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  • 1. Course: S Y L L A B U S Your Course Learning Plan BIO 181 General Biology 1 (CRN# 17514) Instructor: Time Frame: Dr. Matt Pearcy January 13th through May 5th (Spring 2014)       A. Instructor Contact and Communications Phone: E-mail address: 928-649-5486 Matt.Pearcy@yc.edu Skype address: mattpearcy Office Location: VC.M 208 Student Hours: Classroom location: My job is to help you be successful so please come see me outside of the classroom if you need to talk about anything at all. The sooner the better! Official student hours will be held on Mondays from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, Tuesdays from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm; however, if these times don’t work for you let me know and we’ll figure out an alternative time to meet. Online B. General Course Information Credit hours: Course description: Prerequisite/Co-requisite: Textbooks, software, supplies, equipment and tools: 4.0 The class covers biological principles; emphasizing structure and function at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels of biological systems. Secondary school chemistry strongly recommended. Primarily for biology majors and preprofessional students in health-related fields. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Three lecture. Three lab. Biology, Foundations of Life (10th edition) by R. Raven, and G. Johnson. Laboratory Kit for Biology from E-Science Labs. C. Course Content and Outcomes
  • 2. Course content: 1. Scientific Method 2. Basic chemistry and biological macromolecules 3. Organization of cells 4. Energy and Enzymes 5. Photosynthesis 6. Cellular respiration 7. Cell division 8. Genetics 9. Gene expression and regulation 10. Gene technology 11. Data collection and analysis Learning outcomes: 1. Apply the scientific method in problem solving (1) (PBS 1,3) 2. Describe the basic chemistry and chemical interactions of life (2) 3. Describe the structure and function of the four main types of biological macromolecules (2) 4. Identify and describe the structure and function of the parts of typical prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells (3) 5. Describe the properties of enzymes and their relation to cellular metabolism (4) 6. Explain and diagram the fundamental processes of photosynthesis (5) 7. Explain and diagram the fundamental processes of cellular respiration (6) 8. Describe the biological processes of cell division including the cell cycle, mitosis, and meiosis (7) 9. Solve mendelian and nonmendelian genetics problems (8) (PBS 2) 10. Describe the fundamental processes of gene expression and control of gene expression (9) 11. Describe basic genetic engineering techniques and tools including recombinant DNA techniques and Polymerase Chain Reaction (10) 12. Conduct experiments, observe biological phenomena, and record information in a laboratory notebook (11) Assessments: Assessments for this course will include weekly online quizzes and four proctored exams. The four exams must be taken at a Testing Center so that they can be proctored. The exams will be closed book. Early in the semester we will work out where you are going to take the proctored exams. If you take the exams at any of Yavapai College’s Testing Centers the proctoring will be free. If you are in a location that requires a non Yavapai College affiliated Testing Center you may have to pay a small fee to take the exams. (Usually about 15 – 30 dollars)
  • 3. You are responsible for this fee to take the exams. Every effort will be made to find a free testing center. There will be 11 online quizzes covering the lecture and lab material. The questions on the quizzes will be similar, but not identical, to those found on the exams. The point of the quizzes is to prepare you for the types of questions you will see on the exams. There will be weekly online labs. At the beginning of the semester students will be required to complete a quiz covering the syllabus for the class. Grading (credit) criteria: Exams: 4 proctored exams at 125 pts apiece………………...…...500 pts. Quizzes: 11 online quizzes at 35 pts. apiece .……………….……..385 pts. Labs: 15 at 35 pts. apiece……………………………...…...…..525 pts. Syllabus Quiz……………………………………….....……..25 pts. Total Points Letter Grades: 1,435pts. The first criterion to pass the class is to achieve a 70% average on the proctored exams. Once that criterion is met the letter grades will be assigned as follow: A = 1,291 – 1,435 pts. B = 1,148 – 1,290 pts. C = 1,004 – 1,147 pts. D = 861– 1,003 pts. F ≤ 860 pts. Labs: Quizzes: Exams: Labs will be graded for quality and completeness. Each lab is worth 35 points. Labs will be assigned weekly and will be due on Tuesdays at 5 pm. The lab material will be on the proctored exams so when you’re completing the labs you’re studying for the proctored exams! Quizzes will be given online about once a week. Each quiz will be worth 35 points and will be due on Tuesdays at 5 pm. The quiz questions will be on the proctored exams so when you’re completing the quizzes you’re studying for the proctored exams! There will be four closed book comprehensive proctored exams during the semester. Each exam will be worth 125 points. The average score for the four exams must be a 70% in order to pass the class. My official grading policy is that all assignments will be graded and returned one week after they are due (or one week after I receive them Grading Policy: in the mail for proctored exams). However, most of the time it will be much sooner than that. Absences: No late work will be accepted. All assignments will be posted one week before they are due so that students can fit the assignment into their particular schedule. All assignments must be completed by their due date to receive credit. No extra credit will be assigned.
