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South Texas College


Section Outline Fall 2013

Name of Instructor: Office Location: Telephone Number: Fax Number: E-mail Address: Course Name: Course Number: Ms. Jacqueline Valencia Building M-226 (956) 354-2480 (956) 283-0543 General Biology I BIOL 1408 CRT HRS:04 LEC HRS:03 LAB HRS:03

Prerequisite: A passing score of 78+ on the Reading ACCUPLACER Exam or equivalent; or completion of READ 90 with a grade of C or better Office Hours: 3A-Day (9:40-10:25) 3B-Day (9:40-10:25) Or after school: 4:05-5:00 Class Schedule: Course Number: Meeting Times Biol 1408 1st 8:00-9:35 AM 5th 11:50-1:20 PM 7th 2:05- 3:40 PM
R= Thursday


Catalog Course Description: This is a study of the fundamental principles of living organisms including physical and chemical properties of life, the transfer of energy through metabolic systems, cellular organization and function, cell division, genetics and evolution. Program Learning Outcomes Biology
1. All laboratory science courses include aspects of the scientific method, analysis, and research. All students have laboratory experience. 2. All courses involve research and evaluation of the scientific literature and students are able to communicate and analyze these findings. 3. The student will be a literate student of science and be able to discriminate between the biological disciplines. 4. The student will be able to participate in civic activities that are concerned with health, wellness of the community and environment, and to improve knowledge and evaluate the

basic biological concepts. 5. The student will be able to participate and/or lead in civic activities &/or critical issue affecting the community and environment.

Course Learning Outcomes

CLO 1 CLO 2 CLO 3 CLO 4 CLO 5 The student will understand /apply scientific terminology/scientific method and recognize their applications to the appropriate technology The student will research, read, and understand scientific literature The student will link different areas and concepts of biology to form a cross-disciplinary, integrated understanding of the field The student will understand natural systems (molecular to environmental level) & recognize their components/roles played in ecosystems as to the principles of evolution and selective pressure that lead to changes in ecosystems The student will understand, apply, and communicate general principles of biology

Exemplary Educational Objectives

1. To understand and apply method and appropriate technology to the study of natural sciences. 2. To recognize scientific and quantitative methods and differences between these approaches and other methods of inquiry and to communicate findings, analyses, and interpretation both oral and in writing. 3. To identify and recognize the differences among competing scientific theories. 4. To demonstrate knowledge of the major issues and problems facing modern science, including issues that touch upon ethics, values, and public policies. 5. To demonstrate knowledge of the interdependence of science and technology and their influence on, and contribution to, modern culture. Departmental Course Intellectual Competencies Reading: Students will read, analyze and interpret the chapters in the text and lab manual covered in class as well as assigned journal articles and master both general methods of analyzing printed materials and specific methods for analyzing the subject matter of individual disciplines. Writing: Students will produce clear, correct and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion and audience. Students will discover a topic and develop and organize it and phrase it effectively for their audience through practice and reflection. Computer Literacy: Students will use computer based technology in communicating, solving problems, and acquiring information. Students should have an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology, and should have the tools necessary to evaluate and learn new technologies as they become available. Speaking: Students will use clear, coherent, and persuasive language when speaking, using language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience. Students will acquire pose and develop control of the language through experience in making presentations to small groups, to large groups, and through the media. Listening: Students will analyze and interpret various forms of spoken communication. Critical Thinking: Students will embrace methods for applying both qualitative and quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter in order to evaluate arguments and to construct alternatives strategies. Students will do problem solving as one of the applications of critical thinking, used to address an identified task.

