Bio10 Syllabus Fall 2013
Introduction to Biology - 5 Units
Instructor: Ann Reisenauer
An introduction to biology as a branch of the biological sciences and to its basic unifying principles, with selected application to the scientific method, evolutionary concepts, genetic modification , biotechnology, ecology, ecological crises and human impacts.
Advisory: English Writing 100B, and Reading 100 (or Language Arts 100) or English as a Second Language 24 and 72 (or ESL 4)
Upon completion of the course students will be able to:
B. Evaluate the characteristics of life.
C. Analyze the molecular structure and function of the cell, its organelles and the coordination of cellular activities and processes in the organism.
D. Summarize the processes of cellular and human reproduction
E. Evaluate the scientific evidence supporting the theory of evolution.
F. Appraise and analyze the components and interrelationships of communities, ecosystems and the biosphere.
G. Assess the impacts of human activities on the biosphere
H. Inventory the historical roles and contributions of pioneers of scientific research.
Tests and quizzes will cover lecture, lab and reading materials.
Total points possible = 560 pts
Letter Grade: Percentage of Points Earned
Your accumulated total points are compared to the total possible points, and your letter grade is determined as follows:
Attendance and participation in both class and lab is required for students to be successful in this course. If an in-class index card question or quiz is missed, you will receive zero points for that assignment or quiz.
Pop quizzes and assignments will be given for credit (usually 2 pts each). There will be no make up for missed quizzes, and assignments will not be accepted after the deadline.
CHEATING IS NOT OKAY!!
In the spirit of collegiality, students are encouraged to work together in lab, form study groups and challenge each other. However, written assessments and exams are considered to be the individual and independent work of the student alone.
Students who cheat will receive zero points on that exam, assignment, extra credit or other means of evaluation. A zero score for cheating on an exam will not be dropped as the lowest score and will be included in your grade for the class. Cell phone use during a test for any reason is considered cheating.
Plagiarism, defined as either 1) direct copying of text from a published work or from an online source without appropriate referencing, or 2) use of another student’s work, will result in zero points for that assignment.
Behavioral expectations/ consequences are describeed in the Student Handbook at http://www.deanza.edu/studenthandbook/academic-integrity.html Please note that
“If the conduct occurred in the classroom, the instructor may remove the student from his or her class for that day and the next class meeting if the student interfered with instructional process”
Students who are absent more than 5 times may be dropped from the course by the instructor.
However, once the college deadline for dropping a class has passed, the instructor cannot drop the student. It is the student's responsibility to formally drop the course with Admissions & Records by the deadline given in the schedule of classes (available online at www.deanza.edu). Students who do not drop the course by this deadline and who stop coming to class will get an F in the course.
Don't own a computer? Computer Access to instructor's Web page is available on campus at the Science Learning Center (SC3) and Open Media Lab.