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Evening Campus
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Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391


16 / 33 - Early Spring Session
January - February 2017

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Course Syllabus
16 / 33 - Early Spring Session
January - February 2017
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 110 A
Course Title: Principles of Biology I
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Mon Wed 
5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Additional Notes:

Campus is closed Monday January 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The make-up day is Friday January 20.

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.


Catalog Description

Fundamental processes underlying biological systems from a cellular and organismal viewpoint. Students majoring in Biology must earn a grade C or higher. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in high school biology or BIOL 108 or ACT Math and English scores above 20(or equivalent SAT scores). G.E.


Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in high school biology or BIOL 108 or ACT Math and English scores above 20 (or equivalent SAT scores).


Biology 12th edition
Author: Silvia Mader and Michael Windelspecht (McGraw-Hill)
ISBN: 9780078024269

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine the characteristics common to all life forms.
  2. Relate basic chemical concepts to cellular structure and function.
  3. Describe fundamental energy transformations in living systems.
  4. Investigate and describe the basic principles and mechanisms of inheritance.

Additional Instructor Objectives

Welcome to BIOL 110 Principles of Biology I! The goal of this course is to introduce you to the characteristics that unite all living organisms including the smallest bacteria, the giant redwood trees, and humans. There will be a strong focus on the chemistry of life, the structure and function of cells, and the processes of energy transformation in living organisms. We will also explore the fundamentals of genetics and inheritance. After completing this course you should have a strong understanding of how the “behavior” and arrangement of atoms and molecules has led to the complex processes and great diversity we see in living organisms.

Instructional Methods

Instructional methods include lecture, note-taking sheets, instructional videos, class activities, homework assignments, online quizzes, and in-class exams.

Out of Class Activities

Outside class activities include reading the assigned textbook chapters. Completing online quizzes, a genetics problems worksheet, and studying for exams.

Graded Activities

Quizzes105 Points32% of grade
Description -

There are seven open-book online quizzes. Each quiz is 15 points. Quizzes must be completed on D2L by 11:59PM on Sunday of each week. Quizzes assess your understanding of the material covered the previous week. No credit will be given for quizzes completed past the deadline. Quizzes are a combination of multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions that assess your understanding of the topics covered in lecture and will help you prepare for exams. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped if it improves your overall grade.

Exams200 Points61% of grade
Description -

There are a total of four exams, each 50 points, covering material in previous class periods, with a comprehensive final exam. Exams are a combination of question styles such as multiple choice, matching, true/false, and short answer.
Exam Days:
Exam 1: Meeting 5 (Chapters 1-4)
Exam 2: Meeting 9 (Chapters 5-8)
Exam 3: Meeting 13 (Chapters 9-11)
Comprehensive Final Exam: Meeting 16 (Chapters 1-14)

Method of Evaluation -

Exam Policy: THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS. You will have the first hour of class to complete each exam except for the final exam where you will have 2 hours to complete the exam. If you have a conflict that prevents you from taking the exam at the scheduled time, you must email me with a description of your conflict no later than the Friday before each exam. Failure to meet this deadline will result in a 5-point penalty on the examination score. If you must miss the exam for an illness or personal emergency you must email me as soon as possible after the missed exam. You will be allowed to make-up the exam, provided a physician’s statement is submitted to support the claim of illness/injury. If you are unable to provide a physician’s statement for an illness or personal emergency, then a 5-point penalty will be given on the examination score.

Genetics Problems Worksheet15 Points4% of grade
Description -

A homework assignment is given when we cover the genetics material. It entails genetics problems similar to the ones discussed during lecture. The assignment is due on the date outlined in the schedule below. You may be given some time to work on this activity in class.

Biotechnology and Ethics Quiz10 Points3% of grade
Description -

You are required to complete a 10 point quiz online about Biotechnology and Ethics, involving reading two case studies, and then answering short answer and multiple choice questions about these case studies. This will test your ability to relate your education in class to everyday life, and will test your ability to recognize key ethical issues in the field of biotechnology. This will be due at 11:59PM on the last day of class.


Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Additional Information / Instructions

Note-taking sheets are posted on D2L to accompany each lecture/chapter. These should be printed out before coming to class. You can print these in the campus library or computer lab. The note-taking sheets also contain the study guide for each chapter, glossary terms, and sample exam questions.
Final grades are based on seven online quizzes (15 points each), one biotechnology and ethics quiz (10 points), four exams (50 points each), and a genetics problems worksheet (15 points). The entire course is worth 330 points. I will drop your lowest quiz grade from quizzes 1-7, if it helps your overall grade. Plus/minus grading is not used in this course.
I WILL NOT negotiate any letter grades. Your final letter grade is not solely based on the effort you put into the class but also reflects how well you demonstrated you understood the material. My goal is that you leave this course with a good understanding of the fundamentals of biology. I am here to help you along the way, so if you do not understand something or are finding yourself struggling, please let me know as soon as possible, so we can address the issue early on.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Meeting 1
Introduction to Biology and Life

Chapter 1: A View of Life

Meeting 2
Chemistry of Life

Chapter 2: Basic Chemistry
Chapter 3: The Chemistry of Organic Molecules


Quiz 1: Covers Chapters 1 and 2. To be completed on D2L before 11:59PM on Sunday of Week One.

Meeting 3
Chemistry of Life; Cellular Organization and Function

Chapter 3: The Chemistry of Organic Molecule
Chapter 4: Cellular Organization and Function

Meeting 4
Cellular Organization and Function; Review

Chapter 4: Cellular Organization and Function


Quiz 2: Covers Chapters 3 and 4. To be completed on D2L before 11:59PM on Sunday of Week Two.

Additional Notes:

Campus is closed Monday January 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The make-up day is Friday January 20.

Meeting 5
Exam 1; Followed by Membrane Structure and Function

Chapter 5: Membrane Structure and Function


Exam 1: Covers Chapters 1-4.

Additional Notes:

Campus is closed Monday January 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The make-up day is Friday January 20.

Meeting 6
Metabolism and Cellular Respiration

Chapter 6: Metabolism: Energy and Enzymes
Chapter 8: Cellular Respiration


Quiz 3: Covers Chapters 5 and 6. To be completed on D2L before 11:59PM on Sunday of Week Three.

Meeting 7
Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis

Chapter 8: Cellular Respiration
Chapter 7: Photosynthesis

Meeting 8
Photosynthesis; Review

Chapter 7: Photosynthesis


Quiz 4: Covers Chapters 7 and 8. To be completed on D2L before 11:59PM on Sunday of Week Four.

Meeting 9
Exam 2; Followed by Cell Division (Mitosis)

Chapter 9: The Cell Cycle and Cellular Reproduction


Exam 2: Covers Chapters 5-8.

Meeting 10
Mitosis and Meiosis

Chapter 9: The Cell Cycle and Cellular Reproduction
Chapter 10: Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction


Quiz 5: Covers Chapters 9 and 10. To be completed on D2L before 11:59PM on Sunday of Week Five.

Meeting 11

Chapter 11: Mendelian Patterns of Inheritance


Genetics problems worksheet will be assigned. Will be due at the end of next class.

Meeting 12
Genetics; Molecular Biology of the Gene

You may have half of the class to ask me questions on your genetics assignment during class; however, I recommend completing this assignment before coming to class. There is a practice problems worksheet and answer key online to help you with these types of problems.


Chapter 11: Mendelian Patterns of Inheritance


Quiz 6: Covers Chapter 11. To be completed on D2L before 11:59PM on Sunday of Week Six.

Meeting 13
Exam 3; Followed by the Gene

Chapter 12: Molecular Biology of the Gene


Genetics worksheet due.


Exam 3: Covers Chapters 9-11.

Meeting 14
Molecular Biology of the Gene; Gene Expression

Chapter 12: Molecular Biology of the Gene
Chapter 13: Regulation of Gene Expression


Quiz 7: Covers Chapters 12 and 13. To be completed on D2L before 11:59PM on Sunday of Week Seven.

Meeting 15
Biotechnology and Genomics

Chapter 14: Biotechnology and Genomics


Biotechnology and Ethics Quiz: Covers topics and ethical issues related to Chapter 14. To be completed on D2L before 11:59PM on the last day of class.

Meeting 16
Comprehensive Final Exam

Comprehensive Final Exam: Covers all material (Chapters 1-14).


Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.


Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit for details.


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:, 1-855-200-4146


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


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