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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Intro Biology BIOL-1408

  • Summer II 2013
  • Section SECTION_321 CRN-40266
  • 4 Credits
  • 07/09/2013 to 08/06/2013
  • Modified 07/05/2013

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:35 AM to 11:30 AM, H210


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 11:40 AM to 1:35 AM, H108

Contact Information

Instructor: Ms. Diane L Ebbole

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:45 AM to 9:15 AM, S117


This course is an introductory science course for all majors except science. Emphasis will be placed on the nature of biology and scientific problem solving, unity and diversity of life, nature of genetic information, change in organisms, ecological relationships, and current issues in biology.

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. Describe the basic organization of life from the smallest unit of matter to its relationship with the environment.

3. Recognize key biological macromolecules and the role they play in cell structure and function.

4. Relate the energy producing processes of organisms to the sustainability of life.

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

6. Summarize the function of DNA and the role it plays in inheritance.

7. Relate the mechanisms by which genetic change arises and its role in the diversification of life.

8. Evaluate the ecological role of humans and their impact on the environment.



Textbook: What is Life, 2nd Edition, J. Phelan, 2012, W.H. Freeman and Company.

Lab Manual: Biology 1408 Laboratory Manual, Summer 2013 Edition. Prestridge et. al. Copy Stop Print & Postal

eCampus access

Advantage scantrons





Course Requirements

Lecture Quizzes

Quizzes on lecture material will be announced in class and administered on eCampus or in class. Twelve quizzes will be given, and the best ten will count.  No time extensions will be given for missed quizzes on eCampus. 

Lab Work

Periodic quizzes and worksheets will cover recent topics and assigned readings from the laboratory. A grade of zero will be recorded for missed work unless an approved excuse is submitted. No make-up is offered for missed quizzes. Twelve grades will be taken, and the best ten will count. 

Lecture Exams

Lecture exams will consist of 50 questions consisting of multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching and/or short answer questions. All exams require an Advantage scantron.  A higher percentage on the final exam can substitute for a low lecture exam grade.  Make-up exams are given only with an excused absence and will consist of a higher percentage of short answer/essay questions. 

Lab Practicals

Lab practicals will consist of 25 stations covering the most recent lab exercises. No make-ups will be offered for missed exams. If you have a potential scheduling conflict, please contact your professor as soon as possible. There are no extended time accomodations on lab practicals.

Final Exam

The final exam is cumulative and worth 200 points. 


Point Distribution:

Lecture Exams

4 X 100 = 400 points

Final Exam

1 X 200 = 200 points

Lab Practicals

4 X 50 = 200 points

Lecture quizzes

10 X 10 = 100 points

Lab work

10 X 10 = 100 points


A = 900 – 1000 points B = 800 – 899 points C = 700 – 799 points D = 600 – 699 points F < 600 points.

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

Attendance Policy Reminder

In the summer session, missing either lecture or lab or both on a given day counts as one absence.  If you miss two days of class you will receive an email warning.  With the third absence, you will be dropped from the class. 

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].


Eating is not allowed in the classroom or laboratory. 





Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Course Introduction

Ch. 1 – Scientific Thinking

Lab   Safety

Lab   1: Scientific Method of Investigation

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ch. 2 – Chemistry

Lab 2: Scientific Measurement

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Ch. 3 – Cells

Lab 3: Macromolecules and Enzymes

Microscopy Supplement

Friday, July 12, 2013

Ch. 4 – Energy

Lab 4: Cell Exploration

Lab 5: Diffusion and Osmosis

Monday, July 15, 2013

Ch. 5 – DNA, Gene Expression, Biotechnology

Lab Practical 1 (labs 1-5)

Finish Chapter 5 (Lecture)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Exam 1 – Ch. 1,2,3,4,5

Begin Ch. 6

Lab 6: From Gene to Protein

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ch. 6 – Chromosomes & Cell Division

Lab 6: From Gene to Protein

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ch. 7 – Mendelian Inheritance

Lab 7: Cellular Division

Friday, July 19, 2013

Ch. 8 – Evolution & Natural Selection

Lab   8: Genetic Inheritance

Monday, July 22, 2013

Ch. 10 – Origin of Life

Lab 9: Natural Selection

Lab 10: Evidence of Evolution

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Exam 2: Ch. 6, 7, 8, 10

Begin Ch. 11

Lab 11: Classification, Taxonomy and Nomenclature

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ch. 11 – Animal Diversity

Lab Practical 2 ( labs 6-11)

Lab 12 or finish Ch. 11

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ch. 12 – Plant & Fungal Diversity

Lab 12: Animal Diversity

Lab 13: Plant Diversity

Friday, July 26, 2013

Ch. 13 – Evolution & Diversity of Microbes

Lab 13: Plant Diversity

Finish Ch. 13

Monday, July 29*, 2013

Exam 3  (Ch. 11 – 13)

Begin Ch. 14

Lab 14: Microbiology

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ch. 14 – Population Ecology

Lab   Practical 3 (labs 12 – 14)

Lab 15: Biodiversity Research

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ch. 15 – Ecosystems & Communities

Lab 16: Population Estimation

Lab 17 Texas Ecoregions

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Chapter 16: Conservation & Biodiversity

Lab 17: Texas Ecoregions

Friday, August 02, 2013

Exam 4 (Ch. 14 – 16)


Lab 18: Biodiversity Assessment

Monday, August 05, 2013


Lab Practical 4 (labs 15 – 18)  

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Final   Exam

                *July 29th last day to Q Drop