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BI 101 Biological Concepts
Sloan, Deborah 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

S2Y 2013 MN

Faculty

Sloan, Deborah A

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Master of Life Science
Master of Education

Daytime Phone

901-596-9560

Other Phone

901-737-1737

E-Mail

deborah.sloan@park.edu

dsloan01@comcast.net

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

4:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours

4


Textbook:

 

Book cover

Campbell Essential Biology, 5th Edition

Simon, Reece, and Dickey
Pearson Publishing
ISBN - 0321772598

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

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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 facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, presentations, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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 Departmental 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:

Grading:

250 pts Final Exam
150 pts (6 quizzes at 25 points each)
300 pts Lab Activity Reports
80 pts Participation/Classwork
220 pts Presentations/Homework
1000 pts TOTAL

Grade Scale
A = 90 - 100% of total points possible
B = 80 - 89% of total points possible
C = 70 - 79% of total points possible
D = 60 - 69% of total points possible
F < 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments receive a 20% deduction for each day they are late. Assignments more than 2 days late will not be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please silence or turn off all mobile phones or communication devices. Laptops are used for in-class activities or exercises, only. Please do not check email or send assignments during class time. I will not accept any assignments posted during class time. Do not take calls during class time. Attention during presentations, whether by the facilitator or another class member, is mandatory. Students who disrupt presentations (including use of cell phones or laptop computers) will lose participation points and may be asked to leave the class in extreme cases. For their safety and protection, we do not allow children in the classroom or on the campus at any time. There are no exceptions to this rule. You may bring food and beverages in class as long as you avoid spilling any. The university does not allow any alcohol and tobacco products in class. Please minimize side conversations during classroom presentations or during classroom facilitation unless conversations lead to engaging discussion as part of participation.

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .



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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