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Bio 110: Modern Biology Section A Fall 2010 CONTACT INFORMATION Lecture/Lab Instructor: Alyssa Hanna Office: Science Building, Room 103 Phone number: x. 3340 E-mail: [email protected] Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1:00-3:00 or by appointment CLASS MEETINGS Lecture: MWF 9:00-9:50 AM, SC 401 Lab: R 9:00-11:50 AM, SC 104 REQUIRED MATERIAL Textbook: This course will use the 8th edition of Biology by Campbell and Reece as well as the campaign text Inquiry in Action. You will also need to purchase the Biology 110 Laboratory Manual, a 3-ring binder in which to keep it, and a laboratory notebook. Websites: Moodle (course materials) (email notices) YOU WILL NEED TO CHECK YOUR EMAIL! You will need computer and internet access for this course. Grades, assignments, and lecture slides will be posted on moodle. Computer problems are not an excuse for late work. You are expected to check your grades in moodle frequently and notify me early of any problems or discrepancies. COURSE GOALS Biology 110 is a general introduction course that covers the basic biological chemistry, genetics, energetics, and evolution. Upon completion of this course you will have a basic understanding of the underlying principles of biology such that you will be prepared for the more advanced courses of the biology major. ASSESSMENT Your grade will be based on in-class activities, participation using “clickers,” homework, exams, lab notebooks, and lab quizzes. I want to see that you remember the material and can apply it to new situations, thus a good portion of your grade will be based on exams that assess these skills. Although there are some facts and terms you will need to know, memorization is generally not enough to succeed in this course. Knowing facts and definitions is less important to me than being able to apply them to realistic examples, predict reasonable outcomes, and identify specific examples of concepts we have discussed in class. You will need to move beyond the basics of memorizing or recognizing facts and instead into the hard work of understanding the underlying concepts, and being able to explain the why‟s and how‟s of biology. No extra credit will be given in this course! Attendance and Participation: Attendance and class participation contribute 15% of your grade. Class sessions will include lectures, demonstrations, activities, and homework and reading assignments. Some of these demonstrations and activities will be assigned points. If you miss a class, you are responsible for obtaining the notes and assignments from a classmate. While the PowerPoint slides will be posted on moodle, my lecture notes will not be available. While lecture attendance is not mandatory, I strongly recommend you attend every lecture. If you miss class, you lose the valuable participation points for that day, specific in class examples/exercises designed to facilitate and increase your learning gains, and exposure to clicker questions that might be seen again on exams. You will also actively participate in lecture by using a remote control “clicker” to answer questions for credit. Clicker questions are usually based on readings and lecture notes. Each question is worth 5p. 2 of 6 points, but you get 3 points even for wrong answers. This allows you to learn and make mistakes while still earning credit. You will be assigned a clicker for class. Use only your assigned clicker. It is considered cheating if you use a clicker assigned to a friend when they are absent. If you are caught cheating, you will lose the opportunity to use a clicker for the rest of the semester. You will retrieve your clicker before each class and check to make sure it is functioning properly. If the clicker is malfunctioning, a different clicker will be assigned for that specific day. You are responsible for reporting a malfunctioning clicker and thus, a malfunctioning clicker will not be considered a valid excuse. Attendance and participation points missed due to absences (excused or unexcused) cannot be made up. Attendance and participation points will be adjusted up 20% at the end of the semester. That is, if you earn 100% of the participation points awarded, your grade for this aspect of the course would be 120%. If an extended illness or serious family situation prevents you from attending class for over a two week period or if you are required to miss classes due to official college obligations (sports, field trip for another class, etc.), contact me to discuss modifying your attendance and participation points. Attendance to labs is mandatory. Due to the nature of lab preparation and the fact that we share lab space with other courses, make-ups cannot be offered for most laboratory exercises. Please notify me if you know you absolutely must miss a lab so we can try to make arrangements. You will be permitted one unexcused lab absence and two excused lab absence. A valid, verifiable excuse includes funerals of immediate family members, severe illness or injury, or a similar serious issue. After you use these absences, your final grade will decrease by 5% for each additional lab absence. Homework: Homework contributes 10% of your grade. Tentative reading assignments are listed on the syllabus. Reading assignments may change during the semester and these changes will be announced in class. The readings should be completed before class. Some of the clicker questions will test whether or not you completed the assigned readings. You will be assigned various homework exercises over the semester including chapter quizzes, writing assignments, reading assignments, guiding questions, etc. No assignments will be accepted via email. Exams: The three lecture exams contribute 30% of your grade and the final contributes 15% of your grade. If you miss an exam, you must contact me within 24 hours with a valid, verifiable excuse. A valid, verifiable excuse includes funerals of immediate family members, severe illness or injury, or a similar serious issue. You are permitted to use a basic scientific calculator on exams if the exam requires computation. You will not be permitted to use the calculator on your cell phone, so it is advisable you obtain a basic scientific calculator on your own. Lab Quizzes: Each week there will be a quiz assigned and posted to moodle that you need to complete PRIOR to lab. These

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