Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: BIOL-1307- Section: 01
Biology for Science Majors II
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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 The diversity and classification of life will be studied, 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
Day Date             Feature Presentation(s)
W    1/23        Introduction, General info, Ch 19 Naming & Classification review
F    1/25        Ch 20 Bacteria, Archaea, Viruses, viral lifecycle, Viroids, Prions
W    1/30        Ch 21 Char. Protists, Excavates, Euglenozoans, Stramenopiles, Alveolates, Rhizarians, Amoebazoans
F     2/1        Red Algae, Chlorophytes; Ch 23 Fungi char., major groups of fungi, fungal interactions
W     2/6        Ch. 22 Plant features, nonvascular, vascular seedless, gymnosperms, angiosperms
F     2/8    Exam #1     Chapters 19, 20, 21, 23, 22
W    2/13        Ch 44 Plant structure, roots, stems, leaves, Nutrients, monocots vs dicots (eudicots)
F    2/15        NO Class
W    2/20        Ch 45 Reproduction, spores, flowers, Pollen, fruits & seeds
F    2/22        Ch 24 Animal Characteristics, animal organization, Symmetry, coelom
W    2/27        Protostome/deuterostome, Mollusca, Annelids, Arthropods, Deuterostomes
F    3/1    Exam #2,     Chapters 44, 45, 24
W    3/6        Ch 25 Chordate char., invertebrates, vertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles
F    3/8        Birds, Mammals; Ch 32 Homeostasis & feedback systems, epithelial tissues
    3/11 ? 3/15    Spring Break
W    3/20         Connective tissue, muscle tissue, nerve tissue, skin, organ systems
F    3/22         Ch 33 Open & closed circulatory systems, circuits, heart structure, pathway of blood,            electrical conduction in heart
W    3/27          Blood pressure, venous flow, blood components & functions, lymphatics
F    3/29    Exam #3     Chapters 25, 32, 33
W     4/3        Ch 37 Immune system, NSRD leukocytes, inflammatory resp, fever, complement system, lymphatic system, adaptive SRD
F    4/5        Adaptive SRD, Immune response, memory cells, vaccinations, immune malfunctions; Ch35 Nutrients
W    4/10        Teeth, mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, pancreas, liver
F    4/12        Enzymatic digestion; Ch 34 Respiration, respiratory tract, inhalation, exhalation, pneumothorax
W    4/17        Gases, resp. infections, lung disorders, ventilation in birds
F    4/19    Exam #4     Chapters 37, 35, 34
W    4/24         Ch 36 Excretory system functions, excretory structures, urine formation, renal hormones
F    4/26        Ch 39 nerve tissue, synaptic transmission, CNS, PNS, neurotransmitters, protection, Spinal cord, cerebrum
W     5/1        Cerebellum, diencephalon, brainstem, Ch 38 cell communication, hormone action,
                hypothalamus, anterior pituitary, posterior pituitary
F     5/3        Thyroid, parathyroid, Pancreas, Diabetes Mellitus
W     5/8        Gonads, Adrenal cortex, adrenal medulla, pineal, thymus
M     5/13    10:00pm ? 12:30pm FINAL Exam (Chs 36, 39, 38)

Homework Assignments on Pearson Mastering Biology
Due Assignment
2/8        Ch 19-1    Naming & Classification of Organisms
2/8        Ch 20-1    Diversity of Prokaryotes and Viruses
2/8        Ch 21-1    Diversity of Protists
2/8        Ch 23-1    Diversity of Fungi
2/8        Ch 22-1    Diversity of Plants
3/1        Ch 44-1    Plant Anatomy & Nutrition Transport
3/1        Ch 45-1    Plant Reproduction & Development
3/1        Ch 24-1    Invertebrate Diversity
3/29        Ch 25-1    Vertebrate Diversity
3/29        Ch 32-1    Homeostasis & Animal Tissue Organization
3/29        Ch 33-1    Circulatory System
4/19        Ch 37-1    Immune System
4/19        Ch 35-1    The Digestive System & Nutrition
4/19        Ch 34-1    The Respiratory System
5/13        Ch 36-1    The Urinary System
5/13        Ch 39-1    The Nervous System
5/13        Ch 38-1    The Endocrine System

