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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL


Biology for Science Majors I BIOL-1406

  • Summer II 2018
  • Section 340 CRN-40029
  • 4 Credits
  • 07/05/2018 to 08/02/2018
  • Modified 07/04/2018

Meeting Times


Lecture

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 12:05 PM to 2:05 PM, D120

Lab

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 2:10 PM to 4:05 PM, D231

Contact Information


Professor: Ellen Ott-Reeves

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 7:30 AM to 7:55 AM, D184

Description


3 lecture hours and 3 lab hours per week; 96 total contact hours. Credit: 4 semester hours

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. Lab activities reinforce lecture topics.

Requisites

Prerequisite: A student must be college ready in reading according to TSI college-ready standards.

Recommended: Successful completion of MATH 1314 - College Algebra or concurrent enrollment in higher-level mathematics.

Core Curriculum Statement


Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge in human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning. For details relating to this core course, please see:

http://www.blinn.edu/academics/core_curriculum.html

Outcomes


  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.

Materials


Bryan

Textbook: Life: The Scienc of Biology, 11th Edition, 2017. Sadava, Hillis, Heller, Hacker. Sinauer Associates, Inc. Along with Launchpad and LearningCurve online resources, and iclicker2 codes with textbook in Blinn Bookstore

Lab Manual: Biology 1406 Laboratory Manual, Fall 2017, Blinn College Faculty of Biology. Copy Stop Print & Postal.

 

Course Requirements


Lecture Exams: There will be 4 lecture exams each worth about 100 points. The average of lecture exams in 30% of your grade. The exact date of the tests will be announced in class. Make-up tests will only be offered to those with excused absences and proper documentations, no exceptions. Excused absences in addition to those officially recognized by Blinn (see “Attendance” below) include: illness with a doctor's note, or death of a close family member with documentation provided by funeral home. Students must contact me before the following class period to schedule a make-up. If you know that you will need to miss a test prior to the test date, contact me ASAP so that I may plan accordingly.  An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero.

Laboratory Exams:  There will be 3 lab exams to total 20% of course grade.  Lab exams will test student’s ability to carry out specific tasks or techniques that relate to lab activities performed and/or the overall student learning outcomes for the laboratory.  Additional short answer, problem solving, or fill-in-the-blank questions may also be administered. There will be NO MAKE-UP EXAMS for the lab.

Final Exam:  The Final is a common comprehensive final worth 20% of course grade. It will consist of at least 100 multiple choice questions.  

In Class work can include review questions, lab exercises, etc. Review questions can use iclicker, phone, or looseleaf. Each lab exercise is to be completed during the lab and turned in at the end of the period or as instructed. From Day 2 on, each person will turn in their own Lab Review / Worksheet. If you do not have the page from your lab book, then you will turn in a photocopy of the lab you have completed, in your own handwriting. No looseleaf Lab Reports or Lab Worksheets will be accepted. Assignments that are late, incomplete, or without a name will get zero credit. 

Online Work: Ecampus Content for each Chapter will list the required activities. These can include summative quizzes, Learning Curve, etc in LaunchPad. In addition, each chapter will be reviewed using an ecampus quiz.

Quizzes: will be given at the start of class most days, covering the information from the class before in both lecture and lab. 

Evaluation


Criteria

Type

Weight

Notes

Lecture Exams

30%

Average of 4 lecture exams

Lab Exams

20%

Average of 3 lab exams

Final Exam

20%

Comprehensive, departmental final exam

In Class Work

10%

Average across review questions, group work, lab worksheets, , etc

Online Work

10%

Launchpad Chapter Assignments, ecampus Quiz Average

Class Quizzes

10%

Average across all quizzes given during face to face classes

Breakdown

 The grading system of Blinn College recognizes the following grade values:

           A =  90-100%

          B = 80-89%

          C = 70-79%

          D = 60-69%

          F = <59%

Blinn College Policies


All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Procedures Manual are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s BlinnBuc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for BlinnBuc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies


