Mr. Snyder’s AP BIOLOGY SYLLABUS,
CLASS POLICIES, EXPECTATIONS AND GRADING
2015-2016, p6
Welcome to AP Biology! I am excited to have you as part of my Advanced Placement Biology class. I
look forward to the challenges and the exciting learning that will take place this year as we explore
life! I hope to share my passion for biology with a group of dedicated students. Some of you may get
a jump-start on college credit.
Overview
AP Biology will be taught using the guidelines from the College Board. Labs and class materials will
be designed to meet the standard AP Biology curriculum and prepare students to succeed on the AP
Biology Exam on Monday May 11, 2015. A myriad of information about AP Biology can be found at
http://www.collegeboard.com. This is a college level course, not a college preparatory class. We will
not spend class time reviewing concepts from Biology I, Chemistry I, or math. The class will be taught
to the level of the highest achieving student. Many colleges accept AP scores for college credit.
Specific scores needed for specific colleges are often available on-line.
Category
Weight
Letter Grade
Grade Percentage
Tests/Quizzes
Labs/Assignments
Final Exam
Book Notes
50%
35%
15%
0%
A
B
C
D
F
90-100 %
80-89 %
70-79 %
60-69 %
0-59 %
Tests and Quizzes
Expect quizzes after any reading assignment or lecture activity. The tests will be larger or smaller,
depending on the material and time we spend on it. I expect that students learn information by
performing labs and class activities, following lectures, completing reading assignments, reviewing
lecture notes, taking written notes while reading and using on line resources from the text publisher
and/or youtube. AP Biology tests and quizzes will be challenging. Tests will be modeled after the AP
exam, with equivalent time and value for multiple choice questions and free response questions. The
final exam will be based on the entire semester in fall and the entire year in spring.
Assignments
Class work may include any in class or out of class assignments, study guides, labs, projects, reports,
or essays. There will often be an on line homework assignment. Many labs have difficult, time
sensitive set ups. For these activities there will be NO MAKE-UP AP labs. You can make up the lab if
materials for collecting data are still available. If you miss a lab you can drop one missing lab grade
per semester. These may include pre-labs and post lab questions, in addition to a description of the lab,
data and conclusions. For on line assignments (Mastering biology) register at
PearsonSchool.com/Access using the code SSNAST-STANK-SKELF-TURVY-ASTIR-MUTES. The
course ID is MBSNYDER90715.
Late Work
Generally not accepted. This is a college course. See me for extenuating circumstances. If you miss
school on a test or quiz day you are expected to make it up before school or at lunch the next day. That
means coming to see me BEFORE our class meets again (like lunch BEFORE class). I am usually
at school by 7:10 each morning. Quizzes can be made up then also. Made up homework that has
already been corrected is generally counted as “excused” and not for or against a grade.
Absences
Tests and homework makeup as per school district policy; see above. Get makeup notes from a
classmate. I expect students to spend some time in my classroom before and after school and during
lunch to succeed. As stated above, there will be NO MAKE-UP AP labs if materials are time sensitive
(for example, alive). You can drop one missing lab grade per semester.
Text
AP Edition Campbell Biology in Focus; Urry, Cain, et al; 2014; Pearson Education
AP Test Reviewing: Students are expected to use a study guide for the AP Exam, I have some in my
classroom. I will not use class time to go over these, but can help you with questions from them
outside of class time. There are also review materials in the book, on the book website (see below), on
the college board website and others on the internet. The book and website provide plenty of study
opportunities, students must provide the time to use them.
Lab and Activity Notes
MasteringBiology is a website that accompanies our text. It has many visual activities, including
video clips, animations, and review activities for students. These explanations help reinforce material
covered in lecture and lab, and students can take as much time as they want on these. For on line
assignments (Mastering biology) register at PearsonSchool.com/Access using the code SSNASTSTANK-SKELF-TURVY-ASTIR-MUTES. The course ID is MBSNYDER90715.
Course Outline
AP Biology is based on four big ideas: Evolution, Cellular Processes, Genetics and Information
Transfer, and Interactions. Each big idea contains enduring understandings based on essential
knowledge. Learning objectives for the enduring understandings have been determined by the College
Board. There is a summary of these in the text book. My course will try to demonstrate how the big
ideas relate to each topic in biology. We will follow the book with 7 units, each with many chapters.
We will cover 1-2 chapters each week. The topics will contain labs designed to teach students inquiry
methods and practical lab skills in the context of the 4 big ideas. There will be many labs and activities
that are not listed here. The tentative schedule is below.
AP EXAM : Monday May 9, in the morning at East High. Usually 7:00am in
annex. Be there by 6:55! If you are late you will not be allowed to test.
Weeks
1
Chapters
1
2
Topics
Introduction to biology, hypothesis
testing, statistics
Start Artificial selection labs
2-6
Chemistry and Cells
2-5
Weeks
Topics
Chapters
Diffusion and osmosis,
Enzyme Activity
Labs
6-9
10
10-13
Cellular energetics
The cell cycle
Genetics
6-8
9
10-12
Photosynthesis, respiration
Onion mitosis, sordaria lab
Virtual Fly
13-17
DNA structure, gene expression
13-14
Bacterial Transformation
18
Finals
Viruses
Control of gene expression, cell
development, stem cells, cancer
See above
17
15-16
20-21
Genome evolution
18
22-26
Evolution
19-23
Blast Lab, DNA
Electrophoresis
Evidence for Evolution,
Computer Modeling
micro-evolution
26-27
28-29
30-31
32-34
35
36
History of Life
Plants
Animals
Ecology
Review/AP exam
Finals
24-27
28-31
32, 35, 37-39
40-43
See above
Transpiration
Animal Behavior
Modeling Predator/Prey
Winter Break
19-20
Labs
Fast Plants starts
Protein extraction (out of
class work on this!!!
Mr. Snyder’s AP BIOLOGY SYLLABUS,
CLASS POLICIES, EXPECTATIONS AND GRADING
2015-2016, p6
I expect students to:
1) Work at a college level, with much of the learning done independently with the textbook and
the accompanying website outside of the classroom. The text requires college level reading skills.
2) Prioritize AP Biology above other classes, jobs, and extra curricular activities.
3) Take the AP Exam in May. Some programs are available to help defray the exam costs.
4) Handle a fast paced lecture/lab class.
5) Spend some lunch periods and after school time at school doing labs or getting help. This is part of
the curriculum. In January there will be an afterschool lab and a Saturday lab. Dates will be posted
in advance. Times will be determined in class. There may also be a weekend trip to the zoo and a
field trip to the University of Alaska.
6) Be honest about their work and their own abilities and motivations.
7) Behave like young professionals.
8) Meet on their own in study groups to enhance understanding of the reading.
ALWAYS KEEP UP WITH THE READING. It is too much to read the night before a test.
I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE ABOVE GRADING POLICIES, PROCEDURES,
SCHEDULE, AND EXPECTATIONS FOR AP BIOLOGY.
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