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Biology for Non-Science Majors
BIOL-1108

  • Summer I 2019
  • Section 300 CRN-30864
  • 1 Credits
  • 06/03/2019 to 07/01/2019
  • Modified 05/30/2019

Meeting Times


Lab

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:00 AM to 9:55 AM, H-108

Contact Information


Instructor: Melissa K. Layton M.S.

Cell phone:  936-681-0159 (call or text)

Office Hours

When: Tuesday through Thursday 2:15-3:15 PM

             or by appointment

Where:  H-275

Why:  Because you want to make a good grade in the class and I want to help you!!!

How:  Bring specific questions

Description


3 lab hours per week; 48 total contact hours. Credit: 1 semester hour.

This laboratory-based course accompanies BIOL 1308, Biology for Non-Science Majors I. Laboratory activities will reinforce a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans, including chemistry of life, cells, structure, function, and reproduction.

Requisites:

Prerequisite: Completion of BIOL 1308 with a grade of C or better.

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. Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions, and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
  2. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
  3. Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.
  4. Distinguish between prokaryotic, eukaryotic, plant and animal cells, and identify major cell structures.
  5. Identify stages of the cell cycle, mitosis (plant and animal), and meiosis.
  6. Interpret results from cell physiology experiments involving movement across membranes, enzymes, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration.
  7. Apply genetic principles to predict the outcome of genetic crosses and statistically analyze results.
  8. Identify the importance of karyotypes, pedigrees, and biotechnology.
  9. Identify parts of a DNA molecule, and describe replication, transcription, and translation. 
  10. Analyze evidence for evolution and natural selection.

Materials


Lab Manual: Biology 1108 Laboratory Manual. Blinn College Faculty, Blinn College Book Store

Lab coat (it needs to extend past the waist, preferably knee-length)

AccuScan #28980-RR - Total of 4

Course Requirements


Lab Work

Students will complete the activities and experiments in their lab manual. Students will complete computer assignments over the lab in order to (1) check their answers and (2) receive points for completing the lab.  No make-up is offered for missed or late lab assignments, but students can complete make up assignments to earn those points.

 

Lab Exams (Practicals)

Lab practicals will consists of 12 stations covering the most recent lab exercises. Make-ups will be offered for students with valid excuses. If you have a potential scheduling conflict, please contact your professor as soon as possible.

Evaluation


Criteria for grading (of 1000 points)

Evaluation Methods

Points

Lab Practical Exams (4)

600

Lab Exercises

400

Total Points

1000

 

Grade distribution

Points

Letter Grade

900+

A

800-899

B

700-799

C

600-699

D

≤ 599

F

 

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


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.

Assistant Dean of Agriculture and Natural Sciences: Dr. Michelle McGehee

Phone: 979-209-7378

email: [email protected]

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. Closed toe shoes are required in the laboratory. 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.

Students are required to purchase a lab coat and wear it in lab. Students will not be allowed to attend lab without a lab coat and it will be counted as an unexcused absence.  Disposable lab coats will not be returned to students at the end of the semester.

Absolutely no eating or drinking in the lab room.

Attendance Policy

Students are allowed two unexcused absences and will be dropped after their third unexcused absence.

Excused absences are limited to (1) military service (2) representing a school (i.e. Blinn College, Texas A&M, or High School) in an official capacity, or (3) religious holiday with written notice given by the 15th day of the semester.

Students who arrive after the first 5 minutes of class are counted tardy. Two tardies equal one unexcused absence. Students who arrive after the first 15 minutes of class are counted absent.

Leaving for an extended period of time or leaving early will be counted as an unexcused absence.

Make up Policy

Daily work

There are no make ups for labs or activities missed due to excused or unexcused absences.  Points from missed activities can be earned by completing the "make up points" activities available through ecampus.

 

Practicals (lab exams)

Make up practicals will only be given with a valid excuse.  The student needs to contact the instructor as soon as possible to make arrangements regarding the make up exam.

Group Work Policy

Students are required to work in groups during lab.  In class assignments are graded by group.  Students who show up late, leave early or for extended periods of time, sleep, are on their phone, or are otherwise unhelpful to their group will receive zeros for those group activities.

Schedule


Week One

Meeting Details

LAB

MONDAY, JUNE 3

Lab Expectations & Safety

Lab 1 – Intro to Microscopes

2.4

TUESDAY, JUNE 4

LAB 2 – Scientific Method

Lab 3 – Measurement in Biology

2.4

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5

Lab 4 – Macromolecules

Lab 5 – Cell Structures

2.4

THURSDAY, JUNE 6

Lab 6 – Diffusion and Osmosis

Mock Practical 1

2.4

FRIDAY, JUNE 7

Lab Practical 1 (Labs 1-6)

2.4

Week Two

 

LAB

MONDAY, JUNE 10

Lab 7 – Photosynthesis

Lab 8 – Cellular Respiration

2.4

TUESDAY, JUNE 11

Lab 9 – DNA Replication

Lab 10 – Gene Expression

2.4

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12

Finishing Labs 7 - 10

Mock Practical 2 – Labs 7 - 11

2.4

THURSDAY, JUNE 13

Lab 11—Scientific Literacy Lab #1

Ted Talk Activity

2.4

FRIDAY, JUNE 14

Lab Practical 2 (Labs 7-11)

2.4

Week Three

 

LAB

MONDAY, JUNE 17

Lab 12 – Cellular Division

Lab 13 – Scientific Literacy Lab #2

2.4

TUESDAY, JUNE 18

Lab 14 – Single-Gene Inheritance

2.4

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19

Lab 15 – Complex Inheritance

2.4

THURSDAY, JUNE 20

Lab 16 – Scientific Literacy Lab #3

Mock Practical 3

2.4

FRIDAY, JUNE 21 Q

Lab Practical 3 (Labs 12-16)

2.4

Week Four

 

LAB

MONDAY, JUNE 24

Lab 17 – Mechanisms of Evolution

2.4

TUESDAY, JUNE 25

Lab 18 – Population Genetics and Speciation

2.4

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26

Your Inner Fish Activity

2.4

THURSDAY, JUNE 27

Lab 19 – Evidence of Evolution

Lab 20 – Evolution of Life

2.4

FRIDAY, JUNE 28

Lab 21 – Scientific Literacy Lab #4

Mock Practical 4

2.4

Week Five

 

LAB

MONDAY, JULY 1

Lab Practical 4 (Labs 16-21)

2.4

 

Total Contact Hours

48

Q Q-drop, last day to withdraw with a “Q” is Friday, June 21, 2019.