Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: BIOL-1107- Section: 11
Biology for Science Majors II (lab)
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Instructor Information
InstructorDr. Nancy Longlet
Phone(409) 984-6324
Location:Education Annex - Room: 108
Hours:MW 8-10, TR 10-11, 12:15-1:45, F 9-10 (Email anytime)
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description This laboratory-based course accompanies Biology 1307, Biology for Science Majors II. Laboratory activities will reinforce study of the diversity and classification of life, including animals, plants, protists, fungi, and prokaryotes. Special emphasis will be given to anatomy, physiology, ecology, and evolution of plants and animals.
Prerequisites Prerequisite: BIOL 1306, basic skills competency in reading and writing
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.

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.
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.
Textbooks Biology Life on Earth With Physiology, 11th ed, by Audesirk, Audesirk & Byers, Pearson, (Make sure you have the "With Physiology".) 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
Dates    Lab Will Feature    
1/28     Introduction, Lab Safety     Handouts
2/4     Microscope & Bacteria     Bacteria Lab Handout
2/11     Human Skeleton     Skeletal System Lab Handout
2/18     Human Skeleton     Skeletal System Lab Handout
2/25     Lab Exam #1    Microscope, Bacteria, Skeleton
3/4     Gymnosperms     Gymnosperms Lab Handout
     3/11 - 3/15    Spring Break
3/18     Angiosperms     Angiosperms Lab Handout
3/25     Lab Exam #2    Gymnosperms, Angiosperms
4/1     Internal Anatomy, (cat)     Anatomy Lab Handout
4/8     Cardiovascular & Respiratory system    Cardiovascular Lab Handout
4/15     Brain, nervous system, reflexes    Neuro Lab Handout
4/22     Anatomy Review Day     Structures to Review Handout
4/29     Lab Exam #3    Previous 4 Labs
Major Assignments
Summary of Exam Dates
Exam Date Chapters
1 M 2/25 Microscope, Bacterial, Skeleton labs
2 M 3/25 Gymnosperms & Angiosperms lab
3 M 4/29 Cat Anatomy, Heart Anatomy, Brain Anatomy

Lab exams this semester are "practical type" that involve considerable set up. Thus, there is absolutely NO chance to take the lab exams other than at the specified times. If you miss any lab exams you must provide documentation that you were hospitalized at the time.

Final Exam Date April 22, 2019 - 10:00 AM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
This lab will have three (3) lab exams. Each exam will be worth approximately 60-70 points. You will be given a grade based on the percentage of questions you answered correctly. ((#right / total possible) x 100) = % score. Exams will consist of multiple choice, multiple answer, identification, calculation and/or short answer questions. You will also receive a grade based on you 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 Lab exam grades will be posted on the course website as soon as I finish grading them. I will not give out grades over the phone. If you wish to inquire about a lab exam grade, you can email me from your LSCPA email account, or come by my office.
A portion of your lab grade will be determined by your attendance and daily work/participation.
Attendance Policy Instructions are given out at the beginning of the lab thus it is imperative that you arrive to lab on time. It is your responsibility to sign the attendance log immediately upon entering the lab. Once the lab begins, the attendance log will be removed and anyone that enters after this will be counted late. If you are routinely and/or excessively tardy, you may be asked to drop the course, or an instructor initiated drop may be conducted. 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.
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 the Office for Disability Services 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.