House Bill 2504 Fall 2013 Course Syllabus BIOL-1406-03 - Biology for Science Majors I
Fall 2013 Course Syllabus
BIOL-1406-03 - Biology for Science Majors I
|Instructor||Longlet, Nancy Joann|
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|Course Description||Fundamental principles of living organisms including physical and chemical organization, function, evolutionary adaptation, and classification. Concepts of reproduction, properties of life,genetics, ecology, and the scientific method are included.|
|Course Prerequisites||Basic skills and competency in reading, writing and math.|
Biology, 11th ed., by Sylvia S. Mader, McGraw Hill Higher Ed. ISBN: 978-0-07-352550-1
|Attendance Policy||The classrooms we will be using are somewhat small. (What real estate people would call “cozy”) Thus, entering lecture late is a disruption to the entire class. Thus, if you are routinely and/or excessively tardy, you may be asked to drop the course, or an instructor initiated drop may be conducted. Changes in lecture schedule, changes in exam dates, etc will be announced at the beginning of the lecture. Don’t be late! If you arrive late to an exam, you will not be given extra time to complete the exam. If you arrive after a student has already turned in the exam, you will not be allowed to take the exam.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
The lab grade will be determined by 3 lab exams and a daily grade. Your daily grade will be determined by lab attendance, punctuality, and participation.
The lecture average will comprise 75% of the course grade, while the lab average will make up the remaining 25% of the course grade.
|Final Exam Date||November 20, 2013 - 1:30 PM|
Date Feature Presentation(s)
8/26 & 8/28 Introduction & Lab Safety
9/2 & 9/4 Labor Day week, no lab
9/9 & 9/11 Measurements & Conversions
9/16 & 9/18 Homeostasis - pH
9/23 & 9/25 Homeostasis - Osmosis
9/30 & 10/2 Lab Exam #1 over labs 1-4
10/7 & 10/9 Microscopy
10/14 & 10/16 Microscopy
10/21 & 10/23 Mitosis
10/28 & 10/30 Lab Exam #2 Microscopy and Mitosis labs
11/4 & 11/6 Heredity
11/11 & 11/13 Heredity
11/18 & 11/20 Lab Exam #3 Heredity
Summary of Lab Exam Dates
9/30 & 10/2 Exam #1 First 4 labs
10/28 & 10/30 Exam #2 Microscopy & Mitosis labs
11/18 & 11/20 Exam #3 Heredity labs
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Summary of Exam Dates
Day Date Exam
W 9/18 Exam #1 Chapters 1-4
M 10/14 Exam #2 Chapters 5-8
M 11/4 Exam #3 Chapters 9-11
M 11/27 Exam #4 Chapters 12-14
M 12/9 FINAL EXAM Chapters 15, 16, 18
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills – Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.
Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; analyzes how to use the principles; and applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task with correct informed conclusions.
PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
Helps the team move forward by discussing merits of alternative ideas; Treats team members respectfully; uses positive facial, vocal or written tone, or language to convey a positive attitude; Motivates teammates by expressing confidence about the importance of the task; Provides assistance/encouragement to team members; Completes all assigned tasks by deadline; Addresses conflict constructively; or helps the group avoid conflict completely.
***PSLOs 3 & 4 will be measured in the lab portion of Bio 1406. Students do not receive a separate grade for lecture and lab.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
Learning Outcomes Biol 1406 Lecture
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Describe the characteristics of life. (PSLO 1,2) Measured by embedded questions.
2. Explain the methods of inquiry used by scientists. (PSLO 1, 2) Measured by embedded questions
3. Identify the basic requirements of life and the properties of the major molecules needed for life. (PSLO 1, 2) Measured by embedded questions.
4. Compare and contrast the structures, reproduction, and characteristics of viruses, prokaryotic cells, and eukaryotic cells. (PSLO alpha, 1, 2) Measured by embedded questions and pre-post test questions.
5. Describe the structure of cell membranes and the movement of molecules across a membrane. (PSLO alpha, 1, 2) Measured by embedded questions and pre-post test questions.
6. Identify the substrates, products, and important chemical pathways in metabolism. (PSLO alpha, 1, 2) Measured by embedded questions and pre-post test questions.
7. Identify the principles of inheritance and solve classical genetic problems. (PSLO alpha, 1, 2) Measured by embedded questions and pre-post test questions.
8. Identify the chemical structures, synthesis, and regulation of nucleic acids and proteins. (PSLO alpha, 1, 2) Measured by embedded questions and pre-post test questions.
9. Describe the unity and diversity of life and the evidence for evolution through natural selection. (PSLO alpha, 1, 2) Measured by embedded questions and pre-post test questions.
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
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This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|
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