College of DuPage Biology 1151 Syllabus: Spring 2008.

MW 02:00PM-03:50PM TH 02:00PM-04:50PM IC 1-G, IC 3-B
Instructor: Peter ChenOffice hours: before or after class
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Course Description:
Principles of Biological Science I, 5 credit hours (4 lecture hours, 3 lab hours)
An introduction to biology for biological science majors and interested students. Major topics include the philosophy of science, scientific method, chemical organization of life, cell biology, energy dynamics, genetics, molecular genetics, evolution, and biodiversity. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in Mathematics 0481, or qualifying score on the Math Placement Exam.

Required Textbooks:
•   Campbell, Neill A and Jane B. Reece. Biology 7th Edition. San Francisco: Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2005.
•   Petersen, Chris E. and Barbara. J. Anderson. Investigations in the Biology 1151 Laboratory. Champaign: Stupes Publishing, 2005.
•   Van De Graaff, Kent and John L. Crawley. A Photographic Atlas for the Biology Laboratory, 5th Edition. Englewood: Morton Publishing Company, 2005.

Lectures and Labs:
The instruction time for each class is 90 minutes, with 20 minutes of break time, for a total of 110 minutes. Attendance in both lecture and lab is critical to success in this course. Attendance in lecture is worth 2 points for each class; points may be deducted for tardiness, leaving early, or for being disruptive in class. Lab data sheets will be collected after each lab and assessed for participation, up to 3 points each.

There will be 4 tests, each worth 100 points. The lowest score of the 4 tests is weighted at 50%; so the total possible points from the tests are 350. Tests are not cumulative. Makeup tests must be taken by the next scheduled class; otherwise a score of 0 will be recorded for that test. There will be 15 quizzes worth 10 points each, with the lowest score of the 15 dropped. The quizzes are unannounced. There will be 3 lab exams worth 70 each. No makeups are available for quizzes, labs, or lab exams. Other assignments will include a homework assignment and a team presentation.
4 tests, 100 pts each350
15 quizzes, 10 pts each140
3 lab exams, 70 pts each210
17 lab data sheets, 3 pts each51
1 homework, 70 pts each70
Team presentation65
Attendance (57 classes)114
A (90%)900
B (80%)800
C (70%)700
D (60%)600
F (<60%)<600
Grades and Tests:
The class web site will provide access to your grades. You will need to setup a password access your grade and also take tests online. I will try to grade tests and quizzes as soon as possible, so we can review them before moving to the next topic. You are encouraged to do the end of chapter problems on your own; they can be helpful in preparing for tests. I will also provide some review questions to check your understaning of major concepts, though test questions will be broader in scope, so do not rely on these review questions as your major preparation for tests. If you miss a test, you need to make it up before the next class period.

Taking Notes:
Outlines for each class are posted on the web. You may use these as an aid in taking notes, or you may choose to take notes on your own paper. In either case, you are encouraged to take notes; achievement in class is strongly correlated with note taking!

Homework and Assignments:
You have homework assignment for every class: read the assigned material before coming to class, and bring your textbook/lab guide to class. One written homework will be assigned during the semester. There will also be a team project. All assignments should be typed and include at least 2 references, unless otherwise specified, using either APA or MLA citation style. The textbook or lab guide do not count as a reference. Assignments should be submitted to me electronically as part of your record; you may use the class upload tool to submit your assignment.

Extra credit: Quizzes and tests may contain extra credit questions; these may cover topics in the textbook not specifically addressed in class, or topics raised during discussions in class, so pay attention to class discussions and participate! Supplementary reading material will be provided for some classes; you can earn up to 4 extra credit points by writing a one-page report on the supplmentary reading and giving a brief presentation during class, up to a total of 20 points.

Withdrawal Policy:
The deadline to withdraw from class is 8 calendar days following mid-term; or Wednesday, 03/14. Withdrawal after that date will require my approval, and only under extreme circumstances. However, I will not grant a request to withdraw if you are getting a failing grade at that time.

Incomplete Policy:
An Incomplete grade may be given at my discretion only for emergency situations. A "Contract for Incomplete Grade" will indicate the work required and a deadline date. A grade of F will be given if the requirements are not satisfied by the deadline.

Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty:
Academic dishonesty is prohibited. See COD catalog, Course-Related Academic Integrity.

If you have any questions about this class, or about your career here at College of DuPage and beyond, please feel free to contact me by telephone, email, or in-person. If you need to see me at times other than before or after class, please make arrangements with me.

Congratulations, you have finished reading the Syllabus for Biology 1151. Read the assignments and notes as carefully as you have read this, and you will do well!

This syllabus is a living document and is subject to change.

Bio1151b College of DuPage Updated: Jan 11, 2008.