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Santiago blay intro. biology, non-science majors spring-2010_syllabus_1

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Santiago blay intro. biology, non-science majors spring-2010_syllabus_1

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN BIOLOGY - BIOLOGY 105 LABORATORY PORTION ON THE COURSE SECTION 105-91 (2159) MONDAYS 2:00-3:50PM SECTION 105-92 (2160) WEDNESDAYS 10:00-11:50AM SPRING 2010, ROOM: HMB N308 Instructor: Dr. Jorge A. Santiago-Blay Office: E-300E Hall Memorial Building (HMB) E-mail: jorge.santiago-blay@gallaudet.edu Phone: (202)651-5483 (voice) Office hours and communicating with me Monday 1-2PM, Tuesday 3-4PM, Wednesday 8-10AM, and Thursday 3-4PM or by appointment. Note, some Wednesdays I may not be available from noon to 2PM due to Biology Department meetings. The best way to reach me is via e-mail. You should make it a habit of logging into your Gallaudet University email daily, and, if you need, communicate with me. If you experience difficulties in this course, it is your responsibility to contact me for assistance. If you cannot reach me, please feel free to leave a message with Miss Simone D. Peebles (Administrative Secretary, Biology Department). Typically, Miss Peebles can be reached during typical working hours (8:00AM-4:30PM); her phone number is (202)651-5395 (V/TDD). Course Information Biology 105 has a laboratory component that is co-requisite accompanying the Biology 105 lecture. In the laboratory students will develop skills in dissection, biochemical analysis, and data collection with additional emphasis on developing problem solving and analytical skills. Activities will parallel topics taught in lecture. Biology 105 includes three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory (http://catalog.gallaudet.edu/Documents/UG/Gallaudet-Undergraduate-Catalog-2009-2010.pdf).
  2. 2. 2 Required Materials Laboratory Textbook: Braun, D. C. and L. L. Pearce. 2009. Biology Laboratory Manual. Introduction to Biology for non-science majors (Biology 101-104, Introduction to Human Biology (Biology 105), and Principles of Biology for Science Majors (Biology 107-108). Department of Biology, Gallaudet University. Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.A. 192 pp. Access to Blackboard and Gallaudet University e-mail account. If you do not use Gallaudet e-mail, set your Gallaudet account to forward to the account that you do read. It is your responsibility to make sure you check your email of this class daily. A calculator, pen or pencil, and a notebook. Policies 1. Academic Integrity Gallaudet University students are expected to represent themselves honestly at all times and in all contact with University faculty, administrative, and staff personnel. Misrepresentation on University documents, course assignments, or examinations is in conflict with the spirit and teachings of a university. Thus, all students are expected to learn and abide by the rules and regulations of Gallaudet University, to provide full and accurate information on University documents, and to fully acquaint themselves with proper procedures for doing research, writing papers, and taking examinations.
  3. 3. 3 Standards of academic conduct are set forth in a document entitled Gallaudet University Academic Integrity Policy (see pp. 50-55 of the Undergraduate Course Catalog 2009-2010 (http://catalog.gallaudet.edu/Documents/UG/Gallaudet-Undergraduate- Catalog-2009-2010.pdf). This document describes what types of practices are unethical and what action may be taken against the student and what a student’s rights are if a student engages in unethical practices. For your own protection, you are responsible for reading and understanding the full policy. Consequences for academic dishonesty may range from receiving a failing grade for the assignment up to dismissal from the university. For this course, you will work independently on all assignments unless you have the explicit permission of the instructor. Please, note that suspicion or actual violations will not be treated lightly and disciplinary actions will be taken should such violations be proven to occur. If a student knowingly provides false information, forges, or conceals relevant information on admissions, registration, or any other University documents, the student's registration may be canceled. If such a discovery is made after a student is enrolled in the University, that student may be dismissed from the University. A professor who discovers that a student is involved in unethical practices in connection with required coursework or examinations has full discretion to give a failing grade for the particular assignment, a failing grade for the course, and/or to recommend dismissal. 2. Services provided by Gallaudet University a. OSWD or Office for Students with Disabilities (SAC 1022) provides comprehensive support services for students with disabilities. If you need support, go to OSWD as soon as possible to discuss your needs. Phone: (202) 651-5256 (v/TTY); E- mail, oswd@gallaudet.edu. b. TIP or Tutorial and Instructional Programs (SAC 1221) provides free tutoring and instructional support. c. English Works! (SAC 1221) provides free tutorial assistance in writing projects. If you need support, go to SAC 1221 as soon as possible. Walk-in hours for both “TIP” and “English Works!” are Monday through Thursday, 9:00AM-9:00PM, F 9:00AM – 4:00PM. In all cases, please, do not wait until mid-semester to get help– it may be too late to get caught up!
