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17 / SPRG1 - Early Spring 8-Week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / SPRG1 - Early Spring 8-Week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

NOTICE: Updates were posted for this syllabus by the instructor on December 14, 2017 at 11:53 AM.
See the last page for details.

Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 110L
Course Title: Principles of Biology I Laboratory
Semester Credit Hours: 2
Class Day and Time: Mon Wed 
7:45 PM-10:35 PM
Additional Notes:

Campus is closed Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will make up the missed class on Friday, January 19th.

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


Catalog Description

Laboratory experiences to complement BIOL 110.  Prerequisite: BIOL 110 or concurrent enrollment. Students majoring in Biology must earn a grade of C or higher. BIOL 110 must be completed before BIOL 110L can be used as G.E. credit. G.E.


BIOL 110 or concurrent enrollment.


Biology: Laboratory Manual 12th edition
Author: Sylvia S. Mader (McGraw Hill)
ISBN: 9781259298516

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply the scientific method.
  2. Demonstrate basic laboratory techniques of experimentation and measurement

Additional Instructor Objectives

Welcome to BIOL 110 Principles of Biology I Laboratory! The goal of this lab is to strengthen your understanding of molecular and cellular processes in living organisms by performing scientific experiments. We will also learn how to design, analyze, and write-up scientific findings by completing a formal lab report.

Instructional Methods

Instructional methods include pre-lab videos, laboratory exercises, worksheets, a formal lab report, and in-class exams.

Out of Class Activities

You must watch a pre-lab video BEFORE coming to each lab. This video will provide you with an introduction to the material covered in lab as well as help you prepare for the exercises that will be completed in lab.

In addition to watching the pre-lab videos, you should read over the lab exercises before class so you have a general understanding of the material before coming to lab. The lab worksheets are available online through D2L for you to review before class. These worksheets will be completed and turned in during lab, but you are welcome to start working on the worksheets before lab.

You will have one formal lab report to complete in this lab and most of the writing for this lab report will be completed outside of class.

Also, make sure you set aside a sufficient amount of time (at least 4-6 hours) to study for each lab exam.

Graded Activities

Exams150 Points43% of grade
Description -

There are three exams (50 points each) covering material presented in the weeks prior to the exam date. The exams are primarily multiple choice, true/false, matching, and short answer. In order to study for the exams, review the lab worksheets, practice problems, practice exam, and the study guide.
Exam Days:
Exam 1: Meeting 7, (Covers lab meetings 1-5)
Exam 2: Meeting 12, (Covers lab meetings 6-10)
Exam 3: Meeting 16, (Covers lab meetings 11-15)

Method of Evaluation -

Exam Policy: 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 the exam. Failure to meet this deadline will result in a 5-point penalty on the examination score unless the exam is missed because of an illness or a personal emergency. If you miss an exam due to a personal emergency or illness, you must email me as soon as possible after the missed exam. You will be allowed to make-up the exam without penalty, provided a physician’s statement is submitted to support the claim of an illness/injury. For more details please read the Campus Policy for Make-up Exams located in this syllabus.

Exam Self-Assessments10 Points3% of grade
Description -

After exams 1 and 2, you will be given a self-assessment sheet (each worth 5 points) to reflect on your exam performance and on the effectiveness of your exam preparation.

Method of Evaluation -

The exam self-assessments will be distributed in class and will be graded based on completion.

Lab Worksheets140 Points40% of grade
Description -

Lab exercises and worksheets (10 points each) are completed during lab for each lab topic as outlined in the course schedule. You may sometimes work in small groups or pairs to complete the tasks, but you should answer the questions and understand all of the information independently. These lab exercises are to be finished during the lab period.

If needed, you may have TWO excused absences from lab, and you will have to complete a make-up assignment to earn the points that you missed. If you miss a lab, I will automatically email you a make-up assignment. However, if you miss lab more than twice, you will receive a zero for the additional missed labs and will not be able to do a make-up assignment. Make-up assignments may not cover all the material in the missed lab, so it is your responsibility to get the lab notes from a classmate.

Method of Evaluation -

You will turn in a lab worksheet before leaving each lab, and these worksheets will be graded for completeness and correctness.

Enzyme Formal Lab Report50 Points14% of grade
Description -

There is one formal laboratory report on the enzyme experiment we will be completing on meeting 5. During lab meeting 4, we will spend the lab going over how to write a formal lab report. Parts of this lab report will be written during lab, but most of it will have to be completed outside of lab.

Method of Evaluation -

I will evaluate the lab reports on content, grammar, organization and proper formatting. Your lab report must include all the information in the lab report rubric which will be handed out during class. The final submitted version of your lab report should have the following main sections (a more detailed breakdown of each section will be provided on the lab report rubric).

Introduction: Background information, Purpose, Hypothesis (or Hypotheses)
Methods: A description of the experimental procedures written in paragraph form.
Results: A written description of the results of the experiment including statistics as well as graphs.
Discussion: A statement saying whether your results supported your hypothesis (or hypotheses). The discussion also includes your interpretation of the results, and why those results are important in our understanding of the topic.
Literature Cited: At least three references are required. One of the references may be your lab manual, but the other two must be from primary literature sources. Proper format is expected. You MUST use the format that I provide to you in the handout during lab.

