BIOL 1010 > Syllabus and Course outline (FALL, 2009)




CRN: 80339 / 80348 / 80352  FLOYD CAMPUS

Credit Hours: 4




*  Instructor:  Dr. Mark E. Knauss


*  Lecture Times/Location: TR 11:00-12:15 AM; Room W-218

*  Laboratory Times/Location:       T 8:45-10:45AM (80339)

T 1:15-3:15PM (80348), or

R 1:15-3:15PM (80352); Room W-250


*  Office: W-338


*  Phone: 368-7535 


*  Office Hours:  TR 2:00-4:00PM, R 8:00-10:00AM


*  Email:


*  Midterm Date: 10-13-09 (Last day to withdraw with a “W”)


*  Course Description:  BIOL 1010 constitutes the required core course for a 7-8 semester hour laboratory science sequence. Topics to be covered include the chemical basis of cells, general cell biology and genetics, respiration and photosynthesis, patterns of inheritance, natural selection and speciation, and an introduction to the major kingdoms of life.  The laboratory component provides hands-on experience in analysis and evaluation of biological processes.  This course provides a foundation for the non-science major student in the skills of inquiry, data collection, and critical thinking while introducing the student to the basic concepts of the life sciences.  NOTE:  It serves as a prerequisite to more specific courses designed to complete a science sequence.  Credit for this course is not allowed for students having credit in BIOL 2107K or BIOL 2108K.  [Georgia Highlands  Catalog 2007-2009]


*  Georgia Highlands College Educational Effectiveness Goal for Science:  Students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of at least one scientific discipline, and an understanding of the interplay between theory and experimentation/observation undergirding those concepts.



*  Georgia Highlands College Student Learning Outcomes for Science: 

1.      Students will demonstrate competency of one discipline in the sciences in terms of its informational content.

2.      Students will demonstrate competency of one discipline in the sciences in terms of its terminology.

3.      Students will demonstrate competency of one discipline in the sciences in terms of its commonly used units of measurement.

4.      Students will demonstrate the ability to operate basic instrumentation, gather data, analyze data, and generate conclusions in a laboratory or observational setting.

5.      Students will demonstrate the ability to apply discipline content to problem solving.


*  Course Objectives (Student Outcomes – BIOL 1010):


  1. Biology 1010 students will define biology, identify and describe the characteristics of life, and explain the hierarchal organization of life.


  1. Biology 1010 students will identify and describe the scientific method and its process.


  1. Biology 1010 students will identify and describe basic principles of chemistry.


  1. Biology 1010 students will define organic chemistry and will identify major classes of organic compounds.


  1. Biology 1010 students will describe cell structure, identify organelles and describe their function.


  1. Biology 1010 students will describe the process of energy transfer in cells (i.e. photosynthesis, cellular respiration, role of enzymes)


  1. Biology 1010 students will discuss aspects of classical genetics including cell reproduction and Mendelian inheritance.


  1. Biology 1010 students will describe gene structure and function and explain the application of molecular genetics to biotechnology.


  1. Biology 1010 students will be able to define evolution, identify and describe mechanisms of evolution, and identify the steps leading to the evolution of life on earth.


  1. Biology 1010 students will operate basic instrumentation, gather data, analyze data, and generate conclusions in a laboratory or observational setting.


*  Assessment of Course Objectives:  Course Objectives will be assessed through the following:

  • Questions on the final exam (Course Objectives 1-8)
  • Questions on the lab final (Course Objectives 1-9)
  • Lecture Assignment (Course Objective 8)
  • Daily Assessment Exercise (Course Objectives 1-9)


*  Textbooks and Materials: 

Lecture:          Campbell, Reece, Taylor, Simon & Dickey.  2009.  Biology: Concepts

and Connections.  6th ed.  Pearson (Benjamin Cummings).


      Laboratory:    Mader.  Inquiry into Biology Laboratory Manual. 12th ed. McGraw-


*  Lecture Attendance Policy:  Attendance will be monitored.  While attendance is not a formal component of the final course grade, the daily assessment exercise is a component of the grade.


*  Extended Absence Policy:  Students, who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course.  If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of class sessions for the term, the written permission from the Division Chair is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun.