  • 4. Student Resources (as applicable) Library services: Learning Centers: Tutoring: Online resources and services: Library services are available at the Prescott Campus and the Verde Valley Campus libraries. Both libraries are members of a countywide library network, which provides access to a wide-range of information and resources at libraries throughout Yavapai County. Possession of a College library card entitles students to access materials housed at member libraries. Instructors may place required course materials on reserve in the library or make assignments that require the use of library resources. A Learning Center is available on the Prescott and Verde Valley Campuses. These centers provide a variety of learning support for students including tutoring, adaptive computer and equipment for students with disabilities, and a networked general computer lab. Call for details: Prescott 776-2085 or Verde Valley 634-6562 Online writing tutoring for any academic subject is available at www2.yc.edu/content/learningcenters Instructor Procedures and Institution Policies Attendance: Students are expected to attend and participate in all class meetings, laboratories, and field trips. A student who expects to be absent due to another school-sponsored activity or compelling personal reason must make prior arrangements with the instructor. All course work must be made up as directed by the instructor. A student who does not adhere to instructor and College attendance requirements may be dropped from the course as defined in the Yavapai College General Catalog. Course withdrawal: After the drop/add period closes, students may withdraw until the deadline for student-initiated withdrawals. Withdrawals result in a "W" on the permanent transcript. For semester-length classes 14 weeks in length or longer, the withdrawal deadline is October 15th For classes of 4 days to 14 weeks in length, withdrawals are permitted until the class is 50 percent completed. For classes of 1-3 days in length, withdrawals are permitted until the class is 50 percent completed. A "Y" is noted on the permanent transcript for an administrative withdrawal. More information can be obtained from the Admissions & Registration Office. Academic integrity: Honesty in academic work is a central element of the learning environment. The presentation of another individual’s work as one’s own or the act of seeking unfair academic advantage through cheating, plagiarism or other dishonest means are violations of the College’s “Student Code of Conduct.” Definitions of plagiarism, cheating, and
  • 5. violation of copyright and penalties for violation are available in the Yavapai College General Catalog. All cell phones must be stowed before beginning an assessment. The presence of a cell phone on a student’s desk during an assessment will be construed as cheating and the student will receive an F for the class. Any incident of cheating or plagiarism on any assignment in the class will result in the student receiving an F as their letter grade for the class. Student code of conduct: Respect for the rights of others and for the College and its property are fundamental expectations for every student. The “Student Code of Conduct” outlines behavioral expectations, and explains the process for responding to allegations of student misconduct. Disability support Yavapai College is committed to providing educational support services services: to students with documented disabilities. Academic support services or accommodations for mobility impaired students must be arranged through the ADA Coordinator (Prescott Campus: 928.776.2079 or Verde Valley Campus: (928.634.6563). Cell phone and pager: Yavapai College is committed to providing a quality learning environment. All cell phones and pagers must be placed in a nonaudible mode while in classrooms, computer labs, the library, the learning center, and testing areas. Cell phones and pagers must be used outside these facilities. Preventing Harassment: Students are expected to respond and write in a professional and appropriate manner when activities are assigned to create scenarios, discuss opinions, present on a selected subject, or post to a web board or email. Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintain an appropriate learning environment. Faculty have the professional responsibility to treat all students with understanding, dignity and respect, to guide classroom discussion and to set reasonable limits on the manner in which they and their students express opinions. Professional courtesy and sensitivity are especially important with respect to individuals and topics dealing with differences of race, culture, religion, politics, sexual orientation, gender variance and nationalities. All correspondence between instructor and students and between individual students must be of a professional nature. Any inappropriate language (profanity) or correspondence of a threatening or harassing nature will result in the student being immediately dropped from the class.
