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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors II BIOL-1407

  • Summer II 2018
  • Section 330 CRN-40036
  • 4 Credits
  • 07/05/2018 to 08/02/2018
  • Modified 07/04/2018

Meeting Times

Lecture: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 10:00am in room H121

Laboratory: Monday through Friday, 10:05am to 12:00pm in room H137

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.


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

The diversity and classification of life will be studied, including animals, plants, protists, fungi, and prokaryotes. Special emphasis will be given to anatomy, physiology, ecology, and evolution of plants and animals. Lab activities reinforce lecture topics.


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:


  1. Describe modern evolutionary synthesis, natural selection, population genetics, micro and macroevolution, and speciation.
  2. Describe phylogenetic relationships and classification schemes.
  3. Identify the major phyla of life with an emphasis on plants and animals, including the basis for classification, structural and physiological adaptations, evolutionary history, and ecological significance.
  4. Describe basic animal physiology and homeostasis as maintained by organ systems.
  5. Compare different sexual and asexual life cycles noting their adaptive advantages.
  6. Illustrate the relationship between major geologic change, extinctions, and evolutionary trends.
  7. Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions, and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
  8. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
  9. Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.


All of the following are required:

Textbook: Life: The Science of Biology, 11th Edition, 2016. Sadava, Hillis, Heller, and Hacker. Sinauer Associates, Inc.

Lab Manual: Biology 1407 Laboratory Manual, Summer 2018

Access to Macmillan Launchpad

Approximately 9 AccuScan or equivalent Scantrons

Notebook & sharpened pencils

closed toed shoes for entry into the the laboratory

long pants, skirt, or shorts to below the kneees 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;

The checking of Blinn student email before each class meeting;

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 audio 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).


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.


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.


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


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.











89.5%   and above



79.5%   to 89.4%



69.5%   to 79.4%



59.5%   to 69.4%



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, skirt, or shorts to below the knees are required for entry into the laboratory. Safety Glasses (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 a Zero for the lab as well as 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 a Zero for the lab and 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 Friday, July 27th, 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. You may use electronic devices to assist with learning at any time except when a test or quiz is being taken or reviewed. During testing, all cell phones must be completely powered down (OFF), and zipped into a backpack, or turned into me for the duration of the test. During testing, you are allowed to be in possession of ONLY pencils, scantrons, and erasers. Calculators will be provided if needed. Everything else must be zipped into a backpack, which will be stored against a classroom wall as directed, or turned into me for the duration of the test if you don't have a backpack. 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 of the policies and proceedures as described above are not complied with.

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]


Week     Day    (Course  Contact Hours)                         Section 330/340       Topics Covered

   1           Th            07/05/18               Lecture  Introduction; Ch. 20 Processes of Evolution  

                             (9.6 = week 1)         Lab Safety; Lab 1: Drawing; Lab 2 Microscopy              

   1           F              07/06/18               Lecture  Ch. 20 Processes of Evolution, Cont'd             

                                                             Lab 2: Microscopy; Lab 3: Evolutionary Obs.

   2           M            07/09/18                Lecture  Ch. 20, Cont'd; Ch. 22 Speciation     

                             (24 = week 2)          Lab 4: Hardy Weinberg; Lect. Ch. 22, Cont'd

   2           T              07/10/18               Lecture  Ch. 22 Speciation; Ch. 24 History of Life        

                                DOR                     Lab Ch. 21: Phylogenies, Cladistics Problem Set (Appendix)      

   2           W            07/11/18               Lecture  Lecture Exam 1: (Ch. 20, 22, 24); Cladistics, Cont'd     

                                                            Lab Ch. 55 Species Interactions; Lab 5: Community Ecology      

   2           Th            07/12/18              Lecture  Ch. 56 Communities; Ch. 57 Ecosystems; Ch. 25 Bacteria and


                                                             Lab Ch. 25, Cont'd; Lab 6: Prokaryotes           

   2           F              07/13/18               Lecture  Ch. 26 Eukaryotic Origins  

                                                             Lab Practical 1: (Labs 1-6 and Cladistics); Ch. 29, Fungi               

   3           M            07/16/18                Lecture  Ch. 29, Cont'd; Ch. 27 Plant Origins 

                             (24 = week 3)          Lab 7: Dichotomous Keys; Lab 8: Protists      

   3           T              07/17/18               Lecture  Lecture Exam 2: (Ch. 21, 55, 56, 57, 25); Ch. 27, Cont'd             

                                                              Lab 8, Cont'd; Lab 9: Fungi

   3           W            07/18/18                Lecture  Ch. 28 Seed Plants; Ch. 33 Plant Body            

                                                              Lab 10: Plant Diversity I     

   3           Th            07/19/18                Lecture  Ch. 33, Cont'd; Ch. 30 Animal Origins and Body Plans

                                                              Lab 11: Plant Diversity II    

   3           F              07/20/18                Lecture  Ch. 30 Cont'd; Ch. 31 Protostomes  

                                                              Lab 12: Angiosperm Form and Functions       

   4                      07/23/18                 Lecture  Ch. 31 Protostomes, Cont'd.             

                             (24 = week 4)           Lab Practical 2: (Labs 7-12);Ch. 31 Protostomes, Cont'd            

   4           T              07/24/18               Lecture  Ch. 31 Protostomes, Cont'd.             

                                                              Lab 13: Animal Diversity I  

  4             W           07/25/18                Lecture  Lecture Exam 3: (Ch. 26, 29, 27, 28, 33); Ch. 31, Cont'd

                                                             Lab 13: Animal Diversity I; Lab 14 Animal Diversity II

   4           Th            07/26/18               Lecture  Ch. 32 Deuterostomes 

                                                             Lab 14 Cont'd; Lab 15: Animal Diversity III     

   4           F              07/27/18               Lecture  Ch. 32 Deuterostomes       

                                Q Drop                  Lab 15: Cont'd; Lab 16: Tissues        

   5           M            07/30/18                 Lecture  Ch. 39 Physiology, Homeostasis, and Temp. Reg.          

                             (14.4 = week 5)       Lab = Pig Dissection            

   5                       07/31/18               Lecture  Animal Organ System TBD 

                                                             Lab Practical 3: (Labs 13-16; Pig Dissection) 

   5           W            08/01/18               Lecture  Lecture Exam 4: (Ch. 30, 31, 32)      

                                                             Lecture Exam 1-4 reviews (optional)              

   5           Th            08/02/18              Final Exam             Normal Lecture Room; Normal Lecture Time

                              (96 = Total Contact Hours)