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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL


Biology for Science Majors I BIOL-1406

  • Fall 2013

  • Section SECTION_309 CRN-10943

  • 4 Credits

  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013

  • Modified 08/22/2013



Meeting Times


Lecture

Monday, Wednesday, 10:35 AM to 11:50 AM, S-216

Lab

Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, S-215

Contact Information


Professor: Dr. Steven R. Simcik

Email: steve.simcik@blinn.edu
Office: H-257
Phone: (979) 209-7515
Website: https://www.blinn.edu/brazos/natscience/biol/ssimcik/

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, H-257
Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, H-257

  

Other times available by appointment.

Description


Fundamental principles of living organisms will be studied, including physical and chemical properties of life, organization, function, evolutionary adaptation, and classification. Concepts of cytology, reproduction, genetics, and scientific reasoning are included. Laboratory activities are designed to reinforce lecture topics.

Requisites

Prerequisite: Students must be college ready in reading, by means of appropriate exemption score by TSI or alternative test; or by completing READ 0306, or READ 0307, or DIRW 0326, or ESOL 0325 with a “C”or better, or by completing READ 0208 or ESOL 0226 with a passing grade.

Recommended: MATH 1314 – Successful completion of College Algebra or concurrent enrollment in higher-level mathematics.

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.

Outcomes


  1. Describe the characteristics of life.
  2. Explain the methods of inquiry used by scientists.
  3. Identify the basic requirements of life and the properties of the major molecules needed for life.
  4. Compare and contrast the structures, reproduction, and characteristics of viruses, prokaryotic cells, and eukaryotic cells.
  5. Describe the structure of cell membranes and the movement of molecules across a membrane.
  6. Identify the substrates, products, and important chemical pathways in metabolism.
  7. Identify the principles of inheritance and solve classical genetic problems.
  8. Identify the chemical structures, synthesis, and regulation of nucleic acids and proteins.
  9. Describe the unity and diversity of life and the evidence for evolution through natural selection.
  10. Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
  11. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
  12. Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.

Materials


Bryan

Textbook: Campbell Biology, 9th Edition, 2011. Reece, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, and Jackson. Pearson Education, Inc. 

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

Other: Mastering Biology.  Access to Mastering Biology, the online support software for Campbell Biology, is required.  It comes packaged with the text if the text is purchased new from Blinn Bookstore or may be purchased directly from the publisher's website.

COURSE ID FOR BIOL 1406-SECTION 309:  MBSIMCIK57847

Course Requirements


Lecture Exams: There will be four tests each worth 100 points. The exact date of the tests will be announced in class at least two class periods prior to the examination date, but will follow the course schedule as closely as possible. Make-up tests will only be offered to those with excused absences and proper documentations, no exceptions. Excused absences in addition to those officially recognized by Blinn (see “Attendance” below) include: illness with a doctor's note, or death of a close family member with documentation provided by funeral home. Students must contact me before the following class period to schedule a make-up. If you know that you will need to miss a test prior to the test date, contact me ASAP so that I may plan accordingly.  An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero.

Final Exam:  The Final is a common comprehensive final worth 200 points. It will consist of at least 100 multiple choice questions.  

Laboratory Exams:  There will be two lab practical exams worth 100 points each.  Lab practical exams will test student’s ability to carry out specific tasks or techniques that relate to lab activities performed and/or the overall student learning outcomes for the laboratory.  Additional short answer, problem solving, or fill-in-the-blank questions may also be administered. There will be NO MAKE-UP EXAMS for the lab.

Quizzes:  5 quizzes worth 20 points each (total of 100 points) will be given throughout the semester.  These may include multiple choice, short answer, or fill-in-the-blank questions.  Quizzes may cover recent topics from the lecture and/or laboratory.  A grade of zero will be recorded for missed quizzes unless an approved excuse is submitted. 

Laboratory Exercises:  Lab exercises and worksheets (at least 10) are worth a total of 100 points. Each lab exercise is to be completed during the lab and turned in at the end of the period or as instructed. For the most part, each laboratory exercise will be assigned a maximum grade of 10 points. Failure to turn assignments in on time automatically reduces the grade to a maximum of 5 points. Assignments that are more than a week late will not be accepted.

