Document Sample
					                         BIO 110: PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY

                                       SPRING 2011


Instructor:    Holly Walters, Ph.D.
               Office:         N203J
               Phone:          362-7202
               E-Mail:         hwalters@
               Office Hours:   M 1-2, T 8-10, W 9-10, F 12-1

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: Minimum ASSET Reading Score of 41, Minimum CPT Reading
               Score of 80, or ENG 095
Description: This course provides a survey of fundamental biological principles for non-science
               majors. Emphasis is placed on basic chemistry, cell biology, metabolism, genetics,
               taxonomy, evolution, ecology, diversity, and other related topics. Upon completion,
               students should be able to demonstrate increased knowledge and better
               understanding of biology as it applies to everyday lives.

BIO 110 Internet is a special section of BIO 110 designed to be taken through the course
management system Blackboard. Students will NOT come to campus for any lectures
or labs. All assignments, quizzes, and exams (with 1 exception) will be completed and
submitted through Blackboard.

However, students MUST take the cumulative Final Exam in person at CFCC or
proctored at another college. If you need to have your Final Exam proctored at
another college, arrangements must be made and approved by the instructor by
Friday, March 25, 2011 (arrangements are the student’s responsibility).

Each student MUST HAVE a home-based computer with Microsoft Word,
Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint installed.

It is expected that students will work through each topic thoroughly, completing all
reading, assignments, labs, quizzes and exams.
    I. Required Course Materials:

    1.   Essential Biology. 4th Edition. Campbell, Reece, and Simon with Blackboard access code. ISBN#
    2.   Computer with internet access, Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
    3.   Ability to take and upload digital pictures to Blackboard
    4.   Lab materials specified for each lab (kitchen, household, grocery store items)


    II. Grading Policy:

Weekly Chapter Questions           10%
Weekly Chapter Quizzes             10%
Discussion Board Forums            10%
Weekly Lab Writeups                20%
1 “Take Home” Exam                 15%
2 Exams                            15%
Comprehensive Final Exam           20%      You must take this exam in person on Saturday April 30,
                                            2011 in room N202 at 9 am.

Weekly Chapter Questions 10%
   Read the assigned chapters and answer the Chapter Questions posted by the instructor.
   Answer the Chapter Questions using Microsoft Word and submit through Blackboard.
Weekly Chapter Quizzes (Multiple Choice)                      10%
        The Chapter Quizzes will be taken through Blackboard and will be open for 3 days.
        You may take each Chapter Quiz up to 3 times. Each time you take the quiz the questions will
         be different and randomized. The highest grade will be counted.

Discussion Board Forums              10%
        The Discussion Forums will be opened at 8 am on Wednesdays. They will be closed at midnight
         on Fridays. You must post two times to receive credit for the Discussion Forum.
        You must be able to cite your sources if another student or the instructor questions you about
         them during the discussion.

Weekly Lab Write Ups              20%
        You will be given an at home lab to complete each week.
        You will follow the directions and complete a Lab Writeup using Microsoft Word and Excel. Be
         sure you answer all questions asked throughout the lab.
        You will submit your completed Lab Writeup through Blackboard.
        You are responsible for obtaining the materials necessary for the labs.

“Take Home” Exam               15%
        You will be given a take home exam consisting of discussion type questions.
        You may use any reliable written or internet resource available to you to answer the questions.
        You must cite your resources.
        You may not directly quote any resources. Put all of your answers in your own words.
        You must answer the exam questions using Microsoft Word and submit your completed exam
         through Blackboard.

2 Exams (Multiple Choice)               15%
       Each will be cumulative
       The Final Practice Exams will be taken through Blackboard and will be open for 5 days.
       You may take each Practice Exam up to 5 times. Each time you take the quiz the questions will
        be different and randomized. The highest grade will be counted.

Comprehensive Final Exam (Multiple Choice) 20%
       You must take this exam on Saturday April 30, 2011 in room N202 at 9 am IN PERSON!!!!
       Bring a picture ID with you

                               The 8-point CFCC grade scale is as follows:

                            A 100-92, B 91-84, C 83-76, D 75-68, F 67-0


    III. Assignment Format:
Use the following format for any Word documents (Weekly Chapter Questions, Lab Write Ups, and Take
Home Exams) you submit:

       Name, Date, Title of Assignment
       Purpose (for labs write ups only)
       Numbered answers to questions
            o It is not necessary to rewrite the questions. Just be sure all your answers are numbered

             o   You may be asked to submit pictures for some assignments. Pictures may be attached
                 as a separate file when submitting the assignment. Or they may be pasted into the
                 Word document.

    IV. File Names:
Any file uploaded to Blackboard must be named in the following manner:

       Last Name First Name Title of Assignment
       Example: Walters Holly Chapter 2 Questions


    V. Attendance Policy:
Because this is an internet course, attendance cannot be taken daily. The following guidelines apply for
this course:

       Missing 3 weeks of consecutive chapter questions and/or discussion boards and/or lab write-ups
        will result in a course grade of “F”.

       Missing a combination of any 2 exams (take home exams, final practice exams, lab practical
        exam, and comprehensive final exam), or 4 weekly chapter quizzes will result in a course grade
        of “F”.

