General Biology II Syllabus

SUBJECT AREA: Biology

 

COURSE TITLE: General Biology II

 

COURSE NUMBER: BIO 1120

 

COURSE SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS: Four Hours

 

INSTRUCTOR’S NAME: Dr. Billy Williams

LECTURE HOURS:

There are three hours of lecture each week.

LABORATORY HOURS:

There is one two-hour laboratory each week.

TEXTBOOK:

Biology, by 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 from 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 emphasizes 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 street that what we "know" today could be proven incorrect tomorrow.
10. To present ideas as well as facts by requiring students to read material an ethical probes that have no easy answer.
11. To promote problem solving by requiring students to use the scientific method in solving some personal problem of this choice, writing this up as an assignment.

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES USED TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS

A survey of the major phyla of the plant and animal kingdoms is made.

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.

METHOD OF EVALUATION:

Five one-hour tests will be given in lecture. Two two-hour comprehensive laboratory practical examinations will be given. The grading system will be:

5 - 1 hour tests (lecture)     75%

2 - 2 hour laboratory practical 25%

Grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

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

ATTENDANCE:

Attendance is expected (see catalog.)

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