BIOS 1130, Section 2A
Springquarter 2010 - 2011
Instructor Leslie Kwasnieski
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PREFIX/ SECTION:BIOS 1130, Section 2A
CREDIT HOURS:5 quarter hours
MEETING TIMES:Tuesday and Thursday, 6 pm to 9:25 pm
CLASS LOCATION:EVC 145 and lab (EVC 146) as instructed
DATE CLASS BEGINS/ENDS:March 10, 2011 – May 24, 2011
WITHDRAW BY DATE: May 9, 2011
INSTRUCTOR NAME:Leslie Kwasnieski
OFFICE LOCATION:EVC 143
OFFICE TELEPHONE:(402)289-1385 (please leave a voicemail)
OFFICE HOURS:By appointment
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES PROGRAM AREA IDENTIFICATION:
Program Area: Math and Science
Dean: Brad Morrison, Dean of Math and Science
Office phone: 289-1307
Information will be presented in the form of lectures, lab activities and class discussion, film and other media may also be presented. Lab is an integral part of class, attendance is mandatory if you plan to pass.
The student studies the cellular, molecular, and genetic bases for life processes in the first course of a three-course sequence.
Students must have completed BIOS 1111 and 1121 with a passing grade to take BIOS 1131.
At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1.Understand basic concepts in the biological sciences, particularly regarding the structures and function of plant and animal organ systems.
2.Applying these concepts to the solution of problems in familiar and unfamiliar situations.
3.Use higher-level thinking skills in evaluating scientifically-derived information and interpreting cause-and-effect relationships.
4.Evaluate the social consequences of scientific activity.
REQUIRED/SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS:(available in the MCC bookstore or at . )
Text: Biology, Life on Earth. Audeskirk, Audeskirk & Byers. 9th ed.
SOFTWARE/FILE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
MetropolitanCommunity College uses Microsoft products as part of its standard software and encourages students to do the same. You may save word-processed documents for file attachments in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format. If your software does not allow either of these, then save files in Rich Text Format (.rtf).
Dates for spring quarter, 2010/11 can be found at .
Academic Calendar can be found at:
METHODS OF ASSESSING STUDENT PROGRESS
Final grades will be based on five written exams, quizzes and homework. Lab questions may be combined with exams or may be given separately. The instructor reserves the right to make changes as needed and students will be notified in class.
CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING FINAL COURSE GRADE
- Final grades will be based on fivewritten exams worth a total of 500 points. Lab questions may be combined with each exam. Students can expect to see a variety of questions on each exam, including (but not limited to) multiple choice, matching, short answer, and essay.
- Random quizzes may be given at any point, during the beginning, middle or end of class. Occasional homework requiring some research will also be assigned. Quizzes and homework will be worth a total of approximately 250 points.
Final grades will be based on a percentage of possible points using the grading scale below.
100 - 90 A
89 - 80 B
79 - 70 C
69 - 65 D
BELOW 65 F
MAKE-UP TEST PROCEDURES
Make-up exams are unfair to the entire class, and will not be considered outside of these guidelines. No early exams or quizzes will be given under any circumstances. Any student who misses an exam without notifying the instructor previous to the exam will receive a zero grade with no opportunity for make-up. In the case of missed exam, the student must schedule the makeup exam and complete that exam before the next scheduled class time to receive credit, unless other arrangements are made with the instructor. Tests not made up according ot these guidelines will result in a zero. Makeup testsmay be given in essay format.
There will be no make ups for any missed quizzes, nor will ate homework assignments be accepted after the due date given at the time of assignment.
It may be necessary to take the makeup exam at the EVC testing center, please contact them at 289-1278 for an appointment at least 24 hours in advance.
MAINTENANCE OF STUDENT RECORDS
All exams will be made available to the students for review, then returned to the instructor and retained for one quarter only.
ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING PROGRAM:
MetropolitanCommunity College is committed to continuous improvement of teaching and learning. You may be asked to help us to accomplish this objective. For example, you may be asked to respond to surveys or questionnaires. In other cases, tests or assignments you are required to do for this course may be shared with faculty and used for assessment purposes.
USE OF STUDENT WORK:
By enrolling in classes offered by Metropolitan Community College, the student gives the College license to mark on, modify, and retain the work as may be required by the process of instruction, as described in the course syllabus. The institution shall not have the right to use the work in any other manner without the written consent of the student(s).
INSTRUCTOR’S EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS
To receive a passing grade the student is expected be present at ALL classes and in attendance for ALL lab activities. Attendance will be recorded daily and any student routinely arriving late or leaving early will be recorded as absent. Students are expected to be in class when assignments are handed out and explained.
