Lyons Township High School Math / Science Division Biology Accelerated Course Syllabus Course Description


Academic Year 2011-12

This college preparatory course focuses on an understanding of life and major life processes. Emphasis is placed upon unifying principles and concepts applicable to all life forms, and the adaptations of diverse organisms to carry out fundamental functions. The objectives of the course are met through laboratory work, demonstration, lecture, homework and visual aids.

Credit: 1

Grade Offered: 9, 10

Prerequisites: None Mr. Michael Deleon Rm J108/J210 Email:

Level: IV Annual
Ms. Leilani Dominguez Rm J107/J103 Email:

Instructors / Availability: Ms. Rebecca Baudler Mr. Jason Crean Rm J106 Rm J206 Email: Email: Mrs. Cindy Flaherty-Stamm Mr. Eric Nuss Rm J108 Rm J208 Email: Email:

Mrs. Annette Orrico Mr. Dave Stormont Rm J104 Rm J107 Email: Email:

Division Chair & Assistant Division Chairs: Michele Chapman North Campus 579-6410 Email: South Campus 579-6580 Voicemail: 6409 Amber Beemer/Lyndsey VanderMeer Instructional Resources: • • North Campus 579-6411 Email: / South Campus 579-6581 Voicemail: 6581

Biology by Campbell, Reece, Taylor, & Simon: Benjamin Cummings, 2005. Assorted Scientific Lab Equipment

Supplementary Instructional Resources: • Internet • Teacher Generated Lab Handouts & Lab manual • Teacher Generated Worksheets Media / Field Experiences: • Various biological models • Various videos • Biology Courtyard Grading: 90% 80% 70% 60% 59% or more . . . A - 89% . . . . B - 79% . . . . C - 69% . . . . D or less . . . . F • • • Interactive Concepts in Biology (CD-ROM) Biology software and Web Activities Multimedia Presentations

These equal 80% of semester grade Exams/Quizzes……………………………………………50% Lab activities…………………………….. ………………30% Homework………………………………………………….20% All above grades are taken from a total of points. Semester Exam…………………………………20%

Extra credit may not exceed 2% of semester total.

Homework Policy: All homework policies as stated in the LT student handbook apply. No late work will be accepted. Evaluation & Level Changes:

Students completing a level change must make up all tests and quizzes.

All tests and quizzes are given once and points are added to total (see AccGrading above).
Major Projects / Performances: Lab Activities o Scientific observations lab o Using a microscope lab o Classification of living things labs o Tree identification lab o Animal classification lab o Cell labs o Enzyme Labs o Carbohydrate, Fat & Protein labs o Photosynthesis lab o o o o o o o Semester I Major Exams Methods & concepts in biology Chemical foundations for cells Ecology & Populations Cell structure and functions Cell Energy- Photosynthesis and Respiration Cell division and mitosis Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis o o o o o o o o o Respiration lab Mitosis & meiosis labs Genotype & phenotype labs Karyotyping labs Protein synthesis labs DNA fingerprinting/Crime scene labs Evolution labs Biological keying lab Plant tissues & functions labs Pig dissection labs

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Course Standards: 1. Know and apply the concepts, principles and processes of scientific inquiry to investigate questions, conduct experiments and solve problems • Formulate hypotheses based on observations and prior knowledge • Conduct experiments or simulations to test hypotheses • Collect, organize and analyze data accurately and precisely • Use available technology to report, display and defend conclusions drawn from investigations • Discuss, explain and present real world phenomena in a scientific manner • Demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in the use of the microscope 2. Know and apply concepts that explain how living things function, change and adapt • Explain how genetic combinations produce visible effects and variations among physical features and cellular functions of organisms • Describe the structures and organization of cells and tissues that underlie basic life functions including nutrition, respiration, cellular transport, biosynthesis and reproduction • Describe processes by which organisms change over time using evidence from comparative anatomy and physiology, embryology, the fossil record, genetics and biochemistry • Explain changes within cells & organisms in response to stimuli & changing environmental conditions 3. Know and apply concepts that describe how living things interact with each other and with their environment • Compare physical, ecological and behavioral factors that influence interactions and interdependence of organisms • Simulate and analyze factors that influence the size and stability of populations within ecosystems • Analyze and explain biodiversity issues and the causes and effects of extinction • Compare and predict how life forms can adapt to changes in the environment by applying concepts of change and constancy

Semester II Major Exams Observable patterns of inheritance and Meiosis Human genetics, heredity & Genetic Engineering Evolution Classification Systems Plant tissues & functions Comparing Invertebrates Comparing Vertebrates Animal tissues, organ systems and homeostasis

4. Know and apply concepts that describe properties of matter and energy and the interactions between them • Use the laws of thermodynamics to explain energy transformations • Analyze and explain the atomic structure of matter • Analyze chemical reactions, equations, and acids and bases as they apply to nature • Describe atomic and molecular bonding as they apply to biological systems • Describe properties of electromagnetic waves and how different types of EM waves apply to biological systems 5. Know and apply concepts that describe the features and processes of the Earth and its resources • Describe how rock layers & fossil remains are used to interpret the age & changes in the Earth • Describe the water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles 6. Know and apply concepts that explain composition & structure of the universe & the Earth’s place in it • Explain theories, past and present, for changes observed on Earth • Describe the age of the earth and evaluate the supporting evidence 7. Know and apply the accepted practices of science • Understand ways to reduce the degree of risk involved in scientific activities • Assess the validity of scientific data by analyzing the results, sample set, sample size, similar previous experimentation, possible misrepresentations of data presented and potential sources of error • Describe how scientific knowledge, explanations and technological designs may change with new information over time • Explain criteria that scientists use to evaluate the validity of scientific claims and theories • Apply scientific measurement systems to scientific concepts, laboratory analysis, and data collection • Use mathematical concepts to analyze and calculate results of experiments and problems • Use scientific information to read and understand biological information presented in the media

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