syllabus - Biology 100.07 Spring 2009 M 6:10-8:55 Sci 101...

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Biology 100.07 Peter Ingmire Spring 2009 Office: HSS 351, 338-1994 M 6:10-8:55 Hours: T 3:30-5, W 1-2, and by appt. Sci 101 e-mail: Contacting me: Outside of office hours or in class, e-mail is the most efficient. NOTE: - because of the increase in spam, some e-mails from students are not delivered. To avoid this for all classes at SFSU, I strongly encourage all students to get an e-mail account. Contact the Division of Information Technology, 338-1420 ( for details. Course Objectives: This course is designed to give students a strong background in the foundations of biological sciences while focusing on humans. The course will focus on the underlying biochemical, cellular and molecular principles that contribute to human complexity, and the evolutionary processes that result in our existence. Our investigation of the systems of the human body will emphasize biological processes and the diseases that can arise when those processes are not fully functional. In addition, a major goal is to develop critical thinking skills as it relates to the human body based upon introduced concepts and paradigms. Those skills will help students understand the biology and technology that faces them in the future. While students are not expected to have any prior knowledge of college-level biology or chemistry, they should have a solid understanding of mathematics (the equivalent of intermediate algebra) and strong language skills. This course fulfills the General Education Segment II, Category B requirement. It is intended for non-majors. Grading and Testing: The majority of the assessment will be done by examination. The exams require a thorough understanding of the lecture material and critical thinking skills. They are not a regurgitation of facts from lecture, but use the examples from lecture as models for new situations to test understanding. The course is demanding and the exams are complex and challenging – yay!! It is important that you don’t rely on memorization, but work to visualize the material and apply the concepts in different ways. The tests will assess your ability to analyze information presented in class, and to avoid pre- conceptions. Learn to ask yourself “why” and “what if” questions while studying. There will be five exams, all multiple choice. Three will be short, 20-question exams. These exams cover material not previously tested. There will be one 40-question exam, which covers new material, as well as previously tested material. The final exam will be 50-questions and will also cover new and previously
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2011 for the course BIOL 100 taught by Professor Dowdy during the Spring '08 term at S.F. State.

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