Biology 101 Introduction to Biology K. Brilakis www.nvcc.edu/home/kbrilakis Welcome to Biology 101. Our course is designed to introduce you to many topics in biology and assist you in understanding our natural world. Each class will begin with a brief review of previously explored information. Then I’ll introduce new information. Some topics will require less time…others more time. I will attempt to teach at a pace that is comfortable for this group of students. In order for us to develop a working dialogue, it will be helpful if you make yourself familiar with the material to be covered prior to coming to class. Read the book. It’s a great source of information. ASK questions. Try to realize that this course can be more than a few required credits on your transcript. That sure will make it more fun! You will have access to an outline listed on my web page for each new topic. These outlines are functionally my lecture notes that I have written out for you. I do not rely on power point presentations but do employ a wide variety of visual and kinesthetic learning aids. Please print out a copy of each outline and bring it to class. The outlines will help you take notes and serve as a valuable study guide for each quiz. Not every bit of information in the book will be explored in class and not everything explored in class will be in the book so regular attendance will improve your chances of doing well. You will be required to study only the information discussed in class as my assessments are not taken out of the textbook test bank but rather created with our class discussions in mind. All assessments will be open ended. No multiple choice questions. You may answer each question using whichever skill set works best for you. Some students like to draw a portion of their answers when appropriate. Others write narratives. Still others use outlines or flow charts to explain their understanding of the information. I will work with you to discover which method of studying works best for you as you gain a true conceptual understanding of the topics we will explore. The material will be divided up into several sections reflecting the stated course objectives which require that students understand several topics including: * the scientific process. * cell structure and cell function. * bioenergetics * basic chemistry * DNA and inheritance * evolution Grading Your grade will be based on five quizzes, each worth 25 points. The 5th and final quiz will be taken during the final exam time period at the end of the session. I do not give a midterm exam or a cumulative final exam. You will be allowed to DROP the lowest grade of your first four quizzes. If you are absent on the day of one of the first four quizzes, the quiz you miss will be your dropped quiz. Make-up quizzes will not be available. The last quiz will count as your final exam and must be taken during exam week at the scheduled exam time (see syllabus). 25 + 25 + 25 + 25(final) =100 points (100%) Lab + Lecture = Total Bio 101 Grade Your Biology 101 lab grade will be averaged in with your lecture grade. Lab will be weighted as ¼ and lecture will be weighted as ¾ of your overall Bio 101 grade. For example: If you achieve 80 points out of a total possible 100 pts for lecture and 90 points out of a total possible 100 pts for lab, your Biology 101 grade will be: 80 + 80 + 80 + 90 = 330 330 / 4 = 82.5 82.5 = B (10 point scale) Registration Information If you feel the need to withdraw any time during the semester, it is your responsibility to submit your withdrawal slip to the registrar. Withdrawals will not be permitted after the college’s withdrawal period ends. Honesty is the best policy I have a zero policy for cheating. If you cheat, you will be referred to the Division Dean for disciplinary action. Cheating includes copying off of someone during a quiz OR handing in work that was prepared by someone else. Please learn the definition of plagiarism and which internet sources may be cited as being factually valid. Wikipedia, although entertaining, is NOT considered a valid source. Attendance: I am sure you have heard that attendance is strongly correlated to success in school. Statistically, students who show up for class do better than students who do not. To encourage attendance (and because it is a school requirement), attendance rosters will be available prior to the start of every class. Please sign in with your initials as you walk into class. The rosters will be put away promptly when class begins at 11:00 sharp. PLEASE try not to arrive late. It is very distracting and disrespectful to your fellow students. You will be given three free passes for being absent or late. I know that in life traffic, illness, babysitters cancelling, etc. can prevent you from attending all classes or always being on time. So if you are absent/late < 4 times (12%), will receive 2.5 additional points added to your last quiz grade. If you are absent/late 4 or more times, you will not receive these points. Catastrophic issues (death of immediate family member, long term hospitalizations, etc) will be considered on a case by case basis. Active duty service members or reservists on active status should contact me early in the semester to discuss any TAD or deployment issues. Documented Disabilities If you have a documented disability, please see me early in the session. I will attempt all reasonable accommodations to help make your Bio 101 experience a positive one. Please contact me. If you need to speak with me for any reason, please feel free to contact me via the email on my webpage. We can also speak before and after class. If additional time is needed, we can meet in the library or resource room (or over coffee) for instruction or review.
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