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BI 101 Biological Concepts
Calip, Theresa A.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

BI 101 Biological Concepts

Semester

F1DD 2011 DC

Faculty

Calip, Theresa A.

Title

Adjunct Instructor of Biology

Degrees/Certificates

M.A. Biology -UC Santa Barbara
M.A. Anthropology -OSU
BA  Zoology - U of Washington

Office Hours

By appointment - or after class

Daytime Phone

740-877-1712

E-Mail

Theresa.CalipDuBois@park.edu

Class Days

------S

Class Time

8:00 - 2:00 PM

Credit Hours

4


Textbook:

textbook cover

Campbell Essential Biology, 4th Edition

Simon, Reece, and Dickey
Pearson Publishing
ISBN - 0321652894

You can order the Textbook and Lab materials for this course through:

 http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm 

The word processor program Microsoft Word is the preferred program,  however the University is not set up to use the newest version. Please make sure to save your documents in Word 2003.  Park computers are also not equipped with Works or Word Perfect. They are also not compatable with Vista.  Access to and working knowledge of a spreadsheet program such as Excel is also required

             

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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Course Description:
BI 101 (Taught Online only) 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:

My educational philosophy is one of enthusiasm and two-way communication and connectedness. Biology is the study of life – what could be more conducive to mutual exploration and discussion?

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:
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 document (Microsoft Word required).

Grading:

Class Assessment:
Because all students have different learning styles and preferences, several types of teaching techniques and assessment tools will be utilized. In the end, what you get out of the class is what really matters. Your learning experience will be a direct result of the time and effort that you put into the course. All reading assignments must be completed prior to class. This will ensure that you get the most out of each lecture.

Grading: Students will be assessed based on the following (subject to change):


 Participation  - 40 points 

Quizzes – 160 points


 Lab Activities and Reports – 300 points

 Midterm 150 points

 Final 200 points

Biology Today Assignment – 50 points

Total : 900 points

Grades will be awarded in this course based upon the following scale:

A = 90% and above
B = 80-89%  
C = 70-79% 
D = 60-69%
F = Below 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late Submission of Course Materials:

It is your responsibility to plan accordingly in order to meet deadlines for all assignments. If you miss a quiz or in-class assignment due to an excused absence, it is your responsibility to schedule a time to make it up. Midterm, and Final must be completed on day scheduled. Extensions are granted on a case by case basis and only under extenuating circumstances. If an extension is granted, the assignment will receive a deduction of 10% off the total possible points for each day it is late. If you know that you are going to miss a class, you should notify the instructor as far in advance as possible, to make arrangements for any material that will be covered during your absence. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation, including classroom discussions and problem solving, is encouraged. Each person is entitled to his or her opinion. We should all be courteous of one another, making sure to maintain civility throughout all interactions.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1
Topic: Introduction and Chemistry of Life
Readings: Chapters 2 & 3

Week 2
Topic: Cellular Energetics
Readings: Chps 5, 6, & 7

Week 3
Topic: Cell Structure and Function
Reading: Chp 4

Topic: Chemistry of Life
Readings: Chps 2 and 3

Week 4
Topic: Cell division: Mitosis and Meiosis
Readings: Chp 8

Week 5
Topic: DNA Structure and Function
Readings: Chps 10 & 11 (p.199-205)

Week 6
Topic: Genetics
Readings: Chp 9

Week 7
Topic: Principles of Evolution
Readings: Chps 13 & 14 (pgs. 282-284)

Week 8
Topic: Ecology
Readings: Chps 18 (pgs. 372-393) , 19 (pgs. 402-411), and 20 (pgs. 428-443)

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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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 .

Additional Information:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1


- Class 1


Chapter 1: Introduction: Biology Today

Chapter 2: Essential Chemistry for Biology

Chapter 3: The Molecules of Life


Week 2


Chapter 4: A Tour of the Cell

Chapter 5: The Working Cell


Chapter 6: Cellular Respiration: Obtaining Energy from Food




Week 3


Chapter 7: Photosynthesis: Using Light to Make Food


Chapter 8: Cellular Reproduction: Cells from Cells (Mitosis & Meiosis)


Chapter 10: The Structure and Function of DNA (Viruses)

Chapter 15: The Evolution of Microbial Life (Prokaryotic Cells & Bacteria)


Week 4


Chapter 9: Patterns of Inheritance

Midterm Review


Midterm

Labs 1-15 Due


Week 5


                        Chapter 11: How Genes are Controlled

                        Chapter 12: DNA Technology


Chapter 13: How Populations Evolve


Chapter 14: How Biological Diversity Evolves


Chapter 14: How Biological Diversity Evolves

Chapter 16: Plants, Fungi, and the Move onto Land


 


Week 6


Chapter 17: The Evolution of Animals

Chapter 18: An Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere


Chapter 19: Population Ecology

Chapter 20: Communities and Ecosystems


Week 7


Biology Today Articles


Biology Today Articles

Labs 16-28 Due


Week 8


Biology Today Articles

Final Review


Final Exam



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
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 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
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 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
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 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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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