AP Biology Woodstock High School Mrs. Moeller Room 743 [email protected] Website: http://mysite.cherokee.k12.ga.us/personal/julie_mckinney/moellerbiology/default.aspx Course Overview: (Portions excerpted from AP Course Description, The College Board) The AP Biology course is a year-long course designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year of college. Non‐science majors often use this course to fulfill a basic requirement for a laboratory‐science course. The AP Biology course differs significantly from the usual high school biology course with respect to the kind of textbook used, the range and depth of topics covered, the kind of laboratory work performed by students, and the time and effort required. The textbook is similar to those used by college biology majors. Like other College Board programs, the AP program is worldwide in its scope; its policies are determined by representatives of College Board member institutions and agencies throughout the country and are implemented by the College Board. Curriculum Overview: It is a new and exciting time in the Advanced Placement Biology classroom. The course has been restructured to emphasize scientific inquiry and reasoning to foster a deeper understanding of science. The curriculum emphasizes the four Big Ideas that are supported by Enduring Understandings, then Essential Knowledge and followed by the Learning Objectives. Interwoven into the content are seven science practices that will enable students to establish lines of evidence and develop and refine testable explanations and predictions of natural phenomenon. Less time will be spent on factual recall and more time on inquiry based learning and higher order scientific thought processes. The four Big Ideas can be found via the following web link: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_bio.html Textbook: AP Edition of Biology (8th edition) by Campbell & Reece © 2008 All students will receive a hardcopy of the textbook that has a companion CD-ROM. BOTH the text AND CD are to be returned at the end of the school year. The text should be kept at home unless otherwise stated as being needed in class. Replacement cost for a book that is lost or damaged beyond reasonable use is $109.95. , www.campbellbiology.com (website to accompany the text provides animations, investigations, PowerPoint slides, and other audio-visual resources to enhance instruction) Lab Requirements and Notebook: According to the College Board, 25% of actual class time must be spent on labs. There will be 2 student directed labs in each of the four big ideas for a total of 8 labs. Students should make connections between the concepts learned during the labs and the course content. Students are expected to maintain a laboratory notebook to document their techniques, methods, and data. Students must show proper documentation of the labs in their lab notebooks. This journal will be graded periodically and students will be quizzed or tested for their understanding of the lab material. It is recommended that you keep this EVEN AFTER the class has ended as some universities require that you provide evidence of lab work in order to receive credit for the course even if you pass the AP exam with a 5! o You must have your lab notebook with you EVERY DAY in class – no exceptions. o You will be asked to leave your lab notebook in class periodically for grading. o The notebook MUST be a quad-ruled composition notebook. o Further instructions will be given on how to organize your lab notebook and class notebook. Classroom Policies/Procedures 1. All School and County Policies will be followed in this classroom. Please read over your student handbook if you have questions about the policies. 2. Be on time to class and come to class prepared. You will need the following EVERY DAY in class: Pen, Pencil, Colored pencils or Markers, highlighter, a spiral notebook (1-subject size), graphing composition notebook, paper, and 3-Ring Notebook. Other supplies may be used occasionally and will be announced as needed. 3. ABSOLUTELY NO Food, Drinks, Candy, or Gum are allowed at any time. Take care of all food/drink/bathroom needs BEFORE you come to class. The only drink allowed is WATER. If you have a specific physical condition that requires you to have access to food, please let me know. 4. You need an agenda/calendar. This can be digital (i.e. a SmartPhone) or paper – but this is critical to staying on top of assignments and deadlines in this course. Cell Phones are Only to be used when deemed appropriate by the teacher. Cell phones should be out of sight unless otherwise directed by the teacher. You cannot devote the required attention to the lesson/lab/activity if you are taking selfies, tweeting, facebooking, texting, etc. First offense = warning. Second offense = phone taken up and given back at the end of class. Third offense = office referral. Organization of class Expect to do the following to do well in this course: o Complete homework ON TIME. o If homework is late for any reason, you will need to have a Late Homework Form signed by a parent/guardian in order to receive credit. Homework that is more than 5 days late will not be accepted and will receive a zero. o Read and review information from the previous day each night for 30-45 minutes. The time you spend reviewing each night will help you better prepare for the next day we meet and your performance in class will improve. o Complete all assigned readings. Take notes on readings if this is helpful to you. SUMMARIZING and using some type of graphic organizer (i.e. Venn Diagrams) are best when taking reading notes. o Work on projects outside of class. If you do not have computer access at home or a public library, please inform me. o Make up all work in a timely fashion if you are absent. See information about absences. Absences If you are absent, you must do the following: 1. Check the master calendar ONLINE to see what assignments you missed. 