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SPC BIOL 1406 - Biology for Non Science Majors I

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SYLLABUSSPRING 2011Office: Science Building S184 Thursday – 9:15-11:15Text: Biology, 8th Ed. by Campbell and Reece IS NO CURVING OF GRADESBIO 1406 (4:3:3) General Biology I Department of Biology Division of Arts and Sciences Levelland Campus SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE Spring 2011 David R. Etheredge Assistant Professor of BiologySYLLABUS GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION BIOL 1406 GENERAL BIOLOGY I SPRING 2011 Instructor: David R. Etheredge Office: Science Building S-184 Office Telephone: 894-9611 ext. 2319 E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday – 9:15-11:15 Tuesday – None Wednesday- None Thursday – 9:15-11:15 Friday – 8:00-12:00 Course Description: This course focuses on fundamental principles of living organisms including the chemistry of life, cell and molecular biology, genetics and evolution. This is the first semester of an integrated course for majors in biological sciences and related studies, including the medical disciplines. Course Implementation: Prerequisite: None Credit: Four semester hours Text: Biology, 8th Ed. by Campbell and Reece Lab Manual: General Biology I, Lab Manual, by Smith, Haukos and Etheredge (Available only at the SPC bookstore) Course Objectives: A. To introduce basic biological principles through an integrated approach. B. To investigate the cellular processes of living organisms with an emphasis on biological chemistry applications. C. To investigate the unifying themes and key concepts of the different types of organisms. D. To acquaint the student with the anatomy, function, genetics and evolution of different types of organisms. E. To instill an appreciation of the variety and diversity of major organism groups. G. To allow laboratory investigation of topics covered. Policies, Procedures and Rules: This course will be conducted according to the policies and procedures of the South Plains College Student Handbook and General Catalog. Attendance Policy: Punctual and regular class and lab attendance is required of all students, Students are responsible for all class work covered during absences from class, even in cases in which they are able to satisfy the instructor that the absence was unavoidable. Excessive tardiness will not be tolerated. When unavoidable situations such as illness, weather, an official college trip, or a death in the family causes absences, I may permit the student to make up class work missed. In such cases it is the student's to complete the work missed within one week of their return to class.Absence Policy: When absences become excessive and, in my opinion, minimum course objectives cannot be met, the student will be withdrawn from the course. Any student with 6 absences and an average below 60, will be withdrawn from the class. In addition, an instructor is required to initiate a student's administrative withdrawal when the student has missed every class during a fourteen consecutive calendar - day period (4 class meetings) excluding holidays. Each class meeting consist of lecture period and a lab period, consequently being absent from one class meeting will count in 2 absences. A student who has 4 or more absences will not be allowed to drop any quiz grades. Should a student, for any reason, delay in reporting to a class after his/her official enrollment, absences will be attributed to the student from the first meeting of the class. A student who does not attend a class by the 12th day of class will automatically deleted from the class rolls. Tardy Policy: Excessive tardiness will not be tolerated. A student, who is consistently tardy, disturbs class, is disrespectful and rude, and will be withdrawn (dropped) from the class! A student who has 4 or more tardies will not be allowed to drop any quiz grades. Examination Policy: Four major exams will be given during the semester. The exams will be announced in advance and will be divided between lab and lecture material. Each exam is worth 100 points. Quizzes: Through out the semester there will be daily quizzes over current material being covered. Most of the quizzes will be announced in advance, and are over the previous class time lecture, lab material, or from assigned readings. Some quizzes will be "during lecture quizzes", which means quiz questions will be asked during lectures (for a grade). These quizzes are designed to make sure the students are keeping up with the class work, which I believe is vital to successfully completing this course. There will be at least 10 quizzes worth 10 points each. At the end of the semester you will be able to drop some of the lowest quiz grades (usually two). There are no make-up quizzes. If you miss a quiz or quizzes the grade will be a zero. A student who has more than 4 absences or tardies will not be allowed to drop any quiz grades. Some of the quizzes will be given at the beginning of class. If you are tardy to class and a quiz has started, you will not get to take the quiz and the grade will be a zero. Be on time! If it is known in advance that an absence will occur on an exam date, and the instructor is notified ahead of time, it may be possible, under special circumstances, to take the exam at an alternate time. Otherwise the missed exam will count as a zero when computing the semester average, Due to the complexity and time involved in setting up lab exams with microscopes and specimens involved, this policy is rigidly adhered to. DO NOT MISS EXAMS!!! Literacy Assignments: Throughout the semester, you will be given several assignments that are designed to help you develop skills in writing, research and computer literacy. The assignments will range in value from 5 to 25 points each with a total value of 100 points toward your course grade. The assignments will be posted on Blackboard. Summary of Grades: 4 major Exams (4 test worth 100 points each = 400 total points) Quiz average (100 points) Library Assignments (100 total points)Grading Policy: Final semester average of 90 or above = A Final semester average of 80-89 = B Final semester average of 70-79 = C Final semester average of 60-69 = D Final semester average below 60 = F THERE IS NO CURVING OF GRADES This course must be completed with a grade of C or better in order for the student to take General Biology II (Biology 1407) at South Plains College. The last day to drop this course is: April 26, 2011 Study

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