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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Sciences • Biology - BIOL


Biology for Science Majors I BIOL-1406

  • Summer I 2018
  • Section B01 CRN-30684
  • 4 Credits
  • 06/04/2018 to 07/02/2018
  • Modified 06/04/2018

Meeting Times


Lab

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM, D 231

Contact Information


Instructor: Mr. Michael Johanson

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM, B 103

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. 

Lab Manual: Biology 1406 Laboratory Manual, Summer 2018, Blinn College Faculty of Biology. Copy Stop Print & Postal.

 

Course Requirements


Blended Format: Please note that this is a Blended course. Therefore, the student must complete approximately half the instructional time outside of class via Ecampus and other required platforms as specified by the instructor. For clarification, in a regular Face to Face Biology 1406 class, students meet every day (M-F) for 120 minutes of lecture and again for 120 minutes of laboratory. This amounts to 600 minutes of lecture and 600 minutes of laboratory per week.

 

For the Blended Biology 1406 in which you are enrolled, the student will only meet with the instructor Face to Face for 120 minutes of laboratory each day. The student is required to view and participate in lecture instructional time and activities online via Ecampus and any other platforms as specified. Thus, the student should log in to Ecampus and participate in the lecture activities for approximately 2 hours each day. Please note that this minimal time does not include time needed to study, complete homework, and/or review course or other supplemental materials.

Lecture Exams: There will be four lecture exams given throughout the term. The exams will cover material presented in lecture and the textbook readings. These exams will be taken either in person at the Learning Center on the Bryan Campus. Students will take the exam during business hours on the day indicated on the schedule in this syllabus and should allot 75 minutes to complete the exam. Make-up exams are only given without penalty to students with an excused absence (according to Blinn policy). Make-up exams due to unexcused absences may be given at the instructor’s discretion and will result in a 15%-point deduction for that exam. If an exam is missed for any reason, the student must notify the instructor within 24 hours of the closing date of the exam. All lecture exam grades will be posted to eCampus within one week of the exam date. Your lowest completed exam grade will be replaced with your final exam grade, if the final exam grade is higher. If an exam score was a result of cheating and/or academic dishonesty, that exam grade may not be replaced. Lecture exams make up 30% of your overall grade. You will need an AcuScan scantron if the exam is paper-pencil.

Lab Practicals: There will be three departmental lab practicals that will consist of problem solving, fill-in-the-blanks, and short answer questions for a total of 100 points each. These practicals will cover the content and skills you learned during lab. Please note, due to blended courses having a different lab schedule than traditional courses making up a lab exam may not be possible so please try not to miss a lab exam unless absolutely necessary. All lab practical grades will be posted to eCampus within three weeks. Lab practicals make up 20% of your overall grade. You will need an AcuScan scantron for these exams.

Final Exam: The final exam is a mandatory departmental and cumulative and will consist of 100 multiple choice questions. The final exam makes up 20% of your overall grade and is not optional. It is your responsibility to know your final exam schedule and to notify me of any conflicts at least two weeks prior to the final exam. You will need an AcuScan scantron.

Class Participation: The class participation portion of your grade will include weekly lecture, lab quizzes, various online assignments, and other assignments as assigned. Except for unusual circumstances, labs cannot be made up. All assignments will be graded and posted to eCampus within one week of their due date. All online assignments are due on the due date indicated on ecampus by 11:59 PM. Each assignment outlined below should be done on your own or else you will receive a grade of zero and can be reported for academic dishonesty. Class participation makes up 20% of your overall grade.

           

In-class Participation:

  • Lecture Quiz: Students will have a quiz at the start of lecture (8:00 AM) over topics covered that week. Students that are late to class will not have extra time to complete the quiz; missed quizzes will receive a zero for that quiz grade.

 

Online participation (via e-Campus):

  • Lab Quiz: Students will read the lab manual and/or watch an online lab video then complete an online lab quiz to ensure they are prepared for the week’s lab(s).
  • Chapter Assignment: Each day students will complete an online chapter review assignment. Students will normally have 5-10 minutes to complete each assignment and students can use their notes, textbook, and online videos as resources.
  • Discussion Posts: Each week, students will post one original question over that week’s material and respond to two of their peer’s posts. The questions must be scientific in nature and responses must include scientific explanations, not “I don’t understand that too” or “good question.” Responses should be the student teaching their peer.

