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Introduction to Biology I for Majors - Fall 2016 Course Information: Instructor Information BIOLOGY 1110-001 Dr. Cerrone Foster MWF 8:15-9:10; 9:20-10:15 firstname.lastname@example.org Brown Hall 112 Brown Hall 325, 423-434-4278 Office hrs: Mon/Fri 10:30-12:30pm; Wed 10:30-11:30pm and by appointment I. REQUIRED MATERIALS: The following items are mandatory for this course. The textbook will be used for Biology 1120 and 1130. You can choose from the following options (a printed textbook is not required, but Mastering Biology access is required)*: Option 1: Custom Mastering Biology Access Card (this includes the ebook) You can purchase this at the website listed below. Option 2: Custom Print + Mastering Biology Access The link to register your textbook for the course is below. You can purchase these items in the bookstore http://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/masteringbiology/students/get-registered/index.html If you want to purchase the ebook + mastering biology online you can use this link below. You will then have to register. http://www.mypearsonstore.com/bookstore/masteringbiology-with-pearson-etext-instant-access-0134256409 The course ID is MBFOSTER78921 *If you are retaking this course please contact me by email. You will be provided with notes from the chapter. The textbook will be used as a reference so perhaps the online text (Option 1) may be best for some. The clicker will be used for quizzes therefore you will need this on the first day of class. Please plan accordingly to purchase books in advance. There will be no exceptions. You must also have and register your clicker by the first day of class (see instructions below). You will lose points for not having your clicker. Required Materials: BIOLOGY 1110 Lecture Guide Text: Campbell, Biology in Focus. Clicker: Turning Technologies NXT/XR Response Posted on D2L. You must One pack of 100 count Pearson 2015 Card (can purchase online or bookstore) print and bring to class note cards II. COURSE DESCRIPTION and OBJECTIVES: In this course we will exam living systems at the cellular and molecular levels. Learning in BIO 1110 will be student-centered. Lecturing is minimized to encourage and allow for focused group discussion. The lecture activities are designed to foster active and cooperative learning, critical thinking, and demonstration of acquired skills and knowledge. THE TEACHING METHODS INCLUDE: Use of Scientific Case Studies and Critical Thinking Scenarios Problem Based Learning (use of an organismal model system to learn concepts) Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (Lecture Guides on D2L) In Class Clicker Questions/Concept Maps In addition students will: 1)Build knowledge of major biological concepts of living systems at the cellular and molecular level 2)Synthesize and integrate biological concepts as applied to an organismal system 3)Use critical thinking, problem solving, and scientific inquiry skills to ask questions/hypotheses, draw valid inferences/conclusions 4)Recognize how biology fits within a larger societal context by examining how ethics and values intertwine with biology For example, examine/evaluate current issues and how it relates to biology. 5)Develop basic scientific skill sets: Common laboratory/research techniques for cell and molecular biology Critical Reading Interpreting and drawing conclusions about scientific data in tables, figures, and graphs Interpreting tables, graphs, figures from the textbook 1 | P a g e III. COURSE EXPECTATIONS: This course is designed to challenge you and prepare students for upper level biology courses as well as careers in science. A large volume of material will be covered in this course. Therefore good study habits and time management skills are absolutely necessary. Students should complete assigned readings before class, be prepared for discussions, and complete all assignments. They should be self-motivated and respectful, and interested in improving their critical thinking, communication, and cooperative learning skills. In order to do well in this course YOU MUST USE ALL THE RESOURCES BELOW. Not using these resources will lead to failure in this course Videos- You must watch the videos before class. These videos cover material for lecture and must be viewed before class. Chapter Notes- These are detailed notes of what I will cover in lecture. There is no need to print these. Use them as a reading resource or to fill in your lecture guide Lecture Guide- This is required for class. You must bring this to class. You will be tested on questions in this guide and the chapter notes Read the Textbook and Complete Mastering Biology. You should also read end of the Chapter Summary and Questions. Mastering Biology has a study area with TONS of practice questions and an actual online tutor! D2L Bonus Quizzes/Exam Review Study Materials You must use all these resources (preferably in this order) to do well in the course. These resources should be utilized for each chapter. Most students think they can skip using these resources. Unfortunately, it will result in poor grades on the exam. Please do not fall into this category. IV. ASSIGNMENTS: The assignments given in this course are designed to enhance your understanding of the material, reinforce lecture and laboratory concepts, and critical thinking skills. 