Calendar of Major Assignments:

 

Date

Lecture   Exam

Date

Lab Exam

Wed., Sept. 18

Exam 1

Mon., Oct. 21

Lab Exam 1

Wed., Oct. 9

Exam 2

Wed., Dec. 4

Lab Exam 2

Wed., Oct. 30

Exam 3

 

 

Mon., Dec. 2

Exam 4

 

 

Wed., Dec. 11

Final Exam

 

 

Evaluation


Criteria

TypeWeightTopicNotes
Lecture Exams 40% 400 points

4 at 100 points each

Lab Exams 20% 200 points

2 at 100 points each

Final Exam 20% 200 points

Comprehensive, departmental final exam

Quizzes 10% 100 points

5 quizzes at 20 points each

Lab worksheets 10% 100 points

10 worksheets at 10 points each

Breakdown

 

The grading system of Blinn College recognizes the following grade values:

 

          A =  90-100%

          B = 80-89%

          C = 70-79%

          D = 60-69%

          F = <59%

 

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 www.blinn.edu/disability/index.html.

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.  Attendance Policy Reminder:  Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence.  For classes that meet twice a week during the spring semester two absences counts as one week's absence.  Students accumulating two week’s worth of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped.

B.  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, dbohlmeyer@blinn.edu.

C.  Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.

Schedule


Outline of the course content and Schedule (MW)*:

Updated: 08/15/13 

Week

Date

Chapter

Lecture Topic

Laboratory Topic

1

8/26

8/28

1

1/2

First Day /Intro to Biol

Intro to Biol/Chemical Context of Life

Labs 1 & 2 – Safety/Process of Science

Lab 3 – The Scientific Method

2

9/2

9/4

-

3

Holiday-Labor Day

Water and Life

Holiday-Labor Day

Lab 4 and 5 – Exp. Design/Graphing

3

9/9

9/11

4

5

Carbon and Molecular Diversity

Large Biological Molecules

Lab 6 – Metric Measurement

Lab 6 – Metric Measurement cont’d

4

9/16

9/18

5

-

Large Biological Molecules

Test #1  (1-5)

Organic Molecules Activity

Lab 7 – Testing for Organic Molecules

5

9/23

9/25

6/19

A Tour of the Cell /Viruses

Lecture

Lab 8 – Microscopy

6

9/30

10/2

7/11

Membrane Transport/ Cell Communication

Lab 9 – Observing Cells in Action

Lab 10 – Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells

7

10/7

10/9

8

-

Intro to Metabolism

Test #2  (6-8, 11, 19)

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport cont’d

8

10/14

10/16

9

Cellular Respiration

Cellular Respiration Concept Maps

Review for Lab Practical #1

9

10/21

10/23

10

Photosynthesis

Lab Exam #1 (Monday, 10/21)

Lab 12 – Spectrophotometry

10

10/28

10/30

12

-

The Cell Cycle

Test #3  (9-10, 12)

Lab 17 – Mitosis

Lab 13 – Chromatography

11

11/4

11/6

13

16

Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycle

Molecular Basis of Inheritance

Lab 14 – Photosynthesis

Lab 14 – Photosynthesis cont'd

12 Q

11/11

11/13

17

From Gene to Protein

Gene Expression Concept Maps

Lab 15 – DNA Isolation

13

11/18

11/20

18

14

Regulation of Gene Expression

Mendel and the Gene Idea

Lab 16 – Restriction Endonucleases

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics

14

11/25

11/27

14

-

Mendel and the Gene Idea

Thanksgiving Holiday

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics cont’d

Thanksgiving Holiday

15

12/2

12/4

15

Test #4 (13-14, 16-18)

Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance

Review for Lab Exam #2

Lab Exam #2 (Wednesday, 12/4)

16

12/9

15

Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance

Review and Assessment

16

Final Exam

Section 309- Wednesday, December 11, from 12:45 to 2:45 PM in room S-215

* In case of course schedule changes, updates will be posted on eCampus and notified in class.

 

Q Q-drop, last day to withdraw with a “Q” is Friday, November 15, 2013.