BIOL 101 Syllabus - General Biology I - Spring 2014Document Transcript
HARRISBURG AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
BIOLOGY 101 COURSE SYLLABUS
Instructor: Rob Swatski
Associate Professor of Biology
Course Name: General
Course Reference Number: 34693
Term & Year: Spring 2014
Credit Hours: 4
Drop-In Office Hours:
M: 12:30-1:30 pm
T: 12:30-1:30 pm; 4:45-5:30 pm
W: 12:30-1:30 pm
R: 12:30-1:30 pm; 4:45-5:30 pm
*other times by appointment
Office Phone #:
Class/Lab Room #:
Lecture: LEADER 112 / Lab: LEADER 127
Class Meeting Times:
TR (Lec): 11:00 am-12:15 pm
R (Lab): 8:00-10:40 am
Delayed Class Meeting Times:
Please see last page of syllabus for info
My Biology Website:
HACC Email Address:
Catalog Course Description
Biological organization; basic biochemistry; biophysics of living systems; cellular structures, and
functions; cellular reproduction, photosynthesis; cellular respiration; ecology; structures and
functions of plants; classification of the major divisions of the plant kingdom. A laboratory fee is
required. (Core C)
Prerequisite Course(s) Required
ENGL 101 (Minimum grade of “C” required) and reading ability at the ENGL 003 level or higher.
Corequisite Course(s) Required
ENGL 101 and reading ability at the ENGL 003 level or higher.
High school academic biology and chemistry or permission of the instructor.
Campbell Biology, 9th Ed. by Jane B. Reece et al, Pearson-Benjamin Cummings, 2010.
Symbiosis Lab Manual. Benjamin Cummings Custom Laboratory Program, 2008. ISBN: 0-536-53571-X
An Introduction to Chemistry for Biology Students, 9th Ed. by George I. Sackheim, Pearson-Benjamin
Cummings, 2008. ISBN: 0-8053-9571-7
A Guide to Biology Lab by Thomas Rust, Southwest Educational Enterprises, 1983. ISBN: 0-937029-01-7
A small supply of colored pencils, pens, markers, tape, and scissors will be available during lab, but
you are encouraged to bring your own supplies, if desired. Digital cameras, iPads/tablets, laptops, and
voice recorders are permitted, but may only be used for BIOL 101-related coursework.
Where Can I See My Grades?
1. Login to the myHACC portal located at http://myhacc.hacc.edu. Your User Name is your HACC ID.
Your password is your HACCWeb PIN. (If the myHACC portal is not available, go directly to
Desire2Learn at https://ehacc.hacc.edu and log in manually).
2. Select Desire2Learn on the left side of the page under HACC Applications.
3. Select BIOL 101 and click on the Grades tab located at the top menu to access your current grades.
Desire2Learn (D2L) Student Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Also, if you haven’t done so already, now is a good time to activate your HAWKMail account.
HAWKMail is a free Google Mail (Gmail) account for HACC students. HACC uses HAWKMail to email
students about class registration, financial information, graduation information, academic status, and
more. Additional information including Frequently Asked Questions & HAWKMail tutorials can be
found at http://www.hacc.edu/hawkmail.
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:
Describe three properties associated with living organisms
Identify the sub-atomic particles
List two types of chemical bonds
Explain the significance of the polarity of water
List three types of functional groups
Describe the monomers of three classes of organic molecules
Differentiate between enzymes, substrates and active sites
Describe the fluid mosaic model of the plasma membrane
Differentiate between passive and active transport through cell membranes
Explain the difference between aerobic cellular respiration and fermentation
Explain why plants utilize alternate photosynthetic pathways
Recognize alternation of generations in plants
Define biogeochemical cycling
Differentiate between gross, primary and secondary productivity
Differentiate between binary fission, mitosis and meiosis
Correctly identify botanical organization, function and design
Methods of Evaluation
Lecture Exams (“pportunities”)
You will take 4 Lecture Exams that will assess your understanding of concepts discussed during the
lecture portion of the course (see the Lecture Calendar for exam dates and content). The Exam
format is multiple choice and matching, with several short answer bonus questions. The lowest of
your first three Lecture Exam grades will be dropped and will NOT count toward your overall course
grade. Your fourth Lecture Exam is the non-cumulative Final Lecture Exam scheduled during Finals
Week. Your Final Lecture Exam grade cannot be dropped. Your Lecture Exam grades count for 50%
of your overall course grade.