1. Pre and Post Class Quizzes will be given via Mastering Biology which is an online learning platform that uses video and questions of various types to reinforce content and skills from the textbook. Due dates are posted in the syllabus and on the Mastering Biology site. It is required that you read and complete these assignments before class. Under no circumstances are there makeups on these assignments. You must do extra credit to make up for missed assignments. 2. In Class Clicker Quizzes: will be given during EACH CLASS. These questions are based on reading, videos, and questions FROM THE LECTURE GUIDE (NOT THE APPLY WHAT YOU KNOW SECTIONS). You will be graded based on the number of questions you answer correctly. Therefore it is important that you read before class. YOU MUST BE PRESENT AND HAVE YOUR CLICKER TO RECEIVE CREDIT. If you leave your clicker home, then you will lose points for the day as well as attendance. The questions will be based on chapter reading and material in the lecture guide. The points for the clicker quizzes will be updated after each lecture exam. You can keep track of your own points for each class. You should also keep track of your own attendance. I will not tell you how many days you have missed until the end of the semester. There are no make-ups on the clicker questions. If you miss class for ANY reason (sick, athletics, etc) you must use the extra credit points to count towards these quizzes. Therefore you should always do the quizzes to accumulate points in case you need them. PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR MAKE UPS. 3. Exams: will measure your ability to apply concepts, not just regurgitate memorized facts. Exam questions will test your ability to think about what you have learned and apply it to novel situations. Lecture exams will be given in the CFFA (Center for Academic Achievement) in the Sherrod Library. Please see the supplement posted on D2L for instructions. The exams will be given over a 2-day period. You MUST be to the CFAA to take the test 2 hrs before the center closes. You must also schedule a time to take the exam. Go to http://www.registerblast.com/etsu/exam and click on “Choose Exam” to find the tests associated with this class (e.g. BIOL 1110-001). Select an upcoming test; you will be given the opportunity to reserve a convenient time on the day or days that the test is available. The sooner you make your appointment, the more likely you are to get a seat on the day and time you prefer. Note: you must register and make your selection at least 12 hours prior to your preferred test time in order to save your reservation. There WILL NOT be any make up exams. If you have a university excused absence (death of immediate relative and hospitalization) you will be given the option to distribute the points of your remaining exams (essentially this means you get to drop this exam you missed. This is only if you can provide proper documentation). This option will require my approval pending the excuse. The Final Exam is a comprehensive exam (lecture + lab content) and will be given in the CFAA during final exam week. If there is ever an issue with the exam (even on the questions) while you are in CFAA, YOU MUST fill out an incident report. 4. Extra Credit/Disaster Insurance: assignments will be posted on D2L. They are due at the dates posted and there are no make ups. I strongly advise doing these assignments. They will count as points toward your course grade. Again, if you have technical difficulties with these quizzes, there are no make ups so there is no need to inform me of the issue. Each assignment will go toward the quiz component of your grade. So if you miss a clicker session then about 3 quizzes will make up for 1 class period. However there are only enough quizzes to cover 4 classes (see attendance policy). Study sessions with the SI’s will also count. You can earn 0.5 points for each week (not number of sessions). SO if there are 10 wks, you will earn 5 points (the max) toward your final course grade. Study sessions from other places on campus will not count. 