House Bill 2504

Spring 2012 Course Syllabus

BIOL-1407-01 - Biology for Science Majors II

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2012
InstructorLonglet, Nancy Joann
Phone(409) 984-6324
Business, Math, and Science
Chair:Percy Jordan
Phone:(409) 984-6335
Hours:MWF 8-9, MW 10-12, TR 10:45-11:45, M9-10pm Virtual Office
Building:Educational Annex (EDUC)
MyLamarPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLamarPA campus web portal ( When you’ve logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the “My Courses” tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLamarPA.
Course Information
Course Number10105
Course Description Fundamental principles of living organisms including physical and chemical properties of life,organization, function, evolutionary adaptation, and classification. Concepts of reproduction, genetics, ecology, and the scientific method are included.
Course Prerequisites Prerequisite: BIOL 1406, basic skills competency in reading and writing
Required Textbooks Biology, 10th ed., by Sylvia S. Mader, McGraw Hill Higher Ed. ISBN: 0077226178
Attendance Policy Excessive absences and/or tardiness in LECTURE OR LAB may result in an instructor initiated drop. Lab attendance and participation REQUIRED. ALL EXAMS ARE REQUIRED AND WILL BE USED IN DETERMINING YOUR FINAL GRADE!!
Course Grading Scale  90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade There will be 4 lecture exams, PLUS the final (5 total exams). These exams will be averaged together to determine your lecture average. The lecture average will make up 75% of the final course grade. The remaining 25% will be determined from the Lab grade. Your lab grade will be determined by the average of your lab exams and daily grade.(Lab IS REQUIRED!)
Final Exam Date May 14, 2012 - 1:00 PM
Major Assignments Summary of Exam Dates

Exam #        Date        Chapters

1        T 2/7        19, 20, 21, 22

2        T 2/28        23, 24, 25, 26

3        T 3/27        28, 29, 31

4        R 4/19        32, 33, 34, 35

Final M 5/14        36, 37, 38

Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Biology 1407

Spring, 2012

Preview of Coming Attractions

An outline of the lecture dates, topics to be covered and exam dates is given below. Please note that this outline is subject to change throughout the semester as the need arises. You will be given advanced notice if the dates for any of the exams are changed. These changes will be announced at the beginning of class, it is YOUR responsibility to be there to learn of any changes.

Day Date         Pages                Feature Presentation(s)

T        1/17        337-340        Introduction, General info, Classification

R        1/19        348-364        3-Domain system, Viruses, Prokaryotes

T        1/24        364-380        Bacteria, Archaea, Protista, Green Algae, Red Algae

R        1/26        381-390        Brown Algae, diatoms, dinoflagellates, water molds, ciliates, euglenoids, trypanosomes

T        1/31        393-401        Slime molds, fungi structure, zygospores, sac fungi structure & importances

R         2/2        402-407        Club fungi structure & importances, lichens, mycorrhizae

T         2/7        Exam #1        Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22

R         2/9        409-415        Plants, Alteration of generations, nonvascular, liverworts, hornworts, mosses

T        2/14        416-431        Seedless vascular plants, vascular seeded plants; gymnosperms, angiosperms

R        2/16        433-443        Angiosperm tissues, monocots vs eudicots, organization of plants

T        2/21        444-472        Angiosperms; organization of stems, organization of leaves, plant nutrition

R        2/23        493-509        Angiosperm reproduction, seed development, fruit types

T        2/28        Exam #2,         Chapters 23, 24, 25, 26

R        3/1        512-522        Animal classification, protostomes vs deuterostomes, invertebrates

T        3/6        523-534        Molluscs, Annelids, Arthropods

R        3/8        534-551        Echinoderms, chordates, invertebrates, vertebrates, fish, amphibians, fish

        3/12 – 3/16        Spring Break

T        3/20        552-558, 577-581 Birds, Mammals, epithelial tissues, connective tissues

R        3/22        582-592        Muscular tissue, nerve tissue, skin, homeostasis

T        3/27        Exam #3 Chapters 28, 29, 31

R        3/29        593-612        Circulatory systems, human heart, blood pressure, blood

T        4/3        613-632        Lymphatics, Non-Specific & Specific Resistance to Disease defenses

R        4/5                        Easter

T        4/10        633-642        Digestive tracts, mouth, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, accessory organs

R        4/12        643-657        Nutrition, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, obesity, Respiratory systems, Ventilation

T        4/17        658-664        Gas exchange, respiration and health

R        4/19        Exam #4         Chapter 32, 33, 34, 35

T        4/24        665-673        Excretory systems, kidney, nephrons, urine formation

R        4/26        674-687        Kidneys & homeostasis, Nervous systems, nerve tissue, membrane & Action potentials

T        5/1        688-700        Brain, Spinal cord, peripheral nervous system, Autonomic nervous system

R        5/3        701-716, 735-740 Senses, Endocrine glands, hormones, Hypothalamus

T        5/8        740-754         Pituitary glands, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pancreas, Diabetes mellitus, other hormones

R        5/14                1:00pm – 3:00pm FINAL Exam (Chs 36, 37, 40)

General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Reading:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

Writing:Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Speaking:Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Listening:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.

Critical Thinking 1:Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.

Critical Thinking 2:Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.

Computer Literacy 1:Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.

Computer Literacy 2:Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.

Intercultural Competence 1:Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.

Intercultural Competence 2:Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.

Intercultural Competence 3:Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes 3. Uses critical thinking skills

A. Identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed)

C. Constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences

D. Uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion

4. Demonstrates technology literacy

A. Locates needed information using the appropriate technological tool or device


6. Applies mathematical and scientific principles

C. Applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task

Course Student Learning Outcomes Course Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the levels of scientific classification; characteristics & life cycles of viruses; prokaryotic characteristics; categories of bacteria & their characteristics; characteristics, examples & economical importance of the various types of protists & fungi. (PSLOs 3A, 3C, 3D, 4A, 6C)

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of plants; alternation of generations; characteristics and examples of nonvascular, vascular, and vascular seeded plants; characteristic features, exmaples, & economic importance of gymnosperms, and angiosperms. (PSLOs 3A, 3C, 3D, 4A, 6C)

3. Demonstrate an understanding of animal classification; characteristics, examples, and economic importance of invertebrates, classifications of vertebrates; characteristics, examples, & economic importance of fish; characteristics, examples, & economic importance of amphibians, characteristics, examples, & economic importance of birds; types of mammalian tissues; and homeostasis. (PSLOs 3A, 3C, 3D, 4A, 6C)

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of mammalian circulatory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, digestive, and respiratory systems. (PSLOs 3A, 3C, 3D, 4A, 6C)

5. Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of mammalian excretory, nervous, and endocrine systems; mechanisms of maintaining acid base homeostasis; and the etiology and treatment of common endocrine disorders. (PSLOs 3A, 3C, 3D, 4A, 6C)

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.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Additional Information
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

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.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

Copyright ©2011 Lamar State College - Port Arthur. All Rights Reserved.