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Distance Education · Natural Sciences · Biology - BIOL


Biology for Non-Science Maj I
BIOL-1308

  • Summer I 2019
  • Section N01 CRN-30685
  • 3 Credits
  • 06/03/2019 to 07/01/2019
  • Modified 05/19/2019

Meeting Times


This is an online course so face to face meetings with the class are not required. However, there is a proctoring requirement for ALL exams.

Exam Proctoring Requirement: ALL exams (4 major exams and 1 final exam for 5 total exams) must be taken in a proctored environment. There are three approved proctoring mechanisms include taking the exam: 

  1. at any Blinn College Testing Center.
  2. at another college or university testing center (must be pre-approved by the instructor at least 2 days prior to the exam). THERE MAY BE A FEE CHARGED PER EXAM BY THE OTHER COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY.
  3. via ProctorU.com online proctoring service. THERE WILL BE A FEE CHARGED PER EXAM.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING THE OPEN TIMES OF LEARNING CENTER AND POLICIES FOR THE LEARNING CENTER YOU USE.

Contact Information


Instructor: Ms. Meghan N. Kinder

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Office: Brenham Classroom Building Office 5; Schulenburg 101-03
  • Phone: 979-830-4201
  • Email is the best way to contact me. Please allow for a 24-hour period for response on weekdays and a 72-hour response for emails sent after 4 PM on Fridays.

  • The phone number listed is my office phone, so if you text that number, I will not receive your text.

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Virtual - via phone or Skype

 Virtual Office Hours: Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 AM via phone or Skype. I can also meet you on the Brenham or Schulenburg campus if an appointment is scheduled in advance. I can always answer e-mails or chat via phone as well. Email is the best way to contact me. If you need to have a Face-To-Face meeting with you can email me and request a time to meet in one of my offices, or, we can arrange a meeting via Skype.

Please do not be shy; your success is my priority and I am here to help you in any way that I can. If at any time you have a question, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Description


3 lecture hours per week; 48 total contact hours. Credit: 3 semester hours.

Provides a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans, including chemistry of life, cells, structure, function, and reproduction.

Requisites: None

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:

https://www.blinn.edu/academics/core-curriculum.html

Outcomes


Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Distinguish between prokaryotic, eukaryotic, plant and animal cells, and identify major cell structures.
  2. Identify stages of the cell cycle, mitosis (plant and animal), and meiosis.
  3. Interpret results from cell physiology experiments involving movement across membranes, enzymes, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration.
  4. Apply genetic principles to predict the outcome of genetic crosses and statistically analyze results.
  5. Describe karyotyping, pedigrees, and biotechnology and provide an example of the uses of each.
  6. Identify parts of a DNA molecule, and describe replication, transcription, and translation.
  7. Analyze evidence for evolution and natural selection.

Materials


Required

  1. Textbook:  Biology Concepts and Investigations. 4th ed. Hoefnagels. 2017
    It does not matter whether you use an actual paper book or an ebook, but you will need the book for this course.

  2. Access to Connect for online assignments.
  1. For an online class you will need a full computer not a smartphone or light tablet, broadband internet services. See the Minimum Hardware and Software.
  1. A webcam will be required for proctoring if you use ProctorU.
  1. You will need to be able to access Tegrity to view lectures (comes with eCampus). Some assignments may required the use to MS Word, Powerpoint, or Excel. MS Office is free in your Buc email account to download or use in the cloud. Go to http://www.blinn.edu/acadtech/Office365.htmlor contact Academic  979-830-4357

Access to Connect will be required for this course. The access code comes with the purchase of a new textbook, or you can purchase an access code from the campus bookstore or online. You may also use courtesy access for the first 2 weeks of class if you are waiting on financial aid. You will see this option when registering and will be reminded of your courtesy access expiration date each time you login. At any time, you can convert your courtesy account to paid access.  You will not lose any work, as long as you use the same username and password.

Technical Support:  Do not contact the course instructor with technical issues unless you have a McGraw-Hill case number. 

If you have any questions or problems on how to use Connect throughout the course, please contact the McGraw Hill Customer Experience Group at the contact information below. A case number will be generated when you call; it’s very important you receive a case number to verify any technical issue you may be experiencing.