    VI. Class Conduct:
    1.   All assignments in this course are to be done individually.
    2.   All assignments, quizzes, and exams (except for the Comprehensive Final exam) are open book
    3.   If it is discovered that you are turning in work that is not your own or that you are receiving
         inappropriate help on assignments, quizzes, or exams you will receive a 0 on that assignment,
         quiz, or exam and you may receive an “F” for the course. Refer to the college’s policy on
         cheating in the student handbook.

Academic Honesty: Any behavior indicating dishonesty, unethical intent or action as specified by
CFCC will result in an “F” for the course. Please read the section on “Cheating” in the CFCC Catalog and
Student Handbook.

Plagiarism is using as your own the words or ideas of another, whether written or oral. When you use
material from a source, you must quote or paraphrase accurately and properly cite the information.
Failure to do so is considered plagiarism. Examples of plagiarism include word-for-word copying without
correctly indicating that you are quoting, inaccurate quoting and paraphrasing, and incomplete or
missing documentation. Purchasing a paper or copying someone else’s work and submitting it as your
own are also plagiarism. Any misrepresentation of the source in your writing or speaking would
constitute a form of plagiarism.

Whether intentional or unintentional, plagiarism is not acceptable and will result in the student being
assigned a grade of zero for the assignment and/or the course, at the instructor’s discretion.

    VII.      N407 Science Study Room:
A study room has been set up in N407 for use by all biology & chemistry students at CFCC. The room is
equipped with computers with internet access, reference materials, and microscopes and slides.
Furthermore, the room has been established as the official Science Learning Lab where students may set
up appointments to meet with science tutors. You must fill out a permission slip with the Learning Lab
to have access to this room and to the tutors. Additionally, the room can be used as a meeting place for
study groups with your peers. For more information, please see the schedule posted on the door to N407
and contact the appropriate tutors. You may fill out a permission slip to use the Learning Lab
computers. A study room with limited computer availability has also been set up for
biology students in room N407.

    VIII. CFCC General Education Competencies:
CFCC General Education Competencies will incorporate all or some of the following:
    1.   Written communication
    2.   Oral communication
    3.   Critical thinking
    4.   Basic computer usage
    5.   Understanding social structure
    6.   Problem solving
    7.   Understanding scientific concepts & application

     IX. CampusCruiser:
Every student has an official CFCC-provided email account which is to be used for all email correspondence with
your instructors and with the CFCC staff. Some information from CFCC will be emailed to this address ONLY and
not sent through postal mail, so it is very important that you check this account periodically. To access this account,
please visit the CFCC website and click on the CampusCruiser link; then follow the instructions to log
in. Your email address is This email account is for your use while you are attending classes
and will still be active until one year after your last class. Your account may be used for personal as well as
academic email and is subject to the CFCC Acceptable Use Policy.

IX. Accommodation of Special Needs Based on Disability:
Any student who requests classroom accommodations because of a disability must present
documentation to verify his/her disability. This documentation must be furnished to the Disabilities
Service Coordinator, and this should be provided prior to requesting accommodation by the instructor.
On a confidential basis, the student, disabilities services and the instructor will determine the appropriate
accommodations following documentation. Accommodations will be provided in a manner that is
consistent with the objectives, outcomes, and academic standards of the course. Absences must not
exceed class attendance policy.

***The instructor reserves the right, acting within the policies and procedures of Cape Fear
Community College, to make changes, adjustments, additions, and deletions in course
content, first-day handout, or instructional technique, without notice or obligations.

X. BIO 110 COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion, students will be able to
demonstrate increased knowledge and understanding of the general concepts of biology:
    The Process of Science
          o List the sequential steps to the scientific method: 1) Observation; 2)
              Hypothesis; 3) Experimentation; and 4) Conclusion.
          o Given an observation and review of research/data, formulate a(n)
          o Given a hypothesis, formulate dependent and independent variables for an
          o Given an experiment, interpret data and produce viable conclusion based
              on the results.
    Basic Chemistry
          o List in order the steps in the hierarchy of biological system from an atom
              to an organism.
          o List the differences, considering electrons, between ionic, polar covalent,
              non-polar covalent and hydrogen bonds.
          o Describe the properties of water and water chemistry:
                   High Surface Tension

                 High Boiling Point
                 High Heat of Vaporization
                 High Specific Heat
                 Cohesion/Adhesion
                 Liquid state more dense than Solid state
       o Given a pH scale, interpret an acid, a base, neutral and be able to describe
           a buffer.
   Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry
       o Know the four major categories of macromolecules considered essential to
       o Know monomers/polymers with examples of each essential
           macromolecule category.
       o Given characteristics describing an essential macromolecule category,
           classify the category described.
   Cells
       o Understanding the interrelationship of the various cellular organelles that
           maintain life.
       o Recognize the differences between animal and plant cells.
       o Compare and contrast the differences between mitotic and meiotic
   Energy
       o Understanding the relationships within and throughout biological
           processes, such as, enzymatic activity, photosynthesis, and cellular
   Heredity
       o Discuss an articulate the process of passing traits from one generation to
       o Discover the process by which biotechnology utilizes the data from the
           genome project to improve life
   Diversity
       o Utilizing scientific procedures to map out the evolutionary line of
       o Understanding the interdependence between plant and animal organisms.
       o Articulate and understand the characteristics that separate organisms.
   Ecology
       o Understanding and articulating the interrelationship between mankind and
           the world we live in.
       o Understand and be able to apply processes that will benefit the
       o Articulate and understand the characteristics of the various ecosystems.


Shared By: