Biology by wuxiangyu



Class Instructor: Mrs. Tubb                 website:
Email address:

Course Goal:
This semester long class is structured to explore the exciting world of science and all of its workings. The
objective of this class is to build a strong scientific background that can be used in your future education
and career as well as introduce you to all areas of science.

IB Mission Statement:
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who
help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Daily Materials:
1” binder or larger                             Dividers (at least 10)
Paper (can be a notebook)                       Writing utensil

Wish List Materials:
Copy paper (colored or white)                   Magazines
Kleenex                                         Paper towels
Glue sticks                                     Markers/colored pencils
Spray cleaners/Clorox wipes                     Dry erase markers/erasers
Hand sanitizer                                  Lab donations

Classroom rules:
   1. Be POLITE- to everyone including your peers
   2. Be PROMPT- in the door when the bell rings
   3. Be PREPARED- all materials are readily available and homework is complete
   4. Be PRODUCTIVE- not distracting!

Make-up Work: If a student has an excused absence, he/she will be responsible for acquiring any
materials the student missed the day he/she returns. To receive full credit, make-up work needs to be
turned in within 5 days upon return. If a student is absent on the day of a test, the test will need to be
made up before school, during lunch, or after school.

Late Work: Students are expected to turn their homework in at the beginning of class. Late work will be
accepted but at the expense of a lower grade. After 8 days, the maximum score one can receive is 50%.

Test Days: For the fall semester, the test days will be Friday/Monday.

Tutoring Days: I am available after school from 2:30-3:30 most days (no Wednesdays) for extra help. I
am available before school as well, but arrangements must be made ahead of time for morning tutoring.

Retests: Retests will be available to those that receive below a 70%. The maximum score one can receive
on a retest is 70%. A maximum of 2 retests can be done per quarter. Students have a 2 week window to
complete a retest, with a potentially shorter window at the end of the grading period.

Cheating will NOT be tolerated - I will follow the MPHS honor code which states that students will
receive a ZERO for the assignment as well as an academic referral. Parents will be notified of the
academic infraction immediately. This includes but is not limited to plagiarism, giving or receiving
assistance on an exam/quiz or copying work of any type done in class.

Grading Scale:                Breakdown of Assessment:                      CMS Course Calculations:
93-100 % = A                  Tests: 60%                                    Quarter 1 grade: 37.5%*
85-92 % = B                   Labs: 15%                                     (*80% class, 20% midterm)
77-84 % = C                   Quizzes: 15%                                  Quarter 2 grade: 37.5%
70-76 % = D                   Homework/Classwork: 10%                       Final Exam grade: 25%
0-69 % = F

Assessment Tools:

Tests: Tests will consist of multiple-choice, matching, and short answer/essay questions. The tests will
consist of material covered in one or two chapters, depending on the unit. Expect a test at the end of each

Quizzes: Quizzes will be used as a regular assessment tool. There will be at least one quiz per unit
depending on the depth of the material. There is a small chance for pop quizzes during the grading
periods, but they will be implemented based on behavior and responsiveness.

Homework: There will be an array of homework assigned, from book assignments, internet assignments,
and worksheets. All assignments will vary in point value.

Projects: Projects will be assigned sporadically throughout the semester. They will either be individual or
group. There will be opportunities in group projects for the students to evaluate each other as well as be
evaluated by the teacher. Projects will be given various values based on the amount of work involved;
they can be included in any category of assessment. This is the major difference between an
honors/MYIB course and a standard course.

Labs: Various labs will be performed throughout the semester, in which all students will be expected to
participate. Grades will be assigned according to participation and successful completion.

Participation: It is important for me to understand how well the students comprehend the material being
covered. One way for me to measure their knowledge is to ask questions during class for them to answer
aloud. I also will implement group work, in which, they will have the chance to participate by turning in
a group worksheet.

Course Outline:

WEEK 1                        Characteristics of Life and Scientific Method
WEEK 2-3                      Ecology and Human Impact on the Environment
WEEK 4                        Biochemistry (Organic Compounds)
WEEK 5-6                      Cells (Organelles, Cellular Transport, Photosynthesis/ Cellular Respiration)
WEEK 7                        DNA/ Protein Synthesis
WEEK 8-9                      Mitosis/Meiosis
WEEK 9                        MIDTERM- CMS GENERATED
WEEK 10-11                    Genetics
WEEK 12                       Biotechnology/ Genetic Engineering
WEEK 13                       Evolution
WEEK 14                       Classification, Viruses, Immune Response
WEEK 15-18                    Representative Organisms and Behavior
WEEK 18                       REVIEW for EOC… EOC

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