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Bryan · Natural Sciences · Biology - BIOL


Biology for Science Majors I
BIOL-1406

  • Summer I 2019
  • Section 300 CRN-30104
  • 4 Credits
  • 06/03/2019 to 07/01/2019
  • Modified 05/24/2019

Meeting Times


Lecture

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:00 AM to 10:05 AM, D 120

Lab

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:05 AM to 12:00 PM, D 231

Contact Information


Instructor: Mr. Michael Johanson

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM, B 103

Description


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

Fundamental principles of living organisms will be studied, including physical and chemical properties of life, organization, function, evolutionary adaptation, and classification. Concepts of cytology, reproduction, genetics, and scientific reasoning are included. Lab activities reinforce lecture topics.

Requisites

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:

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

Outcomes


  1. Describe the characteristics of life.
  2. Explain the methods of inquiry used by scientists.
  3. Identify the basic requirements of life and the properties of the major molecules needed for life.
  4. Compare and contrast the structures, reproduction, and characteristics of viruses, prokaryotic cells, and eukaryotic cells.
  5. Describe the structure of cell membranes and the movement of molecules across a membrane.
  6. Identify the substrates, products, and important chemical pathways in metabolism.
  7. Identify the principles of inheritance and solve classical genetic problems.
  8. Identify the chemical structures, synthesis, and regulation of nucleic acids and proteins.
  9. Describe the unity and diversity of life and the evidence for evolution through natural selection.
  10. Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
  11. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
  12. Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.

Materials


Bryan

Textbook: Life: The Science of Biology, 11th Edition, 2017. Sadava, Hillis, Heller, Hacker. Sinauer Associates, Inc. ISBN 9781319010164

Lab Manual: Biology 1406 Laboratory Manual, Summer 2019, Blinn College Faculty of Biology. Copy Stop Print & Postal.

Lab Coat (These are available at the book store. If you buy one from another vendor, it must come below the waist.)

Course Requirements


Lecture Exams:There will be 4 lecture exams as outlined in the schedule. Exams can only be made up for excused absences for illness with a doctor's note and death of a close family member with documentation from the funeral home or any of the excused absences described in the Blinn attendance policy.

Lab Exams: Lab exams will test students' knowledge on tasks and activities performed in lab. There are three of these exams on the schedule, none of which can be made up.

Final Exam: The Final Exam is a common exam which consists of 100 questions. It is worth 20% of your grade.

Participation: This includes attendance, labs, weekly quizzes, ecampus assignments, or other activities as assigned.

Launchpad: Online assignments are worth a total of 5% of your grade and is available through the Launchpad widget on ecampus.

Evaluation


  1. 4 Major exams:                                                                      30%
  2. 3 Laboratory exams:                                                              20%
  3. Participation, Quizzes, Assignments & Homework:          25%
  4. Final Exam:                                                                            20%
  5. Launchpad:                                                                              5%

90-100%            A

80-809%            B

70-79%              C

60-69%              D

59% and below  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.

BIOL Department Head: Steve Simcik

Phone: 979-209-7515

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 and shorts covering the knees when seated are required in the lab.

Eye protection must be worn for labs specified by the instructor. (Eye protection will be provided in lab. Students are required to sterilize the eye protection they use before leaving lab.)

Backpacks must be stored on shelves.

*Students that fail to follow these rules, will be required to leave the lab and will be assigned an unexcused absence for the class day.

Schedule


Week One

Meeting Details

LEC MIN

LAB MIN

Contact HR

6/3/2019

Lecture: Ch. 1: Intro to Biology

Lab 1: Safety

Lab 2: Scientific Method

 

120

 

115

 

4.7

6/4/2019

Ch. 2: Chemistry & small molecules

Lab 3:  Experimental Design

Lab 4: Properties of water                     

 

 

120

 

 

115

 

 

4.7

6/5/2019

Lecture: Ch. 3: Proteins, Carbohydrates, Lipids

 Lab 5: Metric Measurement                                          

 

120

 

115

 

    4.7

6/6/2019

Lecture: Ch. 4.1 Nucleic Acids, Review for Exam 1

Lab: Organic Molecule Activity and worksheet

Lab 6: Testing for Organic Molecules

120

115

4.7

6/7/2019

Lecture Exam 1 (Ch1,2,3,4.1)

Lab 7: Microscopy

Lab 8: Observing Cells in Action

120

115

4.7

Week Two

Meeting Details

LEC MIN

LAB MIN

Contact HR

6/10/2019

Lecture Chapter 5: Cells

Review for Lab Exam 1

120

115

4.7

6/11/2019

Lecture: Ch 16.3 viruses and Ch 6: Cell Membrane    

Lab Exam 1                        

120

115

4.7

6/12/2019

Lecture: Ch 7.1 and 7.2 Cell Communication, Review Lab 9: Membrane transport

120

115

4.7

6/13/2019

Lecture Exam 2 (Ch5, 16.3, 6, 7.1 & 7.2)

Lab 10: Spectrophotometry

Lab 11: Enzymes                     

120

115

4.7

6/14/2019

Lecture: Chapter 8 Enzymes

Lab 12: Cell respiration               

120

115

4.7

Week Three

Meeting Details

LEC MIN

LAB MIN

Contact HR

6/17/2019

Lecture Chapter 9 Cell Respiration

Lab13: Photosynthesis

120

115

4.7

6/18/2019

Lecture: Chapter 10 Photosynthesis

Enzyme Lab Presentations 

120

115

4.7

6/19/2019

Lecture Exam 3

Lab 14: eukaryotic Cell Division

Review for Lab Exam 2           

120

115

4.7

6/20/2019

Lecture: Chapter 11 Cell Cycle & Cell Division

Lab Exam 2                    

120

115

4.7

Q 6/21/2019

Lecture Chapter 12 Inheritance, Genes, Chromosomes

Lab 15 Genetics

Q drop date

120

115

4.7

Week Four

Meeting Details

LEC MIN

LAB MIN

Contact HR

6/24/2019

Lecture: Ch. 13 DNA & heredity

Lab 16: DNA isolation & Restriction Enzymes

Lab 17 Gel electrophoresis and DNA fingerprinting

120

115

4.7

6/25/2019

Lecture: Ch. 14 Genes, protein & 15.1, 15.2 mutations

Gene Expression Concept Maps in lab book

120

115

4.7

6/26/2019

Lecture Exam 4

Review for Lab Exam 3

120

115

4.7

6/27/2019

Lecture: Chapter 16.1, 16.2 Regulating gene expression

Lab Exam 3                              

120

115

4.7

6/28/2019

Review for Final Exam

120

115

4.7

7/1/2019

Final Exam

135

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Total number of contact hours

 

 

96