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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Natural Sciences • Biological Sciences


Introduction to Life Sciences BIOL-115

  • Fall 2012

  • Section 03

  • 4 Credits

  • 08/27/2012 to 12/17/2012

  • Modified 10/02/2012



Contact Information


Instructor: David Foster

Email: david_foster@nic.edu
Office: MHS 203
Phone: 769-7705

Meeting Times


Internet Delivery:  Recorded lectures delivered MWF on Blackboard

Description


BIOL 115 is an introduction to the fundamental principles that govern living organisms, including molecular biology, cell biology, homeostasis, reproduction, genetics, and evolution. Upon complettion of BIOL 100 or BIOL 175, BIOL 115 will count as elective science credits only and will not satisfy core lab science credits. It satisfies a laboratory science course requirement for the A.S., and A.A., degrees. Lecture: 4 hours per week Recommended: One year high school biology or chemistry

Materials


Texts:  Biology, 9th Edition, Solomon, et. al., Saunders College Publishing, 2011 (Required)

Dictionary of Word Roots, 1st Edition, Borror, Mayfield Publishing, 1960 (Required)

Biology 115 Laboratory Notebook Contents (Required)

 

Outcomes


 

 

Learning Outcomes

Assessment Measures

Apply the fundamental principles of biology to describe and explain scientific observations

Lecture assignments, exams and final exam

Use standard scientific methodology to investigate biological phenomena in a laboratory setting

Laboratory exercises, quizzes and practicals

Evaluate the strengths and limitations of science as a discipline

Lecture exams and laboratory exercises

 

General education abilities emphasized in this course:

 

Critical/Creative Thinking and Problem Solving

Mathematical, Scientific and Symbolic Reasoning

 

Assessment


Course grade is determined by percentage of points scored:

                                                3 of 4 Lecture Exams (100 points)                 = 300 points

                                                1 Comprehensive Lecture Final                      = 100 points

                                                8 of 9 Lecture Assignments (10 points)          =   80 points

                                                  8 Laboratory Quizzes (5 points)                     =   40 points

                                                10 Laboratory Exercises (10 points)               = 100 points

                                                2 Laboratory Practicals (40 points)                  =   80 points

                                                                                                                               = 700 possible points

Criteria

 

                        100-94/93-90/89-87/86-83/82-80/79-77/76-73/72-70/69-67/66-63/62-60/59-0

                              A         A-       B+      B        B-       C+       C        C-       D+      D        D-       F

Course Policies



1) Be prepared for lab.

            A) Arrive several minutes early for your scheduled lab.  Late students will receive a 0 on the quiz.

            B) Bring lab notebook, pencil, lecture notes and lecture textbook to lab session.

 2) Attendance in the laboratory is mandatory since this is a lab credit course.

            A) Students missing a lab will lose 15 points.  If you miss your scheduled lab period you might be

                 able to attend another session that week.  Contact the instructor to see if this is possible.

            B) Students missing more than 2 lab sessions will receive a failing grade for the course.

3) Lab exercises are due at the beginning of lab (1:00 p.m.)

4) No makeup lecture exams will be given.  The lowest lecture exam score will be dropped.  Students missing an exam will have the missed exam dropped.  Everyone is required to take the final.

5) Online assignments are due by midnight.

Additional Items


TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE

Week of:

Recorded Lecture  (M/W/F)

Chapter

Exam (T)

Lab (M, T, W )

Lab Quiz

 

Aug. 27

 

Course Introduction

Scientific Method

Ethics & Science

1

1

1

 

No Biol 115 Labs This Week

 

 

Sep. 3

 

Holiday – No NIC Classes

Chemistry Fundamentals Chemical Bonding

2

2

2

 

Holiday

(Monday)

No Biol 115 Labs

 

 

Sep. 10

 

Properties of Water

Carbohydrates

Lipids & Emulsifiers

2

3

3

 

Microscopy

None

 

Sep. 17

 

Proteins/Protein Structure

Cell Doctrine

Cell Organelles

3

4

4

 

Dichotomous

Keys

Microscopy

 

Sep. 24

 

Kingdom Classification Biological Transport Transport continued

4

5

5

Exam 1

Tuesday

Cell Structure

and Function

Dichotomous

Keys

 

Oct. 1

 

Energy Transfer

Enzymes

Metabolism

7

7

7

 

Biological

Transport

Cell Structure

and Function

 

Oct. 8

 

Cellular Respiration

Metabolic Pool

Photosynthesis

8

8

9

 

Lab Practical

I

 

 

Oct. 15

 

Photosynthesis continued

Cell Cycle & Mitosis

Reproduction

9

10

10

Exam 2

Tuesday

 

Photosynthesis

 

 

Oct. 22

 

Role of Meiosis

Open

Mendelian Genetics

10

10

11

 

 

Mitosis/Meiosis

 

Photosynthesis

 

 

Oct. 29

 

Mendelian Genetics continued

Genetic Interactions

Sex Determination

11

11

11

Advising

Day

Advising Day

(Tuesday)

No Biol 115 Labs

 

 

 


Week of:

Lecture Topic (M/W/F)

Chapter

Exam (T)

Lab (M, T or W)

Lab Quiz

 

Nov. 5

 

Pedigree Analysis

DNA Structure/Replication Protein Synthesis

16

12

13

Exam 3

Tuesday

 

 

Genetics

 

Mitosis/Meiosis

 

Nov. 12

 

Gene Regulation Biotechnology

Genetic Disorders

14

15

16

 

PCR

 

Genetics

 

Nov. 19

 

Population Genetics

Holiday – Thanksgiving

Holiday – Thanksgiving

19

19

18

 

Holiday

(Wednesday)

No Biol 115 Labs

PCR

 

Nov. 26

 

Population Genetics continued

Evolution

Natural Selection

18

18

18

Exam 4

Tuesday

Gel

Electrophoresis

 

 

Dec. 3

 

Speciation

Evolution Evidence

Evolution Evidence continued

20

18

18

 

Population

Genetics

Gel

Electrophoresis

 

Dec. 10

 

Origin of Life

Open

Curriculum Day

21

21

 

Lab Practical II

 

Dec. 17

Final Exam – TBD

 

 

 

 

 

Division Policies


Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please refer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 
http://www.nic.edu/modules/images/websites/121/file/section5/5.06.01policy.pdf

Academic Integrity

 
Disruptive behavior in the class is not tolerated. To quote from the NIC "Student Code of Conduct," Article II, (found in the Student Handbook):
In order to carry out North Idaho College's Mission and to create a community of learners, the students, faculty, staff, and administrators must share common principles or values.  These values - which include honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility - make up academic integrity.
 
II.  Academic Dishonesty.
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College.  These violations include the following:
Cheating:  using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication:  falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism:  knowingly representing the words, ideas or work  of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property:  stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources, materials, or official documents of the college.
Facilitating Academic Dishonesty:  knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.
 
 Our department strongly endorses the above code, believing that no learning can take place if a strong commitment to academic integrity is compromised.
 

Any unethical behavior, including any violation of academic integrity or instance of plagiarism, may result in a grade of zero for an assignment in question or failure of the course.

Institutional Policies


Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.

Non-Payment

By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.

Withdrawal

Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:  http://www.nic.edu/calendar/

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure: http://www.nic.edu/modules/images/websites/121/file/section5/5.04.02procedure.pdf.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: http://www.nic.edu/Websites/index.asp?dpt=29&pageID=1336

Additional withdrawal information:  http://www.nic.edu/catalog

Incompletes

An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement


DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.