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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

General Biology I BIOL-1406

  • Summer I 2013
  • Section SECTION_301 CRN-30438
  • 4 Credits
  • 06/03/2013 to 07/01/2013
  • Modified 06/05/2013

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 7:30 AM to 9:25 AM, S225


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:35 AM to 11:30 AM, S224

Contact Information

Professor: Mr. Brian G. Hanks

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 3:40 PM to 4:30 PM, S236


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, Summer 2013, Richardson et. al. Copy Stop Print & Postal 

Additional Materials:

A working Blinn student email address

Nine Advantage scantrons for lecture exams, quizzes, and the Final Exam

One Notebook for note taking in lecture and lab

Pens & sharpened pencils

Course Requirements

The following is expected of students taking this course:

Knowledge of topics and the testing schedule as provided in the course syllabus;

The checking of Blinn student email before each class meeting;

Participation in all scheduled lectures and labs;

Reading of the required Text chapters to be covered in lectures;

Reading of the Lab book chapters before each scheduled laboratory;

Note taking and/or audio recording of lectures;

Twelve to 15 hours per week of study/reading outside of class;

Additional study prior to tests;

Consultation during office hours when needed;

Tutoring at the Blinn Learning Center if needed.



Lecture Exams:


Each of three lecture exams will consist of predominantly multiple-choice questions. Approximately 70 to 90 multiple-choice questions plus several short-answer essays will be included on each exam. You will be tested on both lecture and reading assignments. You will need a #2 pencil and a blank scantron form for each exam. There will be no make-up Lecture Exams. However, for any one missed Lecture Exam, the grade you make on the Final Exam will also count for the one missed Lecture Exam. Any additional missed Lecture Exams will be counted as zeros.

Final Exam:


The final exam is comprehensive (100 multiple-choice questions).



Of the five or more quizzes to be given during the semester, the highest four scores that you have earned will be used in the calculation of your final grade. Quizzes cover material from both lecture and laboratory. Expect questions in the form of practicals, fill-in-the-blank, short essay, and problem solving. There will be no makeup quizzes.

Laboratory Practical Exams:


Each of the two departmental lab practical exams will focus on previously covered laboratory topics. Completion of your worksheets and your studies in the laboratory are activities that will form an important part of your preparation for these lab practicals. There will be no make-up Laboratory Practical Exams. However, for any one missed Laboratory Practical Exam, the average grade you make on all quizzes given (= those quizzes taken plus any that were missed) will also count for the one missed Laboratory Practical Exam. Any additional missed Laboratory Practical Exam will be counted as a zero.

Extra Credit:


By correctly answering additional bonus questions when offered on exams and quizzes, you may earn bonus points.



Various types of assignments from lecture and lab will herein be considered as worksheets. These could include for example, a written text or lab book chapter summary, evidence that your laboratory work has been completed, a requested drawing or sketch, a synopsis of a current event concerning some aspect of biology, a short written assignment, etc. Each worksheet will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Each worksheet is due during the class period in which it is assigned, unless I inform you otherwise. You are expected to work for the duration of the lab period in order to receive credit for worksheets involving laboratory assignments.


3 lecture exams (120 points each) 360 points

1 final exam (200 points) 200 points

4 highest quizzes (40 points each) 160 points

 2 laboratory practical exams (90 points each) 180 points

10 or more worksheets (10 or less points each) 100 points _________________________________________________________

 Total points 1000 points*

 *Because you have the opportunity to earn extra credit points on each lecture exam, quiz, and on the final exam; and because lecture exams may be curved, it is possible to earn more than 1000 points.

 Your final course (%) average = (your total points earned/1000) X 100

 Final course grades are calculated as:

 A: 895 or more points, B: 795 to 894 points, C: 695 to 794 points,

 D: 595 to 694 points, F: 594 or less points.


Resulting grade and related performance levels
Grade Range Notes
A 89.5% and above
B 79.5% to 89.4%
C 69.5% to 79.4%
D 59.5% to 69.4%
F 00.0% to 59.4%

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

Eating and Drinking:

Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories. Students with food or drink (including bottled water) in view at ANY time in the laboratory will be required to immediately leave the laboratory for the remainder of class, which will additionally constitute one unexcused absence.

Attendance Policy Reminder:

Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence.  For Summer I or Summer II classes, students accumulating three unexcused absences will be dropped.

If you wish that I take into consideration the possibility that an absence be excused, you must email your request to me at [email protected]. To be considered, your email must be received no later than the Friday of the week of the absence. Your email must also describe the circumstances that led to your absence.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class in which he or she no longer chooses to be enrolled. To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, and complete the class withdrawal process.

The last day to drop this semester with a Q is Friday, June 21, 2013.


Scholastic Integrity Reminder:

Any exam, quiz, lab practical, independant assignment or test of any kind should be completed without assistance from notes, books, electronic devices, or communication with fellow students unless I instruct you otherwise. Any exam, quiz, lab practical, independant assignment or test of any kind will count as a ZERO that cannot be dropped or replaced by another grade if any degree of cheating as described above is observed.

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].



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

Organic Molecule Activity

Lab 5: Building and Interpreting Graphs

Thursday,   June 06, 2013

Ch. 4 – Cells

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 & Review

Lab 9: Observing Cells in Action

Tuesday, June   11, 2013

Lecture Exam I

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

Ch. 7 – Cellular Respiration

Review   for Lab Exam

Friday, June   14, 2013

Ch. 7 – Cellular Respiration

Ch. 8 – Photosynthesis

Lab Exam 1

Monday, June   17, 2013

Ch. 8 – Photosynthesis

Cellular Respiration Concept Map

Tuesday, June   18, 2013

Ch. 11 – Nucleic Acid Structure

               & Review

Lab 12: Spectrophotometer

Wednesday,   June 19, 2013

Lecture Exam II

Ch. 12 – Gene Expression

Lab 13: Chromatography

Thursday,   June 20, 2013

Ch. 13 – Gene Regulation

Ch  14 – Mutation

Lab 14: Photosynthesis

Friday,   June 21, 2013*

Ch  14 – Mutation

Ch. 15 – Eukaryotic Cell Cycle

Gene Expression Concept Map

Monday, June   24, 2013

Ch. 15 – Eukaryotic Cell Cycle

Lab 17 – Mitosis

Lab 15: DNA Isolation

Tuesday, June   25, 2013

Ch. 16 – Simple Patterns of Inheritance

Lab 16  - Restriction   Endonucleases

Wednesday,   June 26, 2013

Ch. 17 – Complex Patterns of Inheritance & Review

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics

Thursday,   June 27, 2013

Lecture Exam III


Finish Lab 18

Review for Lab Exam

Friday, June   28, 2013

Finish Lecture Material

& Review

Lab Exam 2

Monday, July   01, 2013

Departmental   Final Exam

*June 21nd last day to Q Drop