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General Biology II Instructor: Dr. Chris Brown

BIOL 1020, Spring 2010 Office: 317 Pennebaker Hall

Section 001, Room 128 Pennebaker Hall Office Hours: MW 9-10, TR 1-2

Lecture Times: MWF 8:00-8:55 Phone: 372-6258

Lab Times: Various, all in Room 308 Pennebaker Hall email: cabrown@tntech.edu

Website: iweb.tntech.edu/cabrown/GenBio2.htm

Text: Essentials of Biology, 2nd Edition by Sylvia S. Mader


Course Overview: This course continues the sequence of topics begun in Biology 1010, General Biology I. There, you hopefully learned a little bit about the basics of biology: what living things are, what makes up a cell, how plants and animals create and use energy, how cells divide, the process of inheritance, and a little bit about evolution and natural selection. Most of these topics concern biological processes at or below the level of the cell. In BIOL 1020 we’ll move up and look at whole organisms, which (to me at least) is much more fun! We’ll begin by reviewing some of the basic concepts of microevolution, then move forward and consider macroevolution, or speciation. In this section we’ll also examine ideas on the origins of life on earth. Next, we’ll look at biodiversity, the study of the richness of living things on Earth. Here we’ll briefly examine the distinguishing features of the major groups of plants, animals, and other creatures. Third, we’ll learn some basic ideas in ecology, the study of the interactions of organisms among themselves and with their environment. Here we’ll also discuss how human activities affect organisms. Finally, we’ll take a look at various aspects of the parts (anatomy) and functions (physiology) of a typical vertebrate, the wily Homo sapiens.

NOTE: Successful completion of BIOL 1020 satisfies 4 hours of the General Education Core in Natural Sciences.


Textbook: We’re using the same text as used last semester for BIOL 1010, so many of you should not have to purchase a new text. However, this is our first year using the Mader text, so if you took BIOL 1010 before this past fall the text will have changed. If you have a copy of the previous textbook by Krogh there may be some minor differences in content, but that will work as a suitable alternative text.


Lecture Exams and Assignments: There will be four exams during the semester, each consisting of objective-type (multiple choice, true-false, matching) questions worth 50 points. The fourth exam (or final exam) is partially comprehensive; it will have 40-45 questions over new material and 5-10 questions taken from the first three exams. These “review” questions will come from questions that are missed by >50% of the class. Note that the final has exactly the same point value and number of questions as the other exams; it simply includes material from the entire semester. There will also be two assignments, each worth 25 points, based on current readings from Discover or Smithsonian magazines (two of my favorite science magazines). These are intended to get you to read about some current research related to topics we’ll cover in class, and to think about what these developments mean. You’ll have at least one week to complete each homework assignment. Finally, you can earn up to 20 bonus points by asking questions; see the next section for details. Thus, the lecture section of the course has 250 points available, plus up to 20 bonus points.


Bonus Points: At the beginning of each class I’ll show a list of names, chosen at random. If you see your name, you need to provide me a written question about some aspect of biology, along with your name and a working email address. The topic of the question can be related to, or unrelated to, what we’ve talked about recently in class; as long as it’s about biology it’s acceptable. From each day’s questions I’ll pick 2-3 to answer at the beginning of the next class; if your question is one of those, you automatically receive 10 bonus points! If your question is not one I answer in class, I’ll email a response; you then get 5 points for the question and 5 for replying to my email, saying you got the answer. Each person’s name will appear a maximum of three times during the semester, but you can only earn 20 bonus points (that is, your name will only appear a third time if you did not turn in a question on either of the first two times your name was listed).

Important Note: You may NOT turn in a question via email, or after I leave the room, or on a day your name is not shown. It has to be handed to me in class on the day your name appears. Also, I reserve the right to refuse a question if it doesn’t have anything to do with biology, or is overly silly.


Lab Exams and Assignments: There is a mandatory lab associated with this class, worth 100 points toward your final grade. The details of your lab grade will be provided the first week in lab.


Lecture Attendance and Notes: Part of being in college involves taking responsibility for your own learning. Thus, I do not take roll for the entire class except perhaps during the first several class meetings. However, I strongly recommend that you attend class, for several reasons. First, I tend to base exams primarily on my lecture notes. Second, most people do better when they read information, hear information, and write down information; this gives you three chances to absorb what you want to learn!

All lectures are done using PowerPoint, and I will post a pdf (Adobe) copy of each lecture on the course website. These should be posted before I give the lecture in class, unless computer problems arise. The posted lectures will begin as complete versions of my lectures, with nothing omitted. However, I reserve the right to modify the posted lectures as needed, or remove them completely, if I feel that attendance or student success are being adversely affected by having the lectures available. That is, these should not serve as a replacement for attending class!!


Make-up Policy for Lecture and Lab: I will generally allow you to make up a missed exam if you have a legitimate excuse. However, the following rules will be strictly enforced! If you know before a scheduled exam that you will be absent that day, let me know ahead of the exam time. Otherwise, you must contact me within 48 hours after the scheduled exam date. You must then make up the exam within one week of the scheduled exam date; only under extraordinary circumstances will I allow make-up exams later than this. Make-up exams will differ from the original, in that some of the multiple choice questions will be changed to short answer or fill-in-the-blank. If more than five people miss the exam I will schedule a single make-up time, most likely during dead hour (11-12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays).

With very few exceptions, students will not be allowed to make up more than one exam. These exceptions are limited to absences due to officially sanctioned university events or long-term severe health issues that are formally documented.

Homework assignments will be accepted late with the following deductions: 20% off for turning it in no later than one class period after the due date; 50% off for turning it in no later than two class periods after the due date; 75% off for turning it in no later than three class periods after the due date. Any homework turned in later than three class periods after the deadline will not be accepted.

