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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

General Biology I BIOL-1406

  • Spring 2013 Full Term 2013
  • Section SECTION_315 CRN-20524
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013
  • Modified 04/02/2013

Meeting Times

MW 4:15-5:30 pm (Lecture, S-216) & 5:40-6:55 pm (Lab, S-215)

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Lisa Ellis

Office: S-117

Office Hours: Monday 3:45 - 4:15 pm

Telephone: 979-209-8854

Email: [email protected]


An in-depth introductory survey of contemporary biology for students majoring in the biological sciences. Topics emphasized include, the chemical basis of life, structure and function of cells, energy transformations, and molecular biology and genetics.


Prerequisites: Exemption or passing score on reading section of THEA or alternative test or completion of READ 306 with a grade of C or higher.

Core Curriculum Statement

This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives.


1. Interpret the process by which scientific knowledge is acquired and evaluated.

2. Evaluate the characteristics of cells.

3. Recognize the molecular basis of evolutionary change.

4. Evaluate the composition of biological macromolecules and the role they play in the structure and function of cells.

5. Interpret selected metabolic processes carried out by cells and their essential role in sustaining life.

6. Compare and contrast the methods by which cells divide.

7. Set-up and evaluate basic Mendelian genetics problems.

8. Demonstrate the ability to use the compound light microscope and technological applications utilized in modern biology.



Textbook: Biology, 2nd Edition, 2011. Brooker, Widmaier, Graham and Stiling, McGraw Hill 

Lab Manual: Biology 1406 Laboratory Manual, Spring 2013, Richardson et. al. Copy Stop Print & Postal

Course Requirements

All course requirements including research projects, field trips, quizzes, major exams, make-up policies, late assignments, speeches, class presentations, recommended readings, etc. House Bill 2504 and THECB rules require a list of any required or recommended readings. The specific course requirements must include all assignments agreed upon by the division to be an integral or essential part of the course and contained in the Master Course Syllabus. Also, provide any other appropriate/essential information that either the faculty member or Division Chair wishes to include.


Lecture Exams: There will be 4 lecture exams (not including the final exam), each worth 100 pts; the lowest exam grade will be dropped. Each exam will follow a multiple-choice format and an Advantage scantron is needed for each exam.  One scantron may be used for two exams. The instructor will NOT provide scantrons. Make-up exams will only be offered to those with excused absences and proper documentation, no exceptions. Students must contact the instructor BEFORE or WITHIN 2 BUSINESS DAYS of the exam to schedule a make-up exam.

Laboratory Practical Exams: There will be 2 laboratory practicals, each worth 100 pts. These practicals will test your understanding of and ability to carry out tasks & techniques related to laboratory activities. Tests may include multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short answer questions. NO make-up lab exams are given, no exceptions. Students with an excused absence may take the lab exam with a different section, but MUST contact the instructor BEFORE or WITHIN 1 BUSINESS DAY to allow for scheduling.

Final Exam: The final exam will be comprehensive, covering Chapters 1 through 17, excluding Chapter 9. It is worth 200 pts and is made up of 100 questions. The instructor will NOT provide the necessary Advantage scantron. NO make-up final exam is given, no exceptions. Students with an excused absence may take the final exam with a different section, but MUST contact the instructor BEFORE to allow for scheduling.

Daily Lecture Assignments: Lecture quizzes, writing assignments, QEP activities, and QEP quizzes (each worth 10 pts) will gauge your understanding of the lecture material. If proper documentation of an excused absence is provided upon returning to class, assignments will be excepted late without any penalties; however, a 2 pt penalty will be applied if said documentation is lacking.

Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory exercises and quizzes (each worth 10 pts) will be completed during the assigned time period. If proper documentation of an excused absence is provided upon returning to class, assignments will be excepted late without any penalties; however, a 2 pt penalty will be applied if said documentation is lacking.

Extra Credit: Extra credit opportunities are at the discretion of the instructor.

