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Biological Science (BS1114) Syllabus

Biological Science
BS 1114

Course description:
A course for general education that deals with the various aspects of biological science. The course provides a background knowledge for the study of the cell, invertebrates, vertebrates, plants, human anatomy, and environment.  This course provides basic biological knowledge, including an understanding of: 1) the scientific method, 2) basic genetics, 3) the diversity of life on earth, 4) plant and animal structure and function, and 4) ecological issues.

Prerequisites:  none

Textbook: Biology: Concepts and Connections. Neil A. Campbell, Lawrence G. Mitchell, Jane B. Reece, and Martha R. Taylor. Fourth edition. Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco, CA 2003.

Rationale: A basic understanding of biology, including an understanding of the scientific method, is an essential part of a well-rounded education because biological issues are relevant to many areas of current life.  This course seeks to provide students with an understanding of important scientific concepts, an ability to think critically, and an understanding of the importance of biology to society in general.  Additionally, this course seeks to provide an appreciation of the importance of the natural world.

Course objectives:
1.  to develop scientific literacy sufficient for an understanding of current science and medical issues
2.  to develop a sufficient background for those students who wish to study more advanced scientific topics
3.  to provide familiarity with basic laboratory techniques
4.  to provide familiarity with the requirements for scientific writing, as exemplified by a short lab report
5.  to provide an understanding of pressing environmental concerns that are relevant to all of us
6.  to develop the ability to think scientifically and evaluate information critically

Institutional Goals:  This course will address the six institutional goals (found on page 11-12 of the catalogue) as follows.
1. Institutional goal 1 (“To produce students who demonstrate an understanding of the Judeo-Christian heritage and Christian worldview”) will be addressed by objectives 1 and 2.  Students will learn aspects of the historical development of biology, consider current ethical issues, and demonstrate their perspectives through exams and reports.
2.  Institutional goal 2 (“To produce students who demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively across the curriculum”) will be addressed by primarily by objective 4, but will also be addressed by exam questions, homework assignments, and class discussions.
3.  Institutional goal 3 (“To produce students who demonstrate the ability to reflect critically upon the world, the environment, society, and self”) will be addressed within the context of class discussions, through exam questions, and through lab reports (objective 4).  In particular, objectives 5 and 6 address this goal.
4.  Institutional goal 4 (“To produce students who demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of the scientific method to become more effective problem solvers”) will be addressed through problem solving during class, homework, and exams (reflected in objective 6).
5.  Institutional goal 5 (“To produce students who demonstrate an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle that will promote lifelong heath and fitness”) will be addressed through discussion of the biological bases of health and disease (encompassed within objectives 1 and 2).
6.  Institutional goal 6 (“To produce students who demonstrate a competence in at least one particular body of knowledge”) will be addressed through strengthening student knowledge of biology, and of important general scientific concepts, through all aspects of the course.

Course Requirements:
Attendance and completion of all exams is mandatory.  Students are accountable for all class assignments, class announcements, handouts, and information provided in lecture.  After three lecture or lab absences, a student’s course grade will be reduced by 5% for each additional absence.  If more than six lectures or labs are missed, the student will be asked to drop the course or receive a failing grade.  Failure to clean up a work station following lab will result in a loss of 5 points for every student working at that station.  Please arrive on time to lab!  You will not be allowed to stay late to work because you have arrived late and need extra time.
If you must miss an exam or lab, then you must contact me as quickly as possible.  It is always better to contact me before rather than after an absence if you know in advance that you must miss class (if you notify me in advance, it will be easier to receive approval for a makeup). Please provide a substantive excuse (e.g., a doctor’s note).  Do not assume that you will be able to make up an exam.  Additionally, please do not ask to postpone an exam on the day of the exam.  If you have other exams on the same day, bring it to my attention before the exam date.  Assignments turned in after the due date will be penalized 5% for each day that they are late.
Students are expected and required to uphold the highest standards of academic honesty in this and all courses.  Students should be familiar with the College's
policies concerning academic integrity Catalog, page 52; Student Handbook, page 32, section VII).  Students requiring any clarification of these policies should
consult their academic advisor or the Office of Academic Affairs.

Lecture Exam I50 pts
Lecture Exam II     100 pts
Lecture Exam III    100 pts
Lecture Exam IV   100 pts
Final Exam   200 pts
Quizzes100 pts
Lab reports     70 pts
Lab report (bacteria)       40 pts
Lab Practical I        50 pts
Lab Practical II       50 pts
Total     860 pts

Instructor: Ann V. Paterson
Phone: (870) 759-4717
Office hours:  Office hours will be announced in class and will be posted on my office door.  I will also be available for meetings (not just brief questions) immediately following lectures and labs.  Please stop by, call, or e-mail if you would like to schedule an appointment at a different time.