BI101 Biological Concepts

for F2M 2012

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BI 101 Biological Concepts


F2M 2012 CH


Burgess, Erika A.


Adjunct Faculty


BA Biology
Master of Environmental Management

Office Hours

By appointment


Semester Dates

22 Oct 12 - 16 Dec 12

Class Days


Class Time

4:05 - 7:25 PM



Credit Hours



Campbell Essential Biology

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 Lab materials for this course through: 

Do not order lab kits until after the first class.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Avoiding Plagiarism - Information on what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

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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, genetics, evolution, and ecology. At home 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, online quizzes, lab reports, class discussion project, and class participation.
With noted exception, online quizzes must be completed by 12:00 PM on Thursday each week. You must have a mimum score of 80% to get credit for the quiz. You make take the quiz as many times as necessary prior to the 12:00 PM Thursday deadline. Short answer questions will be graded after the quiz has closed. There will be no make-ups.
If you are absent from class, whether excused or unexcused, you may not recieve class participation points.

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.




Final Exam

300 points

Weekly Online Quiz (8 x 30)

240 points

Lab Reports (8 x 40)

320 points

Class Participation (16 x 6.25)

100 points

Class Discussion Project

40 points


1000 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 work will NOT be accepted 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.
Weekly quizzes must be completed by 12:00 PM Thursday each week. The next week's quiz will be available when the previous quiz closes. You may not make-up quizzes.
Lab reports are due on the Monday the week following the lab.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR: Please silence cell phones while in class; no texting is permitted. Smokeless tobacco is not allowed in the classroom. All students will be respectful of each other and the instructor--rude behavior and foul language will not be tolerated. Failure to follow appropriate classroom behavior will result in a grade of ZERO for that day's Class Participation.

FORMAT: This course contains an experimental portion with descriptions and expectations supplied either online or provided by your instructor.  All answer sheets and other materials from these activities must be submitted in compliance with the instructor's wishes, whether by email, dropbox, or paper submission.  Several of these activities require an extended period of time to complete and should be scheduled accordingly.

TIME COMMITMENT: This is not your typical introductory class and will require significant work on your part. Here is a quote from a previous Park University student:

"Since this is a 4 credit hour course, students need to be aware that this class takes up a lot of time, and is a very difficult class if you are working full time and, are taking other courses."

The supplies for the experimental activities (labs) are primarily contained in the box labs from eScience.  Labs will have very specific directions for completion and reporting.  Lab Sheets will be provided for each experiment. Directions and requirements for both the activity and the report will be given each week. You must print and read the Lab Sheets prior to lab each week. 

COURSE HANDOUTS - DOC SHARING: There are a number of documents 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 (click on the tab at the top of the screen).  NOTE: Unless directed otherwise, you MUST use the Lab Sheets to submit your reports!

EXTRA CREDIT: There is NO extra credit available in this course! If you want to attain an A in this class, then complete all the assignments at the A level.

GRADES AND FEEDBACK: You are responsible for checking the Gradebook weekly to be sure that grades have been entered.  

CHECK YOUR PIRATE MAIL:  Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. All emails sent to the instructor must include "BI101: Purpose of message" in the subject line of the email. Emails without this information will not be recognized.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1
Oct 23 & 25
Topic: Introduction and Chemistry of Life
Readings: Ch. 1-3

Week 2
Oct 31 & Nov 1
Topic: Cell Structure
Readings: Ch. 4-5

Week 3
Nov 6 & 8
Topic: Energy
Reading: Chp 6-7

Week 4
Nov 13 & 15
Topic: Cell division: Mitosis and Meiosis
Readings: Ch 8

Week 5
Nov 20 & TBD
Topic: Inheritance
Readings: Ch 9

Week 6
Nov 27 & 29
Topic: DNA
Readings: Ch 10-12

Week 7
Dec 4 & 5
Topic: Evolution and Ecology
Readings: Ch 13, 14 (p. 269-284), Ch 18, Ch 19 (p. 402-416), and Ch 20 (p. 424-443)

Week 8
Dec 11 & 13
Topic: Course Review

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
PLAGIARISM, PARAPHRASING and CITING REFERENCES: Although you may work in lab groups, the work you turn in should be your own! You must reference any and ALL of your sources; including your text book! Copying and pasting of information you find on the Internet is plagiarism and will not be tolerated. Proper use of information you find in books, newspapers, journals or on the Internet include:
-Paraphrasing or summarizing information that you find and proper citation of the reference. This means that you MUST USE YOUR OWN WORDS!!!
-Quoting of phrases using quotation marks. Large amounts of quoted material will NOT be accepted; you must use your own words whenever possible!
-And proper citation of the reference.
If you are unsure about what constitutes plagiarism and how to prevent it, take some time to review the link near the top of the syllabus "Avoiding Plagiarism."  

Penalties for plagiarism in this course are:

First offense: You will receive a written 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.
Third offense: I will submit an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report to an Online Academic Director.

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. 
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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