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Bryan · Natural Sciences · Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors II

  • Summer I 2019
  • Section B02 CRN-30657
  • 4 Credits
  • 06/03/2019 to 07/01/2019
  • Modified 05/23/2019

Meeting Times

Review & Quizzing

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, H-121

Activities during this time period are flexible depending on the day's schedule.


  • Tuesday, Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM, H-137


  • Thursday, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, H-137

Contact Information

Professor: Ms. Linda R. Richardson

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM, Building D; D-204
  • Wednesday, 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM, Building D; D-204
  • Thursday, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Building D; D-204
  • Alternate times available by appointment.


3 lecture hours and 3 lab hours per week; 96 total contact hours. Credit: 4 semester hours.

The diversity and classification of life will be studied, including animals, plants, protists, fungi, and prokaryotes. Special emphasis will be given to anatomy, physiology, ecology, and evolution of plants and animals. Lab activities reinforce lecture topics.


Prerequisite: A student must be college ready in reading according to TSI college-ready standards.

Recommended: Successful completion of MATH 1314 - College Algebra or concurrent enrollment in higher-level mathematics.

Core Curriculum Statement

Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge in human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning. For details relating to this core course, please see:


  1. Describe modern evolutionary synthesis, natural selection, population genetics, micro and macroevolution, and speciation.
  2. Describe phylogenetic relationships and classification schemes.
  3. Identify the major phyla of life with an emphasis on plants and animals, including the basis for classification, structural and physiological adaptations, evolutionary history, and ecological significance.
  4. Describe basic animal physiology and homeostasis as maintained by organ systems.
  5. Compare different sexual and asexual life cycles noting their adaptive advantages.
  6. Illustrate the relationship between major geologic change, extinctions, and evolutionary trends.
  7. Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions, and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
  8. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
  9. Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.


Textbook: Life: The Science of Biology

  • Author: Sadava et al.
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Inc.
  • Edition: 11th Edition

Biology 1407 Laboratory Manual

  • Edition: Summer 2019

Launchpad Registration

Launchpad is an online learning resource (available with eText access) and it has a variety of helpful tutorial materials including animations of important concepts, topic tutorials, quizzes, and links to external sites with further information. Launchpad is also where you will be required to complete the online homework associated with the lecture content. You will register for and access Launchpad directly through our eCampus classroom. DO NOT attempt to register from the publisher's website directly.  This means you will not have access until eCampus becomes available.

Launchpad access is included in the price of a new (not used) textbook at the bookstore. The bookstore package has an access card that has been shrink-wrapped with the book and contains the necessary access code to register. If you have purchased a used book, or one from a different source (like Amazon/eBay/Chegg/etc.), you will need to purchase Launchpad Access by purchasing an Access Code from the bookstore or you can purchase access during the registration process once you have access to eCampus.

If you took BIOL1406 at Blinn and purchased the full text version, you should already have online access to the Launchpad materials. You will still need to register for my classroom by going through the lin in eCampus and using your existing login information.

If you have a financial hardship, you can register for Launchpad and still complete assignments by selecting the 21 day free trial period option when you register through eCampus.

iClicker Reef Polling App available from in both android format from Google Play or for apple products from the App Store. While the App is free, there is a cost for registering for the course.

  • A REEF access code should have been bundled with your textbook if you purchased it at the Blinn College Bookstore.
  • If you already have an iClicker2 response pad, or know of someone that you can borrow one from, you may use that instead of your smart phone. There is no charge for registering your clicker but you must register it online by creating an iClicker Cloud account by going to and selecting "Register a Remote" from the top menu. From there you will select "iClicker Cloud" and "Brightspace/D2L" from the two drop down menus. The remainder should be self explanatory. Please see me or send me an email if you are having problems.

Safety Equipment:

  • A Laboratory coat that extends below the waist is required for every lab session. Disposable lab coats can be purchased at the Bookstore for approximately $10. Disposable lab coats will not be returned at the end of the semester. If you choose to purchase a cloth lab coat or already have one, it will be sterilized at the end of the session and returned to you during the final exam.
  • Safety glasses will also be required for dissections however a classroom set will be available for student use.

Course Requirements

Lecture Exams

There will be four lecture exams. All exams are computer based and will be proctored at the Blinn College Learning Center (or other agreed upon proctored center). Availability extends from Thursday at 3pm until 8pm Sunday evening as per the course calendar. See your designated Testing Center for specific times.  Links to all Blinn College Testing centers are found in the Orientation module of our eCampus classroom under the heading "Proctoring Options".

Lecture exams will make up 40% of your overall grade. 

