BIOSCI 100, Fall 20010
MW 6:00pm - 7:20pm, CCC403
T 6:00pm -9:00pm, CCC310
Instructor: Carrie Carleton Office hours: MW after lecture
Voicemail: (661) 259-7800 ext. 26277 Via email – Response within 24 hours
Textbook: What is Life? A Guide to Biology, Phelan, J.
Lab Manual: Biology: Learning Through Experiments, G. Nishiyama & K. Jesu
Course description (Fall 2007 Catalog)
A non-majors, general education biology course designed to acquaint students with major
topics in biology. The course will explore the structure, function, and development of
living systems from cells to ecosystems.
Student Learning Outcomes
- From lectures, students will be able to characterize the nature of science and
scientific inquiry, and describe and analyze biological concepts from cells to
ecosystems on a basic level.
- From the laboratory portion of the course, students will be able to evaluate and
analyze data and observations based on standard methods of scientific inquiry.
Lecture: 3 Unit exams @ 75 pts each (225), Final exam (100). Lab: Weekly
Assignments (75), Quizzes (60), Mini Practicum (25), Final Practicum (100), and a field
trip (15) for a TOTAL of 600 pts.
Grades will be based on the traditional system using the following scale, and are
calculated from the cumulative points earned throughout the semester.
600 - 540 100-90% A
539 - 480 89-80% B
479 - 420 79-70% C
419 - 360 69-60% D
Less than 360 <60% F
Exams (225 points)
Lecture exams will cover all material presented prior to the exam (Mostly lecture, and
some lab). The final exam will be semi-cumulative with an emphasis on the most recent
material. You will need a scantron form 882-ES for all lecture exams. Please bring two
pencils, and a good, clean eraser.
Make-ups will be allowed ONLY with adequate documentation (Doctor’s note,
emergency room admittance, death certificate, etc.) Make-up exams will be administered
in the TLC lab, and will be essay format.
Lab Assignments (75 points)
There will be a weekly lab assignment that is due at the end of the corresponding lab
period. Some of the work is already contained within your lab manual. Other
assignments will be handed out as necessary. Please be aware that it is your
responsibility to obtain and complete any missed lab work by the beginning of the next
lab period in order to receive credit for the missed lab. One missed lab will be allowed
for full credit – any additional missed labs will receive partial credit.
Lab Quizzes (60 points)
Lab quizzes will be weekly, covering material from the previous lab. You do not need
any scantrons for lab quizzes. One missed lab quiz will be allowed - your lowest quiz
score will be doubled. Quizzes will be administered within the first 20 minutes of class.
Being tardy does not warrant extra time.
Lab practical exam (100 points)
There will be a cumulative Lab Final Practical, on Tuesday, November 30th, during
your regularly scheduled lab. It will consist of numerous lab stations that have been set
up with specimens, lab apparatus etc. and will contain questions that you will have to
answer. The questions will be similar to the questions contained in your lab book and on
quizzes. The best way to prepare for this exam is to work through each lab exercise
thoroughly and make sure you understand the answers to all the lab and quiz questions
throughout the semester. Around the middle of the course, we will have a mini-
practicum, worth 25 points. This is great practice, and a great review of material for the
final practicum. There is no make-up for the mini or final lab practical!!
Extra credit is available throughout the semester. Students are encouraged to find and
discuss current events or breakthrough research relating to our studies of Biology. For
each article/paper/experiment discussed, one point will be earned. You must present the
article in class, and turn it in, along with a 1-page write up discussion your
thoughts/opinions/views on the topic. Only one per student per week. There will be a
maximum of 10 points available.
Field trip (15 points):
There will be one field trip for this course on Saturday, January 30th (10am-1pm)
where we will go to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro to observe animal
behavior in a natural habitat. During the field trip you will be asked to complete a
worksheet. The points for this activity will be based on your participation in the field trip
activities and completion of the worksheet. If you cannot go with the rest of the class on
the assigned day, you may go on your own and complete the handout in order to get
credit for the field trip. Be sure to have your ticket or worksheet date-stamped at the
information desk if you go on your own.
Attendance & Conduct
Attendance is not mandatory, but highly recommended. Roll will be called at the
beginning of each class. Please do not be late. Please set all phone and pager ringers to
vibrate. Please consult the Students Rights and Responsibilities in the Schedule of
Classes for expected class conduct.
All forms of academic dishonesty (including cheating, plagiarism, falsification, etc.) are
unacceptable and will not be tolerated. If you are caught in such activities in any form,
you will receive a failing grade for the course and will be reported to the university for
appropriate action. If you are unsure what constitutes cheating, please consult the
current school catalog.
Tentative Schedule – Lecture & Laboratory
Date Week Lecture Topic Reading Lab Exercise
8/23 1 Introduction to Science & Biology Ch 1 1 – Scientific
The Chemistry of Life Ch 2 Method
8/30 2 Water & Biological Molecules 2 – Metrics &
Cells Ch 2 Conversions
9/6 3 LABOR DAY HOLIDAY Ch 3 4&13 – Cells &
Cell Membranes Microscopes
9/13 4 Energy & Photosynthesis Ch 4 3 - Macromolecules
Exam I (Ch 1-4)
9/20 5 DNA & Gene expression Ch 5 6 – Enzymes
9/27 6 Chromosomes & Cell Division Ch 6 5 – DNA
10/4 7 Mendelian Inheritance Ch 7 10 – Microbes
10/11 8 Evolution & Natural Selection Ch 8 Mini Practicum
10/18 9 Exam II (Ch 5-8) 7&8 – Photosyn. &
Evolution & Behavior Cell Respiration
10/25 10 Animal Diversification Ch 11 9 – Plants
11/1 11 Diversity of Plants & Fungi Ch 12 11 – Animal
11/8 12 Microbes 12 – How Fit are
Ch 13 You?
11/15 13 Exam III (Ch 9-12) 14 – Senses &
Population Ecology Ch 14 Health
11/22 14 Ecosystems Ch 15 ** NO LAB**
11/29 15 Conservation Ch 16 Lab Practicum
12/6 16 Review
Final Exam (Ch 13-16)