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Course number and title: BIO 101: Fundamentals of Biology. Instructor: Dr. Heather ... Campbell Biology: Concepts and Connections, 8th edition. Custom edition.


Course number and title:

BIO 101: Fundamentals of Biology

Instructor: Dr. Heather Cunningham Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 11:40AM -12:50PM Office: S-122 Tuesday 9:50AM-11:30 AM Phone: 410-822-5400 ext. 2262 Thursday 9:50AM -10:50AM Email: through Canvas Required Materials: Theory: Reece et al., 2015. Campbell Biology: Concepts and Connections, 8th edition. Custom edition for Chesapeake College. ISBN (TBA). Mastering Biology Access Code for Campbell Biology: Concepts and Connections, 8th edition. Packaged with the text book or may be purchased separately. Laboratory: Mader, S.S.  2015. Customized Laboratory Manual Biology. (12th edition). ISBN: 9781308510804. Methods of teaching: may include readings, videos, internet materials, and other methods; in class, we will use lecture, discussion, debate, collaborative learning, laboratory sessions, and exploration of current topics. A/V materials may include, but are not limited to, handouts, internet materials, and/or DVDs or Blu-Ray discs to supplement content. II.

Course description:

A study of the basic concepts of living organisms including cell structure and function, metabolism, growth and reproduction, genetics, adaptation, and evolution for the non-science major. Topics provide an understanding of biological systems as a whole. Three hours lecture, two hours of lab per week (4 credits). Note: Students cannot receive credit for both BIO 101 and BIO 111.


Statement of Course Goals: The goals for the course are to: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Expand the student’s knowledge of the Scientific Method. Present a comprehensive foundational body of biological knowledge. Prepare the student for more advanced courses in biology. Offer the student laboratory experiences in doing experiments with documentation.

Common Student Learning Outcomes: At the completion of this course, the student will be able to: 1. Use the scientific method as a tool for critical thinking and learning about the natural world. 2. List and discuss the basic principles of cellular and evolutionary biology. 3. Propose new hypotheses about natural phenomena and suggest possible methods for testing them. 4. Demonstrate facility with laboratory skills relevant to biological investigation. IV. Common Course Outline of Material Included in the Course: (Science) 1. Describe the steps in the scientific method, and explain the purpose of each step. 2. Describe the characteristics found in all living organisms. (Chemistry) 3. Identify the chemical compounds found in the cell and discuss their structures and functions, including small molecules, macromolecules, and water. (Cell structure, function, and energy processes)

4. 5. 6.

Identify the organelles found in the cell and know the function of each. Differentiate among the types of cell transport processes. Explain photosynthesis, including the organelle responsible for the process, energy-capture and energy-storage mechanisms, and the source and fate of carbon. 7. Explain and differentiate among the three major mechanisms that generate ATP from glucose: fermentation, anaerobic respiration, and aerobic respiration. (Cell Division): 8. Differentiate between mitosis and meiosis, explain the steps in each process, and explain the biological function of each. (Genetics) 9. Relate the steps of meiosis to patterns of inheritance. 10. Set-up and successfully work Mendelian monohybrid, dihybrid, test, and sex-linked crosses; determine genotypes and phenotypes for dominant, recessive, and incompletely dominant traits. (Molecular Biology) 11. Describe DNA and RNA structure and function, including replication, transcription, and translation, and list the enzymes associated with each process. (Evolution) 12. Explain evolutionary processes at the phenotypic and genotypic levels, and describe the molecular, morphological, and fossil evidence that supports the theory. 13. Discuss hypotheses of early chemical evolution and the evidence for each. 14. Identify the ancestors of Homo sapiens and list the characteristics that differentiate anatomically modern humans from their anthropoid ancestors. (Laboratory Skills) 15. Use a microscope. 16. Measure length, volume, temperature, and mass using the metric system. 17. Follow a lab protocol, and collect, organize, and analyze data. (General) 18. Complete the above objectives with a minimum passing grade in both the theory and laboratory components of the course.


Criteria for Student Grading: Bio 101 will be graded on a 100-point scale, broken down as follows: 1. Theory Testing: 70%

3 in-class exams 1 final exam 1 Writing Assignment 4 Mastering Biology Units 3 quizzes 2. Laboratory Grade:

1 practical 2 lab reports 12 Lab Activities

Point value each 100 150 100 ~21-24 20

Point value each 80 50 10

Total point value 300 150 100 90 60

Total point value 80 100 120

Course Grading Scale: The following grade scale will be used: A: 90-100; B: 80-89; C: 70-79; D: 60-69;

