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Biol 110, Biology I: Molecular & Cells: (4 credits: 3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours per week) serves as a pre-requisite course for science and allied health majors. It stresses the basic biological principles common to all living things. Evolution and homeostasis serve as central themes for the topics which include cell structure and function (both physical and chemical); molecular, cellular and organismic reproduction; genetics; energy transformation; and biotechnology. Through class experiments students will gain familiarity with various biological techniques and principles. The emphasis of the course is directed to the process of formulating questions and hypothesis, designing experiments, and collecting, reporting and interpretation of data. The laboratory introduces the student to various biological techniques and emphasizes the process of science. PRE-REQUISITES: (ENGL O52 or ESOL 053) and (RDNG 052 or ESOL 054) and MATH 083 Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BIOL 100, BIOL 108 or BIOL 110
CC1 & CC2: M/W, 9:05-10:30 am, D-001 *LATE OPENING: If school opens prior to 10 am this class will meet. CLA & CLB: T/Th, 9:35-11 am, D-001 *LATE OPENING: If school opens prior to 10 am this class will meet. CNA & CNB: T/Th, 12:45-2:10 pm, E-213 CTA & CTB: T/Th, 5:45-7:10 pm, D-002
*Closings and delays are announced on local radio and television stations and the college web site (http://www.ccbcmd.edu) and recorded on the campus weather line (443-840-4567).
SEMESTER: Spring 2009 INSTRUCTOR: Karen Dalton, M.A. OFFICE LOCATION: D-203C TELEPHONE: 443-840-5944 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Include Biol 110 in the subject line or emails may be deleted. OFFICE HOURS: Monday & Wednesday: 10:30 to 11 Tuesday & Thursday: 2:15 to 3:45, 5 to 5:30 ADDITIONAL REVIEW SESSIONS: A group of no more than 5 students needs to see me to arrange a mutually convenient time. BIOLOGY OFFICE: 443-840-4212 (Use only for emergencies)
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course the student will be able to: 1. apply the principles and assumptions that underlie scientific information and apply the scientific method to simulated problem-solving situations; 2. organize data into tables or graphs (where appropriate) and be able to draw inferences from the graphs; 3. apply chemical principles to the functioning cell; 4. explain how a cell is the basic unit of life including the function of organelles; 5. explain the principles of bioenergetics, including the processes of photosynthesis and respiration; 6. explain how living organisms store and process genetic information to control their life functions and activities; 7. compare and contrast asexual and sexual reproduction; 8. solve genetic problems involving simple Mendelian traits, incomplete dominance, co-dominance and sex-linked traits; 9. explain how ethnic diversity applies in the area of genetic inheritance and disorders using Mendelian genetics; 10. determine the relevancy of biotechnological advances to your life; and 11. outline the biological, geological and empirical evidence for evolution and explain the basic process for evolution in terms of variation, over production and natural selection. Major Topics: 1. Chemistry of life 2. Characteristics and classification of life 3. Cell types, structures and functions 4. Cell membrane structure and function 5. Cellular metabolism (including enzymes, photosynthesis & cellular respiration) 6. Cellular reproduction (including DNA, mitosis & meiosis) 7. Molecular genetics (including transcription & translation) 8. Classical genetics 9. Evolution 10. Biotechnology 11. The process of science Rationale: To give students an understanding of diversity and unity that underlies all of biology. To become aware of how biological issues impact our lives on a daily basis, and ultimately how they impact our survival as a species in the context of the interconnectedness of all biotic and abiotic components of the biosphere and cosmos.
EVALUATION: Instructor's Grading Policy: I do not "curve" grades nor give extra credit work. It is possible and hoped that all students will earn an A. Students MUST pass lecture AND lab with a 60% to pass the course. Failure in either the lecture or the lab is an automatic F for the course. Grading Policy: One grade is issued for this 4-credit course. It is earned as follows: Lecture: = 75% of grade Unit Tests Take Home Essays Comprehensive Final
5 at 100 = 500 pts 5 at 10 = 50 pts 200 pts 750 pts
Grade disputes must be resolved before the next scheduled exam. Unclaimed assignments will be held until the second week of the next semester. Lab: see individual lab instructors = 25% of grade The lab experience is an important component to this course and since both parts of the course complement each other, failure in either lecture or lab will constitute failure of the entire course. To be admitted into the lab, a signed safety sheet must be submitted to your lab instructor by the 2nd lab. Learning techniques, equipment usage and safety procedures are an integral part of the lab and missing this information not only endangers you but also your fellow students. Therefore, if a student misses more than 2 labs, they will automatically fail the course. A grade of "C" or better is required for students desiring to take BIOL 220 (Anatomy and Physiology), BIOL 230 (Microbiology) or BIOL 251 (Genetics). Students desiring a full year of Introductory Biology should register for BIOL 111. Biology Department Grading Policy: A = 90 - 100% B = 80 - 89% C = 70 - 79% D = 60 - 69% F = 59% and below Audits: The purpose of an audit is to attend classes without the pressure of tests and projects. Therefore, if students opt for an Audit (Au), then they must attend all lectures (except exam dates) and abide by the lab attendance policy. Failure to comply with these attendance policies will result in the final grade being changed to a withdraw (W).
