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									                                Welcome to AP Biology 
                                      Ms. Wilkinson
                        Classroom Management Plan and Grading Policy

Office Hours
Ms. Wilkinson
Rm 312 2:30-3:30 Tuesdays and by appointment
Contact: cwilkinson@siprep.org or visit my website


        Teaching AP Biology gives me the opportunity to impart my scientific knowledge to my
students. I think that it is important to do this in a manner that allows students to “experience”
science. These experiences together allow students to fully understand concepts as well as make
scientific connections. In order to do this I utilize many different methods that include; outside
texts and journals, hands-on activities and labs, on-line virtual activities and labs, and other
various multimedia. I feel that it is important that my students make connections from my AP
Biology course to issues that are significant to their lives.


      The objective of this course is to study (in depth) 10 major themes of biology,
comparable to that of a freshman college biology course, in order to prepare students to take the
AP Biology test. Students are required to take the AP Biology Exam.


         Classes will meet four days a week for 50 minute periods. Students will be working out
of the 8th edition of Biology by Campbell. Students will also be using Mastering Biology and will
be required to register online using the student access code that came with their book.
         As homework, students will be expected to outline chapters (I highly recommend using
cornell notes) of the text eventually covering most of the book. Outlines should be about 4-8
pages in length depending on the chapter. Homework may also include worksheets, online
activities, book questions, lab write-ups, outside readings, or practice tests in addition to chapter
outlines. You should expect to spend at least 60-90 minutes on homework each night (if not
         My course consists of 10 major themes (similar to the eight major themes found in the
official curricular requirements for AP Biology). Keep in mind that the overview of topics is a
small glimpse of what will be covered in each unit/theme. Each unit will have corresponding labs
and/or activities. At the end of each topic their will be an assessment and at the end of each unit
their will be an exam. These test/exams will contain questions primarily from the unit just
covered but may also contain questions from any previous unit. Assessments mimic the AP
exams, so some may require more than the 50 minutes. In these cases students may be required
to come to school early, stay late, or utilize their lunch period.
        Students will be expected to complete 12 required labs out of AP Biology Lab Manual for
Students but we are not limited to these 12. These labs may be modified to meet the needs of the
class. Many of the labs will run over 50 minutes or will require measurements to be taken outside
of class. In these cases students will be expected to make the appropriate arrangements in order
to finish the lab. This may include coming into lab early, staying in lab during lunch/after school,
or acquiring data on your own time during the school day. All labs will also require a student
write up that will include: an introduction (explaining essential components of the experiment), a
hypothesis, materials, procedure, results, analysis, analysis questions, and a conclusion.
        Students will also be asked to complete projects over both winter and spring break. Each
of these projects will require students to create presentations which they will be expected to
present/share in class. Over winter break students will be creating a presentation related to
Classification of Kingdoms. The spring break project will require students to create a
presentation based on Anatomy and Physiology topics.
        In order to cover such an expansive amount of material within the year we will have to
remain on schedule and cover the units and themes as seen on the syllabus. The pace of the class
will be very fast, we will be tackling a vast amount of information in a very short period of time,
and it will be expected that students make it a priority to keep up with this collegiate level of
work. Material will be outlined as homework before the information is covered in class.
        It is also important that it is understood that when you are not participating in labs,
activities, or practice for the AP that a large portion of the class will be devoted to lecture. I will
expect that you participate in lecture by taking notes, answering questions, and contributing to
discussion. Therefore it is extremely important that students keep up with their readings and
outlines, at home.
        I do recommend that every student obtain a study guide for the AP Biology. Sources that
I have found to be complete include: AP biology Cliff Notes, AP Biology Sparks Notes, and the
Campbell Study Guide for Biology.

