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Bio 110:  Syllabus and Course Information
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Biology 110 - 5 units
Instructor:  Sue Kloss, Ph.D.
Office:  D-100, Next to the biology lab
Office Hours:  
M & W 3-3:30 pm, 5:30 – 6 pm; T & Th 9 – 10 am; Th 2:30 – 3:30 pm; and by appt. 
Email: kloss@ltcc.edu  *make sure to include your name and the words Bio 110 in the subject line
Course website:
http://www.ltcconline.net/kloss/bio110/index.htm

Course Information:  Bio 110 is a basic biology course that will cover general biological principles of the scientific method, basic organic chemistry, and the basic cellular structure and function of plant and animal cells.  Consistent hard work and effort is required for you to do well in the class. One excellent strategy is to work hard at taking good notes in class;  in the evening, recopy your notes and review them for 30-45 minutes. Answer the homework questions as we cover that material in class.  Repetition, repetition, repetition is necessary to master the quantity and quality of material you will be required to know for this course.  To do well in this course, you must spend time to learn the material!
Final Exam:  March 21, 4 – 6 pm
Text:  Essential Biology.  4th ed. by Simon Reece and Dickey.  If you choose to use any other book, including earlier editions of this one,  you are responsible for any differences in the material. 
Lab BookBiology Laboratory Manual by Sylvia Mader, 10th ed. You are  required to buy a new copy of  this book in the correct edition.

Course Requirements for Bio 110
Quizzes
:  Each week I will post a set of learning objectives in the form of questions that provide you with a specific way to learn the material we cover. You will be able to answer all quiz and exam questions if you can completely answer these questions.  Quizzes will be given on Mondays.  I will also occasionally throw in pop quizzes.  No make ups for any reason!  I will drop your lowest 2 quiz grades for the quarter. 
Exams:  There will be a midterm and a final exam in this course. You are responsible for all material covered in lectures, discussions, labs and readings. 
Poster Project:  You will receive a separate handout on the course project, which includes researching a topic and presenting a poster based on your research.
Lab Notebooks:  Your work in lab will be evaluated partially on the work you complete in your lab manual.  You will also receive several handouts containing lab exercises.  Please be sure to retain all your course material.  If you do not complete a lab assignment during lab, it is due by the next week’s lab in order to receive full marks.
Lab Exams:  You will have a final lab exam, which is a cumulative practical exam. 

Attendance/Participation:  Being on time, participating, for the whole time, (and awake!) is CRITICAL to your course grade.   If you have excessive absences from lab (3 or more) you may be dropped from the course or failed.  Spot checking will be used to monitor attendance in lectures and labs. If you arrive late to lab or leave early, you will not receive full lab points. Make every effort to attend! It is very important to me that students come to class, on time, for the entire time scheduled. Please make every effort to arrive on time for class.  People who arrive after class has started are very disruptive to other students.  If you do miss class, you are responsible to find out what was covered.  Attendance may be monitored on a spot-check basis. 

Grading summary:                                       Grading Scale:
10% - Quizzes/in-class assignments          A = 90 -100
20% - Midterm                                              B = 80 - 89
25% - Final Exam                                          C = 70 - 79
15% - Lab Notebooks/Participation          D = 60 - 69
13% - Lab exam                                            F = below 60
15% - Poster project
100% total

Late Work Policy:  Late work is not accepted.

Electronic Device Policy:  Turn off ALL electronic equip. (PHONES, IPODS, LAPTOPS, ETC ) before class begins, please.  All electronic devices are prohibited during exams.  No electronic submissions of assignments, please. 

 

Exam/Assignment Reschedules: You may reschedule an exam/assignment only by discussing it with me in advance.  (Emails and phone messages do not satisfy this requirement).  If you arrange a makeup and take the exam within 2 working days of when it was originally scheduled, you forfeit 20% of the total possible.  If you complete the exam within 7 days you lose 50 %.  You may not retake an exam more than one week after the scheduled original.  If you miss a lab practical you will retake it in alternate format, subject to the above penalties.  No early final exams will be given. If you have an exam rescheduled, you forfeit prompt grading privileges and extra credit opportunities for that exam.

 

Study Buddies: Choose 2 or 3 people for your study buddies.  These are the people who will pick up handouts for you if you are absent, and who will share notes with you for the class you missed. With your study buddies, you can ask about material you don’t understand, divvy up study chores, prepare for exams, etc.  Learning cooperatively is wonderful, but it doesn’t work if every one doesn’t do an equal share of the work.  Take good care of your buddies! 

Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism Policy:  You may always discuss course information, lesson objectives, and lab assignments together (except on quizzes and exams), but all answers must be your own.  Do not use the same wording as anyone else on any assignment.  When you use someone else’s idea, be sure to provide a citation.  If you are found to be cheating or plagiarizing, you will receive a 0 for the assignment, and if flagrant, an F in the course.  This class will abide by the LTCC’s Student Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism Policy (please see the College Catalog). 


Student Learning Outcomes for Bio 110
1. Analyze the characteristics that define life and diagram those that distinguish various life forms.
2. Build models to reflect the hierarchy of atoms, molecules, and cells in the transfer and expression of biological and genetic information at various organismic levels.
3. Diagram structures and functions at the cellular and molecular levels to show how energy is transformed biologically.
4. Evaluate basic factual and conceptual biological information, data, and current issues.

Student Objectives for Bio 110
1. Students will demonstrate use of the scientific method
2. Students will develop critical thinking skills
3. Students will develop/draw a model of an atom including major sub parts
4. Students will explain how different bonds allow for various substances to interact
5. Students will draw and explain similarities and differences between mitosis and meiosis
6. Students will relate function of all major cell organelles to their structure, and to cell biology
7. Students will draw/describe the importance of enzymes and how they function
8. Students will write the chemical equation for photosynthesis and draw/describe light reactions and Calvin cycle
9. Students will be able to write the chemical equation for cellular respiration as well as draw and describe the complete breakdown of glucose in the cell
10. Students will be able to define Mendel’s laws of inheritance and use a punnett square to determine the genotypes and phenotypes of monohybrid and dihybrid crosses
11. Students will be able to build a basic DNA model and describe the function of the operon model of gene regulation

* Students with disabilities who may need accommodations for this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) early in the quarter so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible.  Students may contact the DRC by visiting the Center (located in room A205) or by phoning 541-4660, ext. 249 (voice) or 542-1870 (TTY for deaf students).  All information will remain confidential.

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For questions or comments, please contact Sue Kloss - kloss@ltcc.edu