Master Syllabus 2010-2011
PASSAIC COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
BS 101 - BIOLOGY I
I.
Course Code: BS 101
II.
Course Title: Biology 1
III.
Prerequisites: None
IV.
Number of Credits: 4 credits - 3 credits lecture, 1 credit laboratory
Contact Hours: 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory
V.
Instructor:
Office Location:
E-mail:
Phone:
Faculty Coordinator: Kala Mayur
VI.
Catalog Description:
Biology 101 will provide you with a basic understanding of principles underlying the science of
cells and organisms. Included are topics related to biochemistry, cell structure, metabolism,
genetics, heredity and evolution. Laboratory experiments include investigations of physical and
chemical life processes, analysis of cellular components, cellular functions, cell reproduction,
and heredity.
VII.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, a student should be able to:
a. analyze a problem and draw conclusions
means of assessment: data analysis, critical thinking questions
b. demonstrate understanding of basic terminology, major concepts and fundamental
theories in science
means of assessment: embedded questions
c. apply scientific theories and principles to the solving of current issues and problems.
means of assessment :short answer, critical thinking questions
d. distinguish characteristics in the living world
means of assessment: embedded questions
e. exhibit knowledge of energy conversion and transfer processes such as photosynthesis and cellular
respiration
means of assessment: embedded questions
f. explain sequence of events during cell cycle, chromosome segregation and consequences as a
result of their disruption
means of assessment: embedded questions
*a-c will serve to assess general education learning objectives for this course
VIII.
Course Outline:
Lecture Schedule
Chapter
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Title
Concepts And Methods In Biology
Chemical Foundations For Cells
Carbon Compounds In Cells
Cell Structure And Function
A Closer Look At Cell Membranes
Ground Rules Of Metabolism
How Cells Acquire Energy
How Cells Release Stored Energy
Cell Division And Mitosis
Meiosis
Observable Patterns Of Inheritance
Human Genetics
DNA Structure And Function
From DNA To Proteins
Additional information on lecture
 Lecture Final will be comprehensive.
Laboratory Schedule
Exercise
2
3
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Topic
Measurement
Microscopy
Macromolecules and You
Structure and Function of Living Cells
Diffusion & Osmosis
Enzymes
Photosynthesis
Respiration
Mitosis
Meiosis
Mendelian Genetics/Heredity
Gel Electrophoresis & DNA Fingerprinting

"A student must pass the laboratory portion of this course in order to pass the course.
This is a Science Department policy.”
IX.
Required Texts
Lecture Text: Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life by Cecie Starr & Ralph Taggart 11th
edition
Laboratory Manual for General Biology: by James Perry, David Morton & Joy Perry
X.
Methods of Evaluation
a) Breakdown of Grading
Total
45%
25%
10%
20%
100%
Lecture tests
Lab Quizzes
Assignments & Class Participation
Comprehensive Final
b) Grade Scale
above 92
-A
90 to 92
- A-
XI.
87 to 89
83 to 86
80 to 82
- B+
-B
- B-
77 to 79 - C+
70 to 76 - C
60 to 69 - D
below 60 - F
Additional Course Information
a) Attendance: Attendance will be taken for every class. Students are expected to attend all
lectures and lab sessions. Punctuality is required.
b) Eating/Drinking: Is not allowed in class
c) Cell Phones: Turn off your cell phones or do not bring them to class. Absolutely no cell phone
usage while class is in session.
d) Children: will not be permitted in lecture or lab sessions for any reason.
e) Cheating: Any student caught cheating during a test will get an automatic zero and may be
dismissed from the course with an ‘F’
f) Homework/Assignments: When assignments are given, the due dates will be assigned.
Students are expected to follow the deadlines. No late work will be accepted
XII.
Disabilities
If you have a disability and believe that you need accommodations in my classroom, please see
your counselor in the Counseling Department. If you require testing accommodations, you must
inform me one week in advance of the test.
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Master Syllabus 2010-2011 - Passaic County Community College