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					                                       Biology 3A – General Biology I (5 units)
                                          Spring 2008 - Bakersfield College

Instructor:       Ms. Kimberly Hurd                                                CRN: 31073
Office:           SE-41                                                            Lab MW 7:55-11:04am, SE-42
Phone:            395-4409                                                         Lec MW 11:10 – 12:35pm, SE-51
Web page:

Office Hours

       T: 7-8am
       W: 12:30 – 3:30pm
       R: 7 – 8am
       If the above hours do not work for you, office hours can also be made by appointment.

Course Description

Introductory course for students majoring in the biological sciences or pursuing pre-professional programs of
study such as pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, or pre-dentistry. Emphasizes scientific processes and methods of
biology including original research. Explores unifying principles of micro- and macro-evolutionary processes,
biodiversity of organisms, systematics, principles of ecology, animal behavior and Mendelian genetics.

Prerequisite: Math BD (“C” or better) and reading level 5 or 6.

Class Materials

Text: Campbell and Reece, Biology 7th edition. (ISBN: 0-8053-7146-X)

Marchuk, A Life Science Lexicon (ISBN: 0-697-12133-X). * This book is no longer in print; used copies are available
for purchase online.

Laboratory Manual: Devlin-Kelly, INVESTIGATIONS: A Critical Thinking Approach to the Biological Laboratory, 3rd
Edition. Each student must have this text by January 28, 2008. The lab manual is available in the BC bookstore.

Van De Graaff and Crawley, A Photographic Atlas for the Biological Laboratory, 5th Edition. (ISBN: 0-89582-684-4)

* Spanish speaking students: Spanish Glossary for Campbell Biology, 7th edition – optional text available in the

       - 2”, 3-ring loose-leaf binder and tabs for lab manual.
       - Colored pencils for microscope drawings and a calculator (does not need to be scientific).
       - Safety glasses and plastic or rubber gloves for use during dissections. These may be purchased at
          Walmart, Home Depot, or Smart & Final. (Required by OSHA and CALOSHA – you will not be allowed to
          complete dissections without them.)
       - Optional supplies: mask and lab coat or apron for dissections, binoculars and hand lens.
Semester Calendar

1/21            First day of instruction & Martin Luther King Holiday
2/15            Lincoln Day Holiday
2/18            Washington Day Holiday
2/22            Last day to withdraw without a “W”
3/17-3/21       Spring Break
4/4             Last day to withdraw with a “W”
5/10-5/16       Final Exams
5/16            Commencement

Expectations and Student Evaluation

Attendance & Participation: Attendance is expected in every class meeting. It is very important for students to
attend class in order to be successful in this course. However, things happen in life and if you must miss a class, the
instructor asks that you let her know ahead of time when possible (in person, via phone or email). In the event of
an absence, you are strongly encouraged to contact a classmate to obtain missed materials.

Class will start as scheduled. Please arrive on time. Coming to class late WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. In the event of
excessive tardies, the instructor reserves the right to give pop-quizzes to the entire class. If you miss the quiz, you
will not be allowed to make it up.

It is imperative that all electronic devices be turned to “off” during class meetings. If your cell phone or page rings,
you will be excused from that class period. Under no circumstances will text-messaging be permitted during lab or
lecture. Thank you for your understanding.

Withdrawing: The instructor will not drop you from the course after the first class meeting. Please be aware of all
deadlines to prevent a “W” or “F” from appearing on your transcripts (see semester calendar). Any student
enrolled in the course after the final drop date will receive a letter grade.

Please note: Three consecutive, un-excused absences from lecture may cause you to be dropped from the course.

Exams & Quizzes: There will be NO MAKE-UP exams or quizzes. There will be 4 lecture exams and comprehensive
final exam. The lowest lecture exam will be dropped at the end of the semester. If you do not show up to the final,
you will receive an “F” in the course. Material on the exams will come from both lecture and lab. The use of
dictionaries during the exam will not be permitted.

Cheating Policy: Cheating in any form (including, but no limited to, copying test answers or outside assignments,
sharing answers, using prepared notes or other information not available from your own mind) will not be
tolerated and is grounds for dismissal from the course and possibly the college.

Special Accommodations: Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations in this class are
encouraged to contact Supportive Services in FACE 16 (395-4334) as soon as possible to better ensure such
accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Laboratory Policies & Procedures

Attendance: Labs may NOT be made up. Any student who misses more than three labs for any reason before the
final drop date will be dropped from the course. If the forth absence occurs after the final drop date, that student
will receive an “F” in the course.

Homework: Please turn in all homework assignments at the beginning of lab. Put your name, lab day and time in
the upper right hand corner and staple all pages together in the correct order.
Choose 2 projects from the following options:
                                     Project                                                    Due Date
                    Long Beach Aquarium $9 – Feb. 23 , 11am                                    Feb. 27, 8am
              Santa Barbara Whale Watching $17 – March 28, noon                                April 2, 8am
 LA, San Diego, or Santa Barbara Zoos; Monterey Bay Aquarium (on your own)                     April 2, 8am
                      *Please see instructor for assignment.
          Feline Breeding Compound, Rosamond $3, April 18, 10:30am                             April 23, 8am
           Pamphlet & oral presentation– please see me to schedule.                              April 30

Each student must complete two of the above projects. Students may attend any of the scheduled field trips on
their own, or on the dates listed above. If you choose to go on your own, the price of admission may vary from
what is listed here; in order to receive credit for your work, you must attach your ticket to the assignment as proof
that you did attend. The due date is the same regardless if you go to one of the above venues on your own, or with
the school.