Keys to Success: 1. The lecture portion of this class will require at least 10 hours of independent study time per week. 2. What is your learning style? Take the VARK Assessment Test (http://www.vark-learn.com) a. Adapt your study skills to your learning style. 3. Classroom decorum: a. Arrive early and be ready when the class starts b. Stay the entire time c. Turn off cell phone and pages d. Brimmed hats may not be worn during exams e. Ask questions immediately when you do not understand something f. Bring print outs of the Power Points and the Lecture Guide g. Take notes and/or record the lecture 4. Using the test book: a. Begin by reading the chapter summary which is found at the end of the chapter b. Read the captions for all the pictures and diagrams c. Read and re-read one sub-section of the text until it is completely understood. Do not move on until you can re-state, in your own words, the main points. 5. Re-write your notes by using the following: a. Lecture Guide outline of topics b. Lecture notes and Power Point slides c. Textbook 6. Additional services: a. Students are encouraged to seek help from their instructors whenever they encounter academic difficulty (either during scheduled office hours or by appointment). In addition, each campus offers free academic support services. For more information contact Tutoring Services in F-304 at 443-840-5959. b. Individual Tutoring i. Tutoring Center ii. Your Instructor iii. Cyber Tutoring: Found on WebCT c. SI Sessions d. Your own study groups Student E-mail Accounts CCBC has joined the ranks of the very few community colleges in Maryland who provide email accounts to all credit students. Each student who is registered in credit classes now has an email account and up to 5 Mb of storage in their mail box. This account will not be deleted even if the student graduates or leaves CCBC for any reason. For information about the system and how students can determine their email address, go the CCBC Home Page and click on "Student Email". From here students can find their email address, get to an on-line user manual and access instructions on how to forward the CCBC email to the system of choice (AOL, Comcast, Hot Mail, etc.)
Code of Academic Integrity For the College to make its maximum contribution as an institution of high learning, the entire college community must uphold high standards of integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior. In seeking the truth, in learning to think critically, and in preparing for a life of constructive service, honesty is imperative. Each student has a responsibility to submit work that is uniquely or his her own, or to provide clear and complete acknowledgement of the use of work attributable to others. To these ends, the following actions are expected of students: Complete all work on exams without assistance. Follow the professor's instructions when completing all class assignments. Ask for clarification when instructions are not clear. Report to the instructor any unauthorized information related to an exam. Provide proper credit when quoting or paraphrasing. Submit only one's own work. Students who do not accept responsibility for the integrity of their own work will experience sanctions, including a written reprimand, failure of the assignment, failure of the course, and/or dismissal from the program. For repeat and extreme offenses, the College reserves the right to suspend or expel students. Instructor's Attendance Policy: Upon the arrival, a student must sign in on their information card. Once the cards are collected, a student will be considered late. The attendance cards will be used to call on individuals to answer review questions. They are also used to return all assignments. If you forget to sign in, you will be marked as absent. Lecture attendance is mandatory for students who audit. Attendance in labs is required: only 2 absences and 2 makeup sessions are permitted. A student is allowed 1 make-up exam. The make-up will be short answer/essay. An announcement will be made prior to the last unit exam about the make-up. After the announcement, you must see me so that a test can be sent to the Testing Center (Call the center for an appointment: 443-840-5946). The last day to take the exam will be the Thursday of the last teaching week of the semester. Students not attending class because they are observing major religious holidays will be given the opportunity, to the maximum extent possible, to make up, within a reasonable amount of time, any academic work or tests they miss. Arrangements between the student and the faulty for the student to make up missed assignments or tests must be made at least one week in advance of the religious holiday, at the initiation of the student.
