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									                          Biological Science Laboratory - BSC 1005L
                                           Fall 2010

Instructor:       Michelle Roux
Phone:            727-712-5499
Email:            contact by Angel or mmroux@gmail.com

Office Hours:    Delta 442B
                 30 min before start of course (9AM) or by appointment

Instructor Web Page:

Academic Department:
Academic Program Director: Beth Goodbread
Office Location: LY 239
Office Number: 727-712-5754

Dean: John Vaughan
Office Location: UP 337, Seminole Campus
Office Number: 394-6995

Course Description: BSC 1005L BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE LAB 1 credit This is a laboratory
experience to accompany Biological Science for students who do not intend to major in Natural
Science or medical fields. The lab will emphasize basic biological concepts covering the cell,
energy processes, genetics, organization of life and scientific method. 45 contact hours.

Course Goals (Major Learning Outcomes):

1. The student will understand the role of chemistry in life and demonstrate the scientific method in a
   laboratory environment.

2. The student will describe and label the structures of the cell and understand its functioning,
   including cell division.

3. The student will understand and provide examples of how plants and animals obtain, transfer and
   use energy on both the organism and molecular levels and how this is impacted by human
   influence on the biosphere.

4. The student will understand several body systems including the structure, function, relationship as
   well as showing current applications and homeostatic regulation.

5. The student will list the concepts of genetics and use them to explain basic inheritance patterns.

6. The student will identify the major types of plants, animals and recognize relationships and apply
   the basic evolutionary principles that link all life.

7. The student will demonstrate the use of basic scientific equipment and techniques.




Biological Science Laboratory – BSC 1005L                                                       1
Course Objectives (Stated in Performance Terms):
1. The student will understand the role of chemistry in life and demonstrate the scientific method in a
   laboratory environment by:
       a. using the scientific method in problem solving.
       b. illustrating and explaining atoms, molecules, bonding, pH and buffers.
       c. explaining the role of the four basic groups of organic compounds, their components,
           procurement, and function in organisms.
2. The student will describe and label the structures of the cell and understand its functioning,
   including cell division by:
       a. identifying a model of cell structure and explaining the processes of diffusion, osmosis and
           active transport.
       b. listing the constituents of the cytoplasm, observing the 'sol-gel' consistency of the cytosol,
           locating its organelles and explaining their functions. These would include but not be
           limited to: microtubules, microfilaments, lysosomes, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi
           apparatus, ribosomes, mitochondria, vacuoles and chloroplasts.
       c. explaining the cell cycle and meiosis.
3. The student will understand and provide examples of how plants and animals obtain, transfer and
   use energy on both the organism and molecular levels and how this is impacted by human
   influence on the biosphere by:
       a. tracing the flow of energy through ecosystems and understanding the laws of
           thermodynamics governing that flow and the significance of different amounts of energy
           available at successive trophic levels while studying a model or actual food chain.
       b. studying the effects of environmental parameters on photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
4. The student will understand several body systems including the structure, function, relationship as
   well as current applications and homeostatic regulation by:
       a. identifying parts and overall functions of any (or all) of these systems: digestive, skeletal,
           cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, urinary, muscular and reproductive.
       b. illustrating homeostasis and applying it to the optimal functioning of a whole organism.
5. The student will list the concepts of genetics and use them to explain basic inheritance patterns by:
       a. relating Mendel's laws to the process of meiosis using models or slides.
       b. solving genetics problems involving complete dominance, incomplete dominance, sex-
           linked traits, multiple alleles, multiple genes and simple pedigrees.
       c. identifying major human genetic diseases and their causes.
6. The student will identify the major types of plants, animals and recognize relationships and apply
   the basic evolutionary principles that link all life by:
       a. classifying major life groupings, listing similarities and differences among them.
       b. summarizing the underlying principles that unite living things:
                i. basic energy production, storage and use.
               ii. adaptations of structure and function to use for the individual and for the species.
7. The student will demonstrate the use of basic scientific equipment and techniques by:
       a. using a microscope to observe cellular structures and other specimens as well as identifying
           the structures of the microscope.
       b. using various types of scientific equipment to collect specimens or conduct scientific
           experiments.
       c. identifying a problem, constructing a hypothesis and designing an experiment to test.




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Criteria Performance Standard:
     Upon successful completion of the course the student will, with a minimum of 70% accuracy,
     demonstrate mastery of each of the above stated objectives through classroom measures
     developed by individual course instructors.

Course Prerequisite or Corequisite: BSC 1005

Required Textbook and Materials:
No textbook required, however materials will be posted on Angel that you will need to print
and bring to class. Angel will also have pre-lab “quizzes” that you will have to complete and
submit prior to coming to class.

Library: http://www.spcollege.edu/central/libonline/

Class Meeting Information:
Course location: Tarpon Springs Campus in DE 438
Meeting Day: Monday
Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Important Dates:
August 23 Classes start
August 27 Last day to drop
September 6 Labor Day
October 26 Faculty Professional Development Day
October 28 Last date to Withdraw
November 11 Veteran’s Day
November 24-28 Thanksgiving Break
Labs: Final Practical given the last lab of the week prior to final week.during regular lab time

Financial Aid: http://www.spcollege.edu/central/SSFA/HomePage/calendar.htm

Attendance
The college-wide attendance policy is included in the Syllabus Addendum
(http://www.spcollege.edu/central/asa/addendum.htm). The policy notes that each instructor
is to exercise professional judgment and define “active participation” in class (and therefore
“attendance”), and publish that definition in each syllabus. For this class, attendance is
mandatory and will be used to determine active participation in the course. Laboratory
exercises, field trips and practical exams may not be made up. Tardiness will not be tolerated. If
you are tardy for a course, it will count as an absence. A total of 3 or more unexcused or
excused absences prior to the voluntary withdrawal deadline of Oct 28th will result in the
recording of a non-participating status being entered into PeopleSoft. Students who violate
the attendance policy after the voluntary withdrawal date will be assigned a grade of “F” at
the end of the semester. If this is your third attempt (or greater) in this course and you violate
the attendance policy at any time you will be assigned an “F.” Attendance is required to
complete the laboratory assignments, so it is very important to attend class! To qualify as an
excused absence, you must have a valid, written document that I can verify. Attendance will be
recorded in Angel, so you may keep track of your attendance.


