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Distance Education · Natural and Physical Sciences · Biology - BIOL

Biology for Non-Science Maj I
BIOL-1308

  • Summer II 2021
  • Section N01 CRN-40725
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/12/2021 to 08/09/2021
  • Modified 07/09/2021

Introductory PowerPoint Video

https://blinn-edu.zoom.us/rec/share/YtJnKd1M4genmniySqXzhPTXSNTws1MhUSfP5t_XyWchSTTlfBCbS_llT5bsFwM.lVTf71UTxAYW9kRt

Passcode: zsS4dq.z

A Tour of eCampus Video

https://blinn-edu.zoom.us/rec/share/wkTu7RTx9bN2tijNHxVY4ta_MobWhH_JzWDaHy1XA1ycHfESaiYioayOx75Ss1wH.W13gI0q6JIXfvlls

Passcode: $.gX9mub

Meeting Times

This is a fully online course.  We will not have any official face to face or Zoom "classes".  However, I am looking forward to seeing you at "Live with Ms. K" sessions on Zoom when you need help or have questions.

Class Begins

  • eCampus opens Monday, July 12, 2021 at 12am
  • Online Instruction

Live with Ms. K

  • Monday, July 12, 2021
  • Monday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Zoom

Day one questions and answers....

Live with Ms. K

  • Monday, July 12, 2021
  • Monday, 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Zoom

Need anything?

Last Class Day

  • Friday, August 6, 2021 at 11:59pm

FINAL EXAM WINDOW

  • Monday, August 9, 2021
  • Monday, 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM

You have a window of time for the Final Exam from the very first minute of August 9th to the very last minute of August 9th.

Be sure to make proper arrangements so that you have a 2 hour and 15 minute time set aside to focus on the exam.  That is the only day for finals for Summer I.

Live with Ms. K

  • aka Office Hours
  • Wednesday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Contact Information

Professor: Ms. Karen Killion

I am (almost) always available if you need help. 

If you need something, I prefer you text me.   I am required to answer emails within 24 hours (usually much sooner) or Monday morning if email is on the weekend.  I can answer texts much quicker, even on weekends.

I can text from anywhere!!!  Just holler!!

 

Office Hours

  • Live with Ms. Killion!!
  • Wednesday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, ZOOM
  • Access Zoom in eCampus from the Zoom tab in the nav bar.
  • Because I know not everyone can be available for "official" zooms, private Zoom appointments are available upon request.  Don't be afraid to ask!!

Description

3 lecture hours per week; 48 total contact hours. Credit: 3 semester hours.

Provides a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans, including chemistry of life, cells, structure, function, and reproduction.

Requisites: None

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:

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

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Distinguish between prokaryotic, eukaryotic, plant and animal cells, and identify major cell structures.
  2. Identify stages of the cell cycle, mitosis (plant and animal), and meiosis.
  3. Interpret results from cell physiology experiments involving movement across membranes, enzymes, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration.
  4. Apply genetic principles to predict the outcome of genetic crosses and statistically analyze results.
  5. Describe karyotyping, pedigrees, and biotechnology and provide an example of the uses of each.
  6. Identify parts of a DNA molecule, and describe replication, transcription, and translation.
  7. Analyze evidence for evolution and natural selection.

Materials

TextbookBiology Concepts and Investigations Fifth Edition Package, 2021, M. Hoefnagels, McGraw-Hill Publishers, New York. 

The access code is required. 

  • You can buy it directly from the publisher when eCampus opens.  Or, you can buy it at the Blinn Bookstore.  It's a little more expensive at the bookstore but if you are using financial aid, you have to use the bookstore.  If you're using a credit card, buy the book on eCampus directly from the publisher. 
  • You can access the publisher website on the Course page of eCampus right under the Yuja logo.
  • If you are waiting for financial aid, but you sign up for a free 2 week, that is 14 days to the minute, free trial.  When that 2 weeks is over, it is over.  You have no more access until you pay for the code.  You won't lose any work, but that 2 weeks will sneak up on you.  Put a reminder in your phone or write it in your planner.

The paper book is optional.  That means you do not have to buy the printed book if you're okay with an ebook.

McGraw Hill Technical Support 800-331-5094

Contact McGraw Hill for technical support with the CONNECT site.
 