Civility and Community Building Expectations Creating a Culture of CARE (Compassion, Appreciation, Respect, Empowerment) As members of the CCBC community of learners, we are expected to act with respect, honesty, responsibility and accountability. Each of us is expected to be aware of the impact our behavior has on the community. CCBC wishes that each learner commit to the following actions: Become an active and engaged learner Celebrate the richness of our diversity Respect the campus and its code of conduct Practice empathy and compassion Promote the empowerment of others
Course Repeat Policy The CCBC catalog states: "Students may repeat (register for) a course only once without permission. When a student repeats a course, only the higher grade is computed into the Quality Point Average (QPA). All grades will remain on the student's transcript. Before a student is permitted to register for the course for a third time, the student must have the permission of the academic dean responsible for the course. Before a student may repeat a developmental course that he or she has failed twice, the student's record must be reviewed by a support team which will make recommendations regarding enrollment." Please note: The instructor does not have the authority to grant permission to register for a third attempt at the course. COURSE PROCEDURES: A. Textbooks: Required 1. Biology, 1st edition by Brooker (hard copy) OR ebook (subscription is valid for 1 year): http://ieb.mcgraw-hill.com/ieb View the Power Point on WebCT and the sample chapter BEFORE you commit to a purchase. OPTIONAL: Study Guide for above 2. Introduction to Chemistry for Biology Students, 9th edition, by Sackheim 3. BIOL 110: Lecture Outline by Karen Dalton 4. BIOL 110 Lab Manual by Ebersole and Dalton Repeat students may use their old manual but most obtain new result and conclusion sheets from: http://student.ccbcmd.edu/~kdalton
Computer Tutorial Supplements 1. WebCT/Blackboard: Contains Power Point presentations and other important documents that will be used in lecture. The only grades that I will post on this site are your final exam and final course grade. New Users: You can obtain your login information through the CCBC Online Information System or SIMON. (See http://www.ccbcmd.edu, the My CCBC tab) If you are new to SIMON you will need to create a user name. Click the Log On button and follow the steps on the left under Create a New User Name. Once you have created the user name, you can use the Log On button to access your SIMON account. On the Main Menu, click on Student Email and Unix Account Information. Click the View button to find your WebCT/Blackboard ID (user name) and password. Access to WebCT: The first time you log in, you will enter your user name (see above) and your initial password is your 9-digit student ID number. Once you click ok, you will be prompted to change your password--you must make the change. Make sure you remember your password; your instructors cannot retrieve this number for you and SIMON will always show your original password. 2. Textbook Site: http://brookerbiology.com Click on the Resources tab to access movies, animations, answers to end of chapter questions and review material. 3. 1st Floor Circulation Desk: Thinkwell: CD-ROM B. Special Procedures Conduct: The goal of the classroom activities is to provide the greatest educational benefit to all students. Class participants should expect and provide mutual respect and consideration in words and actions. Student behavior in class "should not interfere with the rights of others or with the educational process . . . an instructor has the right to dismiss a student from class for behavior that he/she judges to be disruptive to the teaching and learning process." (College Regulations, Sect. 4; Code of Conduct, College Catalog) Therefore, please arrive on time and do not leave early. According to Department Policy, there will be no use of electronic communication devices (i.e. cellular phones, electronic pagers, etc.) by students in the classroom unless prior permission has been granted by the instructor. AAD Act: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, CCBC is committed to providing an environment that is conducive to learning for all students. Any student who is disabled and requires special accommodation should contact the Office of Special Services in K-200 at 443-840-4382.
C. Dates of Assignments Last Day to drop with a W or change to an Au: April 20 Groups Due: February 11/12 Unit 1 2 3 4 5 Topic Chemistry The Cell Energy Cell Reproduction Genetics Comprehensive Final Exam Dates Wed., Feb. 18; Thurs., Feb. 19 Mon., March 9; Tues., March 10 Mon., March 30; Tues., March 31 Tues., April 21, Wed., April 22 Thurs., May 7; Mon., May 11 CTA/B: Tues., May 19 from 5:30-7:30 pm CC1/CC2: Wed., May 20 from 8-10 am CLA/B: Thurs., May 21 from 9-11 am CNA/B: Thurs., May 21 from 12-2 pm
TESTS: A student is responsible for mastery of all course objectives even if not covered in class. Each 50 minute, 50 multiple choice question exam may have a maximum of 3 questions from the previous unit. On the day of your in class exam, you will be given a take home assignment that will be due at the start of the next class day. These assignments must be typed and there are no make-ups for this missed assignment nor will they be accepted late. Emails with the assignment will only be accepted if you were absent from class. Group Test: Group Selection: Students will need to establish a group of four students. One week prior to the Chemistry Exam, a list of the group members must be submitted. This will be your group for the entire semester; however I may make adjustments to the groups to ensure that all groups have four members. If the exam is taken with another section or you take the make-up, you will not be able to take the Group Test. Group Test: Students will first be given 50 minutes to complete their individual exam. Once all exams have been turned in, the groups will meet and re-take the exam. Using each other, your notes and textbooks, you will have 30 minutes to complete the group exam. Grading: Each student's grade begins with what that individual earned on their individual exam. I will determine the group's average and up to 10 points will be added to each individual score for each point above the group average that the group test scored. Example: Individual scores: 80, 70, 75, 60 Group Average: 71.25 Group Test: 80 Recorded grades: Each student will have 8.75 points added to their score