Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL
Intro Biology BIOL-1408
Tuesday, Thursday, 10:35-11:50 AM.
Professor: Dr. John D. Jenkin
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 1:00-3:00 PM, Friday 8:00-10:00 AM, before class, after class, or by appointment.
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.
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.
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
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
LECTURE EXAMS: There will be four exams (closed book, no notes) (worth 100 points each) that may be a combination of short answer, fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, identification, and short essay. Makeup exams will be given at the discretion of the instructor. Makeup tests are of a different format and contain different questions than the tests given at the scheduled times. Make-up exams will only be offered to those with excused absences, no exceptions. After exams are graded, scantrons will be returned to the student however lecture exams can be reviewed during the instructor’s office hours which will give me time to discuss the exam with you and if needed, guidance on how to improve your grade. A cumulative, multiple-choice lecture final (worth 200 points) will be given at the end of the semester. The questions on the final will be: 85% from the lecture material and15% from the laboratory material.
LAB EXAMS: Four 50-point lab exams are scheduled throughout the semester. The exams will cover material previously covered in lab and will be fill-in-the-blank questions. I do not give makeup lab exams.
Your final grade may be calculated by taking the sum of your earned points (your grades).
89.5%-A 79.5-89.4%-B 69.5-79.4%-C 59.5-69.4%-D
Anything lower than 59.5%=F
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
a. Attendance: The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. Each class meeting builds the foundation for subsequent class meetings. Without full participation and regular class attendance, students shall find themselves at a severe disadvantage for achieving success in college. Class participation shall constitute at least ten percent of the final course grade. It is the responsibility of each faculty member, in consultation with the division chair, to determine how participation is achieved in his or her class. Faculty will require students to regularly attend class and will keep a record of attendance from the first day of class 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 (2 classes) during the semester, he/she will be sent an e-mail by the College requiring the student to contact his/her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two week’s worth of unexcused absences (4 classes), he/she will be administratively withdrawn from class. If your class meets 3 times per week, then this number should be 6.
There are four forms of excused absence officially recognized by Blinn College: (1) observance of religious holy days: The student should notify his/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 Blinn College at an official institutional function; (3) official involvement in a high school activity for “dual credit” students; and (4) military service. Other excuses will be considered and may be considered excusable at the instructor’s discretion, with documentation. Missing lecture or lab or both will count as one absence.
b. Dropping: If a student chooses to drop the course, it is that student’s responsibility to complete a drop order at the Office of Enrollment Services. Failure to do so could result in a grade of F in the course. The last day to withdraw with a “Q” is Friday, April 13, 2012.
c. Honor System: Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or other acts of dishonesty. Definitions of these acts and procedures for dealing with them are described in "Scholastic Dishonesty" in the Blinn College Student Handbook, copies of which are available at the information desk in the administration building. All tests will be closed book and notes. All students will remove hats and sunglasses before tests. In my classes, we are on a student honor system which we will talk about the first day. Plagiarized work will be automatically given a zero and may be reported for disciplinary action.
d. Electronic Device Policy: 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 Blinn College classrooms and associated laboratories. Any noncompliance with this policy will be addressed in accordance with the Blinn College civility policy (Administrative Policy).
e. 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@example.com.
f. Health Concerns: Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.
g. 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 Disability Services serving the campus of your choice. For the Bryan campus, the Office of Disability Services (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251. The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Disability Services on the Brenham campus (New Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157. Additional information can be found at www.blinn.edu/disability.
If you need individual accommodations to meet course objectives because of a documented disability, please make an appointment with me to discuss your needs as soon as possible so that we can ensure your full participation in class and fair assessment of your work.
h. Blinn Handbook: The above requirements and policies are discussed more fully in the Blinn College Student Handbook which, by reference, is incorporated into this information. Blinn College Student Handbook is available online at http://www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf. Please obtain and read.