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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Sciences • Biology - BIOL


Biology for Non-Science Maj I BIOL-1308

  • Summer II 2018
  • Section 310 CRN-40050
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/05/2018 to 08/02/2018
  • Modified 07/03/2018

Meeting Times


Lecture

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 2:15 PM to 4:10 PM

Weekdays beginning July 5th.

Contact Information


Instructor:  Ms. Karen D. Killion

Office: Classroom Bldg. Office 7, Brenham and Building B, Room 109, Bryan

Bryan Campus Map   

Office phone:  979.830.4203

Office Hours: 

Monday through Friday, 4:15-4:30 or as pre-arranged held in H225 or B109. 

I'm will be available by cell phone text message, 7am-10pm with, at most, a 24 hour response unless you ask something that can be looked up in the syllabus.

email:  [email protected]  Blinn Website:  http://www.blinn.edu/

Cell Phone:  936-870-6660

MY CELL PHONE IS THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME.  YOU MAY CALL OR TEXT BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7AM AND 10PM.  WHEN YOU TEXT, TELL ME WHO YOU ARE.   YOU MAY CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS NOT ANSWERED IN THE SYLLABUS AND COURSE INFORMATION SHEET OR TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT.  General Blinn questions are welcome, too.  I'll help if I can.

Department Head: Mr. Steve Simcik

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Office: D211 in Bryan or in Brenham in the Classroom Building in the ANS Admin Suite
  • Phone: 979-209-7515

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.

Assistant Dean, Agriculture and Natural Sciences: J. David Moury Ph.D.

Since this is a summer class, a department head may not always be available.  If you have a question or concern we cannot resolve in the classroom, feel free to contact Dr. Moury, the Assistant Dean.

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


REQUIRED

Bryan

Textbook: Biology Concepts and Investigations Package (This package includes the CONNECT access code required do online assignments throughout the course.), 4th edition, Hoefnagels, McGraw Hill Publishers

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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!

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

I suggest you get the printed book only because that's what I personally prefer.  Reading the material is of utmost importance and I prefer reading a print book.  It is totally up to you. 

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.

 

Scantron

REQUIRED

Apperson/Accuscan form 28210

It has 100 bubbles on the front then pages for essay, short answer and drawings.

You will need 5 for the class.

  • Availability: Bryan Bookstore
  • Price: I'm guessing $.50

Course Requirements


Exams count a total of 50% of your final grade.

  • Lecture Exams:  There will be 4 lecture exams that 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.  There may or may not be bonus questions.  I encourage you to take advantage of all opportunities.

Please check the dates of the exams on the schedule below. 

DO NOT MAKE PLANS FOR TESTS DAYS.

YOU WILL NEED THE SPECIFIC SCANTRON (SEE MATERIALS ABOVE) AND A PENCIL AND ERASER FOR LECTURE EXAMS AND THE FINAL.  SO, IN TOTAL, YOU WILL NEED 5 SCANTRONS FOR THE COURSE.  BUY THEM AHEAD OF TIME.

Make-Up Exams:  Make-up exams will only be available for those with excused absences accompanied by proper documentation.  There are four forms of excused absence officially designated by Blinn College: 

  1. 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);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. 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.

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 ABSENCE.

  • Final Exam:  The comprehensive final will be  worth 20% of your final grade.
    • FINAL EXAM IS Thursday, August 2.
    • SAME TIME, SAME PLACE!!! 
    • Don't make other plans for that day.

LearnSmarts count 20% of your final course grade.  These are online activities accessed through eCampus.  You must register to begin use.  There will be a LearnSmart tutorial due prior to each lecture.   

Class Participation counts 15% of your final grade and will/may include online quizzes, homework, daily work, discussions, dropboxes, etc.      

Clicker Quizzes count 10% of your final grade.  These will be done during the class period.  I will have a clicker for you.  It is important you use the same clicker every class period.   Your average grade will be entered in the gradebook and included in your final course grade.     

