BSC 1005- BIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES
Instructor : Dr. Mario Mota
Office: Biology Building 301 Telephone: (407) 823–6524
Class place/Time: VAB 132 M,W,F 8:30-9:20 AM Email: email@example.com
Office hours: M,W,F 9:30-10:30 AM T,R 4-5:00 PM
Course Description: “Biological Principles” is an introductory course designed for students who are
not majoring in biology. The course is designed to give the student an overview of the basic
“Biology: Concepts and Connections" with Mastering Biology (6th Edition) by Neil A. Campbell,
Jane B. Reece, Martha R. Taylor, Eric J. Simon, and Jean L. Dickey
1) To demonstrate an understanding of science as an empirical attempt to acquire information
about the real world, develop possible explainations of these phenomena, and test the
explanations by predicting the outcome of future observations.
2) To demonstrate an ability to assess the extent to which claims presented as “scientific” satisfy
the empirical character of scientific explanations.
3) To demonstrate understanding of scientific knowledge and problem solving in a physical or
Attendance Policy: Due to the volume of material presented during this course, good attendance is
essential ! You alone are responsible for all missed work.
Academic Honesty: By enrolling at UCF all students have agreed to abide by the Golden Rule.
This document is at http://www.goldenrule.sdes.ucf.edu. Please also use common courtesy in
class by arriving and departing on time, refraining from talking during class, and turning off cell
phones, beepers and any other electronics that emit noise. Tape recording of lectures is not
permitted. Any person involved in cheating of any kind in lecture will receive an F for the class and
referral to the disciplinary committee.
Please note the following information from the UCF Golden Rule: “Commercial Use of Academic
Material: selling notes, handouts, etc without authorization or using them for any commercial
purpose without the express written permission of the University and the Instructor is a violation of
this rule” (11.A.1.d).
Third parties are selling class notes and other materials from this class without our authorization.
Please be aware that such third-party materials may contain errors, which could affect your
performance or grade. Use these materials at your own risk.
Grading : Three lecture exams worth 95 points each.
One optional comprehensive final lecture examination worth 95 points.
The lowest exam grade will be dropped.
Attendance, quizzes, class participation 15 points.
Total points possible is 300
A = 300 - 270 points B = 269 - 240 points C = 239 - 210 points
D = 209 - 180 points F = 179 - 0 points
Note: Plus/minus grades may be used for this course.
Warning: You will receive the grade that you earn.
Disability Access Statement: The University of Central Florida is committed to providing
reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. This syllabus is available in alternate
formats upon request. Students with disabilities who need accommodations in this course must
contact the professor at the beginning of the semester to discuss needed accommodations. No
accommodations will be provided until the student has met with the professor to request
accommodations. Students who need accommodations must be registered with Student Disability
Services, Student Resource Center Room 132, phone (407) 823-2371, TTY/TDD only phone (407)
823-2116, before requesting accommodations from the professor.
ML King Jr. Holiday: Jan 17th
Withdrawal deadline: Mar 4th
Spring Break: March 7 – 12th, 2008
Tentative Lecture Schedule
Week Subjects Text Chapters
Jan 9 Introduction, Cell Structure and Function 4-5
Jan 16 Cell Division and Mitosis 8
Jan 23 Cell Division and Mitosis (cont.), Meiosis 8
Jan 30 Basic Patterns of Inheritance 9
Feb 6 Test 1; Nutrition and Digestion 21
Feb 13 Gas Exchange and Circulation 22, 23
Feb 20 Nervous Systems 28
Feb 27 The Senses 29
Mar 6 Spring Break
Mar 13 Hormones and Endocrine System 26
Mar 20 Test 2; Reproduction and Embryonic Development 27
Mar 27 The Biosphere 34
Apr 3 Biodiversity 19, 20
Apr 10 Behavioral Adaptations to the Environment 35
Apr 17 Population Ecology 36
Apr 24 Test 3; Communities and Ecosystems, Conservation Biology 37, 38
NOTE : The dates for these exams may need to be changed as the semester progresses. If such
becomes necessary, you will be notified at the earliest possible time. It is your responsibility to
attend class and to keep informed.
