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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL


Intro Biology BIOL-1408

  • Spring 2013 Full Term 2013

  • Section SECTION_313 CRN-21752

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013

  • Modified 01/28/2013



Meeting Times


Lecture & Laboratory

Tuesday, Thursday, 4:15 PM to 6:55 PM, H-210 & H-108

Contact Information


Robert Brick

Email: rbrick@blinn.edu
Office: S-167
Phone: 979-209-8256
Website: https://www.blinn.edu/brazos/natscience/biol/rbrick/

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM, S-167

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


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

 

Course Requirements


Lecture Quizzes

Daily quizzes on the Prep-U class website will cover recent lecture topics. No make-up is offered for missed quizzes regardless of reason.

 

Lab Work

Periodic quizzes and worksheets will cover recent topics and assigned readings from the lecture and the laboratory. A grade of zero will be recorded for missed work unless an approved excuse is submitted. No make-up is offered for missed quizzes.

 

Lecture Exams

Lecture exams will consist of 50 questions consisting of multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching and/or short answer questions and a short essay. All exams require an Advantage #28980 scantron.

 

Lab Exams (Practicals)

Lab practicals will consists of 25 stations covering the most recent lab exercises. No make-ups will be offered for missed exams. If you have a potential scheduling conflict, please contact your professor as soon as possible.

Evaluation


Breakdown

Lecture Exams: There will be four lecture exams during the semester plus a comprehensive final exam.  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 four lab exams. An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero. No make-up exams will be offered for lab exams.

 

Point Distribution: Lecture exams (4 exams x 100 points each) 400 points

Final exam 200 points

Lab exams (4 exams x 50 points each) 200 points

Quizzes 100 points

Lab work/quizzes 100 points

1,000 points

A = 900 – 1000 points,  B = 800 – 899 points,  C = 700 – 799 points,  D = 600 – 699 points,  F < 600 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, 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


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, dbohlmeyer@blinn.edu.

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

 

Schedule


WhenTopicNotes
Tuesday-Thursday
 

Date

Month/TT

Lecture Topics

Ch.

Lab Topics

In Lab Activity

1/15

Class Intro/Study Skills/Microscopy

 

 

Lab safety,microscopy.

Microscopy supplement

1/17

Scientific Thinking

1

Scientific Method

Lab 1

1/22

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

1/24

Cells

3

Macromolecules and Enzymes

Lab 3

1/29

Cells

3

Cell Exploration

Lab 4; review the microscope supplement

1/31

Energy

4

Diffusion and Osmosis

Lab 5

 

2/05

Energy

4

Start Lab 6: From gene to protein

 

Lab 6

2/07

DNA, Gene expression, Biotechnology

5

Lab 6 completed/ Review for Lab Practical 1

Lab 6

2/12

DNA, Gene expression, Biotechnology

1-5

LAB PRACTICAL 1

Labs 1-6

2/14

LECTURE EXAM 1

1-5

Chromosomes & Cell Division

Text book chapter 6

2/19

Chromosomes & Cell Division

6

Cellular Division  

Lab 7

2/21

Mendelian Inheritance

7

Genetic Inheritance

Lab 8

2/26

Evolution & Natural Selection

8

Natural Selection

Lab 9

2/28

The Origin of Life

10

Evidences of Evolution  

Lab 10 part 1

3/05

The Origin of Life

10

Classification, Taxonomy, Nomenclature

Lab  11

3/07

LECTURE EXAM 2

6-10

Review for Lab Practical 2

Labs 7-11

3/11-3/15

SPRING BREAK

 

HOLIDAY

 

3/19

Animal Diversity

11

LAB PRACTICAL 2

Labs 7-11

3/21

Animal Diversity

11

Animal Diversity 

Lab 12; Review microscope lab supplement

3/26

Plant & Fungi Diversification  

12

Seedless & Seed Plants; Plant Anatomy & Growth

Lab 13; Review microscope lab supplement

3/28

Plant & Fungi Diversification

12

Biodiversity Research/ Use of library resources Review for Lab Practical 3

Lab 15-library

4/02

Evolution & Diversity of Microbes

13

Microbiology

Lab 14; Review microscope lab supplement

4/04

LECTURE EXAM 3

10-13

Review for Lab Practical 3

Labs 12-15

4/09

Population Ecology

14

LAB PRACTICAL 3

Labs 12-15

4/11

Population Ecology

14

Population Estimation  

Lab 16  

4/16

Ecosystems & Communities

15

Texas Ecoregions/Plants

Lab 17

4/18

Ecosystems & Communities

15

Texas Ecoregions/Animals  

Lab 17 (cont.)

4/23

Conservation & Biodiversity

16

Biodiversity  

Lab 18

4/25

LECTURE EXAM 4

14-16

Review for Lab Practical 4

Labs 16-18

4/30

Review for Final

 

LAB PRACTICAL 4

 

5/02

 

Final Exam:  5:40

 

Location: H-210