You also have the option of preparing and using on each Lecture Exam one 4 x 6-inch index card that
contains any information you feel would be helpful to you. You may use one or both sides of your
card. Loose-leaf paper will not be accepted in place of an index card. All info must be hand-written or
hand-drawn directly on your card, with nothing taped or stapled onto it. Computer printed or typed
info is NOT permitted. I will remove any card that violates these rules!
You will take a series of Vocabulary Quizzes throughout the semester that feature vocab words and
definitions from each lecture chapter. Quiz format is multiple choice. Weblinks to Quizlet flashcard
reviews are available at http://robswatski.virb.com. Your lowest Vocab Quiz grade will be dropped
and will NOT count toward your overall course grade. Your Vocab Quiz grades count for 5% of your
overall course grade.
Lab is an engaging, interactive, and collaborative hands-on learning experience. Our weekly labs
involve direct observation and study of biological concepts using microscope slides, models, live and
preserved specimens, active learning exercises, experimental design, computer simulations, online
resources, charts, and diagrams. You will be graded in lab through two lab practical exams, in addition
to weekly worksheets and quizzes. Lab sessions and lab work cannot be made up.
You will take 2 laboratory exams during the semester. These practical exams will require that a
student identify a specific structure identified by a numbered tag on a model, diagram, microscope
slide, or experimental set-up. The student will also be required to give functional or conceptual
information about the structure being identified. These exams will be based on material from your
lab manual, worksheets, and quizzes. You may also prepare and use on each Lab Exam one 4 x 6-inch
index card, following the same rules as described above for the Lecture Exams. Lab Exams cannot be
made up. See the Laboratory Calendar for lab exam dates and content. Your Lab Exam grades count
for 15% of your overall course grade.
Each laboratory exercise will have a supplementary lab worksheet consisting of application questions
and drawings. These worksheets will be utilized to assess student comprehension of each lab exercise
and serve as a study guide for the lab exams.
Each lab worksheet is due at the beginning of the following lab period, which gives the student one
week to complete each worksheet. The grade for the worksheet will be lowered by 10% for each day
that it is late. Your lowest Lab Worksheet grade will be dropped and will NOT count toward your
overall course grade. Your Lab Worksheet grades count for 15% of your overall course grade.
Laboratory quizzes are given at the beginning of the lab period, and will cover material from the
previous week’s lab. Lab Quiz format is a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions.
There will not be a quiz during laboratory exam week, and the week immediately following the exam.
Missed Lab Quizzes cannot be made up. Your lowest Lab Quiz grade will be dropped and will NOT
count toward your overall course grade. Your Laboratory Quiz grades count for 10% of your overall
Project: Details on this project are provided on the project handout. Your Project grade counts for
5% of your overall course grade.
Grading System: 100 – 90 = A
89 – 80 = B
79 – 70 = C
Grades are calculated as a percentage of the total possible points.
69 – 60 = D
59 – 0 = F
You are encouraged to meet with me during my drop-in office hours if you need any additional help
during the semester! My office is Rm 150D in the Leader Building, and my office phone # is 717-8013273. The best way to contact me is by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I respond to all email within 24
hours. Please include your first & last name, your course, and a specific subject in all of your emails. I
will be happy to help you with lecture & lab concept review, study methods, time management,
organizational skills, and test-taking strategies. I can also help you understand your individual learning
style and work with you to develop an action plan to improve your study efforts. Learning how to
learn is an essential part of student success. Don’t wait until the last minute when it is too late for
me to help you!
A little about myself: I graduated from Millersville University (B.S., Biology)
and Florida Tech (M.S., Marine Biology), where I researched stingray
reproduction and sea slug (yes, sea slug!) physiology & ecology in-between
frequent scuba diving trips to the Florida Keys. I’ve been teaching a variety of
Biology courses at the Lancaster & Lebanon Campuses
of HACC since 1996, and at the York Campus full-time
since Fall 2007. In my previous life I taught high school
biology & environmental science (grades 9-12) for 9
years. I enjoy developing creative & engaging uses of
technology in biology education (online tools,
podcasting, digital photography, iPad, & video), and exploring the relationship
between biology, learning, and the visual arts. Outside of teaching, I enjoy spending
time with my fur children (Ian & Effie Sue), dog rescue & fostering with Paws n’ Time
Canine Rescue, photography, running, drawing, music, film, and travel.