Biology Awareness will count 5% of your final course grade.  This 5% will be earned over the course of the semester by finding 5 examples of Biology in your everyday life.  They could be current events, you tube videos, jokes, etc. that have to do with biology and the concepts we are studying in this course.  This requirement could also be met by attending an event, such as a clean up or a museum or an on campus activity that you can tie to a biological concept from this course.  It could even be an ad you see somewhere in which you recognize something we have been talking about.  You will upload the current event, pictures, explanations, and your reflections, etc. into the dropboxes on eCampus. 

EXITS

Know where the exits are.     http://www.haveanexitstrategy.com/

BLINN ALERT

You should sign up for Blinn Alert.  You will be informed of weather advisories, school closings, emergenices, etc.  Follow this link to register: 

http://www.blinn.edu/emergency_management/

Evaluation


Grade Distribution:

  • Lecture Exams (4)                                        
    • 30% of final grade
  • Comprehensive Final Exam                           
    • 20% of final grade
  • LearnSmart                                             
    • 20% of final grade
  • Clicker Quizzes
    • 10% of final grade
  • Class Participation                                         
    • 15% of final grade
      • All Quizzes (except clicker)    
      • Vocabulary                            
      • Activities
      • Demonstrations                                       
      • Homework  
      • Writing assignments
      • Online discussions                       
      • Anything that doesn't fit into another category.
  • Biology Awareness
    • 5% of final grade

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

 

Curves/Extra Credit:  I do not curve, “drop a test grade” nor do I 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.   

SPOI-Student Perception of Instructor Extra Credit?

You will have the opportunity near the end of the semester to evaluate ME!!!  This is your chance to give me some constructive criticism about the class, i.e. tell me what you liked or didn't like or tell me what I can do better.  This will not be a graded item, I do not plan to offer extra credit.  But it is very helpful if, when you see surveys on your eCampus home screen, you take the time to participate.  I will not see your comments until next semester and they will be anonymous.  Please be honest.  I appreciate your input.

 

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


 E-Campus (D2L)

 

o   Notes, assignments, grades, announcements, etc. will be posted on-line as soon as possible.  Check often.

 

o   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.  In fact, it slows me down considerably.

 

 

o   Check eCampus before you come to class for last minute announcements or updates.

 

 

 

 

BLINN COLLEGE PRIVACY STATEMENT

Privacy Rights of Students

Annual Notice to Students

Annually, Blinn College informs students of the Family   Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. This act was designed to protect the   privacy of educational records, to establish the rights of students to inspect   and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the   correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal   hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints concerning the Family   Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) with the U. S. Office of Education   concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act.   Complaints should be filed with the Vice President Student Services.

Questions concerning the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may be referred to the Office of Admissions and Records.

EXCUSED ABSENCES

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.

Electronic Devices

DO NOT USE ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN CLASS.  THIS INCLUDES HEADPHONES, EAR BUDS, ETC.   I WANT YOUR FULL ATTENTION. 

DURING EXAMS, ANY AND ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES MUST BE TURNED OFF AND PUT IN A DESIGNATED AREA.

THIS DOCUMENT IS YOUR FRIEND

WHEN YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT'S DUE OR WHAT'S NEXT OR WHAT YOU MISSED OR WHAT ARE WE DOING NEXT TIME OR HOW MANY TESTS WE HAVE OR WILL I DROP ONE OR IS THERE ANY EXTRA CREDIT OR CAN I TURN IT IN LATE.....CONSULT THIS DOCUMENT.

BE PREPARED

ARRIVE ON TIME.  STAY THE ENTIRE CLASS PERIOD.

BRINGING YOUR BOOK OR A DEVICE TO ACCESS YOUR BOOK AND NOTES COULD BE BENEFICIAL.

IT IS UP TO YOU IF YOU WANT TO PRINT THE POWERPOINTS.  THEY ARE POSTED ON eCAMPUS FOR YOU.

  • If you print them, be sure to use appropriate settings.  You DO NOT want to print the whole document as full page slides.  I suggest using 6 slides to a page, 3 slides to a page (this one give you lines for notes), or the most thrifty paper wise is to print the Outline.  You don't get the pictures, but you get all the text.

