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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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)
Molecules of Life
Organic Molecules (p 31)
Proteins (pp 37-39)
Enzymes Chapter 6 (pp106-109)
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
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
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.
BIOLOGY IN THE NEWS
STUDENT SUBMITTED SITES
SUGGESTIONS Please feel free to make suggestions anytime during the semester. These suggestions are anonymous.
TOP 5% AFTER 3 EXAMS