2 | P a g e V. GRADING: Grading for this course shall be based on a 100 point scale with grades assigned as follows. A 92-100% A- 90 -91% B- 80-81% B+ 88-89% B 82-87% C- 70-71% C+ 78-79% C 72-77% F 0-59% D+ 68-69% D 60-67% Exams 30% Final Exam 15% Mastering Biology 20% Clicker Quizzes 10% Lab Reports 15% Lab Final 10% 100% IV. OTHER ITEMS: Attendance for this class is required. Lecture meets MWF 8:15-9:10 or 9:20-10:15 in Brown 112. Because much of the class period will be devoted to class discussion and questions, students who are absent cannot contribute. Therefore, in order to be fair to all students, attendance will be taken and anyone who misses more than 5 lectures will have his/her final grade lowered by 10%. A student who forgets his/her clicker cannot be counted present or receive credit for clicker questions. ALL absences will count. An “excused” absence means you will be allowed to make up work for university events, prolonged hospital stays, or bereavement, etc. So the days you miss for these events will still count toward your 4 days. There is no need to provide a doctor’s note when you miss one day (this will be counted as a normal absence). 1. Laboratory attendance is required. Lab meets weekly for 2 hours at a time. Therefore, students must attend in order to fulfill the requirements for the course. Emergencies do happen, as do unexpected illnesses, etc. You should contact your lab instructor (not me) ASAP if you miss a lab with a valid excuse. However you can only miss two labs. It does not matter the reason. Missing 3 labs will result in a zero in the LAB COURSE only. 2. Class Behavior: Students are expected to behave in a manner conducive to positive learning at all times. Any student who does not abide by these standards will be asked to leave the class for the duration of the period. You will not earn clicker points for that day. Some examples are: Outburst, rude/aggressive behavior towards the instructor or students will not be tolerated Talking in class while I am teaching is unacceptable. This is also a distraction as I can hear you! You will be asked to leave and forfeit your clicker points for the day LEAVE THE LAPTOP AT HOME, please. I know that many students like to take notes electronically, but web surfing (i.e. checking Facebook, e-mail, watching NetFlix, etc) is too tempting and distracting to other student. 3. Academic Integrity: Cheating will not be tolerated. Not only is it important that you uphold a high standard of integrity in all that you do, but providing a truthful and accurate depiction of your understanding of the material is vital to an instructors ability to help you succeed in the course. ETSU policy requires that EVERY incident of academic dishonesty – no matter how minor – be reported to the Dean (see ETSU Policy here: http://www.etsu.edu/academicintegrity/default.aspx). All students will be required to sign an Academic Honesty contract affirming their understanding and adherence to all policies before any grades can be recorded (see last sheet). Any student guilty of cheating in any way will be issued a 10% grade reduction in the entire course. Any student with a repeated academic integrity violation will be issued an automatic grade of ‘F’ for the course – no exceptions, no matter how minor. The most common forms of cheating in this class include, but are not limited to: A. Use of another student’s clicker at any time. E. Discussing questions on a quiz or an exam with another B. Not working independently on assignments (those not classmate after you have taken it explicitly identified as collaborative work). F. Looking or using any part of another students’ lab C. Plagiarism on lab reports. report. No two reports should have the same formatting D. Cheating on an exam. and wording. 4. Students with Disabilities and Student-Athletes. If you have any disability that requires special accommodation, please notify me during the first week of classes so that I can make whatever arrangements are needed. If you will be off-campus for a university- sanctioned activity that will necessitate your missing class, please see me in my office during the first week of classes to discuss your particular case. For either of these you must make an appointment to see me for a signature. I will not sign paperwork before or after class. Note: The syllabus is subject to change. Any changes that are made will be in the best interest of the class. Students will be notified of any changes in advance. 3 | P a g e V. