CELLS, GENES AND MOLECULES (50.100) section 1 and 2--SPRING 2010

Location:  Section 01 and 02 CEH 218 M-W-F-- 2:00-2:50

NOTE: THIS COURSE DOES NOT COUNT TOWARD A DEGREE IN BIOLOGY.
 

Instructor: George T. Davis                          Telephone: x4120

Office: HSC 272                                          Email: gdavis@bloomu.edu

Web page: http://facstaff.bloomu.edu/gdavis/ 

Text: Mader, Sylvia S. 2008. Inquiry into Life, Twelfth Edition, customized

Other readings will be assigned throughout the semester.

Clicker information--How to buy, register, etc.

Office Hours:  T-Th-F-- 8:00, T-1:00-3:00

  LECTURE TOPICS

TOPIC                               Reading Assignment                       Dates                           Test*

The Logic of Life                   Chapters 6 , 1-2                        Weeks 1-4                             2/17

             The Scientific Method        Chapter 1 (pp 1-5, 10-11)

            Thermodynamics                 Chapter 6 (pp101-103)                  

            Atomic Theory                     Chapter 2 (pp 19-25)

            Water, Solutes, and pH       Chapter 2  (pp 26-29)

            The Molecules of Life 
                Organic Molecules (p 31)  
                Proteins (pp 37-39)
                    Enzymes Chapter 6 (pp106-109)
                Carbohydrates (pp32-33)
                Lipids  (pp34-35)
                Nucleic Acids  (pp40-41)   
 
Cell Biology                                            Chapters  3-4                    Weeks 5-8                  3/24     
 

            Cell structure                                         Chapter 3 (pp 46 -51)

            Organelle structure and function             Chapter 3 (pp 52-61)

            Prokaryotic Cells                                   Chapter 3 (pp 62-63)

            Cell membrane structure and function      Chapter 4 (pp 68-69)

            Permeability, Diffusion, and Osmosis       Chapter 4 (pp 70-73)

            Transport                                               Chapter 4 (pp 74-77)

Cell Division/Genetics                     Chapters 5, 23, 26                Weeks 9-13                       4/23

        The Cell Cycle                Chapter 5 (pp 81-84)

        Mitosis                           Chapter 5 (pp 85-89)

        Meiosis                          Chapter 5 (pp 90-93)

       Gametogenesis                Chapter 5 (pp 94-97)

       Patterns of Inheritance                 Chapter 23

       Patterns of Chromosomal Inheritance    Chapter 26 (pp 526-538)

Bioenergetics                                     Chapter 6-8- We will cover bioenergetics if we finish genetics.                  

            Metabolism Overview Chapter 6 (pp104-105)

            Photosynthesis---Lecture notes and readings as assigned

            Respiration ------Lecture notes and readings as assigned

  *NOTE: Exam dates are approximate and will be adjusted as necessary. If, for example, we, as a class become obsessed with any particular topic, we may linger on that topic, thus necessitating adjustments in the hourly exam schedule. The last day of class (12/10) will be for review for the finalexam.

Final Exam ---
Section 1 and 2---Thursday, May 6, 2:45-4:45

University Final Exam Schedule

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES: Spring 2010

Class Policies-- GENERAL BIOLOGY I, sections 1 and 2 :
To avoid confusion and misunderstandings, the following policies will be in place in this class. 

1. Cheating: Students will be penalized for demonstrating a lack of academic integrity. The penalty is at my discretion and may include a failing grade for the course or request that the student voluntarily withdraw from the course.  Examples of conduct lacking academic integrity include plagiarism, fabrication and cheating. Additional examples are listed in “The Pilot” and under “Academic Policies” at http://www.bloomu.edu/.  A copy of Bloomsburg University's Policy on Academic Integrity is available on the opening page of this website. Cheating is defined as “unauthorized use of books or notes, use of crib sheets, copying from another student’s papers, exchanging information with another student orally or by signals, obtaining a copy of the examination illegally, and other similar activities”. A student suspected of, or caught, cheating will be given a failing grade for this course, and may be expelled from school. No one will be allowed to wear headgear during exams. No calculators, cell phones, iPods, or other electronic devices will be allowed in the room during exams.To reduce the temptation for those few who will be tempted to gain an unfair advantage, the following procedures will be in place on the day of any exam:
    a. No one will be allowed to take their text, notes, note cards, or anything other than writing implements to their desk prior to the exam. Coats, backpacks, etc. will be deposited on the front of the room or along the wall. Once you enter the auditorium on the day of a test, all materials must be immediately put away before d going to your desk.
    b. No one will be allowed to wear headgear during exams. No calculators, cell phones, iPods, or other electronic devices will be allowed in the room during exams. If you bring any such devices, you must turn them off and keep them unavailable, i.e. along the wall or on stage with the rest of your belongings.  
    c. Seats may be randomly assigned. On the day of the test you must check to see if and where you have been assigned. If you sit in a seat other than that assigned, you will lose 20 points on the test.
YOU KNOW WHAT CHEATING IS, DON’T DO IT, IT’S NOT WORTH IT!!
Academic Integrity Policy
 

2. Readings from journals in Andruss Library will be assigned. Up to three questions/hourly exam will come from these readings. Up to three questions/hourly exam will also come from the "Biology in the News" articles.

