BI101 Biological Concepts

for U1B 2011

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BI 101 Biological Concepts


U1B 2011 BL


Villaverde, Gloria A.


Bachelor of Science - Biology
Master of Science - Biology
Doctor of Philosophy (ADB) - Environmental Science & Engineering

Office Location

Classroom or by arrangement

Office Hours

Before or after class or by appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours



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

You can order the Textbook and the BI 101 Lab Kit for this course through: 

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.

Textbooks and lab kit can be purchased through:

 the MBS bookstoreor

The textbook can be purchased through:

 the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

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Course Description:
BI 101 Biological Concepts: 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. At home laboratory activies are included. 3:3:4.

Educational Philosophy:

I believe that education should open the student’s mind to different possibilities and schools of thought, so that s/he can make more informed decisions. Education should inform as well as stimulate. I like to incorporate timely issues into learning, which will be based on lecture, readings, research, writing, and discussions. By all means, ask questions.

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

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will be able to follow laboratory protocol to independently conduct laboratory exercises.
  2. Students will be able to research topics related to the laboratory exercises.
  3. Students will be able to write-up the results of laboratory experiments in a format appropriate for laboratory reports.
Core Assessment:

Comprehensive Final Exam

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Lab reports, quizzes, final exam, participation.

It is very important that you realize that this is a lab course and as such will take TWICE the amount of time as for a regular 3 credit 8-week course. The class requires a spreadsheet program such as Excel and a word processing program (Microsoft Word required) for the lab reports. 










Percent of Grade

Units 1-3 Quizzes (50 pts. ea.)



8 Lab Reports (25 pts. ea.)



Comprehensive Final Exam










Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late assignments will be penalized one letter grade (10% per day it is late). If a quiz/exam is missed due to an excused absence, the student will be allowed to take a make up quiz/exam upon his/her return and pending verification of the excuse. If a quiz/exam is missed due to an unexcused absence, the student will be responsible for taking the make up quiz/exam immediately upon his/her return to class, and the score on the make up will be penalized by 20%.  Make up exams/quizzes are different from original quizzes/exams.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Adult behavior is expected at all times.  Cell phones must be off or silent. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:






1 & 2


Chemistry of Life

Lab Report 1 due

1, 2, 3

30 May

5 June

1 & 2


Cell Structure and Function

Cellular Energy Production & photosynthesis

Lab Report 2 due

4 & 5

6 June

8 June

12 June

3 & 4



Unit 1 Quiz

Cell Division

Genetics and Inheritance

Lab Report 3 due

Ch. 1 – 7



13 June

19 June

3 & 4


DNA Structure and Function

Gene Expression and Regulation

Lab Report 4 due


11 & 12

20 June

22 June

26 June

5 & 6




Unit 2 Quiz


Population Genetics

Lab Report 5 due

Ch. 8 – 12



27 June

3 July

5 & 6



Natural History

Lab report 6 due



4 July

10 July

7 & 8




Unit 3 Quiz

Living Systems

Population Ecology

Lab Report 7 due

Ch. 13 - 17



11 July

17 July

7 & 8


1 - 4

Communities and Ecosystems

Lab Report 8 due



Ch. 1 - 20

18 July

20 July


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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
Cutting and pasting from any source is not acceptable and will result in a zero for the assignment and possible disciplinary action.

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
Students who miss class are responsible for getting missed class notes or other information missed during their absence.

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: .

Additional Information:

Submission of Assignments:

must be submitted as a Word document through eCompanion. Any assignment
submitted to the wrong Dropbox is not guaranteed to be graded or awarded credit.
If an assignment submitted to the wrong Dropbox is graded, it will not receive
full points.

Lab Reports:

Eight laboratory
reports are required, and they must be written in a specific lab report format.
Directions for writing lab reports can be found on the laboratory kit cd. More
detailed instruction will be made available on eCompanion under the “Document
Sharing” tab. Lab reports require research.


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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