BIOL 102 Syllabus - General Biology II - Spring 2014

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  • 1. HARRISBURG AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE BIOLOGY 102 COURSE SYLLABUS Instructor: Rob Swatski Associate Professor of Biology Course Name: General Biology II Campus: York Course Reference Number: 32385 Office Location: LEADER 150D 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 #: 717-801-3273 Faculty Secretary: 717-801-3223 Class/Lab Room #: Lecture: LEADER 118 / Lab: LEADER 127 Class Meeting Times: MW (Lec): 11:00 am-12:15 pm W (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 Basic energy reactions of living things; metabolism, and life functions of animal systems; detailed examination of organ systems which, in the mammal, support homeostasis; principles of heredity, reproduction, and embryology; evolution as a process; structure, function, and classification of major phyla of the animal kingdom. A laboratory fee is required. Prerequisite Course(s) Required BIOL 101 or the equivalent. A minimum grade of C is required. Text(s)/Materials Required Campbell Biology, 9th Ed. by Jane B. Reece et al, Pearson-Benjamin Cummings, 2010. ISBN: 0-321-55814-6 General Zoology Laboratory Guide, 16th Ed. by Charles F. Lytle & John R. Meyer, McGraw-Hill, 2013. ISBN: 0-07-336945-4 Other Supplies Paper, colored pencils, markers, tape, and scissors will be available in lab, but you are encouraged to bring your own supplies. Digital cameras, iPads/laptops, tablets, and voice recorders are permitted, but may only be used for BIOL 102 coursework.
  • 2. Where Can I See My Grades? 1. Login to the myHACC portal located at 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 and log in manually). 2. Select Desire2Learn on the left side of the page under HACC Applications. 3. Select BIOL 102 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 Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:                    List at least two hypotheses regarding the origin of life on earth Define evolution and microevolution Describe six characteristics associated with prokaryotic organisms Explain at least two criteria used to classify prokaryotes Explain the endosymbiont theory Differentiate between protostomes and deuterostomes Explain the importance of cephalization to animals List the four categories of animal tissues Construct a punnett square Describe the meaning of the variables in the Hardy-Weinberg equations Solve a genetics problem involving sex-linkage Describe the basic structure of the DNA molecule Describe the flow of genetic information from DNA to gene product Contrast external and internal fertilization in animals Describe two types of animal eggs List the embryonic tissues of diploblastic and triploblastic animals Prepare a literature research paper in standard scientific format List three differences in the physiology of carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores Correctly identify zoological organization, structure, and function 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 2
  • 3. 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! Vocabulary Quizzes 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 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. Laboratory Lab is an engaging, interactive, and collaborative hands-on learning experience. Our weekly labs involve direct observation and study of animal structure and function through microscope slides, models, live and preserved specimens, active learning exercises, peer review, 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. Laboratory Exams 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. Laboratory Worksheets 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. 3
  • 4. Laboratory Quizzes 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 course grade. 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. Lecture Exams Lab Exams Lab Worksheets Lab Quizzes Vocab Quizzes Project TOTAL 69 – 60 = D 59 – 0 = F 50% 15% 15% 10% 5% 5% 100% 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 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. 4
  • 5. Lecture Calendar (Schedule may be modified if necessary) An online version of this calendar is located at: 22 23 24 Descent with Modification: A Darwinian View of Life (p. 452-468) The Evolution of Populations (p. 469-487) The Origin of Species (p. 488-506) EXAM 1: Chp 22, 23, 24 – Mon. Feb 10 25 26 27 The History of Life on Earth (p. 507-533) Phylogeny and the Tree of Life (p. 536-555) Bacteria and Archaea (p. 556-574) EXAM 2: Chp 25, 26, 27 – Mon. Mar 3 14 15 16 Mendel and the Gene Idea (p. 262-285) The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance (p. 286-304) The Molecular Basis of Inheritance (p. 305-324) EXAM 3: Chp 14, 15, 16 – Mon. Apr 7 17 40 42 44 From Gene to Protein (p. 325-350) Basic Principles of Animal Form and Function (p. 852-874) Circulation and Gas Exchange (p. 897-928) Osmoregulation and Excretion (p. 953-973) EXAM 4 (Final): Chp 17, 40, 42, 44 – Mon. May 5 or Wed. May 7 Laboratory Calendar (Schedule may be modified if necessary) An online version of this calendar is located at: Date Lab Topic; Assignment Due______________________________________ Jan 15 Jan 22 Jan 29 Feb 5 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 26 Mar 5 Mar 12 Mar 19 Mar 26 Apr 2 Apr 9 Apr 16 Apr 23 Apr 30 Lab #1: Animal Cells, Tissues, and Morphology (Chp 2 & 5) Lab #2: Porifera (Chp 7); Lab #1 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 1 Lab #3: Cnidaria (Chp 8); Lab #2 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 2 Lab #4: Development (Chp 4); Lab #3 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 3 Lab #5: Platyhelminthes (Chp 9); Lab #4 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 4 Lab #6: Nematoda (Chp 12); Lab #5 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 5 Lab #7: Mollusca (Chp 10); 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: Annelida (Chp 11) Lab #9: Arthropoda (Chp 13); Lab #8 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 8 Lab #10: Echinodermata (Chp 14); Lab #9 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 9 Lab #11: Chordata (Chp 15); Lab #10 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 10 Lab #12: Shark Anatomy (Chp 16); Lab #11 Worksheet due; Lab Quiz 11 Lab #13: Field Trip: Stream Study; Lab #12 Worksheet due LAB EXAM 2 – covers labs #8-13; Lab #13 Worksheet due 5
  • 6. Important Spring 2014 Dates (Click, Academics, College Calendars) Jan 20 Jan 21 Feb 3 Mar 7 Mar 5-19 Mar 10-14 May 2 May 3-9 May 12-13 May 13 May 13 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) Final examinations Emergency make-up days Commencement (subject to change) Final grades available to students via HACCWeb Academic Policies 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 snack, etc. 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 6
  • 7. 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. Withdrawal 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 7
  • 8. 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 programs, etc. 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 women. 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. 8
  • 9. 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 If an accommodation is needed, please contact the disability coordinator for your campus: HACC York Campus Disability Services Coordinator Lori Shoemaker, MSS, LSW (, Leader 134A 2010 Pennsylvania Avenue, York, PA 17404 Phone: 717-801-3276 Fax: 717-718-7252 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 (, or calling 717-801-3214. York Campus Library: Website 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 9
  • 10. Medical Emergencies 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. Contacting Security Students should program the following phone numbers into their cell phones. NON-EMERGENCY 717-718-0328, EXT 513268 (On- or off-campus) EMERGENCY 717-718-0408 (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 ( 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 []  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 92  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 incidents. 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 personal challenges. 10