As for lab, you must attend your lab section each week. Unless allowed by your lab TA, assignments cannot be made up after the week in which they are given. The current policy is that, if you miss your lab, you may attend another lab that week provided that you obtain prior permission from the TA of the lab you will be attending. More details should be provided during your initial lab section.


Grading: A total of 350 points are available for the semester, plus up to 20 bonus points. The lab grade is 28.6% of your overall course grade. Exam grades may be curved at my discretion, but I very rarely do this; thus, do not anticipate a curve. The point ranges for individual grades will be as follows:

Grade

Point Range

% Range

A

308-350

88-100

B

273-307

78-88

C

238-272

68-78

D

203-237

58-68

F

0-202

0-58


VERY IMPORTANT STUFF!!: These point ranges are set in stone; that is, they will not be modified now and especially after 10 a.m. on 6 May! If you are on a lottery scholarship, athletic scholarship, or any type of GPA-dependent scholarship, it is YOUR responsibility to get a high enough grade to keep your scholarship. It is not my responsibility (or my choice) to GIVE you enough points so that you can keep your scholarship when you have not earned those points. In other words…I will not give anyone an opportunity to do extra work beyond that stated in the syllabus to try to bump up his or her grade; I will not give anyone the chance to redo a missed assignment or turn in a late extra credit question; I will not add points to anyone’s grade.


Accommodation Requests: Students with a disability requiring any special accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS; room 112 in the Roaden University Center; phone 372-6119) and fill out an accommodation request form. This should then be turned in to me, preferably as close to the beginning of the semester as possible. If you have testing accommodations, PLEASE get these requests to me at least 48 hours before the day of the scheduled exam.


Classroom Behavior: I tend to think that the following shouldn’t have to be said to college students, but unfortunately it does… so I will. I expect everyone attending class to respect both me and your fellow students by being as attentive and well-mannered as possible. So…if you intend to come to class to talk to your friends, read the paper, sleep, play your DS, surf the web, listen to your iPod, text message everyone in the eastern U.S., etc., I’d ask that you not bother coming at all, because you then have no intention of even trying to learn something. I despise playing classroom cop, but I will ask you to leave if you are disrupting me or others in the class. I expect you to turn off electronic devices (other than computers, if taking notes) during class and especially during exams. Cell phones should be off or set to vibrate; if your cell phone rings during class I will (1) attempt to embarrass you the first time, and then (2) ask you to leave class for the day any subsequent times. Any electronic device observed during an exam will result in an automatic zero for that exam; note that this applies to cell phones as well as Blackberrys, iPods, PDAs, GPS, etc. That means you must put them away! If you use your phone for a calculator, you’ll need to either bring a regular calculator or do the math by hand.


Plagiarism: Real learning involves, or better requires, that each person do his or her own work. Not doing your own work is academic dishonesty, both to me (as your professor), to whomever you copy from, and to yourself. Academic dishonesty primarily involves plagiarism. Plagiarism in this class includes copying material from your text, an article used for the homework assignments, another student, or some other source, and presenting that material as your own. It will not be accepted! For first offences on an assignment, my policy is to give you half credit if you’ve copied from an article. If 2 or more people copy from each other on an assignment, I’ll take the highest grade, divide that by the number of people who copied, and give each person that grade. Second offences will result in a zero, and any plagiarizing on a test (first offences included) will result in a zero.


Academic Progress Information: Some student organizations require their members to get academic progress information from their professors. If you belong to one of these, you’ll need to bring me your form while I’m in my office so I can check your grades. I won’t sign them before or after class in the lecture hall, as there are too many students for me to remember individual grades off the top of my head.


Some Dates You May Find Important


18 January Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (NO CLASSES)

22 January Last day to add a course

27 January Last day to drop without a grade (advisor’s signature needed)

8-12 March Spring Break (NO CLASSES)

23 March Freshman progress reports available

29 March-1 April Advisement for Summer and Fall 2010

1 April Last day to drop with an automatic W grade

2 April Good Friday (NO CLASSES)

5 April Early registration begins

3-6 May Final Exams


TENTATIVE LECTURE OUTLINE


WEEK OF:

LECTURE TOPIC

READINGS IN MADER

11 January

Introduction; Microevolution

Chapter 15 (pp. 233-239)

18 January

More on Microevolution

Chapters 14-15 (pp. 217-246)

25 January

Macroevolution; History of Life

Chapter 16 (pp. 247-266)

1 February

Viruses and Prokaryotes

Chapter 17 (pp. 267-278)

8 February

Protists and Fungi;

EXAM 1 on 10 February

Chapters 17-18 (pp. 279-286, 300-308)

15 February

More Fungi and Plants;

HW assignment I due 17 February

Chapter 18 (pp. 287-308)

22 February

Some Plant Anatomy

Chapters 20-21 (pp. 341-380)

1 March

Animals;

EXAM 2 on 5 March

Chapter 19 (pp. 309-340)

8 March

SPRING BREAK




15 March

Animals (part 2)

Chapter 19 (pp. 309-340)

22 March

Population and Community Ecology

Chapters 30-31 (pp. 539-573)

29 March

Ecosystems and Human Impacts;

HW assignment II due 29 March

Chapters 31-32 (pp. 574-602)

5 April

Body Organization;

EXAM 3 on 7 April

Chapter 22 (pp. 381-398)

12 April

Circulatory System

Chapter 23 (pp. 399-416)

19 April

Respiratory & Digestive Systems

Chapters 24-25 (pp. 417-460)

26 April

Immune & Nervous Systems

Chapters 26-27 (pp. 461-498)

3 May

FINAL EXAM (8:00-10:00, Thursday, 6 May)




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