PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY, GB140

EMPORIA STATE UNIVERSITY

SYLLABUS, FALL 2014 (For Science Majors)

 

Text:                        Biology 10th ed.


 

Instructor:              Dr. Lynnette Sievert

                                 Office - Science Hall 163

                                 Telephone - 620-341-5606

                                 E-Mail: LSIEVERT@EMPORIA.EDU

                                 URL: http://academic.emporia.edu/sievertl/

 

Office Hours:         M 11:00 - 11:50; W 10:00 - 10:50; 1:00 - 1:50; F 11:00 - 11:50 

 

Class Time:      GB 140A 8:00 - 8:50 MWF, SH 72
     GB140B 9:00 - 9:50 MWF, SH 72

 

Course Content and Goals: Principles of Biology is a traditional introductory biology course which is designed to convey important concepts and principles to prepare you for more advanced biology courses which you will take. It is not a comprehensive course in biology but one which has been designed to convey some of the basic principles involving living systems. The terminology you will be expected to learn is a necessary prerequisite for adequate comprehension of biological subject matter. Learning scientific terminology has been compared to learning a foreign language. You may find that learning scientific terms also helps you understand the English language better. Do not underestimate the challenges this may present. This terminology should become very familiar to you before you have taken your last biology class. We hope that through the study of living organisms and processes, you will develop an understanding and appreciation for the environment and each component of it.


The syllabus is your contract with the instructor. It contains the basic information about how the course is conducted and what the expectations are. Read it carefully and keep it in a place where you can refer to it when needed. You are now in college and the expectations are considerably greater than they were in high school. Do not underestimate the work it is going to take.


You may learn more about the programs in the Department of Biological Sciences by viewing the department’s Web site: http://www.emporia.edu/biosci/




Course Mechanics: Most of the material which will be covered in lecture will come from the textbook (see lecture schedule). Bring the chapter from the text to class each time. There are excellent photos and diagrams in your text and they will be used extensively in class.


There will be five major exams followed by a comprehensive final. The first five tests will be worth 100 points and cover all material since the previous exam. The comprehensive final will be worth 100 points. If you are happy with your grade, you need not take it. If you have missed any exams or want to replace a low grade, you will want to take the comprehensive final. There will be a series of assignments given to you during class that you are to work on at home. Information from these assignments will be used on the exams.


Use the following table to keep track of your points so that you know what your grade is at all times.

 

 

Number of points you got

Number of points possible

Exam 1

 

100

Exam 2

 

100

Exam 3

 

100

Exam 4

 

100

Exam 5

 

100

Homework

 

100

 

The grade scale will be based on the following percentages: (Note: this class will use the +/- grading system)

 

            92 - 100 = A 

            90 - 92 = A-

            88 - 90 = B+

            82 - 88 = B

            80 - 82 = B-

            78 - 80 = C+ 

            70 - 78 = C 

            60 - 70 = D

            <60 = F

 

There are no make-up exams. If you miss an exam, you will need to take the comprehensive final. If you miss two exams, it would be in your best interest to drop the course and retake it at a later date. Extra credit is NOT an option.


A - Excellent. Performance far above basic expectations for the course, demonstrated mastery of at least 90% of course content.
B - Above average. Performance exceeds basic expectations for the course, demonstrated mastery of at least 80% of course content.
C - Average. Performance meets basic expectations for the course, demonstrated mastery of at least 70% of course content.
D - Below average. Performance does not meet basic expectations for the course but is acceptable for credit, demonstrated mastery of at least 60% of course content.
F - Unsatisfactory. Performance unacceptable for academic credit, demonstrated mastery of less than 60% of course content.

 

Tutors will be available at no cost to assist you with GB140 and GB141. The schedule will be made available at the beginning of the semester.

