Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: BIOL-1106- Section: 11
Biology for Science Majors I (lab)
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Instructor Information
InstructorDr. Nancy Longlet
Phone(409) 984-6324
Location:Education Annex - Room: 108
Hours:MWF 11a-12noon, TR 1p-2p. Additional office hours are available by appointment. Email quesitons at anytime.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description This laboratory-based course accompanies BIOL 1306 Biology for Science Majors I. Laboratory activities will reinforce the fundamental principles of living organisms, including physical and chemical properties of life, organization, function, evolutionary adaptation, and classification. Study and examination of the concepts of cytology, reproduction, genetics, and scientific reasoning are included.
Prerequisites Prerequisite(s): TSI complete in reading
Learning Outcomes 1. Students will demonstrate a knowledge of lab safety and the ability to convert values and measurements between US measurements and the metric system.

2. Students will demonstrate understandings of pH, the actions of buffers to maintain pH, and the relative pH of a variety of common substances.

3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms involved in osmosis and be able to predict the movement of water across a membrane in a variety of situations.

4. Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize a compound microscope, estimate the actual size of a structure viewed using a microscope, and understand the terminology relating to microscopes.

5. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the various phases of the cell cycle, be able to identify the various stages of mitosis.

6. Students will demonstrate understandings of the terminology involved in genetics, the rules and processes involved in conducting Parent, F1, hybrid, dihybrid, and test crosses, as well as being able to predict the outcome of such crosses.
Core Objectives * 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.

* Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Lab handouts will be provided by the instructor.
Lecture Topics
Dates for M & W    Lab Will Feature    Pages/Exercise
     8/27, 8/29    Introduction & Lab Safety    Handouts
     9/3, 9/5    Labor Day week, no lab    
     9/10, 9/12    Measurements, conversions     Handout
     9/17, 9/19    Homeostasis – pH Handout
     9/24, 9/26    Homeostasis – Osmosis    Handout
     10/1, 10/3    Lab Exam #1    First 4 labs
    10/8, 10/10    Microscopy    Handout
    10/15, 10/17    Microscopy     Handout
    10/22, 10/24    Mitosis        Handout
    10/29, 10/31    Lab Exam #2    Microscope & Mitosis
     11/5, 11/7    Heredity        Handout
    11/12, 11/14    Heredity        Handout
     11/19, 11/21    Thanksgiving week, No lab
    11/26, 11/28    Lab Exam #3    Heredity
     12/3, 12/5    Return Lab Exam #3
Major Assignments
Summary of Lab Exams for M & W labs
Lab Exam #1 10/1; 10/3
Lab Exam #2 10/29; 10/31
Lab Exam #3 11/26; 11/28
Final Exam Date November 26, 2018 - 1:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
This lab course will have three (3) lab exams. You will also receive a grade based on your lab reports, daily attendance and participation. Each lab exam will be worth 25% of your lab grade. The remaining 25% will come from your grade on daily work, quizzes, daily attendance and participation.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Exam Grades will be posted on the course website as soon as they are graded. If you have questions regarding your grade you must email me from your LSCPA EMAIL ADDRESS. You may also discuss it in person.
No food or drink allowed in the lab. Shoes must be close-toed; no sandals or flip flops.
Unless otherwise instructed, cell phone use is prohibited.
Attendance Policy LAB ATTENDANCE IS NOT OPTIONAL!!! It is imperative that you arrive on time for lab! There will be a sign in sheet on the front lab table and it is your responsibility to sign in as soon as you enter the lab. If you arrive late—after instructions have begun, you will lose points for the daily attendance and participation grade for the day.
If you miss 2 or more labs, the instructor may choose to drop you from the course.
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
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

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

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
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.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.