General Biology I Syllabus

SUBJECT AREA:

 

Biology
COURSE TITLE:

 

General Biology I
COURSE NUMBER:

 

BIO 1110
COURSE SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:

 

Four
INSTRUCTOR’S NAME:

 

Dr. Billy Williams

LECTURE HOURS:

There are 3 hours of lecture each week.

LABORATORY HOURS:

There is one two-hour laboratory each week.

TEXTBOOK:

Biology, Mader, 6th Edition
Laboratory Manual and Lecture Supplements, B. Williams, 4th Edition.

GOALS OF THE COURSE:

  1. To introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of general biology.
  2. To share with beginning students our sense of excitement about modern biological science.
  3. To impart an understanding and appreciation of the vast diversity of living things, their special adaptations to their environment, and their evolutionary and ecological relationships.
  4. To emphasize the basic unity of life and the interdependence of the thousands of varieties of living things on the Earth.
  5. To promote critical thinking by requiring students to evaluate a body of evidence, separate assumptions form observations, and reach some conclusion based on evidence.
  6. Critical thinking will be demonstrated with questions essential to critical thinking.
  7. To have laboratories that emphasize observation and hands-on, discovery-based activities that lead to formulating and testing hypotheses.
  8. To start every class with an attempt to explain why the topic for the day is interesting and important. Relevance is important because it builds learning connections to students’ experiences, and motivates students by appealing to their curiosity.
  9. To present or teach information as a constant state of flux rather than dogmatic "facts". To stress that what we "know" today could be proven incorrect tomorrow.
  10. To present ideas as well as facts by requiring students to read material on ethical probes that have no easy answers.
  11. To promote problem solving by requiring students to use the scientific method in solving some personal problem of their choice, writing this up as an assignment.

INSTUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES USED TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS

As the syllabus indicates, a hierarchical approach proceeding from the chemistry of the cell up to the organization of the biosphere is used. Some of the material is covered in the lecture format while other material is dealt with in "hands on" laboratory sessions. Use is made of lecture demonstrations and audiovisual presentations. Both live and preserved specimens will be utilized during laboratory investigations. Too, occasional field trips will be made.

Technological instruction aids will include the use of the text’s companion CD and others that provide multi-media material for use in lecture, in the lab or anywhere PC’s are available. The text is supported on the Internet. The Mader Home Page provides resources for and help with studying the chapters at:

http:\\www.mhhe.com\biosci\mader\. Critical thinking will be stressed in dealing with theoretical questions concerning evolution genetics and other rapidly developing areas in life science research.

METHOD OF EVALUATION:

Four one-hour tests will be given in lecture. A two-hour comprehensive laboratory practical examination will be given. The grading system will be:

4 – 1 hour tests (lecture)         80%

1 – 2 hour laboratory practical 20%

 

Grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

90 – 100 A
80 – 89 B
70 – 79 C
60 – 69 D
Below 60 F

OPTIONAL (EXTRA CREDIT) ASSIGNMENT:

A short paper dealing with the solution of a problem, utilizing the scientific method.

ATTENDANCE:

Attendance is expected (see catalog).

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INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION:

Office Room Number Glover 240
Phone Number (731) 286-3380