Call this number if
  • "It" won't load, or won't let you upload, or doesn't act right or it won't accept the right answer.
  • If you have any questions or problems on how to use Connect throughout the course
  • Write down the case number they give you for later reference.
·  Email & Chat: mhhe.com/support
 
·  Hours: M-Th 24hours, Friday 7am – 8pm, Saturday 9am – 7pm, Sunday 11am-1am
 
 

Technology Requirements

Complete Support Guide for Students and Faculty

  • How to set up computer
  • Office 365- Word, Excel, PowerPoint free
  • eCampus Student Orientation
  • Are You Ready for Distance Learning survey
  • Upswing online tutoring (free)
  • All college resources.

First make sure you set up your computer. (See the Complete Student and Faculty Support Guide for details)

  • Make sure you have a full computer and not a Chromebook, tablet or smartphone.
  • Use the correct browser. Chrome is recommended.
  • Disable pop-up blockers. THIS is a must. Nothing will work if you skip this step.
  • Enable cookies to Blinn products.
  • Clear your internet temporary files (history). Do this once a week and EVERYTIME you have a problem. This is your first step to problem solving.
  • Students must have a reliable Internet connection.  A cable or LAN connection is recommended.  Students with dial-up or satellite connections must go to a Blinn campus or find a location with a faster speed to complete assignments. View the Minimum Hardware and Software Recommendations for online courses.
  • A 'broken’ computer or Internet connection is not an acceptable excuse for missing or late assignments. Please designate two locations that you will use as backup locations if your Internet connection or computer fail.
  • Access Blinn Library and additional Student Resources by clicking on the Resources link on the course navigation bar located at the top of the page.
  • Student eCampus Tutorials
  • Click on NEED HELP? under Resources to access Distance Learning and Academic Technology HELP DESK.

Course Requirements

Blinn requirements: 

All sections of this course regardless of location or modality will require:

  1. A minimum of three major exams
  2. A comprehensive final exam
  3. Assignments designed to address core science objectives must be include in the curriculum.

CONNECT: ACCESS CODE REQUIRED

You see that words "External Learning Tool" and "CONNECT" a lot in the Course Requirements and throughout the course.  That is the publisher's site that you will access with your access code for quizzes, tutorials and reviews.  These items count a lot, almost 50% toward your final course grade.  You have to buy the access code.  It is mathematically impossible to pass if you don't have CONNECT.

You will access CONNECT on the Course page right under the Yuja logo.

20% Class Participation: Quizzes, Homework, Dropboxes, Discussions, CONNECT Quizzes, Attendance Quizzes, etc.

Late work is not accepted.

Respect the due dates.

Progress Checks for Attendance: are part of your Class participation grade

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Attendance in this online class will be based assignments due.  Most of them will be the regular assignements due.  However, there are some that are just you checking in with me.  These are important.  If you don't do them, you are reported as absent.  After 1 missed assignment, you will be counted absent and get a warning and after 2 missed assignments you will be counted absent and will be dropped from the class.  It will be a 1-3 casual (not content related) question quiz.  It won't take but a minute, but is required.

Again,

If you miss 1 day's assignments or attendance assignment, you will get an email asking you to contact me.

If you miss 2 day's assignments or attendance assignments, you will be administraively dropped from the class. 

Do all your assignments.

The additrional check in assignments are in the module "Progress Check fot Attendance."

20% SmartBook: CONNECT Online Tutorials

Due dates and times will not change (unless in the case of a natural disaster).  Late work is not accepted.  

10% Exam Reviews: CONNECT Exam Reviews

Due dates and times are set at the beginning of the semester and are not expected to change.  The Exam Reviews will close at the same time the coordinating exam closes.  Late work is not accepted.

30% Lecture Exams: Unit Exams

There will be no retakes or corrections.

There will be no make-up exams.  You will have a 24 hour testing window to complete the exam.

I will automatically replace your lowest, non-zero exam grade with the grade you earn on your Final Exam.

For unexcused absences, i.e. you miss the exam and do not contact me within 24 hours, you will get a 0 for that exam.

  • That 0 will stand and not be replaced.

For excused absences, i.e. you miss the exam and contact me within 24 hours and provide documentation, you will get a 10 on the exam.

  • If you continue to progress and don't miss any additional exams, I will replace the 10 with the grade you earn on your Final Exam.

20% Final Exam: Comprehensive Final Exam

You must take the Final Exam, Blinn College does not allow exemptions.

There are no make-ups for the final.  

You will have a 24 hour testing window to complete the exam.

