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BIOLOGY 101

ELEMENTS OF BIOLOGY Spring 2008


Section 15: Schedule #18615 Instructor: B. J. Hanlon Class Hours: T/R; 4:00 pm 5:15 pm, Room H123 Office: MH236C; Phone: 278-2477; E-mail: bhanlon@fullerton.edu Office Hours: T/R 2:20 3:50 pm, 5:15 5:45 pm Text: Essential Biology with Physiology, 2nd edition, 2007 (packaged with Scientific American Current Issues in Biology, Vol. 4) Authors: Campbell, Reece, and Simon Publishing Company: Benjamin/Cummings Biology 101 is a General Education course, which falls under the General Education Requirements: III. Disciplinary Learning; A. Mathematics and Natural Sciences; 2. Natural Sciences; c. Life Science The goals for Biology 101 are for student learning of the following major scientific ideas: a. Living things are made of smaller structures whose functions enable the organism to survive. Biology 101 Students should be able to: Define the characteristics of life Differentiate between the main classes of biologically important molecules. Summarize cell theory Explain the processes associated with cell growth & division Compare & contrast characteristics of prokaryotic & eukaryotic cells Relate cell structure to cell function Explain how an organism maintains homeostasis Organize functions within levels and explain relationships between levels of biological organization (cell, tissue. organ, organ system, organism) b. Living things depend on each other and the physical environment as they interact to obtain, change, and exchange matter and energy. Biology 101 Students should be able to: Describe how energy from the sun drives most activities on the earth's surface Sketch the flow of energy & matter through higher levels of biological organization Explain the ways in which organisms may interact Identify factors that affect population growth and decline

Identify factors that affect ecological organization at the community & ecosystem level Assess the role of humans in natural systems Describe & give examples of the value of biodiversity & the natural world c. The great diversity of living things is the result of billions of years of evolution of organisms through the mechanisms of heredity, random change, and natural selection. Biology 101 Students should be able to: Illustrate the Central Dogma Explain & apply the basic principles of inheritance Summarize the evidence for evolution Describe how different processes (e.g. mutation, gene drift, selection) can lead to genetic differentiation and speciation Define and explain natural selection Interpret evolutionary relationships among organisms Explain how evolutionary principles & ideas influence daily lives (e.g. GMOs, AIDS, and antibiotic resistance) Biology 101 students will also possess the following skills: Biology 101 Students should be able to: Retrieve information from a variety of sources (e.g. popular press, scientific papers) Apply the scientific method Critically evaluate data accurately (graphs, tables, text) Critically evaluate claims rather than accept authoritative statements Recognize the historical context of science Differentiate between science and non-science Analyze societal issues based on biologically sound principles Justify opinions on social issues related to biology (stem cells, GMO) In order to meet the General Education objectives for the Natural Sciences and Life Sciences, this course will introduce you to the basic principles of biology, and will give you the tools to think like a biologist. I believe that you need to understand how the natural world works if you are going to have a good life, get a good job, and be a good citizen. The critical and creative thinking skills that you develop as you do science will help you in many areas of your life. For example, if members of your family have suffered from diabetes, how would you use genetic information about susceptibility to diabetes in thinking about your diet, and in planning whether to have children? If you choose not to have children, or to wait, what form of birth control should you use? If you choose to have children, should you feed them genetically engineered food? What about organic food? Should you take your family on holidays to areas that are vulnerable to extinction due to human contact? Should you take them to areas in which there are serious viral outbreaks?

