BI 101 Biological Concepts
S2T 2007 DL
Dr. Nancy Bowers
Adjunct Online Instructor
PhD Ecology The Pennsylvania State UniversityMS Zoology Virginia Polytechnic and State UniversityBS Zoology University of Massachusetts
March 19 - May 13 2007
Essentials of the Living World, 2nd Edition, 2008George B Johnson, WASHINGTON UNIV-ST LOUISJonathan Losos, WASHINGTON UNIV-ST LOUISISBN-13 9780073309354; MHID 0073309354
You will also need access to a spreadsheet program like Excel that will allow you to construct graphs using the data that you obtain. This is a requirement of the course.
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Comprehensive Final Exam
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Grading Rubrics/criteria for each listed item are included within assignments. Students are responsible for the following assessments:
Assessments in this class are worth the following points:
250 pts Final Exam 160 pts Discussion Threads 160 pts Quizzes 236 pts Lab Activity Reports 194 pts Homework 1000 pts TOTAL
Grades will be awarded in this course based upon the following scale:
A = 90% and aboveB = 80-89% C = 70-79% D = 60-69%F = Below 60%
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late work will not be accepted unless under extreme circumstances (at the instructors discretion). If you know you are going to miss a deadline, please contact me PRIOR to the deadline so that we can try to make alternative arrangements.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
FORMAT: This course is offered online using the eCollege course delivery system. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The class begins the first day of the term (03/19) and ends midnight the last Sunday of the term (05/13). Material for each week will be released on the Friday prior to the start of the week. You can access each week's materials by clicking on the various links (e.g., Lecture, Discussion, Homework, Experiment, Quiz). Unless otherwise indicated, assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by Sunday at midnight Mountain Time of the week assigned. It is important to understand that this is not a course where assignments can be posted at any time during the 8-week term and there is a deadline each week for that week's assignments. Assignments posted after the deadline will not receive credit.
TIME COMMITTMENT: Students are expected to devote a minimum of EIGHT hours per class week logged on to the classroom in online activities. Other activities such as completing assignments, sending/receiving email and conducting research over the web will require additional hours! This is not your typical introductory class and will require significant work on your part. Here is a quote from a previous student:
PLAGIARISM, PARAPHRASING and CITING REFERENCES: You are expected to research weekly topics and include what you find in your Discussion postings, Homework and Experiment reports. You must reference any and ALL of your sources; including your text book! Copying and pasting of information you find on the Internet without the use of quotation marks and proper citations is plagiarism and will not be tolerated. Please be sure to download the Reference Format file in the Doc Sharing area that addresses how you should cite your references; your grade on your Discussion postings, Homework and Experiment reports will reflect your ability to do this correctly. Proper use of information you find in books, newspapers, journals or on the Internet include:
The above policy is true for your Discussion postings, Homework assignments, Quiz answers and Experiment Reports. If you are unsure about what constitutes plagiarism and how to prevent it, take some time to review this Plagiarism Tutorial. Additional resources are available in the course Webliography. I will be running all of your Discussion responses and assignment answers through the Plagiarism Checker. I suggest that you do the same BEFORE turning in any of your work! Penalties for plagiarism in this course are:
DISCUSSION ACTIVITIES: All students will participate in discussions through multiple responses. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online course. By using a word processing tool you have ready access to some type of spell check capability, please use it. Basic old-fashioned courtesy is expected from each of you at all times. Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) will not be allowed. There are two or three Discussion Threads in each week, so be sure to participate in them all. An initial post in each one should be made by Thursday with at least one response to a posting from other students by Sunday. The interaction that you have in this class is by exchanging these posts and is a very important learning tool. Full value will not be awarded to an initial posting, no matter how complete, if it is done after Thursday. Be sure to read the Discussion grade rubric so that you understand what is expected of your posts. The interaction that you have in this class is by exchanging these posts and is a very important learning activity.
EXPERIMENT ACTIVITIES: This course contains weekly experimental activities (labs). These labs are of three different types; those done at home with readily available materials, those that may be considered paper labs and virtual labs completed online. Labs will have very specific directions for completion and reporting. Answer Sheets are provided for each Experiment in the Doc Sharing area and must be used. The reports of these activities will be due on Sunday of the week in which the activity is conducted. Directions and requirements for both the activity and the report will be given each week. I suggest you review the Experiment Supplies link found under Course Home as soon as possible so that you can prepare for these experiments! You should never leave these experiments until the end of the week; many require several days to complete.