% each 10 15 10 2.1-2.3 6

% each 8 5 1

F: Below 60

Total Percentage of grade 30 15 10 9 6 30% Total Percentage of grade 8 10 12

MAKE UP POLICY LAB ACTIVITIES AND PRACTICAL: Late work is not accepted. No make-ups for the lab practical are provided. Missed work will result in a grade of zero for the assignment. WRITTEN WORK (writing assignments, lab reports): Late work is NOT accepted. Assignments submitted after the deadline will result in a grade of zero unless prior arrangements are made. MASTERING BIOLOGY: Late work is subject to a 2% grade penalty per hour submitted after the deadline. QUIZZES: There are NO make-up quizzes. Missed quizzes will result in a grade of zero. Quizzes are taken out of class and due by the following class period from which they are announced. EXAMS: All examinations will be announced in class and will consist of a mix of multiple-choice and shortanswer questions. Exams will be administered on Mastering Biology and due by the start of the next class period after exams open. Late exams are subject to a 2% grade penalty per hour submitted after the deadline. Missed exams will result in a grade of zero. There are no make-up exams. The grade on the final may be used to replace ONE missed exam. Only ONE missed exam grade may be replaced by the grade on the final exam, provided the student has provide a written request or documentation for the replacement. Plagiarism: The Chesapeake College Student Code of Conduct states: “Academic Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following: 1. Cheating on examinations. 2. Plagiarism, the representing of another’s ideas or writing as one’s own, including but not limited to: a. Presenting all or part of another person’s work as something one has written; b. Paraphrasing or summarizing another’s writing without proper acknowledgement; c. Representing another’s artistic or technical work or creation as one’s own.” In this course, students will be doing a lot of typing, weaving their ideas and others’ ideas together into coherent arguments. WHEN IN DOUBT, CITE YOUR SOURCES. Bio101 will follow a “zero tolerance” policy for plagiarism, which is punishable by failure of the assignment/examination, or failure of the course. In extreme cases, students may be dismissed from the College for academic dishonesty. Citation is easy; see the Learning Resource Center homepage for directions on citation formats. The complete Academic Dishonesty policy can be found in the 2011-2012 Chesapeake College Catalog. Standards for a “C” paper can be also found in that Catalog. INSTRUCTOR’S EXPECTATIONS OF BIO 101 STUDENTS Study Time. You should expect to spend at least 10 hours/week outside of class reading, preparing, and reviewing each topic discussed. The Maryland College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013 requires that you spend 2 hours outside of class working on the course for every hour we spend in class. For Bio101, we meet for 5 hours each week: 3 hours in lecture, and 2 hours in the lab. That means you are required by law to spend 10 hours working on Bio101 outside the time in the class. Faculty are required to assign, document and report your time. Note that you will have similar requirements in all courses. Please keep this in mind as you plan work and off-campus activities during the semester. a. Class Attendance. Serious students attend class consistently. Because you are responsible for information missed if you are absent, be sure to talk with another student, and see me during office hours for help.

b. Arrival Time. All classes and labs begin on time. Be late at your own risk. c. Digital Devices: bring them to class, but use them wisely. Devices may not be used during exams. d. Emergencies: Please contact the instructor ASAP if/when you know you will miss a lecture examination. Upon student notification prior to exam, the instructor may allow a make-up exam via the Testing Center. There are No Make-up Lab provisions available. VI.

Course Outline (Lecture & Lab):

This schedule will develop further as we evaluate our progress in the course and may change at the discretion of the instructor. We will try to hold exam dates as they appear here. Dates


Aug 24 Aug 26 Aug 31 Sept 2 Sept 7 Sept 9 Sept 14 Sept 16 Sept 21 Sept 23 Sept 28 Sept 30 Oct 5 Oct 7 Oct 12 Oct 14

Introduction to the course & Exploring Life Exploring Life Chemical Basis of Life Chemical Basis of Life Holiday Molecules of the Cells A Tour of the Cell; Quiz 1 Open A Tour of the Cell; Quiz 1 Due Exam 1 Open; Film Critique Discussion The Working Cell; Exam 1 Due; Unit 1 MB Due How Cells Harvest Chemical Energy How Cells Harvest Chemical Energy Photosynthesis; Quiz 2 Open Photosynthesis; Quiz 2 Due Exam 2 Open; Film Critique Discussion Cellular Basis of Reproduction & Inheritance; Exam 2 Due; Unit 2 MB Due Cellular Basis of Reproduction & Inheritance Patterns of Inheritance

Oct 19 Oct 21 Oct 26 Oct 28 Nov 2 Nov 4 Nov 9 Nov 11 Nov 16 Nov 18 Nov 23 Nov 25 Nov 30 Dec 2 Dec 7 or Dec 9

