Welcome Students BIOL 1407: GENERAL BIOLOGY II CATALOG DESCRIPTION: A contemporary biology course, with topics including evolution, classification and ecological relationships of organisms, and organ systems of plants and animals. Course Title General Biology II Course Number BIOL 1407 – section 51466 Credit Hours 4 Prerequisites English, General Biology 1 Semester and Year Fall 2011 Instructor Andrew C. Evans, MS Class Days and Times TUE/THU 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Class Room Locations HCC Spring Branch rm. 515 (TUE lecture) and rm. 528 (THU lab) Office TBA Office Hours by appointment E-mail email@example.com, Andrew.Evans@hccs.edu Phone n/a ADA Statement Houston Community College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. The college promotes equity in academic access through the implementation of reasonable accommodations as required by the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title V, Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which will enable students with disabilities to participate in and benefit from all post-secondary educational activities. If you require reasonable accommodations because of a physical, mental, or learning disability, please notify the instructor of this course as soon as possible and preferably before the end of the first two weeks of class to arrange for reasonable accommodations. Course Learning Outcomes: BIOL 1407 Apply the scientific method in a laboratory setting. Demonstrate an understanding of the components of Darwin's theory of evolution and contrast microevolution with macroevolution. Demonstrate an understanding of the classification and ecological relationships of organisms. Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of morphological adaptations from species to species. Demonstrate an understanding of the organ systems of plants and animals. Required Materials: Lecture: Biology, 9th Ed., Campbell and Reece. Lab: Laboratory Exercises for College General Biology 2, 3rd Ed., Merritt and Keating. Evaluation: Lecture Grade: There will be 4 lecture exams in the course of the semester, as well as a comprehensive final exam. Exams will be scantron format. An optional paper will also be assigned, for extra credit. Make-up exams will not be given. No exceptions. Lab Grade: There will be 1 hands-on lab practical in the course of the semester. You will also be required to complete lab write-ups for each lab. Make-up practicals will not be given. No exceptions. Final Examination: The final is comprehensive and mandatory. There will be no make–up on the final exam, period. This is a credit course. Grades will be assigned using the following table. I do not curve grades, period. Grading Scale: A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F below 60 Homework: There will be no graded homework. I will regularly hand out worksheets or review sheets to help you prepare for exams and practicals. I will regularly assign readings from the textbook. The readings are mandatory, and will be considered as fair game for test questions. You need to do the readings to gain a full understanding of the material. Please, read the material, as it will really help you understand the topics covered in lectures. Class Participation and Attendance: Class participation is a reflection of your daily preparation and daily attendance. Students should come to class prepared, and able to participate in class discussions. Attendance to all classes is expected. Class attendance records will be kept to satisfy veterans and work program needs. An excessive number of absences will prohibit the successful completion of this course. If you should miss a class, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain lecture notes and assignments from a classmate. Also, if you aren’t going to be here, contact me. If you are falling behind, I need to keep abreast of the situation, so we can work it out, and get you back on track. Make-up policy, repeated: Make-up exams will not be given for lecture or lab. No exceptions. Withdrawal Policy: Withdrawal from the course after the official day of record (see current catalog) will result in a final grade of “W” on the student transcript and no credit will be awarded. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate and complete a request for withdrawal from any course. I will counsel all students on their grades prior to this deadline, but, I repeat, it is the student’s responsibility to drop. I keep a current database of everyone’s grades, so you can come to me at any time, and I can give you your grades for the semester. Just as a note, a “W” has no bearing on your grade. If you are falling behind, or doing exceedingly poorly, it is far better to withdraw, and retake the course, than it is to get a “D” or an “F.” No stigma is attached to a withdrawal, but a failing grade is another matter. Academic Integrity: HCC is committed to a high standard of academic integrity in the academic community. In becoming a part of the academic community, students are responsible for honesty and independent effort. Failure to uphold these standards includes, but is not limited to, the following: plagiarizing written work or projects, cheating on exams or assignments, collusion on an exam or project, and misrepresentation of credentials or prerequisites when registering for a course. Cheating includes looking at, or copying from another student's exam, orally communicating or receiving answers during an exam, having another person take an exam or complete a project or assignment, using unauthorized notes, texts, or other materials for an exam, and obtaining or distributing an unauthorized copy of an exam or any part of an exam. Plagiarism means passing off as his/her own the ideas or writings of another (that is, without giving proper credit by documenting sources). Plagiarism includes submitting a paper, report or project that someone else has prepared, in whole or in part. Collusion is inappropriately collaborating on assignments designed to be completed independently. These definitions are not exhaustive. When there is clear evidence of cheating, plagiarism, collusion or misrepresentation, a faculty member will take disciplinary action including but not limited to: requiring the student to retake or resubmit an exam or assignment, assigning a grade of 0 for an exam or assignment; or assigning a grade of "F" for the course. Additional sanctions, including being withdrawn from the course, program, or expelled from university, may be imposed on a student who violates the standards of academic integrity. It is much better to fail a test, than it is to be expelled from school for cheating. Software Piracy: Law strictly prohibits unauthorized copying of software purchased by HCC for use in laboratories. HCC administration will take appropriate disciplinary action against anyone violating copyright laws. Computer Virus Protection: Computer viruses are, unfortunately, a fact of life. Using discs or flash drives creates the possibility of transferring viral infections. The university has aggressive anti-virus procedures in place to protect its PCs, but cannot guarantee that a virus might not temporarily infect one of its machines. It is your responsibility to protect all PCs under your control, and to ensure that each disc or RAMdrive you use, whenever or wherever you use it, has been scanned with anti-virus software. Since new viruses arise continually, your anti-virus software must be kept current. And, since no anti-virus software will find every virus, keeping copies of data (backups) is extremely important. Equal Opportunity Statement: It is the policy of the HCC to provide equal employment, admission and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. HCC strives to provide an excellent learning environment free from harassment or intimidation directed at any person’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Any form of harassment will not be tolerated. You need to feel comfortable coming to class, in order to learn effectively. If anyone is harassing you, I need to know immediately, and I will take care of the problem. Biol 1407 Grade Sheet Test Test 1 Test 2 Test 3 Test 4 Lab Practical 1 Final Exam Lab Write-ups Optional Extra Credit Paper % of Total 16.67% 16.67% 16.67% 16.67% 16.67% 16.67% Extra Credit up to 20 pts. added to a test Grade This sheet is for you to keep track of your grades. You may check with me at any time to verify grades. Please keep an ACCURATE accounting of your grades to know your standing. Course Calendar: Week of Aug 30 Sep 6 Sep 13 Class Topic Course introduction Ch. 26 – phlogeny and the tree of life LAB – lab time used for lecture Ch. 26 – phlogeny and the tree of life – continued…. Ch. 27 – Bacteria and Archaea Reference Chapters / Notes 26 26, 27 LAB 1 – Population Genetics Ch. 27 – Bacteria and Archaea – continued…. 27 LAB 2 - Bacteria Sep 20 Sep 27 Lecture Test 1 (Ch. 26-27) LAB 3 – Protozoa, Algae, and Slime Molds Ch. 28 – Protists 28 Oct 4 LAB 4 – Animal and Plant Tissues Ch. 28 – Protists Oct 11 LAB 5 – Animal Development – Frog and Chicken Embryos Lecture Test 2 (Ch. 28) 28 Oct 18 Oct 25 Ch. 29 and 30 – plant diversity 1 and 2, incl. plant colonization of land and evolution of seed plants Ch. 29 and 30 – plant diversity 1 and 2, incl. plant colonization of land and evolution of seed plants 29, 30 LAB 6 – A Survey of the Plant Kingdom Lecture Test 3 (Ch. 29, 30) Ch. 31 – Fungi Nov 1 29, 30 31 LAB 7 – A Survey of the Animal Kingdom Ch. 31 – Fungi 31 LAB 8 – The Fetal Pig Nov 8 Ch. 32 – Animal diversity introduction 32 Nov 15 LAB 9 – Human Systems: Structure and Function LAB 11 – Evolution of the Human Skulls Lecture Test 4 (Ch. 31, 32) Ch. 33 – Invertebrates 33 Nov 22 LAB – REVIEW FOR LAB PRACTICAL Ch. 33 – Invertebrates Nov 29 NO CLASS THU – TURKEYDAY!!! Ch. 34 – Vertebrates 33 34 Lab Practical Dec 6 Ch. 34 – Vertebrates 34 Dec 13 REVIEW for FINAL EXAM Final Exam 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tue Dec 13 (over Ch. 33,34, and comprehensive) All dates are subject to change with prior notice. It is your responsibility to stay informed as to any changes announced in class. Absence from class is not an excuse for failure to observe any announced changes. Good luck, and see you in class. Call me with any questions.