BIOL 2107> Syllabus and Course outline> Fall 2009





CRN# 80375, 80377

Floyd Campus

                                                                     Credit Hours: 4





*  Instructor:  Dr. Mark E. Knauss

 *  Lecture Times/Location:  MW 12:30-1:45PM  Room W-218

 *  Office:  W338 (Walraven Building, Floyd Campus)

 *  Phone: 368-7535 

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


*  Email:


*  Course Description:  3-3-4. Prerequisite: Satisfactory placement scores/ENGL 0099, READ 0099, MATH 0099, and one year of high school chemistry or one semester of college chemistry with a grade of C or better.   This course is designed for students majoring in the biological sciences and pre-professional programs. This course will investigate the history of science and the scientific method, the chemical basis of cells, cell biology, bioenergetics, DNA structure and function, general and molecular genetics, and the theories of natural selection and speciation. Students will be introduced to the recent trends in the biological sciences and will be required to research topics outside of the classroom. NOTE: Students may not receive credit for both BIOL 2107K and BIOL 1010K.   [Georgia Highlands College Catalog 2008-2009]


*  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:

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


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



*  Course Objectives (Student Outcomes specific to BIOL 2107): 

1.      Biology 2107 students will define biology, identify and describe the characteristics of life, and explain the hierarchal organization of life.

2.      Biology 2107 students will identify and describe the scientific method and its process.

3.      Biology 2107 students will identify and describe basic principles of chemistry.

4.      Biology 2107 students will define organic chemistry and will identify major classes of organic compounds.

5.      Biology 2107 students will describe cell structure, identify organelles and describe their function.

6.      Biology 2107 students will describe the process of energy transfer in cells (i.e. photosynthesis, cellular respiration, role of enzymes).

7.      Biology  2107 students will discuss aspects of classical genetics including cell reproduction and Mendelian inheritance.

8.      Biology 2107 students will describe gene structure and function and explain the application of molecular genetics to biotechnology.

9.      Biology 2107 students will define evolution, identify and describe mechanisms of evolution, and will be able to identify the steps leading to the evolution of life on earth.

10.  Biology 2107 students will operate basic instrumentation, gather data, analyze data, and generate conclusions in a laboratory or observational setting.

11.  Biology 2107 students will identify, research, and describe current events, issues, and research in biology.



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

  • Questions on lecture exams and the final exam (Course Objectives 1-9)
  • Questions on lab quizzes and the lab final (Course Objectives 1-10)
  • Lecture Assignment (Course Objectives 8, 11)
  • Daily Assessment Exercise (Course Objectives 1-9)
  • Current Events Reports (Course Objective 11)

*  Lecture Text:  Campbell and Reece.  2008.  Biology, 8th ed.  Pearson (Benjamin


*  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.  Any student exceeding 7 absences (25% of the lecture class meetings) will be administratively withdrawn from the course.

 *  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.

*  ecture 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 [*the lowest lecture exam grade will be dropped], one lecture assignment, accumulated daily assessment exercise points,  ten current events  reports,  and one final exam as follows (see example at right): 


                                    Exam 1                                    100 pts                                    63  (dropped)   

                                    Exam 2                                    100 pts                                    75

                                    Exam 3                                    100 pts                                    80

                                    Lecture Assignment                200 pts                                    170 (85%)

                                    Daily Assessment Exercise     100 pts                                    90

                                    Current Events Reports           100 pts                                    85

                                    Final Exam                              200 pts                                    130 (65%)

                                    LECTURE TOTAL                      800 pts                                  630


Grade Computation (Example in italics):


                        Lecture Grade = Sum of Student Scores / 800 X 100           630/800 X 100

(rounded up to nearest 0.1)                            =79.0


Computation of the Course Grade is a follows:

 (we will assume the student gets a 77.0 in lab)


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


Example:         Lecture Grade = 79.0      Lab Grade = 77.0

 (79.0 X 0.75)   + (77.0 X 0.25)  =  59.3 +  19.3  =  78.6


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

Example:  78.6 = 79



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


                                    A          90-100

                                    B          80-89                                                   Example: 79

                                    C          70-79                                                   Letter Grade = C

                                    D          60-69

                                    F          0-59






                                        THE INSTRUCTOR WILL NOT COMPUTE A STUDENT’S

                                        CURRENT GRADE, NOR WILL THE INSTRUCTOR MAKE

                                        PREDICTIONS ON EXAM SCORES NEEDED TO ACHIEVE A

                                        DESIRED COURSE GRADE!




*  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 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 an exercise / research assignment specifically on gene splicing and genetic engineering.  Detailed instructions will be distributed later in the semester and the completed assignment will be submitted to the professor as a printed hard copy no later than the last full day of class (not at the final exam).


*  Daily Assessment Exercise Description:  There will be a brief, unannounced exercise at the conclusion of each of 10 different lecture class meetings.  Each exercise will concentrate on the information presented during that day’s lecture.  Each exercise is worth a possible 10 points.  The student must be in attendance on that day to get the points.  There are no make-ups allowed.


