BI101 Biological Concepts

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BI 101 Biological Concepts


F1EE 2012 MOH


Bartlett-Taveras, Elena A.


Adjunct Professor


Educational Doctorate (Ed.D)., Educational Specialist (Ed.S)
Masters in Education (M.Ed), Masters in Secondary Education (M.SEd),
Bachelors of Science (B.S.)

Office Location

Moody AFB

Office Hours

Available before and after class

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

20 August - 14 October  

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 8:30 PM



Credit Hours



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: 

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


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Course Description:
BI101: 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:

The instructor will engage each learner on the importance of biological concepts and its importance in our lives. Students are encouraged to provide lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions by participating in lectures, short assessments, discussions, chapter presentations and examinations which will result in active and lifelong learning.

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).
Students are responsible for the following assessments:
  • Weekly Reading Assignments and Homework Activities
  • Chapter Presentations
  • Weekly Discussion Threads
  • Weekly Vocabulary and Concept Questions (Quizzes)
  • Weekly Lab Experiments and Reports as assigned
  • A Midterm Exam
  • A comprehensive Final Examination during Week 8 (October 8-14)

The Final Exam is closed book/closed note. If you are unable to take the Midterm or Comprehensive Final Exam as scheduled, you must notify the instructor to make arrangements with the Park University Director to take a proctored examination.

Assessments in this class are worth the following points (subject to change):

200 points Final Exam
100 points Midterm
160 points Discussion Threads

160 points Mastery Quizzes
300 points Experiment Activities and Lab Reports
 40 points Chapter Presentations
 40 points Homework Activities

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

A = 90% & up (900 points and above)
B = 80-89% (800-899 points)
C = 70-79% (700-799 points)
D = 60-69% 600-699 points)
F = Below 60% (below 600 points)

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”. The instructor will not accept late assignments 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. Late assignments that are graded assessed a 10% late fee.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Format: A class week is defined as the period that we meet Tuesday and Thursday. The class begins the first day of the term (20 August 2012) and ends midnight the last day of class (14 October 2012). Materials for each week will be posted online. Unless otherwise indicated, all assignments are to be completed and posted by Sunday at midnight Mountain Time.

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 for each week and for that week's assignment.
This course contains an Experiment component with descriptions and expectations supplied wither online or provide by the instructor. All Answer Sheets and other materials from these activities must be submitted in compliance with the instructor’s wishes, whether by email, drop box, or paper submission.
The supplies for the experimental activities (labs) are primarily contained in the box labs from eScience. When you order your
password from the Bookstore, you will then need to use that password to request eScience to send you the Lab Kit. Since this all takes time, you may need to request the Book Store to EMAIL YOU THE PASSWORD. You will NOT receive your Lab Kit until YOU contact eScience with your password!

Labs will have very specific directions for completion and reporting.  Answer Sheets will be provided for each Experiment in the Doc Sharing area of the course and MUST be used each week. Directions and requirements for both the activity and the report will be given each week. The reports of these activities will be due on Sunday of the week in which the activity is conducted. You should never leave these experiments until the end of the week; many require several days to complete.
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. The quizzes are graded automatically, BUT please note there are a number of fill-in the blank and short answer questions that I will need to hand grade; often your answer may be correct but the computer does not recognize it (e.g., misspelling, slightly different phrasing). I strongly recommend that you submit your first attempt no later than SATURDAY so that I can grade your Quiz. Your final attempt is due no later than Sunday at midnight. This is the procedure I recommend for completing the Mastery quizzes:
1. After you have completed the readings and read the lectures, complete the quiz. Disregard the grade that comes back since the final grade may actually be higher.
2. Wait 12-24 hrs to allow me to hand grade your quiz and then check the GRADEBOOK. If you have not met the 80% cut-off, I will enter a zero. I will enter 20 pts if you have reached 80%.
3. Note that I will often leave you feedback for some of the short answer questions; this feedback is designed to assist you in meeting the required 80%, so take advantage of it! To access the feedback, click on the grade (or asterisk) in the Gradebook for a given quiz.
4. Retake the quiz if necessary. You only have until Sunday of each week to reach the required 80%.
5. NO CREDIT is given if you do not make the 80% cut-off. You have all week to attain this grade so you should be able meet this cut-off by Sundays.