Please sign below: Your signature indicates that you have read and understand the policies outlined in
the class syllabus

Student Signature: _________________________________________________ Date: ___________
Parent/Guardian: ___________________________________________________ Date: ___________
Grading Policy
       All work that you turn into to me should be neat and include your name, class period, and
       due date at the top right corner of the page.
       No torn/ripped paper will be accepted.
       Late homework will automatically be docked 50%. Homework not meeting expectation
       will automatically be docked 50%
       No late work will be accepted without prior approval and will result in a 10 % penalty for
       every day it is late. Late work that has been turned in without prior approval will receive
       a zero.
       If you are absent, you are responsible for finding out what assignments, notes, or
       handouts you missed and making up all work promptly. You have as many days to make
       up the work as the number of days you were absent. If you fail to make up the work it
       will result in a zero.
       If you miss a lab for any reason excused/ unexcused you must make up the lab. If for
       some reason you are unable to make-up the lab you must complete an assignment in
       replace of the lab.
       Due to time constraints some labs will require participation during lunch, before and after
       school participation. This is not optional; to get full credit for lab work you must
       participate in labs entirely.
       Grades will be calculated as follows:
                                                       Grade            % Range
                                                       A                90-100%
                                                       A-               86-89.9%
                                                       B+               82-85.9%
15 % Homework and Classwork                            B                78-81.9%
15 % Projects                                          B-               74-77.9%
20 % Labs & Lab Quizzes                                C+               70-73.9%
40 % Unit Exams and Quizzes                            C                66-69.9%
10 % Final                                             C-               62-65.9%
                                                       D+               58-61.9%
Individual tests/quizzes will NOT be curved            D                54-57.9%
The class will be curved as seen here                  D-               50-53.9%
                                                       F                0-49.9%

Class Expectation
       You are expected to be ON TIME and PRESENT every class period. By the late bell, you
       should be in your seat working on the assignment, with completed homework out and
       ready for review.
       Homework is to be completed the evening assigned, not during other classes or during
       my class.
       Come to every class prepared with a *pencil, *pen (blue or black ink only), *textbook,
       *notebook, *paper, *colored pencils, and a ***good attitude.
       Bring in one box of Kleenex, a set of colored dry erase markers, and a box of latex gloves
       Dress properly for labs.
       No food or drink is permitted in the lab area at any time.
                                        AP Biology

Unit/Theme          Chpts Overview of topics                       Labs/Activities
Chemistry of Life
Basic Chemistry     2          Matter, atomic structure,           Build your own isomers. (hands-
                               chemical bonds, and chemical        on allows students to build a
                               reactions                           visualize structural isomers)

Water               3          Polarity, properties essential to   Water Lab (hands-on students
                               life, acid, and bases               will study the properties of water
                                                                   that make in essential for life)
Organic Molecules   4,5        Carbon, carbon bonds,
                               functional groups,
                               carbohydrates, lipids, proteins,
                               and nucleic acids

Free Energy         8.1, 8.2   Laws of thermodynamics,
Changes                        forms of energy, and Gibbs
                               Free Energy theory

Enzymes             8.4, 8.5   Metabolism, activation energy,      AP Lab Enzyme Catalyst (hands-
                               and regulation of enzyme            on working with a catalase that
                               activity                            converts hydrogen peroxide to
                                                                   water and oxygen also includes a
Cellular                       Study of the processes
Energenics                     involved in cell metabolism.
Coupled Reactions   8.3        Relationship between
                               exergonic and endergonic

Cellular            9          Catabolic reactions, glycolysis,    AP Lab Cellular Respiration
Respiration                    citric acid cycle, oxidative        (includes both a hands-on lab
                               phosphorylation, and                working with germinating peas
                               chemiosmosis                        and a virtual lab studying
                                                                   respiration in mice)
Photosynthesis      10         Light reaction, Calvin cycle,       AP Lab Plant Pigment and
                               C4 plants, CAM plants,              Photosynthesis (hands-on activity
                               photorespiration                    utilizing chromatography and a
Fermentation        9          Types of fermentation,
                               glycolysis, and evolutionary
Cells                         Study of the function and
                              structure of cells.
Prokaryotic and      6        Microscopes and a comparison
Eukaryotic                    of Eukaryotic cells to
                              Prokaryotic cells

Membranes            7        Fluid mosaic pattern (including   AP Lab Diffusion and Osmosis
                              proteins lipids, and              (hands-on studying the properties
                              carbohydrates), permeability,     and effects of diffusion and
                              and cellular transport            osmosis)

Subcellular          6,7,11   Nucleus, Ribosomes,               Virtual activity (“Cells Alive”)
Organization                  Endomembrane System (ER,          studying the function and
                              Golgi, Lysosomes, Vacuoles),      structure of each organelle in
                              Mitochondria, Chloroplast,        both plant and animal cells
                              Cytoskeleton, and
                              Extracellular Components

Cell Cycle at its    12       Cell division, binary fission,    Virtual activity analyzing the
Regulations                   mitotic phase, interphase, and    process of Mitosis in an Onion
                              molecular control system          Root.