100% Doable!!!: Let's get busy learning some Biology!

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Brightspace Pulse: eCampus notifications

I encourage you to download an app named “Brightspace Pulse” which will give you instant notifications any time content or an announcement is added to your eCampus course.  It also reminds you of due dates. It is available for iPhone and Android.

eMail: Check your "buc.blinn.edu" email address.

You may link it to your personal email account for convenience but all official and informational emails from the College will be sent to your buc.blinn.edu address.  You MUST check it often.

Technology

Complete Support Guide for Students and Faculty

  • How to set up computer
  • Office 365- Word, Excel, PowerPoint free
  • eCampus Student Orientation
  • Are You Ready for Distance Learning survey
  • Upswing online tutoring (free)
  • All college resources.

First make sure you set up your computer. (See the Complete Student and Faculty Support Guide for details)

  • Make sure you have a full computer and not a Chromebook, tablet or smartphone.
  • Use the correct browser. Chrome is recommended.
  • Disable pop-up blockers. THIS is a must. Nothing will work if you skip this step.
  • Enable cookies to Blinn products.
  • Clear your internet temporary files (history). Do this once a week and EVERYTIME you have a problem. This is your first step to problem solving.
  • Students must have a reliable Internet connection.  A cable or LAN connection is recommended.  Students with dial-up or satellite connections must go to a Blinn campus or find a location with a faster speed to complete assignments. View the Minimum Hardware and Software Recommendations for online courses.
  • A 'broken’ computer or Internet connection is not an acceptable excuse for missing or late assignments. Please designate two locations that you will use as backup locations if your Internet connection or computer fail.
  • Access Blinn Library and additional Student Resources by clicking on the Resources link on the course navigation bar located at the top of the page.
  • Student eCampus Tutorials
  • Click on NEED HELP? under Resources to access Distance Learning and Academic Technology HELP DESK.

Evaluation

  

Class Participation      20%
SmartBook (15) 20%
Exam Reviews  (5)  10%
Lecture Exams (4) 30%
Final Exam (1) 20%

 

How to Succeed in this Course

Science courses may be challenging and difficult.  Most successful students spend two to four hours studying per week for each credit hour of the course.

Key Points

  • Have access to all the materials and technology required for this course (webcam, microphone, computer, reliable internet, etc).
  • Attend all classes. Each lecture builds on the previous lecture.  Stay ahead of the material.
  • Come to class prepared by reading the textbook and/or lab manual beforehand and taking notes before class to improve success.
  • If you have a question during lecture, go ahead and ask it. Chances are that at least three other students have this same question.
  • Know your deadlines and course policies by looking at the syllabus, instructor announcements, and eCampus dates, schedules, and news items.
  • Work through lots of practice problems in addition to your homework.
  • Form study groups with your peers.
  • Ask your professors for help, visit office hours, and, if needed, request an appointment to see your instructor one-on-one.
    • Be prepared when you visit with your instructor and have questions related to content ready.
  • Seek help from Blinn College’s tutoring services, if needed.
  • Be responsible for your own learning by actively engaging in the course.

Breakdown

Grading Scale:

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
59 & under  F
Resulting grade and related performance levels
Grade Range Notes
Curving It is the policy of the Division of Natural and Physical Sciences that grades of any kind will not be curved.

Perform your best on all exams and quizzes and complete all assignments on time throughout the course for your best chance of success.  Paying attention to the details along the way is the best strategy for success.   

 

Extra Credit Quality not quantity.

I do not offer extra credit assignments.  If you are not doing well on the assignments that are required for this class, I am simply not going to give you more to do.  Do the mandatory assignments and watch the due dates and times.

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.

Information about the changes Blinn has made to the May Minimester, Summer I, and Summer II semesters: Back with Blinn.

Q Drop Date

July 30, 2021 Calendar with Holidays & Count Down - USA

by 5pm

ZOOM GUIDELINES

Live with Ms. K! (official group office hours) will be accessed using the Zoom tab in the nav bar on eCampus on Wednesday mornings from 9-10am.  These meetings are totally optional.  Sign in if you have a question, otherwise you do not have to sign in.  

