BIO 102 syllabus summer13 - Northern Virginia Community College

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General Biology II

Summer 2013


Lecture
:
BIO 102



080A

Bisdorf 436 11am
-
12:40pm; 4pm
-
5:50pm

Lab
: BIO 102


0C1A

Bisdorf 413 1pm
-
3:40pm

4 credits

Instructor: Dr. Christine Bozarth

Office: Bisdorf 352

E
-
mail:
cbozarth@nvcc.edu

Website:
http://blogs.nvcc.edu/cbozarth/

Office hours:

T&R
10:30
am
-
11a
m

and 6pm
-
7pm;
or by appointment



What You Will Learn


Welcome to General Biology II.
In this

second semester of General Biology
, we will cover

topics on invertebrates, vertebrates, plants, animal anatomy and physiology, and ecology. The
material you learn will progress you in your studies, allow you to converse with fellow biologists, and
give you a greater appreciation of the
natural

world.


W
hat I Expect of You


Come to class ready to learn! This means that you must arrive on time, keep off
electronic
devices
, actively part
icipate in class, and respectful
ly listen to me and to your fellow students.

If you
are havi
ng difficulty with a concept

or assignment
, you are encouraged to contact me. This
is

a
challenging

course with a lot of material, but you are all serious students
who can

take the initiative
to succeed.


What You Can Expect of Me


I will present the material to you in a clear and
engaging manner.

I will make myself
available to you electronically and in person to clarify concepts. I will do my best to teach so that
students with all learning styles who
desire

to succeed in this course
can

succeed. I will always treat
you with re
spect.


How to Succeed



Come to class on time and stay for the duration.



Take notes during lectures using an outline style so that you can fill in details later using the
textbook, consulting with fellow students, or communicating with me.




Set aside at least
8

hours

outside of
class to study the material.

It helps some students to
have a regularly scheduled time to
study outside of class.




Prepare for exams early. Work on understanding the material by the end of each week so
that you will
only be left with reviewing it just prior to the exam.


Prerequisites


Successful completion of BIO 101 or my permission is required for enrollment in this course.
You should be able to express yourself both orally and in writing at a college freshman lev
el as
measured by a college English competency exam (ENG 111 or by my permission).



Required Text

Textbook
:
Hoefnagels, M. Biology Concepts and Investigations (2
nd

ed.)


Rent from chegg.com for ~$32


Buy from coursesmart.com for ~$100


Also on 2
-
hour
reserve at library

Lab Manual
: General Biology St
udy Guide and Lab Manual (10th e
d.)


Additional lab materials will be available online.


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Required Technology

The use of Blackboard is
required

for this class. You can log in at
https://nvcc.my.vccs.edu/jsp/
home.jsp

or from
the my
NOVA homepage
. I use Blackbo
ard to post
announcements, weblinks,

and grades.


Attendance


Attendance in this course is mandatory and integral to your success.
Due to the intensity of
this 6
-
week course, missing a full day of class
will put you at a great disadvantage.


Lecture Slides


Lecture slide
s

will
be available to view on BB

after class
.

Since lecture slides are only an
outline

of what is presented in class, you are also required to attend class

and take notes
.


Lecture
Quizzes


At the
beginning
of specified lectures
, I will administer a
30
-
point
quiz on the previous
lecture’s

material.

Qui
z
zes will not last longer than 30

minutes.

Quizzes will be a mix
of multiple
choice, true/false
,
fill in the blank, and labeling

questions derived from material covered in lecture

(and supplemented by related material in the textbook)
. You will need a
scantron

for all quizzes.

If you are absent or tardy on the day of a quiz,
you may not take the quiz
. If you notify me
in
advanc
e

(more than an hour before class begins)

of tardiness or absence, then you may take a make
-
up quiz during my office hours
or in the testing center
before the next quiz
. You may only make up
one quiz

in this manner.
At the end of the semester, I will dro
p your lowest quiz grade.

I do
not

curve
quizzes so that the top grade in the class becomes a 100%.


iPad Activity


To test your understanding of the material presented in the last lecture

of the semester
, you
will complete a group activity using the
school’s iPads (or your own laptop or tablet). This activity is
worth 20 points.


