Course Outline 08’-09’
Instructor: Mrs. Brook
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
(804) 556-5322 ext 4844
Office Hours: Tuesdays – 3:15 -3:45 pm
Fridays – 7:45 – 8:15 am
Other times will be scheduled as needed
Other Important Websites:
www.turnitin.com: Turn It In
www.brvgs.k12.va.us: BRVGS homepage
IMPORTANT: We will be working in online communities frequently this year! Proper
online etiquette is required at all times.
Biotechnology has brought us to the brink of a world of ‘engineered’ products that are based in
the natural world, rather than on chemical and industrial processes. Biotechnology is not new!
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) defines biotechnology to be ‘the application of
biological knowledge and techniques to develop products and services.’ Today, our new
understanding of many aspects of cell function and our ability to manipulate their genetic
content is being used in medicine, agriculture, criminal justice, the pharmaceutical industry
and many other areas. This year-long course offers the student an opportunity to experience
the basics of microbiology, human genetics, biotechnology, and exploration of bioethical
Text: Holt Biology (2004 Edition) - possibly new text later this year
Prey, Michael Crichton
Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton
Lab 257, Michael C. Carroll
The Hot Zone, Richard Preston
Survival of the Sickest, Sharon Moalem
Demon in the Freezer, Richard Preston
This course meets and exceeds the requirements set forth in the Virginia Standards of
Learning for Biology. Topics of study include the following:
Bioethics and Biotechnology Cell Structure and Function
Scientific Method and Investigations Medical Applications
Biochemistry Adaptation and Diversity
DNA and Protein Synthesis Ecology/Agriculture
Field Trips: Several field trips have been planned for the upcoming school year. Attendance
for all field trips is mandatory! These trips are a part of the curriculum for this class and will
count towards class participation. Some field trips planned for this school year include the
Semester-Long Project Kick-Off, Zion Crossroads Best Western – September 4th
Semester-Long Project Workday, LCHS library – October 7th
Stream Monitoring Study, Fluvanna County – October 21st (tentative date)
Semester-Long Project Presentations, location TBA – week of November 10th
Arabidopsis Plant Genetics Project Kick-Off with Virginia Tech – spring
Arabidopsis Plant Genetics Project Workday with Virginia Tech – spring
Arabidopsis Plant Genetics Conference with Virginia Tech – spring
Forensic Science Day, LCHS – spring
Grade Distribution Goochland Grading Scale
A 93 – 100
Tests and Projects…………………50% B 85 – 92
Quizzes, Labs and Writing……..30% C 77 – 84
Participation ………………………..20% D 69 – 76
F 68 and below
Check System: The participation category includes homework, class work and general
participation that is graded on a check system.
√+ (100%) √ (93%) √- (86%) ~ (73%) X (no credit)
Perfect Work Good work Average work cheating/plagiarism
OR <50% complete
During the year the class will work to become a vibrant community of learners. You are
expected to always work to the very best of your abilities at achieve the goals set for you in the
class and I will work to the best of my abilities to assist you in reaching those goals. Cheating
and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated in this class, as they do not demonstrate your
independent best work. Cheating will be addressed according to the BRVGS cheating policy
outlined in the BRVGS student handbook. In all classroom interactions, respect, courtesy
and patience are essential.
Classroom Behavioral Expectations
2. Demonstrate respect for yourself as well as your classmates, school facilities and
teacher at all times.
3. No food, gum, candy or drinks in the classroom unless provided by the teacher.
Water in clear bottles is the ONLY exception.
4. Go to the bathroom and your locker before class – class time is for learning!
5. NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES visible or audible for any reason.
Students who comply with the rules and participate effectively in class may receive any/all of
the following: Praise, Positive call or note home, Homework exemptions, Extra credit
Students who do not meet the classroom expectations may receive
2. Teacher conferences after class
Extreme circumstances, such as physical violence, verbal threats and blatant disrespect, result
in an immediate referral. Students may be sent to TOP whenever their behavior is significantly
inhibiting other students’ ability to learn in the classroom. Parents may be contacted whenever
it is deemed necessary.
Homework is assigned to prepare you for upcoming lessons and help reinforce what has
been taught in class. It helps students develop responsibility, self-discipline and organizational
skills. Homework is NEVER accepted late. Homework is late if it is not handed in whenever I ask
for it in class. Copying another individual’s homework or giving homework to someone to be
copied IS CHEATING and will result in an automatic zero for the assignment as well as a parental
Late Work Policy
All late work except homework will be docked 10% points per class day late.
YOU are responsible for getting assignments missed due to absence on the day you return
to school. There is file folder in the room containing classroom handouts and make-up information
for you to pick up when you return. You have two class periods to submit missed work for full
credit. If you are unsure about what you need to make up, ask for clarification. Any assignments
due on a day when you are absent are due on the first day you return to school for full credit.
Tests, quizzes and labs must be made up within one week after an absence during office
hours or at an individually scheduled time. It is up to YOU to schedule time to make up these items
and keep track of due dates. Tests and quizzes will not be made up during class time. It is essential
that you not miss additional class time after an absence.
Students will be required to access and turn in assignments and information using their
BRVGS Google Apps accounts and Mrs. Brook’s GHS Blog. Many assignments must be turned in
using turnitin.com. It is crucial for students to remember their login IDs and passwords for these
accounts and to check the course websites/blogs on a regular basis. Students are reminded to
save all digital documents in more than one place! They may use their network folder,
Google docs, or a USB storage device. ‘Cyber-excuses’ will not be accepted. Students must plan
ahead to avoid technological pitfalls.
Required for class every day:
o 3 ring binder o red pen or pencil for grading
o loose-leaf paper o calculator (4-function is okay)
o GHS agenda o flashdrive (highly
o pencils and blue or black pens recommended)
To have at home:
o 3 ring binder (specifically for Writing Portfolio)
o materials for projects (specifics will be given with each assignment)
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I am looking forward to working with all of you this year. I hope you enjoy
your rigorous introduction to biology and biotechnology! Your signatures
below indicate that you have read and understand my classroom policy and
agree to meet the expectations that are outlined.
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