Final Exam: The final exam will be a COMPREHENSIVE 3-hour exam. It will be given in the
lecture room (VAB132) according to the Final Exam schedule (April 27th 7:00 – 9:50 AM)
Make-up Policy: Lecture exams will not be made up except for school related (athletic) activities
and arrangement must be made at least one week before the exam. Since the lowest examination
grade is dropped, a missed exam will constitute that lowest grade.
You must show your UCF ID card to submit an exam for grading. No credit will be given for an
exam if you do not show your student ID. The student ID number must be placed on the answer
sheet and will be checked as you leave the exam. All books, notes, bags, purses AND CELL
PHONES must be placed in the front of the room before exams are handed out. You are responsible
for your own personal belongings, so please do not bring anything valuable with you to the exam.
Please note that in the past book bags have been mistaken by other students (everyone has a black
backpack). If calculators are permitted, it will be stated prior to the test date. Please be aware that
the final exam will not be cut and paste from other exams. You need to understand the material to
do well on an exam. All programmable calculators will be checked. Language translators and
blackberries are prohibited. Anyone arriving after the first person has finished the exam and
submitted it will not be allowed to take the exam. No one is allowed to leave and use the lavatory
during an exam. Cheating on exams will not be tolerated! Scantrons will not be returned to students.
However, they can be examined in the instructor's office following the date grades are posted. Please
note that failure to encode all appropriate information on a scantron, including PID, lab section, and
test form during the exam may result in a grade of zero.
Supplemental Instruction: Additionally, there is help available through SARC (Student Academic
Resource Center, Phillips Hall 113; Phone: 823-5130). SARC provides students with free individual
and small-group tutoring for Biology. SARC can also help with study skills workshops.
Technology Requirements-CPS clicker:
1. Buy your clicker from UCF bookstore and register your clicker to this class at
www.eInstruction.com Please note, there is a fee involved.
2. If you bought an USED clicker, remember to “Register” to this particular course in the
above website. Otherwise your graded quizzes will not be entered to your name.
3. You‟ll need a Class Name and Class Key.
4. Remember the clicker pad number that will be provided after registration.
5. Change new batteries in the beginning of the semester; check the battery level often.
6. Turn on your clicker only inside the classroom and only when asked to do so.
7. You will not share your clicker with another student or ask someone to use it in your
absence. If such an incident occurs, all grades earned by both parties will be marked as „0‟
grade. Check “Honesty” in this syllabus.
Using CPSRF in class
The eInstruction response pad is easy to use. See the information below to learn how to use the
buttons on the pad. If you have any questions, log onto www.einstruction.com and use the Customer
Support menu option. Type in your name and enter the live chat room for immediate help. You can
also reach Technical Support at 888.333.7532.
Join – the response pads automatically search for a class roster to join whenever you turn on
Initiate Join – to have the response pad begin searching for a class roster to join, turn on
the response pad and press the PWR/JOIN button.
Manually Join – to manually join a class, turn on the response pad and press the
PWR/JOIN button twice. Join: appears on the LCD screen. Type in the channel number
for the class roster you would like to join, and press Send.
Use Negative Numbers – make a numeric response positive or negative by pressing the +-
View Response Pad Information – to view the response pad channel, roster number, and
firmware version, turn the pad on and press the < button.
CH: 07 T: 0004
Firmware Response pad
Revision Number Rev: 25 HE type
View Serial Number – to view the serial number for your response pad, simply press the
PWR/Join button to turn on the response pad. The serial number displays in the LCD screen
as your response pad searches for a class roster to join. Your serial number will begin with
Adjust LCD Screen Contrast – to adjust the LCD screen contrast, press the > button. Use
the A1 button to decrease the contrast and the C3 button to increase contrast.