Course Syllabus: Honors Biology
NPHS / 2012-2013
Ms. Lockwood, Ms. Barra, Ms. Harris
COURSE Genetic engineering…world hunger…endangered ecosystems…cancer…the list of biology-related
DESCRIPTION societal issues facing humankind grows longer daily. A basic understanding of the methods,
possibilities, and limitations of science is essential for everyone.
Scientific skills such as observation, inquiry, laboratory techniques, applied mathematics &
graphing, teamwork, and writing will be used throughout the course.
COURSE We will focus on the following content-oriented objectives. At the conclusion of the course, you
OBJECTIVES should understand:
1) the molecular and cellular make-up of organisms.
2) how cells harness and use energy.
3) the reproductive process by which cells and organisms multiply, and the related transmission
of hereditary information from one generation to the next.
4) how hereditary information is used to build cellular and organismal structure.
5) the nature of evolution by natural selection, and its position as the central idea in biology
that explains the unity and diversity of living things.
PERFORMANCE Course objectives will be pursued through lecture, discussion and laboratory work. Attendance
EVALUATION at the laboratory activities is especially important because the value of the lab exercise
depends on the experience of doing it.
• Cheating and plagiarism are intolerable and any infringement will result
in a zero on that homework, lab, exam, etc. and a referral will be turned
in to administration. All work MUST be in your own words even if you and
a friend are “discussing it/working together.” Labs should not be e-mailed
to lab partners unless specifically mentioned as allowable. (See Academic
Honesty policy for additional consequences).
A variety of exercises will be used to evaluate student performance:
1) EXAMS: Scheduled during class periods, tests will cover reading material and material
presented during lectures and discussions. A variety of question formats will be used including
multiple choice, diagrams, and essays.
2) LAB REPORTS: Format will vary according to the individual lab.
3) QUIZZES: These are closed book with questions covering text and lecture material. May
be announced or unannounced.
4) HOMEWORK: Homework will be assigned on a regular basis. Even if a homework assignment
has not been given, time should be spent each night reviewing the work of the day and week,
organizing notes and preparing for the next day. It is very important that you complete all
assignments on time so as not to “fall behind” in the development of your understanding of
scientific concepts which build on one another. READ & STUDY THE MATERIAL DAILY!
5) FINAL EXAM: Comprehensive
*All work is due at the BEGINNING of class on the following day unless other instructions
are given! Be prepared with homework & stamp page out when the bell rings.
Biology (by Neil Campbell, AP 7th edition) with accompanying CD-Rom and AP Review book
SUGGESTED 1) 3 ring binder with lined paper, and dividers
MATERIALS 2) pen, pencil, metric ruler
3) colored pencils (for scientific drawings and sketches) Having your own helps!!
4) scientific calculator (with exponential key) Programs will be deleted off of graphing calculators
5) Biology textbook can be left at home unless specified by teacher
GRADES Course grades are determined by the total points a student earns on all assigned work within a
Categories and their percent weight are as follows:
HOMEWORK 10% HOMEWORK 10%
CLASSWORK & LABS 35% CLASSWORK 30%
TESTS & QUIZZES 55% TESTS & QUIZZES 45%
Subterm 1 TERM FINAL 15%
The Final Grade will be based on the following percentages:
93-100% = A 73-77% = C
89-92% = A- 69-72% = C-
88% = B+ 68 % = D+
83-87% = B 63-67% = D
79-82% = B- 59-62% = D-
78 % = C+ 0-58% = F / no credit
ATTENDANCE A prolonged absence, or repeated absences, can greatly affect the level of learning in this
course. In the event of an absence, it is YOUR responsibility to find out what you missed and
arrange to make it up. There will be specific days when labs, tests & quizzes can be made up
WORK after school. All other work must be made up within a period of time equal to the number of
days missed. If you know you are going to be absent (field trips, sports, etc.) hand in the work
before leaving if it is due during the scheduled absence and check your teacher’s website.
Late Work: You will be given two “late work” passes for the entire term. After that, late work
will receive 50% credit. Late work passes cannot be used for formal lab reports or projects.
Tardies: The school policy on tardies will be followed.
Unexcused Absences: The school policy for unexcused absences will be followed.
CLASSROOM 1) Any behavior that is disruptive to a learning atmosphere is strictly prohibited at all times.
GUIDELINES All students will have the opportunity to learn without unnecessary disruptions from others. Cell
phones must be off or in vibrate mode and no iPods. These items must be put away.
2) Disrespectful actions, language and/or gestures will not be tolerated.
3) Do not mark or write on desks, chairs or counter tops.
4) Students are expected to take notes to maximize their learning experience and augment at
5) Dismissal from class is at the teacher’s discretion, not at the bell.
6) Your seating area and lab area must be clean prior to dismissal.
7) Courteous, responsible behavior is expected at all times, including when a substitute is in the
8) Follow lab safety rules at all times.
9) All hats must be removed prior to taking a test or quiz.
10) If you are having difficulty with a particular topic and/or assignment, please make an
appointment to see me.
Ms. Lockwood Ms. Barra Ms. Harris
498-3676 x1303 498-3676 x1310 498-3676 x1308
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