DISCUSSION ACTIVITIES: All students will participate in discussions through multiple responses. Spelling and grammar are very important in this 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 Discussion Threads in each week, so be sure to participate in them both. An initial post in each one should be made by Wednesday midnight CST with at least one peer response by Sunday midnight CST. 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 Wednesday midnight CST.

Be sure to read the Discussion thread carefully 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.

  • Initial responses must address the questions fully and contain references to any sources used (see Reference Formats in the Doc Sharing area)
  • Follow-up responses must be substantive and provide additional information or insight.
  • Full value will not be awarded to an initial posting, no matter how complete, if it is done after Wednesday.

 SUBMISSION OF ASSIGNMENTS: All Homework and Experiment assignments must be submitted via the appropriate Dropbox. Use the dropdown menu to select the 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 dropbox as either a Word, WordPerfect or Rich Text Format document. No other file formats will be accepted for credit and absolutely no PDF files accepted. 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. Computers do crash, but this is not a legitimate excuse for late or missed assignments. It is your responsibility to notify me by phone and/or find another means to submit your work.

Time permitting; I may "pre-grade" your work if submitted by Friday of each week. So if you are able to submit your Homework or Experiment by Friday, check back and see if I have left you any comments in the dropbox. Do NOT count on this happening though! Late work (e.g., submitted after the Sunday deadline) 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).

TIME COMMITMENT: Please remember this is an accelerated format class, so each week represents TWO weeks in a regular on-campus class. 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.

PLAGIARISM, PARAPHRASING and CITING REFERENCES: When preparing your Discussion postings, Experiment write-ups, Homework and Quiz answers, you must provide citations for any and ALL of your sources; including your text book! Copying and pasting more than four consecutive words you find on the Internet (or any other source) without the use of quotation marks and proper citations is plagiarism and will not be tolerated. Please be sure to download the Reference Formats 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.
So what exactly do you have to document with a citation?
  1. Paraphrased material: The preferred use of someone else's information is for you to paraphrase the information into your own words; that demonstrates to me that you understand what you have written.
  2. Direct quotations: If you use the author's exact words, enclose them in quotation marks and include a parenthetical citation (e.g., Bowers, 2009) immediately following the quotation and a complete citation at the end of your answer.

In most cases, use your own words to paraphrase or summarize the idea you want to discuss, emphasizing the points relevant to your argument. NOTE: 15% or LESS of your responses may be directly quoted material. You must use your own words whenever possible!

What information does NOT have to be documented with a citation?

1. Common Knowledge: This is hard to evaluate, so if you are unsure, then provide a citation! In general, common knowledge is information the majority of people would know (e.g., the capitol of Massachusetts is Boston). MOST of the information you will be using in this class is NOT common knowledge!
2. Definitions, fill-in the blank answers and multiple choice question answers do not need citations.
The above policy is true for your Discussion postings, Homework assignments and Experiment Reports. If you are unsure about what constitutes plagiarism and how to prevent it, take some time to review this Plagiarism Tutorial Penalties for Plagiarism.
Penalities for Plagiarism
First offense: You will receive a written Plagiarism Warning from your instructor and a zero for that particular portion of the assignment. Second offense: You will receive a zero for the entire assignment and a written Plagiarism Warning
Second offense: You will receive a zero for the entire assignment and a written Plagiarism Warning.
Third offense: you will receive a written Plagiarism Warning and a Academic Dishonesty Incident Report will be submit to the Acedemic Director.
COURSE HANDOUTS - DOC SHARING: There may be 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 appropriate 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.
NOTE: I strongly suggest that you check the Gradebook each Monday in case there are any problems with your submissions!
EXTRA CREDIT: There is NO extra credit available in this course! If you want to attain an A in this class, then you will need to complete all the assignments at the A level.

ATTENDANCE: Attendance in this course is determined by being to class every time we meet and 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 the weekly discussion topics. Failure to "show up" for the weekly work will count as an absence for that week. See Park's attendance policy below as well.

CHECK YOUR PARK GOOGLE APPs MAIL: I will be communicating with you regularly via your Park email account. It is required that you use Park email for your online class, so check your Park email daily! Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students.

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 ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 95

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 98

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: .


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. 
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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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