Point Allocation:

Evaluation Methods


Lecture Exams (Highest 3 of 4)


Laboratory Practicals (2)


Final Exam


Daily Assignments (Highest 10 grades)


Laboratory Exercises (Highest 20 grades)


Total Points


Grading Scale: 

Total Points


900 to 1000


800 to 899


700 to 799


600 to 699


Below 599


Blinn College Policies

Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Student and Faculty Handbook and the Board and Administrative Policy Manuals are applicable to this course

Civility Statement

Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference. 

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook,

Attendance Policy

The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  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 absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty

member with appropriate documentation.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook,  In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

Students with Disabilities

Blinn College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Support services for students with documented disabilities are provided on an individual basis, upon request. Requests for services should be made directly to the Office of Special Populations serving the campus of your choice.  For the Bryan campus, the Office of Special Populations (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251.  The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Special Populations on the Brenham campus (Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157.  Additional information can be found at

Final Grade Appeal

If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline for the appeal and the four steps in the appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook,

Electronic Devices

All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District civility policy (administrative policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

Course Policies

a. Attendance Policy Reminder:  Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence.  For classes that meet twice a week during the spring semester two absences counts as one week's absence.  Students accumulating two week’s worth of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped.

b. 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 Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, Science 241, [email protected].

c. Eating and Drinking:  Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.




Lecture Topic

Laboratory Topic



Course Introduction, Ch 1: Intro to Biology
Ch 2: Atoms & Molecules

Lab 1: Safety, Lab 2: Science Process

Lab 3: Scientific Method



MLK Holiday

Ch 3: Organic Molecules, Lab Quiz #1 (Lab 1-3)

MLK Holiday

Lab 4 & 5: Experimental Design/Graph



Ch 3 continued, Lecture Quiz #1 (Ch. 1-3), QEP #1

Ch 4: General Features of Cell, QEP #1 Quiz

Lab 6: Metric Measurement, QEP #1

Lab 6 continued



Ch 5: Membrane Structure & Transport, Lab Quiz #2 (Lab 4-6)
Ch 10: Multicellularity, Lecture Quiz #2 (Ch. 4-5,10)

Critical Writing in Biology

Lab 7: Testing For Organic Molecules



Exam #1 (Ch. 1-5, 10)
Ch 6: Energy, Enzymes, Metabolism

Lab 8: Microscopy
Lab 9: Observing Cells in Action



Ch 7: Cell Respiration
Ch 7 continued

Lab 10: Prokaryotic & Eukaryotic Cells
Lab 11: Membrane Transport



Ch 7 cont, Ch 8: Photosynthesis, Lab Quiz #3 (Lab 7-11)
Ch 8 continued

Lab 11 continued
Ch 7 & 8 review



QEP 2: Cell Respiration Map, Lecture Quiz #3 (Ch. 6-8)
Exam #2 (Ch. 6-8), QEP #2 Quiz

Review for Lab Practical #1
Lab Practical #1



Spring Break Holiday

Spring Break Holiday




Ch 11: Nucleic Acid Structure
Ch 12: Gene Expression

Lab 12: Spectrophotometry
Lab 12 continued




Paper Peer Review
Ch 12 continued

Lab 13: Chromatography
Lab 14: Photosynthesis



QEP #3 Gene Expression Concept Map

Ch. 13: Gene Regulation, Ch 14: Mutation, Lab Quiz #4 (Lab 12-14)

Lab 14 continued

Lab 15: DNA Isolation



Lecture Quiz #4 (Ch. 11-14), QEP Quiz #3, Exam #3 Review
Exam #3 (Ch. 11-14)

Lab 16: Restriction Endonucleases
Lab 16 continued



Ch 15: Eukaryotic Cell Cycle
Ch 15 continued

Lab 17: Mitosis
Lab 18: Mendelian Genetics



Ch 16 Simple Patterns of Inheritance, Lab Quiz #5 (Lab 15-18)

Ch 16: Continued, Ch 17: Complex Patterns of Inheritance, Lecture Quiz #5 (Ch. 15-17)

Lab 18  continued

Review for Lab Practical #2



Exam #4 (Ch. 15-17)
Final Exam Review

Lab Practical #2
Final Exam Review



Comprehensive Final Exam 3:15 pm in S-216