Fall 2017 Bio 10-71316

                      MW 7:45-9:10 am

 

 

Instructor:         Leticia Gallardo         Office: SM 55H         Phone: 408-741-2416

Instructor Webpage: http://instruct.westvalley.edu/gallardo

CourseWebpage         http://instruct.westvalley.edu/svensson/B10Main/index.html

MasteringBiology Course ID: MBGALLARDOF17

Office Hours: M 9:30- 11:00; or by appt.                        e-mail: leticia.gallardo@westvalley.edu

                                                                                                  

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course. However, students are expected to read and write at the college level and know sufficient mathematics to use and understand graphs and charts.

Notes: 1) The course is a co-requisite with Introduction to Biology Lab - you should be enrolled in both concurrently. You have the flexibility to register for any lecture section paired with any lab section that works with your schedule, but you should be enrolled in both. 2) BIOLOGY 10 IS NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED BIO 11 WITH A GRADE OF C OR BETTER.  

 

Texts & Materials:

Required:

*Simon, Dickey, & Reece Campbell Essential Biology with Physiology 5th edition with MasteringBiology. Pearson Education, Inc. 2016. ISBN-13: 9780321967503 (Note loose leaf 9780134057491 OR etext are also acceptable)

*MasteringBiology Included with purchase of NEW text or access code can be purchased at http://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/masteringbiology/ for $60.50

* Biology 10 General Laboratory Manual Summer 2017. Chimps Publishing West Valley College Biology Department.

*Scantron answer sheet forms- #882 (Exams)

Recommended:

* 3 ring binder 

General Description:  Bio 10- General Biology is a 3 unit lecture and 1 unit lab course accepted by both UC & Cal State University Systems.  This course is a general introduction to the world of biology that will introduce you fundamental concepts in biology. The basic knowledge of biology gained in this course will allow you to make educated decisions about environmental & health related issues, as well as a variety of other biological issues that will likely come up during your life.  The class combination consists of both lecture and laboratory components. The lectures will introduce you to the principles of biology while labs are designed to reinforce lecture material by using interactive experiments. The Lecture and lab are co-requisites and should be taken concurrently, but will receive separate grades. 

Student Learning Outcomes

*Design an experiment using the scientific method

*Demonstrate improved ability to make biologically informed decisions regarding health, wellness,   biotechnology and environmental/ecological issues based on information learned in this course

*Recognize how evolution accounts for unity and diversity of life

Attendance: Attendance is mandatory for student success. It is the student’s responsibility to attend ALL classes and labs, classes will start on time and will run the entire time; schedule doctor appointments, dental appointments, baby sitters etc. accordingly. If you are absent for any reason, please notify me as soon as possible. If a student misses a lecture or lab, it is his/her responsibility to obtain any handouts and information provided. Again, if a student is absent from more than four class sessions he/she will be DROPPED from the course. 

Withdrawing from the Course: Anyone not present in the beginning of the semester will be dropped. After the first class it is the responsibility of the student who registered to withdraw, even if he/she has stopped attending class.  Do not assume that if you stop coming to class that you will automatically be dropped. Students who fail to attend but do not inform the instructor and officially drop the course will receive a failing grade.

Conduct:Disruptive conduct in lecture and lab is unacceptable. This includes late arrivals, disruptive talk, passing notes, ringing cell phones, pagers and ipod use. Disruptive students will be asked to leave and will lose participation points. Cell phones will be confiscated if seen in class. Continued disruptive behavior will result in disciplinary action. Students violating conduct or academic integrity policies will lose any extra credit points offered/earned.

Cell Phone Policy: “If I see it, I will take it.” Cell phone use is not allowed in class. Please exhibit courtesy to your classmates and instructor and keep your cell phone put away.

Websites: 

This course will have an active website page which can be used to review lab schedule and general class policies throughout the semester. This lecture section also has a webpage designed to provide students information relevant to this section only. Instructor’s syllabus with polices and lecture powerpoint presentations will be made available to students weekly. These materials are highly beneficial to focusing your study time and if used properly will aid in your success in this course. Please keep in mind these resources are a privilege and not a right and may be discontinued at the instructor’s discretion. Students are also responsible for logging into the MasteringBiology webpage to complete daily homework assignments. It is advised that students check this webpage daily.

Course Format:

Lecture Format: Lectures will be used to present, clarify, and expand on information which is presented in your book and laboratory manual. Although we will follow a typical lecture format, class participation and involvement is encouraged. If, during lecture, you have a question raise your hand and I will try to answer when appropriate. Otherwise please do not talk during lecture– it is disruptive to me and your fellow students! You do not need to bring your text to class; however, it may be to your benefit to have it available. You are required to know all of the information presented in the class lectures whether the material is in the text or not.

Lab Format: Laboratory scores are typically based on three items; prelabs, quizzes and lab reports. Although the precise nature of the lab evaluations may vary somewhat between lab instructors, lab scores will count towards your lab grade. Note: attendance and completion of laboratory exercises in class are required in order to earn lab points. 