Final Exam

A comprehensive final exam will be administered on July 1st in class. This exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions. The final exam makes up 20% of your final grade.  You will need to provide a scantron for use on this exam (Apperson DataLink 1200 form A0997). 

The final exam represents 20% of your grade for this course.

Lab Quizzes

During each lab meeting we will engage in active learning sessions of observing specimens and hands-on procedures or activities. You will be required to finish your lab worksheets during the allotted class time.  A quiz associated with each lab as listed in the course calendar will be administered the following face-to-face session. You will be allowed to use your worksheet and only your worksheet to complete these quizzes. It is therefore to your advantage to complete these carefully and take any supplemental notes on these worksheets from the body of the lab.  Laboratory quizzes will be administered as iClicker quizzes. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped.

Lab quizzes make up 7.5% of your grade for the course.

Laboratory Practicals

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. Laboratory practical 1 will be entirely free response. Practicals 2 and 3 will be administered in multiple choice format. I will provide a test form for these exams.

Lab exams will make up 22.5% of your final grade. No make-up lab exams will be given.

Online Assignments

Each week there will be chapters to read, Tegrity recordings to view, and several online assignments to complete. Online assignments that apply to your grade include Chapter Summative Quizzes and Learning Curves. Learning Curve activities represent adaptive learning exercises that are individually geared toward your understanding of the chapter reading. The more questions you answer correctly, the faster you moved through the material. The opposite is also true. If you attempt these without trying to read the chapter first you could wind up spending 2 hours trying to complete the assignment.  While each question provides a hyperlink to direct you to the content in the eBook that the question covers, it is always best to read the chapter first so that you are already somewhat familiar with the content. You can then link to the chapter material for help with the questions.  This is the most efficient means of completing these assignments. Tegrity lectures should then help solidify your understanding of the material and allow you to move through these assignments efficiently. Note, for each chapter, quizzes are weighed twice that of each learning curve assignment even though the Learning Curve assignments will take you longer. This is because the LC's are completion grades.

The lowest two grades of each type will be dropped.

All online assignments are due each Friday by 11:59 PM. No exceptions.  Make sure that you are giving yourself sufficient time to complete the assignments and do any technical troubleshooting necessary.

Technical difficulties will not serve as a valid excuse to make up an online assignment except in rare circumstances. 

Online homework assignments make up 10% of your final grade.



There will be a number of pre-assigned bonus opportunities throughout the summer session. These include:

  • Icebreaker Discussion Forum in the Orientation Module. Five points
  • Discussion forum posts over unit content. Two points each for a maximum of 6 per unit.
  • Supplemental Launchpad Resources. Two points each.
  • Course Evaluation (SPOI). Three points.

Students may accumulate at most 50 points (5%) toward their grade.




Point Distribution out of 100%

Lecture Exams (4 @ 100 points each)


Final Exam (200 points)                                                       


Lab Practicals (3 x 75 points each)


Lab Quizzes                                  


Online Assignments


Bonus - Discussion Posts, LP Resources & SPOI 



Final Grade:  The following point totals will ensure the final grade as listed.

  • A = 900-1000
  • B = 800-899
  • C = 700-799
  • D = 600-699
  • F = <600

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s Blinn Buc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies

Attendance and Participation Policy

Class attendance and participation is essential for student success. A record of attendance will be kept for all lab meetings. Missing a lab will be counted as one absence. Your attendance will also be monitored through your participation in the online course site each week. Simply logging into the course website does not constitute attendance. You must complete the weekly course module (and all graded assignments within) by their due date for it to count towards attendance. For this course, every four (4) non-bonus grades of zero on online assignments will count as one week worth of unexcused absences. Eight (8) grades of zero on online assignments will count as 2 weeks worth of unexcused absences.

Expectations for Laboratory Sessions

  • Students are expected to preview laboratory activities and prepare for scheduled lab quizzes prior to each face-to-face session as per the instructions in eCampus under the Laboratory Materials and Assignments Module.
  • Students should focus on completing the hands on portion of the laboratory activities in class and leave summary questions for completion outside of class or after all activities for the day are complete.
  • Free response questions should be given as complete sentences and should address all parts of the question. In many instances, the answers to questions come from readings in the lab or as a result of an activity you carried out.
  • Missing lab is not an excuse for not being prepared for laboratory quizzes. It is your responsibility to contact a member of your lab group or classmate to obtainmissed information. When an assignment involves evaluating class data, data tables will be posted in eCampus. If you have questions, you can also email me at [email protected] Even if you miss the in class activity, you are responsible for the content on the lab practicals.
  • You are encouraged to work collaboratively outside of class on homework assignments to ensure your understanding of the material. 
  • Cell phones may be used in lab to photograph experimental results, slide images, or any specimen provided for examination.
  • Generating lab "reviews" by creating summaries or image libraries aligned to the lab practical content (see lab exam review sheets) is highly encouraged.purpose.
  • Backpacks and bags are to be placed along the side wall as directed so as to leave the bench-tops clear and free to complete laboratory exercises.
  • All drinks and food must be put away prior to entering the lab AND closed toed shoes MUST be worn. I will be policing this heavily. 

