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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

General Biology I BIOL-1406

  • Spring 2013
  • Section SECTION_305 CRN-20504
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013
  • Modified 01/13/2013

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 9:10 AM to 10:25 AM, S-216


  • Monday, Wednesday, 10:35 AM to 11:50 AM, S-215

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Olga Leticia Johnson


Office Hours:  Mon, Wed, & Thur, 12:00-12:45 pm;  Fri, 2:00 – 3:00 pm


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

McGraw-Hill “connect”, a learning platform for which I have set up a website specific to your class.  The access code which allows you to register is included in the price of each new textbook, but a 6 month access code can also be purchased online for $25

Course Requirements

Lecture Exams

You will need 4 Advantage scantrons (#28980) for the lecture exams, 1 for each.  The 4 Lecture Exams may include both objective (multiple choice) or short answer questions and labeling of figures.  More will be specified in class and in the reviews posted on ecampus.  Lecture Exams can be made up with instructor approval and will require a written verification of excuse. 


Lab Practical

Lab practicals do not require a scantron.  They will truly be “lab practicals” since you will be required to repeat procedures and use laboratory equipment, as you did when performing your lab exercises.  You will also be asked to analyze or interpret data representative of results typically obtained in the lab exercises over which you are being tested or to answer objective questions over the experiments you performed.  More is specified in the reviews found on the Appendices of your lab manual and will also be specified in class before each lab practical.  Lab practicals cannot be made up, except under exceptional circumstance, and only if arrangements can be made for the student to take the exam with another section.


Final Exam

You will need 1 Advantage scantron (#28980) for the Final Exam.  The comprehensive final will include all chapters covered during the semester and will be given during Final’s Week, as specified in the Final Exam Calendar which can be found at the end of this syllabus, and on the Blinn web page. 



Quizzes will be announce in class, 1-2 class periods before being given and will also be announced in ecampus.  You will need Advantage scantrons (#28980) for “paper” quizzes; each scantron will be used for up to 4 quizzes.  “Paper” quizzes may be given during the lecture or lab period.  They will cover material from the “connect” McGraw-Hill learning platform which has been set up online for your class (Including assigned “practice quizzes”) or material presented in lecture.  Three to four of your quiz grades will come from assigned “Learn Smart” homeworks which you can also find on the “connect” website.  Percent completion will be used to determine the LearnSmart grade (90% completion = 9 point out of 10 for that quiz grade).  Quizzes may also be given online through the “connect” website.  They will be announced on the "connect" website, in class and in the ecampus calendar.  No make-up quizzes will be given, but you will be able to drop the lowest 2.


McGraw-Hill connect

Please register for your connect classroom as soon as possible by going to the following website and clicking “register now”:

After you register you can find your assignments and study tools by loggin in @


Lab Work

In-lab assignments will be due at the end of the lab period.  Lab homework will be due the next lab period, unless otherwise specified, & can be turned in up to a week late, but a late penalty of 25% will be deducted.  Some lab work may be evaluated in a quiz format.  Labs cannot be made up, but you can drop the lowest 2.  Only those who attend lab and sign the “Lab Attendance Sheet” can turn in either type of lab assignment for a grade.


4 Lecture Exams               400 points (40 %)

2 Lab Exams                        200 points (20%)

10 Quizzes                           100 points (10%)              

10 Labs Works                   100 points (10%)              

Final Exam                           200 points (20%)

Total Points for the semester = 1000

Re-take: Lecture Exams will be re-taken, open-book, for a maximum of 10 bonus points per exam (40 total)

       A = 895 points or more

       B = 795-894 points

       C = 695-794 points

       D = 595-694 points

       F = less 594 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 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.











Mon, Jan 14

Ch1 Intro to Biology

Labs 1 & 2 – Safety/Process of Science


Wed, Jan 16

Ch2 Atoms & Molecules

Lab 3 & 4 –Scientific Method/Experim. Design


Mon, Jan 21




Wed, Jan 23

Ch2 Atoms & Molecules

Lab 5 & 6 Graphing/Metric


Mon, Jan 28

Ch3 Organic Molecules

Finish Lab 6


Wed, Jan 30

Ch3 Organic Molecules

Organic Molecules Activity


Mon, Feb 4

Ch 4 Cells

Lab 7 Testing Organic Molecules


Wed, Feb 6

Ch 4 Cells

Lab 8 – Microscopy;  Begin Microscope Activity


Mon, Feb 11

Exam 1  (Ch 1-4)

Re-take, Exam 1


Wed, Feb 13

Ch 10 Multicellularity

Lab 9 – Observing Cells in Action


Mon, Feb 18

Ch 5 Membranes

Lab 10 – Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells


Wed, Feb 20

Ch 5 Membranes

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport


Mon, Feb 25

Ch 6 Energy & Enzymes

Ch 7 Cellular Respiration


Wed, Feb 27

Ch 7 Cellular Respiration

Cellular Respiration Activity


Mon, Mar 4

Exam 2 (Ch 5-7, 10)

Review for Lab Practical #1


Wed, Mar 6

Re-take, Exam 2

Lab Exam #1 (Wednesday, 03/06)










Mon, Mar 18

Ch 8 Photosynthesis

Ch 8 Photosynthesis


Wed, Mar 20

Ch 11 Nucleic Acid Struc.

Lab 12 – Spectrophotometry


Mon, Mar 25

Ch 11 Nucleic Acid Struc.

Lab 13- Chromatography


Wed, Mar 27

Ch 15 Cell Cycle

Lab 14 – Photosynthesis


Mon, Apr 1

Ch 15 Cell Cycle

Lab 17 – Mitosis


Wed, Apr 3

Exam 3 (Ch 8, 11, 15)

Go over Labs 14 & 17; Re-take


Mon, Apr 8

Ch 12 Gene Expression

Lab 15 & 16 – DNA Isolation & Restriction Enz


Wed, Apr 10

Ch 12 Gene Expression

Gene Expression Activity


Fri, Apr 12th

Last Day to “Q-Drop”

Last Day to “Q-Drop”






Mon, Apr 15

Ch 13/14 Gene Regulation/Mutations

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics


Wed, Apr 17

Ch 16 Simple Inheritance

Finish Lab 18


Mon, Apr 22

Ch 16 Simple Inheritance

Review for Lab Practical #2


Wed, Apr 24

Exam 4 (Ch 12-14, 16)



Mon, Apr 29

Ch 17 Complex Inheritance

Lab Practical #2 (Monday, 04/29)


Wed, Dec, 1

Ch 17 Complex Inheritance

Review & Assessment






Final Exam

Sect 305

Extra Time

Fri, May 3rd 7:45-9:45am Rm S-216 (Lect Rm)

Mon, May 6th 10:15-12:15 Rm S-215 (Lab Rm)