Mrs. Monahan, Rm C247
Office Phone: (563) 552-5270 Voice Mail: (563) 552-5319
Available: before 7:30 am and after 2:30 pm, 6th Hour in Science Office or C247
What is this course like?
This course is designed as an advanced biology course. It is intended to provide an elective credit for
those students going into a biology-related area of study. This course will provide students with an in-
depth knowledge of heredity and the process by which it occurs and focus on the study of passing traits
from one generation to the next, chemical structure of genes, and variation of genes between and within
populations. Laboratory work will be a critical and irreplaceable component of this course, allowing
students to make individual observation and interpretations.
What are the course standards and expectations?
Students will investigate a concept using experimentation and investigation.
Students will communicate scientific information.
Students will understand the concepts of transmission genetics.
Students will understand the concepts of molecular genetics.
Students will understand the concepts of population genetics.
Students will understand the concepts of forensic science.
What will we be learning about and when?
First quarter: mitosis, meiosis, development, Mendelian genetics, population genetics
Second quarter: chromosomes, DNA, forensics, DNA profiling, genetic engineering
What are the expectations?
1. Be Respectful – be on time, no electronic devices, and mind your manners
2. Be Honorable – be proud enough to do your own work and proud enough not to share it with
3. Be Teachable – possess a positive attitude and motivated to do your best
4. Be Responsible – be prepared, make up notes/work when absent, work on time
Consequences for inappropriate behavior, attire, and language will be determined at that time. All
school policies apply as described in the handbook.
What materials do I need?
Textbook: Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications by R. Lewis, Glencoe
A 3-ring binder or folder
What are some helpful websites?
https://sites.google.com/site/hempsteadgenetics or http://tinyurl.com/hempgenetics
How will my grade be calculated?
All course work will fit into the following categories: participation, labs, homework, tests, and quizzes.
Your percentage grade will be calculated based on your total points earned divided by the total points
possible. Extra credit may be made available throughout the semester as determined by the teacher.
The grading scale is as follows:
A 93 – 100% B- 80 – 82% D+ 67 – 69%
A- 90 – 92% C+ 77 – 79% D 63 – 66%
B+ 87 – 89 % C 73 – 76% D- 60 - 62%
B 83 – 86% C- 70 – 72% F 0 – 59%
How is my citizenship grade determined?
Your citizenship grade is based on the following characteristics:
Are you on time for class? (after two tardies your citizenship will be reduced)
Do you come prepared for class? (got your books, paper, homework, pen/pencil?)
Is your assignment in on time? (after one late assignment your citizenship will be reduced)
Is your assignment your own work? (do not copy other people's work!)
Is your attitude/behavior appropriate? (texting?, talkative?, sleeping?, working on another subject?)
Your citizenship grade will begin as a 1 (remember 5 is the worst) and will be reduced one number for
any (or all) problems with the characteristics listed above. For example, if you meet all of the criteria
except for tardiness, your citizenship grade will be a 2. If you meet all of the criteria except for tardiness
and late assignments, your citizenship grade will be a 3.
What is the homework policy?
I expect all homework to be completed on time.
If you are present the day an assignment is given, but absent when it is collected, you are expected to
hand in the assignment the day you return.
If you are absent the day an assignment is given, please see me and we will make arrangements.
If you are unable to complete an assignment on time, please see me.
If you miss notes, please copy them from a friend, ask me for a copy, or copy them from website.
When in doubt, ask! That’s why I work here.
What happens if I’m caught copying someone else’s work?
If you are caught copying someone else’s work, you and the person you are copying from, will receive a
reduced score or no score at all. This applies to all types of work: assignments, extra credit, labs, quizzes,
and exams. A guidance counselor and/or parent(s) will be contacted if copying work becomes an on-
* I may change this syllabus at any time.