Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: BIOL-1306- Section: 01
Biology for Science Majors I (lecture)
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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 with questions at anytime.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description Fundamental principles of living organisms will be studied, including physical and chemical properties of life, organization, function, evolutionary adaptation, and classification. Concepts of cytology, reproduction, genetics, and scientific reasoning are included.
Prerequisites Prerequisite(s): TSI complete in reading
Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics common to all forms of life, regulation of homeostasis, scientific method, general chemistry, pH, organic macromolecules, and the structure and function of the cell & cellular organelles.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the structures and function of the cell membrane, mechanisms of passive & active transport processes, enzyme action, photosynthesis, and cellular metabolism.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the phases of the cell cycle, stages of mitosis, stages of meiosis, Mendellian genetics, and various other forms of inheritance.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of structure & function of DNA & RNA, protein synthesis, gene regulation, genetic mutation, and the various implications & uses of biotechnology.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms involved in evolution, natural selection, and effect of evolution on frequency distribution curves, history of life on earth and the history of the earth.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of terminology relevant to the course.
7. Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with fellow students to complete an assignment or project.
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 Biology Life on Earth With Physiology, 11th ed, by Audesirk, Audesirk & Byers, Pearson, (Make sure you have the “With Physiology”version.) Modified Mastering Biology Access code. The ISBN for the Package/bundle containing both the textbook and access code is ISBN: 978-013-458-0982. The ISBN for just the Mastering Biology Access code that contains an etext is ISBN 0134-260-201. The ISBN for just the printed textbook is ISBN 978-013-392-3001.
Lecture Topics
Day/Date         Topic(s)
M    8/27         Introduction, Characteristics of Life, homeostasis
W    8/29             Classification, Hypothesis & science, Chemical elements, Atomic structure, Isotopes
M    9/3             Labor Day Holiday
W    9/5             Chemical bonds, Chemistry of water, Acids, Bases
M     9/10             Organic molecules, Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins
W     9/12         Nucleic Acids, Cell Theory, prokaryotic & eukaryotic cells, cellular organelles
M    9/17             Structure and function of cellular organelles
W    9/19            Exam #1, Chapters 1-4
M    9/24             Plasma membrane, S/F of the cell membrane, membrane permeability, Passive transport, diffusion, facilitated diffusion, Osmosis
W    9/26            Osmosis, Active transport systems, cell-cell junctions, energy, Law of Thermodynamics
M    10/1            Enzymes, Overview of Photosynthesis, Light Reactions, Dark Reactions
W    10/3            Types of Cellular Metabolism, ATP
M    10/8            Electron carriers, oxidation & reduction, Glycolysis, Transition reaction
W    10/10        TCA Cycle, ETC, Summary/overview of Cellular metabolism
M    10/15        Exam #2, Chapters 5-8
W    10/17        Cell Cycle; Interphase, Mitosis, Cytokinesis, Cancer and the cell cycle
M    10/22        Prokaryotic cell division, Meiosis
W    10/24        Phases of Meiosis I, Phases of Meiosis II, Gametogenesis, non-disjunction
M    10/29        Gregor Mendel, Parent Cross, F1 Cross, F2 generation, Law of Segregation, Test     Cross, 2 trait cross
W    10/31        Autosomal traits, Autosomal disorders, autosomal recessive, Genetic disorders, Sex-linked inheritance
M    11/5            Exam 3 Chapters 9 - 11
W    11/7            DNA discovery, DNA Structure & Function, DNA Replication, Genes, RNA Structure
M    11/12        Transcription, Translation, Genetic code
W    11/14        Protein Synthesis
M    11/19        Review of Protein Synthesis, Eukaryotic Gene regulation, Causes of genetic
W    11/21        Genetic mutations, Carcinogenesis, Cloning, PCR, Biotechnology, gene therapy
M    11/26        Exam 4 Chapters 12 - 14
W    11/28        Natural Selection Postulates, Populations & Gene Pools, Causes of Evolution
M    12/3            Random vs Non-random mating, Genetic flow, Genetic Drift, Population Distribution
W    12/5            Timeline of the Earth, Appearance of Life on Earth, Plate Tectonics

M    12/10    1:00-3:00 FINAL EXAM Ch. 15, 16, 18
Major Assignments
Summary of Exam Dates

Day    Date    Exam
W    9/19    Exam #1 Chapters 1-4
M    10/15    Exam #2 Chapters 5-8
M    11/5    Exam #3 Chapters 9-11
M    11/26    Exam #4 Chapters 12-14
M    12/10    FINAL EXAM Chapters 15, 16, 18
Final Exam Date December 10, 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
The final average of the Mastering Biology Homework assignments will be counted as an exam grade. The lecture average will be determined by averaging the 5 lecture exams and the homework average.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Class attendance for exams is mandatory. NO makeups are given and no grades are dropped. If exams are missed due to a medical EMERGENCY, you must email me immediately. Exams not taken will be given a grade of "0". Exam grades will be posted on the course website as soon as exams are graded. If you email me with a question about a grade, the email must come from your LSCPA email address.
Cell Phones must remain off AND IN YOUR PURSE OR BACKPACK and your purse or backpack must be on the floor during class. Cell phone use during class will result in a loss of bonus points on the next exam.
Attendance Policy Attendance on exam dates is REQUIRED. Students who regularly attend class perform better on exams.
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
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