IV. Departmental Course Perspectives: Recognize the importance of maintaining health and wellness. Develop personal values for ethical behavior. Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines. Departmental Course Requirements, Evaluation Methods, and Grading Criteria: 70% Lecture: 4 Lecture Exams Quizzes Assignments/Presentations/Projects/Portfolio Comprehensive Final Exam Required Textbook & Resources: Required Textbook Biology by Sylvia S. Mader 10th Edition BIOL 1408 Biology Laboratory Manual by South Texas College Resources: Student study guide accompany textbook, library, multimedia, Internet, and Biology Computer Lab.
Instructor Outcomes ATTENDANCE POLICY: Students are expected to attend classes in which they are enrolled. Students have the responsibility to consult with the instructor when an absence occurs. If you are unable to complete this course, YOU must withdraw from it by the deadline to receive a "W" on your grade report. Withdrawal from a course is a formal procedure, which you must initiate. You may do this in the Admissions Office. If you stop attending class and do not withdraw, you will receive a performance grade, usually an F Note: Student s often drop courses when help is available that would enable them to continue. I hope that you will discuss your plans with me if you feel the need to withdraw. It is my policy to make sure that all student work is returned in a timely fashion, all tests and quizzes will be returned to students in one week (the next time the class meets, for example, lecture tests will be returned during the next lecture, lab tests will be returned during the next lab). Essays and term papers will be returned in two weeks. Students who are absent when work is returned are responsible for picking them up. MAKEUP POLICY: There are no makeup laboratories! If a student misses a laboratory exam, a zero will be recorded. You may make up ONE lecture exam of your choice before the next scheduled class meeting by appointment. If you cannot make it during that time, you must have a documentable reason for your extended absence. If you miss your appointment you will be given a zero for that exam unless you have a documentable reason, which prohibited you from taking the exam at the specified time. You MUST make an appointment before you come in to take the make-up exam. STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT No electronics are allowed: Laptops, Pagers, cellular phones, cameras, tape recorders and ipods are not allowed unless specifically requested by the office of counseling and advising as per ADA. When sending e-mails, students must identify themselves in the subject line, especially if the username does not show the name of the student. All received e-mails will be answered, however, irregular or suspicious e-

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mails may be placed in a junk folder or automatically deleted by the system. Talking in the classroom, eating and drinking in the laboratory are not allowed. Falsifying signatures cheating on tests will result in a grade of F as stated in the college catalogs, plagiarism will also result in a total loss of credit for the course.

Developmental Studies Policy: The Colleges Developmental Education Plan requires students who have not met the college-level placement standard on an approved assessment instrument in reading, writing and/or mathematics to enroll in Developmental Studies courses including College Success. Failure to attend these required classes may result in the students withdrawal from ALL college courses Statement if Equal Opportunity: No person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity sponsored or conducted by South Texas College on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status or disability. Alternative Format Statement: This document is available in an alternative format upon request by calling (956) 872-2023.
ADA Students with Disabilities Statement: Reasonable accommodations may be made that allow disabled students to be successful at STC. Accommodations may be provided for those students who submit the appropriate documentation by an outside/independent professional evaluator or agency. Contact an STC ADA/DSS Counselor at (956) 872-2173. Students may volunteer to inform the Instructor about their disability and associated classroom limitations, if applicable.


Biology 1408
Fall 2013

WEEK 1 August 26 August 31
08/26 Class Begins

Chapter 1. A View of Life

Lab Safety Laboratory 1. Scientific Method Laboratory 2. Metric Measurement and Microscopy

WEEK 2 September 02 September 07 Chapter 2. The Chemical Basis of Life

09/02 No Class (Labor Day)

WEEK 3 Laboratory 3. Chemical Composition September 09 September 14 Chapter 3. The Organic Molecules of Life of Cells
09/11 Cenus Day

WEEK 4 September 16 September 21 Chapter 4. Inside the Cell

09/20 No Class (In-service)

Laboratory 4. Cell Structure and Function Laboratory 4. Continued Laboratory 5. Enzymes Laboratory 6. Photosynthesis Laboratory 7. Cellular Respiration Laboratory 8. Mitosis and Meiosis Midterm Exam I: Labs1,2,3,45,6,7 Laboratory 9. Patterns of Inheritance Laboratory 10. Genetic Counseling Laboratory 11. DNA Biology and Technology Laboratory 12. Evidences of Evolution

WEEK 5 Chapter 5. The Dynamic Cell September 23 September 28 Exam 1 WEEK 6 September 30 October 05 WEEK 7 October 07 October 12 WEEK 8 October 14 October 19 WEEK 9 October 21 October 26 WEEK 10 October 28 November 02 WEEK 11 November 04 November 09 WEEK 12 November 11 November 16
11/15 Last Day to WD

Chapter 6. Energy for Life Chapter 7. Energy for Cells Chapter 8. Cellular Reproduction Chapter 9. Sexual Reproduction Exam 2 Chapter 10. Patterns of Inheritance Chapter 11. DNA Biology and Technology Chapter 12. Gene Regulation and Cancer Chapter 13. Genetic Counseling Chapter 14. Darwin and Evolution Chapter 15. Evolution on a Small Scale Chapter 16. Evolution on a Large Scale Final Exam

WEEK 13 November 18 November 23 WEEK 14 November 25 November 30

11/28 11/30 (No Class Thanksgiving)

Laboratory13. Natural Selection

WEEK 15 December 02 December 07 WEEK 16 December 09 December 14


Final Exam II: Labs 8,9,10,11,12,13 Last Day to Submit Grades