2. If the assignment is a worksheet, ask me for this. Complete it and return it to me WITHIN ONE WEEK. 3. If the assignment was a lab/video/test/quiz – you must speak with me by the end of class on the day you return to schedule time to make up the work BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL. If a test is not taken within one week, a grade of zero will be issued. 4. If any classroom discussion or notes were done in class, it is YOUR responsibility to get the information from a classmate or me. Remember, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to complete any missed work in a timely manner. I will NOT ACCEPT ASSIGNMENTS AFTER ONE WEEK IF YOU HAVE BEEN ABSENT. Do NOT wait until the end of the semester and turn in your assignments from your absences. The work will NOT be accepted and you will receive a zero. SCHOOL CANCELLATION POLICY In the event of a school cancellation due to weather conditions, etc., students are required to check the AP Biology web page for their daily assignment…THERE WILL BE AN ASSIGNMENT EACH DAY THAT SCHOOL IS CANCELLED – AND THIS MATERIAL WILL NOT BE COVERED IN CLASS! Our assignments will be on my website. We have a finite amount of time to prepare for the AP exam in May, and it is therefore necessary to keep moving forward with the content whether or not we are in school. Tardy Policy You are tardy if you are not in the classroom when the bell rings. Teacher tardy consequences for unexcused tardies are: 1st – 4th Tardies Teacher Warning and Parent Contact On the 5th unexcused tardy and every 3rd tardy thereafter, students will be referred to their administrator. Consequences for tardies beyond 4 are as follows: 5th – Saturday School 8th – 1 day of ISS & loss of parking pass for one week 11th – 3 days ISS & loss of parking for the greater of the remainder of the semester 15th – 5 days of ISS & loss of parking pass for the remainder of school 18th – 9 days of Alternative School st 1 period Tardies: From 8:30-8:40, students report to class and will be marked tardy by the teacher. The teacher will follow consequence procedures if the tardy is unexcused. After 8:40, students must check in with the attendance office and bring the teacher a check in slip. Students will not be admitted to class after 8:40 without a slip. AP/Honors Policy on Academic Integrity Academic dishonesty is “submission of work completed by another person as your own.” It is academically unethical and unacceptable to: Submit work completed in whole or in part by another person as if it were your own. Restate or paraphrase another writer’s work without acknowledging the source. Copy another student’s homework and submit the work as if it were the product of your own labor. Attempt to gain an advantage through the use of crib sheets, hidden notes, viewing another student’s paper, revealing the questions or answers on exams or quizzes to other students or viewing quiz or exam questions obtained by another student. Store or communicate information not distributed to students through the use of electronic devices, recording devices, cellular telephones, headsets or portable computers. Academic dishonesty of any kind is not tolerated. The student who cheats or plagiarizes will receive a zero for the assignment or test, the parent/guardian will be contacted, and the student will be referred to the administration for disciplinary action. In addition, as the teacher I reserve the right to decline to write a recommendation for college admission, scholarships, and/or summer programs for any student who has cheated in my class or any other class at WHS. Cheating in any class could result in removal from the AP Program. Withdrawal from Class A student has 15 days (first 3 weeks of school) to withdraw from the Honors STEM Biology I class if they feel the need to do so. If the teacher observes a student struggling to keep up within this time period, parent contact will be made and a joint decision made as to the correct class placement for the student. Grading Grades will be issued 4 times total in this course. This is a 2-semester course, and credit (0.5) will be issued upon successful completion of each semester. 1st Semester Exam – Cumulative over the 1st semester material. 2nd Semester Exam – Cumulative over the 2nd semester material. (Freshman will take Milestone) Tests and Quizzes will be given on a regular basis. Tests will ALWAYS be announced at least one week prior to the test. Homework and Test announcements will always be on the board when you come into class. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to look and notate homework and test announcements in your planner. Quizzes may be announced OR unannounced. Unannounced quizzes will be counted as extra credit (see below). All work will be graded and averaged on a point system. Assignments will be totaled, and then averaged to compute your 9week/quarter grade. Tests will always be out of 100 total points regardless of the number of test questions. Various types of technology will be used in this class. The following is a grading scale and policy for the breakdown of grades. Grading Scale Grading Procedure A = 90 – 100 1st Semester Grade: B = 80 – 89 15% of grade is based on C = 71 – 79 Semester Exam D = 70 2nd Semester Grade: F = 69 & below 20% of grade is based on Semester Exam/Milestone Assignment Point System Tests = 100 points Labs = 50-100 points Quizzes = 25-50 points Homework = 10-50 points Journals/Article Critiques = 10-20 points Essays/FRQ = 10-20 points AP Biology 2015-2016 College Board Topic Outline You will receive a unit cover sheet prior to the unit that outlines what you should “know and be able to do” – this is your “study guide” for each unit/topic. Big Idea #1: Evolution – The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life. #2: Energy & Homeostasis – Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis. #3: Genetics – Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes. #4: Interactions & Ecology – Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties. Enduring Understanding 1A: Change in the genetic makeup of a population over time is evolution. 1B: Organisms are linked by lines of descent from common ancestry. 1C: Life continues to evolve within a changing environment. 1D: The origin of living systems is explained by natural processes. 2A: Growth, reproduction and maintenance of the organization of living systems require free energy and matter. 2B: Growth, reproduction and dynamic homeostasis require that cells create and maintain internal environments that are different from their external environments. 2C: Organisms use feedback mechanisms to regulate growth and reproduction, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis. 2D: Growth and dynamic homeostasis of a biological system are influenced by changes in the system’s environment. 2E: Many biological processes involved in growth, reproduction and dynamic homeostasis include temporal regulation and coordination. 3A: Heritable information provides for continuity of life. 3B: Expression of genetic information involves cellular and molecular mechanisms. 3C: The processing of genetic information is imperfect and is a source of genetic variation. 3D: Cells communicate by generating, transmitting and receiving chemical signals. 3E: Transmission of information results in changes within and between biological systems. 4A: Interactions within biological systems lead to complex properties. 4B: Competition and cooperation are important aspects of biological systems. 4C: Naturally occurring diversity among and between components within biological systems affects interactions with the environment. Course Unit Guide: Divide your Notebook (a 2 inch 3-ring binder) into the following sections using some type of easily identifiable divider: Unit 1: Biochemistry – Topics will include: o Bonding o Organic Chemistry o Water & Buffers o Structure & Function of Macromolecules Unit 2: Evolution – Topics will include: o Darwin & Evolution o Life’s History & Phylogenies o Earth’s Origins o Biological Diversity o Speciation o Evolution of Populations AP Biology 2015-2016 Unit 3: The Cell – Homeostasis – Topics will include: o Cell Membranes & Transport o Gas Exchange o Prokaryotic/Eukaryotic Cell Structure & Function Unit 4: Cellular Energetics – Topics will include: o Enzymes o Digestive Systems Unit 5: The Cell – Development – Topics will include: o Cell Cycle & DNA Replication o Meiosis Unit 6: Genetics & Molecular Biology – Topics will include: o Mendel & Inheritance o Chromosomal Inheritance Patterns & Abnormalities o Regulation of Gene Expression o DNA Technology o Protein Synthesis Unit 7: Responding to the Environment – Topics will include: o Cell Signaling & Regulation o Hormones o Nerves & Nervous Systems o Animal Behavior o Immune System Unit 8: Interactions & Interdependence – Topics will include: o Ecosystem Structure & Function o Population Ecology o Plant/Animal Cells o Plant Transport o Cellular Energy (Photosynthesis & Respiration) o Thermal Regulation o Asexual Reproduction o Viruses & Prokaryotes o Endomembrane System o Community Ecology o Human Impact Course Outline: The following pages contain the course outline for the year based on the current Cherokee County School District calendar and a traditional 55 minute, 7 period school day. Chapter readings and questions will be done outside of class. Journal responses, article critiques, and case studies may also be required to be done outside of class. These focus on applying the concepts we learn in class to what is currently going on in our world. We will also be utilizing several different