Patterns of Inheritance; Quiz 3 Open Molecular Biology of the Gene; Quiz 3 Due Molecular Biology of the Gene How Genes Are Controlled How Genes Are Controlled & DNA Technology Exam 3 Open; Film Critique Discussion How Populations Evolve; Exam 3; Unit 3 MB Due How Populations Evolve The Origin of Species; Film Critique Due Thanksgiving Break Tracing Evolutionary History Tracing Evolutionary History Unit 4 MB Due Final Exam

Text Chapters (Reece et al) 1 1 2 2 3 4 4 (1, 2, 3, 4) 5 6 6 7 7 (5, 6, 7) 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 11 & 12 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) 13 13 14 15 15 Comprehensive

* Labs must be read before coming to the lab. Be ready to start the lab promptly. STUDENTS MUST SIGN THE SIGN IN SHEET FOR EACH LAB!!!!!!!!!!

** Indicates laboratory report/s must be Documented (References Cited). Use Appendix A in the lab manual as the format for writing the report. PROPER ATTIRE IS MANDATORY FOR WORKING IN THE LABORATORY:  LONG PANTS/SKIRTS and/or DRESSES  CLOSED-TOED SHOES  NO SHORTS OR FLIP-FLOPS ARE ALLOWED IN THE LABORATORY  NO FOOD OR DRINKS ALLOWED IN THE LABORATORY VII. Attendance: As stated in the Chesapeake College catalog. Learning is facilitated with student involvement, interest and motivation and attendance. Therefore, students are expected to attend all classes and laboratories. In the event that a class is missed, it is the student's responsibility to make up any missed work, as the student will be held responsible for all materials covered. The student is responsible for all work, labs, assignments, and announcements whether present or not. Experience has shown that a student who misses more than 5 classes cannot pass the course. VIII.

Academic Instruction Emergency Management Plan

In the event that Chesapeake College needs to close for an extended period of time due to a flu pandemic, severe weather event, or other emergency situation, consideration will be given to the timing and duration of the closure as follows: 1. Closure during the semester for up to one week – there will be an opportunity to make up work missed without significant alteration to the semester calendar. 2. Closure extending beyond one week (or in situations where classes are cancelled on the same days/evenings over multiple weeks) – the College may extend the length of the semester. Depending on the timing of the closure, scheduled breaks, end of semester dates, and/or the processing of final grades might be impacted. Students can acquire information about closures on the College website (Best place) or by calling 410-822-5400 or 410-228-5754. Chesapeake College courses held at off campus sites will follow the protocol of the host facility. IX.


Students with disabilities seeking services or accommodations through Chesapeake College must disclose the need for these services or accommodations to the Office of Disability Services. Given sufficient notice and proper documentation, the College will provide reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and related services required by persons with disabilities to allow access to our programs and services, if it is not an undue burden to do so. Students requiring accommodations are urged to submit requests at least 14 days in advance of the need to use them. To be eligible for academic accommodations through Chesapeake College, a student must have a documented disability as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. For information on eligibility, contact: Judy Gordon Developmental Studies Case Manager/ADA Coordinator [email protected] Phone: (410) 8275805 FAX: (410)827-5233. X.


In support of increasing academic success (tutoring in reading, writing, proof-reading papers, research skills, internet use, etc.) contact Mrs. Bridget Wood, 410-827-5854 x 602 located in the Cambridge Multi-Service Center, room L-105, or on Main Campus by calling Melina Baer, 410-827-5860 x 368 Located in the Library Resource Center in the Academic Support Services (ASS) office or via e-mail at [email protected]


Gender-Based Misconduct Policy

Chesapeake College prohibits sexual misconduct and sex discrimination by or against all students, employees, and campus guests. If you have any questions or concerns or if you need to make a complaint, contact Chesapeake’s Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources Director Susan Cianchetta, by email at [email protected] , or by phone at (410) 827-5811. Please note: If you choose to report sexual misconduct or sex discrimination to a faculty member, that individual is required to report the incident (including the names of alleged perpetrators, and all the facts surrounding the misconduct to our Title IX Coordinator.) You may request that we keep your name confidential, but we may not be able to do so. If you do not want this information reported, you may share the information confidentially with counseling, advocacy, health, mental health, or sexual-assault related services. For detailed information about policy, procedures, prevention education, and sources of counseling, advocacy and support, please see Chesapeake’s Gender-Based Misconduct Policy at

Course Number ___________ Section: ____________ Fall, 2015 INSTRUCTOR'S NAME: Dr. Heather Cunningham This is to certify that I ______________________________________________ have reviewed a copy of the course outline and that it has been explained to me and where the syllabus is located electronically. I have read the outline and have agreed to the evaluation criteria as stated. Sign: ______________________________________ Date: ______________________________________

****Turn in this completed sheet 1st week of class****