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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

General Biology I BIOL-1406

  • Spring 2013
  • Section SECTION_324 CRN-20560
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013
  • Modified 01/11/2013

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 10:35 AM to 11:50 AM, S-224


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 AM to 10:25 AM, S225

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Yuhua Farnell

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 8:05 AM to 9:05 AM, S-117

TR 8:05 – 9:05


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 


Textbook: BIOLOGY9th Edition, Campbell, Reece, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, and Jackson: 2011, Pearson Education, Inc., Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco, CA.

Lab Manual: REFLECTIONS IN BIOLOGY – A Laboratory Manual – Volume I, On-line Edition, Greg Phillips: 2012

Course Requirements

Course Requirements and Criteria for Grading

Point Distribution:   


Lecture exams                            400 points

Lab Exams                                  200 points

Comprehensive final exam           200 points

Lecture Quizzes & Activities         100 points

Lab Assignments                        100 points



*Because you will have the opportunity to earn extra credit points on some exams and quizzes, it is possible to earn more than 1000 points.

Your final course (%) average = (your total points earned/1000) X 100


Final course grades are calculated as:

A: 895 or more points, B: 795 to 894 points, C: 695 to 794 points,

D: 595 to 694 points, F: 594 or less points.


Grading: (tentative breakdown of assignments and scores)

          • 4 Lecture and 2 Lab Exams: 600 points

          • Daily Lecture Quizzes & Activities (participation): 100 points

          • Lab Assignments: 100 points

          • Comprehensive Final Exam: 200 points


Lecture Exams: There will be four lecture exams each worth 100 points. Lecture exams may consist of a combination of true/false, multiple choice, fill in the blank and short answer questions. Make-up exams will only be offered to those with excused absences, no exceptions. Excused absences include: Illness with Dr's note, official Blinn College activity, Religious Holiday (see attendance policy) or death of a close family member with appropriate documentation. Students must contact me during the following class period or via e-mail to be able to schedule a make-up. If you know that you will need to miss an exam prior to the test date, contact me ASAP so that I may plan accordingly.


Laboratory Practicals: There will be two lab exams worth 100 points each. Laboratory exams will test 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. Additional short answer, problem solving, or fill-in-the-blank questions may also be administered. There will be NO MAKE-UP EXAMS for the lab.  


Final Exam: The final exam is departmental and cumulative and will be given on Dec 11th. The final is a common comprehensive final worth 200 points. If you miss the final exam, contact your instructor immediately. Otherwise, a final exam grade of zero will be recorded for any student who has missed the final exam and has not contacted me by 5:00 pm of the examination day. The final exam is comprehensive and will consist of approx. 100 questions. All students must take the final exam.

Section 324 Final Exam will be on May 07, Tuesday, from 07:45 to 09:45 am in lecture room S-225.


In Lecture: Daily quizzes or activities will be given to help students gauge their progress in learning the material. These quizzes and activities worth a total of 100 points will cover material from the previous lecture, the textbook, or assigned outside readings


Lab Assignments/ Write-Ups: Most lab exercises must be completed during the lab period and turned in at the end of the period. Late work turned in within one week of the assignment will be accepted for half credit.


Bonus Quizzes: Each week, I will release multiple-choices or questions covering that week’s material (lecture or lab) in eCampus

 These homework is worth a total of 3 points and will be used to generate bonus points that will be added to your point total at the end of the semester. You will have one week to complete them. Since I do not curve individual exam scores, these quizzes will help generate a curve. No additional bonus assignments will be offered so take advantage of these from the start. These take-home assignments are worth at least a total of 50 points and will be used as bonus points that will be added to your point total at the end of the semester.


QEP Activities: These departmental assessments activities are listed on the schedule and must be completed. What is not listed on the schedule, but must still be accommodated in terms of time are the 10 questions assessment quizzes that are given the class period or week after the actual activity. These quizzes take about 10 minutes to complete, so make sure that you plan time for their administration, even though it is not specifically included on the schedule.



Evaluation criteria (see previous section)

Lecture exams                            400 points

Lab Exams                                  200 points

Comprehensive final exam            200 points

Lecture Quizzes & Activities          100 points

Lab Assignments                         100 points



*Because you will have the opportunity to earn extra credit points on some exams and quizzes, it is possible to earn more than 1000 points.

Your final course (%) average = (your total points earned/1000) X 100


Final course grades are calculated as:

A: 895 or more points, B: 795 to 894 points, C: 695 to 794 points,

D: 595 to 694 points, F: 594 or less 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

Other Policies

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty member with appropriate documentation. Missing lecture or 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.

The last day to drop this semester with a Q is Friday, April 12, 2013.


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

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





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

Section 324- May 07, Thursday, from 07:45 to 09:45AM in lecture   room S-225


* 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.