Santiago blay intro. biology, non-science majors spring-2010_syllabus_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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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.
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.
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-
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 –
In all cases, please, do not wait until mid-semester to get help– it may be too late to get caught up!
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.
Your score for the laboratory will be calculated as shown below (left). Extra credit assignments will not be given.
Laboratory Quizzes (5, each 3 points each;
only laboratory material included)
(60% of 25 points) 90%
One Laboratory Report (see rubrics) B+
5 points 89-8
(20% of 25 points)
Short PowerPoint Presentation on a disease
(see rubrics) 84-8
(20% of 25 points)
Total for Laboratory 5%
(100% of 25 points) C
The lecture assessments will consist of five exams, homework, quizzes, and a final exam (please, consult with your lecture
syllabus for details). Collectively, the lecture assessments represent 75% of your grade in this course and the laboratory assessments
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).
Week Class Date Lecture Textbook Readings Laboratory Readings
Tu Introduction to the course, syllabus No laboratory during the first week of classes
Th Chapter 2 Chemistry of life
Tu ● Introduction to the laboratory
Jan. 26 ● Laboratory 6 Tests for Biomolecules
Th Chapter 3 Cell structure and function ● Laboratory 5 Instrumentation
Tu Chapter 4 Intro to body systems ● Laboratory Quiz #1 (3% class grade)
Feb. 2 Review ● Laboratory 19 Animal and Plant Histology
Th First test (Chap 2-4) ● Laboratory 22 Fetal Pig Dissection
Tu Chapter 16 Reproductive system ● Pregnancy Test (using fake materials). This exercise will be
7 distributed in class.
Th Chapter 17 Development and aging
Tu Review ● Laboratory Quiz # 2 (3% class grade)
Feb. 16 ● Laboratory 3 Writing Laboratory Reports
Th Second test (Chap 16-17)
Tu Chapter 5 Cardiovascular system ● Laboratory 14 Evolutionary Relationships
Th Chapter 6 Blood
Tu Chapter 7 Immune defense ● Laboratory 17 Bacteria, “Protists”, Fungi, and Plants
Mar. 2 and pp. 379-392 Infectious Diseases
Tu Third test (Chap 5-7) ● Laboratory Quiz # 3 (3% class grade)
Mar. 9 ● In class work on laboratory report
16 Chapter 8 Digestive system
Tu Chapter 8 Digestive system ● Laboratory 21 Spirometry and Urinalysis
Mar. 23 ● Practice data analysis for report
Th Chapter 9 Respiratory system
Tu ● Field trip to the National Museum of Natural History
19 “Written in Bone”
Mar. 30 (http://anthropology.si.edu/writteninbone/)
Th Chapter 10 Excretory system
Apr. 1 Review
Tu Fourth test (Chap 8-10) ● Laboratory Quiz # 4 (3% class grade)
Apr. 6 ● Laboratory 20 Musculoskeletal System
Th Chapter 11 Skeletal system
Tu Chapter 12 Muscular system ● Laboratory 23 The nervous system, the senses, and effects
23 of drugs
12 Chapter 13 Nervous system
Tu Review ● Laboratory Quiz # 5 (3% class grade)
Apr 20 ● Laboratory 24 Endocrine system; the Immune System, and
Th Fifth test (Chap 11-13)
Tu Chapter 15 Endocrine system ● Final report due (5% class grade)
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%
28 class grade).
Late presentations or reports are
Th Take home final exam due May 7 (Fri)
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.
Course Objectives Department Objectives Gallaudet’s University
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
● 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
3. Demonstrate information 3. Demonstrate information literacy and research skills
literacy and research skills on a
contemporary issue related
● 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
● 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.