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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors I BIOL-1406

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_314 CRN-21495
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 01/15/2014

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM, S216


  • Monday, Wednesday, 5:40 PM to 6:55 PM, S215

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Anas Khanshour

The preferred way to reach me is through the email

Office Hours

  • Wednesday, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, S117


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, 2014. Reece, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, and Jackson. Pearson Education, Inc.

Lab Manual: Biology 1406 Laboratory Manual, Spring 2014, Richardson et. al. Copy Stop Print & Postal

eCampus access: Students are expected to login to eCampus after every class to access course announcements and assignments.  Resources such as Powerpoint presentations, audio files, grades, and other review materials are also available.  If you miss a class, it is especially important to check with the eCampus announcements so you will be ready for the next class.

Mastering Biology Access Code: can be purchased online or bundled with the "full" or "split" textbook at the Blinn Bookstore. Be careful with other sources; sometimes books that "come with access codes" are expired or already used codes. Part of your grade comes from assignments that must be completed in Mastering Biology, so it is required for this course.

Course Requirements

-Major Exams: There will be four major exams during the semester. Three exams will be in class and one take-home exam. These will cover the lectures, readings from your textbook, material covered in MasteringBiology and eCampus, and your notes during the lecture.   The exam questions may consist of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short answer questions.

-Final Exam: The final exam is comprehensive and required for all students. The exam is departmental (all 1406 students take the same exam).

-Laboratory Practical Exams:  There will be two lab practical exams. Lab practical exams will test 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. An overview of some materials which will be covered on the lab exams is located in the Appendix of your lab manual. There will be NO make-up examsfor lab.

-Laboratory Exercises:  Each lab has a Worksheet to be completed during the lab and turned in 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 each exercise, you must be present and participating in the entire lab exercise. No late work or make-up will be accepted.

-Participation: The bulk of your participation score will come from grades received on lab quizzes, homework and in class and online discussion forums or group activities.

-Bonus points: bonus points will be given to those students: asking/answering outstanding questions during the lecture or the lab, participating in “I would like to see this in my exam” and/or through optional homework and projects. Bonus points subject to the rules provided by the instructor before any activity.

Expectations: We will cover a large amount of materials in different subjects, therefore, you need to attend all lectures and labs, keep up by reading the textbook and the lab manual, study as group, complete your assignment on time, do not wait until the day before the test to begin preparing for an exam and get the benefit of the office hours throughout the semester not only before the exams.


Points Distribution:


Evaluation Method



Major Exam 1



Major Exam 2



Major Exam 3



Major Exam 4 (take-home)



Laboratory Practical Exams



Laboratory Exercises






Final Exam






Bonus points



Final scores = (total points/10)+ (bounce points/10)

Grading Scale:

Final scores

Letter Grade

90 – 100 %


80 – 89 %


70 – 79 %


60 – 69 %


≤ 59 %


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. Students accumulating four unexcused absences will be dropped.

Arriving late

No late arrival is allowed in classrooms or laboratories. Late=absent

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]

Cleaning the lab work place

All students in a group are responsible for cleaning before the end of the lab period. Students will not allowed to turned in their lab workseets before cleaning their work place. Failure to follow this rule will result in students being denied access to the lab and that will count an absence for ALL students in the group. In addition, part of the bonus points will be deducted.


The best way to reach me is through my blinn email. You are required to use your Blinn email acoount for any comunication related to this course. When you send me an email, include this (#314) in the subject line.

Eating and Drinking

Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.

Closed-toe Shoes

Students are required to wear closed-toe shoes in the lab. Failure to follow the rules will result in a student being denied access to the lab. This will count as an absence. The student Will NOT be allowed to make up missed work.

Mutual Respect

I will give you all the respect you deserve without question. Simultaneously, I expect you to respect me and your classmates. Respect includes arriving the class on time, not speaking over others, not wearing offensive or revealing clothing, and not using cell phones/electronic devices in class.





Lecture Topic

Laboratory Topic




First Day /Intro to Biol

Labs 1 & 2: Safety/Process of Science



Intro to Biol/Chemical Context of Life

Lab 3: The Scientific Method








Water and Life

Lab 4 and 5: Exp. Design/Graphing




Carbon and Molecular Diversity

Lab 6:  Metric Measurement



Large Biological Molecules

Lab 6:  Metric Measurement cont’d




Large Biological Molecules

Organic Molecules Activity



Exam #1  ch(1-5)

Lab 7: Testing for Organic Molecules




A Tour of the Cell

Lab 8: Microscopy



A Tour of the Cell cont’d

Lab 9: Observing Cells in Action




Viruses  & Membrane Transport

Lab 10: Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells



Membrane Transport cont’d

Lab 11: Membrane Transport



11§ /08

Cell Communication & Intro to Metabolism

Lab 11: Membrane Transport cont’d



Intro to Metabolism

Lecture:Cellular Respiration




Exam #2  ch(6-8, 11, 19)

Review for Lab Exam #1



Cellular Respiration

Lab Exam #1



Spring Break, no Class






Cellular Respiration Concept Maps



Photosynthesis cont’d

Lab 12: Spectrophotometry




The Cell Cycle

Lab 17: Mitosis



Exam #3  ch(9-10, 12)

Lab 13: Chromatography




Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycle

Lab 14: Photosynthesis



Molecular Basis of Inheritance

Lab 14: Photosynthesis cont’d

13 Q



From Gene to Protein1

Lab 15: DNA Isolation



From Gene to Protein2

Gene Expression Concept Maps




Regulation of Gene Expression

Lab 16: Restriction Endonucleases



Mendel and the Gene Idea

Lab 18: Mendelian Genetics




Mendel and the Gene Idea

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics cont’d



Exam #4 ch(1-14, 16-19)

Review for Lab Exam #2




Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance

Lab Exam #2



Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance cont’d

Review for final exam

FINAL EXAM: Friday-May 2, from 3:15 to 5:15 in room S-216

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