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS/PROBLEMS: 1. What will be on the exam? See the course schedule in the syllabus. The chapters are listed next to the exam. The lecture guide has ALL the material that will be on the exam. A study guide will also be posted on D2L before the exam. You are provided with detailed guides for the exam therefore it is no reason not to do well on exams 2. How do I calculate my grade? The grade for this course is weighted? This means that each component of your grade is worth a different percentage. For example, the exams are worth 30% of your grade. The clicker questions are worth 10%. These percentages are located in the syllabus. To calculate your grade, write down your average grade on all the assignments in this category. Then multiply that average by the percentage (in decimal form). See example in the syllabus. 3. I am having trouble with respondus. See the section in the syllabus with help on respondus. You must contact the student help desk if you still experience trouble. 4. I missed class due to illness, can I make up my clicker points. No. There are no make-up points in this class. If you miss class, this will count against you for attendance (no more than 4 classes can be missed). You can do bonus quizzes on D2L and study sessions to supplement any clicker points you missed. Each time you miss class you lose about ~0.5 points from your final course grade. Each bonus quiz is worth 0.1 pts so you will have to do more than one quiz. See the syllabus for more information on this. 5. My computer gave me trouble can you reopen the mastering biology quiz. No. There are no makeup assignments in this course. You should accumulate “disaster insurance” points. These are the bonus quizzes on D2L. For each Mastering Biology that you miss you lose 1 point from your final grade. 6. I heard that a lot of people fail this class. Is this true? No. On average 72% of people pass this course. The remaining 28% that earn a D/F are students who do not put in the effort and study skills needed to pass this course. About 18% fail because they do not come to class, miss assignments, do not do homework, and fail lab. 7. How do I earn bonus points for attending study sessions? The only way to earn bonus points is attending the sessions listed on the study schedule posted on D2L. Any other sessions (Athletics, Trio, PHLLC) will not be accepted. 8. Will the entire exam be application questions? No. About 25-30% of the questions will be application. The rest of the questions will be basic knowledge/comprehension questions. 9. What is the best way to study for this class? Start Early!! You should be studying several days each week. You must do the 5 things listed on page 1 of this syllabus. You must be able to answer the study questions in this Lecture Guide as well as the exam review questions posted on D2L. You should be able to do this without your notes. 10. My computer or power went out. The screen froze on my computer and I was not able to complete the homework assignment or quizzes. What should I do? Nothing. There are no make ups on any assignments. You should be building up bonus points (disaster insurance) and use these points for when situations like this occur. 11. It is the end of the semester and I am one point away from an A is there anything I can do. NO. There will no additional extra credit at the end of the semester. There are bonus point opportunities all throughout the semester (study sessions, D2L quizzes, etc). These points will help toward your final grade. However you must accumulate these points throughout the course of the semester. 12. Where is your office located? Brown 325. 13. When are your office hours? Do I need to make an appointment? Please see the first page of the syllabus. No appointment is needed. 14. What if I cannot make it to your office hours because I am in class? You can make an appointment to meet with me. Please send an email with the times you are free during the week. 15. How can I know what I missed on my exam? You can stop by my office during my office hours or have a TA review the exam with you during the resource center hours. 4 | P a g e 16. I sent you an email but have not gotten a reply. What should I do? I receive a lot of emails in one day. If it has been longer than 48 hours and you have not received a reply you can 1) Send another email 2) Come up to me after class and let me know you sent an email 3) During the breakout sessions while I am walking around let me know you sent an email. Also keep in mind that I do not respond to emails after 4:30pm and over the weekend. VI. MAJOR BIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS COVERED IN THIS COURSE (Adapted from the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action report. 2011.) 1. Systems: Living systems are interconnected and interacting. Cells and organisms communicate with each other and the external environment via transmission/relay of chemical signals. There is a hierarchal organization of living systems (cell to population level). These systems are constantly interacting and dependent. 