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Unformatted text preview: Biology 460 AP Biology Instructor: Ms. Michele Coco, Rm. 505; 678-277-9083x717 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00 to 3:45pm Text: Campbell, Neil A. and Jane B. Reece. Biology, 7 th edition. San Francisco: Benjamin Cummings, 2005. Course Description: This is a college biology course taught at the high school level. At the end of the year, the students are given a standardized exam which will determine their eligibility for advanced placement and/or credit in college biology courses. The course covers a vast amount of material and thus makes heavy demands on even the best-organized student. In addition to a thorough reading of a college biology textbook, the students write abstracts of scientific articles and perform a number of intense, extensive laboratories. All students are required to take the AP Exam in the spring. This year the AP Biology Exam is Monday, May 14 th , 2007 at 7:45am. The AP exam scores are not received until mid July. These scores are therefore not used as a part of the students average in the course. Materials: 1. AP Biology Textbook 2. 3 ring binder,2 inch ring minimum 3. loose- leaf 4. Lab notebook 5. blue or black pens 6. #2 pencils 7. colored pencils or markers 8. student agenda 9. yellow dish gloves Major Themes 1. Science as a Process 2. Evolution (mechanisms, evidence and early times) 3. Energy Transfer 4. Continuity and Change 5. Relationship of Structure to Function (cells, cell cycle) 6. Regulation 7. Interdependence in Nature 8. Science, Technology, and Society 33 Grading Policy Each students semester grade will be based on the following allocation of points. a. Major Tests: 40% b. Abstracts/Quizzes: 20% c. Essays/Labs/Other Writing: 20% d. Final Exam: 20% A typical semester would include the following graded items: 7/8 Major Tests 6/7 Abstracts or Labs Several writing assignments and essays 1 Final Exam The AP Exam scores are not received until early July. These scores are therefore not used as a part of a students average in the course. Note #1: I will do my best effort to return scantrons and multiple choice portions the next day following the test. Note #2: Extra credit will be given at the end of 2 nd semester in May for turning in old labs, lab notebooks and abstracts. Resources To access information off the web that accompanies your textbook, go to http://www.phschool.com/access . Select the 7 th edition of Biology by Campbell, et. Al. Once you have selected the textbook, you will be asked for your student access code which is: SSNAST-SNELL-WHEEL-SIDON-HOBBY-GLEES You will create a personal user ID and Password for logging into the Web Site....
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