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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

General Biology I BIOL-1406

  • Summer I 2013
  • Section SECTION_307 CRN-30447
  • 4 Credits
  • 06/03/2013 to 07/01/2013
  • Modified 05/23/2013

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 1:45 PM to 3:40 PM, S225


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 3:50 PM to 5:45 PM, S224

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr Karine Cecilia Gil-Weir

OFFICE HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 1:15pm. (30mins, before class).


An in-depth introductory survey of contemporary biology for students majoring in the biological sciences. Topics emphasized include, the chemical basis of life, structure and function of cells, energy transformations, and molecular biology and genetics.


Prerequisites: Exemption or passing score on reading section of THEA or alternative test or completion of READ 306 with a grade of C or higher.

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.


1. Interpret the process by which scientific knowledge is acquired and evaluated.

2. Evaluate the characteristics of cells.

3. Recognize the molecular basis of evolutionary change.

4. Evaluate the composition of biological macromolecules and the role they play in the structure and function of cells.

5. Interpret selected metabolic processes carried out by cells and their essential role in sustaining life.

6. Compare and contrast the methods by which cells divide.

7. Set-up and evaluate basic Mendelian genetics problems.

8. Demonstrate the ability to use the compound light microscope and technological applications utilized in modern biology.



Textbook: Biology, 2nd Edition, 2011. Brooker, Widmaier, Graham and Stiling, McGraw Hill 

Lab Manual: Biology 1406 Laboratory Manual, Spring 2013, Richardson et. al. Copy Stop Print & Postal 


Textbook: BIOLOGY9th Edition, Campbell, Reece, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, and Jackson: 2011, Pearson Education, Inc., Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco, CA.

Lab Manual: REFLECTIONS IN BIOLOGY – A Laboratory Manual – Volume I, On-line Edition, Greg Phillips: 2012

Course Requirements

a. eCampus: Access to the Internet is REQUIRED. Internet access at home would certainly be a plus, however, all students at Blinn College and/or Texas A&M have computing resources available to them. The Open Computer Labs at Blinn College are located in Room H-225, the Learning Center (L-258 above the Library), and the Library. If you are not familiar with these, see me or inquire at the Learning Center, for more details, ASAP. eCampus is an online course tool. It is in essence a virtual classroom through which I will be posting course related materials and information, assignment instructions, quizzes and assignment due dates, test and exam dates, and important announcements. You will also be able to contact me with questions and or problems you might be having and have the ability to contact your classmates. It will be your responsibility to check this site daily: and click “SUMMER1 2013- BIOL-1406-307 - General Biology I”.

b.  Four Lecture Tests: There will be four tests each worth 100 points. While being mostly objective, there may also be short answers, a combination of true/false, multiple choice, matching, and fill in the blank, and some drawings.  Students who cannot take the exam on the scheduled day (excused absence officially recognized by Blinn) may possibly take a different test which may involve a different format (for example: written).

c. Final Exam: The final exam is completely objective, is set by the department and is a common comprehensive final worth 200 points. It will consist of at least 100 multiple choice type questions.  By Blinn regulations, it represents 20% of your final grade. I will reschedule your final exam date only when you have a conflict in final exam time and can provide a letter from your academic advisor to confirm the time clash. Please come and see me ASAP so that I may plan accordingly.

Section 307 Final Exam will be on JULY 01, MONDAY, from 1:45pm  to  3:45pm in lecture room S-225.

d. Two Lab Exams @ 100 pts.:  The lab exams are set by the entire biology department.  Lab practical exams will test student’s ability to carry out specific tasks or techniques that relate to lab activities performed. They will be short answer or multiple choice, and will cover the material presented in lab.  The 2 lab exams are mandatory.  If a student misses the lab exam, they will need to take it during the week the exam is given, with another class

e. Daily Lecture Quizzes and/or Activities (in class & eCampus): Daily quizzes, activities, or take-home assignments will be given to help students to better understanding of material that has been covered in previous lectures.  These quizzes will be worth a total of 100 pts. 

f.  Lab worksheets - 16 @ 5 pts.:  Lab worksheets which are completed and turned in on time, pre-lab quizzes and lab participation will be worth a total of 100 pts.

g.  Due dates (milestones) for all assignments and quizzes, in class information and (see eCampus Calendar).