2. Structure and Function: How the basic units of structure define the function of all living things. Structure/Properties of water and its importance for living systems The type and arrangement of atoms in chemical bond determines its chemical properties and the shape and function of each molecule. Monomers are the building blocks for larger molecules. They can form very distinct combinations leading to structural and functional differences in organisms Two major cell types include prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Similarities and differences in prokaryote, eukaryote, and viral cell structure lead to differences in their function Cells are the basic unit of life. Cell size and compartmentalization of organelles (eukaryotes) direct the efficiency and function of the cell Membrane structure directs the transport of molecules in and out of the cell. This process is important for use of energy, growth, and homeostasis 3. Pathways and Transformations of Energy and Matter: Biological systems grow and change, and maintain homeostasis by processes based on pathways that produce and use ATP as the major energy currency of the cell. Photosynthesis transforms light energy from the sun to chemical energy. It also produces oxygen used by living organisms. Both products are used via cellular respiration to provide energy (in form of ATP) for activities that maintain life. Chemical energy is stored in the bonds of molecules thus the arrangement of atoms in a molecule affect its usefulness in cellular respiration to produce ATP Organisms use principles of membrane transport to acquire molecules that will be used for photosynthesis and cellular respiration The three dimensional structure and function of enzymes are important for the efficiency metabolic reactions in the cell and can be disrupted by environmental factors. 4. Information flow, exchange and storage as the growth and behavior of organisms are activated through the expression of genetic information Expression of genetic information involves the flow of DNA to mRNA to protein. Only small differences in genetic information exist between organisms. The expression of DNA in the form of proteins (via protein synthesis) provides the basis of the diversity seen among organisms (the phenotype) Somatic cells contain the same genetic information. The regulation of gene expression provides the diversity of cell type and function Mutations result in changes in genetic information which results in differences in the protein expressed (phenotype) and allows for adaptation. Not all mutations are bad. Sexual reproduction is accomplished via meiosis producing gametes (sex cells) Growth and repair of organisms is accomplished via mitosis production of two identical somatic daughter cells Chromosomes are the basic units of inheritance which contain versions of a gene that code for the same trait are called alleles (dominant/recessive manner). How they reorganize and combine determine how the genetic information is present in offspring. Transmission to offspring can occur according to classical Mendelian genetics (during meiosis) or not according to this model where multiple factors determine how a gene is inherited and expressed. 5. Evolution as the diversity of life evolved over time by processes of mutation, selection, and genetic change 6. Scientific Techniques to Explore the Molecular and Cellular Processes Polymerase Chain Reaction, Recombinant DNA and Cloning, DNA analysis, genetic engineering 5 | P a g e Day Date Topic of Discussion Chapter ASSIGNEMENTS Lab Week 1 Membrane Transport Monday 8/22 Introduction Wednesday 8/24 Scientific Method CH 1 Friday 8/26 Prokaryote and Eukaryote Cells CH 4/ CH 25 Mastering Biology (Friday @7am) Week 2 Membrane Transport Monday 8/29 Prokaryote and Eukaryote Cells CH 4 Wednesday 8/31 Prokaryote and Eukaryote Cells CH 4 Mastering Biology (Wed @7am) Friday 9/2 TBA- Review Lab Report Exam I (Lab 1 & CH 1, 4) 8/31-9/2 Week 3 NO LAB Monday 9/5 Labor Day Wednesday 9/7 Cell Transport/Lipids CH 5/CH 3.5 Mastering Biology (Wed @7am) Friday 9/9 Cell Transport/Lipids CH 5/CH 3.5 Week 4 Lab Report #1 (See Lab D2L page Cellular Energetics due date) Monday 9/12 Cell Transport/Lipids CH 5/CH 3.5 Wednesday 9/14 Proteins and Enzymes CH 3.6/CH 6.4 Mastering Biology (Wed @7am) Friday 9/16 Proteins and Enzymes CH 3.6/CH 6.4 Exam II (CH 1, 4, 5, 3.6, 6.4) 9/19-9/21 Week 5 Cellular Energetics Monday 9/19 Cellular Energetic/Carbohydrates CH 7/CH 3.3 Wednesday 9/21 Cellular Energetic/Carbohydrates CH 7 Mastering Biology (Wed @7am) Friday 9/23 Cellular Energetic/Carbohydrates CH 7 Week 6 Cellular Energetics Monday 9/26 Cellular Energetic/Carbohydrates CH 7 Wednesday 9/28 Photosynthesis CH 8 Mastering Biology (Wed @7am) Friday 9/30 Photosynthesis CH 8 Exam