Syllabus for Biology 3 : Introduction to Biology Sec 0109 and 0110
Los Angeles Mission College
Instructor: Dr. Sheila Fennoy Spring 2008: Mon Feb 9 – June 08, 2008
e-Mail: email@example.com My Campus Phone Ext: 4269
All students attend two lectures each week!!!
Lecture: Mon and Wed 7:20- 9:00 am. Rm 2004.
Lecture notes can be downloaded at www.lamission.edu/lifesciences then go to lecture notes; then
click on section number next to my name, Sheila Fennoy
Laboratory Meets in 2019: M or W 9:10-12:15 pm
Requirements: Lecture Textbook: “Biology: Concepts and Connections” by Campbell et al
Laboratory Text: Laboratory Investigations by J. Dickey
Scantron Forms (882-ES) and pencils (#2) for exams and genetics laboratory and mitosis and meiosis
Course Objectives: This course is designed to introduce students to the use of the scientific method to
study living systems. Topics will provide a general understanding of the chemistry of life, plant and animal
cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, and evolution. You are expected to read and study the
assigned text chapters before coming to class.
A successful student in Biology 3 will be able to work together as a laboratory team to
answer questions, in writing, on laboratory techniques learned in the course and will be
able to design simple experiments and explain the results.
There will be a number of exams covering the assigned reading at the start of class. Exams will cover
concepts from lecture, lab, discussions, and your text. Attendance is mandatory. Continual tardiness
will be looked upon as an unexcused absence. Performance in class is correlated with attendance in both
lecture and laboratory. Students who attend class, take detailed notes and study those notes and the text
receive passing grades. Students absent 3 or more times from class will be dropped from the roster.
Points are lost for leaving lecture early.
Laboratory: The laboratory will reinforce fundamental concepts related to lecture topics. During every lab
emphasis is placed on measuring, graphing, recording and interpreting experimental results. There will be
a lab quiz at the start of every lab. Each quiz is worth 10 points. Quizzes cover information from the
current and previous lab as well as information from lecture. Eating is not allowed in lab. Lab reports
are worth 10 points each. No credit can be given on assignments or reports from a student who did not
attend the class.
Examinations: Several exams worth 100 points are taken during the semester and a comprehensive
final, at the end. There are no make-up exams. The lowest exam score will be dropped when evaluating
the final score. Students caught cheating will automatically receive a zero ”0” on that exam. Cheating is
grounds for dismissal from the college.
Your Biology Grade is based on: lecture exams 4 100 pts each
Final examination 200pts
Laboratory practicum 100pts
Laboratory reports 100
4(10pt) ExCr Opportunities 40
Grade Scale: Letter grades are based on the following
A:90-100% B: 80-89% C:70-79%
D:60-69% F:59% or less
It is your responsibility to drop the class by the appropriate deadlines.
Chapt 1. Introduction To Biology And The Scientific Method: Scientific Inquiry
Lect 1 Metric System, Graphing
Chapt 2: Chemistry Of Life. Atomic Structure, Ions, Bonds And Properties Of
Lect 2 Water
Chapt 3: Molecules Of Cells. Buffers and pH, Mono And Polysaccharides And
Lect 3 Proteins
Lect 4 Chapt 3. Molecules Of Cells. Lipids And Nucleic Acids
Lect 5 Chapt 4. Cells. Prokaryotes And Eukaryotes Cell Structure
Lect 6 Chapter5. Intro To The Plasma Membrane
Lecture Exam #1
Chapt. 5: Cellular Work: Enzymes, Membrane Transport, Osmosis, Passive And
Lect 7 Active
Diffusion. Organelles And Their Function
Lect 8 Chapter 6: Glycolysis, Fermentation And The Kreb Cycle
Lect 9 Chapter 6; Electron Transport Chain
Lect 10 Chapter 7: Photosynthesis
Lecture Exam #2
Lect 11 Chapt 10. DNA And RNA Replication.
Lect 12 Chapt 10. Transcription And Translation
Chapt 11. Regulation Of Gene Expression. Promoter, Enhancer, Gene
Lect 13 Sequences
Lect 14 Chapter 12: Biotechnology
Lect 15 Chapter 8: Mitosis & Meiosis
Lect 16 Chapter 9: Mendelian Genetics and Principles of Inheritance
Lect 17 Chapter 9: Non-Mendelian Inheritance
Lecture Exam #3
Lect 18 Chpt 20: Animal Structure And Function: Cells, Tissues And Organs In The
Lect 19 Chpts 22-23: The Cardiovascular And Respiratory
Lect 20 Chpt 30: The Skeletal And Muscular System
Lect 21 System Chpt 21& 25: The Digestive & Excretory System
Lect 24 Chpt28-29The Nervous System
Lect 22 Chpt 26 -27 Endocrine & Reproductive System In Animals And Plants
Lect 23 Chpt 24: The Immune System
Evolution: Evidence for Evolution, Microevolution and Macroevolution
Evolution of Plants to Land: Bryophytes, Ferns, Gymnosperm and Angiosperm
CUMULATIVE FINAL EXAMINATION JUNE 2, 2009
Biology 3 – Introduction to Biology
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of this course, the successful student should be able to:
1. Critically interpret how the scientific method has been employed in prominent scientific studies of
interest to the general public.
