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Blinn College • Schulenburg Campus • Natural Sciences • Biology - BIOL


Biology for Non-Science Maj I BIOL-1308

  • Summer II 2018
  • Section V01 CRN-40453
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/05/2018 to 08/02/2018
  • Modified 07/03/2018

Welcome to Biology!!!  This document is your best friend.  It has all the information in it that you will need to be successful in this course.  Keep the paper copy I give you, but there is also a link to the entire document with live links on eCampus under Content.

 

Meeting Times


IN SCHULENBURG LIVE LECTURE

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:05 AM to 12:05 PM, 102
  • CRN-40453

IN SEALY VIDEO LECTURE

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:05 AM to 12:05 PM, Main Building 109
  • CRN-40454

IN BRENHAM VIDEO LECTURE

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:05 AM to 12:05 PM, Bullock 136
  •  CRN-40501

Contact Information


Instructor: Ms. Meghan N. Kinder

  • Email is the best way to contact me. Please allow for a 24-hour period for response on weekdays and a 72-hour response for emails sent after 4 PM on Fridays.

  • The phone number listed is my office phone, so if you text that number, I will not receive your text.
      

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 12:05 PM to 12:35 PM, Schulenburg 101-03

Other campuses via telephone or Skype: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 12:05 to 12:35 PM

 Other office times are available by appointment. 

Description


3 lecture hours per week; 48 total contact hours. Credit: 3 semester hours.

Provides a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans, including chemistry of life, cells, structure, function, and reproduction.

Requisites: None

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


Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Distinguish between prokaryotic, eukaryotic, plant and animal cells, and identify major cell structures.
  2. Identify stages of the cell cycle, mitosis (plant and animal), and meiosis.
  3. Interpret results from cell physiology experiments involving movement across membranes, enzymes, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration.
  4. Apply genetic principles to predict the outcome of genetic crosses and statistically analyze results.
  5. Describe karyotyping, pedigrees, and biotechnology and provide an example of the uses of each.
  6. Identify parts of a DNA molecule, and describe replication, transcription, and translation.
  7. Analyze evidence for evolution and natural selection.

Materials


  1. Textbook:  Biology Concepts and Investigations. 4th ed. Hoefnagels. 2017

  2. Access to Connect for online assignments

  3. Scantrons for testing. You will need 5 of the wide scantrons for this class.

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A  NOTE ABOUT TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR CONNECT ACCESS:

Connect will be required for this course.  You can purchase a Connect access card from the campus bookstore. You may also use courtesy access for the first 2 weeks of class if you are waiting on financial aid. You will see this option when registering, and will be reminded of your courtesy access expiration date each time you login. At any time you can convert your courtesy account to paid access.  You will not lose any work as long as you use the same username and password. 

Technical Support:  Do not contact the course instructor with technical issues unless you have a McGraw-Hill case number. 

If you have any questions or problems on how to use Connect throughout the course, please contact the McGraw Hill Customer Experience Group at the contact information below. A case number will be generated when you call; it’s very important you receive a case number to verify any technical issue you may be experiencing.

  • Phone: 800-331-5094
  • Email & Chat: mhhe.com/support
  • Hours: M-Th 24hours, Friday 7am – 8pm, Saturday 9am – 7pm, Sunday 11am – 1am

Useful links – This link provides helpful information about configuring your browser for http://connect.mheducation.com/connect/troubleshoot.do

 

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FAQ

Why are there 2 different options on the bookstore website?

These are either/or selections.  You may buy the print book with the access code OR you may purchase the access code alone which gives you access to the eBook.

Is the CONNECT access code required?

YES! Your first assignment will be due before the second day of class, so it is important to gain access prior to the course start date.

Do I need the printed book or can I get by with just the eBook?

It is totally up to you. I personally prefer reading a printed book, but that is just my personal preference.

Do I have to buy my book and code at the Blinn Bookstore?

No.  However, if you buy it at the bookstore you are assured of getting the correct edition with the correct access code.    I cannot make that claim about any other sources.

Course Requirements


Exams: Lecture Exams

There will be 4 lecture exams and they will count 30% of your final course grade. Lecture exams may consist of a combination of multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank, short answer and/or essay questions, etc. There may or may not be bonus questions. The use of notes, textbooks, lab manuals, cell phones, smart watches, laptops, headphones, or other similar electronic devices is NOT allowed during the exam.  Talking or leaving the classroom while taking the exam is not permitted unless there is an emergency situation.  If a student leaves during the exam, the exam must be turned in and graded as is. The student will not be allowed to complete the remainder of the exam for a grade. You will need an Apperson DataLink 1200 (#28980).  It has 100 bubbles on both sides, with one being green and the other side being gray.

