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1 Principles of Biology (Biol 101): Fall 2011 Dr. Kelly Hogan MWF 9:00 – 9:50 AM (Section 1) Hamilton Hall 100 Instructor: Dr. Kelly Hogan [email protected] Office phone: 843-6047 Office hours (Wilson 104B): Tuesdays 10:00-12:00, and Fridays 12:15- 2:15 PM Academic advising questions? See me in from 12:30-4:30 on Mondays by appointment in academic advising in Steele. (Make an appointment through the academic advising website). (*If you can’t make it at these times, I am free right after class each day for quick questions and I am willing to discuss things by email or over the phone). Supplemental Instruction TA: Chelsea Steele [email protected] *SI times/locations: TBA (see blackboard under the SI folder) REQUIRED TEXT AND REQUIRED ONLINE MASTERING BIOLOGY ACCESS: Campbell Biology, Concepts and Connections, 7th Edition by Reece, Taylor, Simon, Dickey Feel free to choose a physical book or the ebook. The ebook is the cheaper option if you do not plan to keep your book. **Required access to Mastering Biology the online activity and homework tool. This comes included with a NEW physical textbook or ebook, but can purchased separately if you buy a used book. If you have a used physical book, you can buy the Mastering Biology access card at the bookstore. Why this extra tool? We class tested this tool with over 1500 students in the 2010-11 academic year and it was a big success. Required reading: Particular chapters are required (see course outline for “Guided Reading” details) and you will be expected to have read them for Mastering Biology homework assignments and the exams. HOMEWORK VIA MASTERING BIOLOGY.COM: (10% of your grade) Homeworks will be due every Sunday and Thursday night by 11:55 PM. Some assignments will take you as little as 15 minutes and others will take over an hour with the animations and short tutorials interspersed in the homework. It is your responsibility to start it in a timely fashion, so that you finish it by 11:55 PM. To be safe, assume your clock is 5 minutes slower than the official Mastering Biology time. Late homeworks will receive zero credit, even though you can still do them for practice. Do not count on the Mastering program to give an accurate account of how long an assignment will take. These estimates can be wildly off! There will be numerous graded at-home assignments. See my Goal #1 below and realize that I am trying to help you to succeed by giving you these regular assessments. See blackboard for how to register for Mastering Biology.com COURSE WEBSITE: http://blackboard.unc.edu/ (you will need your onyen to log on) This site will have postings from my lectures such as outlines, power point slides, old exams, and supplemental material I mention in lecture. I will also post announcements regarding student concerns on this site. It is your responsibility to check it regularly. SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION (SI): Your SI sessions will be offered 3 times a week. Each session will be scheduled for 1 hour. The times and location of these sessions will be posted on blackboard during the first week of class. You are not required to attend SI, but it is highly recommended, since this is your opportunity to get more “one-on-one” attention for this course. I suggest you fit one into your schedule early in the semester and attend weekly as if it is a required class. Your SI instructor’s contact information is listed above.2 PARTICIPATION: Are you required to come to class? Are you required to pay attention? Are you required to discuss biology with your classmates during class? Nope, I cannot make you do any this. But, since this is your education and you want that 4.0 this semester, it behooves you to do all of these things that make you a successful student. I enjoy Facebook too, but put it away and participate in your education! As a reward, you will see some small bonus incentives on your exams. How will I know you are participating in this LARGE class? You will be using a program called PollEverywhere.com through your laptop or mobile phone. See blackboard for the required registration information. If you do not register correctly, you do not have the opportunity for bonus points. WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING TO CLASS EVERY DAY: 1. Outlines from blackboard (either printed or on laptop). 2. Extra blank paper for drawings, notes, activities etc. (or tablet computer for drawing) 3. 3 x 5 index cards (with or without lines, preferably white). 4. Poll everywhere device: either your cell phone for texting or laptop/ipad/smartphone for web access COURSE GOALS: Many students like to complain that this is a “weed out” course. Of course this is not true, but why does it have this reputation? Fact: the average grade in this class is in the C range; C is not bad it is average. Yet, many students also earn D’s and F’s in this class. This is absolutely shocking to first year students who have, in the past, received A’s in their high school classes. You are wondering…is there a pre-determined number of students that receive a C, D, or F? Nope. See below to see what grade you need to earn. In theory, if the whole class earns A’s, then the whole class is given A’s. So why don’t all students do as well as they think they will when they walk into class on the first day? My experience tells me that: 1) Some students do not have the active learning and studying skills that they should already have at the college level (It often takes these students an exam or two for them to recognize this.) 2) Some students do not actually put in the effort that is necessary (even though they may think they are putting in a big effort). And, this brings me to the goals of my course… 1. This course should prepare you to succeed in future science courses. You should learn how to be an active learner in the lecture hall and you should learn how to actively study. There is no magic formula that works for each student. Some students find they learn best when they write and re-write notes, others need to record the lecture and re-listen, others like to make models and “act out” biological processes. And what if you don’t plan to take any more science classes? Active learning and studying is a skill that is needed for any discipline! You can achieve these goals by attending a “how to study biology workshop” see date below on schedule, attending SI regularly (see below), using practice exams,


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