LaunchPad: LaunchPad will be used in two ways this semester:

  • LearningCurve: These assignments will help you assess your understanding of the material in each chapter. This is graded based on completion, so you either get a 100% or a 0%, nothing in between. This is due on the due date indicated on ecampus by 11:59 PM. These are worth 5% of your overall grade.

Evaluation


  1. 4 Major exams:                                                                      30%
  2. 3 Laboratory exams:                                                              20%
  3. Participation, Quizzes, Assignments & Homework:               25%
  4. Final Exam:                                                                            20%
  5. Launchpad:                                                                              5%

90-100%            A

80-809%            B

70-79%              C

60-69%              D

59% and below  F

Breakdown

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

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.

BIOL Department Head: Steve Simcik

Phone: 979-209-7515

email: [email protected]

 

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 are required in the lab.

Eye protection must be worn for labs specified by the instructor. (Eye protection will be provided in lab. Students are required to sterilize the eye protection they use before leaving lab.)

Backpacks must be stored on shelves.

*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.

Schedule


Week One

Meeting Details

LEC MIN

LAB MIN

Contact HR

6/4/2018

Lecture: Ch. 1: Intro to Biology (Online Activities)

Lab 1: Safety

Lab 2: Scientific Method

 

120

 

115

 

4.7

6/5/2018

Ch. 2: Chemistry & small molecules (Online Activities)

Lab 3:  Experimental Design

Lab 4: Properties of water                     

 

 

120

 

 

115

 

 

4.7

6/6/2018

Lecture: Ch. 3: Proteins, Carbohydrates, Lipids (Online Activities)

 Lab 5: Metric Measurement                                          

 

120

 

115

 

    4.7

6/7/2018

Lecture: Ch. 4.1 Nucleic Acids, Review for Exam 1 (Online Activities)

Lab: Organic Molecule Activity and worksheet

Lab 6: Testing for Organic Molecules

120

115

4.7

6/8/2018

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

Lab 7: Microscopy

Lab 8: Observing Cells in Action

120

115

4.7

Week Two

Meeting Details

LEC MIN

LAB MIN

Contact HR

6/11/2018

Lecture Chapter 5: Cells (Online Activities)

Review for Lab Exam 1

120

115

4.7

6/12/2018

Lecture: Ch 16.3 viruses and Ch 6: Cell Membrane     (Online Activities)

Lab Exam 1                        

120

115

4.7

6/13/2018

Lecture: Ch 7.1 and 7.2 Cell Communication, Review (Online Activities)

Lab 9: Membrane transport

120

115

4.7

6/14/2018

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

Lab 10: Spectrophotometry

Lab 11: Enzymes                     

120

115

4.7

6/15/2018

Lecture: Chapter 8 Enzymes (Online Activities)

Lab 12: Cell respiration               

120

115

4.7

Week Three

Meeting Details

LEC MIN

LAB MIN

Contact HR

6/18/2018

Lecture Chapter 9 Cell Respiration (Online Activities)

Lab13: Photosynthesis

120

115

4.7

6/19/2018

Lecture: Chapter 10 Photosynthesis (Online Activities)

Enzyme Lab Presentations 

120

115

4.7

6/20/2018

Lecture Exam 3

Lab 14: eukaryotic Cell Division

Review for Lab Exam 2           

120

115

4.7

6/21/2018

Lecture: Chapter 11 Cell Cycle & Cell Division (Online Activities)

Lab Exam 2                    

120

115

4.7

Q6/22/2018

Lecture Chapter 12 Inheritance, Genes, Chromosomes (Online Activities)

Lab 15 Genetics

Q drop date

120

115

4.7

Week Four

Meeting Details

LEC MIN

LAB MIN

Contact HR

6/25/2018

Lecture: Ch. 13 DNA & heredity (Online Activities)

Lab 16: DNA isolation & Restriction Enzymes

Lab 17 Gel electrophoresis and DNA fingerprinting

120

115

4.7

6/26/2018

Lecture: Ch. 14 Genes, protein  (Online Activities) Gene Expression Concept Maps in lab book

120

115

4.7

6/27/2018

Lecture Exam 4

Review for Lab Exam 3

120

115

4.7

6/28/2018

Lecture: Chapter 15.1, 15.2 mutations & 16.1, 16.2 Regulating gene expression (Online Activities)

Lab Exam 3                              

120

115

4.7

6/29/2018

Review for Final Exam

120

115

4.7

7/2/2018

Final Exam

120

2.4

 

Total number of contact hours

 

 

96