Laboratory Safety

Students will be provided with laboratory safety training during the first week of class. Students are expected to follow all safety rules including rules related to proper lab attire. This includes clothing that covers your body from your neckline to your knees when seated (no bare abdomens, torn jeans, or mesh leggings) in addition to closed toe shoes and laboratory coats. Students that fail to follow this rule, will be required to leave the lab and will be assigned an unexcused absence for the class day.

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 Biology Department Head: 

               Steve Simcik

Phone: 979-209-7515

email: [email protected]


Week One                                                                                           CH = Contact Hours



Face to Face

SSI - 2019










Chapters 20, 22, 24, and 21 Online Assignments


Exam I Available @ the Learning Center Thu 6/6; 3pm – Monday 6/10 at 1pm

12 CH

Mon -


Intro to Lab Safety and Lab 1 – Scientific Drawing to completed at home. Supplemental instruction is provided in eCampus.



Tue - 6/4




·         Info & Questions over Class Structure

·         CH 20 Key Concepts & Q’s

·         Lab 2 – Microscopy

·         Lab 3 – Evolutionary Observations


4.2 CH


Wed - 6/5


·         Q’s over Labs 1&2

·         Quizzes over Labs 1 & 2

·         CH 22 Key Concepts & Q’s

·         Lab 4 – Natural Selections & Population Genetics

·         History of Life on Earth Activity


4.2 CH


Thu - 6/6


·         Q’s over Labs 3 & 4

·         Quiz over Labs 3 & 4

·         Cladistics Problem Set


·         Cladistics Problem Set continued

·         Lab 5 – Community Ecology

3.6 CH







Week Two



Ecology Content and Chapters 25 and 26 Online Assignments


Exam II Available @ the Learning Center Thu 6/13; 3pm – Monday 6/17 at 1pm

12 CH







Tue - 6/11



·         Quiz over Lab 5 & Cladistics

·         Ecol. Key Concept Q’s

·         Preview Lab 6

·         Lab 6 – Prokaryotes

·         Lab 7 – Dichotomous Keys


4.2 CH


Wed - 6/12



·         Lab Practical I – Administered in the Classroom (Labs 1-6)

·         Lab 8 – Protists


4.2 CH


Thu - 6/13



·         Lab 7 Quiz

·         Content Review



·         Lab 8 Continued

·         Lab 9 – Fungi

·         Lab 10 Intro

3.6 CH







Week Three



Chapters 27, 28, 29 and 33 Online Assignments


Exam III Available @ the Learning Center Thu 6/20; 3pm – Monday 6/24 at 1pm

12 CH







Tue - 6/18




·         Quiz over Labs 8 & 9

·         Preview Plant Labs 11&12

·         Labs 10 & 11 – Plant Diversity I and II

·         Lab 12 – Angiosperms (time permitting)


4.2 CH


Wed - 6/19




·         Quiz over Labs 10 & 11

·         Wrap up Lab 12

·         Lab Practical II (Labs 7-12)

·         Lab 16 – Animal Tissues


4.2 CH


Thu - 6/20




·         Lab 16 Quiz

·         Content Review


·         Lab 13  - Animal Diversity I

·         Lab 14 – Animal Diversity II

3.6 CH


Fri –


Last Day to Drop with a Q

Week Four



Chapters 30, 31, 32, and 39 Online Assignments


Exam IV Available @ the Learning Center Thu 6/27; 3pm – Sunday at 9pm

12 CH







Tue - 6/25



·         Quiz over Lab 13

·         Content Review

·         Preview of Lab 15

·         Lab 14 continued

·         Lab 15 – Animal Diversity III



4.2 CH


Wed - 6/26



·         Quiz over Labs 14 & 15

·         Content Review

·         Overview of Mammalian Anatomy

·         Pig Dissection


4.2 CH


Thu - 6/27



·         Lab Exam Review

·         Final Exam Review


·         Final Exam Review Continued

·         Lab Practical III (Labs 13 - 16 & Pig)

3.6 CH







Week Five





Final Exam - To be administered at 11am in class on Monday July 1st

Total Contact Hours = 96