Lecture Extra Credit


A 10
-
point extra credit assignment will be available and is due by our last class.


Lab


The lab schedule is posted on the Alexandria Biology Labs webs
ite at
http://www.nvcc.edu/alexandria/science/s_biolab.htm


Labs begin the first day of class. You will need your lab manual and appropriate footwear for
every lab. You will need goggles and gloves for some labs (specified on schedule). You are required

to buy your own fetal pig for dissection. You may share your pig with up to two other lab members.


You
r lab grade is determined by
10
-
point quizzes that I will administer at the
end

of lab
(lowest score is dropped), a 20
-
point lab report on our
Daphnia

experiment, and a 30
-
point paper on
animal structure and function.

There is a 10
-
point extra credit assignment available (Green Spring
Gardens) that is due by the last day of class.


Class Cancellations


If class is canc
elled, we continue with

lecture at the following class
.
Adjustments to the
schedule and to graded activities may be necessary.
If you are unsure
what will happen
if

class is
cancelled
, check Blackboard for announcements.


Honor Code


Northern Virginia Community College expects

the highest standards of academic honesty.
Academic dishonesty is prohibited in accordance with subsection II of the Student Conduct Rights
and Responsibilities, the details of which can be found in your student handbook
(
http://www.nvcc.edu/resources/st
uhandbook
). You are prohibited from cheating on exams and
assignments, unauthorized access to exams and course materials, and other activities detailed in

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your student handbook. Students that violate the honor code will receive a failing grade and will b
e
expelled from this course

at my discretion
.


Academic dishonesty shows a lack of respect for your professor, your fellow students, your
school, and yourself.


Students with Special Needs


If you are a student with special needs, please contact
disability services at
http://www.nvcc.edu/depts/disability. Please then contact me to provide me with documentation
from disability services and to discuss special accommodations you need. This should all be done at
the beginning of the semester.


Drop/
Withdraw/Audit/Incomplete


It is your responsibility to drop or withdraw from this course if you choose. I will not
withdraw you merely because you stop coming to class.

If you wish to audit the course, you must be
given my permission and you must
begin

the course as an audit. You may not take the course for a
grade and then switch to audit. I will only grant incompletes if you are in dire circumstances. The
division dean and the provost must approve incompletes. You must have documentation for any
he
alth claims from a medical professional.

For details, please see:
http://www.nvcc.edu/academics/academic
-
calendar/#summer
.


Last day to drop with
tuition refund
:

7/9


Last day to withdraw with
out

grade penalty:

7
/25




Grading

The lecture por
tion of this course is
worth
300

points
(
and will be adjusted to make up
70%
of your grade)
based on
quizzes and an iPad activity
.
Your lab grade is worth
150

points (and will be
adjusted to make up
30% of your grade
)
.

You must pass (>60%) both lecture and

lab to pass the
course.


Graded Material

Points



Lecture


Lecture
Quizzes (9

@
3
0

pts each)

27
0

iPad Activity

2
0

Total

300



Lab


Lab Quizzes (10 @ 10 pts each)

100

Daphnia Lab Report

20

Animal Paper

30



Total

150










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Lecture Schedule:


Date

Topic

Textbook

7/2

Animal Diversity

Ch. 20

7/9

Quiz 1

Animal Form and Function

Nervous System


Ch. 24

Ch. 25

7/11

Quiz 2

The Senses

Endocrine System


Ch. 2
6

Ch. 27

7/16

Quiz

3

Skeletal and Muscular System

Circulatory System


Ch. 2
8

Ch. 29

7/18

Quiz 4

Respiratory System

Nutrition and Digestion


Ch.
30

Ch. 3
1

7/23

Quiz 5

Homeostasis and Regulation


Ch.
32

7/25

Quiz 6

Immune System


Ch. 33

7/30

Quiz 7

Animal Reproduction and Development


Ch. 34

8/1

Quiz 8

Plant Diversity

Plant Form and Function

Plant Nutrition and Transport


Ch. 18

Ch. 21

Ch. 22

8/6

Quiz 9

Plant Reproduction and Development

Population Ecology

Community Ecology


Ch. 23

Ch. 36

Ch. 37

8/8

Quiz 10

Biodiversity

iPad Activity


Ch. 39





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