Lecture Calendar (Schedule may be modified if necessary)
An online version of this calendar is located at: http://robswatski.virb.com
Introduction: Themes in the Study of Life (p. 1-27)
The Chemical Context of Life (p. 30-45)
Water and Life (p. 46-57)
LECTURE EXAM #1: Chapters 1, 2, 3 (Tuesday, Feb 4)
Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life (p. 58-67)
The Structure and Function of Large Biological Molecules (p. 68-91)
A Tour of the Cell (p. 94-124)
LECTURE EXAM #2: Chapters 4, 5, 6 (Tuesday, Mar 4)
Membrane Structure and Function (p. 125-139)
The Cell Cycle (p. 228-245)
Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycles (p. 248-261)
LECTURE EXAM #3: Chapters 7, 12, 13 (Tuesday, Apr 8)
An Introduction to Metabolism (p. 142-162)
Cellular Respiration and Fermentation (p. 163-183)
Photosynthesis (p. 184-205)
LECTURE EXAM #4 (Final): Chapters 8, 9, 10 (Tues. May 6 or Thurs. May 8)
Laboratory Calendar (Schedule may be modified if necessary)
An online version of this calendar is located at: http://robswatski.virb.com
Lab Topic; Assignment Due_____________________________________
Lab #1: Using the Microscope
Lab #2: Biological Macromolecules, Part 1; Lab #1 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 1
Lab #3: Biological Macromolecules, Part 2 – Protein Electrophoresis
Lab #2 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 2
Lab #4: Diffusion, Osmosis, & Plant Cells; Lab #3 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 3
Lab #5: Enzymes; Lab #4 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 4
Lab #6: Extraction of DNA; Lab #5 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 5
Lab #7: DNA Fingerprinting; Lab #6 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 6
LAB EXAM 1 – covers labs #1-7; Lab #7 Worksheet due
Mid-Term Break – No Classes, College Open
Lab #8: Mitosis & Meiosis
Lab #9: Protozoa & Algae; Lab #8 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 8
Lab #10: Fun with Fungi; Lab #9 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 9
Lab #11: Introduction to Plant Anatomy; Lab #10 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 10
Lab #12: Plant Physiology; Lab #11 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 11
Lab #13: Plant Reproduction; Lab #12 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 12
LAB EXAM 2 – covers labs #8-13; Lab #13 Worksheet due
Important Spring 2014 Dates (Click www.hacc.edu, Academics, College Calendars)
Martin Luther King Birthday – No classes, College closed
Last day to drop with full refund (100%) for full-term classes
Last day to drop with half refund (50%) & last day to drop without instructor’s
approval & grade for full-term classes
Last day to apply for graduation
Mid-Term grades posted and available to students via HACCWeb
Mid-Term Break: No classes, College open
Classes end – Last day to withdraw from classes by 3:00 PM
(Instructor must sign official drop form and assign grade of W or F)
Emergency make-up days
Commencement (subject to change)
Final grades available to students via HACCWeb
Instructor’s Attendance Policy
Students are expected to attend all lectures and labs and are responsible for all required class
assignments, exams, quizzes, and projects. Attendance will be recorded every class session – arrive to
class on time! Late arrivals will be recorded as an Unexcused Absence for that day. Please wait until
the end of class to pick up any missed handouts. If you arrive late for a quiz, you cannot make it up.
The missed quiz will count as your lowest dropped quiz grade of “0”.
You are expected to stay for the entire scheduled class time… don’t worry, I’ll keep you busy.
Students who leave lecture or lab early will be recorded as an Unexcused Absence for that day. Please
do not get up and leave the room during class (unless, of course, there is an emergency). You will
have sufficient break time during lab where you can visit the restroom, make a phone call, grab a
It should be fairly obvious by now that missing class isn’t a good idea; just like missing work means
you won’t get paid. The ultimate measure of your attendance is, of course, your grade. Absences
always have a way of showing up on exam scores.
Excused Absences: An absence that occurred for reasons that were: a) beyond the student’s
control to prevent, & b) significant enough to prohibit attendance in class. To be eligible for an
Excused Absence, it is your responsibility to contact me (in person, by phone, or email) within 24
hours of your absence. Depending on the frequency or pattern of previous absences (i.e., on Exam
dates), an absence explained as simply ‘personal’ or ‘family emergency’ may not be considered
Excused unless you provide me with sufficient detail and/or written verification. Missed lectures and
labs cannot be made up.
An excess number of Excused Absences may also be cause for assigning a W or F grade if, in my
judgment, the student has missed so much of the course and coursework as to preclude the
possibility of passing the course and would violate professional ethics and constitute fraud on the
part of the College. In the case of absence from the first two class-hours of a term, a student will be
withdrawn and allowed to enter the class only if space is available. (Instructors must withdraw
students who have missed all of the first three weeks of a regular term).
