BIOLOGY 1107

COURSE POLICIES FALL 2009
INSTRUCTOR:
Dr. Celeste Humphrey
OFFICE:
Sequoya 138
PHONE
: 707-272-4451 or Administrative Assistant at 706-272-4440
E-MAIL
: chumphrey@daltonstate.edu
TEXT
: Biology, 8TH Ed., by Solomon, Berg, and Martin

Class Information:    Lecture 1:40-2:55 M W Seq 236 T lab 10:40-12:30 Seq 213, W lab 3:05- lab, Seq.209 Wednesday

Welcome to Biology 1107!!! For most of you Biology 1107 is your first introduction to science at the college level. For many of you this Biology series will be your only formal science class and for others, this is the beginning of a career in a medical field. In either case, a good grasp of the basic ideas and techniques underlying Biology will enrich your lives. Biology is the study of living things, so anyone out there who is not living might not need it, but the rest of us will benefit greatly from knowing something about our bodies and the living components of the world around us.

Biology is a science and science challenges the way that you view the world. Many of the ideas that our culture holds about life as well as all of the comforts provided by technology are the result of applying the scientific method to the world. The scientific method is a way of observing the natural phenomena, analyzing those observations using various scientific methods and drawing reasonable and appropriate inferences.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and apply it to problem solving.
2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the basic molecules that are the building blocks of life.
3. Identify and understand the function of cellular structures.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of cellular reproduction.
5. Summarize the processes of cellular respiration and photosynthesis.
6. Solve genetics problems.
7. Describe the structure of the DNA molecule and understand how it serves as the carrier of genetic information.
8. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of protein synthesis and gene regulation.
9. State several applications of genetic engineering.
10. Give a brief overview of the theory of natural selection, and the theory of and evidence for evolution.
11. Demonstrate the effective use of a microscope.

Attendance to class is strongly recommended. Unless you are one of those rare people who learn best by reading something and thinking about it in solitude, lectures should be of great benefit to you. There is a lot of material in this class, I regard lectures as a time for clarifying material and condensing it, pointing out typical pitfalls and problems. But if you choose to be absent, YOU are responsible for announcements and assignments. Attendance to labs and tests is required of all students. Make-up examinations will be given only in extreme cases and only with prior notification. Call the school and leave a message if you cannot contact me. The phone number is 272-4451 or Secretary (Janet) 272-4440. My home number is 673-4394.

LABORATORY: Attendance at laboratory meetings is required. No excuses. If two or more laboratories are missed, the grade for the semester will be lowered by 1 letter grade. If 4 labs are missed, the semester grade will be F (no matter what the rest of the grades in the course are). Material covered in the laboratory maybe tested in the lecture exams. Please note (2 hour late for lab = 2 lab missed) and 1 hour late for lab = 1 absence.

ASSIGNMENTS: Science is a new way of looking at things for most students. The vocabulary is unfamiliar and it requires the use of problem solving and critical thinking skills. Unless you have a photographic memory or a great familiarity with science, it is very important that you keep up with your reading assignments.

 

STUDY AIDS: There are many learning aids available to help you in this course. There is an excellent study guide available in the bookstore. There is a very good tutorial program available on CD in the computer lab and Biology Labs. If you have your own computer we can make your very own copy of this program. There will be a Biology tutor available through the ACE Center. Last and perhaps least, I keep office hours for the express purpose of helping students. If you= re having problems come see me - I get lonesome.

ASSESSMENT: The way that your grade will be determined is as follows:

5 class exams@ 100points
Final exam@ 100points
Lab assignments@ 50points

NOTE: This adds up to 650 points. Divide your total points by the number of  points possible and that
is your grade. A=90%, B=80%,C=70%,D=60%,Below 60% is an F. Your final grade will be determined by adding up all your points and dividing by 650. If you miss a test without contacting me you may receive a A 0@ . Anyone caught cheating will receive an A F@ for the course.

 

Disability Support Services Statement

A Students with disabilities should contact the Ace Center to request reasonable accommodations for academic programs and other activities of Dalton State College. Students must personally request services and provide adequate documentation that explains the disability. Please allow a minimum of five business days for approved accommodations to be arranged. Disability Support Services is located in the ACE Center on the lower level of Pope Student Center. Students who are unable to come to the ACE Center to request services should contact 272-2524 or e-mail arobeson@ daltonstate.edu for assistance.@

Workforce Development Statement

A If a student receiving aid administered by the DSC Workforce Development Department drops this class or completely withdraws from the College, the Add-Drop/Withdrawal form must be taken to the Workforce Development Office first. The office is located in the Technical Education Building, Room 140 and their hours are 9:00a.m. - 12:15p.m. and 1:30p.m. - 3:00p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and 8:30a.m. - 12:00noon on Friday. Their phone number is 272-2635.@

Drop/Withdrawal Statement

A The last day to drop this class without penalty is Nov.1, 2004 . You will be assigned a grade of W. After this date, withdrawal without penalty is permitted only in cases of extreme hardship as determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs; otherwise a grade of WF will be issued. Students who wish to drop this class or withdraw from all classes should go to the Enrollment Services Office in Westcott Hall to complete the necessary form. Students who fail to complete the official drop/withdrawal procedure will receive the grade of F. Withdrawal from class is a student responsibility. Before dropping any class, the college strongly advises that students meet with their academic advisor and their instructor to discuss the impact of a withdrawal on their graduation plans. The college also strongly advises students who are receiving any type of financial aid to visit the Financial Aid Office in Pope Student Center to discuss the impact a withdrawal may have on their financial aid status. The grade of W counts as hours attempted for the purposes of financial aid.@