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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors I BIOL-1406

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_322 CRN-21519
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 01/09/2014

Meeting Times

Lecture: TR 9:10-10:25 AM (S216)

Lab: TR 10:35-11:50 AM (S215)

Contact Information

Instructor: Victoria Sharpe

Office: S239

Office Hourse: MW 2:30-3:30 PM

                      TR 1:00-2:30PM

Office Phone number: (979) 209-7426

Home Phone: (979) 690-6493 before 10:00PM


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 


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. A comprehensive final exam


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

a.  4 Lecture Exams @ 100 pts.:  The four lecture exams will be a mixture of   objective and written questions.  They   will each be worth 100 points.  While   being mostly objective, there may also be short answer, fill in the blank,   and drawing questions.  Examples of   these would include drawing an organic molecule, or a biochemical pathway.  Students who cannot take the exam on the   scheduled day may possibly take a different test which may involve a   different format.

b.  2 Lab Exams @ 100 pts.:  The lab exams are set by the entire biology   department.  They will be short answer   or multiple choice, and will cover the material presented in lab.  The 2 lab exams are mandatory.  If a student misses the lab exam, they will   need to take it during the week the exam is given, with another class.

c.  1 Final Exam @ 200 pts.:  The final exam is completely objective and is set by the department.  By Blinn regulations, it represents 20% of your final grade. 

d.  Lab worksheets - 5 @ 5 pts.:  Lab worksheets which are completed and turned in on time will be worth a total of 25 pts.

e.  Connect quizzes - 15 @ 5 pts.:   There will be 15 connect quizzes covering material that has been covered in   previous lectures. These quizzes will  be worth a total of 75 pts.

f.  In class quizzes – 25 @ 2 pt. in class quizzes = 50pts.

f.  QEP Post tests - 3 @ 10 pts.:  You will be given 3 QEP (Quality   Enhancement Plan) lab activities on which you will be given a 10 point post   test on each representing a total of 30 points.

g. 4 Exam Practice quizzes @ 5 pts. for 20 pts.:These objective tests will give you an idea of your knowledge base for the upcoming lecture exam.

h.  Bonus opportunities @ 50   pts.:  Throughout the semester, there   will be bonus point opportunities worth a total of 100 points.  These will include tutorials, multiple  choice tests, in class quizzes and activities to help you think about and learn the class and   lab material.  The wise student will   definitely take advantage of these bonus points - they are essentially a   savings account of extra points that can raise your grade.





4 Lecture Exams


2 Lab Exams


1 Departmental Final Exam


5 Lab Worksheets


15 Connect Quizzes


25 In Class Quizzes


30 QEP Post Test


 4 Exam Practice Quizzes


Add in extra   credit (up to 50 points)




Your Grade = your % of total = (Your Total Points + Bonus Points/1000 x 100 = _______%


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 1406-322: Lecture and Laboratory Schedule




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 (19.1, 19.2 and Fig. 19.6)

Membrane   Structure & Transport

Lab 8 –   Microscopy

Lab 9 –   Observing Cells in Action






Membrane   Transport/ Cell Communication

Intro to   Metabolism. (Ch. 11: 11.1 and 11.2)

Lab 10 –   Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells

Lab 11 –   Membrane Transport






Test #2    (6-8, 11, 19)

Cellular   Respiration

Lab 11 –   Membrane Transport cont’d

Cellular   Respiration Concept Maps






Cellular   Respiration


Review for   Lab Practical #1

Lab Exam #1 (Thursday, 03/06)




Spring   Break

No Class

No Class







The Cell   Cycle

Lab 12 –   Spectrophotometry

Lab 17 –   Mitosis






Test #3    (9-10, 12)

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 (only 18.1, 18.2 and Fig. 18.3)

Gene   Expression Concept Maps

Lab 16 –   Restriction Endonucleases





Mendel and   the Gene Idea

Lab 18 –   Mendelian Genetics

Lab 18 –   Mendelian Genetics cont’d






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

Chromosomal   Basis of Inheritance(Omit Genomic mapping and genetic imprinting)

Review for   Lab Exam #2

Lab Exam #2 (Thursday, 04/24)




Chromosomal   Basis of Inheritance


FINAL EXAM: Section   322, Thursday, May 1 from 10:15AM to 12:15 noon in room S-215 (LAB)