’s discretion; the points are awarded all or nothing for each quarter. In order to earn the 10 points, students must attend every day, be on time, participate in all activities, and have a good record of completing and submitting assignments and answers prep questions. Points will be lost for poor work ethic, absences (excused or unexcused), showing up late, leaving early, leaving class frequently, chatting or talking when one should be listening, texting, sleeping, leaving behind messes for other people to clean up, being rude or disrespectful towards others, failure to submit work, consistent inability to answer prep questions, or making the instructor listen to excuses for poor behavior.


Evaluation Methods


Comprehensive Final Exam


Lecture Exams (4)


Homework / Quizzes / Activities


Lab Practical (2)


Lab Exercises / Quizzes


Total Points


Excellence 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 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.


BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I (Spring 2014)

Updated: 01/08/14




Lecture Topic

Laboratory Topic






First Day

Intro to Biol

Labs 1 & 2 – Safety/Process of Science

Lab 3 – The Scientific Method







Chemical Context of Life


Lab 4 and 5 – Exp. Design/Graphing






Water and Life

Carbon and Molecular Diversity / Carbs

Lab 6 – Metric Measurement

Lab review






Large Biological Molecules

Test #1  (1-5)

Organic Molecules Activity

Lab 7 – Testing for Organic Molecules






A Tour of the Cell

A Tour of the Cell cont’d / Viruses

Lab 8 – Microscopy

Lab 9 – Observing Cells in Action






Membrane Transport

Cell Communication

Lab 10 – Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport






Intro to Metabolism

Test #2  (6-8, 11, 19)

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport cont’d

Review for practical






Cellular Respiration

Last minute review for practical

Cellular Respiration Concept Maps

Lab Exam #1 (Wednesday, 03/05)




Spring Break

No Class

No Class







Finish / Review (Cell resp. / Photosyn.)

Lecture: Ch. 10

Lab 12 – Spectrophotometry






The Cell Cycle

Test #3  (9-10, 12)

Lab 17 – Mitosis

Lab 13 – Chromatography






Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycle

Molecular Basis of Inheritance

Lab 14 – Photosynthesis

Lab 14 – Photosynthesis cont’d / Review

13 Q







From Gene to Protein


Regulation of Gene Expression

Lab 15 – DNA Isolation (04/07)

Gene Expression Concept Maps  (04/07)

Lab 16 – Restriction Endonucleases  (04/09)






Mendel and the Gene Idea

Finish / Review for Test #4

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics cont’d






Test #4 (13-14, 16-18)

Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance

Gene expression and station quizzes

Review for Lab Exam #2






Last minute review for practical

Review for final exam

Lab Exam #2 (Monday, 04/28)

Review for final exam

FINAL EXAM: You are allowed to select the time that best suits your schedule

Friday May 2 from 3:15 to 5:15 in room S-225 (lecture)

Monday May 5 from 12:45 to 2:45 in room S-225 (lecture)

Monday May 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 in room S-224 (lab)


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

  • § We covered only part of the chapter.

Q Q-drop, last day to withdraw with a “Q” is Friday, April 11, 2014.