 

Attendance: You are expected to attend class regularly. However, attendance will not be closely monitored nor is attendance used directly in the determination of the semester grade. Obvious or frequent absences will be recorded primarily to be used in borderline cases or to provide information to advisors. Attendance is important for your success; that fact cannot be emphasized enough. However, it is counter-productive to come to class and then not pay attention. If you are going to sleep through class, you’d be a lot more comfortable in your own bed. Disruptive behavior in class will not be tolerated. In extreme situations, students may be withdrawn from the class by the instructor. You are in college now and it is not the professor’s job to tell you how to behave in class. This is an important course for your success as a biology major. If you cannot succeed in this class, it is unlikely you will succeed in other biology classes. You must take this class seriously.

 

Academic Dishonesty: The Department of Biological Sciences considers academic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating and plagiarism, as a serious breach of intellectual integrity. The department adheres to and supports the university academic dishonesty policy. A full copy of the policy may be obtained from the instructor. If you are caught cheating on an exam or copying answers for your assignments from another student or directly from the text, you will receive no points for that exam or assignment.

 

Problems and Withdrawal: Office hours for consultation with the instructor are listed in this syllabus. Should you wish to withdraw from the course, you may do so through Friday, October 25 . You should evaluate your situation carefully before this date and consult with the instructor or your advisor if necessary. There will be no W grades given after this date.

 

Test-Out Examination: A test-out examination will be given on Thursday, August 23, at 4:00 p.m. in SH 72. Students who pass this exam, with a grade of at least 70%, may drop GB 140 and add GB 140TO (signifying test-out). This will indicate on the transcript that you did test out of the course and you will receive three hours of credit. However, no letter grades are awarded; only a P grade. Students taking the exam must present their ID card to identify themselves; you cannot take the exam without it. You should not attempt this examination unless you have a good high school background in biology and chemistry and you have a reasonable amount of confidence in your abilities. There is no test-out exam for the laboratory course.

 



Disabilities Services: “Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services, and the professor will be strictly confidential. ”

                                                                                                                                    

Lecture Schedule

Date 


Aug. 18 M

Aug. 20 W

Aug. 22 F


Aug. 25 M

Aug. 27 W

Aug. 29 F


Sept. 1 M

Sept. 3 W

Sept. 5 F


Sept. 8 M

Sept. 10 W

Sept. 12 F


Sept. 15 M

Sept. 17 W

Sept. 19 F


Sept. 22 M

Sept. 24 W

Sept. 26 F


Sept. 29 M

Oct. 1 W

Oct. 3


Oct. 6 M

Oct. 8 W

Oct. 10 F


Oct. 13 M

Oct. 15 W

Oct. 17 F


Oct. 20 M

Oct. 22 W

Oct. 24 F


Oct. 27 M

Oct. 29 W

Oct. 31 F


Nov. 3 M

Nov. 5 W

Nov. 7 F


Nov. 10 M

Nov. 12 W

Nov. 14 F


Nov. 17 M

Nov. 19 W

Nov. 21 F


Nov. 24 M

Nov. 26 W

Nov. 28 F


Dec. 1 M

Dec. 3 W

Dec. 5 F


Dec. 11 R

Dec. 12 F


Topic


Introduction

Population Ecology

Population Ecology


Community Ecology

Community Ecology

Community Ecology


Labor Day Holiday

Ecosystems

Animal Behavior


Molecules

EXAM 1 (Introduction - Behavior)

Molecules


Macromolecules

Macromolecules

Macromolecules


Cell Biology

Cell Biology and Membranes

Membranes


Energy and Metabolism

EXAM 2 (Molecules - Cell Biology and Membranes)

Cell Respiration


Cell Respiration

Cell Division and Mitosis

Fall Break


Sexual Reproduction and Meiosis

Animal Development

EXAM 3 (Energy - Development)


Genetics

Genetics

Genetics


Microevolution and Charles Darwin

Speciation

Speciation


Taxonomy and Living Species

Living Species

Living Species


EXAM 4 (Genetics - Living Species)

Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis


Endocrine System

Endocrine System

Endocrine System


Nervous System

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving


Nervous System

Nervous System

Exam 5 (Photosynthesis- Nervous System)


Comprehensive Final Section A 10:10

Comprehensive Final Section B 10:10

Text Chapter


pp. 2, 4-8

55

55


56

56

56



pp. 1214-15; 1250-53

54


2


2


3

3

3


4 + p.12

4/5

5


6


7


7

10


11 + p. 1091-96

53




12

12

12


21,22 + pp. 8-12

22, 20

20





8

8


45

45

45


43




43

43







 

These are recommended questions from the end of your textbook chapters.

