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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

General Biology I BIOL-1406

  • Spring 2013
  • Section SECTION_321 CRN-20542
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013
  • Modified 01/14/2013

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM, S224

Friday 12:00pm-1:15pm

Contact Information

Instructor: Mrs. Ebony Hammond-Lai HIng M.Sc

Alt: [email protected].com for google chat

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 9:15 AM to 9:45 AM


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


The labs will not always correspond directly the lecture material. The content covered in lecture will
include the following material. The order in which the chapters will be covered as well as a week by
week plan for the semester is included as the last page of this document. The major topics will
• Introduction to Biology
• Basic Chemistry
• Biological Macromolecules
• Cellular Structures
• Membrane Structure and Transport
• Multicellularity
• Energy, Enzymes, and Metabolism
• Cellular Respiration and Fermentation
• Photosynthesis
• DNA Structure and Replication
• Molecular Gene Expression
• Gene Regulation and Mutation
• Mitosis and Meiosis
• Patterns of Inheritance

Lab Manual

This is an important part of biology. You will be expected to complete the labs
assigned either during class or finishing on your own time. In order to enhance your lab time it is imperative that you read and understand the labs before coming to class. All lab worksheets are to be completed during the lab period or may be assigned for homeworkThe labs will be due for grading at time of the respective lab practical. This allows students to keep their worksheet to study until the practical date. Your score for these assignments will be based upon the completion assignment and correctness of your responses to the questions assigned. If for whatever reason you are unable to attend a lab and cannot arrange a makeup during the same week as the lab experiment, you will not receive participation credit for that particular lab. Only labs in which you actually participate will be graded. No late assignments are accepted.

Pre Lab & Post Lab Assignments

Just as you are expected to read your lecture text, before coming to class, it is important that you read over laboratory material in advance of coming to
class as well. Prelab assignments require that you read over the lab that is planned for a given week, and answer questions related to your reading. Prelabs for the semester will be posted on eCampus. Students will be responsible for completing these assignments online before class begins. Due dates and times are set via the eCampus server and once the allotted time has expired, assignments will no longer be available to complete. Post lab assignments are also assessments that are to be completed within 1 week after the lab experiment in class. These assignments will consist of select questions to test your understanding of the lab you have completed. These assignments will count as daily grades. No exceptions!!

Lab Practicals (Exams)

There will be two lab practicals during the semester. They will cover and test your knowledge of the material we have covered in lab. You will use your lab manual and the knowledge that you gain from the labs to prepare for the lab practical. Take these lab exams very seriously. Do not wait until the day before the practical to begin preparation for the exam. These practicals are departmental. Please see the Appendix section of your lab manual A1-11 for more information and review material.

Daily Assignments

In-class and out of class work will also be given to students periodically
throughout the semester to supplement classroom lecture/lab. Some assignments will be completed during class and others will be given or finished for homework. No late daily assignments will be accepted. Paper assignments will have a due date and time listed. Quizzes may be given periodically throughout the semester. Quizzes may also be given to review student on material covered during the previous lecture and also serve as daily attendance
grades. These quizzes short and will be unannounced. Get to class on time on days that quizzes are taken. Students that are late will not be given extra time to complete the quiz.

a. Regarding Online Assignments: Assignments are given via eCampus.. These
assignments must be completed through their respective sites and are due by the times posted on their individual servers. No late assignments are accepted. To help students keep track of when an assignment is due at one site versus another, I will post the due dates of all assigned online work on the eCampus calendar.


Your participation grade will be based upon participation in both lab and lecture
components of this class. Half of your participation score will come from scores received on laboratory worksheets. The other half of your participation score will come from your average score on review questions that are asked during class. The review questions may cover either lecture or lab material and they may be asked at any time during the class period (lecture or lab). Review questions are open book, open note, open mouth (you may discuss the question with your peers).

eCampus access

Use of eCampus is free to Blinn students. Students are expected to login
several times a week in order to complete class assignments. Using eCampus is not optional, as a large portion of your grade comes from daily work that will be completed in this course management system. Additionally, eCampus allows students to communicate via email and discussion groups, access other course resources (such as Powerpoint presentations and audio files containing course lectures), and track grades. Site address:

Major Exams

There will be four major exams during the semester. These will cover the
lectures, readings from your lecture text, material covered in Connect, and your notes. They may consist of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, drawings/diagrams, matching, and short answer essay (1-2 paragraphs). Take these exams very seriously. Do not wait until the day before the test to begin preparing for an exam.

Term Paper

One term paper will be assigned to the student demonstrating basic research
skills, scholarly writing ability, and understanding of the topics covered throughout the course. The paper must be no less than 5 double-spaced pages, size 12 font, Times New Roman font. Source material will be provided for the term paper from a high quality peer-reviewed journal such as Nature or Science, published within the last 3 years. The term paper should include the
following information: Brief overview of the topic, discussion of the problem that prompted research, scientific methods utilized for solving the problem, discussion of obstacles faced by researchers, and future goals of the research community.


The Turnitin Orginality checking online tool is available to Blinn College faculty via eCampus. Turnitin Originality Checking allows educators to check students' work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against continuously updated databases. Every Originality Report provides instructors with the opportunity to teach their students proper citation methods as well as to safeguard their students' academic integrity. Students go to the Lessons
tab of their eCampus course to access, and submit their papers to the designated Turnitin drop

Final Exam

The Final exam is comprehensive and required for all students. The exam is
departmental (all 1406 students take the same exam) and will consist of 100 questions (usually all multiple choice). Questions may originate from material from any of the chapters covered over the semester.

McGraw Hill Connect

 Connect is an online resources provided by McGraw-Hill. All new books (split or combine text) are bundled with access to Connect. Your students can also purchase Connect ($25) separately at the Connect website for one semester access. These assignments will count towards daily grades category

Connect web site:

Bonus/Extra Credit

Bonus points and extra credit will be minimized to ensure that grade inflation does NOT total more than 5% of a student’s overall grade. Remember our goal is to produce quality students such that, a student earning an A in our 1406 course could go to A&M, UT, Tech etc., and have enough knowledge to do just as well in a second biology course there.

  • Scantron Bonus - 5 points Major Exams
  • Every major exam will include 10 point bonus question
  • Departmental Assesment (3)- 10 points each toward Lab Practical Grades
  • If Final Exam grade higher than lowest Major Exam grade, the final exam grade will replace the lowest grade. 
  • Major Exam grades not curved




Class assignments categories will have the following weighted point values by category:

Type of Assignments Total Possible 
Major Exams (4)    40% 
Daily Grades          5% 
Participation          10% 
Term Paper (1)      5% 
Lab Practicals         20% 
Final Exam (1)       20% 
Total Point Scale    100%



Points Letter Grade 
90 - 100% A 
80 – 89% B 
70 – 79% C 
60 – 69% D 
Less than 60% F

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

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.

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].

Eating and Drinking

Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Spring Semester 2013
General Biology


Week Of



Friday (Room 225 at 10:35 & 224 at 12:00)




Labs 1 & 2: Safety & Science

Ch 1: Intro to Biology  &  Lab 3 - Scientific Method



Ch 2: Atoms &Molecules

Lab 4 / Lab 5

Ch 2 continued…  &   Lab 6 - Metric Measurement



Ch 3: Organic Molecules

Lab 6 - Metric Measurement cont.

Ch 3: Organic Molecules  &  Organic Molecules Activity



Exam 1 (Ch. 1-3)

Lab 7 - Testing for Organic Molecules

Ch 4: General Features of Cells  &   Lab 8 - Microscopy



Ch 4: General Features of Cells

Lab 9 - Observing Cells in Action

Ch 5: Membrane Structure, Transport  both periods



Ch 10: Multicellularity

Lab 10 - Prokaryotic & Eukaryotic Cells

Ch 6: Energy & Enzymes  &  Lab 11 – Mem. Transport



Lab 11 - Membrane Transport

Exam 2 (Ch. 4-6, 10)

Ch 7: Cellular Respiration  &  Cell Resp. Concept Map



Ch 7: Cellular Respiration

Review for Lab Practical 1

Ch 8: Photosynthesis  &   Lab Practical 1 – Fri.  March  8



Happy Spring Break (03/11-03/15) – No Classes



Ch 8: Photosynthesis

Lab 12 - Spectrophotometer

Ch 11: Nucleic Acid Structure  &  Lab 13 - Chromatography



Ch 11: Nucleic Acid Structure

Lab 14 - Photosynthesis

Holiday – No Classes



Lab 14 - Photosynthesis cont.

Exam 3 (Ch. 7-8, 11)

Ch 12: Gene Expression both time periods

Finish Gene Expression Concept Map for homework

13 Q


Ch 13 Gene Reg & Ch 14: Mut.

Lab 15 - DNA Isolation & Lab 16 – Restriction Endonucleases

Ch 15: Eukaryotic Cell Cycle  &  Lab 17 - Mitosis



Ch 15: Eukaryotic Cell Cycle

Ch 16: Simple Patt. of Inherit.

Ch 16: Simple. Patt. continued&  Lab 18 - Mendelian Genetics



Exam 4 (Ch. 12-16)

Lab 18 – Mend. Genetics continued & Review for Lab Practical

Ch 17: Complex P. of Inherit. & Lab Practical 2 – Fri. April 26th



Ch 17: Complex P. of Inheritance 

Finals Begin Thursday May 2nd




Finals Continue Through May 7th    Final Exam for section (insert section number)is Thursday, May 2nd 7:45-9:00AM


* In case of course schedule changes, updates will be posted on eCampus and notified in class.

Q Q-drop, last day to withdraw with a “Q” is Friday, April 12, 2013.