BI101 Biological Concepts

for S2B 2013

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BI 101 Biological Concepts


S2B 2013 BLA


Choo, Mee_Yoon


Adjunct Faculty


Masters in Biology
Bachelors in Resource Biotechnology

Office Location


Office Hours

By appointment, before or after class

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

March 18- May 12, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

4:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours



Campbell Essential Biology (4th Edition)

Campbell Essential Biology, 4th Edition

Simon, Reece, and Dickey
Benjamin Cummings Publishing Company (2009)
ISBN - 0321602064

You will also need access to a spreadsheet program like Excel that will allow you to construct graphs using the data that you obtain.  This is a requirement of the course.
eScience Lab Kit is also required!


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Labs begin week 1 of the semester.  It is possible to complete the first lab without the kit.  Review the available information concerning the lab for week 1.  If you have additional questions, contact the instructor by email.

Labs are a requirement of this course.  You may work on your labs (required to be completed at home) with one other student - which means you could share access to a kit.   (There is more information about this later in this syllabus.)

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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 activities are included. 3:3:4.

Educational Philosophy:
In this course the instructor attempts to introduce the students to the biological concept and the application in particular through assigned readings, class lectures, quizzes, class discussions, writings, labs and examination.

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:
Assessment items include the final examination, 2 online quizzes, 2 homework, 8 weekly lab reports and class participation. The core assessment for this course is the comprehensive final exam.

Labs:  The lab kit is required for this course. It is to be completed at home and will require extra time during the week (1-2 hours extra on average).  Some labs may involve several days of observation, so please take the time to understand the weekly time commitment. You will also requires Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel to allow you to construct graphs from your data that you obtain.

Homework and Lab Reports: You must upload your homework and lab reports to the drop box in eCompanion by the deadline. IMPORTANT: This is a 4 credit course which includes a lab portion that must be completed at home, not in class. Please take time to do the experiments and their corresponding lab reports as they are worth a substantial amount of points.

Quizzes: You must take the quizzes via eCompanion by the deadline. After the deadline, quizzes cannot be completed and will not be accepted.

Class Participation:
You must be present to participate. There are 13.75 pts for participation in each class discussion. An absence for any reason, excused/unexcused will results in a loss of 13.75 pts for missed class.




Percentage (%)

Final Exam



Two Homework (100 points each)



Two Quizzes (100 points each)



Eight Lab Reports (30 points each)



Class Participation (13.75 points each)







A = 90% - 100% (900 - 1000 pts)
B = 80% - 89% (800 - 899 pts)
C = 70% - 79.9% (700 - 799 pts)
D = 60% - 69.9% (600 - 699 pts)
F = < 60% (< 600 pts)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late homework will be reduced in credit by 10% for each day. Exceptions: students who miss class due to an extended illness requiring hospitalization will be allowed to make up missed homework assignments. Other cases may be considered at the discretion of the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

A. Cellular Phones, Beepers, Other Communications Devices

While in class, the class should be your primary focus. Disruption of class due to communications devices has become so prevalent that they are a major distraction in class (to you, to the instructor and to other students). For this reason such devices must be turned off or left on vibration during class.

B. Student Alcohol or Drug Use

Because the classroom is a professional environment, student who are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be removed from class. This also meets our legal obligation to provide a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. Such instances will be reported to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs. Students will not be admitted back into class unless such arrangements are made through the V.P. for Academic Affairs.

C. Student Work, Appointments... Etc.

The student who has signed up for the course has made an obligation to participate in those activities scheduled during regular class times. The student must not make other obligations during this time, or that student alone will be responsible for the consequences. The consequences may include reduced or no credit for that portion of the class and inability to make-up the missed work. Thus, students are expected to be in class for the entire class period. Students walking out of class without notification to the instructor will receive an unexcused absence. Please notify the instructor if you have a work-related, family or emergency situation that requires you to leave the class early. The instructor will work with you concerning these issues. Be prepared to work with the instructor, prior to your departure, to plan how you intend to make up any work missed.

D. Withdrawals

The enrollment status of the student in this course is solely the responsibility of the student. If you wish to change your status in this course, be sure that you file the appropriate paperwork with the registrar before the appropriate deadlines. If you wish to drop, do not just stop coming to class!!! Two weeks of consecutive absences will result in your removal from the class. If you do not file withdrawal papers with the Registrar, you will receive an F in this course.

E. Extra Credit

It is your responsibility to get work done on time in an acceptable form. For this reason, no extra credit will be extended during the course of the semester.

F. Technology Issues

Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out eCompanion website for this course.

G. Make-Up Examinations

The student will be given the opportunity to make-up one examination during the course of the semester, provided that an adequate excuse is provided to the instructor within 24 hours of the missed examination. The instructor will be the final judge of what constitutes an adequate excuse.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Material Covered

Week 1

Mar 22

Class Introduction, Syllabus

Topic: Introduction and Chemistry of Life

Readings: Chapters 1, 2 and 3

Lab Report # 1: The Scientific Method (Lab 1-1, 1-2) and The Chemistry of Life (Lab 5-1)

Lab Report # 1 due by midnight on Mar 24 (Sunday)

Week 2

Mar 29

Topic: A tour of the Cell – The Working Cell

Readings: Chapters 4 & 5

Lab Report #2: Enzymes (Lab 9-1, 9-2, 9-3)

Lab Report #2 due by midnight on Mar 31 (Sunday)

Week 3

Apr 5

Topic: Cellular Energetic

Readings: Chapters 6 & 7

Lab Report #3: Diffusion (Lab 6-2) and Osmosis (Lab 7-1, 7-2)

Lab Report #3 due by midnight on Apr 7 (Sunday)

Online Quiz #1 (Chapters 1-7) due by midnight on Apr 8 (Monday)

Week 4

Apr 12

Topic: Mitosis and Meiosis – The Patterns of Inheritance

Readings: Chapters 8 & 9

Lab Report #4: Mitosis (Lab 11-1) and Meiosis (Lab 12-1)

Lab Report #4 due by midnight on Apr 14 (Sunday)

Homework #1 due by midnight on Apr 17 (Wednesday)

Week 5

Apr 19

Topic: DNA Structure and Function

Readings: Chapters 10 & 11

Lab Report #5: DNA & RNA (Lab 13-1, 13-2, 13-3)

Lab Report #5 due by midnight on Apr 21 (Sunday)

Week 6

Apr 26

Topic: Principles of Evolution

Readings: Chapters 13 & 14

Lab Report #6: Mendelian Genetics (Lab 14-1) and Inherit Traits

Lab Report #6 due by midnight on Apr 28 (Sunday)

Online Quiz #2 (Chapters 8-11) due by midnight on Apr 29 (Monday)

Week 7

May 3

Topic: Ecology

Readings: Chapters 18, 19 & 20

Review for the Final

Lab Report #7: Population Genetics (Lab 15-1 through 6)

Lab Report #7 due by midnight on May 5 (Sunday)

Homework #2 due by midnight on May 8 (Wednesday)

Begin your Lab #8 (it takes 4-5 days to germinate the seeds!)

Week 8

May 10

Final Comprehensive Exam

Lab Report #8: Ecology of Organisms (Lab 27-1)

Lab Report #8 due by midnight on May 12 (Sunday)


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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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: .


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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