2. Confidently discuss and debate science findings as they are presented in the popular media.
3. Apply the scientific method by collaborating with peers to formulate a hypothesis, design a simple
controlled experiment, collect and record data, and make a reasonable conclusion.
4. Demonstrate basic laboratory skills, including: metric system of measurement of mass, volume.
length and temperature; use the compound light and dissecting microscopes; conducting simple
5. Enunciate the theory of evolution as the unifying theme in biology, and supporting evidence from
biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, organismal biology, and population biology.
6. Describe the fundamental characteristics of living things.
7. Compare the hierarchical levels of organization of organisms and their size relationships: atoms,
molecules, organelle, cell, tissue, organ, organ system, organism. population, ecosystem.
8. Identify the structure and function of major biological macromolecules: carbohydrates, lipids. proteins,
and nucleic acids.
9. Identify the structure and function of cellular components: nucleus, Golgi apparatus, SER, RER, cell
membrane, cell wall, mitochondria, chloroplast, ribosomes, cilia, cytoskeleton.
10. Compare and contrast prokaryote/eukaryote cells and plant/animal cells.
11. Explain the role of the cell membrane in: diffusion, osmosis, facilitated diffusion, active transport,
phagocytosis, and pinocytosis.
12. Describe how enzymes catalyze chemical reactions.
13. Compare and contrast the processes of cellular respiration and photosynthesis and their roles in
energy transformations in organisms.
14. Describe the cellular basis of asexual and sexual reproduction, including the transmission of
hereditary material to offspring.
15. Solve classical Mendelian genetics problems using Punnet squares and apply these methods to
calculating probabilities of single-gene diseases.
16. Define the contemporary understanding of a gene and describe the processes of transcription and
17. Define the organization and function of some of the major human organ systems, such as: digestive,
circulatory, nervous, and reproductive.
18. Describe difference between angiosperms and gymnosperms, and the major parts of a typical plant.
19. Explain the interdependency between different species, and between animals and their environment.
Apply biological principles to the evaluation of contemporary societal problems (Examples:
genetic screening, cloning, genetic engineering, deforestation, global warming, population
growth, infectious disease.)IMPORTANT DATES
Office Hrs: Mon and Wed 7am-7:30 am and 11:35-12:30 pm Wed
February 09, 2009 Spring 09 semester classes begin.
February 13-16, 2009 Presidents Day (College Closed).
February 20, 2009 Last day to ADD Classes.
February 24, 2009 Last day to apply for a refund.
March 06, 2009 Last day to DROP classes with no "W" on transcripts (no refund).
March 13, 2009 Last day to file a petition for Credit/No-Credit.
March 13, 2009 Last day to process a section transfer.
March 31, 2009 Cesar Chavez Holiday (College Closed).
April 03, 2009 Last day to file a petition to graduate SPRING/SUMMER 09.
April 06-10 2009 SPRING BREAK (COLLEGE CLOSED)
May 08, 2009 Last day to DROP classes, with a "W" (in person, internet or S.T.E.P)
May 25, 2009 Memorial Day (College Closed).
MON TUES WED
WEEK1 9-Feb 10-Feb 11-Feb
Labs 1 & A-Inquiry/Tools Lab 1-Scientific Inquiry Lab 1-Scientific Inquiry
WEEK 2 16-Feb 17-Feb 18-Feb
HOLIDAY Lab A- Tools Lab A- Tools
WEEK 3 23-Feb 24-Feb 25-Feb
Lab 3- pH & Buffers Lab 3- pH & Buffers Lab 3- pH & Buffers
WEEK 4 2-Mar 3-Mar 4-Mar
Lab 5- Microscope Lab 5- Microscope Lab 5- Microscope
WEEK 5 9-Mar 10-Mar 11-Mar
Lab 4- Macromolecules Lab 4- Macromolecules Lab 4- Macromolecules
WEEK 6 16-Mar 17-Mar 18-Mar
Lab 6- Enzymes Lab 6- Enzymes Lab 6- Enzymes
WEEK 7 23-Mar 24-Mar 25-Mar
Lab 7- Respiration Lab 7- Respiration Lab 7- Respiration
WEEK 8 30-Mar 31-Mar 1-Apr
Lab 8- Photosynthesis HOLIDAY Lab 8- Photosynthesis
WEEK 9 6-Apr 7-Apr 8-Apr
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WEEK 10 13-Apr 14-Apr 15-Apr
Mitosis & Meiosis Lab 8- Photosynthesis Mitosis & Meiosis
WEEK 11 20-Apr 21-Apr 22-Apr
Genetics 1 Mitosis & Meiosis/Gen 1 Genetics 1
WEEK 12 27-Apr 28-Apr 29-Apr
Genetics 2 Genetics 2 Genetics 2
WEEK 13 4-May 5-May 6-May
Lab 14 - Digestion Lab 14 - Digestion Lab 14 - Digestion
WEEK 14 11-May 12-May 13-May
Lab 15 - Circulation Lab 15 - Circulation Lab 15 - Circulation
WEEK 15 18-May 19-May 20-May
Lab Practical Lab Practical Lab Practical
WEEK 16 25-May 26-May 27-May
HOLIDAY Lab 18 - Fruits & Flowers Lab 18 - Fruits & Flowers
WEEK 17 1-Jun 2-Jun 3-Jun
Lab 18 - Fruits & Flowers Final Exam Final Exam