BI101 Biological Concepts

for S2M 2010

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BI 101 Biological Concepts


S2M 2010 CH


Durham, Alicia Kramer


Adjunct Faculty

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

March 15, 2010 to May 9, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

11:15 - 12:55 PM

Credit Hours



  Campbell Essential Biology, Fourth Edition
Eric J. Simon, Jane B. Reece, Jean L. Dickey
Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company (2009)
ISBN 0321602064

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Course Description:
BI 101 Biological Concepts offers an overview of the fundamental facts and principles of modern biology. The course is designed for the non-science student who wishes to gain an understanding of current biological concepts and their relevance to problems of human society. Emphasis will be on life, its origin, chemistry,energy transformations, reproduction, generics, evolution, and ecology.  Laboratory activies are included. 3:3:4.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the scientific method and be able to evaluate experiments using procedures and terminology of the scientific method.
  2. Explain the basic chemistry of biological systems and how chemistry is used in the maintenance of living organisms.
  3. Compare and contrast the processes of mitosis and meiosis with reference to the movement of chromosomes and their significance in the transmission of genetic information.
  4. Discuss the theory of evolution and the many different mechanisms which are involved in evolutionary processes. Describe the various biomes and their placement and characteristics.
  5. Describe the structure of DNA and illustrate its significance in determining the composition, characteristics, reproduction, and behavior of an organism
  6. Describe the structure and function of a cell and its various parts; compare the structures of bacterial, plant and animal cells

Core Assessment:

Comprehensive Final Exam

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Final Exam, Quizzes, Lab Assessments, Presentations, and Class Participation.


Weekly Quizzes 8 x 20 points each 160 points
Weekly Lab Reports 8 x 25 points each   200 points
Weekly Class Participation 8 x 10 points each 80 points
Presentation 60 points
Lab Assessment 100 points
Final Exam 200 points
Total 800 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Class Projects are due on the date specified on the syllabus. Extensions are granted with sufficient cause and advanced notice. Otherwise, I will deduct 5% from the project grade for each day late. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please turn off your cell phone ringer while in class.  Mind you, violation of this protocol will demand punishment -- though one that clearly does not infringe on your eighth amendment rights.  If someones cell phone rings during class, the offender must buy snacks for everyone the next class period.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

March 15 Ch 1  Introduction
March 16 Ch 2 Chemistry
March 17 Ch 3 Chemistry online quiz
March 18 LAB
Scientific Method & Data Collection
Start Osmosis & Diffusion
Lab Report
March 22 Ch 4 Cell Structure
March 23 Ch 5 Cell Structure
March 24 Cell Structure online quiz
March 25 LAB
Osmosis & Diffusion Results
Lab Report
March 29 Ch 6 Energy
March 30 Ch 7 Energy
March 31 Ch 8       Mitosis/Meiosis
Week One online quiz
April 1 LAB
Light Microscopy & Mitosis/Meiosis
Start Wavelength Plant Experiment
Lab Report
April 5 Ch 9 Inheritance
April 6 Ch 10 DNA
April 7 Ch 11    DNA
Week Two online quiz
Video:  Deep Jungle
April 8 LAB
DNA extraction
Translation/Transcription Models
Lab Report
April 12 Ch 12          DNA Tech Coevolution presentations
April 13 Ch 13 Evolution Coevolution presentations
April 14 Ch 14 Evolution
Week Three online quiz
Coevolution presentations
April 15 LAB
Human Inheritance Data Collection
Allele Frequencies/Founders Effect
Lab Report
Coevolution presentations
April 19 Ch 15 Classification
April 20 Ch 16 Plants
April 21 Plants
Week Four online quiz
April 22 LAB
Plant Classification/Label Flower
Photosynthesis Results
Lab Report
April 26 Ch 17 Animals
April 27 Ch 18 Ecology Video:  Deep Jungle
April 28 Ch 19 Ecology Week Five online quiz
April 29 LAB Animal Identification Lab Lab Report
May 3 Ch 20 Ecology
May 4 LAB
Field Trip Croatan National Forest
Community Diversity
Lab Report
May 5 REVIEW Week Six online quiz
May 6 STUDY   
May 9    no class Lab Assessment Due Email

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 "F".
  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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Exceptional analysis of knowledge gained through critical thinking based on analysis of experiments. Able to critically think in the analysis of experiments. Limited use of knowledge but no evidence of critical thinking based on analysis of experiments No evidence of critical thinking or use of knowledge gained 
2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Exceptional capability to explain and describe organizational levels of biology Analyzes processes involved in the genetics of organisms; evolution; cell division; and biological chemistry Limited knowledge of processes and their organizational importance No evidence of knowledge of processes and their organizational importance 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Exceptional ability to integrate the genetic, reproductive and evolutionary information to gain a deeper understanding of biological processes; evaluate functioning of ecosystems; critically evaluates the relationship of biology and chemistry Integrate the genetic, reproductive and evolutionary information to gain a deeper understanding of biological processes; evaluate functioning of ecosystems; critically evaluates the relationship of biology and chemistry Limited knowledge of information but lack of evidence of ability to integrate different areas No evidence of knowledge of information along with inability to integrate different areas 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Accurately answers 80% of the objective test items Accurately answers 60-79% of the objective test items Accurately answers 40-60% of the objective test items Accurately answers less than 40% of the objective test items 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Exceptional ability to describe the connections between different biological concepts Able to describe the biological concepts and their interconnections Some knowledge of concepts but lack of ability to describe connections Little knowledge of biological concepts or ability to make connections 
1, 6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Able to create unique explorations of scientific problem and present results in a clear and concise manner Demonstrates mastery of scientific method usage and presentation of results. Can follow directions of exploration but limited ability to understand processes and the present the results No evidence of ability to follow directions or to understand processes involved. 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Scores more than 90% on assessment exam Scores between 70 and 90% on assessment exam Scores 40-69% on assessment exam Scores less than 40% on assessment exam 


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