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 Science Department Head, for Biology 1406, Steve Simcik or Chelsey Dankenbring

 

Laboratory Safety

Students will be provided with laboratory safety training during the first week of class. Students are expected to follow all safety rules including rules related to proper lab attire. Closed toe shoes and pants or long skirts are required in the laboratory. No ankles should be visible when standing. Eating and Drinking are prohibited in the laboratory. Eye protection  must be worn for labs specified by instructor. Backpacks must be stored on shelves. Water bottles / cups must be inside backpack. Students, that fail to follow these rules, will be required to leave the lab and will be assigned an unexcused absence for the class day.

Attendance Reminder

Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence.  For summer, students with more than 3 unexcused absences will be administratively dropped from the course for nonattendance. 

Schedule


Date

Meeting Details

LEC MIN

LAB MIN

Contact HR

7/5/2018

Lecture: Ch. 1: Intro to Biology

Lab 1: Safety

Lab 4: Properties of water

 

120

 

115

 

4.7

7/6/2018

Ch. 2: Chemistry & small molecules

Lab 5: Metric Measurement 

 

 

120

 

 

115

 

 

4.7

7/9/2018

Lecture: Ch. 3: Proteins, Carbohydrates, Lipids

Lab 2: Scientific Method

Lab 3:  Experimental Design

 

120

 

115

 

 4.7

7/10/2018

Lecture: Ch. 4.1 Nucleic Acids, Review for Exam 1

Lab: Organic Molecule Activity and worksheet

Lab 6: Testing for Organic Molecules

120

115

4.7

7/11/2018

Lecture Exam 1 (Ch1,2,3,4.1)

Lab 7: Microscopy

Lab 8: Observing Cells in Action

120

115

4.7

7/12/2018

Lecture Chapter 5: Cells

Review for Lab Exam 1

120

115

4.7

7/13/2018

Lecture: Ch 16.3 viruses and Ch 6: Cell Membrane    

Lab Exam 1                        

120

115

4.7

7/16/2018

Lecture: Ch 7.1 and 7.2 Cell Communication, Review Lab 9: Membrane transport

120

115

4.7

7/17/2018

Lecture Exam 2 (Ch5, 16.3, 6, 7.1 & 7.2)

Lab 10: Spectrophotometry

Lab 11: Enzymes                     

120

115

4.7

7/18/2018

Lecture: Chapter 8 Enzymes

Lab 12: Cell respiration               

120

115

4.7

7/192018

Lecture Chapter 9 Cell Respiration

Lab13: Photosynthesis

120

115

4.7

7/20/2018

Lecture: Chapter 10 Photosynthesis

Enzyme Lab Presentations 

120

115

4.7

7/23/2018

Lecture Exam 3

Lab 14: eukaryotic Cell Division

Review for Lab Exam 2           

120

115

4.7

7/24/2018

Lecture: Chapter 11 Cell Cycle & Cell Division

Lab Exam 2                    

120

115

4.7

7/25/2018

Lecture Chapter 12 Inheritance, Genes, Chromosomes

Lab 15 Genetics

120

115

4.7

7/26/2018

Lecture: Ch. 13 DNA & heredity

Lab 16: DNA isolation & Restriction Enzymes

Lab 17 Gel electrophoresis and DNA fingerprinting

120

115

4.7

Q 7/27/2018

Lecture: Ch. 14 Genes, protein & 15.1, 15.2 mutations

Gene Expression Concept Maps in lab book

Q drop date

120

115

4.7

7/30/2018

Lecture Exam 4

Review for Lab Exam 3

120

115

4.7

7/31/2018

Lecture: Chapter 16.1, 16.2 Regulating gene expression

Lab Exam 3                              

120

115

4.7

8/1/2018

Review for Final Exam

120

115

4.7

8/2/2018

Final Exam

135

3

 

Total number of contact hours

 

 

96