Meiosis and          13       Asexual and sexual                Virtual activity comparing
Gametogenesis                 reproduction, stages of           Meiosis and Mitosis.
                              meiosis, comparison between       AP Lab Mitosis and Meiosis
                              meiosis and mitosis, and          (observing onion root, whitefish
                              genetic variation.                blastula, and Sordaria perithecia)

Eukaryotic           15,16    Linked genes, chromosome
Chromosomes                   numbers, locating genes on a
                              chromosome, chromosomal
                              structure, karyotypes, and
                              exceptions to the norm.

Inheritance Patterns 14, 15   Mendelian inheritance, co-        AP Lab Genetics of Organisms
                              dominance, intermediate           (hands-on about four weeks of
                              dominance, multiple alleles,      working with Drosophila
                              multiple genes, nature vs.        melanogaster)
                              nuture, pedigrees, and            M&M Chi squared activity.
                              disorders.                        Readings from When a Gene
                                                                Makes You Smell Like a Fish…
                                                                and Other Tales about the Genes
                                                                of Your Body by. Lisa Chiu
RNA and DNA           16, 17   DNA structure, RNA structure,      DNAInteractive online activity
                               DNA replication, protein           (allows students to build there
                               synthesis, transcription,          own protein by completing
                               translation, and RNA               transcription and translation)
                               modification.                      Hands-on activity creating a
                                                                  double helix from the 2nd Edition
                                                                  Recombinant DNA and
Gene Regulation       19       DNA packaging, pre/post            Readings from When a Gene
                               transcriptional regulation, post   Makes You Smell Like a Fish…
                               translational regulation, non-     and Other Tales about the Genes
                               coding DNA, and cancer             of Your Body by. Lisa Chiu

Mutation              15.4,    Abnormal chromosomal               Readings from When a Gene
                      17.7,    numbers, point mutations,          Makes You Smell Like a Fish…
                      18.3,    frameshift mutations, genomic      and Other Tales about the Genes
                      19.5     evolution and disorders            of Your Body by. Lisa Chiu

Viral Structure and   18       Microbial model system, life
Replication                    cycle of viruses and phages,
                               viroids and prions,
                               reproduction, mutations, and
                               bacterial regulation of gene

Nucleic Acid Tech.    20       DNA cloning, PCR, gel              AP Lab Molecular Biology
and Application                electrophoresis,                   (includes both a hands-on lab
                               transformation, genetic            students perform a transformation
                               mapping, and applications          and run a gel electrophoresis; and
                                                                  a virtual lab that allows students
                                                                  to get more practice with gel
                                                                  Hands-on activity learning about
                                                                  plasmids, transformations,
                                                                  restriction enzymes and PCR
                                                                  from the 2nd Edition
                                                                  Recombinant DNA and
                                                                  Video by Nova “Anastasia: Dead
                                                                  or Alived”
Evolutionary                                                        Winter Break Assignment
Evidence of           22, 25    Homology, biogeography,
evolution                       fossil records, preservation of
                                genes, and gene evolution

Mechanisms of         22, 23,   Natural selection, genetic drift,
evolution             24, 25    gene flow, and speciation.

Population            23, 52    Natural selection, genetic drift,   AP Lab Population Genetics
Genetics                        genetic flow, sexual selection,     (hands-on students simulate
                                and growth models                   different population dynamics
                                                                    and their effects on Hardy-
                                                                    Weinberg Equilibrium)
                                                                    Teddy Grahams Lab (allows
                                                                    students to examine factors that
                                                                    effect populations of Teddy
                                                                    Graham bears)
Early evolution of    26        Synthesis of organic                Student Presentation
life                            compounds, origin of life,
                                RNA, fossil records, early
                                prokaryotes, and early

Diversity of                                                        Winter Break Assignment
Survey of diversity   26, 27,   Kingdoms, Prokaryotes,              Student presentations.
of life               28, 29,   Protists, Plant, Fungi, and
                      30,       Animals (invertebrates and
                      31,32,    vertebrates)
                      33, 34
Phylogenic            25        Nomenclature, evidence of
classification                  common ancestry, cladistics,
                                and phylogenic trees

