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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors I BIOL-1406

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_325 CRN-21526
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 01/13/2014

Meeting Times

Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00pm to 1:15pm in room S225

Laboratory: Tuesday & Thursday, 1:25pm to 2:40pm in room S224

Contact Information

Mr. Brian G. Hanks   [email protected]   979-209-7423

Office Hours in S236:

Monday & Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:05 pm

Tuesday & Thursday from 10:25 am to 12:00 pm

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.



Required Textbook: Campbell Biology, 10th. Edition, 2014. Reece, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, and Jackson. Pearson Education, Inc. 

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

Required Additional Materials:

Student access to the Mastering Biology website

A working Blinn College student email address

Nine Advantage scantrons for lecture exams, quizzes, and the Final Exam

One Notebook for note taking in lecture and lab

Pens & sharpened pencils


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 is expected of students taking this course:

Knowledge of topics and the testing schedule as provided in the course syllabus;

The checking of Blinn student email before each class meeting;

Participation in all scheduled lectures and labs;

Reading of the required Text chapters to be covered in lectures;

Reading of the Lab book chapters before each scheduled laboratory;

Note taking and/or audio recording of lectures;

Twelve to 15 hours per week of study/reading outside of class;

Additional study prior to tests;

Consultation during office hours when needed;

Tutoring at the Blinn Learning Center if needed.



Lecture Exams:


Each of three lecture exams will consist of predominantly multiple-choice questions. Approximately 70 to 90 multiple-choice questions plus several short-answer essays will be included on each exam. You will be tested on both lecture and reading assignments. You will need a #2 pencil and a blank scantron form for each exam.

Final Exam:


The final exam is comprehensive (100 multiple-choice questions).



Of the five or more quizzes to be given during the semester, the highest four scores that you have earned will be used in the calculation of your final grade. Quizzes cover material from both lecture and laboratory. Expect questions in the form of practicals, fill-in-the-blank, short essay, and problem solving. There will be no makeup quizzes.

Laboratory Practical Exams:


Each of the two departmental lab practical exams will focus on previously covered laboratory topics. Completion of your worksheets and your studies in the laboratory are activities that will form an important part of your preparation for these lab practicals.

Extra Credit:


By correctly answering additional bonus questions when offered on exams and quizzes, you may earn bonus points. You will also have opportunities to earn bonus points by completing Mastering Biology Assignments, and correctly answering questions on 2 short bonus quizzes.



Various types of assignments from lecture and lab will herein be considered as worksheets. These could include for example, a Mastering Biology Assignment, a written text or lab book chapter summary, evidence that your laboratory work has been completed, a requested drawing or sketch, a synopsis of a current event concerning some aspect of biology, a short written assignment, etc. Each worksheet will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Each worksheet is due during the class period in which it is assigned, unless I inform you otherwise. You are expected to work for the duration of the lab period in order to receive credit for worksheets involving laboratory assignments.


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

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

3 lecture exams (120 points each) 360 points

1 final exam (200 points) 200 points

4 highest quizzes (35 points each) 140 points

2 laboratory practical exams (100 points each) 200 points

10 or more worksheets (10 or less points each) 100 points _________________________________________________________

Total points 1000 points*

*Because you have the opportunity to earn extra credit points, and because some exams may be curved (no more than 5%), it is possible to earn more than 1000 points.

Your final course (%) average = (your total points earned/1000) X 100

Final course grades are calculated as:

A: 895 or more points, B: 795 to 894 points, C: 695 to 794 points,

D: 595 to 694 points, F: 594 or less points.










89.5%   and above



79.5%   to 89.4%



69.5%   to 79.4%



59.5%   to 69.4%



00.0%   to 59.4%


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

Eating and Drinking:

Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories. Students with food or drink (including bottled water) in view at ANY time in the laboratory will be required to immediately leave the laboratory for the remainder of class, which will additionally constitute one unexcused absence.

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 count as one week's absence.  Students accumulating two week’s worth of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped.

If you wish that I take into consideration the possibility that an absence be excused, you must email your request to me at [email protected]. To be considered, your email must be received no later than the Thursday of the week of the absence. Your email must also describe the circumstances that led to your absence.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class in which he or she no longer chooses to be enrolled. To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, and complete the class withdrawal process.

The last day to drop this semester with a Q is Friday, April  11, 2014.


Scholastic Integrity Reminder:

Any exam, quiz, lab practical, independant assignment or test of any kind should be completed without assistance from notes, books, electronic devices, or communication with fellow students unless I instruct you otherwise. Any exam, quiz, lab practical, independant assignment or test of any kind will count as a ZERO that cannot be dropped or replaced by another grade if any degree of cheating as described above is observed.

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].


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






A Tour of the Cell

A Tour of the Cell /Viruses

Lab 7 – Testing for Organic   Molecules







Membrane Structure &   Transport

Lecture   Exam I

Lab 8 – Microscopy

Lab 9 – Observing Cells in   Action






Membrane Transport/ Cell   Communication

Intro to Metabolism

Lab 10 – Prokaryotic and   Eukaryotic Cells

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport







Cellular Respiration

Cellular Respiration

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport cont’d

Cellular Respiration Concept   Maps








Review for Lab Practical #1

Lab Practical   #1 (Thursday, 03/06)




Spring   Break

No Class

No Class






The Cell Cycle

Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycle

Lab 12 – Spectrophotometry

Lab 17 – Mitosis






Lecture   Exam II

Molecular Basis of Inheritance

Lab 13 – Chromatography

Lab 14 – Photosynthesis






From Gene to Protein

From Gene to Protein

Lab 14 – Photosynthesis cont’d

Lab 15 – DNA Isolation

13 Q





Regulation of Gene Expression

Mendel and the Gene Idea

Gene Expression Concept Maps

Lab 16 – Restriction   Endonucleases






Mendel and the Gene Idea


Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics cont’d






Lecture   Exam III

Chromosomal Basis of   Inheritance

Review for Lab Practical #2

Lab Practical   #2 (Thursday, 04/24)




Chromosomal Basis of   Inheritance


FINAL   EXAM: Section 325, Thursday May 1 from 12:45pm to 2:45pm in room S-224 (Laboratory Room)

 The Final Exam will NOT be given at any other time than the ONE indicated above.

* In case of course schedule changes, updates will be emailed to your Blinn email address 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.