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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

General Biology II BIOL-1407

  • Spring 2013 Full Term 2013

  • Section SECTION_306 CRN-20811

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013

  • Modified 01/13/2013

Meeting Times


Monday, Wednesday, 5:40 PM to 6:55 pm ; Science Building (S-210)


Monday, Wednesday, 7:05 PM to 8:20 PM ; Science Building (S-212)

Contact Information

Professor:  Mr. Pedro M. Chavarria


Science Bldg. - Bryan Campus

Office # S-117

Phone: 979-209-7572

Office Hours: 30 min. before class each class; or by appointment (Spring 2013)


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.

  •  All lab materials will be distributed to students via E-mail or through 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" 3-ring binder to store their printed laboratory materials

McGraw Hill Connect registration and access to online course materials:


Course Requirements


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:

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.

Lecture Exams

There will be four tests each worth 100 points. Student's test totals will consist of the top three tests for a total of 300 points. These tests may include multiple choice questions, true or false, fill in the blank, matching, diagrams and/or short answer questions.

Make-up exams are only offered to students with an excused absence. Excused absences include those officially recognized by Blinn College, 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.

Lecture  Quizzes

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. Point values will vary for each quiz, but each will be no more than 10 points.  These will total no more than 65 points.

Lab Work

Each lab assignments will be scored out of 5 points. Most lab exercises will 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.

Online Quizzes

These quizzes will be administered through the McGraw Hill Connect online website (http:// You will need to purchase a registration code or use the free code usually provided with the purchase of a new textbook.  Use of the McGraw Hill Connect website is mandatory and the website offers supplemental material to help you study for the course.  There will be 5 online quizzes, usually 1 preceeding a major exam.  Each quiz will be worth 20 points.  I will also upload additional materials to this website to complement any posted on eCampus.


 Point Distribution out of 1000:

Type of Assessment Points Total
Lecture exams x 4  100 300
Lab practicals x 3 75 225
Lab Work x 22 5 110
Online Quizzes 100 100
Weekly quizzes varies 65
Cumulative Final exam (20%) 200 200


Grading scale (percent scale) 90-100% A
  80-89 B
  70-79 C
  60-69 D
  60-0 F

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,

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