Welcome to Biology 21
As of now we are NOT taking ANY adds to
If you wish to add please email the following
to sign up at the front
we will contact you personally if a space
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Joshua Mackie, Ph.d
• Email is the BEST!
• Office Hours:
• Monday 12:00-1:00 (DH-438)
• Thursday 11:00-12:00 (DH-439)
How the Class Works: Lecture
• You have two lectures (here) and one lab to attend each week (in DH
• Lab is self-paced and “drop-in”.
• MON: 900 am to 1100 am, 1230 pm to 4:30 pm,
630 - 900 pm :
• TUE: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
• WED: 900 am to 1100 am, 1230 pm to 8 pm :
THUR: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm : FRI: 8:00 am to
What is Biology 21?
The Science of You…your body, your health, your
well-being, your longevity…all these things are
relevant in this course.
Why is biology worth knowing?
• Many studies report a correlation between mortality
and education. As education increases, mortality
decreases (translates = the more you know, the longer
• But maybe you need more incentive…
The Green Sheet: Your Path
to Success in this Course
• Lecture: Make a commitment to attend every
lecture section in Bio 21. If you can’t make
your scheduled lecture, attend an alternate
time (there are four different lecture sections
and we all coordinate with each other).
• Online material: Check it out on my website
• Lab: Each week’s lab is in DH 448 (Multimedia
Learning Lab); pick the times best for your
• Multimedia Learning Lab (DH 448): Each week’s lab in DH 448
consists of self-paced activities at lab benches and at the
computer. Bring your Student ID and lab manual to each lab.
Only students enrolled in Bio 21, with student ID, are allowed in
the lab. No food or drink in lab. Note: you will often need a
partner for lab assignments – get to know people in your lab. Lab
closes every week at 1:00 p.m. on Friday - arrive by 9:30 AM to
• You may come and go as many times as you need to complete
your lab each week. But you must finish by 1:00 p.m. on Friday of
• To earn credit for one week’s lab you must
• complete the assignment and show the lab instructor your lab manual (note:
read ahead for each week – it is possible to complete some of the lab outside
• complete a short computerized quiz located in DH 448.
• Labs cannot be made up! They set up and torn down weekly!
The hallway outside of the Bio 21 on Fridays…get into
lab early in the week if you want to ensure finishing…
• EVERYONE must attend a lab orientation
between Aug 27 - Sep 4 or be dropped
from the class! NO Exceptions!
• Sign up for orientation:
•Go to Quick Links > Bio 21 Lab reservation.
•Limited number of seats - so sign up now!
Do NOT Click “Confirm” until you are sitting in
You will confirm your seat in lab orientation
when you get there
• Human Biology Lab Manual (Required) Purchase
in class during 1st and 2nd week (cash only). NOT
available in Spartan Bookstore. You need a lab
manual for orientation (and you need orientation to
be able to do the labs).
• eInstruction Clickers (Required) - Purchase at
Beat the Bookstore, register online (fee)
• The required text, Visualizing Human Biology,
Ireland, 2nd ed. available at Beat the Bookstore,
online & in lab
110 Paseo de
• Scan Tron 882-E for three lecture exams
• #2 pencil for exams
• Three lecture exams, up to 11 Lecture Quizzes (10 points each with
the lowest score dropped) and 12 lab activities (15 points each, the
lowest score is dropped) are given. Exams (100 points each) are
multiple choice (entered on Scan Tron 882-E) and some exams may
include an essay question (we will provide paper). Material will be
from course activities (lecture and lab). Exam 3 is the Final.
• The final is not cumulative. For a one missed Exam the average
of the other two, minus 20%, is entered for the missed exam (i.e.,
no make-ups on exams).
• Students must arrive on time to take exams. If a student has
already finished the exam and left the room by the time you arrive,
you will not be able to take the exam under any circumstances.
Concept checks are done using the clickers in class.
• Course Grade: The percentage earned out
of 565 points determines the semester
grade. No Curve!
• Lecture Exams 300 pts.
• Quizzes (up to) 100 pts.
• Lab 165 pts.
• Total possible 565 pts. TOTAL
Lecture Dates Lectures (chapters) Lab Assignments/Dates
Course Introduction/ Be gin Chem of 1& 3
Lab 0 (Orientation), 8/26-9/3
Aug 24 & 26 Life
Aug 31 & Sep 2 Chem. Of Life/ Cells & Tissues 4 Orientation Continues
Sep 7 No Class – Labor Day Holiday
9 No Class - Furlough
14 & 16 Cells and Tissues 5 Lab 1 (C ells & Tissues) 9/14-9/18
21 Lecture Canceled-Furloug h Related Lab 2 (Enzymes), 9/21-9/25
23 Enzymes/Dig estive System 15
28 Skele tomuscular System 6 Lab 3 (Skeletomuscular), 9/28-10/2
30 Midterm 1
Oct 5 & 7 Nervous System 7 Lab 4 (Nervous System), 9 /28-10/9
12 & 14 Blood/Circulation 12 Lab 5 ( Circulation), 10/12-10/16
19 No Lecture – Furlough Day Lab 6 (Gas Exchange), 10/19-10/23
21 Gas Exchange 13
26 Renal System 16 Lab 7 (Urina ry), 10/26-10/30
28 No Class – Furlough D ay
Nov 2 & 4 Immuni ty/”Evolutionary Arms Race”* 9 & 10 Lab 8 (Immunity), 11/2-11/6
9 Midterm 2 No Lab
11 Veterans Day – No Lec ture No Lab
16 & 18 Reproduction/”Why Sex?”* 18 Lab 9 (Reproduction), 11/16-11/20
23 Development /”Journey Into Life”* 19 Lab 10 (Online), 11/23-11/25
20 Lab 11 (Genetic Variat ion), 11/30-
30 & Dec 2 Genetic Variation 12/4
Dec 7 DNA & Evolution 2 & 21 Lab 12 - Canceled
Final Ex am – Monday, December 1 4
• There are days marked “Furlough”. These
are days that there is NO LECTURE
• Furlough related days, no lecture then
• You are responsible for what is covered in
lecture and for the reading in the textbook
– We will give you a study guide to help narrow
your study for the exams.
How to Succeed…and Learn a
1. Show up…seriously.
2. Make friends in Bio 21.
3. Do the assigned reading early.
3. Come to lecture prepared, ready to work
4. Open your lab manual…seriously.