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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

General Biology I BIOL-1406

  • Spring 2013
  • Section SECTION_322 CRN-20558
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013
  • Modified 01/12/2013

Meeting Times


  • 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM, S216


  • 9:10 AM to 10:25 AM, S215

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Judy Elaine Brooks

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, S117
  • Monday, Wednesday, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, S117

Other times by appointment


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 

3 "Advantage" scantrons

Course Requirements

a. Final Exam: The Final is a common comprehensive final worth 200 points. It will consist of at least 100 multiple choice type questions. I will reschedule your final exam date only when you have a clash in final exam time and can provide a letter from your academic advisor to confirm the time conflict.


b. Tests: There will be four major lecture tests, each worth 100 points. Student’s test totals will consist of the top three tests for a total of 300 points. Tests may consist of a combination of true/false, multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer questions. The exact date of the tests will be announced in class at least two class periods prior to the examination date, but will follow the course schedule as closely as possible. Make-up tests will only be offered to those with excused absences and proper documentation, no exceptions. Excused absences in addition to those officially recognized by Blinn (see “Attendance” below) include: illness with a doctor's note, or death of a close family member with documentation provided by funeral home. Students must contact me before the following class period to schedule a make-up. If you know that you will need to miss a test prior to the test date, contact me ASAP so that I may plan accordingly.  If you are sick enough to miss a test, then you are sick enough to go to the doctor!


c.  Participation: Daily quizzes and activities will be given as a participation grade. These quizzes, activities, and assignments will be averaged and are worth a total of 100 points.


d. Laboratory Practical Exams: There will be two lab practical exams worth 100 points each for a total of 200 points. Lab practical exams will test the student’s ability to carry out specific tasks or techniques that relate to lab activities performed and/or the overall student learning outcomes for the laboratory. There will be NO MAKE-UP EXAMS for the lab exams.  If you cannot come at the assigned time for your class, you must notify me ASAP so that I can make arrangements for you to take the exam with another class.


e. Laboratory Exercises and other assignments (“daily grades”): Lab exercises and other assignments will be averaged and multiplied by 2.  Thus these are worth a total of 200 points. Each lab exercise is to be completed during the lab and turned in at the end of the period or as instructed. Failure to turn assignments in on time automatically reduces the grade by 10 points.


f. Bonus Points:  Bonus points may be given for a particular exam (usually up to 10 points) or I may email bonus assignments to you that may be used as bonus points to add to your point total.  These latter points will be added to your point total at the end of the semester.






Point Distribution:    

Lecture exams (3 exams @ 100 points each)300 points

Final exam (grade x 2)                                 200 points

Lab exams (2 exams @ 100 points each)      200 points

Participation grades                                     100 points

Quizzes, Lab Work & Assigned Readings                                 

          (daily average x 2)                           200 points

                                                               1000 points TOTAL


Approximate Grading Scale:


                                    A   =   ≥900      points

                                    B   =   800-899 points

.                                   C   =   700-799 points

                                    D   =   600-699 points

                                    F   =    ≤599     points



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 count 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 to 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.


Outline of the course content and Schedule (TR)*:

Updated: 12/17/12





Lecture Topic

Laboratory Topic






First Day /Intro to Biology

Intro to Biol/Atoms & Molecules

Labs 1 & 2 – Safety/Process of Science

Lab 3 – The Scientific Method






Atoms, Molecules, and Water

Organic Molecules

Lab 4 and 5 – Exp. Design/Graphing

Lab 6 – Metric Measurement






Organic Molecules

Exam 1 (Ch. 1-3)

Organic Molecules Activity

Lab 6 – Metric Measurement cont’d





General Features of Cell

Lab 7 – Testing for Organic Molecules

Lab 8 – Microscopy





Membrane Structure, & Transport

Lab 9 – Observing Cells in Action

Lab 10 – Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells







Energy, Enzymes, & Metabolism

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport cont’d






Exam 2  (Ch. 4-6, 10)

Cellular Respiration

Ch 7: Cellular Respiration

Cellular Respiration Concept Maps






Review for Lab Practical #1

Lab Exam #1 (Thursday, 03/07)



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





Nucleic Acid Structure

Lab 12 – Spectrophotometry

Lab 13 – Chromatography






Exam 3 (Ch. 7-8, 11)

Gene Expression

Lab 14 – Photosynthesis

Lab 14 – Photosynthesis cont’d






Gene Expression

Gene Regulation/Mutation

Gene Expression Concept Maps

Lab 15 – DNA Isolation

13 Q




Eukaryotic Cell Cycle

Lab 16 – Restriction Endonucleases

Lab 17 – Mitosis





Simple Patterns of Inheritance

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics cont’d






Exam 4 (Ch. 12-16)

Complex Patterns of Inheritance

Review for Lab Exam #2

Lab Exam #2 (Thursday, 04/25)






Complex Patterns of Inheritance

No Class

Review and Assessment

No Class


Final Exam

Final Exam for section 322is Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 7:45AM-9:45AM in S216


* 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.