Group Presentations
      groups of 4
      poster presentation
      scientific paper
      oral presentation
      major biological topic
      peer-reviewed journal
      presentations scheduled for 4/28, 4/30 and 5/5

Class Schedule * subject to change.

DATE      LECTURE                                LAB                                 READINGS & MISCELLANEOUS
1/23      Exploring Life                         Introduction & Lab Safety           Ch. 1
                                                 Scientific Method

1/28      Biological Diversity                   Ex. 4 Directions                    Ch. 26
                                                 Ex. 2 Scientific Method
                                                 Ex. 24 Cladistics

1/30      Prokaryotes                            Ex.1 Use of Microscope & The Cell   Ch. 27
2/4       Fungi                                  Ex. 5 Bacteria                      Ch. 31
                                                 Prokaryotes vs. viruses

2/6       Protista                               “Jewels of the Jungle”              Ch. 28
                                                 Ex. 6 Fungi
2/11      Animal Diversity                       Ex. 7 Protista                      Ch. 32

2/13      Animal Diversity con’t.                Ex. 8 Porifera & Cnidaria           Ch. 32
2/18      HOLIDAY                                HOLIDAY

2/20      Exam I                                 Practical I – 9am                   Lexicon #1 Due
2/25      Protista                               Ex. 7 Protista                      Ch. 28

2/27      An Introduction to Animal              Ex. 8 Porifera & Cnidaria           Ch. 32
3/3    An Introduction to Animal     Ex. 9 Platyhelminthes &           Ch. 32
       Diversity con’t.              Nematoda

3/5    Animal Form & Function        Ex. 9 & 10 Mollusca & other       Ch. 40
3/10   Animal Circulation & Gas      Review & Chapter 41 (digestion)   Ch. 42
       Exchange                      Set up EX. 18

3/13   Exam II                       Practical II – 9am                Lexicon #2 & CALM due (ex. 11)
                                                                       Notebook Check-off
3/17   SPRING BREAK                  SPRING BREAK

3/19   SPRING BREAK                  SPRING BREAK
3/24   Plant Morphology              Ex. 13 Dichotomous Keys & “The    Ch. 29
                                     Secret Life of Plants.”
                                     Taxonomy/Trees, Plants fruits
                                     and seeds. Monocots vs. Dicots

3/26   Plant Diversity               Plant Morphology                  Ch. 30
3/31   Plant Structure, Growth &     Handout – Plant Cells, Tissues,   Ch. 35
       Development                   and Primary Growth

                                     Ex. 19 Effects of Salt on Bean
4/2    Plant Responses to Stimuli    Plants Data & Discuss Ex. 14      Ch. 39
                                     Ecology Field Exercise
4/7    Intro to Ecology              Ex. 16 Survival!                  Ch. 50

4/9    Behavioral Ecology            Ex. 18 Never Cry Wolf & Ex. 17    Ch. 51
                                     Animal Behavior
4/14   Population Ecology            Ex. 12 Prosection Lab             Ch. 52

4/16   Community Ecology             Ex. 12 Prosection Lab             Ch. 53
4/21   Exam III                      Lab Practical III – 9am           Lexicon #3 Due

4/23   Ecosystes                     Ex. 15 Ecology Analysis           Ch. 54
4/28   Conservation Biology          Ex. C: Concepts of Ecology &      Ch. 55
                                     Community Food Webs
                                     *Oral Presentations

4/30   Descent with Modification &   Ex. 20 Oil Spill!                 Ch 22, 23 & 24
       The Origin of Species & H-W   *Oral Presentations
5/5    Genetics                      Ex. Ex. 21 Mitosis, Meiosis &     Ch. 14
                                     Ex. 23 Genetics
                                                                       Lexicon #4 Due& Notebooks
5/7    Exam IV                       Lab Practical IV                  Check-off
5/14   Final Exam
       10-11:50am – Please come
       prepared with a scantron.

This course operates on an objective point system. Grades will be assigned based on the following accumulated point scale.
3 lecture exams @ 100             300                               1201 – 1335 = A
Final Exam @ 200                  200                               1068 – 1200 = B
4 Lab Practicals @ 100            400                               934 – 1067 = C
25 Labs (participation) @ 5       125                               801 – 933 = D
Lab Report @ 30                   30                                000 – 800 = F
4 Lexicon Assignments @ 20        80
2 Projects @ 25                   50
Lab Notebook                      100
Group Project                     50

Total Points Possible = 1335

* Any extra credit given throughout the course of the semester will only be applied to those who have
turned in ALL assignments.

Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Employ the scientific method as a way of thinking, and as a process for doing science. This includes
       participation in peer review.
           a. Propose a hypothesis
           b. Design an experiment to test the hypothesis
           c. Collect and analyze data
           d. Propose and elucidate a conclusion
           e. Communicate and defend sections 1a to 1d to peers as part of the peer review process
    2. Demonstrate their ability to read, listen to, and/or follow directions.
    3. Identify and use Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes in scientific terminology.
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of Cladistics and Systematics and the organization of living
       organisms. Analyze and construct a cladogram for a group of organisms.
    5. Correctly perform basic laboratory skills.
           a. Demonstrate proficiency using several types of microscopes
           b. Perform dissections
           c. Demonstrate use of aseptic techniques
    6. Demonstrate use of biology field techniques and equipment and use of dichotomous keys.
    7. Recognize Bio-ethics issues. Examine and discuss multiple sides of these issues. Formulate a personal
       stand on an issued based on examination, discussion, and evaluation.
    8. Recognize the importance of diversity of organisms. Assess and appraise the value of all living things and
       their interrelatedness.

Open your mind, open your heart, open your arms, take it all in.
       - Kobi Yamada

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