Major Assignments
Exam #1 February 8 Chapters 19, 20, 21, 23, & 22
Exam #2 March 1 Chapters 44, 45, 24
Exam #3 March 29 Chapters 25, 32, 33
Exam #4 April 19 Chapters 37, 35, 34
Exam 35 May 13 Chapters 36, 39, 38

Final Exam Date May 13, 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
Your grade for the lecture component of this class will be based on your exam grades and your grade on the online homework assignments. The average for the lecture component will be calculated by the average of your 5 lecture exams and the average of all of the homework assignments.
Exams will consist of multiple choice, multiple answer and short answer questions. Short answer questions will require you to write definitions, explain a concept, list items, label, etc. Approximately 20% - 30% of the test will be short answer. MY EXAMS ARE VERY THOROUGH!! YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE THE REVIEW QUESTIONS AS A GUIDE FOR WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR THE EXAMS.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Academic Dishonesty, Cheating and Disruptive Behavior
The following cannot be stressed enough: Academic dishonesty / Cheating in ANY form will NOT be tolerated! Suspicious behavior during a test and/or evidence of cheating may result in either a grade of ?0? on that exam or taking an exam in my office that is 100% essay.
NO electronic devises of any type will be permitted while taking exams. I will provide calculators if needed.

Disruptive behavior of any sort, can result in an instructor-initiated drop. This document serves as your ?first warning? as to the result of disruptive behavior. You may or may not receive a 2nd warning before actions are taken. Disruptive behavior includes things such as cell phone usage, passing notes, talking, showing disrespect, excessive noise production or any other behavior which is considered disruptive by the instructor. In addition, getting up and leaving class during a lecture is very disruptive. Unless you have notified me in advance that you will need to leave a lecture early, or in the case of an emergency, you are expected to remain seated until you are dismissed.
Use of a laptop or tablet to take notes during lecture is permitted as long as the process doesn?t produce any sound ? (i.e. noisy keyboard). Using your laptop or tablet to access the internet during lecture is not allowed and will result in loss of your privilege of using your device for note taking.

Cell Phones
As a policy, cell phones MUST remain in your backpack, purse or pocket during class with purses & backpacks on the floor. If you are recording a lecture, your cell phone should be FACE DOWN ON THE CORNER OF YOUR DESK. OTHER THAN TO RECORD LECTURES, CELL PHONE USE DURING CLASS IS NOT ALLOWED AND IS CONSIDERED DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR. Despite what you may think, I CAN see who is using a cell phone during lecture.
*****Violations of my cell phone policy will result in a LOSS OF BONUS POINTS FROM THE NEXT EXAM.****
Attendance Policy The classrooms we will be using are somewhat small and entering lecture late is a disruption to the entire class. Thus, if you are routinely and/or excessively tardy, you will be dropped from the course. Changes in lecture schedule, changes in exam dates, etc will be announced at the beginning of the lecture. 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.

THERE ARE NO MAKE UP EXAMS OR ?RE-TAKES?! The dates for ALL EXAMS are clearly posted on the Lecture Schedule and you are expected to be in class on those days. If you miss an exam FOR ANY REASON YOU MUST EMAIL me IMMEDIATELY -- and then CHECK YOUR email for a response from me containing instructions. If you do miss an exam, DO NOT wait until the next class period to email or talk to me! If you do not complete an exam before the next class period, you will NOT be allowed to take the exam. If you do not take an exam, you will receive either a grade of ?0? for that exam or your lowest exam grade will be counted twice. Based on your excuse and your effort to contact me, I will decide which option will apply. If you are missing an exam because of a medical emergency, bring me a copy of the discharge papers from the Emergency Room/Hospital.
If you have a previously scheduled appointment, event, etc that conflicts with an exam, you MUST CONTACT ME BY EMAIL AT LEAST ONE WEEK in advance to make arrangements to take the exam EARLY. Exams will NOT be re-scheduled due to poor preparation or work for other classes.
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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Other Cell phones may ONLY be used to record lectures. If you are recording a lecture, place your phone face down on the corner of your desk. Other than this, cell phones are to remain on silent and in your backpack, pocket, or purse. Backpacks and purses should be on the floor. Cell phone use or any other disruptive behavior during class will result in a loss of bonus points on the subsequent exam.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.