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF TOPICS DATE Jan 22 Jan 24 Jan 29 Jan 31 Feb 5 Feb 7 Feb 12 Feb 14 Feb 19 Feb 21 Feb 26 Feb 28 Mar 4 TOPIC Introduction to Biology Essential Chemistry Essential Chemistry, The Molecules of Life The Molecules of Life, A Tour of the Cell A Tour of the Cell Exam 1 The Working Cell The Working Cell, Cellular Respiration, Homework 1 due in class/Turnitin.com (10 pts) Cellular Respiration, Photosynthesis Photosynthesis Exam 2 Mitosis Meiosis, PAPER 1 DUE (30 pts) in class/Turnitin.com Patterns of Inheritance Patterns of Inheritance, Molecular Biology of Genes, Molecular Biology of Genes Exam 3 Nutrition and Digestion Nutrition and Digestion Circulation and Respiration Spring Vacation Circulation and Respiration Reproduction and Development, Homework 2 due in class only (10 pts) Reproduction and Development Exam 4 How Populations Evolve How Populations Evolve How Biological Diversity Evolves PAPER 2 DUE in class/Turnitin.com (45 pts) How Biological Diversity Evolves Communities and Ecosystems CHAPTER 2 2, 3 3, 4 4 2-4 5 5, 6 6, 7 7 5-7 8 8 9 9, 10 10 8 - 10 22 22 23 No classes 23 26 26 22-23, 26 13 13 14 14 19

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Mar 6 (R) Mar 11 (T) Mar 13 (R) Mar 18 (T) Mar 20 (R) Mar 25 (T) Mar 27 (R) Mar 31-Apr 4 Apr 8 (T) Apr 10 (R) Apr 15 Apr 17 Apr 22 Apr 24 Apr 29 May 1 May 6 (T) (R) (T) (R) (T) (R) (T)

May 8 May 13

(R) Communities and Ecosystems (T) Final Exam (Not Comprehensive) 5:00 p.m.-6:50 p.m. in same classroom (H123)

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EXAMS 1. Exams are comprised of 50 multiple-choice questions (50 points) for a total of 250 points for the semester. The final exam is NOT comprehensive. Scantrons required: 20788 or 882 One per exam. 2. Make-Up Exams: You are expected to take all exams including the final exam during the scheduled time. I will NOT drop an exam. If there is a problem with taking the exam at the scheduled time (severe illness, accident, etc.), you must notify the instructor PRIOR to the exam time. The make-up exam will be given on the day of the final exam immediately after the final exam is given. Only one make-up exam will be allowed per person. A point value of 0 (zero) will be given for all other exams missed. IN-CLASS EXTRA CREDIT There will be several in-class discussions, which will include group work that will be graded. Total point value will be approximately 30 points. This work will serve two purposes. First, it will be a form of attendance taking, and second, it may help in the understanding of the course material. Because it is extra credit, there can be no makeup points for this work. CLASS WRITING ASSIGNMENTS Research papers: The writing assignment meets the Core Competency requirement of writing in the General Education curriculum. It will require the organization and expression of complex data and ideas. You will write two 3-page papers reviewing a biological issue that is current and controversial. You will receive detailed comments on your first paper so that you are able to improve your writing in the second paper. Your grade for the paper will be based both on the content of what you write AND the quality of your writing. Late papers will not be accepted. Because we have several hundred papers to grade (all 101 sections are graded on these assignments), it is too difficult for us to track papers that are not turned in on time. If you do not turn in your paper by the due date and time, it will not be graded and you will receive a zero for the assignment. All writing assignments must be submitted electronically to Turnitin.com. If the paper is not submitted on time to Turnitin.com, even if submitted in class, you will receive a zero for the assignment. The first paper is worth 30 points, and the second paper is worth 45 points. Two homework assignments to help you with the writing assignments will also be

required. These assignments will be a one to two paragraph summary of the article on which the writing assignments will be based. The first summary will also be turned into Turnitin.com in order to give you experience in using the Turnitin.com website. The writing assignment and homework information are available on Blackboard. Accommodations for Special Needs: Students with documented special needs should contact the Disabled Student Service Office, UH 101, (714) 278-3117 or as documented at www.fullerton.edu/disabledservices/.

