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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL


General Biology I BIOL-1406

  • Spring 2013 Full Term 2013

  • Section SECTION_333 CRN-20580

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013

  • Modified 01/10/2013



Meeting Times


LECTURE

Tuesday, Thursday, 2:50 PM to 4:05 PM, S216

LABORATORY

Tuesday, Thursday, 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM, S215

Contact Information


Instructor: Dr. KARINE C. GIL-WEIR

Email: karine.gil-weir@blinn.edu
Office: S117
Phone: 979-209-8872
Website: www.blinn.edu/brazos/natscience/biol/kgil-weir/

Office Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday, 1:40 PM to 2:40 PM, S117

OR OTHER TIME- TUESDAY OR THURSDAY BY APPOINTMENT

Description


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.

Requisites

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.

Outcomes


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.

Materials


Bryan

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


COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND CRITERIA FOR GRADING:

a. eCampus: Access to the Internet is REQUIRED. Internet access at home would certainly be a plus, however, all students at Blinn College and/or Texas A&M have computing resources available to them. The Open Computer Labs at Blinn College are located in Room H-225, the Learning Center (L-258 above the Library), and the Library. If you are not familiar with these, see me or inquire at the Learning Center, for more details, ASAP. eCampus is an online course tool. It is in essence a virtual classroom through which I will be posting course related materials and information, assignment instructions, quizzes and assignment due dates, test and exam dates, and important announcements. You will also be able to contact me with questions and or problems you might be having and have the ability to contact your classmates. It will be your responsibility to check this site daily: https://ecampus.blinn.edu/default.asp and click “SPRING 2013- BIOL-1406-333 - General Biology I”.

b.  Four Lecture Tests: There will be four tests each worth 100 points. While being mostly objective, there may also be short answers, a combination of true/false, multiple choice, matching, and fill in the blank, and some drawings.  Students who cannot take the exam on the scheduled day (excused absence officially recognized by Blinn) may possibly take a different test which may involve a different format (for example: written).

c. Final Exam: The final exam is completely objective, is set by the department and is a common comprehensive final worth 200 points. It will consist of at least 100 multiple choice type questions.  By Blinn regulations, it represents 20% of your final grade. I will reschedule your final exam date only when you have a conflict in final exam time and can provide a letter from your academic advisor to confirm the time clash. Please come and see me ASAP so that I may plan accordingly.

Section 333 Final Exam will be on May 07, Tuesday, from 12:45 to 2:45 pm in lecture room S-216.

d. Two Lab Exams @ 100 pts.:  The lab exams are set by the entire biology department.  Lab practical exams will test student’s ability to carry out specific tasks or techniques that relate to lab activities performed. They will be short answer or multiple choice, and will cover the material presented in lab.  The 2 lab exams are mandatory.  If a student misses the lab exam, they will need to take it during the week the exam is given, with another class

e. Daily Lecture Quizzes and/or Activities (in class & eCampus): Daily quizzes, activities, or take-home assignments will be given to help students to better understanding of material that has been covered in previous lectures.  These quizzes will be worth a total of 100 pts. 

f.  Lab worksheets - 16 @ 5 pts.:  Lab worksheets which are completed and turned in on time, pre-lab quizzes and lab participation will be worth a total of 100 pts.

g.  Due dates (milestones) for all assignments and quizzes, in class information and (see eCampus Calendar).

 

 

h. EXAM AND MAJOR ASSIGNMENT CALENDAR:

Major Test/Exam Dates (see eCampus Calender):

 

Test/Exam

Date at S-216

Lab Practical Exam

Date at S-215

Test #1

01/31,   Thursday

Lab   Practical Exam #1

03/07,   Thursday

Test #2

02/26,   Tuesday

Lab   Practical Exam #2

04/25,   Thursday

Test #3

03/26,   Tuesday

 

 

Test #4

04/23,   Tuesday

 

 

Final   Exam

05/07,   Tuesday, from 12:45 to 2:45 pm in   Lecture room

S-216

Evaluation


Point Allocation:

Evaluation   Methods

Points

LECTURE

 

Daily   Lecture Quizzes (End of Chapter) and take-home activities

100

4 Tests (   100)

400

1 Final   Exam 

200

LABORATORY

 

2 Lab   Exams (100 each)

200

16 Lab   Worksheets + pre lab quizzes + participation

100

Total Points

1000

Extra   points ( questions, participation, ecampus)

30

Criteria

CRITERIA FOR GRADING AND DETERMINING FINAL GRADE:

Grading Scale in Percentage

Letter   Grade

Percent   Total*

Total   Points 1000

A

90 to 100   %

≥ 900

B

80 to 89   %

800-899

C

70 to 79   %

700-799

D

60 to 69   %

600-699

F

Below 59   %

≤ 599

*Your   Percent Total = (Your Total Points + Bonus)/1000 x 100 = _____%

 

 

 

 

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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf.

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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf.  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 www.blinn.edu/disability/index.html.

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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf.

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


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.

 

a. 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 faculty member; 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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf.

 

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

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.

 

c. 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 faculty member 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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

d. 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 www.blinn.edu/disability/index.html.

e. Final Grade Appeals Policy. 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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf.

f. 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).

Additional Faculty Guidelines

g. 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, dbohlmeyer@blinn.edu.

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

Schedule


WhenTopicNotes
 

 

Week

Date

Chapter

Lecture Topic

Laboratory Topic

1

01/15

01/17

1

1/2

First   Day /Intro to Biology

Intro   to Biol/Atoms & Molecules

Labs   1 & 2 – Safety/Process of Science

Lab   3 – The Scientific Method

2

01/22

01/24

2

3

Atoms, Molecules, and Water

Organic Molecules

Lab 4 and 5 – Exp. Design/Graphing

Lab 6 – Metric Measurement

3

01/29

01/31

3

-

Organic   Molecules

Exam   1 (Ch. 1-3)

Organic   Molecules Activity

Lab   6 – Metric Measurement cont’d

4

02/05

02/07

4

General Features of Cell

Lab 7 – Testing for Organic Molecules

Lab 8 – Microscopy

5

02/12

02/14

5

Membrane   Structure, & Transport

Lab   9 – Observing Cells in Action

Lab   10 – Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells

6

02/19

02/21

10

6

Multicellularity

Energy, Enzymes, & Metabolism

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport cont’d

7

02/26

02/28

-

7

Exam   2  (Ch. 4-6, 10)

Cellular Respiration

Ch   7: Cellular Respiration

Cellular   Respiration Concept Maps

8

03/05

03/07

8

Photosynthesis

Review for Lab Practical #1

Lab Exam #1 (Thursday, 03/07)

9

-

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

10

03/19

03/21

11

Nucleic Acid Structure

Lab 12 – Spectrophotometry

Lab 13 – Chromatography

11

03/26

03/28

-

12

Exam   3 (Ch. 7-8, 11)

Gene   Expression

Lab   14 – Photosynthesis

Lab   14 – Photosynthesis cont’d

12

04/02

04/04

12

13/14

Gene Expression

Gene Regulation/Mutation

Gene Expression Concept Maps

Lab 15 – DNA Isolation

13 Q

04/09

04/11

15

Eukaryotic   Cell Cycle

Lab   16 – Restriction Endonucleases

Lab   17 – Mitosis

14

04/16

04/18

16

Simple Patterns of Inheritance

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics cont’d

15

04/23

04/25

-

17

Exam   4 (Ch. 12-16)

Complex   Patterns of Inheritance

Review   for Lab Exam #2

Lab   Exam #2 (Thursday, 04/25)

16

04/30

05/02

17

-

Complex Patterns of Inheritance

No Class

Review and Assessment

No Class

 

Final Exam

Final Exam BIOL 1406 section 333 is May 7th,   Tuesday 12:45 – 2:45 pm 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.