  4. 4. 4 3. Missing Classes or Exams Due to Emergency or Conflict You are expected to attend all classes, take all assessments on time. The only exceptions are for documented emergencies or official conflicts. In all cases, if you miss a class, assignment, or exam, you are responsible for contacting me and requesting special arrangements. Emergencies are extreme circumstances generally limited to hospitalization, death in the family or subpoena. Routine medical appointments are not considered an emergency. Official conflicts include academic commitments or commitments to other classes such as field trips. Appointments with academic advisors or other instructors are not considered official conflicts. In all situations, if you missed or will miss a class, assignment, or exam, you are responsible for contacting the instructor and asking for special arrangements. For emergencies, you need to provide documentation. For official conflicts, you need to provide documentation and to ask for arrangements ahead of time. Any special arrangements need to be documented in writing, for your and my protection. Upon your request, the instructor will e- mail you a description of these arrangements. 4. Late Work and Late Arrival Due dates are final unless otherwise arranged with the instructor. Late work will receive a 10% penalty from the maximum possible value for every day (or part) late. Students arriving late will have to work fast to complete the quiz and will not be able to take the quiz once it is collected. Presentation and report due dates are final; no late work will be accepted.
  5. 5. 5 Grading Your score for the laboratory will be calculated as shown below (left). Extra credit assignments will not be given.
  6. 6. 6 Laboratory Quizzes (5, each 3 points each; only laboratory material included) A 15 points 100- (60% of 25 points) 90% One Laboratory Report (see rubrics) B+ 5 points 89-8 5% (20% of 25 points) B Short PowerPoint Presentation on a disease (see rubrics) 84-8 0% 5 points (20% of 25 points) C+ 79-7 Total for Laboratory 5% 25 points (100% of 25 points) C 74-7 0% D+ 69-6 5%
  7. 7. D 64-6 7 0% F The lecture assessments will consist of five exams, homework, quizzes, and a final exam (please, consult with your lecture less syllabus for details). Collectively, the lecture assessments represent 75% of your grade in this course and the laboratory assessments than are collectively worth 25%. So, how is your course overall grade calculated? If, for example, you earned 90% in the lecture and 85% in the laboratory, your final course grade is computed this way: 60% = (90 x 0.75) + (85 x 0.25) = 67.5 + 21.2 = 88.75 or 89, this is a B+ (note table above, right column).
  8. 8. 8 Schedule Week Class Date Lecture Textbook Readings Laboratory Readings Tu Introduction to the course, syllabus No laboratory during the first week of classes 1 Jan. 19 1 Th Chapter 2 Chemistry of life 2 Jan. 21 Tu ● Introduction to the laboratory 3 Jan. 26 ● Laboratory 6 Tests for Biomolecules 2 Th Chapter 3 Cell structure and function ● Laboratory 5 Instrumentation 4 Jan. 28 Tu Chapter 4 Intro to body systems ● Laboratory Quiz #1 (3% class grade) 5 Feb. 2 Review ● Laboratory 19 Animal and Plant Histology 3 Th First test (Chap 2-4) ● Laboratory 22 Fetal Pig Dissection 6 Feb. 4 Tu Chapter 16 Reproductive system ● Pregnancy Test (using fake materials). This exercise will be 7 distributed in class. Feb. 9 4 Th Chapter 17 Development and aging 8 Feb. 11
  9. 9. 9 Tu Review ● Laboratory Quiz # 2 (3% class grade) 9 Feb. 16 ● Laboratory 3 Writing Laboratory Reports 5 Th Second test (Chap 16-17) 10 Feb. 18 Tu Chapter 5 Cardiovascular system ● Laboratory 14 Evolutionary Relationships 11 Feb. 23 6 Th Chapter 6 Blood 12 Feb. 25 Tu Chapter 7 Immune defense ● Laboratory 17 Bacteria, “Protists”, Fungi, and Plants 13 Mar. 2 and pp. 379-392 Infectious Diseases 7 Th Review 14 Mar. 4 Tu Third test (Chap 5-7) ● Laboratory Quiz # 3 (3% class grade) 15 Mar. 9 ● In class work on laboratory report 8 Th 16 Chapter 8 Digestive system Mar. 11 Mar. Spring Break 15-19
  10. 10. 10 Tu Chapter 8 Digestive system ● Laboratory 21 Spirometry and Urinalysis 17 Mar. 23 ● Practice data analysis for report 9 Th Chapter 9 Respiratory system 18 Mar. 25 Tu ● Field trip to the National Museum of Natural History 19 “Written in Bone” Mar. 30 (http://anthropology.si.edu/writteninbone/) 10 Th Chapter 10 Excretory system 20 Apr. 1 Review Tu Fourth test (Chap 8-10) ● Laboratory Quiz # 4 (3% class grade) 21 Apr. 6 ● Laboratory 20 Musculoskeletal System 11 Th Chapter 11 Skeletal system 22 Apr. 8 Tu Chapter 12 Muscular system ● Laboratory 23 The nervous system, the senses, and effects 23 of drugs Apr. 13 12 Chapter 13 Nervous system Th 24 Apr. 15