3. Extra-credit: The clickers will be used to gain extra credit. The points will be calculated at the end of the semester as follows:

    90% correct =5  extra points      
    80% correct =4  extra points                                        
    70%  correct =3  extra points                                      
    60%  correct =2 extra points                                   
    50%  correct =1 extra point                                           

No other extra credit opportunities will be provided.

4. Students in this class are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the English language reflective of your status as active scholars in the BU community; the ability to clearly articulate a thought is necessary for success both in college and in the professional world beyond.  I will stop reading any email or other written correspondence if it contains 3 or more grammatical errors, misspellings, or incomprehensible ramblings.  In instances where the maximum number of errors is exceeded in an email correspondence, I will send a response with an empty "Reply" field.  Any email written in "text speak" will be ignored and deleted without a reply. Please include a salutation, addressing me as "Dr. Davis", "Professor Davis", “Dr. D.”, Dr. George”, "George", etc. I will respond to "Mr. Davis" with an empty "Reply" field; you're not in high school any more.

5.  Examinations: Exams will consist of objective questions (multiple choice, True/False, matching, etc.), and will be computer graded. Provided the scanner is functioning properly, grades will be posted within 48 hrs. Your grades will be posted outside Room 100 HSC. Up to three questions/exam may be based on "Biology in the News", three from assigned readings. I will not answer any questions regarding the exams by email or over the phone.

6. Make-up examinations:  If the student misses an exam, (s)he will be given a “zero” for that exam. Exceptions will be made at the instructor’s discretion for documented illness, death of a family member, or absence due to a university approved function (see Pilot). Acceptable documentation of illness will be a written evaluation from a medical professional indicating illness of sufficient severity to disable the student at the time of the exam. Exams will not be given early. Makeup exams will be given on the last day of finals week.
NOTE: IN THE EVENT THAT CLASSES ARE CANCELLED OR SHORTENED DUE TO BAD WEATHER, A SCHEDULED EXAM WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO THE FIRST FULL DAY FOLLOWING THE CANCELLED CLASS.
COMPRESSED CLASS SCHEDULE

7. Final Exam: The final exam will be comprehensive in nature.  It will be equivalent to two hourly exams. The final will be administered as described above unless otherwise noted during the semester. Other than because of schedule conflicts with other final exams, no makeup will be given of the final, i.e., if you miss the final, you will receive a “zero” for the final exam grade. The final will be administered only at the designated time.

8. Final grading: The final grade for the course will be determined as a straight-scale percentage of the highest possible grade total (500 points). Assignment of letter grades will be as follows:

450    (90%*500)                                 A        
400    (80%*500)                                 B         
350    (70%*500)                                 C        
300    (60%*500)                                 D        
Below 300                                            E

9. Any student whose grade is in the top 5% at the end of three exams will be allowed to design their own comprehensive final exam.

10. Students will be expected to conduct themselves in an adult, considerate manner during class. Biopoints will be deducted for disruptive behavior.

NOTE: How To Forward Your Bloom Email to Your Personal Email Account

 Step 1: Log on to Student Email- go to http://www.bloomu.edu/today/index.php , click on Student Email. If you do not know your login and password, log on to STINF, and click on Biographical.

Step 2: After you have logged on to Student Email, click on the Options and Styles Drop Box.  

Step 3: Click on Forwarding. 

Step4: Type in your personal Email address. Messages will be forwarded to that address.

  Students should read the assigned material before class.  Lectures supplement and highlight the text.  Time does not allow for all assigned reading to be discussed in class.  However, an understanding of the assigned reading is necessary for mastery of course content (and a decent grade). Material in the readings that is not discussed in class may be included on exams.  Be sure to ask any questions you have about assigned material not discussed in class.

Notify me the first week of class if you have any learning needs that require special instructional assistance, or as soon as such need arises.

STUDY LINKS   

BIOLOGY IN THE NEWS

STUDENT SUBMITTED SITES

READING ASSIGNMENTS

SUGGESTIONS Please feel free to make suggestions anytime during the semester. These suggestions are anonymous.

TOP 5% AFTER 3 EXAMS

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