Survey of Biology, Biol&100 Fall 2012 LECTURE Sections C&D

Survey of Biology, Biol&100
Fall 2012
LECTURE Sections C&D
Building 15, Room 204; M,W, F 11:30-12:40
Section C(5013): Building 15, Room 128L; Tuesday 11:30-1:20
Section D(5014): Building 15, Room 128L; Thursday 11:30-1:20
Kim Harrington (you can call me Kim or Ms. Harrington or Your Majesty Professor Harrington)
Office Building 15 (The Science and Engineering Building) Room 237
Contact Information
Web site:
Office Hours
M 12:45-2:45 Building 15 Rm. 237 (My office)
T 9:30–11:00 Building 15 Rm. 237 (My office)
Th 9:30–11:00 Building 15 Rm. 237 (My office)
I welcome you to see me during my office hours. I am also usually happy to see you at other times,
though sometimes I will have to ask you to see me at another time. You can also make an
appointment to see me. If you are not on campus, you can make an appointment via email or phone
message for a time in which we can have a phone conversation.
Catalog Description
(Formerly BIOL-100) A one-quarter introduction to biological principles for non-majors or students
starting in life sciences. Topics include: diversity of life; basic cellular anatomy and biochemical
processes; evolution and genetics; ecology and environmental issues; and an overview of human
anatomy/physiology. Laboratory included
Completion of ENGL 095 and READ 095 with a minimum grade of C or ENGL/ 095 with a minimum
grade of C and completion of MATH 090 or MATH 093 with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent
assessment in these areas
Course Overview
Biology is incredibly exciting because it affects every aspect of our lives! I hope this class will
help you to understand how your body and the things around you work. I hope it will help you to
make better decisions. I hope you will get as excited about biology as I am!
Degree Learning Outcomes
 Core of Knowledge (COK): Demonstrate a basic knowledge of each of the distribution areas
(Written Communication, Humanities, Quantitative Skills, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences;
or, as applicable, specific professional/technical programs), integrate knowledge across
disciplines, and apply this knowledge to academic, occupational, civic and personal endeavors.
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Communication (COM): Listen, speak, read, and write effectively and use nonverbal and
technological means to make connections between self and others.
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving (CRT): Compare, analyze, and evaluate information and
ideas, and use sound thinking skills to solve problems.
Information & Information Technology (IIT): Locate, evaluate, retrieve, and ethically use
relevant and current information of appropriate authority for both academic and personal
Living & Working Cooperatively/Valuing Differences (LWC): Respectfully acknowledge
diverse points of view, and draw upon the knowledge and experience of others to collaborate in a
multicultural and complex world.
Responsibility & Ethics (RES): Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes responsible
and ethical behavior toward individuals, the community, and the environment.
Program Learning Outcomes Natural Sciences
Upon successful completion of the Natural Sciences distribution requirements for the AAS Option A or
B, or the Associate in Biology, or the Associate of Sciences degrees, students will:
1. Evaluate information scientifically in the context of his/her own life
2. Explain the importance of observation and hypothesis testing in the scientific process, and
distinguish between the scientific process and other human endeavors
3. Communicate the primary principles and processes underlying at least one natural system (for
example: atoms and molecules, cells and organisms, the oceans and atmosphere, the solid earth, or
the cosmos)
4. Perform and effectively communicate the results of scientific investigations, and explain how
research is done in science
5. Demonstrate the safe and proper use of scientific instrumentation, measuring devices, chemical
reagents, media, and/or other tools of science in a laboratory or field setting relevant to specific
disciplines of science
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Understand and participate in the scientific method. (COM,CRT)
2. Know the major taxonomic groups and their evolutionary relationships. (CRT)
3. Think about biological issues across a relevant size spectrum from subatomic particles to the
ecosphere. (CRT)
4. Understand and utilize basic chemistry and elementary biochemistry. (CRT)
5. Understand cell structure, organelle function, and the basics of metabolic activities such as
cellular respiration and photosynthesis. (CRT)
6. Comprehend genetics topics such as DNA replication, mitosis, genetic engineering, viruses,
cancer, inheritance, sex, and evolution. (CRT, RSP, LWC)
7. Understand basic ecological processes such as nutrient cycling and symbiosis. (CRT, RSP)
8. Recognize and understand more of the biological events occurring around and within them. (CRT,
9. More competently research, interpret, critique, and present biological information. (COM, RSP,
Instructional Methods Used
This course utilizes a combination of lecture, laboratory exercises, small group discussions and
activities and online assignments.
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Academic Assistance
I am one of many resources available to help you succeed in this class. Here are some other resources.
Study Group
You should join or form a small study group for this class. A study group is an excellent source of
Tutoring Center
Biology tutors are available at no additional cost in the Tutoring Center on the second floor of
building 7. Appointments can be made in person or by calling 253.566.6032. For more
information see:
Counseling Center
The Counseling Center staff in Building 7 can help you address personal difficulties that interfere
with your studies. This includes things like test anxiety. Call 253.566.5122 to make an
All students must follow the biological science lab safety procedures and standard operating
procedures established by Tacoma Community College, the Science & Engineering Department, and
the instructor. Students who repeatedly or willfully violate these procedures may face sanctions,
including removal from the course, a failing grade, and referral to the college for action under the
Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. The departmental safety procedures for biological
science are available at:
Textbooks & Supplemental Materials
There is no textbook that must be purchased for the course. Links to readings and assignments will
be posted on the course web site.
Evaluation Criteria & Grading Standards
Grading will NOT be on a curve. You will be graded according to how well you demonstrate your
understanding of the material taught in this course. This means that you are not competing against each
other for a few A's. Instead, you should help each other learn the material. You are each other's best help.
