BI101 Biological Concepts

for F1RR 2011

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BI 101 Biological Concepts


F1RR 2011 MTH


Shields, Melissa S.


Professor of Biology/Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Biology/PreMed
M.Ed Secondary Education
Teaching Certifications: Generalist EC-4, Life Sciences 8-12

Office Location

Education Center MHAFB

Office Hours

By appointment or before/after class

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

Monday, August 15, 2011 to Sunday, October 09, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours



Campbell Essential Biology

Campbell Essential Biology, 4th Edition

Simon, Reece, and Dickey
Pearson Publishing
ISBN - 0321652894

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Students must have access to "MyPark". Powerpoints, websites, and other resources will be available in the online classroom.

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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, genetics, evolution, and ecology. At home laboratory activies are included. 3:3:4.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of enthusiasm and interactiveness. By creating an open environment, students are encouraged to participate through active discussions and insightful questioning. The instructor prides herself in being a lifelong learner and wants to instill that love for learning in her students as well.

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:
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.

10% Participation 

25% Quizzes/Assignments 

25% Lab

20% Midterm

20% Final

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:
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

Tuesday - 16 Aug - Class 1

Chapter 1: Introduction: Biology Today
Chapter 14: How Biological Diversity Evolves (Hierarchical Classification)

Thursday - 18 Aug - Class 2

Chapter 2: Essential Chemistry for Biology
Chapter 3: The Molecules of Life

Week 2

Tuesday - 23 Aug - Class 3

Chapter 4: A Tour of the Cell
Chapter 5: The Working Cell

Thursday - 25 Aug - Class 4

Chapter 6: Cellular Respiration: Obtaining Energy from Food
Chapter 7: Photosynthesis: Using Light to Make Food

Week 3

Tuesday - 30 Aug - Class 5

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

Thursday - 1 Sep - Class 6

Chapter 10: The Structure and Function of DNA (Viruses)
Chapter 15: The Evolution of Microbial Life (Prokaryotic Cells & Bacteria)

Week 4

Tuesday - 6 Sep - Class 7

Chapter 9: Patterns of Inheritance
Midterm Review

Thursday - 8 Sep - Class 8

Labs 1-15 Due

Week 5

Tuesday - 13 Sep - Class 9

Chapter 11: How Genes are Controlled
Chapter 12: DNA Technology

Thursday - 15 Sep - Class 10

Chapter 13: How Populations Evolve
Chapter 16: Plants, Fungi, and the Move onto Land

Week 6

Tuesday - 20 Sep - Class 11

Chapter 17: The Evolution of Animals
Chapter 18: An Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere

Thursday - 22 Sep - Class 12

Chapter 19: Population Ecology
Chapter 20: Communities and Ecosystems

Week 7

Tuesday - 27 Sep - Class 13

Biology Today Articles

Thursday - 29 Sep - Class 14

Biology Today Articles
Labs 16-28 Due

Week 8

Tuesday - 4 Oct - Class 15

Biology Today Articles
Final Review

Thursday - 6 Oct - Class 16

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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: .

Additional Information:

Below is a list of Labs including time allotments and additional material requirements.

**Make sure to watch the lab safety video on your lab manual CD before handling any lab items.


Lab 1: The Scientific Method

Time: 1 hour

Materials: None

Lab 2: Writing a Lab Report

Time: 1 hour (plus 24 hours preparation time and 7-10 days for observation)

Materials: Paper towels, water, masking tape

Lab 3: Data Measurement

Time: 1 hour

Materials: Water

Lab 4: Introduction to the Microscope

Time: 1 hour

Materials: Access to ESL’s Student Portal

Biological Processes:

Lab 5: The Chemistry of Life

Time: 1 hour (plus 24 hours preparation time)

Materials: Variety of household substances, plastic wrap, water, cutting utensil

Lab 6: Diffusion

Time: 1.5 hours

Materials: Water, watch or timer , viscous liquid from cupboard

Lab 7: Osmosis

Time: 1 hour (plus 3 hours for observation)

Materials: Water, watch or timer, several types of potatoes, cutting utensil, paper towel

Lab 8: Respiration

Time: 1 hour (plus 2 hours preparation time)

Materials: Water, watch or timer, paper towel

Lab 9: Enzymes

Time: 1 hour (plus 2 hours preparation time)

Materials: Water, watch or timer, string, ice, hot water, paper towel, ginger root, at least 2 other food sources (potato, apple, etc.)

The Cell:

Lab 10: Cell Structure & Function

Time: 1 hour (plus 24 hours for observation)

Materials: Water, square plastic food storage container, mixing bowl, house hold items for use as cell structures (plums, raisins, etc.)

Lab 11: Mitosis

Time: 1 hour

Materials: None

Lab 12: Meiosis

Time: 1.5 hours

Materials: Blue and red markers

Lab 13: DNA & RNA

Time: 2 hours

Materials: Fruit, scissors

Lab 14: Mendelian Genetics

Time: 1.5 hours

Materials: None

Lab 15: Population Genetics

Time: 1.5 hours

Materials: None

Kingdoms of Life:

Lab 16: Taxonomy

Time: 1 hour

Materials: Pencil

Lab 17: Bacteria & Archaea

Time: 1 hour (plus 24 hours preparation time and 7 days for observation)

Materials: Water, Hot pad, Refrigerator

Lab 18: Protista

Time: 2 hours

Materials: Access to ESL’s Student Portal

Lab 19: Fungi

Time: 1 hour (plus 3-7 days for observation)

Materials: White Bread, Water

Plant Kingdom:

Lab 20: Energy & Photosynthesis

Time: 1 hour (plus 2 hours preparation time and 3 hours for observation)

Materials: Water, Elodea (or other aquatic plant—available at most pet stores), Watch or Timer

Lab 21: Plant Circulation

Time: 1.5 hours (plus 2-3 hours for observation)

Materials: 2 Celery Stalks, Cutting Utensil, Water, Carnation

Lab 22: Plant Reproduction

Time: 2 hours

Materials: Fresh Lily

Animal Kingdom:

Lab 23: Invertebrates & vertebrates

Time: 2 hours

Materials: None

Lab 24: Structure

Time: 1 hour (plus 7 additional days for observation)

Materials: Cooked Chicken Bone or Egg

Lab 25: Circulatory & Respiratory systems

Time: 1 hour

Materials: Watch or Timer

Lab 26: Nervous & Sensory systems

Time: 1.5 hours

Materials: Pencil/Pen, Water, Willing Participant


Lab 27: Ecology of Organisms

Time: 0.5 hour (plus 7 days for observation)

Materials: Paper towel, water

Lab 28: Ecological Interactions

Time: 0.5 hours

Materials: Large pitcher (1 liter)


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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