Chapter

Multiple Choice Questions

1

Understand: 2-4

55

Understand: 2, 5, 6, 7; Apply: 1-3

56

Understand: 3-8; Apply: 1, 5

57 and 58

Ch. 57: Understand: 8; Apply: 4; Ch. 58 Synthesize 3

2

Understand: 1-7; Apply: 1-3, 5; Synthesize: 1-3

3

Understand: 1-8; Apply: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7

4

Understand: 1-4, 6; Apply: 1, 2, 5, 6

5

Understand: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7; Apply: 2, 4, 5

6

Understand: 1-3, 5, 7; Apply: 5, 6; Synthesize 1a, 1b

7

Understand: 1-3, 5, 6: Apply: 2, 4, 5

10

Understand: 1, 2, 5-7

11

Understand: 1, 2, 4-7: Apply: 2; Synthesize: 1, 3

52

Understand: 3, 6; Apply: 2

12

Understand: 3, 5, 6; Apply: 1, 3-5; Synthesize: 1, 2

1, 21, and 22

Ch. 1 Apply: 3-5; Ch. 21 Understand: 1, 2, 4, 7; Apply: 2; Ch. 22 Understand: 1, 4

20

Understand: 5, 7; Apply: 1-3

8

Understand: 1-4, 6; Apply: 3, 5, 8; Synthesize: 2, 3

26

Understand: 4

45, 9 and 52

Ch. 45: Understand: 1-6; Apply: 1, 2, 5-7; Ch. 9: Apply: 6; Ch. 52: Understand: 4, 5, 9

43

Understand: 1-3, 5, 6; Apply: 2, 3; Synthesize: 2



Answers to web page questions

Introduction: 1b, 2a, 3c, 4b, 5a, 6b, 7d, 8c, 9a
Population Ecology: 1d, 2b, 3d, 4b, 5b, 6d, 7d, 8a, 9b, 10c, 11 growth = 90
Community Ecology: 1a, 2d, 3c, 4b, 5a, 6b, 7c, 8b, 9a, 10d, 11c, 12a
Ecosystems: 1a, 2b, 3d, 4c, 5a
Animal Behavior: 1a, 2d, 3d, 4d, 5d, 6a, 7c, 8a


Molecules: 1b, 2d, 3d, 4c, 5a, 6c, 7b, 8c, 9a, 10c
Macromolecules: 1b, 2c, 3b, 4d, 5d, 6d, 7d
Cell Biology and Membranes: 1d, 2a, 3b, 4b, 5a, 6c, 7b, 8b


Energy: 1c, 2a, 3d, 4c, 5c, 6a, 7c
Cell Respiration: 1c, 2d, 3d, 4b, 5c, 6c, 7d, 8a, 9b, 10c, 11d, 12a, 13c
Cell Division and Mitosis: 1c, 2a, 3b, 4c, 5c
Sexual Reproduction and Meiosis: 1d, 2c, 3c, 4d, 5d, 6a, 7b
Animal Development:


Genetics: 1b, 2d, 3a, 4c, 5a, 6a, 7b, 8a, 9b, 10d, 11c, 12c, 13b
Speciation: 1b, 2b, 3a, 4d, 5a, 6c, 7d, 8a, 9d, 10d, 11c, 12d, 13b, 14d
Taxonomy and Living Species:


Photosynthesis: 1d, 2a, 3b, 4a, 5d, 6c, 7d, 8c, 9a, 10d, 11a, 12d
Endocrine: 1b, 2a, 3b, 4c, 5d, 6c, 7d, 8b, 9a, 10d, 11b
Nervous: 1c, 2a, 3b, 4d, 5d, 6b, 7a, 8c, 9b, 10a, 11b, 12d