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Distance Education · Natural Sciences · Biology - BIOL

Biology for Non-Science Maj I

  • Summer I 2018
  • Section N01 CRN-30685
  • 3 Credits
  • 06/04/2018 to 07/02/2018
  • Modified 06/04/2018

Meeting Times

This is an online course so there are no face to f ace meetings with this course, but all exams must be proctored. Students may take exams at any Blinn testing centers, at another school’s testing center, or use ProctorU. The student will be responsible for any fees charged by outside services and are responsible for letting the instructor know where their exams will be taken. Please see the Course Requirements section of the syllabus for more details.

Contact Information

Instructor: Ms. Chelsey Dankenbring

Email: [email protected]

Office: D-176
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 11:00-12:00 via phone. I can also meet you on the Bryan campus if an appointment is scheduled in advance. I can always answer e-mails or chat via phone as well.


Please do not be shy; your success is my priority and I am here to help you in any way that I can. Minimester courses are intense and you will have deadlines very close together, so any time you have a question please do not hesitate to contact me.


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:


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.


  • Textbook: Biology Concepts and Investigations Package, 2017, Hoefnagels, 4th ed., McGraw Hill Publishers.
  • It does not matter whether you use an actual paper book or an ebook, but you will need the book for this course.


  • You will also need an “access code” to access Connect assignments, which will makes up 20% of your overall grade. The access code comes with the purchase of a new book or you can purchase the access code on its own at the bookstore or online. There is a two-week free trial if you need some time to purchase the access code. You must register for Connect via our eCampus page (see course orientation video for more details).


  • For an online class you will need a full computer not a smartphone or light tablet, broadband internet services. See the Minimum Hardware and Software




  • A webcam will be required for proctoring if you use ProctorU.


  • You will need to be able to access Tegrity to view lectures (comes with eCampus). Some assignments may required the use to MS Word, Powerpoint, or Excel. 
    1. MS Office is free in your Buc email account to download or use in the cloud. Go to or contact Academic  979-830-4357

Course Requirements

Lecture Exams: There will be four lecture exams, each of which must be proctored (See the Proctoring options listed in the course policies section of the syllabus for more information), and are located in eCampus. The exam will consist of 50 questions and must be completed within one hour. Make-up exams are given to students with an excused absence (per Blinn policy) or as deemed appropriate by the instructor; if a make-up test is given for a non-excused absence there will be a 15 point deduction on the earned exam grade.. Your lowest completed exam grade will be replaced with your final exam grade, if the final exam grade is higher.  Exams that have not been completed or that have scores due to cheating and/or academic dishonesty will not be replaced. Lecture exams will make up 40% of your overall grade.

Final Exam: A comprehensive final exam will be administered during the finals period. The final exam will be made available to your specified proctoring location during the exam period specified on the course calendar. There is no make-up final exam. This exam consists of 100 questions.  The final exam makes up 20% of your final grade.  

Class Participation: For each chapter you must watch a few Tegrity lecture videos and complete online assignments. Make sure that you are giving yourself sufficient time to complete the assignments and do any technical troubleshooting necessary. Technical difficulties will not serve as a valid excuse to make up an online assignment. All assignments are due by 7:59 AM on the day of the respective exam and are located in the “Assignments” submodule for each chapter on eCampus.  The online assignments together make up 40% of your final grade.

  • Connect Learnsmart (10%): Homework assignments on McGraw Hill Connect can be accessed through the Connect link on the course page. Learnsmart is an adaptive quizzing program that will offer you feedback and hints as you work your way through the chapter. Learnsmart is graded based on completion of the chapter; therefore, you will get a score of 100% if you complete the assignment or a score of 0% if you do not fully complete the assignment. You must have a subscription to Connect to access these assignments.


  • Connect Exam Reviews (10%): There will be exam reviews for each lecture exam that may be accessed through McGraw Hill Connect. The exam reviews will typically consist of 10-15 questions per chapter that is on the exam. You will have two attempts and 45 minutes to complete each exam review and your highest grade will be recorded. Exam reviews are graded based on accuracy of responses.


  • eCampus Chapter Assignments (10%): For each chapter you will have a short assignment on eCampus. These assignments should be completed after you have watched the Tegrity videos and studied your notes. You will have 20 minutes to complete each assignment and you may use your notes, the Tegrity videos, and your textbook; you may not work with another classmate. Chapter assignments are graded based on accuracy of responses.


