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TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT

SYLLABUS

Spring 201
1

Natural Science 1412
-
01
: Mind and Body: Exploring Human Biology

Dr. Chitra Chandrasekaran

Rm113 Schollmaier

Science Bldg



817
-
531
-
6590


(office)



cchandrasekaran@txwes.edu


Course webpage: http://faculty.txwes.edu/cchandrasekaran


All inform
ation regarding the course (schedules, syllabus, etc) will be found on the course web
page.


Meeting Days and Times:

Lecture MWF 10:00
-
10:50 (
STC118
)

Lab M 1:30
-
4:30 (McF207)

Note:


Lab will start on Monday, January 24


Office hours (these are subject to
change)
:

MWF 9:00 am
-
10:00 am

MWF 11:00 am
-
12:00 noon

Th

1:30pm
-
3:00pm

TTh


10:45am
-
12:15 pm

and by appointment


Course description


This course is designed to explore the process of scientific discovery as illustrated by the complex
workings of the hu
man body.


Students will be introduced to the scientific method as illustrated by the
design and interpretation of key experiments that have led to critical discoveries about how the human
body functions.


This course will also examine the impact that thes
e discoveries have had on modern
society. The goals of this course are to foster an understanding of how scientific discoveries are made and
to underscore the important role that science plays in our society.


Laboratory exercises will reinforce
important
concepts and introduce students to experimental design and analysis.


Three hours of lecture
and three hours of laboratory per week
.
(University Catalog)


This course is listed as one that can be used toward fulfillment of the Analytic Literacy competency
of the General Education Curriculum for Texas Wesleyan University.


There are no prerequisites
for this course.


Expected
Learning Objectives for the course:



--
To understand and apply the scientific method as it applies to biology.





--
To critically evaluate scientific information as it is presented in the media.



--
To be able to distinguish between scientific and nonscientific claims





--
To understand basic biological principles as it applies to human biology.




--
To appreciate the role that science plays in society at large



Instructional Methods

will include:

--
Exposition of basic information in lecture format

--
Classroom discussions

--
Problem solving

--
Laboratory based exercises

--
Assigned problem
sets and other supplementary projects

Course requirements


There are no required textbooks, but there will be
required

readings (online and handouts) assigned
throughout the course. However, you should not expect them to provide all the information you wil
l need
to succeed on the exams. The readings are a supplement to the lectures and the laboratory exercises.
Failure to attend classes and labs will seriously hamper your performance in this course.


NOTE:


Pagers and Cellular phones must be turned off and/
or in "quiet" mode in class
.


iPods and
other portable MP3 players must be turned off while in class.


No Bluetooth or other remote
communication devices are allowed while in class.

If you must leave the room to answer a call, do so
quietly.

For classroom

exams, you are
only allowed to use a calculator
.


Use of ANY other electronic
device (cell phones, etc) constitutes cheating and will result in a grade of zero for the exam.


Grading


Two midterm exams (20% each):





40%

Final exam (cu
mulative)






25%

Class assignments/quizzes



10%



Lab assignments







25%




No make up exams or assignments will be permitted unless previously arranged wit
h the
instructor.



Failure to attend the laboratory will lead to a failing grade for the course.



Grading is based on a standard system (90
-
100 is A range; 80
-
90 is B range etc.). Use these
ranges to monitor your performance as you progress through this course!



Assignments are due at the
beginning

of the class. Late assignments are treated in the foll
owing
way:

turned in by end of day ( by 5 pm): 15% deduction

turned in the following day (by 5 pm): 30% deduction

more than 2 days late: grade of zero for the assignment

Cheating:


Cheating will not be tolerated in this course.


The penalties for cheating
are discussed in the
Student Handbook.

Plagiarism
: Please refer to the University Catalog for a definition of plagiarism and the penalties for
engaging in plagiarism.


For any assignment in this course, the following policy applies:

First offense
: plagiari
zed paper will be returned and it must be rewritten within 24 hours.


A 30% penalty will be applied to the paper.


If the paper is not rewritten within this time,
the paper will receive a zero.

Second offense
: paper will receive a zero, and a formal compla
int will be submitted to the
Dean's office.


Regrade

policy
: If you feel that there has been a grading error on your exam, you will need to submit the
ENTIRE exam to me, with a sheet attached to the front detailing the problem you feel has been graded
inco
rrectly. I will regrade the ENTIRE exam, not just the problem in question (so your grade could go up
OR down). If there has been an arithmetic error on my part, I will correct it on the spot.

Attendance:

In accordance with the attendance policy at Texas W
esleyan University, regular and
punctual attendance at all scheduled classes is expected of students. If a student must miss class due to a
university
-
authorized absence, the student must inform the instructor prior to the absence. If this
procedure is not

followed, the absence will be considered unexcused. If an absence occurs as the result of
an unanticipated event (illness, accidents, etc), it is the responsibility of the student to inform the
instructor and explain the problem. Failure to clarify the ab
sence immediately upon the student's return
will result in the absence counted as unexcused.
If possible, you need to contact me or the department
secretary by phone within 24 hours of missing the class
. If a student decides deliberately not to attend
clas
s, the absence is unexcused. If homework or an exam is scheduled on this day, the student will receive
a zero for the assignment. Habitual tardiness will not be tolerated and result in a dismissal from class.


