Instructor: Dr. Cheryl Lindeman (email@example.com)
Central Virginia Community awards credit for this course as BIO101-Bio102, 8 semester hours, [3 hours lecture 1 hour lab per semester] upon successful completion of course requirements.
Lecture/Discussion - GS 101 M, W, Thur. 8:20 a.m.- 9:15 a.m.
Text: Starr, Taggart, Evers & Starr. (2013) Biology - The Unity & Diversity of Life 13th edition Brooks/Cole,Cengage Learning,US Includes online resource tools through Cengage One.
A college level introduction to biology focusing on the fundamental characteristics of living matter based on the diversity of life in the biosphere. Topics include the molecular to the ecological community level. Individual and group laboratory projects, computer simulations and data analyses are integral components of the course. Special laboratory skills involving digital and electron microscopy, advanced microbiology and biotechnology, sensors and plant tissue culture are included. Students are expected to design and implement a special project related to their particular biological interests. Written and oral communication skills are enhanced by designing Power Point or web-based presentations. The course includes a three-hour lab per week and exceeds the AP Biology curriculum
GENERAL COURSE OBJECTIVES: with Virginia Standard of Learning (SOL) references
- BIO.1...investigate biological systems using inquiry-based laboratory activities which incorporate currents technology in biology.
- BIO.1, Com.24...utilize computer software to simulate and to analyze biological concepts or data collected in laboratory experiments.
- BIO.1,.2..demonstrate the ability to critique/summarize a current article from Scientific American.
- BIO.1...demonstrate laboratory instrument and report writing competencies.
- BIO.2... design and implement a bioproject which reflects the student's interest in fields relating to biology.
- BIO.1, BIO.2...analyze biological problems by providing support for the best solution (s).
- BIO.3,.4, 5,6,7...participate in group activities which explore the interdisciplinary nature of
- current biological event/problems.
- BIO.2,3,5,7..identify, describe and utilize the major molecules important to biological systems.
- BIO.3,.5....follow the energy requirements and products necessary for biological systems to exist.
- BIO.2,4,6,7...analyze the current trends and concepts relating to genetics and biotechnology.
- BIO.4,5,7...relate structure and function to the diversity of organisms in the five kingdoms.
- BIO.2,4...describe the nature of cell biology as it relates to the homeostatic balance of life.
Additonal Objectives for second semester include:
- BIO.5, 7..evaluate plant properties and structures which distinguish them from animals.
- BIO.5, ...relate physical principles to physiological homeostatic balance.
- BIO.1, 5..analyze the currents trends and concepts relating to human anatomy & physiology.
- BIO.5, 8...relate animal behavior responses to neurological and social development.
- BIO.8, 9...describe dynamic patterns and cycles of communities and ecosystems …and understand the biological concepts relating to microevolution
- Participate in the Senior Science Senario during the final six weeks of the year.
The lecture time (M, W, Thurs). will be student- centered where students will be active participants in the learning process. The student is expected to review the textbook reading BEFORE class using the proposed schedule. The student will use the inquiry approach in the laboratory to further examine the concepts introduced in lecture and is expected to review the lab prior to Tuesday lab day. Students must sign the lab safety agreement at the beginning of the year. Small group discussions will be used to analyze various situations to stimulate critical thinking skills. The computer will be used as a tool to stimulate and analyze data collected in the lab. The class will follow the CVGS policy for the "moment of silence." CVCC Blackboard will be used as the course delivery of information, activities and discussion. Google Docs will be used for group or individual project communication.
The final grade in the course will be weighted with 25% lab and 75% lecture points for the total course grade. A letter grade will determine the final grade in the course. The scale used for this course will be:
90% and above A
below 60 failing
A six weeks grade will be reported to the home high schools that reflects the accumlative grade to date during the college semester. As mentioned above, excessive tardies or unexcused absences will result in points deducted from the total lecture or lab points. Each student is responsbile for keeping up with their own grade to date. Students are expected to keep a log of grades to calculate their grade to date in the course. A grade to date below a “B” will require a student to have a weekly conference with the instructor.
Students are required to pledge all work according to the CVGS Honor Code printed in the CVGS Student Handbook. Each assignment must have the Honor Code written out and signed by the student or the assignment will not be accepted until the pledge is included. (late policy applies) Group assignments will be signed by each member of the group. Cheating and plagarism are serious and each student has a responsibility to uphold the Honor Code. Documented evidence/admission of violating the honor code on an assignment will result in a ZERO for the assignment/test in question. The Student is responsible for understand ing the sharing limits for each assignment. All reports must have references and copies of articles submitted with the report. Cell phones will be turned off and out of site unless phone application is part of a class assignment.