College Genetics & Freshwater Ecology

Instructor: Dr. Cheryl Lindeman ( 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.   

Lab-Tues.  CVCC  Room 2311 7:30a.m.-10:10 a.m or at CVGS on designated Tuesdays

Course Materials: Genetics 
Text: Genetics: From Genes to Genomes 4E (2011)  Leland Hartwell, Leroy Hood, Michael Goldberg, Ann Reynolds & Lee Silver:McGrawHill  

LAB MANUAL:  Genome Science  (2013) by David Micklos, Bruce Nash & Uwe Hilgert, Cold Spring Harbor Press, plus additional resources. Each student will receive a Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Notebook.
Software/WebResouces: MS Office, Photoshop, LoggerPro, ImageJ, JMole, MWworkbench & BLAST plus McGrawHill Connect Plus access(student purchased required for semester access)

Course Description:
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.


Class Methodology:
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. 

Attendance Expectations:
1. Students are expected to attend all class sessions unless they are ill or prearranged absence. No make-ups for  scheduled tests  are permitted UNLESS PRIOR PERMISSION is obtained from the instructor BEFORE the test is administered to the class.  If a make-up test is permitted it may not be the same test and extra credit options will not be accepted. This means the student calls CVGS on the  morning of the test  and talks to  the instructor/administrative assistant prior to 10:00 am.  The student must present a signed and dated parent/guaridan note of explanation for the absence or doctor's  excuse before the make-up test will be given.  The student will not be permitted to make-up a test with an unexcused absence. 
2  If a student is absent from class it is the student's responsibility to obtain lecture/discussion notes and handouts for the material missed. Many of the handouts & Powerpoints will be posted on BBL10. See the CVGS Student Handbook for details on CVGS attendance-especially prearranged absences.  These procedures will be followed.
3.  Students are expected to be in class on time so that maximum  instructional time can be utilized!  Tardies will be recorded by the instructor.   Students are allowed two “excused” tardy per nine weeks.   Given normal driving conditions, students tardy to class in excess of one tardy will have three points/tardy deducted from  lecture or lab points depending on the tardy date.  Unexcused absence will result in three points per unexcused absence deducted from the lecture or lab points (depending on the days involved). Assignments due on the unexcused absence day WILL NOT be graded.
4. A student must be present for lab to receive credit for lab exercises.  All lab exercises are due as posted on BBL schedule. Depending on the length of the lab, extra time will be determined by the instructor.  A student is allowed one “excused” lab day during Fall semester if the absence is for a college visit. Prearrangements must be made with the instructor. 
5.  All assignments must be turned in on time(as specified in the assignment or announcement) or the assignment will be counted late.  If a student is absent on the day the assignment is due it must be turned in at the beginning of class on the day he/she returns.  If this is not done the assignment will be counted late. Assignments turned in without a name and or pledge will be considered late until the assignment is properly identified.  Long term assignments are due as scheduled  whether the student is present in school or not.  In this case the student may ask the instructor for permission to upload assignment using Blackboard capabilities or Google mail. This applies to  special projects,  individual or group project/lab reports and reports. A 10% penalty per day  will  be applied  to assignments turned in late.  Assignments turned in more than  FIVE SCHOOL DAYS  late will not be graded and a zero will be recorded.   Unexcused absenses will not extend the five day rule. 

Grading Policy:
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
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
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.

Honor Code:
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.