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: email@example.com. 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. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ 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.