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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors I BIOL-1406

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_320 CRN-21515
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 01/14/2014

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM, S224


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 9:10 AM to 10:25 AM, S224

Office Hours

  • Monday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, S117

Contact Information

Instructor: Mrs. Ebony Lai Hing


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. 

*With online component- MasteringBiology*

Lab Manual: Biology 1406 Laboratory Manual, Fall 2013, Richardson et. al. Copy Stop Print & Postal 


Course Requirements


  1. 4 Major Lecuture Exams -comprehensive
  2. 2 Laboratory exams *Departmental*
  3. A comprehensive final exam *Departmental*
  4. Mastering Biology online homework component 
  5. Participation in class and laboratory activities 



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

  1. Major exams account for at least 40% of the final grade.
  2. Laboratory exams designed to address both knowledge and skills and will account for 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 and will count 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.


Final Exam 20%

Major Exams(5) 40%

Lab Practical (2) 20%

Participation 10%

Homework/Mastering Biology 10%


In order to reduce grade inflation only 5 points bonus question on every exam and 3 bonus activities will be given for the semester. Major exams will not be curved. NO OTHER BONUS WILL BE AVAILBLE! 

SLO Activities: These departmental assessments activities will be given during lab time as bonus quizzes toward practical exams.  10 questions assessment quizzes that are given the class period after Organic molecule, cellular respiration and gene expression activities. No make up for quizzes will be offered!

Lab participation points will consist of the following:

30 points for a daily in class assignment or lab report* 

10 points for pre lab assignments

10 points for post lab assignments

*Lab assignments/lab reports due for the semester. These lab reports wil summarize the major activity of a lab topic that may cover several labs (i.e. Scientific Method: Termite behavior). The due dates TBA, each assignment will be worth 60-100 points categorized under Participation.

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)


Outline of the course content and Schedule (TR)*:





Lecture Topic

Laboratory Topic






First Day /Intro to Biol

Intro to Biol/Chemical Context of Life

Labs 1 & 2 – Safety/Process of Science

Lab 3 – The Scientific Method






Water and Life

Carbon and Molecular Diversity

Lab 4 and 5 – Exp. Design/Graphing

Lab 6 – Metric Measurement





Large Biological Molecules

Lab 6 – Metric Measurement cont’d

Organic Molecules Activity






Test #1  (1-5)

A Tour of the Cell

Lab 7 – Testing for Organic Molecules







A Tour of the Cell /Viruses

Membrane Structure & Transport

Lab 8 – Microscopy

Lab 9 – Observing Cells in Action






Membrane Transport/ Cell Communication

Test #2  (6,7, 11, 19)

Lab 10 – Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport






Intro to Metabolism

Cellular Respiration

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport cont’d

Cellular Respiration Concept Maps






Cellular Respiration/Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis cont’d

Review for Lab Practical #1

Lab Exam #1 (Thursday, 03/06)




Spring Break

No Class

No Class





Test #3  (8-10)

The Cell Cycle

Lab 12 – Spectrophotometry

Lab 17 – Mitosis






Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycle

Lab 13 – Chromatography

Lab 14 – Photosynthesis






Molecular Basis of Inheritance

From Gene to Protein

Lab 14 – Photosynthesis cont’d

Lab 15 – DNA Isolation

13 Q





From Gene to Protein

Regulation of Gene Expression

Gene Expression Concept Maps

Lab 16 – Restriction Endonucleases





Mendel and the Gene Idea

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics

Test #4 (13,14) Take Home #5 (16,18)






Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance

Review for Lab Exam #2

Lab Exam #2 (Thursday, 04/24)




Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance


FINAL EXAM: Section 1406, 320 1st day May 2014 7:45-9:45 to in room S-225


* 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.


Ecampus Pre/Post Lab Due Dates

TR 1406-320    
  Prelab Postlab Points
  9:00am 11:55pm 10
1 21-Jan 21-Jan 10
2 21-Jan 21-Jan 10
3 16-Jan 23-Jan 10
4 --- 28-Jan 10
5 21-Jan 28-Jan 10
6 23-Jan 4-Feb 10
6- Metrics Answ --- 6-Mar 50
Organic Molecule --- 6-Mar 50
7 4-Feb 11-Feb 10
8 11-Feb 18-Feb 10
9 13-Feb 20-Feb 10
10 --- 25-Feb 10
11 19-Feb 26-Feb 10
12 18-Mar 25-Mar 10
17 20-Mar 27-Mar 10
13 25-Mar 1-Apr 10
14 27-Mar 3-Apr 10
15 3-Apr 10-Apr 10
16 10-Apr 7-Apr 10
18 15-Apr 22-Apr 10