Private Zooms

  • If we make an appointment, I will send you confirmation by text or email, however we are communicating.
  • Private appointments will be accessed under the same ecampus Zoom tab.
  • On the Zoom list under the Zoom tab, it will be marked PRIVATE followed by your initials.  I will use a waiting room to ensure it is a private meeting. 
  • If the meeting is scheduled for 2pm, be in the waiting room at 2pm.  I will wait 5 minutes for you to show up and then sign off.  We can set something else up at a better time for you.
  • Text me if you're going to be late.  Likewise, I will let you know if I am going to be late.
  • If you are not going to make it at all, text to cancel before the meeting.
  • If you happen to sign in and I'm not there, text me ASAP...936-870-6660.

HONORLOCK

Honorlock is a proctoring (monitoring) service provided to students at Blinn College through the Distance Learning fee. 

You will be required to use Honorlock for exams and the final exam. 

  • Some courses have specific proctoring requirements that may be different. Students must read your instructor proctoring policy in your syllabus and general information at the link below.  

You will actually be monitored by a person as you take your test.  Someone will be watching to make sure everything is going ok.  They can stop your test if it appears you are in distress or if you are not following Honorlock guidelines.  Don't let it intimidate you, they are there to help.

Be sure to read your test instructions to know what is allowed.  

We will do a practice quiz so you can make sure you have the necessary equipment.  There are specific guidelines and requirements for Honorlock. 

 Remote Proctoring using Artificial Intelligence | LeewayHertz

You must follow the guidelines. 

YOU MUST USE CHROME. 

YOU MUST ADD THE EXTENSION. 

If you have trouble while taking the exam, click the chat bubble in the lower right hand corner and someone from Honorlock will help you.  Do not call me.  #1.  You're not supposed to be on your phone and #2.  I don't know how to help you in Honorlock.

Each exam session will be flagged green if you have no questionable actions, yellow if you have some questionable actions or red if something happened that was serious or had to be addressed.  I will watch the videos.  I also get emails from Honorlock if something has happened.

If you are caught cheating you can be dropped from the class, you can be given an F for the class, or you can be given a 0 for the exam.  I will address the infraction on a case by case basis. Please read Scholastic Integrity Policy at this link. 

Problem Resolution

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 Assistant Dean.  The matter may be escalated to the Dean for further discussion.

Assistant Academic Dean, Natural and Physical Science

Dr. Michelle McGehee

Bryan Campus:  Buildiing D 201

Phone:  979-209-7378

email:  [email protected]

I follow traditional rounding rules.

In the end, every little point could be important.  ALWAYS do your best on every assignment.

Examples:

Final Calculated Grade Final Adjusted Grade Final Course Grade
89.6 90 rounds up to an A
87.5 88 still a B
69.3 69 D
75.4 75 still a C
79.6 80 rounds up to a B
78.7 79 still a C
79.1 79 still a C

The class mantra: In this class, I will:

                         Take responsibiliTy for my own learning. 

       Communicate with Ms. KilliOn and respond to her emails or texts.  

 

                                                   Buy the required access code.  It comes with the ebook!!

                Use my blinn.buc.edu E-mail. 

 

                                                  ASk Questions. 

                   Access available resoUrces and ask for help if I need it.

           Check News items on the Course Page of eCampus for up to the minute information. 

                        Attend Zoom OffiCe Hours or make a private Zoom appointment if needed. 

                                              MakE a plan for technology and start early. 

                                      Read the Syllabus. 

                          Download BrightSpace. 

                                                    Follow directions, step by step. Listen. 

          Pay attention to the schedUle.  Write down due dates. 

                              Respect the ruLes and guidelines. 

 

                                           TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

 

 

Schedule

Week 1 

Meeting Details 

Assignments due by 11:59pm 

Hrs/Wk 

 

Monday, July 12, 2021 

12:00am Summer II 2021 

eCampus opens 

Register for McGraw Hill CONNECT 

Read the Welcome module on eCampus 

  >Review Honorlock guidelines 

Complete eCampus Orientation 

  >or find your certificate if you have already completed it 

Complete Connect Orientation Videos 

OPTIONAL ZOOM MEETINGS: 

>Live with Ms. K on Zoom 9am-10am 

>Live with Ms. K on Zoom 9pm-10pm 

-Honorlock/Syllabus/Written Response/Who are you? Quiz 

 

-eCampus Orientation Certificate Dropbox 

 

-Connect Orientation 

11 

 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 

 

