1320+sec255+updated+syllabus - Modern Biology I(BIO1320...

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Modern Biology I (BIO1320 sec255) Spring 2016 Mon, Wed, 12:30 - 1:50 PM, SUPPLE 116 Instructor: Dr. Sunethra Dharmasiri Office: SUPPLE 226 Email: [email protected] Please use 1320sec255 in the subject line, so that my email program would not dump it in spam/junk mail folders. See below for more information. Office Phone: (512) 245-4644 Office hours in Supple 226: M, W 10:00 - 11:00 AM & 3:00 – 4:00 PM You may also catch me soon after the lecture, outside Supple 116 for few minutes. Text: Biology: Concepts & Investigations, 3 rd edition, by Hoefnagels (McGraw Hill) with access to “ connect ”. This same textbook, and online tools will be used in BIO1421, so when you buy the book and connect, it covers both classes. Access to “connect” will be valid for 2 years from the date of purchase. Please check FAQ section on TRACS (resources) for more information on how to register for connect. When you log onto class TRACS site, you can access Connect using the “MHCampus” tab on left hand side bar. To avoid confusion, choose this option as default. There are two options to get the textbook and connect (Course name is Spr16 MW sec255) 1) LBJ Bookstore and other local bookstores have the custom printed edition for Modern Biology I & II (For BIO1320&1421) packaged with connect access code and ebook (for $146). 2) buy Connect through class TRACS MHCampus link, with ebook (for $80). Printed text is NOT REQUIRED for this course. Go to FAQ on TRACS (resources) for more info. Access to TopHat: We will be using TopHat in-class response tool, starting from third day of class (Jan 27 th ). You need access to TopHat ($14/year, $12/semester). Please check FAQ section on TRACS (resources) for more information on TopHat. 1. Are you in the right course? Note: This is a course for non-science majors. If you are a Science major, a non-science major with biology minor, or a nursing major, you should be enrolled in BIO1330. Please check with the academic adviser if you are not sure about your specific situation. 2. Course Description: BIO 1320 provides non-science majors with a diverse background in basic scientific and biological principles. This course covers topics in chemistry as related to life, cell structure and function, important cellular processes, together with an introduction to modern biotechnology and molecular biology. This course, when accompanied by BIO 1421 (Modern Biology II), will fulfill the Natural Science Core requirement for all non-science degree programs. It may not be credited toward a degree in biology. 3. Course Objectives: 1. To examine the nature of science, the scientific method, and hypothesis testing. 2. To examine the complexity and diversity of cells, their structure and function. 3. To examine basic chemical principles, the nature and activities of molecules that make up cells of all organisms 4. To examine the role of energy in maintaining life, and to learn how cells acquire and use energy.
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