Biology 10- General Biology Laboratory Syllabus
Section 5041/ 5042
W. Berkeley Kauffman Spring 2010 Semester
Hartnell College MER 6, Wednesday 2:00-4:50pm
Date LAB TOPIC
1/27 Orientation, Safety, Scientific Method
2/3 Metric system
2/24 Cell Environment (diffusion)
3/17 Cell Division
3/24 Practical Examination
4/7 DNA Biology
4/28 Natural Selection/ Bacteria 1 (streak plates)
5/5 Ecology/ Bacteria II
5/12 Senses and perception
5/19 Final Practical Examination
LAB INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION
Instructor- W. Berkeley Kauffman
Laboratory Manual: Biology 10. Hartnell College.
POSSIBLE POINTS AND GRADE DETERMINATION
Students do not receive a separate letter grade for the Biology 10 laboratory. Your performance in the laboratory
accounts for 25% of your grade in Biology 10 (lecture accounts for 75%). Available lab points are as follows:
Practical Examination 50 pts.
Final Practical Examination 50 pts.
Quizzes (best 10 scores) 50 pts.
Total 150 pts.
Examination questions will focus on the material covered in the lab manual.
MAKE UP EXAMINATION POLICY
If you are unable to attend the first practical examination please notify me by telephone, email, or in person prior to
the test. If for an unforeseen reason you are unable to contact me in advance and you miss the examination, submit
a written letter signed by the authority involved (doctor, policeman, judge) that includes their phone number and an
explanation. If you have a valid excuse, I will schedule an intellectually comparable make up oral or essay
examination. No make ups will be granted for the final practical examination without prior notification.
Regular attendance and consistent study are your responsibility and the two factors that contribute most to a
successful college experience. I expect you to attend all of the class sessions. Any lack of attendance, which leads
in my judgment to unsatisfactory progress, or absence in excess of two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive),
may result in being dropped from the course. (See “Attendance Policy” on page 27 of the 2006–2007 Hartnell
Quizzes will typically consist of ten questions: five from the previous week’s lab and five from the upcoming
week’s lab. It is required for all students to read the lab for that week prior to arriving so that everyone is on
the same page at the beginning of class. The quizzes are not designed to trick anyone and should be easy given
DROPPING THE COURSE
It is your responsibility to drop the course. Do not assume that I will submit the drop for you. My signature is not
required to drop the course.
No one is permitted to attend this class unless she or he is a registered student.
Please show respect for your peers and your instructor. If I observe any student performing or aiding in any of the
types of misconduct listed under “Codes of Student Conduct” on page 31 of the Hartnell Catalog, that student will
be dropped from the course. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
Disabilities: Students are expected to disclose disabilities. In compliance with equal access laws, I am available to
discuss appropriate academic accommodations that you may require as a student with a disability. Request for
academic accommodations need to be made during the first week of the semester, except for under unusual
circumstances, so arrangements can be made. Students are encouraged to register with Disabled Students Programs
and Services (DSP& S) for disability verification and for determination of reasonable academic accommodations.
The Disabled Students Program is located in the fully accessible College Center, Room 102, and is open from 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. Students may write, drop by the office, or phone (831) 755-6760, 770-6199 (TDD) for
General Guidelines & Conduct:
Be on time. If an emergency keeps you from arriving on time, enter the room quietly.
Turn cell phones off. Leave the classroom to take emergency calls from children or work. Absolutely, no
text messaging during class.
Students are expected to treat each other and the instructor with kindness, respect, and consideration. This
is an adult learning environment and all students are expected to behave accordingly. Disruptive behavior
will not be tolerated.
Students are expected as well to treat the lab equipment with kindness, respect, and consideration.
Accidents happen, however any intentional mistreatment of Lab equipment will result in you being dropped
and may result in fines.
If a student is observed performing or aiding in any misconduct, that student will be dropped from the
course. Details are listed under “Code of Student Conduct” on page 29 of the 2006–2007 Hartnell College
If you need help with reading, writing, study skills or special accommodations, ASK!
How to succeed:
Come prepared. Read about the experiments ahead of time so you know what is going on! Bring a
notebook and pencil for taking notes.
Consider bringing your textbook to lab to cross reference the lab with lecture.
Participate in classroom exercises and discussions.
Expect to study three hours for every three hours of lab.
Emergency Procedures: If the campus alarm sounds, collect your belongings and quietly walk as a group to the
soccer field. Wait there for further instructions. We may return to class promptly. Do not leave the group unless you