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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Intro Biomed BIOL-1171

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_B01 CRN-22516
  • 1 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 01/16/2014

Meeting Times

  • Thursday, 4:15 PM to 5:05 PM, H-210, Bryan Campus

Contact Information

Instructor: Ms. Roxanne Brown

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, S-110, Bryan Campus
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM, S-110, Bryan Campus


Virtual meetings can be arranged using Elluminate/Collaborate by request.  

In order to meet your scheduling needs, I am happy to arrange to meet students at other times as well. Please contact me for an appointment.


The course explores career opportunities and academic requirements in the biomedical sciences and related fields including applied biology, various professional programs, and the allied health industry. The course is designed to assist students interested in careers in such fields as: dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing, occupational therapy, veterinary medicine and so on. A seminar approach will be used. One class hour per week. Credit: One semester hour

Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.


1. Explain and compare the various career opportunities available in biomedical sciences

2. Engage in discussions with professionals in the field

3. Demonstrate a realistic knowledge of how to enter the profession and the program of study.



Required: Realiable acces to a computer that meets Blinn Colleges Distance Education Guidelines.

Required: The ability to create and submit written reports in a .doc or .pdf file format as well as preenstations that can be presented using a PC platform (.ppt, .pptx, .pdf files).


Course Requirements

Classroom Participation: During the semester the focus of class meeting will involve listening to presenters provide information about various health related fields. Your presence and atttention are important for the learning process.

Online Participation: As a blended class, we will not meet every week, but instead will meet at various points during the semester. In order to keep the class engaged in the learning process throughout the entire semester, students will participate online. Examples of online participation activities include writing summative reports or in class presentaions, participating in discussion forums related to various healthcare fields, collecting information and data related to health related occupations. Specific grading criteria for each assignment will be provided with each online assignment.

Project Portfoli: Students will develop a formal written report that summarizes important information that will be beneficial to a person trying to decide on a career in healthcare. A grading rubric will be included with the project instrcutions to aid students in developing their portfolio.

Oral Presentation: Students will create and present a presentation to inform their peers about their chosen health career. A grading rubric will be provided project instructions to aid students in developing their presentation.





Letter Grade

90 - 100%


80 – 89%


70 – 79%


60 – 69%


Less than 60%                                   



Grading Criteria

Classroom Participation: 20%

Online Participation: 20%

Project Portfolio: 30%

Oral Presentation: 30%

Total: 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 one face to face class meeting counts as once absence. This class only meets one day per week, so 1 absence is a 1 week absence.  Since this is also a blended class, if the student receives a zero for a graded assignment during a week that we do not have a face to face class meeting, it will also count as an absence (1 week absence). Students accumulating two week’s worth of absences (two 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, Drinking: Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.

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 not speaking over others, wearing offensive or revealing clothing, or using cell phones/electronic devices in class unless they are being used for educational purposes.

Late Work: Late work is not acepted and results in a score of zero for an assignment.

Make-Up Policy: Missed in class assignments may not be made up unless you have a documented "Blinn Excused Absence".

Drop Date: The last day to drop this course with a "Q" is: April 11, 2014


Week Number

Week of

BIOL 1171 Content






Orientation and Introductions



Learning Session in   Open Computer Lab



Online Work






Biotherapeutic Manufacturing Presentation



Online Work



TBA (Online or Presentation)



TBA (Online or Presentation)






TBA (Online or   Presentation)



Spring   Break



TBA (Online or   Presentation)



TBA (Online or Presentation)






TBA (Online or Presentation)



Oral Presentations



Oral Presentations



Oral Presentations