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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Sciences • Biology - BIOL


Biology for Science Majors I BIOL-1406

  • Summer I 2018
  • Section 320 CRN-30079
  • 4 Credits
  • 06/04/2018 to 07/02/2018
  • Modified 06/04/2018

Meeting Times


Lecture: Monday through Friday, 12:10pm to 2:10pm in room D120

Laboratory: Monday through Friday, 2:15pm to 4:10pm in room D231

Contact Information


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

Office Hours in D208:

Monday through Friday from 4:10pm to 4:25pm, or other times by appointment.

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


All of the following are required:

Textbook: Life: The Science of Biology, 11th Edition, 2016. Sadava, Hillis, Heller, and Hacker. Sinauer Associates, Inc.,  Blinn College Barnes & Noble Bookstore

Lab Manual: Biology 1406 Laboratory Manual, Summer 2018, Blinn College Barnes & Noble Bookstore

Access to Macmillan Launchpad

Approximately 12 AccuScan or equivalent Scantrons

Notebook & sharpened pencils

Closed toed shoes for entry into the the laboratory

Long pants, knee length shorts, or skirt, with no other skin visible below the waist for entry into the the laboratory

Safety glasses (to be supplied) when instructed to use them in the laboratory

 

Course Requirements


The following is expected of students taking this course:

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

Frequent checking of your Blinn student email;

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 multimedia 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.

Total compliance with all laboratory safety requirements with no exceptions.

Lecture Exams:

Approximately 50 to 60 multiple-choice questions will be included on each lecture 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. There are no makeup lecture exams. However, your final exam percentage grade will be substituted for one of your lowest (or missed) lecture exams, provided that your final exam score is better than your lowest (or missed) lecture exam.

Final Exam:

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

Quizzes:

Of the six or more quizzes to be given during the semester, four of your quiz scores will be used in the calculation of your final grade. These four quiz scores will include two online Launchpad quizzes that cannot be dropped, plus your two highest additional quizzes. Quizzes will cover material from lecture, your textbook, and the laboratory activities. Expect questions in the form of practicals, fill-in-the-blank, short essay, multiple choice, and problem solving. There will be no makeup quizzes.

Laboratory Practical Exams:

Each of the three 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. There are no makeup lab practicals.

Extra Credit:

By correctly answering additional bonus questions when offered, you may earn bonus points. You will also have opportunities to earn bonus points by completing Launchpad Assignments.

Worksheets:

Various types of assignments from lecture and lab will herein be considered as worksheets. These could include for example, a Launchpad 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 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.

Evaluation


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

4 lecture exams (100 points each) 400 points

1 final exam (200 points) 200 points

2 Launchpad and two other quizzes (25 points each) 100 points

3 laboratory practical exams  (67 points each) 201 points

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

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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.

Breakdown

      

  

Grade

  
  

Range

  
  

Notes

  

A

89.5%   and above

 

B

79.5%   to 89.4%

 

C

69.5%   to 79.4%

 

D

59.5%   to 69.4%

 

F

00.0%   to 59.4%

 

 

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


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 long pants or skirt, with no skin visible below the waist are required in the laboratory. Goggles (to be supplied) must be worn when instructed to use them in the laboratory.

Students that fail to comply with lab safety policies will be required to leave the lab and will be assigned an unexcused absence for the class day.

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.  Students with 3 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 Friday 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 Thursday, June 21, 2018.

Scholastic Intergrity 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 a Science Department Head within two class days of your prior instructor conference:

  1. Chelsey Dankenbring, office D-176, 979-209-7348, [email protected]
  2. Steve Simcik, office D-211, 979-209-7515, [email protected]

Schedule


Week One

Meeting Details

LEC MIN

LAB MIN

Contact HR

6/4/2018

Lecture: Ch. 1: Intro to Biology

Lab 1: Safety

Lab 2: Scientific Method

 

120

 

115

 

4.7

6/5/2018

Ch. 2: Chemistry & small molecules

Lab 3:  Experimental Design

Lab 4: Properties of water                     

 

 

120

 

 

115

 

 

4.7

6/6/2018

Lecture: Ch. 3: Proteins, Carbohydrates, Lipids

 Lab 5: Metric Measurement                                          

 

120

 

115

 

    4.7

6/7/2018

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

6/8/2018

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

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

Review for Lab Exam 1

120

115

4.7

6/12/2018

Lecture: Ch 16.3 viruses and Ch 6: Cell Membrane    

Lab Exam 1                        

120

115

4.7

6/13/2018

Lecture: Ch 7.1 and 7.2 Cell Communication, Review 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

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

Lab13: Photosynthesis

120

115

4.7

6/19/2018

Lecture: Chapter 10 Photosynthesis

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

Lab Exam 2                    

120

115

4.7

Q6/22/2018

Lecture Chapter 12 Inheritance, Genes, Chromosomes

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

Lab 16: DNA isolation & Restriction Enzymes

Gene Expression Concept Maps in lab book

120

115

4.7

6/26/2018

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

Lab 17 Gel electrophoresis and DNA fingerprinting

120

115

4.7

6/27/2018

Lecture Exam 4

Review for Lab Exam 3

120

115

4.7

6/28/2018

Lecture: Chapter 16.1, 16.2 Regulating gene expression

Lab Exam 3                              

120

115

4.7

6/29/2018

Review for Final Exam

120

115

4.7

7/2/2018

Final Exam

135

2.7

 

Total number of contact hours

 

 

96.7