*  Lecture Grading Policy:  The lecture grade constitutes 75% of the overall grade for the course; the laboratory grade constitutes the remaining 25% (see laboratory syllabus).  The lecture grade is computed from student performance on three lecture exams, one lecture assignment, daily assessment exercises, and one final exam as follows:



Exam 1*                                                 100 pts                                   63 = 89 (replaced)

Exam 2*                                                 100 pts                                   75

Exam 3*                                                 100 pts                                   89

Lecture Assignment                               200 pts                                   150 (75)

Daily Assessment Exercises                  100 pts                                   90

Final                                                        200 pts                                   144        

Lecture Total                                           800 pts                                   637



*Note:  The lowest exam score (exams 1-3) will be dropped and replaced by the highest

                exam score (exams 1-3)

 Lecture Grade = Sum of Student Scores / 800 X 100                                   637/800 X 100  = 79.63

                                                                                                                                                                Rounds up to 79.7

Computation of the Course Grade is a follows:

(Lecture Grade X 0.75) + (Lab Grade X 0.25)  =  Course Grade


The course grade will be rounded up to the nearest whole number.

Example:  (79.7 X 0.75) + (80 X 0.25) = 59.8 + 20 = 79.8 = 80



                The letter grade for the course will be determined from the following scale:

                                                A             90-100

                                                B              80-89                     Course Grade = 80

                                                C              70-79                      Letter Grade = B

                                                D             60-69

                                                F              0-59
















*  Lecture Exams – Description:  Each lecture exam is a 50 item assessment with Multiple Choice and Matching questions.

The final exam is a 100 item cumulative assessment with Multiple Choice and Matching questions.  The student should note that the final will cover some material not assessed on previous exams.

     The student be in the possession of at least two sharpened No. 2 pencils at each exam.




*  Lecture Assignment – Description:  The Lecture Assignment constitutes a graded assessment that is a research assignment (internet and/or library).  Detailed instructions will be distributed later in the semester.


*  Daily Assessment Exercise- Description: There will be a brief, unannounced exercise at the conclusion of each of 10 different lecture meetings.  Each exercise will concern information presented during that day’s lecture.  Each exercise is worth a possible 10 points.  There are absolutely no make-ups permitted for the Daily Assessment Exercise.


*  Academic Irregularity Policy:  Cheating is strictly prohibited. Any evidence of cheating, or collaboration in cheating will result in a grade of zero for that assignment and possible further disciplinary action which may include failure in the course.   Please access the following URL address to view your “Rights and Responsibilities”:


*  Lecture Make-up Policy:  The professor will email PowerPoint© files in advance of the lectures TO THE STUDENT’S GHC EMAIL ACCOUNT.  [Note that the student should be sure to have activated his or her email account with the college and should check it regularly].  The student can print handouts that will include an image of each slide and spaces for taking notes.  [Note that the student should have access to a computer that is supplied with Microsoft Office©, which has the PowerPoint© program that will allow printing of handout pages].  Should a student miss a regularly scheduled lecture, the student is responsible for getting the lecture information from classmates.  There will be no make-up opportunities for missed exams; the student who has missed an exam should be aware that the missed exam grade will be scored as a 0%.  This 0% grade can count as the dropped exam grade.

*  Disability Policy:  Any student who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the College Access Center (706-802-5003) to coordinate reasonable accommodations.  The student is welcome to contact the professor to privately discuss his or her specific needs.


*  Cell Phones.  Students in this course will be sure to have their cell phones turned off as they enter the class room (vibration/silent mode is not acceptable), unless the student prearranges an exception with the professor (the professor will assess the legitimacy of the reason).  Students will not be permitted to wear headsets during class.  A student may not leave the classroom for reasons of a personal call - all personal calls must wait until the conclusion of class.


·         Offenses in Class.  If a student's cell phone should ring in class, the professor will stop lecture and that student will be asked to leave the class room for the remainder of the class meeting.  A habitual offender (3 or more offenses) will be debited 10 points on their final lecture grade.


·        Offenses during an Exam.  If a student's cell phone should ring during an exam, that student will be asked to hand in their exam and leave the class room.  The student will receive a 0 on the exam.


*  Message for Students Receiving Financial Aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class.  Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form.


*  Laboratory Statement:  Since this course involves a laboratory component, there are specific safety issues that students need to be aware of (such as use of lab coats and/or safety goggles, or any other such example specifically related to that course).  It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of all such issues and act in an extremely cautious manner to avoid any potential causes for accidents in the laboratory.  GHC is not liable for any accident in the lab due to negligence on the part of any individual.



