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									AP Biology
Audit Syllabus

Course Overview:
    We meet our students five days a week for 58 minute periods for 182 school days.
    A summer reading assignment and outline are required before the course begins in September.
    All 12 required labs, plus some additional lab activities, are completed. In fact, a large part of the course is built around the
      labs in order to stress how science is a process rather than an accumulation of facts. These labs take up 25%-35% of course
      time as recommended by the course description.
    A laptop cart, with 15 Dell Laptops, are often used to research facts and do on-line tutorials emphasizing the theme or unit
      taught at the time. Also, all lectures are supported by teacher generated Power Point presentations that visually show the
      concepts of the lecture of that day.
    Short educational programs and periodicals are used to reinforce or bring attention to such environmental and social concerns
      as Stem Cell Research, Global Warming, and The Genographic Project.
    The curricular requirements are met by teaching the 8 major themes as directed by the AP Biology Course Description. These
      themes are: Science as a Process; Evolution; Energy Transfer; Continuity and Change; Relationship of Structure to Function;
      Regulation; Interdependence in Nature; Science Technology and Society.
    From the above themes, Evolution is heavily stressed. This is the first unit taught and all other themes are built on this

    Campbell and Reece, Biology 7th Edition, (2005), Pearson and Benjamin Cummings Publication.
    Campbell and Reece, Biology 6th Edition (2002), Benjamin Cummings Publication.

Teaching Strategies:
    These strategies below, are used to help prepare the students for the AP exam:
      1. Pre-Unit Activity: Before Each Unit students are given past AP multiple choice questions and a past AP essay. These
          assignments are called projects. These are turned in 2-3 days after finishing the unit test.
      2. Test: All test questions are in AP multiple-choice question format. Each test includes an AP accompanying essay.
      3. Labs: As stated earlier, ALL 12 required labs as well as supplemental labs are completed. Also, other supplemental labs
          will be completed.
      4. Activities: These vary from Laptop assignments, reading/outlines, pre-lab activities, reaction papers to science issues, etc .
Course Planner:

Uni               Lecture                          Lab                             Activities       Month
 1    Evolution:                         Lab 8:                Evolution Project and Essay         Septembe
           Early Earth                      Population                                               r
           Redi’s experiment                   Genetics and   Lap Top Simulation:
           Chemosynthesis                      Evolution         
           Polymerization                                         Evolution lab
           Dehydration Reactions
           Fox and his clay                                   Textbook Reading:
              experiments                                          Chapters 26, 22, 23, and 24.
           Fossils and C14
           Great Extinctions on
           Prokaryotic vs.
           Historical Context of
                 o Darwin, Lamark,
                     Plato, Linnaeus,
                     Hutton, etc. .
      Population Genetics
      Hardy-Weinberg Theorem
           Estimating Allele
      Micro and Macroevolution
      The Origin of Species
      Natural Selection and Artificial
Uni              Lecture                       Lab                                     Activities
 t                                                                                                                          Month
 2    Ecology                         Lab 11:                   Ecology Project and Essay                                   First 3
           Populations                   Animal Behavior                                                                 Weeks of
           Density and Dispersions                             World Population Study:                                    October
           Demography                Lab 12:                      Using the 2005 population study predict
           Survivorship Curves           Dissolved Oxygen           and analyze: crude birth rate, rude death
           World population                                          rate, infant mortality rate, total fertility rate,
             Growth                   Lab:                            age and sex structure, population
           Life Histories                Owl Pellet                 projection, etc. .
           Limiting Factors               Dissection
           Carrying Capacity                                   Should I be a meat eater or a veggie eater class
      Succession                                                discussion/debate.
      Trophic Structure/Pyramids
      Food chains and food webs                                 Movie: HBO Special, “To Hot Not to Handle” on
      Primary Production                                        Global Warming.
      Being Responsible Stewards of                             Textbook Reading:
      our Environment.                                              Chapters 50, 51, 52, 53, 54 and 55.

