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BI 114 General Biology
Gabor, Timothy M.


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Course

BI 114 General Biology

Semester

FA 2006 HO

Faculty

Gabor, Timothy M.

Title

Associate Professor of Biology

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Wildlife

Office Location

Sc 113A

Office Hours

MWF 9-10; M 12-1; F 11:50-1:50

Daytime Phone

816-584-6869

E-Mail

tim.gabor@park.edu

Web Page

http://captain.park.edu/tgabor

Semester Dates

21 August-15 December 2006

Class Days

-M-W-F-

Class Time

10:00 - 10:50 AM  Laboratory either M or F 1:50-4:40

Credit Hours

3:3:4


Textbook:

Campbell. 2004. Esential Biology w/CD. Pearson Publishing.  ISBN 0-8-0537473-6

9.75" x 7.5" new composition book with graph paper inside for laboratory

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Course Description:
Selected principles of biology including molecular and cellular biology, homeostatic mechanisms, and systematics are discussed. PREREQUISITE: BI 111 or permission of the instructor. 3:3:4

Educational Philosophy:

In this class, the instructor will attempt to create an interactive learning environment based on lectures, class discussions, laboratories, exams, quizzes, and various technologies. Critical thinking and skepticism are the cornerstones of science and the foundations to uncovering the truth.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Write scientific papers and laboratory reports.
  2. Use the scientific method and laboratory equipment to investigate anatomy, physiology, cellular structure and function.
  3. Describe the major organic compounds and their importance to life including the major metabolic reactions and the function of cell organelles.
  4. Understand the basics of inheritance, genetics, mitosis, and meiosis.
  5. Relate evolutionary theory and natural selection to all parts of biology including taxonomy, classification, and genetics.
  6. Recognize the complexity of interrelationships among organisms and their environment.


Core Assessment:

Create a review paper in the specific CSE format and style defined by the instructor (e.g. Journal of Wildlife Management; link: http://www.wildlife.org/publications/index.cfm?tname=journal) that provides an overview of a specific biological topic approved by the instructor. The paper should be at least 8 pages in length excluding figures and literature cited.  A well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within), and conclusion should be apparent. Information covered in the paper should include:

1. Include peer-reviewed citations along with books and websites (CLO # 1).

2. Follow proper scientific format (CSE and instructor defined) within the paper (CLO # 1).

3. Compare several studies within the text and recognize the validity and shortcomings of the studies (CLO # 2).

4. Postulate on the interrelationships to the organism(s) and the environment (CLO # 6).

5. Relate any possible effects on genetics and evolution (CLO # 4 & 5)

6. Describe chemical and/or cellular effects on the organism(s) or the environment (CLO # 3, 4, 5, 6).

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Exams

Laboratory exams

Laboratory notebooks

Quizzes/homework

Short paper

Term paper (core assessment)

Grading:

Exams--300 points (3 x 100 points each)

Laboratory exams--225 points (3 x 75 points each)

Laboratory notebooks--50 points

Quizzes/homework--25 points

Short paper--50 points

Term paper (core assessment)--200 points (23.5% of total grade)

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Total points possible = 850

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments are due by the end of the class period on their due date.  Assignments not received by this time will be given a grade of zero.  Emergency situations that can be documented will be handled on a case by case basis with the instructor.  All other excused and unexcused absences must personally hand the instructor the assignment or make arrangements for the assignment to be hand delivered before the due date.  Assignments that are mailed, e-mailed, slid under the door, etc. will not be graded.

