College of DuPage Biology 1903 Syllabus: Fall 2006.
   

M 03:00PM-05:50PM IC 3011 / W 03:00PM-04:50PM IC 3A
Peter ChenOffice hours: before or after class
Voicemail: 630-942-2800 x58218Mailbox: IC 2070
Email: Class Code: 10343
Web: http://bio1903.nicerweb.com/Section: 3090-1903-001

Course Description:
Schedule
Principles of Biological Science II, 3 credit hours
General survey of plant biology including anatomy, physiology, reproduction and classification; characteristics of viruses, bacteria and fungi; concepts of ecology and evolution; and animal behavior.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of both BIOLO 101 Principles of Biological Science and BIOLO 102 Principles of Biological Science, or successful completion of BIOLO 101 and concurrent enrollment in BIOLO 1902. Students must receive a permit certifying that they have satisfied these requirements, and the need to take this Incomplete Sequence course as part of their certificate, degree or course prerequisites.

Required Textbook:
- Caimpbell, Neill A and Jane B. Reece. Biology 7th Edition. San Francisco: Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2005.

Lectures and Labs:
The instruction time for each class is 140 minutes, with 30 minutes of break time, for a total of 170 minutes. Attendance in both lecture and lab is critical to success in this course. 10% of your grade will be based on participation. Significant contributions to class discussion or lab work may result in extra credit participation points at the instructor’s discretion. A good way to earn participation points is to read assigned material ahead of time and come to class prepared to contribute. A good way to lose participation points is to talk in class, miss classes, or start packing up 2 minutes before the end of class.

Grading:
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. Makeup tests must be taken by the next scheduled class; otherwise a score of 0 will be recorded for that test. There will be 8 quizzes worth 10 points each, with the lowest score of the 8 dropped. The quizzes may cover lab topics. There will be 3 lab exams worth 75 each. No makeups for labs, quizzes, or lab exams. Lab data sheets will be collected after each lab and assessed for participation, up to 5 points each. Other assignments will include a homework assignment, and a team presentation.
AssignmentPoints
4 tests, 100 pts each350
8 quizzes, 10 pts each70
8 lab data sheets, 5 pts each40
1 homework, 70 pts each70
3 lab exams, 75 pts each225
Team presentation65
Participation80
Total900
GradePoints
A (90%)810
B (80%)720
C (70%)630
D (60%)540
F (<60%)<540




Grades and Tests:
The class web site will provide access to your cumulative scores. 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. Tests are not cumulative. I will 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.

Taking Notes:
Outlines for each class are posted on the web and distributed in class. 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: or lab read the assigned material before coming to class, and bring your textbook/lab guide to class. One specific written homework will be given during the semester. Other assignments include 0 lab reports and 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 references. Attach copies of the specific pages you referenced, and use a highlighter to highlight the passages used. If the reference is available electronically, you can cut and paste the relevant sections and boldface or otherwise highlight your passages. Assignments should be submitted to me electronically as part of your record. Teams of up to 3 students will be chosen to present a team project during the last week of class. Detailed requirements will be given.

Extra credit: Quizzes and tests nay 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:
The deadline to withdraw from class is 8 calendar days following mid-term; or Tuesday, 11/07. 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.

Pass/Fail Option:
If you wish to take this course on a Pass/Fail basis you must earn grade points of a "C" or higher to receive a "Pass". You must sign a form for the Pass/Fail option; deadline for submitting the form to me is the same as withdrawing from the class: 11/07.

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

Questions:
If you have any questions about this class, or about your career here at the 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.

Conclusion:
Congratulations, you have finished reading the Syllabus for Biology 1903. 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.

College of DuPage Biology 1903 Syllabus: Fall 2006. updated: Dec 19, 2006. Author: Peter Chen.