ALL INTRODUCTORY ASSIGNMENTS DUE BY 11:59PM JULY 13TH  

 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 

Unit 1:  Chapters 1, 2, & 3  

Chapter 1 SmartBook  

Experimental Design Quiz  

Chapter 2 SmartBook  

Chapter 3 Smartbook 

Chapter 1 Quiz  

Chapter 2 Quiz  

Chapter 3 Quiz  

Unit 1 Discussion Board  

Exam 1 Review 

 

DOR 

Thursday, July 15, 2021 

 

 

Friday, July 16, 2021 

Progress Check for Attendance 

(It’s a free 100 if you do it, a free 0 and an absence if you don’t) 

 

Saturday, July 17, 2021 

 

 

Week 2 

Meeting Details 

Hrs/Wk 

 

Sunday, July 18, 2021 

 

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Monday, July 19, 2021 

Exam 1 Chapters 1-3 opens at 12:01am

Exam 1 Chapters 1-3 closes

at 11:59pm 

 

ALL UNIT 1 ASSIGNMENTS DUE BY 11:59PM JULY 19TH  

 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 

Unit 2:  Chapters 4-6 

Chapter 4 SmartBook  

Types of Reaction Quiz  

Chapter 5 SmartBook  

Chapter 6 SmartBook 

ATTENDANCE QUIZ 

Chapter 4 Quiz  

Chapter 5 Quiz  

Chapter 6 Quiz  

Review Self-test  

Unit 2 Discussion Board  

Exam 2 Review  

 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 

 

 

Thursday, July 22, 2021 

 

 

Friday, July 23, 2021 

Progress Check for Attendance 

(It’s a free 100 if you do it, a free 0 and an absence if you don’t) 

 

Saturday, July 24, 2021 

 

 

Week 3 

Meeting Details 

Hrs/Wk 

 

Sunday, July 25, 2021 

 

11 

 

Monday, July 26, 2021 

Exam 2 Chapters 4-6 opens at 12:01am

Exam 2 Chapters 4-6 closes at 11:59pm  

 

ALL UNIT 2 ASSIGNMENTS DUE BY 11:59PM JULY 26TH

 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 

Unit 3:  Chapters 7-11 

Chapter 7 SmartBook  

Gene Expression Homework  

Chapter 8 SmartBook 

Cancer Articles 

Chapter 9 SmartBook 

Chapter 10 SmartBook 

Genetics Problems 

Chapter 11 SmartBook 

Chapter 7 Quiz 

Chapter 8 Quiz 

Chapter 9 Quiz 

Chapter 10 Quiz 

Chapter 11 Quiz 

Unit 3 Discussion Board 

Exam 3 Review 

 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 

 

 

Thursday, July 29, 2021 

 

 

“Q” Drop 

Friday, July 30, 2021 

Progress Check for Attendance 

(It’s a free 100 if you do it, a free 0 and an absence if you don’t) 

 

Saturday, July 31, 2021 

 

 

Week 4 

Meeting Details 

Hrs/Wk 

 

Sunday, August 1, 2021 

 

11 

 

Monday, August 2, 2021 

Exam 3 Chapters 7-11 opens at 12:01am

Exam 3 Chapters 7-11 closes at 11:59pm  

 

ALL UNIT 3 ASSIGNMENTS DUE BY 11:59PM AUGUST 2ND  

 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 

Unit 4:  Chapters 12-14 

Chapter 12 SmartBook  

Chapter 13 SmartBook 

Unit 4 Discussion Board 

Chapter 14 SmartBook 

Chapter 12 Quiz 

Chapter 13 Quiz 

Chapter 14 Quiz 

Exam 4 Review 

 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 

 

 

Thursday, August 5, 2021 

Progress Check for Attendance 

(It’s a free 100 if you do it, a free 0 and an absence if you don’t)  

 

Friday, August 6, 2021 

Exam 4 Chapters 12-14 opens 

Exam 4 Chapters 12-14

closes at 11:59pm

 

ALL UNIT 4 ASSIGNMENTS DUE BY 11:59PM AUGUST 6th  

 

Saturday, August 7, 2021 

 

Final Exam Review 

 

 

 

Week 5 

Meeting Details 

Hrs/Wk 

 

Sunday, August 8, 2021 

 

 

Monday, August 9, 2021 

Final Exam opens at 12:01am

Final Exam closes

Final Exam Review due 

 

 

FINAL EXAM REVIEW AND FINAL EXAM DUE BY 11:59PM AUGUST 9th  

 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 

Grades Due by 5pm 

 

 

 

 

Total Contact Hours 

 

48