  • Phone: 800-331-5094
  • Email & Chat: mhhe.com/support
  • Hours: M-Th 24hours, Friday 7am – 8pm, Saturday 9am – 7pm, Sunday 11am – 1am

Useful links – This link provides helpful information about configuring your browser for

http://connect.mheducation.com/connect/troubleshoot.do

Access to Tegrity is required to view lectures (this comes with eCampus). Some assignments may require the use of MS Word, PowerPoint, and/or Excel.

-MS Office is free in your Buc email account to download or use in the cloud. Go to
http://www.blinn.edu/acadtech/Office365.html or contact Academic Support at 979-830-4357.

Recommended

  1. Visiting educational websites, including: www.kahnacademy.org, www.amoebasisters.com, etc. will supplement the explanation of topics explained in class. I highly recommend using these sites for further clarification of topics you do not understand fully.

Discussion Boards on eCampus will be provided and required. This is a great way to ask a question about the course, the content, or anything biology-related. I will do my best to monitor discussion questions, but classmates are also more than welcome to answer questions as well. Think of these discussion forums as an online study group.

 

Course Requirements


Lecture Exams: There will be four lecture exams each of which must be proctored (See the Proctoring policy section below for more information). Each exam will consist of 50 questions and must be completed within one hour. Only one attempt is allowed. Make-up exams are only given to students with an excused absence (according to Blinn policy). No make-up exams will be given for unexcused absences. Your lowest completed exam grade will be replaced with your final exam grade, if the final exam grade is higher.  Exams that have not been completed or that have scores due to cheating and/or academic dishonesty will not be replaced. The grades (feedback) for the lecture exams will be posted on eCampus immediately after you have submitted the exam on eCampus. Lecture exams will make up 40% of your overall grade.

Final Exam: A comprehensive final exam will be administered during the finals period. The final exam will be made available to your specified proctoring location during the exam period specified on the course calendar. There is no make-up final exam and only one attempt is allowed. This exam consists of around 100 questions. The grades (feedback) for the final exam will be posted on eCampus immediately after you have submitted the exam on eCampus. The final exam makes up 20% of your final grade.  

Class Participation: For each chapter you must watch a few Tegrity lecture videos and complete online assignments. All online chapter assignments (Learnsmart, chapter quizzes, and exam reviews) are due by 7:59 AM the day of the respective exam and are located in the “Assignments” submodule for each chapter on eCampus. 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. The online assignments will make up 40% of your final grade.

  • Connect Learnsmart (10%): Homework assignments on McGraw Hill Connect can be accessed through the Connect link on the course page. Learnsmart is an adaptive quizzing program that will offer you feedback and hints as you work your way through the chapter. Learnsmart is graded based on completion of the chapter; therefore, you will get a score of 100% if you complete the assignment or a score of 0% if you do not fully complete the assignment. You must have a subscription to Connect to access these assignments. The grades (feedback) for the Learnsmart assignments will be posted on eCampus immediately after you have submitted the exam on eCampus.

  • Connect Exam Reviews (10%): There will be exam reviews for each lecture exam that may be accessed through McGraw Hill Connect. The exam reviews will typically consist of 10-15 questions per chapter that is on the exam. You will have two attempts and 45 minutes to complete each exam review and your highest grade will be recorded. Exam reviews are graded based on accuracy of responses. The grades (feedback) for the exam review assignments will be posted on eCampus immediately after you have submitted the exam on eCampus.
  • eCampus Chapter Assignments (10%): For each chapter, you will have a short assignment on eCampus. These assignments should be completed after you have watched the Tegrity videos and studied your notes. You will have 30 minutes to complete each assignment and you may use your notes, the Tegrity videos, and your textbook; you may not work with another classmate. Chapter assignments are graded based on accuracy of responses. The grades (feedback) for the chapter assignments will be posted on eCampus immediately after you have submitted the exam on eCampus.

  • Discussion Forums/Other Assignments (10%)Participation in a discussion forum on lecture topics will also be required for each chapter and will be found within the “Exam” submodule for each chapter. Questions AND responses for the discussion boards are due by 7:59 AM on the day of the respective exam. You will post an original question over the unit material and respond to two of your peers’ post. Please see the grading rubric found in the Orientation module on eCampus. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner when posting to the forums. See Netiquette policy below. Any other assignment students are given will be placed in this category. The grade (feedback) for the discussion boards and other assignments will be posted within three business days of the due date.

NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. All assignments are due at the appointed day and time, 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. It is your responsibility to plan ahead and make sure to turn assignments in by the due date. Failure to do so will result in a grade of zero for that assignment.

Evaluation


Grade Distribution:

Type

Weight

Evaluation Method

Percentage

Lecture Exams

40%

Final Exam

20%

Class Participation

40%

TOTAL

100%

 

90.0-100 = A      80.0- 89.0 = B     70.0- 79.8 = C     60.0- 69.9 = D     Below 60.0% = F

  • The gradebook in eCampus will provide your total points at all times throughout the semester. I am under no obligation to round grades, so you need to make every effort to earn the highest grade you can.

  • Late work will not be accepted for a grade, however, for your own benefit, complete all assignments prior to assessments.

  • Technically a D (60% or higher) is a passing grade, however, depending on your major, a D may not transfer. Aim higher than just “passing,” I know you can do it.
  • Curves/Extra Credit:  As a rule, I do not curve, “drop a test grade” or assign extra credit work.  Perform your best on all exams and quizzes and complete all assignments throughout the course for your best chance of success.  Paying attention to the details along the way is the best strategy for success.

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


What is an Online Course?

This BIOL 1308 is an online class, which means that you can complete the class in the comfort of your own home. However, this course is not an independent study nor is done on your own schedule. This course is set up to follow a STRICT SCHEDULE with daily “lectures.” Exams, Quizzes and homework assignments also have deadlines. The due dates are SET IN STONE and will NOT be moved so plan ahead Many of you may be new to the online format and you may find that this course differs significantly from what you have experienced before in a traditional lecture format. In order to succeed in an online class, it is very important that you maintain a high level of self-motivation. Students report that online classes take more work, more time, and better organizational skills to succeed. If you were taking this course in a traditional setting you would spend 5-6 hours in class, not to mention study time outside of class. Expect to at least spend that much time each week on this course. You will need to check the course eCampus website often (daily is suggested), keep up with assignments and readings, and contact me whenever you have questions. The responsibility is on your shoulders (though I will do what I can to help)!

Study Tips: A lot of material will be covered each day, and it will be impossible to learn all of that information in one or two sittings. It is easy to fall behind in this course and it will be difficult to make up lost ground. It is important that you stay on schedule.   There will be many new terms in each of the chapters make sure you known them before the exams. I would suggest making flashcards as you finish each chapter (Do not wait until a few days before the exam to start making note cards.)  

How should I prepare to succeed in an Online course?
To succeed in an internet course:

  • You must be comfortable using computers and learning new software.
  • You must have time to access the web several times a week.
  • You must read assignments and directions carefully.

Make-Up Exams & Late Assignments

Make-up Exams:  The ONLY make up exams are given if you absent is under the four forms of excused absences in the Blinn College Attendance policy. Then the work must be made up by the student within two days.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. Observance of religious holy days - Students should notify their instructor(s) no later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) for absences for any religious holy day(s);
  2. Representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. Dual credit students representing the high school or independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. Military service.

No late exams, Connect assignments, or online discussions will be accepted.  All assignments are due at the appointed day and time, 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. It is your responsibility to plan ahead and make sure to turn assignments in by the due date. Failure to do so will result in a grade of zero for that assignment. If you are anticipating: computer glitches, technical difficulties, loss of WiFi, travel dates, concerts, cruises, Cody Johnson concerts, illness of you or a loved one, or anything else that may interfere with completion of assignments or exams, start on your work early and submit them early! Plan your travel around announced exam dates. Note that illness or an appointment, even with a doctor’s note, does NOT constitute an excused absence.  

Proctored Exams

Please read this information carefully.

Regardless of testing location, students are responsible for knowing and following testing center policies such as:

  • Having proper ID
  • Planning ahead – some testing centers and ProctorU may require appointments to test
  • Testing policies – Blinn testing centers will not administer an exam within 90 minutes of closing time
  • Do not put off your exam until the last minute because exam extensions are not allowed

Proctoring options:

  • Blinn Testing Centers: There are four different Blinn campuses: Bryan, Brenham, Sealy, and Schulenburg. These centers are free of charge for Blinn students, but will likely require an appointment.