Evolutionary          25        Morphological and molecular
relationships                   homologies, fossil records,
                                genomic evolution and
Structure and
Function Plants
Structures,         35, 36,   Organs, tissue, cell types,       AP Lab Transpiration (hands on
hormones,           37, 38,   meristem, primary growth,         and modified study the effects of
reproduction, and   39        secondary growth, vascular        the environment on transpiration)
development                   transport, transpiration, plant
                              nutrition, pollination,
                              fertilization, asexual
                              reproduction, plant hormones,
                              and response to stimuli.
Animals                                                         Spring Break Project
Structural,         40, 41,   Animal nutrition, digestion,      AP Lab Physiology of the
physiological and   42, 43,   circulation, gas exchange,        Circulatory System (hands on
behavioral          44, 45,   immune system,                    and modified students study the
development         46, 48,   osmoregulation, excretion,        factors that control heart rate and
                    49        hormones and endocrine            blood pressure)
                              system                             Dissection (Students observe the
                                                                anatomy of a once living
                                                                Webquest (highlights digestive
Reproduction,       46, 47    Sexual reproduction, asexual
growth and                    reproduction, fertilization,
development                   anatomy, hormonal controls,
                              embryonic development,
                              morphogenesis, and
                              developmental signals
Response to the     48, 49    Nervous system, PNS, CNS,         AP Lab Animal Behavior (hands-
environment                   action potentials, graded         on students observe the effects of
                              responses, mechanoreceptors,      environmental factors on pill
                              chemoreceptors,                   bugs)
                              photoreceptors,                   Webquest (highlights sensory
                              electromagnetic receptors,        organs and central nervous
                              thermoreceptors, and              system)
Communities and     50, 53,   Symbiotic relationships,          AP Lab Dissolved Oxygen
Ecosystems          54        trophic levels, disturbances,     (hands-on students study the
                              interactions between              amount of dissolved oxygen in
                              organisms and their               controlled environments)
                              environment, biotic and abiotic
                              factors, biomes, and energy
Global Issues       55        Effects of human activity on      Students will watch and discuss
                              the environment and               the movie “An Inconvenient
                              ecosystem                         Truth”
                                      AP Biology
                                   Course Breakdown

I. Molecules and Cells (25%)                 III. Organisms and Population (50%)
  A. Chemistry of Life (7%)                      A. Diversity of Organisms (8%)
      Water                                           Evolutionary Patterns
      Organic molecules in organisms                  Survey of diversity of life
      Free energy changes                             Phylogenic classification
      Enzymes                                         Evolutionary relationships
  B. Cells (10%)                                 B. Structure and Function Plants and
      Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic                 Animals(32%)
      Membranes                                       Structural, physiological and
      Subcellular organization                              behavioral development
      Cell cycle and its regulation                   Reproduction, growth and
  C. Cellular Energenics (8%)                               development
      Coupled reactions                               Response to the environment
      Fermentation                               C. Ecology (10%)
      Cellular Respiration                            Population Dynamics
      Photosynthesis                                  Communities and Ecosystems
                                                      Global Issues
II. Heredity and Evolution (25%)
   A. Heredity (8%)
       Meiosis and gametogenesis
       Eukaryotic chromosomes
       Inheritance patterns
   B. Molecular Genetics (9%)
       RNA and DNA structure and fxn
       Gene regulation
       Viral structure and replication
       Nucleic acid tech. and application
   C. Evolutionary Biology (8%)
       Early evolution of life
       Evidence of evolution
       Mechanisms of evolution
Referenced Material:
Campbell, Neil A., and Jane B. Reece. AP Edition Biology. 7th ed. New York: Pearson
Benjamin Cummings, 2005.

AP Biology Lab Manual for Students. College Board, 2001.

Chiu, Lisa S. When a Gene Makes You Smell Like a Fish... and Other Tales About the
Genes in Your Body. New York: Oxford UP, 2006.

Kreuzer, Helen, and Adrianne Massey. Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology: a Guide
for Teachers. 2nd ed. Washington DC: ASM P, 2001.

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