Course Policies: BIOLOGY 1203

Spring 2005

Instructor: Dr. Kerry Dunbar, 228 Sequoya Hall

Phone Number: 272-2484 or 272-4440

Office Hours: M, T, W, R, F 7:30 - 8:20 a.m.; M, W, F 9:30 - 10:20: T, W, R 10:30 - 11:20;

Text: Plant Biology, L. Graham, J. Graham and L. Wilcox

Student Learning Objectives:

! Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and apply it to problem solving.

! Demonstrate a knowledge of the basic molecules that are the building blocks of plants.

! Describe the structure and functions of bacterial, plant, fungal, and algae cells and tissues.

! Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of bacterial, plant, fungal, and algae reproduction.

! Demonstrate and understanding of the binomial naming system and plant taxonomy.

! Describe the importance of plants to humans and the environment.

! Summarize the processes of cellular respiration and photosynthesis.

! Describe the major characteristics of and relationships between bryophytes, lycophytes, pteridophytes, gymnosperms and angiosperms.

! Describe the structure of the DNA molecule and understand how it serves as the carrier of genetic information.

! Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of transcription and translation.

! Describe the processes and uses of genetic engineering and cloning of plants.

! Give a brief overview of the theory of evolution, evidence for evolution, and the theory of natural selection.

! Demonstrate effective use of a microscope.

Attendance Policy:

Lecture: I will try to start and end class on time, so please try to arrive on time. Coming late or leaving early is disruptive and should be avoided. You are expected to attend all class meetings, or to make up all work for those missed. Missing more than one class period may make it very difficult to catch up on missed work. Most of the material covered on exams comes from lectures, so it is to your benefit to attend all classes. If you are absent, you are responsible for obtaining material, announcements and assignments.

Labs and Exams: Attendance to labs and tests is required of all students. No make-up examinations or labs will be given. If you miss a test, the percent correct you earn on the final exam will be used in place of one test score to calculate your grade for the course. If you do not miss a test, the percent correct you earn on the final exam can be used to replace your lowest test score.

Academic Honesty:

Anyone found cheating or plagiarizing will receive an "F" for the course.

5 tests @100 points each
Final exam @ 200 points
Lab Quizzes and assignments - 100 points
Lab Notebook - 100 points
Grades: 90 - 100% A, 80 - 89% B, 70 - 79% C, 60 - 69% D, Below 60% F
Late assignments may not be accepted.

Exams will be mostly multiple choice questions and will often include some diagrams to label. Matching and short answer questions may also be included. The final exam will be comprehensive.

Additional information:

A The last date to drop this class without penalty is March 21, 2005. 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 the 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 the 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 purposes of financial aid.@

A If a student receiving aid administered by the DSC Workforce Development Department drops their class or complete withdraws from 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 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and 8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon on Friday. Their phone number is 272-2635.@

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 the Pope Student Center. Students who are unable to come to the ACE Center to request services should contact 272-2524 or for assistance.@

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