Please arrive at class in a timely manner as latecomers are disruptive to fellow students, as well as the instructor. Any students conversing during class time will be asked to complete their conversations in the hallway. No cell phone, text messaging, IPOD or internet use will be tolerated during class time. Students not complying with these guidelines will be asked to leave the classroom and cannot return until they have visited with the dean.
It is expected that the student will read the text book and complete the activities presented in the lab book. For best results in this class, it is advised that notes be taken and reviewed daily. The most efficient method of learning the material will vary between students; the instructor recommends study groups and has personally determined that last minute cramming is not an effective study technique.
After the first class meeting and through the Section Census Date, the instructor may disenroll (WX) students who have not attended any classes. The Section Census Date is listed under the Important Dates for the course in the official Class Schedule at There is no appeal for this disenrollment.
A student who fails to meet class attendance expectations may receive a final grade mark of FX, indicating an absence-related failure, or a failing (F) grade.
College policies, such as student rights and responsibilities, academic standards, plagiarism, and etc. are outlined in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. This information can be accessed via the online catalog at
When you communicate with others in this course, you must follow the Student Code of Conduct ( which calls for responsible and cooperative behavior. Please think critically, ask questions, and challenge ideas, but also show respect for the opinions of others, respond to them politely, and maintain the confidentiality of thoughts expressed in the class. You may also wish to review information at
ACADEMIC HONESTY STATEMENT:
Students are reminded that materials they use as sources for classwork may be subject to copyright protection. Additional information about copyright is provided on the library website at or by your instructor. In response to incidents of student dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, illegal peer-to-peer file sharing, etc.), the College imposes specific actions that may include receiving a failing grade on a test, failure in the course, suspension from the College, or dismissal from the College. Disciplinary procedures are available in the Advising/Counseling Centers or at
If you cannot participate in and complete this course, you should officially withdraw by calling Central Registration at 402-457-5231 or 1-800-228-9553. Failure to officially withdraw will result in either an attendance-related failure (FX) or failing (F) grade. The last date to withdraw is noted in the CLASS IDENTIFICATION section of this syllabus.
MCC's AcademicResourceCenters, MathCenters, and WritingCenters offer friendly, supportive learning environments that can help students achieve educational success. Staff members in these centers provide free drop-in assistance with basic computing, reading, math, and writing skills. Self-paced, computer-assisted instructional support in reading, vocabulary, typing, English as a Second Language, and online course orientation is also available.
Detailed information about the Academic Resource, Math, and WritingCenters is in the Student Handbook, College Catalog, and online at
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:
If you have a disability that may substantially limit your ability to participate in this class, please contact a Disability Support Services Counselor located in the Student Services Office on each campus. MetropolitanCommunity College will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with documented qualifying disabilities. However, it is the student’s responsibility to request accommodations. For further information, please visit and/or contact Student Services.
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SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS
TENTATIVE EXAM SCHEDULE
Exam 1Thursday, March 24Chap. 31, 40
Exam 2 Thursday, April 7Chap. 32, 33, 36
Exam 3 Thursday, April 21Chap. 38, 39, 34
Exam 4Tuesday, May 10Chap. 35, 37, 41, 42
Exam 5Tuesday, May 24Chap. 43, 44, 45
NOTICE: This syllabus sets forth a tentative schedule of class topics, learning activities, and expected learning outcomes. However, the instructor reserves the right to modify this schedule to enhance learning for students. Any modifications will not substantially change the intent or objectives of this course and will conform to the policies and guidelines of MetropolitanCommunity College.
TOPICAL UNIT OUTLINE/UNIT OBJECTIVES:
BACTERIA, VIRUSES, PROTISTA, & FUNGI
1. Compare and contrast Bacteria and Archaea.
2. Identify traits of bacteria which allow them to survive in a wide variety of environments.
3. Explain the wide range of effects bacteria have upon eukaryotes.
4. Define the terms virus, viroid, and prion and identify diseases associated with each group.
5. Identify characteristics of the members of Kingdom Protista.
6. Compare and contrast the major groups of protists based on representative features, nutrition, and locomotion.
7. Identify the key features of fungi, including structure, nutrition, and reproduction.
8. Compare and contrast the major groups of fungi, based on structures and reproduction.
9. Explain the role of fungi in such symbiotic relationships as lichens and mycorrhizae.
10. Recognize the role of fungi in beneficial and detrimental impacts on humans.
MOVEMENT, SUPPORT, AND COMMUNICATION
1. Explain the function (microscopically and macroscopically) of muscles.
2. Identify the structures and functions of the skeleton.
3. Identify the structures and hormones of the endocrine system.
4. Compare and contrast the endocrine system with the nervous system.
5. Identify the parts of a neuron and explain the initiation and transmission of neural messages.
6. Compare and contrast the various stimuli and their associated sensors, including the special senses.
7. Compare and contrast communication in plants with that in animals.
8. Identify major plant hormones and their modes of action.
ANIMAL REPRODUCTION, PLANT ANATOMY & REPRODUCTION
1. Describe reproduction among animals, including human reproductive structures and functions.
2. Compare and contrast direct and indirect development.
3. Describe the process of human development, from zygote to senescence.
4. Describe the organization of a plant’s body.
5. Identify plant structures involved in transport.
6. Explain the process of alternation of generation in plants.
7. Identify the dominant generation in different types of plants.
8. Identify types of adaptations seen in plants which contribute to reproductive success.
ANIMAL HOMEOSTASIS, CIRCULATION, RESPIRATION, AND DEFENSES
1. Identify mechanisms present in animals which serve to regulate internal conditions.
2. Identify the major features and functions of the animal circulatory system.
3. Describe the structures and functions of the heart and blood vessels.
4. Explain the functions of the major components of blood.
5. Compare and contrast the lymphatic system with the circulatory system.
6. Identify major adaptations which allow organisms to exchange gases efficiently.
7. Explain the structures and functions of the human respiratory system.
8. Identify specific and nonspecific mechanisms of defense versus invading organisms.
ANIMAL NUTRITION, DIGESTION, & EXCRETION
1. Identify nutrients required by animals, as well as their major sources.
2. Outline the general processes of digestion used by a variety of animals.
3. Describe the processes and structures involved in the human digestive system.
4. Compare and contrast vertebrate and invertebrate urinary systems.
5. Identify basic functions of the urinary system.
6. Describe the role of the urinary system in maintaining homeostasis.
CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING FINAL COURSE GRADE
Total attempted points for the quarter will be approximately 750 and your final grade will based on the percentage of the points you earned during the quarter. A letter grade will be assigned from the grading scale included in this syllabus.
It is your responsibility to track the number of points you have earned on each quiz, homework assignment and exam in the appropriate space below. Also be sure to record the total possible points as well as any extra credit points you have earned.Test
points / Possible
points / Quiz
points / Possible
points / Homework
points / Possible
points / Extra credit
To compute your grade, add the total number of points earned so far and divide by the total number of possible points. This is a percentage, compare to the grading scale on page 2 of this syllabus.
Safe Laboratory Work Habits
For your safety and that of the other students working with you, be aware that using equipment and chemicals in the laboratory involves a degree of risk. This risk is minimal if you are conscious of safe practices and follow them.
These are the general policies that apply to all students in all laboratories.
1. No smoking, eating, or drinking in laboratories or classrooms. This is a safety issue, as there is a great risk of contamination of food and beverages by microbes or chemicals in the laboratory.
2. The classroom will not routinely be locked or supervised while the class is in the laboratory. Take anything of value with you to the laboratory.
3. Upon entering the laboratory, place personal items (books, purses, jackets, etc.) on side counters if available or in designated storage areas below your work space. Do not place them on the work surface as they will eventually become wet, stained, or contaminated. Normally you should need only your laboratory instructions with you. Anything else will crowd your work area and be an inconvenience. Items placed on the floor must be out of the traffic path.
4. Work may be done in the laboratory only under the supervision of an instructor or lab assistant. Normally this means that it can be done only during regularly-scheduled hours or by special arrangement. “Make-up” labs are not only difficult to arrange, but also lose much of the value of working with other students in a problem-solving setting.
5. Before operating equipment or beginning any procedure, be confident that you know what to do and how to do it. Ask, don’t risk.
6. Lab coats are available for your use if desired.
7. Safety glasses and gloves are provided for use by students in the laboratory, and are to be worn as directed by the instructor.
8. Know the location and use of safety equipment in the room.
9. Special precautions must be taken near open flame and when using equipment with moving parts. Long hair must be tied back and tucked under the collar of the lab coat. Sleeves or cuffs that might dangle into flame or be caught in equipment must be buttoned or rolled up.
10. Should an accident happen, report it. Any injury or broken glassware or equipment needs immediate attention.
11. Leave your work area clean, dry and sanitized when you are finished.
I have read the laboratory safety policies pertaining to this course. I understand their importance to my safety and that of others, and I agree to abide by them.
Name: ______Date: ______
Course: BlOS 1130 Biology III, Section 2A