Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL
General Biology I BIOL-1406
Course Meeting Times: Lecture: Monday – Friday, 1:45PM - 3:40PM; Science Building S225. Laboratory: Monday – Friday, 3:50PM - 5:45PM; Science Building S224
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. David Baumgardner, PhD
Office: S (Science Building) -117
Office Hours: M-F 1:00PM – 1:30PM, at the end of the laboratory, and by appointment.
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.
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: BIOLOGY, 9th 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
8. COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Exams: There will be four exams and a final exam. See the “Course Schedule” for details of when exams are scheduled. All exams are multiple choice. Each exam is valued at 100 points, the final exam 200 points. All exams will be based upon chapters in the book as detailed in the Course Schedule.
Quizzes: Ten quizzes are scheduled for throughout the semester. Some will be announced, others will not be announced. Each quiz is worth 10 points, for a possible maximum score of 100 points.
Laboratory Assignments: Each laboratory assignment will be valued at five to ten points, depending on the length and complexity of the laboratory. All laboratory grades combined account for ten percent of the course grade.
Lecture Exams: There will be four lecture exams during the semester plus a comprehensive final exam. Exams can include multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, short answer and essay questions.
Make-up exams are only offered to students with an excused absence. Excused absences include those officially recognized by Blinn College, plus a death in the family, or an illness with a doctor’s certification.
To arrange for a make-up exam see me during the first class period following your absence.
An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero.
Laboratory Exams: There will be two exams. An unexcused absence from an exam will result
in a grade of zero. No make-up exams will be offered for lab exams.
Laboratory Assignments: Most lab exercises must be completed during the lab period and turned in at the end of the period. Some of the laboratory assignments will be collected at the conclusion of the laboratory and graded for completion. These graded assignments will not be announced ahead of time, but will be announced sometime during the lab.
Quizzes: Periodic quizzes will cover recent topics and assigned readings from the lecture and the laboratory. A grade of zero will be recorded for missed quizzes unless an approved excuse is submitted.
No make-up is offered for missed quizzes.
Point Distribution: Lecture Exams (4 exams x 100 points each) 400 points
Final Exam 200 points
Lab Exams (2 exams x 100 points each) 200 points
Quizzes (10 x 10 points each) 100 points
Lab Assignments (10 x 10 points each) 100 points
Final letter grades will be determined according to the following scale: A ≥ 90%; B 80% to 89%; C 70% to 79%; D 60% to 69%; F ≤ 59%.
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.
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:
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.
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.