  11. 11. 11 Tu Review ● Laboratory Quiz # 5 (3% class grade) 25 Apr 20 ● Laboratory 24 Endocrine system; the Immune System, and 13 ELISA Th Fifth test (Chap 11-13) 26 Apr 22 Tu Chapter 15 Endocrine system ● Final report due (5% class grade) 27 Apr 27 ● PPT presentation on a disease of your choice. All chosen diseases must be different. Make sure to include the name of the disease, organ system affected, symptoms, how is the disease diagnosed, prevention, treatment, and people more 14 likely to be affected (age group, gender, race). (5% Th 28 class grade). Apr 29 Late presentations or reports are not accepted! Tu Study Day May 4 15 Th Take home final exam due May 7 (Fri) May 6
  12. 12. 12 Learning Objectives/Outcomes What will you learn from this course? The following is a list of the course, Department, and Gallaudet University educational outcomes applicable for this course. If you pass this course, you should be able to complete all of them successfully. A variety of learning opportunities will be available in the laboratory, such as: 1. Illustrated lectures using PowerPoint demonstrations, white board, book, handouts, etc. 2. Well equipped laboratory exercises where students practice what they have studied during lecture that week. 3. Instructor is available during office hours [five, (5) per week] and out of office hours (face to face and via email). 4. Tours (e.g. National Museum of Natural History). 5. Quizzes (generally corrected within 24 hours and available for rapid feedback). The quizzes will generally have the format of questions directly related to the learning objectives of each exercise requiring short answers or short essay answers. 6. A laboratory report and a PowerPoint presentation will give you the opportunity to improve your communication skills in the context of the sciences. Rubrics for these two learning opportunities will be made available to all students. In the laboratory, you will be assessed on these outcomes through short answers (in quizzes), one laboratory report, and one PowerPoint presentation. As a group, these assessments will test multiple learning domains, including cognition (e.g. knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation) and kinesthetic.
  13. 13. 13 Course Objectives Department Objectives Gallaudet’s University Undergraduate Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate knowledge of 1. Demonstrate knowledge of current theories of biology important theories and basic and concepts basic to biology concepts of human biology ● Students will integrate the biological principles ● Knowledge & Inquiry 4.1, 4.2 ● Learning Opportunities: 1-6 applicable in each exercise (list on page 10) ● Knowledge & Inquiry 4.1, 4.2 ● Students will apply the scientific method in the ● Assessment: Quizzes laboratory 2. Research and synthesize one 2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills contemporary issue related to human biology ● Learning Opportunities: 1-6 ● Students will interpret correctly the exercises performed ● Critical Thinking 2.1, 2.3, 2.5 (list on page 10) in class ● Assessment: Final Paper and PowerPoint Presentation (see rubrics distributed in class for both)
  14. 14. 14 3. Demonstrate information 3. Demonstrate information literacy and research skills literacy and research skills on a contemporary issue related with humans ● Learning Opportunities: 1-3, 6 ● Students will use computer software to graph and ● Knowledge & Inquiry 4.4 (list on page 10) analyze experimental data ● Assessment: Final Paper and Presentation (see rubrics distributed in class for both) 4. Demonstrate competent use of 4. Demonstrate experimental research methods laboratory equipment (e.g. dissecting and compound microscope) ● Learning Opportunities: 2, 5 ● Students will use the scientific method and ● Knowledge & Inquiry 4.1, 4.4 (list on page 10) instrumentation ● Assessment: Weekly review ● Students will safely and appropriately use basic ● Knowledge & Inquiry 4.1, 4.4 questions and quizzes laboratory equipment This syllabus and/or schedule may change should the need arise. Changes in these documents will be announced in class and will be put in writing.

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