Georgia Highlands College


BIOL 2180K

Instructor:††† Mrs Lisa Branson, MS

Phone:†††† 678-872-8412


Office Location:†††† 256C (Cartersville Campus)


Prerequisites:† 4 hours of biological science, permission of instructor and chair of the division of science, math, and physical education.
Course Description:† This course may consist of individual or independent work under the supervision of a member of the faculty with whom specific arrangements have been made (directed reading, research, laboratory, or field observation projects). The transferability of credit in this course will depend on the evaluation of the receiving institution. This course may be repeated for credit only once.† [Georgia Highlands Catalog 2011-2012].


  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.


  1. Increase awareness and exposure to scholarly articles in a studentís field of interest.

  2. Develop the skill set necessary to identify and discuss peer reviewed articles.

  3. Analyze and critically critique scholarly articles.


No text is required as student will utilize Galileo to identify scholarly journal articles for discussion and analysis.


Final grade will be based on the following: Points Your Points
Article Selection and Discussion (4 @ 25 pts.) †100 ______
Written analysis (4 @ 100 pts.) 400 ______
TOTAL 500 _____


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

A= 100 - 90; B = 89 - 80; C = 79 - 70; D = 69 - 60; F = 59 and below


Georgia Highlands College requires that all faculty members report their studentís progress throughout the course of the semester as part of the institution-wide Early Warning Program (EWP). The objective of the program is to support academic success by reviewing early indicators of satisfactory student progress. In accordance with EWP, faculty members provide the Registrarís Office with academic reports of each student enrolled in their courses(s) at checkpoints scattered throughout the semester. The following success factors are reported at their corresponding checkpoint:

Week 2: Notification of non-attendance (January 18th, 2013)
Week 5: Evidence of course pursuit (February 7th, 2013)
Week 8: Midterm grades (February 27th, 2013)
Week 9: Withdrawl deadline (March 18th, 2013)


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 the class sessions for the term (5 days Fall and Spring/ 3 days Summer), then 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.†


No makeups are available for any reason. There are absolutely no exceptions to this.


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 students receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes and completing course 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 studentís financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawl form.


If there is inclement weather, the college posts necessary announcements on the web site.† Cancellation notices will be reported to the local radio stations and WXIA-TV in Atlanta.


  • In order to withdraw, a course withdrawal form or a complete withdrawal form must be obtained from the Admissions and Records Office, filled out by the student, and signed by the instructor (for course withdrawal) or Admissions (for complete withdrawal).† If this paperwork is not done, then you are still considered enrolled in the course and will get an F even if you donít participate at all.† Do not expect a grade change from F to W once it is on the permanent transcript (following the close of the semester).

  • Any withdrawals after mid-semester will result in WF unless the Academic Vice- Presidentís office gives approval for a hardship, non-punitive withdrawal.† Such a decision is made cooperatively between the Academic Vice-Presidentís Office and the instructor.† Having a less-than-desirable grade average is not reason enough for a hardship case.† Make a decision based on your grade before mid-semester. In such a case, inform the instructor of the hardship situation, and then inform the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs (Rome Campus).† With appropriate documentation, the VP will send a letter of permission to the instructor to allow a non-punitive withdrawal.

  • In any withdrawl, forms are available at the Help Desk. It is also important that you check with the Financial Aid Office to see how your withdrawl might impact any financial aid.


Policies on student conduct and academic integrity are located in the GHC ďStudent Guide and PlannerĒ and in the Student Handbook at


If you feel that you need accommodation(s) due to a disability, please feel free to discuss this with me early in the semester. Georgia Highlands College has resources available for students with certain disabilities. Accommodations (such as providing materials in alternative formats, assuring physical access to classrooms or being sensitive to interaction difficulties that may be posed by communication and/or learning disabilities) may be made through Student Support Services on all campuses. For more information please contact 706 - 295 - 6336.

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