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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

General Biology II BIOL-1407

  • Spring 2013
  • Section SECTION_303 CRN-20683
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013
  • Modified 01/10/2013

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 10:35 AM to 11:50 AM, S-210


  • Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, S-212

Contact Information

Instructor: Kara Rosch

Office Hours: MW 2:15-4:30pm, or by appointment


An in-depth introductory survey of contemporary biology for students majoring in the biological sciences. Emphasis will be placed on topics which include evolution, biological diversity, ecology and comparative structure and function of organisms.


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. Differentiate between science and other fields of knowledge and learning.

2. Compare and contrast evolutionary mechanisms and their role in the history of life on Earth.

3. Describe the classification of living organisms and arrange them phylogenetically.

4. Relate organismal morphology to life processes.

5. Describe the interaction of organisms at all levels of an ecosystem.

6. Demonstrate the ability to use the compound light and dissecting microscopes.


Textbook: Biology, 2nd ed., Brooker, Widmaier, Graham, and Stiling. 2011. McGraw-Hill Co.

Laboratory Manual: All lab materials will be distributed to students via eCampus. It is the student’s responsibility to print these materials and bring them to class as dictated by the calendar or indicated by the instructor. Students should purchase a 1.5” three-ring binder for storing these labs.

CPSRF Response Key Pad:Remote keypad (“clicker”) and enrollment code for the e-Instruction Classroom Performance System (CPS) are available at the Blinn bookstore. The enrollment code can be purchased at a reduced rate online if you can pay by debit or credit card. Register your keypad at and use the class key to sign into the class. Make sure you only use the class key for your section. CPS clickers will be used to take attendance and to administer in class quizzes.

Section 303 Class Key (case sensitive) for Spring 2013: J73946G447

Course Requirements

eCampus: Access to the Internet is required. Internet access at home would certainly be a plus, however, all students at Blinn College have computing resources available to them. The Open Computer Labs at Blinn College are located in Rooms H-225 and L-258, and the Library. eCampus is an online course tool. It is in essence a virtual classroom through which I will be posting course related materials and information. 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 regularly:

Lecture Exams: There will be four lecture exams each worth 100 points. Lecture exams may consist of a combination of multiple choice, fill in the blank, and short answer or essay questions. Make-up exams will only be offered to those with excused absences and proper documentations, no exceptions. Excused absences include those officially recognized by Blinn College, illness with doctor's note, or death of a close family member with appropriate documentation. Students must contact me within 24 hours of the missed exam 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. An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero.

Laboratory Practical Exams: There will be three lab exams worth 75 points each for a total of 225 points. Lab 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 comprehensive and worth 200 points. It will consist of at least 100 multiple choice questions and may include additional short answer 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. Please come and see me ASAP so that I may plan accordingly. The final exam is on Friday, May 3 from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm in the lecture room S-210  

Daily Lecture Quizzes: Daily CPS quizzes will be given to help students gauge their progress in learning the materials. These quizzes are worth a total of 75 points and will cover material from previous and current lectures or from the textbook. You must have your CPS clicker in order to take a CPS quiz; failure to have your working CPS clicker will result in a grade of zero. It is your responsibility to bring your CPS clicker to EVERYclass. There are no make-up quizzes for missing a CPS quiz. However, only the top 75% of your CPS quizzes will count towards your grade (i.e. top 15 of 20 quizzes). Most quizzes are worth 5 points for a total of 75 points.

Laboratory Exercises and Assignments: Lab exercises are worth a total of 100 points. Each lab exercise is to be completed during the lab and turned in at the end of the period or as instructed. For the most part, each laboratory exercise will be assigned a maximum grade of 5 points. Additional deductions will be taken for failure to print out assigned lab prior to class, incomplete work, or failure to demonstrate general competency of the assigned material. Failure to turn assignments in on time automatically reduces the grade to 50% credit. Students must be present in lab to turn in lab assignments; there are no make-ups for missed labs. There may also be lab quizzes or other assignments in this category.

Preparation: Please print out the assigned labs before coming to class. Pdfs of the lecture powerpoints are also available on ecampus if you choose to print those out prior to class. Please read the assigned chapter in the textbook and specific lab before coming to lecture and lab. Because of the quantity of material to be covered, do not fall behind in your readings. I will always try to be available before and after class to answer any questions you may have.



Point Allocation:

Evaluation Methods


Lecture Exams (4 x 100 pts each)


Comprehensive Final Exam


Lab Exams (3 x 75 pts each)


Daily Lecture Quizzes (Top 15)


Lab Exercises and Assignments


Total Points



Approximate Grading Scale:

Percentage of Total Points

Letter Grade

90 to 100 %


80 to 89 %


70 to 79 %


60 to 69 %


Below 59 %



Your Course Average = (Your Total Points)/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,

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




Lecture Topic

Laboratory Topic


Mon. 01/14


Introduction and Chapter 1

Lab Safety & Scientific Drawing

Wed. 01/16


The Origin and History of Life

The Microscope


Mon. 01/21

No Class – MLK Day

Wed. 01/23


Intro to Evolution

Evolutionary Observations


Mon. 01/28


Population Genetics


Wed. 01/30


Origin of Species & Macroevolution

Dichotomous Keys


Mon. 02/04


Taxonomy and Systematics


Wed. 02/06


Exam 1 (Ch. 22-26)

Lecture on Ecology (Ch. 57/58)


Mon. 02/11


Viruses, Viroids, and Prions

Ecology Lab – Species Diversity

Wed. 02/13


Bacteria and Archaea



Mon. 02/18



Lab Exam I

Wed. 02/20


Protists cont.



Mon. 02/25



Protists cont.

Wed. 02/27


Exam 2 (Ch. 18, 57, 58, 27, 28, 31)



Mon. 03/04


Plants and the Conquest of Land

Decomposers Activity

Wed. 03/06


Gymnosperms and Angiosperms

Plant Diversity I

Spring Break – 3/11 to 3/15


Mon. 03/18


Flowering Plant Form & Function

Plant Diversity II

Wed. 03/20


Flowering Plant: Reproduction

Plant Tissues


Mon. 03/25


Exam 3 (Ch. 29, 30, 35, 39)

Plant Scavenger Hunt

Wed. 03/27


An Introduction to Animal Diversity

Lab Exam 2


Mon. 04/01


The Invertebrates

Animal Diversity I

Wed. 04/03


The Invertebrates cont.

Animal Diversity II


Mon 04/08


The Vertebrates

Animal Diversity III

Wed. 04/10Q


Animal Bodies and Homeostasis

Animal Tissues and Organs


Mon. 04/15


Nutrition, Digestion, and Absorption

Mammalian Anatomy – Pig Diss.

Wed. 04/17


Exam 4 (Ch. 32-34, 40, 45)

Mammalian Anatomy – Pig Diss.


Mon. 04/22


Circulatory System

Cardiovascular System

Wed. 04/24



The Brain and Eye/Review


Mon. 04/29


Respiratory System

Lab Exam 3

Wed. 05/01


Excretory System

Review for Final Exam

Final Exam

Section 303: Friday, May 3 from 10:15am to 12:15pm in room S-210

* In case of course schedule changes, updates will be announced in class.

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