Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL
Biology for Science Majors I BIOL-1406
Instructor: Dr. Chris Allen
Students can also meet with the instructor 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.
- Describe the characteristics of life.
- Explain the methods of inquiry used by scientists.
- Identify the basic requirements of life and the properties of the major molecules needed for life.
- Compare and contrast the structures, reproduction, and characteristics of viruses, prokaryotic cells, and eukaryotic cells.
- Describe the structure of cell membranes and the movement of molecules across a membrane.
- Identify the substrates, products, and important chemical pathways in metabolism.
- Identify the principles of inheritance and solve classical genetic problems.
- Identify the chemical structures, synthesis, and regulation of nucleic acids and proteins.
- Describe the unity and diversity of life and the evidence for evolution through natural selection.
- Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
- Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
- 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, Fall 2014, Richardson et. al. Copy Stop Print & Postal
Advantage scantrons – available at the campus bookstore and the Learning Center
eCampus access: Students are expected to login to eCampus every day to access course announcements and assignments. Resources such as PowerPoint presentations, grades, and other materials are also available. If you miss a class, it is especially important to check with the eCampus announcements so you can complete any assignments on time.
MasteringBiology access: Students must have access to MasteringBiology (through the purchase of the textbook). Go to www.masteringbiology.com for instructions to gain access.
All sections of this course regardless of location or modality will require:
- A minimum of three major exams
- A minimum of two laboratory exams
- A comprehensive final exam
The following are required components of a student’s final grade.
- Major exams account for at least 30% of the final grade.
- Laboratory exams designed to address both knowledge and skills and will account for at least 20% of the final grade.
- Minor Exams/Quizzes/Homework: Given at the discretion of the instructor. These materials will account for approximately 10% of the final grade.
- Additional Reports or Projects: Given at the discretion of the instructor.
- Student participation is assessed through the various assignments and will count for at least 10% of the final grade.
- Final Exam: Comprehensive exam covering the entire course. The comprehensive final exam will account for at least 20% of the final grade.
Lecture Exams: There will be four lecture exams during the session. The exams will cover lectures, textbook readings, and your notes. The exams may include multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, short answer and essay questions. Make-up exams are only given with an excused absence, and will have a larger proportion of essay questions. Your lowest exam grade may be exchanged for the percentage grade you get on the final exam, if that grade is higher.
Lab Practicals: There will be two departmental Lab Practicals. They will consist of short answer, problem solving, or fill-in-the-blank. Missing a lab practical without an excused absence will result in a grade of zero. Given that the practicals are skill-based, there are no accommodations given for the Lab Practicals.
Every week in class, there will be lecture quizzes, homework assignments, or in-class discussions that will be used to measure your understanding of material that is being presented in lecture or lab. It is your responsibility as a student to be prepared every day for a possible assignment or in-class discussion and to keep up with the lecture and lab material.
- Lecture Quizzes - These assessments will cover material from a previous lecture or assigned readings. These in-class activities will be closed book and closed notes. Each Lecture Quiz will be worth 10 points total for a total of 100 points towards your total points for the semester. There will be at least twelve quizzes total, but only the top ten quizzes will be counted. A grade of zero will be recorded for missed assessments, and there will be no “make-ups” offered.
- Lab Homework – Most lab worksheets and review questions will be completed during the lab period or at home as a way for you to measure your understanding and participation. It is your responsibility to complete these lab worksheets and review questions in preparation for possible grading by the instructor. There will be a minimum of 10 lab assignments collected throughout the semester. Each lab is worth five points for a total of 50 points towards your total points for the semester. If more than 10 lab assignments are taken up and graded, then the lowest lab assignments will be dropped. Lab homework assignments that are turned in for a grade will be due at the beginning of the laboratory period. Late assignments will not be accepted. If you missed class and therefore missed turning in an assignment, that assignment will not be accepted upon your return (unless for an official Blinn excused absence). There will be no makeup for missed assignments.
MasteringBiology: The instructor will announce assignments that will be completed online at the MasteringBiology website. These assignments will provide a time frame during which the assignment must be completed. Course ID: MBALLEN30803
Bonus Points: During the semester there may be opportunities to earn as many as 15 bonus points. The points may be earned by participating in group activities and then taking a quiz at the end of the activity, added questions on quizzes or lecture exams, or assignments on MasteringBiology.
Final Exam: The final exam is departmental and cumulative and will be given Tuesday, August 5, 2014, from 11:40 – 1:35 PM in Room S224. Please keep in mind that each instructor may stress different objectives in the various sections. However, the individual writing the final knows that every 1406 student uses the same textbook. Keeping up with the textbook readings is strongly encouraged.
Mastering Biology (online)
Grading: The gradebook in eCampus will provide your point total at all times in the semester. However, please keep in mind that 40% of the graded material occurs at the very end of the semester. Grades can change very suddenly.
A 900 and up
B 800 – 899
C 700 – 799
D 600 – 699
F below 600
Blinn College Policies
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.
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:
- 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);
- representing the College District at an official institutional function;
- high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
- 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.
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
Final Grade Appeal
Attendance Policy Reminder- Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence. Students accumulating two week’s worth of absences (3 classes during a summer 5 week semester) will be dropped.
Eating and Drinking- Eating and drinking are not allowed during class or laboratory work. Not only is this a Blinn policy, but there are safety reasons for not eating, drinking, or smoking around a Biology laboratory.
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 Academic Dean for Science, Engineering, and Math (Interim), Dr. John Beaver: Health Building 144, (979) 209-7300(979) 209-7300, firstname.lastname@example.org
INSTRUCTOR’S EXPECTATIONS AND SUGGESTIONS:
This is an intense, highly competitive class. A lot of material is covered at a fast pace. You are expected to come to class prepared and to read the assigned chapters before coming to class. Students should:
- Read the assigned material for lab and lecture and come to class prepared.
- Attend all of the lectures and labs and stay the entire time. "A" students miss on the average one-half of one class per semester. "C" students miss on the average 4.5 classes per semester.
- Be on time for class. Quizzes are usually given during the first 5 minutes of class time, and if you are late for a quiz, you miss the opportunity to take that quiz. Also, remember that being 15 minutes late or more to class constitutes an absence.
- Come talk to me during office hours, if confused about any of the material. You have hired me to teach you what I know and think is important about this course. The time allotted for office hours is your time to view me as your personal tutor. I can also offer suggestions on how to study more effectively. If you do not do well on the first exam, or feel swamped, you need to come see me early in the semester. The end of the semester is not a good time to decide to pull up your grade.
*July 28 is the last day to Q Drop