 

No "extra credit" is available in this class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Cellular phones, beepers, and other communication devices are not allowed in class.  Disruption of class by one of these devices will result in that student being counted as absent for the day and removed from the class for the day.  Students suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be reported to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and removed from the class.  Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) such as loud talking, snoring, going to the bathroom/snack machine/soda machine during class time, etc. will result in removal of the student from the class for the day and the student will be considered absent.  Multiple disruptions (loud talking, cell phone, etc.) over the semester will lead to withdrawal of the student from the class by the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week

Topic

Chapter(s)

1

Introduction & Chemistry

1 & 2

2

Organic Chemistry

3

3

Cells

4

4

Cellular Processes

5

5

Cellular Processes

6

6

EXAM & Photosynthesis

7

7

Cell Cycle & Reproduction

8

8

Inheritance

9

9

DNA and RNA

10

10

DNA and RNA

10

11

EXAM & Evolution

13

12

Taxonomy

14

13

History of Evolution on Earth

15, 16 & 17

14

Ecology

18

15

Communities & Ecosystems

19

16

EXAM

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Instructor's attendance policy.-- It is the student's responsibility to initial the attendance sheet each day they are in class.  Students may not initial for other students (even if they are in attendance); this constitutes academic dishonesty. Three absences (for any reason) are allowed without penalty; 5% will be deducted from the student's final grade for each additional absence.  Students more than 5 minutes late for class or that leave more than 5 minutes prior to the end of class will be considered absent.  If less than 5 minutes late, the student will be counted as tardy.  Two tardies constitute an absence.  Students who miss a class due to a school-sponsored event (e.g., athletics) will not be counted as absent if the instructor is given at least 1 week notice prior to the event and work is turned in and exams taken prior to the event.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
Please inform the instructor of any allergies (latex, pollen, etc.) and/or other medical/physical conditions at the beginning of the semester that may need special attention during laboratories in the lab or outside in the field.


Attachments:
Hardy-Weinberg practice

Hardy-Weinberg answers

Punnett Square practice

Punnett Square answers

Hardy-Weinberg practice

Hardy-Weinberg answers

Punnett Square practice

Punnett Square answers

Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1,4,5,6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Uses 10 or more peer-reviewed citations Uses 8-9 peer-reviewed citations Uses 5-8 peer-reviewed citations Uses lees than 5 peer-reviewed citations 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,2,3,4,5,6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Recognizes shortcomings in 2 or more citations. Recognizes shortcomings in 1 citation. Does not recognize shortcoming of any citation. Does not cite. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1,2,3,4,5,6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Assesses the outcomes of 6 of the assignment items Assesses the outcomes of 5 of the assignment items Assesses the outcomes of 3-4 of the assignment items. Assesses the outcomes of 2 or less of the assignment items. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,2,3,4,5,6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
No factual errors 1-2 factual errors 3-4 factual errors 5+ factual errors 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Demonstrates mastery of 6 of the assignment items. Demonstrates mastery of 5 of the assignment items. Demonstrates mastery of 3-4 of the assignment items. Demonstrates mastery of 2 or less of the assignment items. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Applies articles from 6+ of the following fields into the paper:
•Genetics
•Evolution
•Anatomy
•Behavior
•Ecology
•Development
•Physiology
•Chemistry
 
Applies articles from 4-5 of the following fields into the paper:
•Genetics
•Evolution
•Anatomy
•Behavior
•Ecology
•Development
•Physiology
•Chemistry
 
Applies articles from 2-3 of the following fields into the paper:
•Genetics
•Evolution
•Anatomy
•Behavior
•Ecology
•Development
•Physiology
•Chemistry
 
Applies articles from less than 2 of the following fields into the paper:
•Genetics
•Evolution
•Anatomy
•Behavior
•Ecology
•Development
•Physiology
•Chemistry
 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Provides a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on defined CSE style

 
Has 1 error in providing a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on defined CSE style Has 2 errors in providing a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on defined CSE style Has 3+ errors in providing a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on defined CSE style 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Contains 0 errors in the following paper format:
•Page numbering
•Headings and subheadings
•Citation style in text
•Citation style in Lit. Cited
•Scientific names
•Length
 
Contains 1-2 errors in the following paper format:
•Page numbering
•Headings and subheadings
•Citation style in text
•Citation style in Lit. Cited
•Scientific names
•Length
 
Contains 3 errors in the following paper format:
•Page numbering
•Headings and subheadings
•Citation style in text
•Citation style in Lit. Cited
•Scientific names
•Length
 
Contains 4+ errors in the following paper format:
•Page numbering
•Headings and subheadings
•Citation style in text
•Citation style in Lit. Cited
•Scientific names
•Length
 

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