Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL
General Biology II BIOL-1407
Lecture & Lab
Professor Amanda Rachel Brown
Office: PFB, Office 1
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 Edition. 2011. Brooker, Widmaier, Graham and Stiling, McGraw Hill
Lab Manual: Biology, 1407 Laboratory Manual Spring 2013, Richardson, Rosch, McNeil, Conway & Simcik.
Textbook: Biology, 9th Edition, Campbell-Reece: 2011, Pearson Publishing
Lab Manual: Reflections in Biology, 5th Edition, Volume 2 – 1407, Karels, F., McGehee, M., Young, R.: 2010, Pearson Publishing Co.
Solenopsis Software CD– Biological Tutorial Programs and Images (Optional)
Other: Index cards and glue stick for making flash cards later in the semester.
Recommended: McGraw-Hill Connect Account – Access code accompanies the purchase of a new textbook. Purchase of a used book results in needing to purchase a connect code independent of the book (cost is approximately $25).
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 Rooms H-225 and L-258, and the Library. If you are not familiar with these, see me or inquire at the Learning Center in the Library Building, L-258, 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. 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: https://ecampus.blinn.edu/default.asp
Regular daily quizzes will cover recent topics, activities, or assigned readings from the lecture. Quizzes will be administered at the beginning of class. No additional time will be allotted for students arriving late and No make-up quizzes will be accepted or administered. The lowest 2 grades will be dropped and your grade for this category will be your quiz % x 100.
Online Quizzes - BONUS
These quizzes will be administered through my eCampus classroom. They will serve as your only opportunity to generate BONUS points for this class. Except for Chapter 1, there will be a quiz available for each full chapter we cover during the semester. If you miss one do not panic, only your top 10 quiz grades will be counted for a maximum possible of 50 points. Since there will be at least 15 quizzes this should not be a problem. You are encouraged to attempt them all however as they should provide good practice for your lecture exams.
Most lab exercises must be completed during the lab period. Worksheets turned in at the end of the period or summative questions at the end of the class period will serve as lab grades. No late work or make-up will be accepted or administered. The lowest two lab grades will be dropped. Your grade for this category will be your lab work % x 75.
Lecture Exams: There will be four lecture exams each worth 100 points. Exams can include multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, short answer and essay questions. Make-up exams are only offered to students with an excused absence. Excused absences include those officially recognized by BlinnCollege, plus a death in the family, or an illness with a doctor’s certification. To arrange for a make-up exam see me during the first class period following your absence. An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero.
Laboratory Exams: There will be three lab exams each worth 75 points. These will be administered in a “practicum” format. Wherever possible exam questions will involve visual identification, interpretation, and or
analysis of materials. No make-up exams will be offered for lab exams. An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero.
Final Exam: The final exam will be comprehensive and be worth 200 points. The exam will consist of a minimum of 100 multiple choice questions. The number of questions on the exam will depend in part on how much untested material is covered prior to the exam. The maximum number will be 125. You will have 2 hours to complete this exam.
Blinn College Policies
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.
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:
- 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);
- representing the College District at an official institutional function;
- high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
- 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.
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
Final Grade Appeal
Students wishing to appeal an administrative withdrawal should consult their instructor first. Students that feel the need to pursue the appeal process further need to do the following. To initiate an appeal, please follow the process detailed in steps 1 – 3. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate each step of the appeals process. Students have three class days from the date of notification to initiate, by @buc.blinn.edu e-mail, and complete the process with one of the following: You should request a conference with the Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, S-241, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Prepare a letter of appeal. This letter must include your name, student identification number, course number, section number, and a description of any extenuating circumstances along with the necessary documentation for all absences.
- Schedule an appointment with either the Division Chair or Assistant Division Chair to discuss the administrative withdrawal. You must bring the letter of appeal to this meeting.
- If the appeal is approved, you will be reinstated immediately. If denied, you will not be reinstated into the class.
NO EXCUSED ABSENCES
Examples, but not limited to: illness, doctor appointments, hospitalization, personal business, court appearance, vehicle breakdowns, or other unrelated business is not excused. Exams for another class, or other school related business is not excused.
Students: you must report an absence to your instructor, using your Blinn College email account (@buc.blinn.edu) within 24 hours of the class period missed for consideration to be excused. Your instructor will require official documentation to determine whether the absence is excused or unexcused. Absences will not be excused at a later date if this procedure is not followed.
STUDENT E-MAIL ACCOUNT
Blinn College has a student e-mail account for every student. It is the student’s responsibility to check this e-mail account daily for important information. To find out how to access this e-mail account, go to http://www.blinn.edu/acadtech/studentemail/ This is where you will find step-by-step instructions on how to use your account.
COMPUTER/eCAMPUS RELATED PROBLEMS
If you experience eCampus problems you must submit a Help Desk Ticket. Save the correspondence that you have with the Distance Education Department. If the problem was Blinn’s fault (e.g. eCampus was down, etc.) then the assignment will be extended for you. You must notify us of this problem and present to us the correspondence that you had with the Distance Education Department before the semester ends. We will not be able to help you after the semester ends.
FOOD AND DRINKS
Instructors and students are not allowed food and/or drinks in any Blinn College classroom/lab.
Being ten or more minutes late to lecture or lab will result in an absence.
Course Content – Tentative Schedule
Please be aware that this schedule is TENTATIVE and is subject to change at any point. Please check Blinn email and e-Campus for updates on change of venue or cancelled classes.