*  Current Research Reports – Description:  BIOL 2107 students will regularly scan the web for current events in biology.



 The student will electronically submit 10 current events reports a follows: 
  • The URL for the current event link.
  • A very brief 1-3 sentence summary of the content of the report.
  • 1-3 sentences documenting the student's opinion on the importance or relevance of the current event
  • IMPORTANT:  The report must be sent as an email attachment (Word documents only) to AND must be sent from the student's GHC email account.
  • IMPORTANT:  The student must meet the due date stipulations (see Course Schedule) for credit to be awarded.



*  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.


*  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.

*  Disability Policy:  Any student who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the Access Center 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 in 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.


*  Communications Concerning Grades:  Grades will be only communicated to the student via personal “face-to-face” communication.  Personal privacy issues demand that there will be no emails sent to students informing them of grades of any kind (exam grades, assignment grades, course grades, etc.).  The student should be aware that any email sent to the professor requesting a grade report of any kind will be ignored.  If  the student desires to review his or her assigned grades, either during the semester or after final grades are assigned, he or she should make an appointment with the professor to review them in the professor’s office.



*  Lecture/Laboratory Schedule:


Date    Day             Lecture Topic                                  Lab                 

081909 W             Class 1.  Syllabus, Ch 1                                        

082409 M             Class 2.  Ch 2                                     Lab Week 1:  Scientific Method

082609 W             Class 3.  Ch 3                                                                       

083109 M             Class 4.   Ch 4                                    Lab Week 2: Metric Measurement, Quiz 1

090509 W             Class 5.    Ch 5                                     

090709 M             NO CLASS TODAY                              NO LAB THIS WEEK

090909 W             Class 6.   Ch 5                                                                       

091409 M             Class 7.   Ch 6                                   Lab Week 3:  Microscopy, Quiz 2

091609 W             Class 8.   EXAM 1 (Ch 1-6)                                                                      

092109 M             Class 9.    Ch 7                                  Lab Week 4:  Chem. Comp. Cells, Quiz 3

092309 W             Class 10.  Ch 8                                                      

092809 M             Class 11.   Ch 9                                 Lab Week 5:  Cell Struct./Funct., Quiz 4

093009 W             Class 12.   Ch 9                                                                      

100509 M             Class 13.   Ch 10                               Lab Week 6:  Enzymes, Quiz 5

100709 W             Class 14.  Ch 10                                     

101209 M             Class 15.  Ch 11                                Lab Week 7:  Photosynthesis, Quiz 6

101309 T               MIDTERM

101409 W             Class 16.   Ch 12                                                                    

101909 M             Class 17.    Ch 13                              Lab Week 8:  Cellular Respiration, Quiz 7

102109 W             Class 18.  EXAM 2 (Ch 7-12)                                                                  

102609 M             Class 19. Ch 14                                 Lab Week 9:  Mitosis & Meiosis, Quiz 8

102809 W             Class 20.  Ch 14, Ch 15                                                                   

110209 M             Class 21. Ch 16                                 Lab Week 10:  Genetics,  Quiz 9

110409 W             Class 22. Ch 17                                                                    

110909 M             Class 23.  Ch 18                                NO LAB THIS WEEK

111109 W             Class 24. Ch 19                                                                  

111609 M             Class 25. Ch 20                                 LAB FINAL

111809 W             Class 26. EXAM 3 (Ch 13-20)  

112309 M             Class 27.  Ch 22                                             

112509 W             NO CLASS TODAY

113009 M             Class 28.  Ch 23

120209 W             Class 29. Ch 24 Lecture Assignment Due

120709 M             Class 30. Ch 25HH HH

120809 T               READING DAY

120909 W             (12 noon) FINAL EXAM (Cumulative Ch 1-25)






*  Laboratory Times/Location:       M 2:00-4:30PM, W-250

                                                               W 2:00-4:30PM, W-250

 *  Lab Text:    Mader.  2009.  Biology Lab Manual, 10th ed.  McGraw-Hill.

 *  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 on a quiz 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 participation and completion of lab exercises (7 daily lab grades, lowest grade dropped), 5 quiz grades (lowest grade dropped), and one lab final exam grade as follows:



                                    10 daily lab grades (@ 10 pts each)   100

                                    8 lab quizzes (@ 100 pts each)           800

                                    1 lab final (cumulative)                      200

                                    TOTAL                                                 1100


* The lab final exam is cumulative.


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 Lab Scores = 868

868/1100 = 0.789      0.789 X 100 = 78.9 = 79 (Laboratory Grade)


*  Lab Exercises – Description:  Each laboratory exercise in the student’s lab manual may require documentation of data, graphing of data, analysis of data, or relevant questions to be answered.  The adequacy and competency of a student’s completion of these items is reflected in the daily lab grade

*  Lab Quizzes – Description:  Each lab quiz will cover material that was presented during the previous lab.  Each lab quiz will consist of 5-10 questions in a variety of formats (multiple choice/matching, fill-in-the-blank, description/essay).

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

*  Laboratory Schedule:  See Lecture/Laboratory Schedule under Lecture portion of syllabus (above).