  • Other college or university testing center (instructor approval required): You will need to e-mail me the name and contact information of the alternate testing site at least two business days prior to the exam date so that I may contact the proposed site and discuss their testing procedures. Emailing me the contact information does not indicate my approval. You must receive an email response in order to use another testing center. Students are responsible for any testing fees the alternate site charges.

  • ProctorU Online Testing Proctoring: If you want to test from home, you must have the necessary equipment and software loaded onto your computer to allow for your testing session to be remotely recorded. It is the student’s responsibility to pay any required testing fees. Information on using ProctorU can be found at: http://www.proctoru.com/portal/blinn/

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 Science Department Head.

Biology Department Head: Dr. Steve R. Simcik

Phone: 979-209-7515

email: [email protected]

Other Course Policies

  • Attendance: Attending class is mandatory. According to Blinn policy, accumulating four absences will result in you being dropped from the course. For this course, every two (2) grades of “zero” will count as one week worth of absences. Students accumulating two weeks’ worth of absences (four (4) grades of “zero”) will be dropped. Note that illness or an appointment, even with a doctor’s note, does NOT constitute an excused absence.
     
  • Late Work: No late assignments will be accepted. As this course is online I strongly suggest you complete the assignments in advance as work submitted after the deadline, regardless of cause, will not be accepted. 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. It is your responsibility to plan ahead and make sure to turn assignments in by the due date. Failure to do so will result in a grade of zero for that assignment.

  • Communication: The best way to communicate with me is to e-mail me or call my office during office hours. Please e-mail my Blinn e-mail address ([email protected]) for the quickest response. You many also contact me via eCampus messaging or through the discussion boards. During the week I will respond to your e-mail within 24 hours. I will do my best to check my e-mail periodically over the weekend but allow a 48-hour response time for weekend emails or emails sent after 5 PM on a Friday.

  • Grading feedback: Most assignments will be graded automatically and uploaded to the gradebook upon submission. Other assignments will be graded within three business days of their due date. 
  • Dropped Grades/Grade Replacement: Grades earned as a result of cheating or any other form of academic dishonesty may not be dropped or replaced for any reason.

Schedule


BIOL 1308 Summer I Course Calendar (subject to change)

Date

Content Covered

What’s due

Contact Hours
(Carnegie system)

06/03

Syllabus & Course Orientation

Chapter 1: The Scientific Study of Life

 

2.4

06/04

Chapter 2: The Chemistry of Life

 

2.4

06/05

Chapter 3: Cells

 

2.4

06/06

Review for Test

 

2.4

06/07

Exam 1: Chapters 1-3 – available online from 8:00 AM – 11:59 PM

ALL Unit 1 Assignments Due by 7:59 AM

2.4

06/10

Chapter 4: The Energy of Life

 

 

2.4

06/11

Chapter 5: Photosynthesis

 

2.4

06/12

Chapter 6: Respiration and Fermentation

 

2.4

06/13

Review for Test

 

2.4

06/14

Exam 2: Chapters 4-6 – available online from 8:00 AM – 11:59 PM

ALL Unit 2 Assignments Due by 7:59 AM

2.4

06/17

Chapter 7: DNA Structure and Gene Function

 

2.4

06/18

Chapter 8: DNA Replication, Binary Fission and Mitosis

Chapter 9: Sexual Reproduction and Meiosis

 

2.4

06/19

Chapter 10: Patterns of Inheritance

 

2.4

06/20

Review for Test

 

2.4

06/21

Exam 3: Chapters 7-10 – available online from 8:00 AM – 11:59 PM

ALL Unit 3 Assignments Due by 7:59 AM

2.4

06/24

Chapter 11: DNA Technology

Chapter 12: The Forces of Evolutionary Change

 

Q drop deadline by 5 PM

 

2.4

06/25

Chapter 13: Evidence of Evolution

 

2.4

06/26

Chapter 14: Speciation and Extinction

 

2.4

06/27

Review for Test

 

2.4

06/28

Exam 4: Chapters 11-14– available online from 8:00 AM – 11:59 PM

ALL Unit 4 Assignments Due by 7:59 AM

2.4

07/01

Final Exam – available online from 8:00 AM – 11:59 PM

 

TOTAL: 48 hours