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 to be allowed a make-up exam. Make-up exams must be completed within 1 week of the closing date of the exam, unless otherwise discussed with the instructor. 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 Exam Schedule
Exam 1:
Wednesday, July 11
Exam 2: Tuesday, July 17
Exam 3: Wednesday, July 25
Exam 4: Wednesday, August 1

Class Participation

Class Participation counts 25% of your final grade and includes daily quizzes, in-class work, online assignments, discussions, drop box assignments, etc.

Quizzes:

  • 10-question daily assessments will be given after each chapter is completed. These quizzes are found online on eCampus via Connect.
  • In-class quizzes may be given at the instructor’s discretion. It is best to read ahead, take notes, and pay attention.
  • Quizzes are due at 10 AM the day after we discuss a chapter. No exceptions.

Homework/Daily Work:

  • Standing HW assignmentis to review notes and PowerPoints from past classes and read the lecture material and lab for the upcoming class.
  • There will be instances where additional “homework” may be assigned above and beyond reading and preparing for the next class.  Homework will be due at the beginning of the next class period. Hand it in when you arrive.
  • Late work is not accepted.
  • Online assignments, discussions, drop boxes, etc. will be announced and posted on eCampus.   
  • In-class online activities will be completed as instructed.  Computers may be provided for in classroom use.

Connect LearnSmart Assignments

Connect LearnSmart Tutorials are required and will count 20% of your final course grade.

The LearnSmart tutorials will be due by 10 AM prior to class. The deadlines will be posted on eCampus and announced in class. These due dates are subject to changes, which will be announced in class. Chapters covered and dates are listed on the class schedule below.

Connect will be required for this course.  You can purchase a Connect access card from the campus bookstore. You may also use courtesy access for the first 2 weeks of class if you are waiting on financial aid. You will see this option when registering, and will be reminded of your courtesy access expiration date each time you login. At any time, you can convert your courtesy account to paid access.  You will not lose any work, as long as you use the same username and password.

Evaluation


Grade Distribution:

Type

Weight

Notes

Lecture Exams (4)

30%

Average of 4 lecture exams

Comprehensive Final Exam

20%

Comprehensive, departmental final exam

Class Participation

30%

Average across all quizzes, class assignments, etc.

LearnSmart Online Tutorials

20%

Average Online Connect Assignments

90-100 = A      80- 89= B     70- 79= C     60- 69   = D     59-under= F

 

  • The gradebook in eCampus will provide your total points at all times throughout the semester. I am under no obligation to round grades, so you need to make every effort to earn the highest grade you can.
  • Late work will not be accepted for a grade, however, for your own benefit, complete all assignments prior to assessments.

  • Technically a D (60% or higher) is a passing grade, however, depending on your major, a D may not transfer. Aim higher than just “passing,” I know you can do it.
     
  • Curves/Extra Credit:  As a general rule, I do not curve or assign extra credit work.  Perform your best on all exams and quizzes and complete all assignments throughout the course for your best chance of success.  Paying attention to the details along the way is the best strategy for success.

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


eCampus (D2L)

  • Lecture slides, notes, assignments, grades, announcements, etc., will be posted online as soon as possible.  Check often.

  • My goal is to post exam grades within 2-3 days for summer classes.  Asking if I have the test or assignment graded yet does not increase my efficiency. 
  • Check eCampus before you come to class for last minute announcements or updates.

Make-up Exams

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% 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 in order to be eligible for a makeup exam. 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 an unexcused absence, cheating and/or academic dishonesty, that exam grade may not be replaced.

Late Work

Late work will not be accepted for a grade, however, for your own benefit, complete all assignments prior to assessments. 

If you have an excused absence, you must turn in your assignments at the beginning of the next class period. Online assignments are due on their due date, no exceptions. Plan ahead for unexpected events.

Electronic Devices

Please do not use electronic devices in class. This includes texting, games, social media, headphones, ear buds, etc. You will be asked to surrender your device for the remainder of class if it becomes a distraction. 


During exams, all electronic devices must be turned off.

Excused Absences

There are four forms of excused absence officially designated by Blinn College: 

  • 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 excuses MAY be considered excusable at the instructor’s discretion, with documentation. For prearranged absences, contact me prior to the exam to make alternate testing arrangements. 

As stated under Blinn College Policies section of this document, an attendance policy is in place.  Summer semesters are handled a little differently than long semesters.  Three (3) absences in a summer course is equivalent to 2 weeks of absences.  You will be dropped.  There is no warning, no first notice.  You may review this policy in The Student Handbook at http://www.blinn.edu/CatalogPDF/Academic-Regulations.pdf on page 92.

