Bio 110: Syllabus and Course Information
Biology 110 -
Instructor: Lecture - Sue Kloss, 541-4660 x-244
D-101, Across from the biology lab, and D-102 in the lab prep room
Office Hours:. M and W 12-1
pm and 4:30 - 5pm; T and Th 9 – 10am, and by appt.
*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
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 before 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
March 29, 2017, 4-6 pm
Text: Essential Biology. 6th ed. by Simon Reece and
Lab Book: Ltcc custom Biology Laboratory Manual
by Sylvia Mader, 12th ed- must be a new copy of this book in the
correct edition. If you choose to use any other book, specifically earlier
editions, you are responsible for any differences in the material.
Course Requirements for Bio 110
Homework, and Classwork:
each class, read the appropriate chapters in the textbook.
You must also complete the homework questions.
A good time to do this is as you read the chapter.
You will submit your hand written (legible to receive credit) prior to
the beginning of class in which that chapter is covered.
In order to receive full credit for your homework, you must write the
question and then provide the correct answer.
You may choose to use complete sentences, bullet points, and/or drawings,
depending on the way you study.
Please use your own words and summarize. For
homework and most classwork, I encourage you to work together with your
classmates, however plagiarism or copying will not be tolerated.
Use your own words.
Quizzes: Each Monday, just as class begins,
we will have a 5 question, multiple choice quiz. You will be able to answer all
quiz and exam questions if you can completely answer the homework questions.
I will also occasionally throw in pop quizzes. No make ups for any reason!
I will drop your lowest quiz grade for the quarter.
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
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 credit.
Lab Exams: You will
have a final lab exam, which is a cumulative practical exam.
10% - Quizzes
10% - Homework/in-class assignments
A = 90 -100
20% - Midterm
B = 80
25% - Final Exam
C = 70 - 79
20% - Lab Notebooks/Participation
D = 60 - 69
10% - Lab exam
F = below 60
5% - Poster project
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.
Being on time, participating, for the whole time, (and awake!) is CRITICAL to
your course grade. It is your
responsibility to let me know anything you would like me to explain further, and
you cannot do this if you have not prepared for class.
Put it in Writing!
If you have any questions about course material, please email me with your
Attendance is the key to a good grade! It is very important to me
that students come to class, on time, for the entire time scheduled. Please
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,
as well as any course announcements.
If you arrive late to lab or leave early, you will not receive full lab points.
If you have excessive absences from lab (3 or more) you may be dropped from the
course or failed.
You may reschedule an exam/assignment only by
discussing it with me in advance, and
by providing a doctor’s note.
(Leaving messages does 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 10% 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 are excused to 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.
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
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
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
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
7. Students will draw/describe the importance of enzymes and how they
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
Students will be able to build a basic DNA model and describe the function of
the operon model of gene regulation
each week: 1.
Quiz each Monday on material covered the previous week.
2. Homework questions on the
material we will cover each class period.
found on the lecture outlines on course website.
Homework for each chapter is due in lecture
as we begin each chapter, starting Jan 11 with chapter 2.
3. In-class assignments/
4. Any extra
assignments/exams/project due dates.
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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