  • 6. BIO 181 Spring 2014 Tentative Class Schedule The general course content and learning outcomes addressed for each class are listed below. The topics covered will include, but are not limited to, the content listed below. I reserved the right to change the contents listed below. The following learning outcome will be addressed every week: conduct experiments, observe biological phenomena, and record information in a laboratory notebook. Week Date 1 Syllabus Quiz is due January 17th Topic Chapters 1 and 2 Course Content: Scientific Method and Basic Chemistry Learning Outcomes: 1, 2 Lab Activity: The Scientific Method 2 Lab Activity #1 is due January 21st 3 Lecture Quiz #1 is due January 28th Lab Activity #2 is due January 28th 4 Exam #1 is due February 7th Chapter 3 Course Content: Biological Macromolecules Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5 Lab Activity: Writing a Lab Report Chapter 4 Course Content: Organization of Cells Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4 Lab Activity: Data Measurement Chapters 5 Lab Activity #3 is due February 4th Course Content: Organization of Cells and Energy Lecture Quiz #2 is due February 4th Lab Activity: Introduction to the Microscope Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 5 Exam #1 covers the material in chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 as well as Lab Activities 1, 2 and 3 5 Lab Activity #4 is due February 11th Chapters 6 Course Content: Organization of Cells and Energy Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 5 Lab Activity: The Chemistry of Life 6 Chapter 7 Lab Activity #5 is due February 18th 7 Lecture Quiz #3 is due February 18th Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 5, 7 Lecture Quiz #4 is due Chapters 8 Course Content: Cellular Respiration Lab Activity: Diffusion
  • 7. February 25th Lab Activity #6 is due February 25th Course Content: Osmosis Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 5, 6 Lab Activity: Diffusion 8 Exam #2 is due March 7th Chapter 10 and Chapter 11 Lab Activity #7 is due March 4th Course Content: Cell Division Lecture Quiz #5 is due March 4th Lab Activity: Respiration Learning Outcomes: 1, 8 Exam #2 covers the material in chapters 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 as well as lab activities 4, 5, 6 and 7. 9 10 SPRING BREAK! Learning Outcomes: 1, 10 Lecture Quiz #7 is due March 25th Chapter 15 Lab Activity #9 is due March 25th 12 Chapter 14 Lab Activity #8 is due March 18th 11 Lecture Quiz #6 is due March 18th Learning Outcomes: 1, 10 Lab Activity: Mitosis Course Content: Gene Expression and Regulation Lab Activity: Meiosis Exam #3 is due April 4th Lecture Quiz #8 is due April 1 Course Content. Gene Expression and Regulation Chapter 16 st Lab Activity #10 is due April 1st Course Content: Gene Expression and Regulation Learning Outcomes: 1, 10 Lab Activity: Enzymes Exam #3 will cover the material in chapters 10, 11, 14 and 15 as well as lab activities 8, 9, and 10 13 Lab Activity #11 is due April 8th Chapter 12 Course Content: Genetics Learning Outcomes: 1, 9 Lab Activity: Mendelian Genetics 14 Lecture Quiz #9 is due April 15th Chapter 13 Course Content: Genetics
  • 8. Lab Activity #12 is due April 15th 16 Lecture Quiz #10 is due April 22nd Chapter 17 Lab Activity #13 is due April 22nd 15 Learning Outcomes: 1, 9 Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 11 Exam #4 is due May 2nd Lecture Quiz #11 is due April 29th Lab Activity #14 is due April 29th Lab Activity: Mendelian Genetics Continued Course Content: Gene Technology Lab Activity: DNA and RNA No new material