An excused absence excuses you from physically being in the class. It does not excuse you from the work you missed, assignments that were or are due, quizzes, tests, etc. You are still responsible for the work that was completed during your absence and the work due when you return. Please see the Attendance section of the Blinn College Policies for Official Blinn College Excused Absences.

LEAVING EARLY, WHETHER IT BE FOR A MEDICAL APPOINTMENT OR TO GO TO WORK OR PRACTICE, OR TO BABYSIT OR ANY NUMBER OF SEEMINGLY LEGITIMATE EXCUSES, ETC. WILL COUNT AS AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE. PLEASE SCHEDULE ANY DOCTOR/DENTIST/MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS AROUND CLASSTIME.

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 Biology Department Head.

Biology Department Head:
Dr. Steve Simcik
Phone: 979-209-7515; email: [email protected]

Schedule


SCHULENBURG CAMPUS

Summer II: BIOL1308-V01   CRN 40453

Monday – Friday, July 5 – August 2

10:05am-12:05pm

102

 

BEFORE CLASS

DUE BY 10AM

Day/Date

Meeting Details

Minutes/

Contact Hours

 

Thursday, July 5

Introductions/Expectations/CIS/Syllabus

Start Chapter 1: Intro to Biology

 

 

 

120 min/

2.4 CH

Sign up for Connect.

LearnSmart

Ch 1

Dropbox: WHO ARE YOU?

Friday,

July 6

Finish Chapter 1: The Scientific Study of Life

Begin Chapter 2: Intro to Chemistry

120 min/

2.4 CH

Quiz Ch 1

LearnSmart

Ch 2

Monday,

July 9

Finish Chapter 2:  The Chemistry of Life (macromolecules)

120 min/

2.4 CH

Quiz Ch 2

LearnSmart

Ch 3

Tuesday,

July 10

Day of Rec

Chapter 3: Cells

120 min/

2.4 CH

Quiz Ch 3

Scantron

& Pencil

Wednesday,

July 11

Exam 1, Chapters 1-3

120 min/

2.4 CH

LearnSmart

Ch 4

Thursday,

July 12

Chapter 4: The Energy of Life

120 min/

2.4 CH

Quiz Ch 4

LearnSmart

Ch 5

Friday,

July 13

Chapter 5: Photosynthesis

120 min/

2.4 CH

Quiz Ch 5

LearnSmart

Ch 6

Monday, July 16

Chapter 6: How Cells Release Energy

120 min/

2.4 CH

Quiz Ch 6

Scantron

& Pencil

Tuesday,

July 17

Exam 2, Chapters 4-6

120 min/

2.4 CH

LearnSmart

Ch 7 & 8

Wednesday,

July 18

Chapter 7.1-7.2 and Chapter 8.2: DNA Structure and DNA replication

120 min/

2.4 CH

Quiz Ch 7 & 8

LearnSmart

Ch 7

 

Thursday,

July 19

Chapter 7.3-7.6: Gene Expression

120 min/

2.4CH

Quiz Ch 7

LearnSmart

Ch 8 & 9

Friday,

July 20

Chapter 8.1, 8.3-8.5 and Chapter 9.1-9.8:

Cell Cycle, Mitosis, and Meiosis

120 min/

2.4 CH

Quiz Ch 9

LearnSmart

Ch 10

Monday, July 23

Chapter 10: Patterns of Inheritance

120 min/

2.4 CH

Quiz Ch 10

LearnSmart

Ch 11

Tuesday,

July 24

Chapter 11: DNA Technology

120 min/

2.4 CH

Quiz Ch 11

Scantron

& Pencil

Wednesday,

July 25

Exam 3, Chapters 7-11

120 min/

2.4 CH

LearnSmart

Ch 12

Thursday,

July 26

Chapter 12:  The Forces of Evolutionary Change

120 min/

2.4 CH

Quiz Ch 12

LearnSmart

Ch 13

Friday,

July 27

Last Day to Q-drop by 5pm

Chapter 13: Evidence of Evolution

Last Day to Q-drop by 5pm

120 min/

2.4 CH

Quiz Ch 13

LearnSmart

Ch 14

Monday, July 30

Chapter 14: Speciation and Extinction

120 min/

2.4 CH

Quiz Ch 14

LearnSmart

Ch 15

Tuesday,

July 31

Chapter 15: The Origin and History of Life

120 min/

2.4 CH

Quiz Ch 15

Scantron

& Pencil

Wednesday,

August 1

Exam 4, Chapters 12-15

120 min/

2.4 CH

Final Exam Review

Scantron

& Pencil

Thursday,

August 2

Final Exam, 10:05am-12:05pm

Same time! Same place.

 

 

 

TOTAL CONTACT HOURS

48