SUBMISSION OF ASSIGNMENTS: All Homework and Experiment assignments must be submitted via the appropriate Dropbox. Use the dropdown menu to select the appropriate dropbox (e.g., Week 1 Homework, Week 1 Experiment). Assignments MUST be uploaded as a SINGLE file attachment (no multiple files will be accepted) to the drop box as either a Word document, or if you are using another word-processing program such as WordPerfect. No other file formats will be accepted for credit. You may be required to submit graphs and data from Excel; these should be copied and pasted into your Word file! Please do not type your answers directly into the Dropbox comment area.Late work will not be accepted unless under extreme circumstances. You must contact the instructor PRIOR to the deadline in order to make arrangements for late submission (if approved). I do not accept assignments emailed to me.
MASTERY QUIZZES: Each week you will need to complete a Mastery quiz that covers your readings. You can take this quiz as many times as necessary, but in order to receive credit (20 pts) for the quiz, you must attain an 80% or better. Your FIRST attempt is due no later than SUNDAY of each week, but you will have until the end of the following Monday to resubmit if necessary. The quizzes are graded immediately, BUT please note there are a number of fill-in the blank and short answer questions that I will need to check; often your answer may be correct but the computer does not recognize it (e.g., misspelling, slightly different phrasing). Therefore, this is the procedure I recommend for completing the Mastery quizzes:
COURSE HANDOUTS - DOC SHARING: There are a number of files that you will be required to use throughout the term; many are part of your Experiment assignments. Please be sure to go to the Doc Sharing area of the course and download these files now (click on the tab at the top of the screen). That way they will be available to you as you need them. NOTE: You MUST use the Experiment Answer Sheets to submit your reports!
GRADES AND FEEDBACK: You are responsible for checking the Gradebook weekly to be sure that I have entered all of your grades. I will try to have your assignments graded no later than the following Monday or Tuesday (at the latest) of each week. Associated with each grade will be Feedback on your performance (e.g., discussions, homework, quizzes, project work). It is critical that you READ this information, since it is designed to help you improve or to recognize what constitutes acceptable work. To read individual feedback on each assignment, click on the grade for that assignment. This should bring up my comments for you to read. I may attach files as well which you should download and read.
EXTRA CREDIT: There is NO extra credit available in this course! If you want to attain an A in this class, then complete all the assignments at the A level.
ATTENDANCE: Attendance in this online course is determined by your keeping up to date with classroom assignments and responses. Your attendance is also tracked by the amount of time spent online. You are required to participate in weekly discussion topics. Failure to "show up" for the weekly work will count as an absence for that week. Computers do crash, but this is not a legitimate excuse to miss class. It is your responsibility to notify me by phone and/or find another means to submit your work. See Park's attendance policy below as well.
CHECK YOUR PIRATE MAIL: I will be communicating with you WEEKLY via your PirateMail email account. It is required that you use PirateMail for your online class, so check your PirateMail daily! Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. All emails sent to the instructor must include "BI101: Purpose of message" in the subject line of the email. Emails without this information will not be recognized.
PARK UNIVERSITY'S ONLINE COURSE POLICIES: In addition to the specific course policies above, students are responsible for reading and adhering to Park's Online Course Policies. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.
Week 1Topic: Introduction and EcologyReadings: Chps 1, 2, 21, pp 388-392 and 406-410
Assignments: Discussions, Homework, Experiment, Mastery QuizWeek 2Topic: Principles of EvolutionReadings: Chps 15 and 16
Assignments: Discussions, Homework, Experiment, Mastery QuizWeek 3Topic: Chemistry of LifeReadings: Chps 3 and 4
Assignments: Discussions, Homework, Experiment, Mastery QuizWeek 4Topic: Cell Structure and FunctionReading: Chp 5Assignments: Discussions, Homework, Experiment, Mastery QuizWeek 5Topic: Cellular EnergeticsReadings: Chps 6, 7 and 8Assignments: Discussions, Homework, Experiment, Mastery QuizWeek 6Topic: Cell division: mitosis and meiosisReadings: Chps 9 and 10Assignments: Discussions, Homework, Experiment, Mastery QuizWeek 7Topic: DNA Structure and FunctionReadings: Chps 12 and 13Assignments: Discussions, Homework, Experiment, Mastery QuizWeek 8Topic: GeneticsReadings: Chps 11 and 14
Assignments: Discussions, Homework, Experiment, Mastery Quiz
PROCTORED Comprehensive Final 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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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 .
Last Updated:2/27/2007 11:36:53 AM