websites to preview concepts and labs. These video assignments will be assigned as homework and evaluated the next day as part of the warm-up or a separate quiz grade. It is vital for students and parents to understand that success in this course will require at least 30 minutes of work at home per night to properly prepare for unit tests and the AP exam. AP Biology 2015-2016 Unit Topics/Concepts 1– Biochemistr y 2– Evolution Darwin & Evolution Evolution within Populations Speciation Life’s History & Phylogenies Biological Diversity Evolution of Populations 3 – The Cell Homeostasis Cell Membranes & Transport Gas Exchange Prokaryotic/Eukaryoti c Cellular Structure & Function Plant/Animal Cells Endomembrane System Plant Transport Bonding Water & Buffers Organic Chemistry Structure & Function of Macromolecules Chapter Reference s 2, 3, 4, 5 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 6, 7, 42, 36, 38, 39 Laboratory Experiences Approximate Dates Big Idea H2O – pH and Buffers Macromolecul e Activity Case Study (SP1, 2, 4, 5) Strawfish & HardyWeinberg Natural Selection AP Lab 1: Artificial Selection Cladograms Salamander Speciation / Caribbean Lizards AP Lab 3: BLAST Geologic Time Activity Case Study (SP 1-7) AP Lab 4: Diffusion & Osmosis Chemistry of Membranes AP Lab 11: Transpiration Case Study (SP 2, 4, 5) August (4 weeks) Evolution Energy & Homeostasis Interactions & Ecology September/Octobe r (4 weeks) *September Break* Evolution Genetics Interactions & Ecology October/Novembe r (5 weeks) Evolution Energy & Homeostasi s Genetics Interactions & Ecology AP Biology 2015-2016 4 – Cellular Energetics Enzymes Digestive Systems Cellular Energy 8, 41, 9, 10 5 – The Cell – Development Cell Cycle & DNA Replication Asexual Reproduction Meiosis Viruses Mendel & Inheritance Chromosomal Inheritance Patterns & Abnormalities Regulation of Gene Expression DNA Technology Protein Synthesis 12, 13, 19, 21 6 – Genetics & Molecular Biology November/December AP Lab 13: (4 weeks) Enzyme *Thanksgiving Break* How to digest *Holiday Break* a carbohydrate AP Lab 5: Photosynthesis AP Lab 6: Cellular Respiration Fermentation in Yeast Effect of Temperature on Ectothermic Organisms Case Study (SP 1-7) AP Lab 7: Cell January (4 weeks) Division Cell Size & Regulation Case Study (SP 1, 5, 6, 7) 14, 15, 16, 17, Genetics of 18, 20 Organisms (Drosophila) AP Lab 8: Bacterial Transformation AP Lab 9: Gel Electrophoresis RNAi Lab Case Study (SP1, 3, 5, 6, 7) February/March (4 weeks) *February Break* Evolution Energy & Homeostasis Interactions & Ecology Evolution Energy & Homeostasis Genetics Interactions & Ecology Evolution Energy & Homeostasis Genetics Interactions & Ecology AP Biology 2015-2016 March Cell Signaling Evolution (3 weeks) Virtual Lab Genetics AP Lab 12: Interactions Animal Behavior & Ecology C.elegans Behavior Immunology Virtual Lab (HHMI) Biochemical Evidence for Evolution Lab Case Study (SP1-7) 8 – Interactions 52, 53, 54, 55, 56 March/April Ecosystem Dissolved Evolution & (4 weeks) Structure & Oxygen and Energy & Interdependence *Spring Break* Function Primary Homeostasis Productivity Population Interactions Ecology Cicadas – & Ecology Predator Community Satiation Ecology Population Human Impact Dynamics Virtual Populations Nutrient Cycles Food Webs & Biological Magnification Case Study (SP 1-7) *The time frame indicated in this syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher depending on student’s needs* 7 – Responding to the Environment Cell Signaling & Regulation Hormones Nerves & Nervous Systems Animal Behavior Immune System 11, 43, 45, 48, 49, 50, 51 AP Biology 2015-2016 AP Biology Syllabus I _______________________________________ parent/guardian of ________________________ have reviewed this syllabus with my child and agree to the terms set forth within. I understand the honor code and consequences for missed make-up work, plagiarism, and lack of effort on behalf of my child. If I have any questions, I know that I can contact Mrs. Moeller via email or phone. By signing below you agree to abide by the terms set forth in this syllabus and also agree to the honor code that you will not plagiarize other’s work on assignments or test (doing so constitutes a zero and a referral). ___________________________________ _______________ Student Signature Date ___________________________________ _______________ Parent Signature Date Note: an email of this syllabus will be sent home using the Family Portal system. It is advised that you confirm your current email address in Family Portal. If you have not received the email within the first two weeks of school please do the following: Check your SPAM/Junk folder – if it is there, please put me on your approved senders list If you have not received it at all – check your email again in Family Portal If you have done the above and still do not have it, please email Mrs. Barnes to report the issue and she will refer the issue to our Technology Department – you may also contact them directly via a link on the school website. Communication is primarily by email – and documents will be sent home via email, so it is critical that any issues be discovered quickly and fixed at the beginning of the year.