Unexcused Absences: An absence that occurred for reasons that were: a) within the student’s
control to prevent, and b) not significant enough to prohibit attendance in class, even if
uncontrollable. An absence will be recorded as Unexcused if the student does not contact me within
24 hours of the absence. I will lower a student’s overall course grade by one letter grade if
accumulated Unexcused Absences have totaled 10% of the total class hours (= 8 Unexcused class
hours in a 4-credit course).
Instructors have the right to recommend to the Division Administrator that a student be dropped for
Excessive Absences that precludes the possibility of passing the class. A student will receive a grade of
W or F if accumulated Excused and/or Unexcused Absences have totaled more than 15% of the total
class hours (= 12 Excused and/or Unexcused class hours in a 4-credit course).
The College is required by law to make attendance reports to the relevant agencies of students who
are funded by veterans’ benefits, social security programs, and various other state, federal, or private
scholarship programs. Students in programs that are accredited or approved by external agencies
must observe these special attendance policies delineated by the external agencies and contained in
the printed course syllabus. Course attendance records will be made available to HACC
Administration upon request.
Lecture Exam Make-Up Policy
The student must contact me within 24 hours of a missed exam (in-person, email, or phone).
The absence must be Excused in order to be eligible for a make-up exam. In some
circumstances, I may require the student to provide documentation regarding the absence.
If eligible, the student must schedule and complete their make-up exam within one week of
the missed exam date. Extensions will not be provided. It is the student’s responsibility to
contact the Testing Center (Leader 103) at 717-801-3214 to schedule their exam. Index cards
cannot be used during a make-up exam.
A grade of “0” will be assigned for the missed exam if any of the above policies are violated.
A student will not be allowed to make up more than 1 exam during the semester.
The format and content of a make-up exam will differ from the regular exam.
Lab Exam Make-Up Policy
Lab Exams involve significant instructor preparation and set-up time, and for this reason,
there will be no make-up lab exams.
An absence on the day of a lab exam is considered Unexcused and will result in a grade of “0”
for the missed exam.
Because of the timed nature of the lab exam, students who arrive late will NOT be permitted
to take the exam and will receive a grade of “0” for the missed exam.
A student may drop a course at any time during the regularly scheduled classes up to the school’s
official last day to drop a class by completing a Drop/Add Withdrawal form. After the refund period
ends, the instructor’s signature is required and the student may receive a W or F grade depending
upon the instructor’s assessment of the student’s performance. No credit is granted with a W grade.
The last class date prior to exam week is the deadline for dropping a class.
In order to earn a W grade, the student must be regularly attending both lecture and lab, putting
forth a genuine effort in class, regularly communicating with the instructor about their grade and/or
situation, and has not missed any Exams. A student who has stopped attending class for a period of
three weeks will be dropped by the instructor with a grade of F.
Instructor’s Academic Honesty Policy
A. Cheating: giving or receiving answers on assigned material, using materials or aids forbidden by
the instructor, unauthorized possession of examination
B. Plagiarism: offering someone else’s work, words, or ideas as one’s own or using material from
another source without acknowledgement
C. Interference: interfering without permission with the work of another student, either by obtaining,
changing, or destroying the work of another student
D. Buying or selling of term papers, homework, examinations, laboratory assignments, computer
E. Falsifying of one’s own or another’s records
F. Knowingly assisting someone who engages in A-E above
A first offense will result in a grade of “0” for the exam or assignment and will be reported to
the Academic Dean. A second offense will result in a grade of F for the course and will be
reported to the Academic Dean.
Incomplete Grade Policy
A grade of Incomplete (I) may be assigned when a student is not able to complete the course
requirements due to extenuating circumstances. The Incomplete (I) grade will be assigned only after
a conference with the instructor and after a serious need is determined. The “I” becomes an “F” if the
work is not completed before 8 weeks into the following semester.
Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act
EEOC POLICY 005: It is the policy of Harrisburg Area Community College, in full accordance with the
law, not to discriminate in employment, student admissions, and student services on the basis of
race, color, religion, age, political affiliation or belief, gender, national origin, ancestry, disability,
place of birth, General Education Development Certification (GED), marital status, sexual orientation,
gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic history/information, or any legally protected
classification. HACC recognizes its responsibility to promote the principles of equal opportunity for
employment, student admissions, and student services taking active steps to recruit minorities and
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (“PHRAct’) prohibits discrimination against prospective and
current students because of race, color, sex, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or
disability, record of a handicap or disability, perceived handicap or disability, relationship or
association with an individual with a handicap or disability, use of a guide or support animal, and/or
handling or training of support or guide animals.
The Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act (“PFEOAct”) prohibits discrimination against
prospective and current students because of race, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, sex,
handicap or disability, record of a handicap or disability, perceived handicap or disability, and a
relationship or association with an individual with a handicap or disability.
Information about these laws may be obtained by visiting the Pennsylvania Human Relations
Commission website at www.phrc.state.pa.us.
If an accommodation is needed, please contact the disability coordinator for your campus:
HACC York Campus Disability Services Coordinator
Lori Shoemaker, MSS, LSW (email@example.com), Leader 134A
2010 Pennsylvania Avenue, York, PA 17404
York Campus Information
Students with Disabilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act exists, in part, to make sure that people with disabilities are not
unfairly discriminated against in the pursuit of their education. In order to receive reasonable
accommodations in class, students must provide the college proper documentation attesting to the
presence of a disability. If you have questions about how to obtain the proper documentation for any
special accommodations, please contact Lori Shoemaker at 717-801-3276. Lori Shoemaker’s office is
located in the Leader Building – 134A.
*Any student with a documented disability must speak with me privately after class or during office
hours during the first week of the semester so that I can help you obtain any assistance you may
need to successfully complete this course.
Academic Success/Support Services
The York Campus’s Learning Center provides tutoring and academic skills development at no cost to
full and part time HACC students. Located down the hall from the Welcome Center, the Learning
Center is staffed with trained peer and professional tutors who know how to help you succeed.
Tutoring for a variety of courses is offered Monday through Saturday mornings, afternoons, and
evenings on a walk-in basis. An updated tutoring schedule can be found on the bulletin board outside
the Learning Center and on the York Campus web page. Weekend hours may be available.
The Testing Center provides academic testing for students who need to make up an exam missed
during class and for Distance Education testing, including Internet, video, and compressed video
courses. Test appointments are required and students can make an appointment by stopping by the
Testing Center (Leader 103), emailing (YorkTestCenter@hacc.edu), or calling 717-801-3214.
York Campus Library: Website http://lib2.hacc.edu Phone: 717-801-3220
Hours – MTWR: 7:30 am-9:00 pm; F: 7:30 am-4:00 pm; Sat: 8:30 am-12:30 pm; Sun: CLOSED
Should a medical emergency occur as a result of an accident or illness, contact the Safety and Security
Department immediately and call 911 if it is a severe emergency. The Safety and Security Department
will respond immediately. Officers are trained in first aid, CPR and AED. The Safety and Security
Department will coordinate the arrival of outside medical assistance.
Students should program the following phone numbers into their cell phones.
717-718-0328, EXT 513268 (On- or off-campus)
(Direct to officer’s radio)
CALL BOXES: Yellow call boxes are located as follows:
Cytec: East Hallway, East Parking Lot, and Main Entrance
Goodling: YG 110 Corridor and Main Entrance
Leader: East Entrance, YL 119 Corridor, and West Parking Lot
Delayed Opening Schedule
Note: Evening classes meet at regular scheduled times.
Please urge your students to sign up for E2Campus alerts (www.hacc.edu) for class delayed
start or campus closed information.
The announcement that HACC is on a “Delayed Opening” schedule will be made by 6:00 AM.
The delayed opening announcement will be communicated by means of:
HACC Home Page [www.HACC.edu]
TV: WHP, WHTM, WGAL, FOX, WLYH
FM RADIO STATIONS: WTPA 93.5, WRBT 94.9, WLAN 96.9, WRVV 97.3, WYCR 98.5, WHKS
99.3, WQIC 100.1, WROZ 101.3, WARM 103.3, WNNK 104.1, WRKZ 106.7, WGTY 107.7, HOT
AM RADIO STATIONS: WKBO 1230, WLBR 1270, WGET 1320, WLAN 1390, WTCY 1400
In July 2013 the following delayed opening schedule was approved for weather-related and other
One or more of the following messages will be communicated depending on the circumstances:
1. All day and evening classes are cancelled.
2. All day classes are cancelled. An update will be provided by 2 p.m. regarding classes scheduled
to begin at 4:30 p.m. or later.
3. The College will resume operations at 4 p.m. Classes beginning at 4:30 p.m. or later will meet
on a normal schedule.
4. All classes beginning at 4:30 p.m. or later are cancelled.
5. Classes beginning at 11 a.m. or later will meet and run on the normal schedule. All classes
beginning prior to 11 a.m. are cancelled. Employees will report at 10:30 a.m.
Online classes operate as normal during weather-related events. Professors will use their discretion in
enforcing assignment deadlines if the event will cause unanticipated childcare, work, or other