*  Lecture/Laboratory Schedule:                                   


        Date  Day      Class: Topic / Event                             Lab Week #: Exercise  / Event

082009  R      Class 1:  Syllabus                                 

082509  T      Class 2:  Ch 1                                         lab week 1:  Scientific Method         

082709  R      Class 3:  Ch 2                                        

090109  T      Class 4:  Ch 2                                         lab week 2:  Metric Measurement, Quiz 1

090309  R      Class 5:  Ch 3                                        

090809  T      Class 6:  Ch 3                                         NO LAB THIS WEEK

091009  R      Class 7:  Ch 4                                        

091509  T      Class 8:  Open                                       lab week 3: Microscopy, Quiz 2

091709  R      Class 9:  EXAM 1 (Ch 1-4)                  

092209  T      Class 10:  Ch 5                                      lab week 4: Chem. Comp. of Cells, Quiz 3

092409  R      Class 11:  Ch 5                                     

092909  T      Class 12:  Ch 6                                      lab week 5:  Cell Struct./Funct., Quiz 4

100109  R      Class 13  Ch 6                                       

100609  T      Class 14:  Ch 7                                      lab week 6: Enzymes, Quiz 5

100809  R      Class 15:  Ch 7                                     

101309  T      Class 16:  Ch 8      MIDTERM               lab week 7: Photosynthesis, Quiz 6   

101509  R      Class 17:  Ch 8                                     

102009  T      Class 18:  Open                                    lab week 8: Cellular Respiration, Quiz 7

102209  R      Class 19:  EXAM 2 (Ch 5-8)                 

102709  T      Class 20:  Ch 9                                      lab week 9:Mitosis & Meiosis,  Quiz 8

102909  R      Class 21:  Ch 10                                       

110309  T      Class 22:  Ch 11                                    lab week 10: Genetics, Quiz 9

110509  R      Class 23:  Ch 11                                   

111009  T      Class 24:  Ch 12                                    NO LAB THIS WEEK

111209  R      Class 25:  Ch 13                                   

111709  T      Class 26:  Open                                    lab week 12:  Lab Final      

111909  R      Class 27:  EXAM 3 (Ch 9-13)               :  

112409  T      Class 28:  Ch 13

112609  R      Thanksgiving holiday – no class                                        

120109  T      Class 29:  Ch 14

120309  R      Class 30:  Ch 14 LECTURE ASSIGNMENT DUE

120809  T      READING DAY

121009  T      [10:00 AM] FINAL EXAM (Cumulative Ch 1-15)







*  Laboratory Times/Location:       T 8:45-10:45 AM (80339); Room: W-250

                                                                T 1:15-3:15  PM (80348)

                                                                R 1:15-3:15  PM (80352)


*  Lab Text:  Mader.  Inquiry into Biology Laboratory Manual 12th ed.


*  Lab Schedule: See Lecture/Laboratory Schedule above.


*  Lab Attendance Policy:  Attendance to laboratory is mandatory; labs cannot be made up.  If a student should miss a lab, he/she should expect to receive a 0 (zero) on any quiz missed.  Moreover, the student will be responsible for the missed material, which will be assessed during the next lab meeting.  The lowest Daily Lab Grade and the lowest Lab Quiz Grade will be dropped before the final lab grade is computed (see Lab Grading Policy below) – this constitutes a safe-guard for any student who may have missed one laboratory for a legitimate reason.


*  Lab Grading Policy:  The laboratory grade is based on 11 daily lab grades (lowest dropped), 9 quiz grades (lowest dropped), and one lab final as follows:


10 Daily Lab Grades (@10 pts each)              100

                                    8 Lab Quizzes (@ 100 pts each)                      800

                                    1 Lab Final (Cumulative)                                  200

                                    TOTAL                                                               1100


Lab Grade Computation:  Each student’s scores for daily lab grades (lowest dropped), lab quizzes (lowest dropped), and lab final will be added.  The sum will be divided by 1100 and multiplied by 100. 


The resulting laboratory grade is a percentage that will be rounded up to the nearest whole number. 

Example:  Student Total Scores 878/1100 = 0.798 X 100 = 79.8 = 80


This lab grade will constitute 25% of the overall course grade (see the grade computation example under Lecture Grading Policy above).


*  Daily Lab Grade – Description:  Each laboratory exercise will necessitate the recording of data and/or observations in the laboratory manual.  Moreover, each exercise in the lab manual ends with a selection of questions that are pertinent to the information covered in the lab.  Finally, the student’s cooperative function in the laboratory setting will be taken into account.  Thus the daily lab grade is a relatively subjective grade of 10 points awarded on the basis of data/observation entry in the lab manual, answering questions in the lab manual, and student participation in the lab exercise for that day.


*  Lab Quizzes – Description:  Each lab quiz will cover material that was presented during the previous lab.  Each lab quiz will consist of 10-20 questions in a variety of formats (multiple choice/matching, fill-in-the-blank, description/essay, practical identification).


*  Lab Make-up Policy:  There are no make-ups for laboratory material or assessments (see Lab Attendance Policy above).