House Bill 2504

Spring 2014 Course Syllabus

BIOL-1407-03 - Biology for Science Majors II

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2014
InstructorLonglet, Nancy Joann
Phone(409) 984-6324
E-maillongletn@lamarpa.edu
Department
Math and Science
Chair:Percy Jordan
Phone:(409) 984-6335
E-mail:jordanpj@lamarpa.edu
Office
Hours:MW 8-11, TR 7:30a-8a, 10:45-11:45, F 8a-9a (Email anytime)
Building:Educational Annex (EDUC)
Room:108
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Course Information
Course Number11141
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, 11th ed., by Sylvia S. Mader, McGraw Hill Higher Ed. ISBN: 978-007-3525501
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 3 lab exams. These exams will be averaged together to determine your lab exam average. This average will count for 90% of your lab grade. The remaining 10% of your lab grade will be determined by your daily grade (attendance, participation, etc)

Lab will count for 25% of your overall course grade. Attendance and participation in ALL labs is required.

Final Exam Date April 21, 2014 - 1:00 PM
Major Assignments Summary of LAB Exam Dates



Exam #        Date        Topics

1        T 2/17        Introduction, Microscope, Bacteria, Skeleton

2        T 3/17 Gymnosperms, Angiosperms

3        T 4/21 Anatomy - Cat, Heart, Brain, Respiratory, GI

Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Biology 1407

Spring, 2012

Dates         Lab Will Feature        

1/13 & 1/15        Introduction, Lab Safety        Handouts

1/20 & 1/22        MLK no lab

1/27 & 1/29        Microscope & Bacteria         

2/3 & 2/5        Human Skeleton        Skeletal System

2/10 & 2/12        Human Skeleton        Skeletal System

2/17 & 2/19        Lab Exam #1        Microscope, Bacteria, Skeleton

2/24 & 2/26        Gymnosperms        Gymnosperms

3/3 & 3/5        Angiosperms        Angiosperms

3/10 & 3/12        Spring Break

3/17 & 3/19        Lab Exam #2        Gymnosperms, Angiosperms

3/24 & 3/26        Internal Anatomy, (cat)        

3/31 & 4/2        Cardiovascular & Respiratory system        

4/7 & 4/9        Brain, nervous system, reflexes        

4/14 & 4/16        Anatomy Review Day        



4/21 & 2/23        Lab Exam #3        Previous 4 Labs
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

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 & Bio 1407. Students do not receive a separate grade for lecture and lab.

Course Student Learning Outcomes Course Learning Outcomes

1. Describe modern evolutionary synthesis, natural selection, population genetics, micro and macroevolution, and speciation. (PSLO 2,4) Measured by class discussion and/or embedded question.

2. Describe phylogenetic relationships and classification schemes. (PSLO 1, 2) Measured by Embedded question

3. Identify the major phyla of life with an emphasis on plants and animals, including the basis for classification, structural and physiological adaptations, evolutionary history, and ecological significance. (PSLO 1, 2, alpha) Measured by embedded questions, pre-post test questions.

4. Describe basic animal physiology and homeostasis as maintained by organ systems. (PSLO 1, 2, alpha) Measured by embedded questions, pre-post test questions.

5. Compare different sexual and asexual life cycles noting their adaptive advantages. (PSLO 1, 2, alpha) Measured by embedded questions, pre-post test questions.

6. Illustrate the relationship between major geologic change, extinctions, and evolutionary trends. (PSLO 2, 4) Measured by embedded questions and/or 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.
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.

    Two of the lab exams this semester are "practical" type exams where you will have to identify structures and/or pictures that are set out. Thus YOU MUST TAKE THE LAB EXAMS DURING THE SCHEDULED TIME!! It is NOT possible to leave a lab exam set up, nor to have it set up again if you miss. THESE LAB EXAMS NEED TO TAKE PRIORITY OVER ANY OTHER THINGS YOU MAY HAVE SCHEDULED.

Additional Information
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statue 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 210D, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6251.
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 My.LamarPA.edu 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 my.lamarpa.edu 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

Mission

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

Principles

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.

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