III Exam V (CH 6-8) 10/5-10/7 Week 7 Lab Report #2 (See Lab D2L page DNA Lab due date) Monday 10/3 Photosynthesis CH 8 Wednesday 10/5 Photosynthesis CH 8 Mastering Biology (Wed @7am) Friday 10/7 DNA Replication/Biotechnology CH 13 Week 8 No Labs Monday 10/10 Fall Break Wednesday 10/12 DNA Replication/Biotechnology CH 13 Mastering Biology (Wed @7am) Friday 10/14 DNA Replication/Biotechnology CH 13 Week 9 DNA Lab Monday 10/17 Transcription/Translation CH 14 Wednesday 10/19 Transcription/Translation CH 14 Mastering Biology (Wed @7am) Friday 10/21 Mutation/Natural Selection CH 1,20.5; 58.6 Week 10 Enzyme Lab Monday 10/24 Control of Gene Expression CH 15 Wednesday 10/26 Control of Gene Expression CH 15 Mastering Biology (Wed @7am) Friday 10/28 Control of Gene Expression CH 15 Exam IV (CH 10-12) 10/28-11/1 Week 11 Enzyme Lab Monday 10/31 Cell Signaling and Mitosis 5.6/9 Wednesday 11/2 Cell Signaling and Mitosis 5.6/9 Mastering Biology (Wed @7am) Friday 11/4 Cell Signaling and Mitosis 5.6/9 Week 12 Lab Report #3 (See Lab D2L page CHI SQUARE 6 | P a g e due date) Monday 11/7 Meiosis and Genetic Variability CH 10 Wednesday 11/9 Meiosis and Genetic Variability CH 10 Mastering Biology (Wed @7am) Friday 11/11 Meiosis and Genetic Variability CH 10 Week 13 Lab Report #4 (See Lab D2L page Lab Review due date) Monday 11/14 Patterns of Inheritance CH 11/12 Wednesday 11/16 Patterns of Inheritance CH 11/12 Mastering Biology (Wed @7am) Friday 11/18 Patterns of Inheritance CH 11/12 (CH 1;13-15) 11/18-11/22 Week 14 No Labs Monday 11/21 Final Exam Review CH 1-15 Wednesday 11/23 Thanksgiving Break Friday 11/25 Thanksgiving Break Week 15 Lab Final Monday 11/28 Final Exam Review CH 1-15 Wednesday 11/30 Final Exam Review CH 1-15 Mastering Biology (Wed @7am) Friday 12/2 No Class-Study Day FINAL EXAM 12/6- 12/10 in CFAA (CH 1-15) Assignment Description 1. Mastering Biology-will be due every Monday at 7am. When you log onto the mastering biology page you will see a calendar of all the assignments and the chapters they cover. There are no make ups on these assignments. PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR EXTENSIONS OR RETAKES. SEE THE SYLLABUS POLICY FOR MAKING UP MISSED ASSIGMENTS. These assignments are 20% of your grade. 2. Lab Reports- There will be four lab report writing assignments. The instructions for these assignments will be posted on D2L (under lab). YOU MUST READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR EACH ASSIGNMENT AS IT WILL DIFFER FOR EACH ASSIGNMENT. TO EARN FULL CREDIT YOU MUST ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS. THERE ARE NO MAKEUPS ON THESE ASSIGNMENTS. These assignments are 25% of your grade. You cannot afford to miss any of them. 3. Exams- will be in the CFAA. The chapters that will be covered are listed above on the course schedule. PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME WHEN IS THE EXAM AND WHAT WILL BE ON IT. Also there is a study guide posted on D2L for each exam. Your lecture guide will also serve as a study guide. 4. In Class Quizzes- You will have in class quizzes every day in class. They will be based on questions from the lecture guide. Therefore you must complete the lecture guide before class. If you leave your clicker or it breaks YOU WILL STILL LOOSE POINTS FOR THAT DAY. With 500+ students I cannot handle personal issues with clickers. There is no need to even tell me about the issue. Please see the syllabus policy on how to make up points when this happens. III. USING D2L AND DOWNLOADING RESPONDUS You will click on the quiz in D2L and there will be a dialogue box to download respondus. After you follow those instructions close out of everything on your computer. Then click on the responsdus icon on your computer. Then you will be directed to sign in to D2L. Now you will be able to access the quiz. Also to view which answers you missed you will have to click on respondus and log into D2L from there. Click on your quiz and the drop down arrow and click submissions. There you will be able to view what you missed. Please click on the following link for information on how to use respondus. If you have any technical issues please contact OIT or the student help desk. There is more than likely an issue with your computer (especially MAC users). Again, please contact OIT as I will not be able to help you with technical computer related issues. D2L- YOU MUST take time to become familiar with D2L and locating items under the content, dropbox, grade, and assessment areas. Many students consistently state “I did not know those items were on D2L” or “I don’t know how to use D2L”. These are excuses and will not be accepted as reasons for poor success in the class. Please watch the tutorial or see the web page for how to use D2L. Also please ask for help/ 7 | P a g e Biology for Science Majors I Laboratory- BIOL 1111 In this course we will study living systems at the cellular and molecular levels through scientific experimentation. Students will: 1. Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills 2. Connect laboratory experiments to concepts taught in lecture 3. Develop basic scientific skill sets: a. The use of basic laboratory and experimental techniques to study science b. Developing Hypothesis and Experimental Design c. Interpreting and drawing conclusions about scientific data in tables, figures, and graphs d. Reading Scientific Literature e. Scientific Writing For each lab you should be able to answer these general questions What is the general biological principle being tested in the experiment? How does this relate to what I am learning in lecture? What is the purpose of the experiment? What is/are my hypotheses? What general methods are being used to test my hypothesis? What are the variables being tested? What are my controls? What do I expect to happen? And why? Attendance: ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY. If you have MORE THAN TWO absences you will receive zero (0) points for this class toward your BIOL 1111 final grade! For example if you miss 3 classes you will receive a zero. An excused absence is as listed in the ETSU Undergraduate Catalog. These include University sponsored events or hospitalizations, death of immediate family member. An excused absence only means that you can submit the work that you missed. You are still not allowed to miss more than two lab classes. If you miss a lab class it is your responsibility to contact your instructor and lab partners to see what you have missed. Assignments: There are three types of assignments in this course: 1. Pre Lab Assignments (bonus)- These assignments will be based on readings from the laboratory manual 2. Lab Reports- Three lab reports will be completed. Please follow the instructions posted on D2L for specific instructions for each lab report 3. Final Lab Exam- There will be final, cumulative lab exam the last week of the semester. It will consist of multiple choice questions and essay/experimental design. If you miss a lab and do not provide a valid excuse (hospital/doctor’s note, obituary, etc) you will not be allowed to submit any missed assignments. Late assignments will not be accepted (unless with a valid ETSU excuse). Computer difficulties will not be accepted as an excuse. If dropbox is not working at the time you are submitting your work, you should IMMEDIATELY email your instructor the assignment. Be sure that you send the correct assignment. Failure to do so will result in a zero on that assignment. 8 | P a g e Schedule for Fall 2016: Week of Topic Lab Report Due (see your Lab D2L Dropbox page for specific date and time) August 22 Lab 4- Membrane Traffic (Concentration) August 27 Lab 4- Membrane Traffic (Temperature) September 5 Lab Day September 12 Lab 7- Cellular Energetics (Yeast Experiment) Diffusion Lab Report Due (37.5 pts) September 19 Lab 7- Cellular Energetics (Photosynthesis) September 26 Lab 7- Cellular Energetics (Design Your Own- Yeast Setup) October 3 Lab 8/9 -DNA Lab Cellular Energetic Lab Report Due (37.5 pts) October 10 Fall Break October 17 Lab 8/9 -DNA Lab (Case Study handout) October 24 Lab 6- Enzyme Activity I October 31 Lab 6- Enzyme Activity II November 7 Lab 10/11 Mendelian Genetics- Handout Enzyme Lab Report Due (37.5 pts) November 14 Lab Review Mendelian Genetics Lab Report Due (37.5 pts) November 21 No Labs Thanksgiving Break November 28 LAB FINAL (100 pts) Grading: Make sure you understand that you will NOT receive a grade for this course. The points you acquire during this lab will be added as 25% of the final grade for the lecture course (BIOL 1110). Assignment Total Points Lab Reports 150 pts Final Exam 100 pts TOTAL 250 Cheating: Any student found cheating (plagiarism or lab reports, sharing answers on quizzes and exams) will receive an F on the assignment and your entire course grade lowered by one letter grade. A second offense will receive an F in the BIO 1110 course (both lecture and lab as these classes bundled together). Please see D2L for detailed information about plagiarism. In short this includes: 1. Emailing your lab report to another student and using their work or looking at another students’ lab report 2. Under no circumstance should you email your lab report to another student. If you need to share data, please send the raw numbers from your lab manual. 