 3    Chemistry                       Lab Testing for the       Chemistry Project and Essay                                   Last
          Matter                     presence of Carbs, Fat,                                                              Week of
          Elements                   Proteins in Common food   Model building                                              October
          Compounds                  Products using:                                                                      to First 2
          Elements of Life                Benedicts           Enzyme Reaction Rates Using Toothpickase                   weeks of
          Atomic Structure                Iodine                                                                         Novembe
          Energy Levels                   Alcohol             Lap Top: Describe how enzymes work                             r
          Bonding                         Biuret                  
      Properties of Water                                               jwanamaker/animations/enzyme%20activity.html
      Polarity                        Lab 2:
                                                                Textbook Reading:
                                          Enzyme Catalysis
                                                                    Chapters 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Uni              Lecture                        Lab                                 Activities                          Month
 3    Chemistry Cont’d:

      Importance of CARBON and
      Organic molecules
      Functional Groups                       BLANK                                 BLANK
      Bio Chemistry
          Carbs
          Fats
          Protein
 4    The Cell and Cell Energy        Lab 1:                  Cell Project and Essay                                      Mid
          Pro vs. Eukaryotic cells       Diffusion and                                                               Novembe
          Cell Parts and Function           Osmosis          Compare and Contrast Plant and Animal Cells              r to End
      Cell Membrane                                                                                                        of
          Fluid mosaic model         Lab 4:                  Lap Top:                                                  January
          Permeability                   Plant Pigments         Describe the process of cell permeability
          Passive Transport                 and                    using:
          Active Transport                  Photosynthesis      
          Types of Solutions                                        biology/Biology1111/animations/   passive1.html
      Metabolism                      Lab 5:
          Law of Thermodynamics          Cell Respiration   Compare and Contrast Cell Respiration to
          Free energy                                        Photosynthesis
          ATP
          Enzyme Control and
      Cell Respiration
          Glycolysis
          Citric Acid Cycle
          Oxidative
                 Lecture                                                           Activities
Uni                                            Lab
 t                                                                                                               Month
 4    Cell Cont’d:

          Fermentation and Lactic
          Light and Chemical                 BLANK                                 BLANK
          Light Reactions
          Calvin Cycle
          Adaptations of
 5    Genetics                       Lab 3:                   Genetics Project and Essay                         February
          The Cell Cycle and            Mitosis/Meiosis
             Mitosis                                          Chi Square Test
          Meiosis                   Lab 7:
          Importance of meiosis         Fruit Flies         Monohybrid & Dihybrid Cross problems
          Sex and Somatic Cells
          Genetic variation         Lab:                     PowerPoint Project on a Genetic Disease
      Mendel                             DNA Extraction
          Laws of Inheritance                                Compare Mitosis to Meiosis
          Monohybrid Crosses        Lab:
          Dihybrid Crosses              Transformation of   Pedigree Practice Problems
          Sex Linked                     Bacteria
          Exceptions to Mendel                               Lap Top:
          Pedigrees                 Lab:                         What is a Homebox Gene?
          Chi Square                    Pipe Cleaners as       
          Genetic Disorders and          Chromosomes
          Linkage                   Lab 6:
          Stem Cells                  Electrophoresis
          What is DNA?
      Protein Synthesis
Uni               Lecture                   Lab                                       Activities                            Month
 6    Taxonomy                     Lab:                     Taxonomy Project and Essay                                      March
          Overview of the             Flower Dissection                                                                  and April
            Kingdoms                                        Lap Top:
                                   Lab 9:                       Overview of plant structures and processes.
      Plants                           Transpiration           http;//
           Early Plants                                           htm#corpse
           Modern Plants          Lab:                         worthypl.htm
           Structure                  Fruit Dissection           /plantsmain.html
           Function                                           
           Transport                                          
           Seeds                                              
           Reproduction
           Flowers
           Control Systems
 7    Anatomy                      Lab 10:                  Anatomy Project and Essay                                      April and
           Animal structure and       Physiology of the                                                                    May
             function                     Circulatory       Lap Top:
           Organization of the           System                Genetics Science Learning Center of Utah
             animal body                                          on Nerves
           Nutrition              Lab:                        
      Circulatory System               Cat Dissection
      Gas Exchange
      Immune System
      Regulation of the Internal
      Hormones and the Endocrine
      Endocrine System
      Nervous System

Uni               Lecture                          Lab                                   Activities                          Month
 8    Science as a Process                                                                                                   Entire
      The idea as Science as a
      Process is woven throughout
      the entire year through                    BLANK                                   BLANK
      multiple labs and activities.

 9    Review for AP Final                                                                                                    June

      What is college and what do I              BLANK                                   BLANK
      want to be when I grow up?

Lab Component:
    Each required AP lab is completed.
    Students work in groups of 2-4 depending on the availability of equipment.
    Students complete all questions, tables, graphs and charts found in the AP lab provided by Carolina Biological Supply
    Midterm and final exam questions are generated from the labs and the lab results.
    Lab evaluation can be based on: questions, results or conclusion write ups.

Student Evaluation:
    Tests are 25%
   Projects are 25%
   Labs are 15%
   Activities are 15%
   Midterm = 10%
   Final = 10%

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