  • Discussion Forums/Other Assignments (10%): Participation in a discussion forum on lecture topics will also be required for each lecture exam and will be found within the “Exam” submodule for each chapter. You will post an original question over the unit material and respond to two of your peer’s post. Please see the grading rubric found in the Orientation module on eCampus. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner when posting to the forums. See Netiquette policy below. Any other assignment students are given will be placed in this category.

NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. All assignments are due at the appointed day and time, no exceptions. It is your responsibility to make sure to turn assignments in by the due date or you will receive a grade of zero for that assignment.


Evaluation Method


Lecture Exams


Final Exam


Class Participation




Grading: 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. The easiest way to ensure that you earn the letter grade you seek is to earn the points required.


A         90.0-100%

B          80.0-89.9%

C          70.0-79.9%

D         60.0-69.9%

F          Below 60.0%

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

  • Proctored Exams: Please read this information carefully.


Regardless of testing location, students are responsible for knowing and following testing center policies such as:

  • Having proper ID
  • Planning ahead – some testing centers and ProctorU may require appointments to test
  • Testing policies – Blinn testing centers will not administer an exam within 90 minutes of closing time
  • Do not put off your exam until the last minute because exam extensions are not allowed


Proctoring options:

  • Blinn Testing Centers: There are four different Blinn campuses: Bryan, Brenham, Sealy, and Schulenburg.


  • Other college or university testing center (instructor approval required): Please e-mail me the name and contact information of the alternate testing site at least two business days prior to the exam date so that I amy contact the proposed site and discuss their testing procedures. Students are responsible for any testing fees the alternate site charges.


  • ProctorU Online Testing Proctoring: If you want to test from home, you must have the necessary equipment and software loaded onto your computer to allow for your testing session to be remotely recorded. It is the students responsibility to pay any required testing fees. Information on using ProctorU can be found at:


  • Attendance: Attending class is mandatory. According to Blinn policy, accumulating four absences will result in you being dropped from the course. For this course, every four (4) grades of “zero” will count as one week worth of absences. Students accumulating two week’s worth of absences (eight grades of “zero”) will be dropped.


  • Late Work: No late assignments will be accepted. As course is online I strongly suggest you complete the assignments in advance as work submitted after the deadline, regardless of cause, will not be accepted.


  • Communication: The best way to communicate with me is to e-mail me or call my office during office hours. Please e-mail my Blinn e-mail address, not e-campus, as I check that more regularly. During the week I will respond to your e-mail within 24 hours and I will do my best to check my e-mail periodically over the weekend.


  • Grading feedback: Most assignments will be graded automatically and uploaded to the gradebook upon submission. Other assignments will be graded within three b usiness days of their due date.


  • Dropped Grades/Grade Replacement: Grades earned as a result of cheating or any other form of academic dishonesty may not be dropped or replaced for any reason.


BIOL 1308 Course Calendar (subject to change)


Content Covered

Contact Hours

(Carnegie system)


Syllabus & Course orientation

Chapter 1: The Scientific Study of Life



Chapter 2: The Chemistry of Life



Chapter 3: Cells



Review for Test – Unit 1 Assignments Due by 7:00 PM



Exam 1: Chapters 1-3



Chapter 4: The Energy of Life




Chpater 5: Photosynthesis



Chapter 6: Respiration and Fermentation



Review for Test – Unit 2 Assignments Due by 7:00 PM



Exam 2: Chapters 4-6



Chapter 7: DNA Structure and Gene Function



Chapter 8: DNA Replication, Binary Fission and Mitosis

Chapter 9: Sexual Reproduction and Meiosis



Chapter 10: Patterns of Inheritance



Review for Test – Unit 3 Assignments Due by 7:00 PM



Exam 3: Chapters 7-10

Q Droop Deadline



Chapter 11: DNA Technology

Chapter 12: The Forces of Evolutionary Change



Chapter 13: Evidence of Evolution



Chapter 14: Speciation and Extinction



Review for Test – Unit 4 Assignments Due by 7:00 PM



Exam 4: Chapters 11-14



Final Exam – available online from 8:00 AM – 11:59 PM

TOTAL: 48 hours