3. Students are to work separately on the lab reports. Although your partner is listed you are to construct your own tables, figures, and results. No two students should have the same wording and formatted figures. If at any time during the semester you have questions concerning the laboratory, make sure you follow these steps: 1. Talk to your instructor first, if you are not satisfied with their response 2. Contact Dr. Foster email@example.com and request a meeting. Lab Safety: Despite the fact that a biology lab has potentially hazardous materials, the careful and correct use of chemicals usually circumvents these hazards. Therefore, certain safety precautions will be taken in this lab throughout the semester. Familiarize yourself with the Department of Biological Sciences safety rules, as you will be expected to strictly adhere to them. If you are found in violation of any one of these safety rules, the instructor or laboratory coordinator will dismiss you from the laboratory and all work that day will receive a grade of zero. No excuses will be accepted or tolerated. 9 | P a g e Student Responsibility Contract 1. I understand that this course will be taught with an “active learning” teaching style. This means that part of the class will consist of Teaching concepts using traditional lecture style with power point and regurgitation of text book facts. The second part of the class will be working in groups on application questions from the lecture guide. You MUST work in groups on these assignments. If you are found not working and siting with your group you will forfeit your clicker points for the day. 2. I understand that I MUST READ BEFORE CLASS. Contrary to what students believe this is not “teaching yourself”. As a college level student you should be able to read materials before class and have a basic level of comprehension of those materials. If you find that you cannot understand what you are reading from the textbook then there is a problem with your critical reading skills. YOU MUST LET ME KNOW IMMEDIATELY. I will be able to help you improve in this area. 3. I understand that I must complete “Pre Class” assignments. This will require you to read before class. Again if you do not read and take notes before class then your grade will be impacted. Also this is an easy way to earn points toward your grade as you get to use your notes for the online assessments. Mastering Biology-You will have several days to complete these pre class assignments Clicker Quiz- You will have a quiz at the beginning and end of every class period. These will be based on your reading the material and questions from the lecture guide. These are basic level 1 and 2 questions. Most of these questions are directly from the textbook and the Mastering Biology Study area. All you have to do is read them! 4. I understand that I MUST COMPLETE the Lecture Guides- I cannot stress the importance of completing these questions. The answers to the “before class” questions are directly from your textbook. There is no need to wonder if you have the correct answer. Just look in your textbook or the “Chapter Notes” posted on D2L. The application questions will be done in class. I will go over some of the “before class” questions after the clicker quiz. However it is your responsibility to ask questions on what you still do not understand. 5. I understand that I MUST PREPARE IN ADVANCE for Exams- Despite what you heard, the exams are not all application based. The average on the exams is typically about a 70%. Complete Lecture Guide in advance (not a few days before the test) Keep up with your reading Complete the study guide posted on D2L Be able to explain the material completely without your notes Have good critical reading skills 6. I UNDERSTAND THAT LAB IS 25% OF MY GRADE AND NOT COMPLETING LAB ASSIGNMENTS WILL DRASTICALLY AFFECT MY GRADE 7. I UNDERSTAND THAT CHEATING IS NOT TOLERATED IN THIS COURSE. Cheating includes sharing answers on exams or lab reports. Plagiarism also includes copying another person’s lab report. This includes copying several sentences, having the same type of graph, formatting as another person. Plagiarism can also occur if you copy information from a source (internet, lab manual, textbook, etc) word for word. You must look over the sentences that you put in your paper and compare them to the source that you used. If your sentences are identical to the source you must change it. If you submit your paper with identical sentences and paragraphs from another person’s work, textbook, journal, etc, this will be considered plagiarism. Also, to avoid the possibility of plagiarism you should not seek help from a classmate on the assignment. You must ask your lab TA, an SI, or someone in the writing lab in the CFAA. The penalty for plagiarism is a zero on the assignment and your total course grade lowered by 10%. I have read and understand my responsibilities as a student for this course. Signature: Date: 10 | P a g e
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