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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL


Intro Biology BIOL-1408

  • Spring 2013 Full Term 2013

  • Section SECTION_307 CRN-21746

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013

  • Modified 01/11/2013



Meeting Times


Lecture

Monday, Wednesday, 7:05 PM to 8:20 AM, H210

Lab

Monday, Wednesday, 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM, H108

Contact Information


Instructor: Dr. Jessica Epple-Farmer

Email: jessica.epple@blinn.edu
Office: S117
Phone: given in class

Office Hours: 30min before class in the classroom

Description


This course is an introductory science course for all majors except science. Emphasis will be placed on the nature of biology and scientific problem solving, unity and diversity of life, nature of genetic information, change in organisms, ecological relationships, and current issues in biology.

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. Describe the basic organization of life from the smallest unit of matter to its relationship with the environment.

3. Recognize key biological macromolecules and the role they play in cell structure and function.

4. Relate the energy producing processes of organisms to the sustainability of life.

5. Compare and contrast the methods by which cells divide.

6. Summarize the function of DNA and the role it plays in inheritance.

7. Relate the mechanisms by which genetic change arises and its role in the diversification of life.

8. Evaluate the ecological role of humans and their impact on the environment.

Materials


Bryan

Textbook: What is Life, 2nd Edition, J. Phelan, 2012, W.H. Freeman and Company.

Lab Manual: Biology 1408 Laboratory Manual, Spring 2013 Edition. Prestridge et. al. Copy Stop Print & Postal

 

Brenham

Textbook: Concepts in Biology, 14th Edition, Eldon Enger, Frederick Ross, David Bailey: 2009. McGraw Hill New York, NY.

Lab Manual: Concepts in Biology Laboratory Manual, McGraw Hill New York, NY. 2009

Note and assignment packet

Can be purchased at Bryan Campus Copy Stop

Course Requirements


Lecture Exams and Comprehensive Final

Are multiple choice, matching, and short answer, on scantrons.  The questions and information are taken directly from your book and any additional notes that I provide. Make-up exams will only be offered to those with excused absences, no exceptions. 

Laboratory Exams

There are 4 and will cover material previously covered in lab and may be fill-in-the-blank or multiple choice questions. I do not have the ability to give makeup lab exams.

Lab Quizzes

These points come from an online quiz over the assigned lab. The online assessment
will become available the day after lab.  Those students who miss the lab are responsible for getting the material from their class mates, but will not be able to make up points without a university excused absence.  The makeup will be essay based.

Vocabulary

Due at the beginning of class when a new chapter is being started.  With the exception of chapter 1 that is due on the second class period. On Syllabus is indicated by an *.  Make ups will only be accepted with university excused absences.

Extra Credit Paper

Due at the time of the final exam and not accepted after.   Topic will be assigned in class.  This assignment is worth 20 points and will only be graded if the final point total is within 20 points of the next highest grade. 

Evaluation


Breakdown

Lecture   Exam 1

Lecture   Exam 2

Lecture   Exam 3

Lecture   Exam 4     

Comprehensive Final

                                                                                                         TOTAL

10%

10%

10%

10%

20%

                     60%

100

100

100

100

200

                  600

 

Lab   Practical 1

Lab   Practical 2

Lab   Practical 3

Lab Practical 4        

                                                                                                           TOTAL

5%

5%

5%

5%

                     20%

50

50

50

50

                   200

 

 Lab Quizzes (19@ 5 point each)

 9.5%

                     95

 

Vocabulary   (15@  7 points each)

 10.5%

                    105

 

Grand   TOTAL

                   100%

                   1000

Your   final points:

GradeRangeNotes
 

Points

Grade

Points

Grade

Points

Grade

Points

Grade

Points

Grade

<599

F

600-699

D

700-799

C

800-899

B

900+

A

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


Food & Drink

I will allow you to discretely eat and drink in the lecture classroom but due to the toxic chemicals handled in the laboratories by this and other classes eating and drinking are not allowed there.  Please be sure to wash your hands at the completion of the lab.

Dropping

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 this semester with a Q is April 12

Safety

Safety is always important in science. We will be using expensive equipment and preserved specimens. Be aware of those around you, especially during dissection. If you are pregnant, or become pregnant during the semester, please let me know; formaldehyde is a teratogen (known to cause birth defects), and is used in preservation of specimens for this class.

Schedule


WhenTopicNotes
 

Date  

Lecture   Topics

Ch.

Lab   Topics

In Lab Activity

1/14 M

Class Intro/ Scientific Thinking

1

Lab Safety, Microscopy.

Microscopy supplement

1/16

Chemistry

2(ch1*)

Scientific Method

Lab 1

1/21 M

Holiday

 

 

 

1/23

Chemistry

2*

Scientific Measurement

Lab 2; to properly use the caliper   please watch the 6 minute You tube video at:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUNoWWw6V10&feature=related

1/28 M

Cells

3*

Macromolecules and Enzymes

Lab 3

1/30

Cells/ begin Energy

3-4

Cell Exploration

Lab 4; review the microscope   supplement

2/4 M

Energy

4*

Diffusion and Osmosis

Lab 5      

2/6

LECTURE   EXAM 1

1-4

From gene to proteinLab 6/ Review for lab exam 1

Lab 6

2/11 M

DNA, Gene expression,   Biotechnology

5*

LAB PRACTICAL 1

Labs 1-6

2/13

DNA, Gene expression,   Biotechnology

5

Lecture :Chromosomes & Cell   Division

Text book chapter 6

2/18 M

Chromosomes & Cell Division

6*

Cellular Division

Lab 7

2/20

Mendelian Inheritance

7*

Genetic Inheritance

Lab 8

2/25 M

Evolution & Natural Selection

8*

Natural Selection

Lab 9

2/27

LECTURE   EXAM 2

5-8

Evidences of Evolution

Lab 10

3/4 M

The Origin of Life

10*

Classification, Taxonomy,   Nomenclature

Lab  11

3/6

The Origin of Life /Movie?

10

Review for Lab Practical 2

Labs 7-11

3/11-3/15

Spring break

 

 

 

3/18 M

Animal Diversity

11*

LAB PRACTICAL 2

Labs 7-11

3/20

Animal Diversity

11

Animal Diversity

Lab 12; Review microscope lab   supplement

3/25 M

Plant & Fungi Diversification

12*

Seedless & Seed Plants; Plant   Anatomy & Growth

Lab 13; Review microscope lab   supplement

3/27

Plant & Fungi Diversification

12

Biodiversity Research/ Use of   library resources

Lab 15-library

4/1 M

Evolution & Diversity of   Microbes

13*

Microbiology

Lab 14; Review microscope lab   supplement

4/3

LECTURE   EXAM 3

11-13

Review for Lab Practical 3

Lab 12-15

4/8 M

Population Ecology

14*

LAB PRACTICAL 3

Labs 12-15

4/10

Population Ecology

14

Population Estimation

Lab 16

4/15 M

Ecosystems & Communities

15*

Texas Ecoregions / Plants

Lab 17

4/17

Ecosystems & Communities

15

Texas Ecoregions /Animals

Lab 17 (cont.)

4/22 M

Conservation & Biodiversity

16*

Biodiversity

Lab 18

4/24

LECTURE   EXAM 4

14-16

 Review for Lab Practical 4

Labs 16-18

4/29M

Movie  

 

LAB PRACTICAL 4

Labs 16-18

5/1

Review   for final

 

 

 

5/3 F

Final:   5:30-7:30

 

Location:   class room