Academic Integrity: Academic integrity is MANDATORY. The college policy on cheating is clearly spelled out in the college catalogue and will be strictly enforced. Use of any method other than your knowledge and memory (such as notes, looking on other students papers, communication between students, etc. ) to answer questions on an exam or quiz constitutes cheating and will result in failure of that exam or quiz. Dishonest behavior also includes: cheating, tampering, fabrication, plagiarism, and assisting. Any student caught exhibiting dishonest behavior will be appropriately reprimanded (see course webpage "handout" folder for more details). Therefore be proactive; keep your work to yourself and be sure that all work (papers and presentations) is your own, and in your own words- this includes group activities. Summaries and reports must be completed individually. Any students caught or implicated in dishonest behavior will be appropriately reprimanded. Students will receive a zero on that exam/assignment and all dishonest behavior will be reported to the Vice President of Student Services and will undergo review by the Disciplinary Action Committee. Resulting disciplinary action may include one or more of the following; academic probation, suspension, expulsion from the district colleges, and academic dishonesty transcript notation.  Testing procedures & policies are detailed below.  Note: Students caught cheating will automatically forfeit all extra credit points,this includes both points earned and all remaining available points.

Special Accommodations: If you have a learning or physical need that will require special accommodations in this class you will need to notify me in writing of your accommodation needs. Please notify me following the first class if you require any special accommodations for learning or physical impairments. This will allow me to best meet your needs and allow us ample opportunity to provide suitable accommodations. West Valley College makes reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. College materials will be available in alternate formats (Braille, audio, electronic format, or large print) upon request. Please contact the Disability and Educational Support Program at (408) 741-2010 (voice) or (408) 741-2658 (TTY) for assistance. 

Safety:Student safety in the class is a primary concern. Instructions for laboratory safety are outlined in your lab manual. You will be instructed to read and sign this safety sheet after reviewing this material during lab 2. In order to be safe, all students should be familiar with their surroundings. You should know the location of the first aid kit, fire extinguisher, eye wash, and nearest emergency phone. In the event of an emergency which requires the evacuation of the building (earthquake or fire), we will exit the building through the outside door and walk to parking lot #2. In this event you MUST remain with the instructor.

Study Time: For each hour spent in class, students should expect to spend at least 2 to 3 hours outside of class studying in order to achieve an average grade (C). (Note this estimate is for the average student to earn an average grade for this class is 6 – 9 hours per week!) You should find yourself studying, reviewing and preparing for class and lab each day of the week!

Note: Be careful not to confuse quantity studying with quality study. Simply spending time with

your books and materials will not earn you a better grade. Only hours of directed, motivated

studying will work toward earning you a better grade! As you instructor, I am here to facilitate

your learning by presenting the material and assisting in your understanding. I will do as much

as I can to help you, but ultimately it is you who will earn your final grade!

 

Lecture Evaluation:

Participation:30 pts Participation will be evaluated through attendance records and participation & performance in class. Some ways in which to lose participation points are: 1) missing class; 2) arriving late or leaving early; 3) violation of class procedures; 4) leaving classroom in disarray or dirty; 5) demonstration of continued lack of preparation for class; 6) failure to complete class activities; and 7) disruptive behavior in class.

 

Homework & quizzes: 250pts. A variety of assignments and lecture quizzes given throughout the semester will count towards your lecture grade (35% of your lecture grade).  Assignments and quizzes will be accessible on MasteringBiology webpage http://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/masteringbiology/ Students should expect a minimum of one homework assignments per lecture topic.

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Pop quizzes may be given at any time during the lecture. There are no make-up quizzes. SO BE ON TIME TO CLASS!!

Extra credit points void when students violate class policies such as: exceeding maximum absences, arriving late, leaving early, cheating, etc.

Exams:  exams (100 pts ea) & 1 Final exam (125pts) will comprise the bulk of the student’s lecture points. Students are responsible for all material presented in lecture, whether it can be found in the text or not. The exams will consist of a combination of multiple choice, matching, short answer, and labeling questions. The final exam will consist of 100pts of new material & 25pts worth of comprehensive material. Attendance of scheduled exams is mandatory. There are NO make-up exams. Failure to attend an exam may result in a zero grade for the exam. Exams scores will not be dropped or substituted. Exams will begin promptly, please be sure to arrive on time and note that you will not receive extra time to compensate a late arrival. All students must take the final exam during the assigned time period. Note: Please write legibly- my standard policy is if I can’t read it, it’s wrong! 

Due to several incidents of cheating very strict testing procedures will be enforced!

1. Students will NOT be allowed to leave the room for any reason once the exam has been administered. This includes: using the restroom, answering cell phones, etc.

2. If you must leave the room you must turn in your exam and forfeit your remaining time. I will only grade the portion of the exam that you have completed.