This attendance policy also applies to the lab
oratory portion of the course.

Policies


Students should read the current Texas Wesleyan University Catalog and Student Handbook to become
familiar with University policies. This includes but is not limited to grade appeal, sexual harassment,
student acces
s to records, and others; policies specified in the current catalog are applicable unless
otherwise stated in this syllabus.

Texas Wesleyan University adheres to a disability policy consistent with relevant federal law. The
University will provide appropr
iate accommodation as determined by the Director of the Counseling
Center, Dr. Michael Ellison. Students must notify instructors of any permanent or temporary disability
and must provide documentation regarding those disabilities prior to the granting of a
n accommodation.
For assistance, students should consult with Dr. Ellison.


Note
: Course syllabi are intended to provide students with basic information concerning the course. The
syllabus can be viewed as a ‘blueprint’ for the course; changes in the syll
abus can be made and students
will be informed of any substantive changes concerning examinations, the grading or attendance policies
and changes in project assignments
.


Safety note

:You

MUST read the laboratory safety guidelines handed out. Due to the limitless variety of
potentially hazardous chemicals which may be found in a scientific or other laboratory environment,
students having known, or potential, health
-
related concerns, such a
s allergies, asthma, contact dermatitis,
pregnancy, or other physiological sensitivities should check with their physician on the advisability of
laboratory work. The instructor and/or chair of the teaching department will provide, upon request, a list
of
the chemicals that will be used in experiments during the semester. More detailed information (that is,
Material Data Safety Sheets) will be furnished by the chairpersons upon written request.




Course Schedule for Lecture
:


You can click directly on th
e link to take you to the assigned Internet
reading.


The online text for this class, the Online Biology Book, can be directly accessed at the following
URL:


http://www.emc.
maricopa.edu/faculty/farabee/BIOBK/BioBookTOC.html


(
if the links are not
working in this document, go to the web page above and click on the appropriate chapter)


Note: Course syllabi are intended to provide students with basic information concerning the
course.
The syllabus can be viewed as a ‘blueprint’ for the course; changes in the syllabus can be made and
students will be informed of any substantive changes concerning examinations, the grading or
attendance policies and changes in project assignments

WEEK


Topics and Assigned Readings



1/1
2
-
1
4


Intro to course



1/1
7


MLK Holiday, no class

1/
29
-

2/
4

Introduction to Cells; DNA and Biotechnology

Reading:
Online Biology Book, Chapter 16


2/
7
-
2/1
8


Genetics

Reading:
Online Biology Book, Chapter
14


2/2
1
-
2/2
5



Genetics; Review for Exam I on 2/2
8

2/28



EXAM I: (held during lab period)

3/
2
-
3/1
1

Natural Selection and Evolution

Reading:
Online Biology Book, Chapter
37
;
Online Biology Book, Chapter
38


Selected Topics in Neuroscience, Reading: To be announced

3/1
4
-
3/1
8


Spring Break Holiday

3/2
1
-
3/2
5


Selected Topics in Neuroscience: Behavior, Endocrine interactions

Reading:
Online Biology Book (Endocrine)


3/2
8
-
4/1

Selected Topics in Neuroscience: Behavior, Endocrine interactions

Reading:
Online Biology Book (Endocrine)


4/4


Exam II (held during lab period)

4/6
-
4/20

Selected Topics in Neuroscience :


Brain and the Immune System

Reading:
Online Biology Book ( Immune System)

4/22

Holiday

no class

4/25
-
4/29

Selected Topics in Neuroscience: TBA

5/2

Review for the Final Exam

(no lab today)


Final Exam:
Friday, May 6 at 10:30 am




NSC 1412 LABORATORY
SCHEDULE

SPRING 201
1

Note: Labs always meet on Mondays


Week


Topic

1

January 1
7

MLK Holiday
, no labs this week

2

January 2
4

Introduction to Lab, Scientific Measurements

3

January 31

Scientific Communication and Peer Review (online)

4

February
7

Identification of Biological Molecules

5

February 1
4

Proteins and Enzymes

6

February 2
1

Genetics Workshop

7

February 28

EXAM I

8

March
7

Biotechnology/Bioinformatics

9

March 1
4

Spring
Break Holiday; no lab

10

March 2
1

Neuroscience: Introduction to Action Potential

11

March 2
8

Neuroscience: Sensory Systems

12

April
4

EXAM II

13

April 1
1

Neuroscience: Fish Behavior

14

April 1
8

Identification of Bacteria (week 1)

15

April 2
5

Identification of Bacteria (week 2)