BI101 Biological Concepts

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BI 101 Biological Concepts


S2QQ 2013 HI


Hulphers, Eric A.


Adjunct Professor


PhD Health Promotion & Education

Office Location

bld 180, room 105, Hill AFB

Office Hours

Tuesdays & Thursdays noon to 4:pm

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

18 March – 12 May 2013

Class Days


Class Time

4:15 - 7:15 PM



Credit Hours



Campbell Essential Biology, Fifth Edition
Eric J. Simon, Jane B. Reece, Jean L. Dickey
Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company (2013)
ISBN : 978-0-321-77259-6
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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!

Additional Resources:

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Labs begin week 1 of the semester.

Labs and Labkits are a requirement of this course.

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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:

Learning is an interaction between student, instructor, and other students. To facilitate this, class time is used to explore the concepts and enhance the learning processes. Questioning, asking, discussing, and critical thinking are just parts of the learning process that will occur.

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 final exam, homework, labs, and quizzes.

Assessments in this class are worth the following points:

350 pts Final Exam
150 pts Homework
250 pts Lab Activity Reports
250 pts Quizzes
1000 pts TOTAL

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:


Students may make up a missed test or quiz, but the student will lose some or all of the total possible points on if the student has made previous arrangements. Any homework assignments that are turned in late, no credit will be given. Any absences that occur the student must have 3rd party documentation of the reason, i.e. TDY order, leave orders, medical, etc. No makeup of materials will be allowed without said documentation.

It is the student’s sole responsibility to obtain all assignment information from missed days of class and have the assignments submitted on the due date. Failure to obtain the assignment information and not submitting assignments on time will result in a losing some or all points possible.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


Since every student is entitled to full participation in class without interruption, all students are expected to be in class and prepared to begin on time. All pagers, wireless phones, or other electronic devices must be turned off, or switched to vibrate, when you enter the classroom. Students are expected to treat the instructor and other students with dignity and respect, especially in cases where a diversity of opinion arises. Students who engage in disruptive behavior are subject to disciplinary action, including removal from the course

Due to the nature of the course, a student missing more than two (2) classes will most likely not pass the course and alternative class methodology should be considered, as in online or wait until another term.

This course contains an experimental portion with descriptions and expectations provided by your instructor. All answer sheets and other materials from these activities must be submitted in compliance with the instructor's direction. Several of these activities require an extended period of time to complete and should be scheduled accordingly.

: The lab work for this course 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.

Labs will have very specific directions for completion and reporting. Directions, answer sheets and supplies are included in your home lab kit. The Experiment Supplies list should be examined as soon as possible so that you can prepare for these experiments.

Lab reports and answer sheets are due weekly and must be submitted through the e-Companion portion of the course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1
Topic: Introduction and Chemistry of Life
Readings: Ch 1,2, 3
Lab 5 Chemistry of Life

Week 2
Topic: Cell Structure and Function
Readings: Ch 4, 5, 6
Lab 6 Diffusion

Week 3

Topic: Cellular Reproduction: Mitosis and Meiosis
Readings: Ch 8
Lab 7 Osmosis

Week 4

Topic: Patterns of Inheritance; Structure and Function of DNA
Readings: Ch 9, 10
Lab 9 Enzymatic Activity

Week 5
Topic: Genes and DNA Technology
Readings: Ch 11, 12
Lab 13 DNA and RNA

Week 6
Topic: Evolution and Biological Diversity
Readings: Ch 13, 14, 15, 17 (pages 361-367)
Lab 14

Week 7
Topic: Human Evolution and Ecology
Readings: Ch 18, 19, 20
Lab 27 Ecology of Organism

Week 8
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 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:
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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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