3. Be on time! Once the first person leaves the exam room, no one arriving late will be allowed to start the exam.

4. All notes, books, and personal belongings will be either left outside the room or stored in the cabinets in the lab tables (NOT the cubbies in the lab tables).

5. Cell phones/pagers must be turned off during the exam and placed in backpacks or purses. Ringing cell phones and/or pagers during exams may result in failure of the exam. If you must leave your phone on during an exam please switch it to silent mode. If, for any reason, you answer a cell phone or pager during an exam you must turn in your exam and forfeit your remaining time.

6. Absolutely NO talking will be allowed during the exam.

7. Assigned seating will be utilized for examinations.

8. Absolutely no papers (other than those provided by the instructor) are allowed on or around the student’s workspace.

9. Cheating will result in a zero on the exam and probable expulsion from the class.

If circumstance precludes you from adhering to these policies you must speak to your instructor PRIOR to the exams.

  

Late Work: Late work is not tolerated. Labs will not be accepted late and quizzes can only be taken at the beginning of lab. There are no make-up quizzes. 

Returned Work:

Corrected paperwork will be placed in the Bio 10 (SM55) drawers where students can pick up work at their convenience.

 

Grade Calculations:

A 3- unit grade will be given for the lecture and 1- unit grade will be given for lab.

Lecture

                        Exams (3 @ 100pts.)…………………………………….…………………………….300

                        Final Exam ………………………………………………………………………………….125

                        Homework & Quizzes………………………………………………………..……..…250

                        Participation………………………………………………………………………………...30

                                        Total Lecture Points Possible                             705*

 

    

*If complications in projects cause assignments to be discontinued or if additional assignments are given, the percent scale of the adjusted points will be used to calculate grades.                    

Your final course grade will be based on the following scale:

            A (90-100%),  B (80-89%),  C (65-79%),  D (55-65%),  F (below 55%)

Periodically I will post your grades. This gives you the opportunity to confirm where you stand in the class

 

Places to seek Additional Help:

Office Hours:             M 9:30-11:30pm, or by appt.

Form study groups: your fellow classmates are a valuable resource

Support Services:Please take advantage of the support services on campus- They are here to help you! Services contact information is listed below

Tutoring: Tutorial Services : All students are eligible for free on campus tutoring. If you wish to get help you MUST make the commitment to attend any scheduled tutorial sessions. If any student misses 2 non-cancelled tutorial sessions they will be dropped from the program.

Important Phone Numbers:

Life threatening emergency- Campus phone……………………………………..9-911                        Technology Center………………………………………….741-2666

Student Health Services on campus……… ……………………………………………741-2027                  Tutorial Services……………………………………..…….741-2038

Safety Escort Service (Campus Police) ………………………………………………741-2092                   Counseling Center……………………………………………741-2009

Science and Math Division office ………………………..……………….……..…….741-2018                   Bookstore………………………………………………………..741-2015

Extended Opportunity Programs & Service (EOPS)………………..……..741-2010

Disability & Educational Support Program (DESP)…………..………………741-2010

 

Important Date:                                                     Holidays:

Last day to Add……………………………….…Sep 10              Labor Day…………..………Sept 4

Last day to drop without a “W” …….. Sep 11               Vetern’s Day………….……Nov 10

Last day to drop with a “W”…………... Nov 18               Thanksgiving……………….Nov 23-26

 

 

                                        Tentative Lecture Schedule

 

Date

Lecture Topic

Chapter

 

1

8/28

Introduction/ Basic Concepts

1

8/30

Chemistry of Life

2

 

2

9/04

Holiday

 

9/06

Chemistry of Life

2

 

3

9/11

Molecules of life

3

9/13

Molecules of life

3

 

4

9/18

Cell Structure

4, 5

9/20

EXAM 1

 

 

5

9/25

Cell Function & Metabolism

4, 5

9/27

Cell Energy: Cellular Respiration & Photosynthesis

5, 7

 

6

10/02

Cell Reproduction: Mitosis & Meiosis

8

10/04

Cell Reproduction: Mitosis & Meiosis

8

 

7

10/09

DNA Structure & Function

10

10/11

Inheritance

9

 

8

10/16

EXAM 2

 

10/18

Reproduction

26

 

9

10/23

Reproduction

26

10/25

Cardiovascular & Respiration

23

 

10

10/30

Cardiovascular & Respiration

23

11/01

Digestion & Nutrition

22

 

11

11/06

Digestion & Nutrition

22

11/08

Exam 3

 

 

12

11/13

Darwin & Evolution

13

11/15

Evolution  

14

 

13

11/20

Evolution  

14

11/22

Ecology: Population

18, 19

 

14

11/27

Ecology: Population

19

11/29

Ecology: Communities & Ecosystems

20

 

15

12/04

Ecology: Communities & Ecosystems

20

12/06

Climate change

 

 

12/11

Comprehensive Final Exam Mon 7:30-9:30 am

 

 

       


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last published: 8/26/17