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					                           Online Botany Syllabus
                            Cisco Junior College
                    BIOL 1411 * General Biology I * (Botany)

Where do I start??? : First, print and read this entire syllabus document. You will
actually be quizzed over this information, so read it well!
After you have read the entire syllabus, you will need to click on the WebCT link called
“Course Content”. This is where you will find the instructions to begin your pretest, your
first assignments, and all other information needed for the course. Good luck and have fun.

Instructor- Sarah Zell
Office # 49A --Abilene Campus
Phone #- (325)794-4459
Office Hours: (In person) MW: 1:00-2:00pm T/Th: 8:00-9:00am & Tues 5:00-6:00pm **Or by
Office Hours: (Online) I will be available for live discussions/chats occasionally throughout the course. I
will let you know when these hours will be via WebCT email.
Email: Please contact me via the WebCT email.
(If and only if the WebCT server is down, you may contact me at my personal email address or )

Course Description- An online study of the basic biological principles: molecular biology, cellular
morphology and physiology, cell division, cellular respiration and photosynthesis, genetics and ecology.
Survey of monerans, protists, fungi, and plants. An emphasis is placed on the morphology, physiology and
reproduction of flowering plants. The laboratory deals with plant cells and tissues, organs of flowering plants,
a survey of monerans, photosynthetic protists, and fungi, and genetics. 4 credit hours (3 lecture hours and 4
lab hours)

Textbook-(Required) Biology by Peter Raven and George Johnson, 8th edition. Wm. C. Brown
Lab Book- Laboratory Manual for General Biology I (Botany) BIOL 1411. Cisco Junior College Print Shop.
        Enrollment in the BIOL 1411 Lab is required for this course. Please visit the counseling center
if you are not currently enrolled in a lab section.

Grade Determination:
Final Botany Grade: Online Lecture Grade = 75% and Lab Grade = 25%

Lecture Grade will come from:

        Assignment/Quizzes Average        40%             A=90-100%
        Participation                     10%             B=80-89%
        Midterm Exam                      25%             C=70-79%
        Final Exam                        25%             D=60-69%
                                                          F=below 60%

       (Assignment/Quizzes: All assignments and/or quizzes will count equally and will be averaged
        together to count as 40% of your lecture grade. No grades will be dropped, an assignment that is
        not completed or completed late, OR a quiz not taken or taken late will count as a zero. You will have
        approximately 15 total assignment/quiz grades)
       (Participation: Occasionally you will be instructed to participate in a discussion about certain topics.
        Your participation grade will be determined by the number of required discussions that you complete,
        as well as if you answer emails from your instructor)
       (Midterm and Final Exams: Your midterm and final exams will be taken at the CJC Abilene
        Campus with your instructor. You will be receiving more information about these exams as the time

Examination Policy:
There will be 2 major exams, a midterm and a final exam. Both of these exams will be administered face-to-
face with your instructor at the CJC Abilene Campus. You can find the information about the dates and
times of these exams under the “Course Material” link on WebCT, and under the “Assignments” link from
As you work through your assignments for each chapter, you will find “Study Questions” for most chapters.
Most times you will not need to turn these in, but if you work through these on your own and look up the
answers, your midterm and final exam grades will be much higher.
If for any reason you know that you will not be able to make the assigned date for these exams, you must get
with your instructor and schedule a time PRIOR to this date to take your exam on campus. You can take
these exams at any time before the scheduled date, but you may not take the exam after this date. If you
miss the exam you will be given a grade of zero.
What to bring on exam days: You will only need to bring a pencil. I will provide the scantron form for the

About Assignments: This is a WebCT course. Most of your assignments will be emailed to your instructor.
Any time you email your instructor, whether it is to ask a question or to turn in an assignment, you will use
the WebCT email and not the instructor’s school email.
All assignments are to be emailed as attachments. (Directions are given for that once you begin the course)
You will typically do the assignment as a Word document (Office 2003…if you have 2007 please contact
your instructor), you will then save the document to your computer, go into the WebCT email and add that
document as an attachment before sending the email to your instructor. You should not open an email and
type the assignment directly into the email!!!

Can I work ahead? Yes. All assignments will have a due date. You may work at your own pace as long as
you keep up with these due dates. Any assignment can be turned in early, but assignments received after
the due date will be given a grade of a zero. If the assignment happens to be a quiz, any quiz taken after the
due date will be counted as a zero as well. This is just to make sure you keep up and don’t get behind.

Make-up Exams: There will be NO make-up exams. Do NOT miss a test if at all possible. You may
schedule a time to take the exam EARLY before the scheduled exam date, but you may not take it after this
date. No exceptions.

       Notices:
       Course Content: College-level courses may include controversial, sensitive, and/or adult material.
        Sutdents are expected to have the readiness for college-level rigor and content.

       Students with Special Needs: Students who qualify for specific accommodations under the
        Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) should notify the instructor the first week of class. It is the
        student’s responsibility to provide the necessary documentation to the Special Populations

       Academic Integrity It is the intent of Cisco Junior College to foster a spirit of complete
        honesty and a high standard of integrity. The attempt of students to present as their own
        any work they have not honestly performed is regarded by the faculty and administration as
        a serious offense and renders the offender liable to serious consequences, possibly

       Changes to the Syllabus: The above procedures and tentative schedule in the syllabus are subject
      to change if deemed appropriate by   the instructor.

*Tentative Schedule of Topics:
Ch.1 The Science of Life
Ch. 2 The Nature of Molecules
Ch. 3 Chemical Building Blocks of Life
Ch. 4 Cell Structure
Ch. 5 Cell Membranes
Ch. 6 Energy and Metabolism
Ch. 7 How cells Harvest Energy
Ch. 8 Photosynthesis
Midterm Exam: Saturday October 13th, 2007
Ch. 10 Cell Division
Ch. 11 Sexual Reproduction
Ch. 12 Inheritance
Ch. 26 Tree of Life (Taxonomy)
Ch. 27 Viruses
Ch. 28 Bacteria
Ch. 31 Fungi
Ch. 58 Biosphere
Final Exam: Saturday December 1st, 2007

*This is a tentative schedule, subject to change as needed.
         Exemplary Educational Objectives for the Natural Sciences

1. To understand and apply method and appropriate technology to the study of natural
2. To recognize scientific and quantitative methods and the differences between these
   approaches and other methods of inquiry and to communicate findings, analyses,
   and interpretation both orally and in writing.
3. To identify and recognize the differences among competing scientific theories.
4. To demonstrate knowledge of the major issues and problems facing modern
   science, including issues that touch upon ethics, values, and public policies.
5. To demonstrate knowledge of the interdependence of science and technology and
   their influence on, and contribution to, modern culture.