College Genetics & Freshwater Ecology
Instructor: Dr. Cheryl Lindeman (firstname.lastname@example.org) office: GS 106
Central Virginia Community awards credit for these courses as BIO 256 Genetics, 4 semester hours, [3 hours lecture 1 hour lab per semester] and BIO 276 Freshwater Ecology, 4 semester hours, [3 hours lecture 1 hour lab per semester] upon successful completion of course requirements. These are 200 college level courses. Students should have completed an equivalent of an introduction to college biology and CVGS junior research.
Lecture/Discussion - GS 101 M, W, Thur. 8:20 a.m.- 9:15 a.m.
Course Materials: Genetics
Text: Genetics: From Genes to Genomes 4E (2011) Leland Hartwell, Leroy Hood, Michael Goldberg, Ann Reynolds & Lee Silver:McGrawHill
GENETICS/FRESHWATER ECOLOGY (1 high school credit/year and 8 college semester credits per year)
A college level study of genetics (1st semester) and freshwater ecology (2nd semester). Genetics includes the principles ranging from classical Mendelian inheritance to the most recent advances in the biochemical nature and function of genes and experimental design and statistical analyses using model organisms and bioinformatics. Freshwater ecology applies the biotic and abiotic factors that influence the structure and dynamics of freshwater habitats to research in aquatic ecology. The course includes laboratory and field work that provides students with hands-on training and experience with a variety of equipment and technologies including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and ARCView software. Upon successful completion of the course, students earn 4 semester credits per semester from Central Virginia Community College (CVCC). Extensive laboratory experiences will focus on using the latest technologies in biotechnology and water quality. Students will be active participants in preparing and designing experiments.
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 assigned textbook or article reading BEFORE class following the proposed course 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 and iPADS will be used as tools to simulate and/or 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 nine week 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. Each student is responsible for understanding 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 a phone application is part of a class assignment.