Fall 2011 Lecture Syllabus

					CCRI BIOL 1002                                                                   Christine Lima
Fall 2011                                                                      calima@ccri.edu

                         Biol 1002 Fall 2011 Lecture
         Cell Biology: An introduction to cell structure, chemistry,
                   metabolism, growth, and reproduction.

                 Tuesdays, 4-6:30pm, Flannigan Campus Room 1826

                                    Course Instructor:
                                        Christine Lima
                                    Email: calima@ccri.edu
                                Office Hours: By Appointment

                                     Course Website:
 Materials such as syllabi and power point slides from lecture can be found on this website.

Course Description:
        This course is one part of a two-semester introduction to the fundamentals of biology
intended for science majors. It may be taken independently of BIOL 1001. Using the theme
of evolution as a framework, the course investigates biology at the cellular level through the
presentation of such topics as structure, function, metabolism, genetics, reproduction and
differentiation. Additionally, the diversity in form and function of unicellular organisms
(bacteria, archae, and protists) is explored. (Prerequisites: ENGL 0890 with a grade of B or
better or Accuplacer exemption from Reading AND MATH 0500 with a grade of C or
appropriate placement test score) Lecture: 3 hours, Lab: 2 hours.
Cell Biology and Genetics, 12th edition. Starr, Taggart, Evers, Starr.
Course Learning Outcomes:
   Upon successful completion of the course:
      Students should be able to display an ability to communicate, using proper
         biological vocabulary, in both written and spoken English.
      Students should be able to demonstrate the ability to contribute effectively in
         cooperative work toward a common goal.
      Students should show analytical and problem solving ability in the laboratory
         through the use of measurement, graphing, and simple statistical analysis.
      Students should be able to identify and integrate information from multiple
         sources through the use of the library and the Internet.
      Students should be able to work in the lab and maintain an awareness of
         laboratory safety and biological/chemical hazards.
   Course-Specific Learning Objectives/Competencies:
       Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the origin of life on
         Earth and the evolutionary progression toward more complex forms.
       Students should be able to identify the characteristics of living things and
         describe how these are expressed at the cellular and sub-cellular level.
       Students should be able to discuss the diversity of life on earth and the role the
         forces of evolution play in shaping that diversity.
       Students should be able to compare and contrast the various kingdoms of life
         with regard to cellular structure, metabolism, and mechanisms of cellular
         reproduction, genetics and gene expression.
       Students should be able to discuss the societal impacts of recent changes in Life
         Science and related technologies.

CCRI BIOL 1002                                                                    Christine Lima
Fall 2011                                                                       calima@ccri.edu

Course Policies:
        Attendance -
               Attendance at lecture is strongly recommended – it will help you to pass and
get the most out of this course. The exams will cover all material in the text and presented
in class, therefore, it is beneficial for you to attend class regularly.
        Make-up Exams –
               If you are going to miss an exam you MUST inform me via email prior to the
exam. Make-up exams will be administered in the event of a documented medical
emergency (with doctor’s note) or for religious reasons. Other issues will be considered on a
case by case basis. If the instructor determines your excuse to be invalid or you do not have
proper documentation, you may be denied a make-up exam.
        Plagiarism/Cheating –
               A “zero tolerance” policy will be strictly enforced in the event of plagiarism or
cheating. The matter will be reported to the Dean of Students Office and further action may
include a grade of “F” for the exercise or class.
        Grading –
               Your grade for the lecture portion of this class will count for 75% of your total
grade. The remaining 25% will be based on your lab grade. Letter grades will be assigned
as follows:
               100-94%         A                                      79-77%       C+
               93-90%          A-                                     76-70%       C
               89-87%          B+                                     69-67%       D+
               86-84%          B                                      66-60%       D
               83-80%          B-                                     59-0%        F

Academic Accommodations:
      If you have a documented disability, please see/contact me at the start of the
semester to arrange appropriate accommodations.

Lecture Schedule:
          DATE                              TOPIC                           CHAPTER

      September 13           Introduction & Characteristics of Life              1

      September 20               Chemical Composition of Life                  2&3

      September 27                    Cellular Structure                       4&5

        October 4                         Exam #1

        October 11                Metabolism & Respiration                     6&8

        October 18                      Photosynthesis                           7

        October 25                     Mitosis & Meiosis                      9 & 10

       November 1                         Exam #2

       November 8                   Genetics & Inheritance                   11 & 12

CCRI BIOL 1002                                                                    Christine Lima
Fall 2011                                                                       calima@ccri.edu

       November 15                DNA & Protein Synthesis                    13 & 14

       November 22                      Gene Control                            15

      November 29                         Exam #3

       December 6                         Genomes                               16

       December 13               Catch-up & Review Session

       December 20             Final Exam - Comprehensive

       Exams will be given as soon as the class period begins – if you show up late you will
have less time to complete the exam. Exams 1-3 include the material presented since the
last exam. The final exam is comprehensive and will cover all material presented throughout
the course. Each exam will be weighed equally when determining your lecture grade (each
is worth 25% of the grade).

    ** This syllabus is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion as is necessary to
              accommodate snow days or other unforeseen circumstances. **


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