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Syllabus - Principles of Biology I Fall 09 Page 1 of 4...

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Instructor: Bruce S. Cushing Office – E505 ASEC Office Hours – Wednesday, 1:05-3:05 (subject to modification), and by appointment Phone (office): 330-972-6018 E-mail – [email protected] Class Meeting Time and Place: MWF 3:20-4:10 PM, ASC- 122 Course Description: In this course we will discuss the major biological problems experienced by all living organisms with an emphasis on the understanding how life works and our current best explanation of biological phenomena. The course is designed for majors in biology and others who require a broad but rigorous training in general biology. The lecture portion of the course will be taught both by lecture and in-class exercises. Course Objectives: Each student will learn the fundamental principles and mechanisms in the following areas: 1. Light and Chemical Energy Transformation 2. Components and Functions of Plant and Animal Cells 3. Molecular Basis of Gene Expression 4. Genetic Basis of Evolution 5. Basic Characteristics of major Divisions/Kingdoms through Fungi Students will learn the facts and vocabulary necessary for understanding these principles in a broad context and how to use factual knowledge to evaluate and interpret biological relationships. Required text: Raven, et al 2008. Biology 8th ed. McGraw-Hill Press. You must have the 8th Edition; previous editions are not acceptable! Text Web Site: http://highered.mcgraw - hill. com/sites/0072437316/student_ view0/index.html This is the website that accompanies your new text - it has all sorts of learning tools to help you study. Grading system : Final grades will be based on the percentage of the total possible points from all the tests. The lecture portion of the course is 75% of the course grade. Final lecture grades will be based on the percentage of the total possible points from all the tests and assignments. There is no provision for extra credit work . Laboratory grading and testing will be explained in your laboratory section.
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