 

"Q" DROP DATE

July 27, 2018

EMAIL

I will routinely send emails through eCampus.  These emails will go to a D2L email address AND your buc.blinn.edu account.  You MUST have access to your buc.blinn.edu email account.  You may link it to your personal email account for convenience but all informational emails from the College will be sent to your buc.blinn.edu address.

The best email to contact me is [email protected]

TECHNOLOGY HELP DESK

979-830-4357 OR http://www.blinn.edu/acadtech/help.php

Contact the Help Desk for technology problems.  There is even a live chat option at the link above.

TARDIES

Please respect your classmates enough to arrive on time for class.  Two (2) tardies will equal 1 absence.

Am I passing?

WHAT IS PASSING?  

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.

 

Schedule


BRYAN CAMPUS

Summer II:  BIOL1308-310    CRN 40050

Weekdays beginning

Thursday, July 5 through Thursday, Aug 2

2:15pm-4:10pm

H225

 

BEFORE CLASS

DUE BY 2pm

Day/Date

Meeting Details

Minutes/

Contact Hours

 

Thursday

July 5

Introductions/Expectations/CIS/Syllabus

(optional) Text your name to me and

send me a selfie!!  @ 936-870-6660. 

120 min/2.3 CH

Respond to my email.

LearnSmart Ch 1

Dropbox: 

WHO ARE YOU?

Friday

July 6

Chapter 1: The Scientific Study of Life

120 min/2.3 CH

Quiz Ch 1

LearnSmart Ch 2

Monday July 9

Chapter 2:  The Chemistry of Life

120 min/2.3 CH

Quiz Ch 2

Bio Awareness #1

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/2.3 CH

LearnSmart Ch 4

Thursday

July 12

Chapter 4: The Energy of Life

120 min/2.3 CH

Quiz Ch 4

LearnSmart Ch 5

Friday

July 13

Chapter 5: Photosynthesis

120 min/2.3 CH

Quiz Ch 5

Bio Awareness #2

LearnSmart Ch 6

Monday July 16

Chapter 6:   How Cells Release Energy

120 min/2.3 CH

Quiz Ch 6

Scantron

& Pencil

Tuesday July 17

Exam 2, Chapters 4-6

120 min/2.3 CH

LearnSmart Ch 7

Wednesday

July 18

Chapter 7:   DNA Structure and Gene Function

120 min/2.3 CH

Quiz Ch 7

LearnSmart Ch 8

 

Thursday

July 19

Chapter 8: DNA Replication, Binary Fission, and Mitosis

120 min/2.3 CH

Quiz Ch 8

Bio Awareness #3

LearnSmart Ch 9

Friday

July 20

Chapter 9: Sexual Reproduction and Meiosis

120 min/2.3 CH

Quiz Ch 9

LearnSmart Ch 10

Monday July 23

Chapter 10:   Patterns of Inheritance

120 min/2.3 CH

Quiz Ch 10

LearnSmart Ch 11

Tuesday July 24

Chapter 11:   DNA Technology

120 min/2.3 CH

Quiz Ch 11

Scantron

& Pencil

 

Wednesday

July 25

Exam 3, Chapters 7-11

 

120 min/2.3 CH

Bio Awareness #4

LearnSmart Ch 12

Thursday

July 26

Chapter 12:  The Forces of Evolutionary Change

120 min/2.3 CH

Quiz Ch 12

LearnSmart Ch 13

Q-Drop

Friday

July 27

Chapter 13: Evidence of Evolution

Q-Drop by 5pm

120 min/2.3 CH

Quiz Ch 13

LearnSmart Ch 14

Monday July 30

Chapter 14: Speciation and Extinction

120 min/2.3 CH

Quiz Ch 14

Bio Awareness #5

LearnSmart Ch 15

Tuesday July 31

Chapter 15:  The Origin and History of Life

120 min/2.3 CH

Quiz Ch 15

Scantron

& Pencil

Wednesday

August 1

Exam 4, Chapters 12-15

120 min/2.3 CH

Final Exam Review

Scantron

& Pencil

Thursday

August 2

Final Exam, 2:15-4:10pm

Same time!  Same place.

120 min/2.3 CH

 

 

TOTAL CONTACT HOURS

48