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					                    BIOLOGY 12: General and Pre-Professional Biology II
                               Fall 2004, 2nd 8-week block
                                       SYLLABUS




Course Description: In the second 8-week block of the fall semester, we will discuss topics related to
                    genetics (Chapters 9-14, & 17 in your textbook). You will also gain hands-on
                    experience with classical genetics in the laboratory. While working as teams in the
                    inquiry-based labs, you will have the opportunity to propose hypotheses, design
                    and execute experiments, and formally present data.

Meeting Time:        BIO12- CRN 4417: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00-10:50 a.m. (Olin 101)
                     BIO12- CRN 4418: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:00-11:50 a.m. (Olin 101)
                     BIO12 also includes one 3-hour laboratory session per week.

Instructor:          Dr. Heidi Sleister (Heidi.Sleister@Drake.edu)
                     Office- Olin 412; Lab- Olin 450
                     Phone 271-3765

Office Hours:        Tuesdays and Thursdays (1:30 - 4:00 p.m.) and by appointment

Textbook:            Life: The Science of Biology by Purves, et al., 7th edition,
                     Sinauer Associates, Inc., 2004; website www.thelifewire.com

Class/Lab Notes:     Packet containing class notes and laboratory manual is available at the University
                     Bookstore.

Course Website:      Blackboard: www.bb2@drake.edu. This site will be used extensively for both the
                     lecture and laboratory components of the course. To use Blackboard, you will
                     need your 9-digit DUSIS I.D. number and 6-digit password. Your password is your
                     birthdate (MM/DD/YY). If you’re unable to access Blackboard, call the Help Desk
                     X3001. For information on using Blackboard see the Blackboard Student Manual
                     under the “tools” link on the Blackboard menu.

Grading:             Lecture/Discussion Component (60%)
                     * Attendance is expected and will be recorded on occasion. Seats will be assigned
                     for lecture.

                             Exam 1 (Friday, November 12)        30%
                                                                                Grading scale
                             Exam 2 (Final Exam Day)             30%
                                                                                90 – 100%   =A
                     Laboratory Component (40%)                                 80 – 89%    =B
                                                                                65 – 79%    =C
                             Attendance & participation           5%            50 – 64%    =D
                             Lab exam (Final Exam Day)           15%             0 – 49%    =F
                             Group project                       20%

                                    Poster presentation (8%)                    * Note:There is
                                    Poster display (8%)                         no extra credit
                                    Lab report (2%)                             in this course.
                                    Peer evaluation (2%)
                     Total for the eight-week block              100%
Exams

Exams for the lecture component of the course will consist of 40 multiple choice questions related to the
assigned chapter readings as well as concepts discussed in class. Exam 1 (Friday, November 12) will
cover chapters 9-11, and exam 2 (Final Exam Day- December 13 or 16) will cover chapters 12-14, 16.
Practice questions related to each lecture exam will be posted on the course blackboard site early in the
8-week block. The answers to these practice questions will be posted at least a week before the exam.

The lab exam will consist of two parts- written and practical. The written portion of the lab exam is
scheduled during the final exam time (December 13 or 16). This exam will consist of multiple choice and
short answer questions. The practical portion of this exam will be during the scheduled laboratory period
the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 3.

In an event that an exam must be missed, students are required to contact the instructor prior to the
scheduled exam to arrange a make-up exam. The possibility for a make-up exam for an unexcused
absence will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Make-up exams will take place the week of
December 6.


Laboratory

The genetics block of BIO12- fall 2004- includes one 3-hour laboratory session each week (October 20-
December 8). There will be no lab meetings the weeks of October 18-22 and November 22-26 because
of Fall and Thanksgiving Breaks, respectively. In place of meeting in the laboratory during these two
weeks, you will have a short assignment related to the material covered in the laboratory (see lab
manual). While working in small teams of 3-4 students in the lab, you will conduct experiments with an
excellent genetic model organism (baker’s yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae) to facilitate learning
fundamental genetics concepts. The laboratory will include four main experiments: microscopic
observation of the yeast life cycle, genetic crosses, complementation analysis, and the biological
response to UV light exposure. Related to experimentation with the biological response to UV light
exposure, each team will have the opportunity to design and conduct an experiment, collect and analyze
data, and formally present data. In addition to preparing a poster presentation for this experiment, each
group will be required to submit a 1-2 page lab report summarizing the data. An example of this lab
report is located in the “course documents” folder on Blackboard.

Attendance at each laboratory session is critical because you will be working with a team on a project. If
you must miss lab, please contact your instructor and the members of your lab group before your
absence. Attendance is a component of your laboratory grade.
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Academic Dishonesty…

The following description is a quote from the Drake University Student Handbook. “A student who cheats
or plagiarizes commits an offense against the entire University community. Cheating, plagiarism or
dishonesty in academic work is cause for dismissal from the University. Cheating is defined as an act or
attempted act of giving or obtaining aid and/or information by illicit means in meeting any academic
requirements, including examinations. Plagiarism is defined as misrepresenting another's ideas, phrases
or discourse as one's own.”

The penalty for the first offense of cheating or plagiarism in BIO 12 is failure on the particular assignment
where the offense occurs. Further acts of cheating or plagiarism could result in expulsion from school. All
acts of academic dishonesty will be reported to the college of arts and sciences as well as your own
department and college.