GRADES See grades below. The biology department uses plus/minus grading. Please note that there will be up to 30 points of extra credit and the exams will be curved. Because of this, even if you are only one point away from the next higher grade at the end of the semester, you will receive the grade based on the final points (345). No exceptions. GRADING SCALE

GRADE

PERCENTAGE

GRADE

PERCENTAGE

A+/A AB+ B BC+

89 100 85 88 82 84 78 81 75 77 72 74

C CD+ D DF

68 71 65 67 62 64 58 61 55 57 Below 55

Exams (Five at 50 points each)250 points Homework assignments (10 points each),,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,20 Writing assignments (75 points total)75 points 345 points total for course Extra Credit assignments (in-class) up to 30 points. Academic Honesty and Original Work: As a member of the CSUF academic community, you are expected to submit only your own, original work for all assignments and exams. I feel strongly that maintaining academic honesty is crucial to maintaining a vibrant and productive learning community, and so will prosecute fully any plagiarism or cheating. If you are ever unsure whether something you or a fellow student is about to do is intellectually dishonest, please err on the conservative side and ask us. I promise not to be angry with you if you ask me first! First offense: Zero (0) on the assignment. Second offense: F for the course. I am required to report any cheating/plagiarism to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Academic Integrity: I assume that by remaining enrolled in this class your intentions are HONORABLE, and that you accept responsibility for dutiful attendance, earnest effort toward understanding the subject and pledge that you will not cheat on exams. Plagiarism is the unacknowledged used of another's words or ideas as your own. Use your own words when writing. Use quotation marks and cite the source of any phrase that you "use". Changing one or two words in a sentence and/or rearranging the same words in a sentence and using partial sentences that someone else wrote is still plagiarism, you must put the information into your own words. Cheating is the use of another's work as your own. Copying another student's homework, looking at another student's exam, and using information from another student to enhance your performance on a task are all examples of cheating. Students who violate university standards of academic integrity are subject to disciplinary sanctions, including failure in the course and suspension from the university. University policies are strictly enforced in this course. Please familiarize yourself with the academic integrity guidelines found in the current student handbook. Cheating will not be tolerated. Anyone caught cheating during an exam or lab practicum will immediately receive a zero on the exam or practicum and may fail the course. University policy states that any form of academic dishonesty is grounds for failure of the course and dismissal from the university. The University Policy Statement on academic dishonesty can be viewed by visiting the following website: http://www.fullerton.edu/senate/PDF/300/UPS300-021.pdf Here are some CSUF websites that will provide more information on plagiarism and how to avoid it. 1. STUDENT GUIDE TO AVOIDING PLAGIARISM: HOW TO WRITE AN EFFECTIVE RESEARCH PAPER http://fdc.fullerton.edu/learning/AcademicIntegrity/student_guide_to_avoiding_plagia.ht m 2. DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE: JUDICIAL AFFAIRS http://www.fullerton.edu/deanofstudents/judicial/Plagiarism.htm 3. PLAGIARISM DETECTION USING TURNITIN.COM http://fdc.fullerton.edu/catalog/turnitin 4. WHAT IS PLAGIARISM? http://guides.library.fullerton.edu/historians_toolbox/unit6/tutorial1/u6t1p2plagiarism.ht m NOTE: You MUST turn off the sound on all electronic devices during lectures and exams. If your device disrupts class, you may be asked to leave. Laptops may only be

used to follow along with the powerpoint lecture. If you are using your laptop for any other reason (surfing, shopping, etc.) you will be asked to put your laptop away. The second time you are asked to put your laptop away, you will not be allowed to use your laptop for the rest of the semester.

CLASSROOM SAFETY BRIEFING


In the event of an emergency such as earthquake or fire: o Take all your personal belongings and leave the classroom (or lab). Use the stairways located at the east, west, or center of the building. o Do not use the elevator. They may not be working once the alarm sounds. o Go to the lawn area towards Nutwood Avenue. Stay with class members for further instruction. o For additional information on exits, fire alarms and telephones, Building Evacuation Maps are located near each elevator. o Anyone who may have difficulty evacuating the building, please see me after class. Dial 911 on any campus phone, pay phone, or blue emergency phones to connect directly to University Police. Dialing 911 on your cell phone will connect with the Highway Patrol. Tell CHP dispatcher that CSUF Police is the responding agency. Stay on the line until asked to hang up. If you want to bring visitors to the classroom, you must obtain permission from the instructor in advance and must sign a volunteer form. There is no smoking within 20 feet of every campus building. This includes the MH balcony.