Major Test/Exam Dates (see eCampus Calender):



Date at S-225

Lab Practical Exam

Date at S-224

Test #1

06/06,   Thursday

Lab   Practical Exam #1

06/14, Friday

Test #2

06/13, Thursday

Lab   Practical Exam #2

06/28, Friday

Test #3

06/19, Wednesday



Test #4

06/25,   Tuesday



Final   Exam

07/01, Monday, from 1:45pm to 3:45 pm in Lecture room




Point Allocation:

Evaluation   Methods




Daily   Lecture Quizzes (End of Chapter) and take-home activities


4 Tests (   100)


1 Final   Exam 




2 Lab   Exams (100 each)


16 Lab   Worksheets + pre lab quizzes + participation



Total Points


Bonus points (in class questions, participation, ecampus activities).




Grading Scale in Percentage

Letter   Grade

Percent   Total*

Total   Points 1000


90 to 100   %

≥ 900


80 to 89   %



70 to 79   %



60 to 69   %



Below 59   %

≤ 599

*Your   Percent Total = (Your Total Points + Bonus)/1000 x 100 = _____%




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.

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. 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

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.

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

a. 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, [email protected].

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


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes

Summer I Schedule




Monday, June   03, 2013

Course Introduction

Ch. 1 – Intro to Biology

Lab   1: Safety

Lab   2: Process of Science

Tuesday, June   04, 2013

Ch. 2 – Atoms, Molecules, Water

Lab 3:  Scientific Method

Lab 4: Experimental  Design

Wednesday,   June 05, 2013

Ch. 3 – Organic Molecules

Lab 5: Building and Interpreting Graphs

Organic Molecule Activity

Thursday,   June 06, 2013


Exam 1 (Ch. 1-3)

Lab 6 Metric Measurement


Friday, June   07, 2013

Ch. 4 – Cells

Lab 7: Testing for Organic Molecules

Lab 8: Microscopy

Monday, June   10, 2013

Ch. 5 – Membranes

Lab 9: Observing Cells in Action

Tuesday, June   11, 2013

Ch. 10 – Multicellularity

Lab 10: Prokaryotic & Eukaryotic Cells

Wednesday,   June 12, 2013

Ch. 6 – Energy, Enzymes, Metabolism

Lab 11 : Membrane Transport

Thursday,   June 13, 2013


Exam 2 (Ch. 4-6, 10)

Review   for Lab Exam

Friday, June   14, 2013

Ch. 7 – Cellular Respiration

Lab Exam 1

Monday, June   17, 2013

Ch. 8 – Photosynthesis

Cellular Respiration Concept Map

Tuesday, June   18, 2013

Ch. 11 – Nucleic Acid Structure

Lab 12: Spectrophotometer

Wednesday,   June 19, 2013


Exam 3 (Ch. 7, 8, 11)

Lab 13: Chromatography

Thursday,   June 20, 2013

Ch. 12 – Gene Expression

Lab 14: Photosynthesis

Friday,   June 21, 2013*

Ch. 13 – Gene Regulation

Ch  14 – Mutation

Gene Expression Concept Map

Monday, June   24, 2013

Ch. 15 – Eukaryotic Cell Cycle

Lab 17 – Mitosis

Lab 15: DNA Isolation

Tuesday, June   25, 2013


Exam 4 (Ch. 12-15)

Lab 16  - Restriction   Endonucleases

Wednesday,   June 26, 2013

Ch. 16 – Simple Patterns of Inheritance

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics

Thursday,   June 27, 2013

Ch. 17 – Complex Patterns of Inheritance

Finish Lab 18

Review for Lab Exam

Friday, June   28, 2013

Finish Lecture Material


Lab Exam 2

Monday, July   01, 2013

Departmental   Final Exam,  from 1:45pm to 3:45 pm at S225

*June 21st last day to Q Drop