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Lab Safety and Discipline: Please refer to the “Laboratory Safety Rules and Procedures
Agreement” for information about safety precautions specific to a laboratory class. Any student
not following the lab safety rules and procedures will be asked to leave the classroom and
receive a Zero for that lab class.

Class preparation: You will need to log into Angel before each class meeting to download and
print the lab assignment and complete the pre-lab “quiz.” You may take the pre-lab “quiz” a
second time if you do not score 100% on your first attempt. The pre-lab “quiz” will close at the
start of class time.

Angel: I maintain a website for this class in Angel. It contains weekly lab handouts and
objectives in addition to many useful links. It also has a discussion area where you can post
questions, a calendar, an email area where you may communicate with me and with one
another, and an announcement page where I will post important announcements. You can also
check your grades and your current class average. Please check the Angel website on a regular
basis.

Grading/Evaluation:
Laboratory exercises should be read PRIOR to attending class, and the pre-lab “quizzes” have
questions that can be found by reading the laboratory exercises and suggested web-sites. Each
lab report is worth 10 points, including field trip attendance. The pre-lab “quizzes” are worth 5
points each. There is a mid-term and final exam practical, worth 100 points each. Grades are
recorded in Angel, so you may keep track of your grades.

               2 Exams (100 Points Each)                                                       200
               13 Lab Reports / Field Trips (10 Points Each)                                   130
               13 Pre-lab Assignments (+ 1 Photosynthesis Quiz) (5 Points Each)                65
               Total Points Possible                                                           395


If a student is caught cheating or acts as an accomplice to cheating they will be asked to leave
the room, reported to the Program Director and will receive a Zero on that exam.

Your grade will be based on the following grading scale:
              90 – 100%      =       A      =      395-355 Points
              80 – 89%       =       B      =      354-316 Points
              70 – 79%       =       C      =      315-276 Points
              60 – 69%       =       D      =      275-237 Points
               0 – 59%       =       F      =      Less than 237 Points

Classroom environment

1. The college has an official policy on academic honesty and proper classroom behavior. It is
the student’s responsibility to review the online Academic Honesty Policy or "Academic
Honesty and Student Behavior: Expectations of Students at SPC" brochure. College policy
states that a first offense (cheating, plagiarism, etc) is given a “zero” for the assignment with no
possibility of replacing the score. In addition, on the first offense, a form is filed in the Assistant



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Provost’s office. This does not go onto the student’s transcript, but, should a second offense
occur, the student is then subject to expulsion from school.

2. All electronic devices (cellular phones, laptops, blackberrys, iPods, etc.) are to be turned off
before the class starts. Use of these devices in lab is in violation of College Policy and subject to
disciplinary action. It is considered to me as a mental absence, so it will be counted as an
unexcused absence for the day. I also reserve the right to answer all phone calls received during
the class.

3. No food, drinks or tobacco products are allowed in the lab.

4. Be on time, it is disruptive to other students when one is late for class. If you are late, you will
not be permitted into class and it will count as an unexcused absence.

5. Once class starts, you are required to be there until it is over.

6. Do not talk while I or another student is talking. You will be given one warning if you are
disrupting class. If a second offense occurs, you will be asked to leave the classroom and be
given an unexcused absence for the day.

Class Schedule:
  Date     Assignments
  8/23     Lab Introduction / The Microscope
  8/30     Chemistry / Crime Scene Analysis of Biological Molecules
   9/6     Cells / Diffusion & Osmosis
  9/13     Enzymes / (Photosynthesis Homework Assignment)
  9/20     Cell Division/ Genetics
  9/27     Natural Selection
  10/4     EXAM 1
 10/11     Introduction to Classification and Bacteria
 10/18     Protists/Fungi
 10/25*    NO LAB – Faculty Development Day
  11/1     Plants
  11/8     Lower Animals
 11/15     Higher Animals
 11/22     Ecology Classroom Relocation (Walls Springs Park)
 11/29     Human Anatomy & Physiology
  12/6     EXAM 2
*The last day to withdraw with a grade of “W” is Oct 28.

Attention Students: The Syllabus Addendum is an important part of your syllabus and can
be easily accessed by using the link below. Do take the time to read this very important
information— http://www.spcollege.edu/central/asa/addendum.htm
This syllabus is subject to change. I can add or delete information at any time.


Biological Science Laboratory – BSC 1005L                                                             5
Student Survey of Instruction
The student survey of instruction is administered in courses each semester. It is designed to
improve the quality of instruction at St. Petersburg College. All student responses are
confidential and anonymous and will be used solely for the purpose of performance
improvement.
After reading this syllabus, read the below signature page, sign it and hand it to your instructor.




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Signature Page

I have read, understand, and agree to abide fully by the parameters set in this syllabus and
Syllabus Addendum.

Student Signature:                                          Date:                 .




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