The course is set up so that more than 1/3 of your grade will be from homework and in class activities.
About 1/3 of your grade will be from lab activities. Less than 1/3 of the grade will be from exams
including the final exam.
Note: The number of assignments and points for an assignment may change. This will result in a
change in the total points.
The course grade will be determined from the percentage of the possible points earned using the table
below. As described in the Quizzes and Exams section, the lowest quiz score is not included in the
course grading. You can calculate your current grade at any time calculating your percentage earned:
total po int s you have earned
total po int s possible so far
The grade will be based on a percentage of the total points earned, using the following table:
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A schedule of assigned reading, homework and project due dates will be posted on the course
web site. The due dates are subject to change depending on what is happening in class. Students
are responsible for any information given in class about assignment due dates. Not being present
in class is not a valid excuse to miss an assignment. Late assignments will not be accepted.
Unit exam dates will be posted on the course web site. There will be no makeup exams.
Withdrawals and Incompletes
Please see the calendar of important dates.
Successful completion of this course will require perfect or near-perfect attendance. Students will be
responsible for all the material that is presented during lecture and laboratory sessions. A missed lab
cannot be made up and all lab quizzes, exams and assignments cannot be made up. A missed exam
cannot be made up. Late assignments will not be accepted without advance approval.
Student Requirements
Academic Dishonesty
As stated in the TCC Catalog, ‘Students are expected to be honest and forthright in their
academic endeavors. Cheating, plagiarism, fabrication or other forms of academic dishonesty
corrupt the learning process and threaten the educational environment for all students” (pg. 31).
In this course, sanctions for academic dishonesty will be as follows:
No dishonorable conduct will be tolerated. Any form of academic dishonesty on quizzes / assignments
will result in a 0 grade for that assignment / quiz. Other forms of dishonesty or misconduct will also result
in a 0 grade. Second offenses of any type of academic dishonesty will result in an E for the course and the
student is asked to not return to class. Dishonorable conduct includes:
Cheating (to violate rules): Honesty is expected in all endeavors.
Plagiarism (to present the ideas or words of another as one’s own or to not properly cite a source
when using adapted words or ideas): Tables, figures and words should never be copied directly
from a book, Internet, another student’s paper or any other works.
Lying (to be untruthful or false): There is no reason to lie to an instructor. Be truthful and take
responsibility for your own actions.
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Stealing (to take and carry away without permission): Permission is required to borrow any
materials from the classroom.
Other violations: A student that is in violation of any college policies or other forms of
dishonesty/conduct will be asked to leave the class upon the first offense, will lose all points for that
period and will be reported to the Associate Vice President for disciplinary proceedings. The complete
Administrative Procedure for Academic Dishonesty is available on the TCC website at:
Students with Special Needs: All students are responsible for all requirements of the class, but
the way they meet these requirements may vary. If you need specific auxiliary aids or services
due to a disability, please contact the Access Services office in Building 18 (253-566-5328).
They will require you to present formal, written documentation of your disability from an
appropriate professional. When this step has been completed, arrangements will be made for you
to receive reasonable auxiliary aids or services. The disability accommodation documentation
prepared by Access Services must be given to me before the accommodation is needed so that
appropriate arrangements can be made.
Classroom policies (as applicable)
Children/visitors in Class: Only students that are enrolled in the class may attend on a regular
basis. There are some instances that I will allow visitors. However, you must get permission from
me at least one day before bringing a visitor into the classroom.
Cell Phones and Pagers: These must be on vibrate if present in the classroom. Please remove
yourself from the classroom before using such a device during breaks, before class and after
class. No text messaging is allowed during class.
Electronic Dictionaries/translators: These devices are not allowed in the classroom. It is your
responsibility to learn the needed vocabulary and be able to apply it. English is the primary
language used in this class and everyone is expected to write, speak, and understand English. A
grade of ‘B’ or above in English 91 is recommended.
Classroom Etiquette
Students come to class to learn. It is expected that everyone will act in ways that are respectful and
that promote learning for all students and will refrain from actions that interfere with learning.
Specific examples include
Arrive on time. If you arrive late, do your best to minimize the disruption to other students. If I
will be late, I will send someone to inform you. Use the time to study. If late arrivals become a
problem, I will close and lock the door ten minutes into class and not allow anyone to enter
after that point.
Be ready to learn when the class begins. Even quiet conversation is very disruptive during class.
If you cannot hear what is said or see what is written on the board, let me know.
Stay until the end of class. If you must leave early, sit near the exit and minimize the disruption to
other students.
Learn the names of the people you interact with in class and lab.
Guests, including children, are welcome in class on an occasional basis with my prior approval.
Guests must not disrupt the class in any way. You are responsible for your guests. Guests are not
allowed in the lab.
Turn off all alarms and ringers before class starts.
Beverages are allowed in a classroom. Food should generally not be eaten in the classroom,
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except as necessary to maintain your health. Food and beverages are not permitted in the lab
If you have a contagious illness, stay home.
I can usually answer a few quick questions before and after class. However, lengthy discussions,
and confidential or private discussions should take place during office hours or by special
Etiquette for Classroom Dispute Resolution
If you have questions or concerns about this class or me, please come to talk with me about your
concerns. If we are unable to resolve your concerns, you may talk next with the Chair of the
Program/Department, Rebecca Sliger, 253-460-4428. The Chair can assist with information
about additional steps, if needed.
This syllabus and schedule are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances. If
you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to check for announcements made while you
were absent.
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