The lab report will be graded in the following manner:

Introduction and Literature Cited Rough Draft: 10 points
(Submitted to the D2L dropbox by 11:59PM Saturday of Week 3)

Methods and Results Section Rough Draft: 10 points
(Submitted to the D2L dropbox by 11:59PM Saturday of Week 4)

Final Complete Lab Report submitted on D2L: 30 points
(Submitted to the D2L dropbox by 11:59PM Saturday of Week 6)


Grading Scale

315-350 A
280-314 B
245-279 C
210-244 D
0-209 F

Additional Information / Instructions

College policy states that students are prohibited from eating or drinking in laboratory classrooms.

Final grades are based on three exams (150 points total), exam self-assessments (10 points), lab worksheets (140 points total), and a formal lab report (50 points). The entire course is worth 350 points. 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.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Meeting 1
The Scientific Method and Microscopy

Introduction to the Scientific Method
Mader Lab 2: Metric Measurements and Microscopy


Writing in Biology Handbook (Chapter 1; pages 1-8)


Lab worksheet turned in at the end of lab (10 points)

Meeting 2
Chemistry of Cells (Proteins, Carbohydrates, Lipids)

Mader Lab 3: Chemical Composition of Cells


Lab worksheet turned in at the end of lab (10 points)

Exercises 4.1 and 4.2 of the Cell Structure and Function Worksheet must be completed before the next lab.

Additional Notes:

Campus is closed Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The make-up lab is Friday, January 19th.

Meeting 3
Cell Structure and Function; Diffusion and Osmosis; pH

Mader Lab 4: Cell Structure and Function


Lab worksheet turned in at the end of lab (10 points)

Additional Notes:

Campus is closed Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The make-up lab is Friday, January 19th.

Meeting 4
Scientific Writing and An Introduction to Enzymes

We will meet in the computer lab on this day. During lab, I will explain how to write a lab report and how to search for primary literature. I will also give a brief introduction to enzymes and the experiment we will be performing next class.


Writing in Biology Handbook (Chapters 2-4 and Chapter 6)


Lab worksheet turned in at the end of lab (10 points)

Introduction and Literature Cited Rough Draft (Submit to the D2L dropbox by 11:59PM Saturday of Week 3) (10 points)

Additional Notes:

Campus is closed Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The make-up lab is Friday, January 19th.

Meeting 5
Enzyme Experiment

Mader Lab 5: How Enzymes Function (Catalase Experiment)


Lab worksheet turned in at the end of lab (10 points)

Meeting 6
Cellular Respiration

Mader Lab 7: Cellular Respiration


Lab worksheet turned in at the end of class (10 points)

Meeting 7
Exam 1; Followed by Enzyme Data Analysis

Exam (length 1 hour)

The exam is followed by a lab on analyzing the data from the enzyme experiment and a discussion on how to write the results section of the lab report.


Methods and Results Section Rough Draft (Submit to the D2L dropbox by 11:59PM Saturday of Week 4) (10 points)


Exam 1: Tests lab material covered in meetings 1-5 (50 points)

Meeting 8

Mader Lab 6: Photosynthesis


Lab worksheet turned in at the end of lab (10 points)

Meeting 9
Cell Division (Mitosis)

Mader Lab 8: Mitosis: Cellular Reproduction

We will also review how to write the discussion section of the lab report.


Writing in Biology Handbook (Chapter 5; Pages 95-127)


Lab worksheet turned in at the end of lab (10 points)

Final Complete Lab Report submitted on D2L (Submitted to the D2L dropbox by 11:59PM Saturday of Week 6) (30 points)

Meeting 10
Meiosis and Reproduction in Flowering Plants

Mader Lab 9: Meiosis: Sexual Reproduction

Flowering Plants: Page 204 and Mader 22 (pages 271-273)


Lab worksheet turned in at the end of lab (10 points)

Meeting 11
Mendelian Genetics

Mader Lab 10: Mendelian Genetics


Lab worksheet turned in at the end of lab (10 points)

Meeting 12
Exam 2; Followed by DNA Biology and Protein Synthesis (Part 1)

Exam (length 1 hour)

The exam is followed by Mader Lab 12: DNA Biology (Pages 133-141)


Lab worksheet turned in at the end of lab (10 points)


Exam 2: Tests lab material covered in meetings 6-10 (50 points)

Meeting 13
Bacterial pGLO Transformation Part 1

pGLO Bacterial Transformation Part 1 (Set-up Experiment)


Lab worksheet turned in at the end of lab (10 points)

Meeting 14
pGLO Part 2; DNA Biology Part 2 (Electrophoresis)

Lab 12: DNA Biology and Technology (Pages 142-145)
pGLO Bacterial Transformation Part 2 (Analyze results)


Lab worksheet turned in at the end of lab (10 points)

Meeting 15
Human Genetics

Mader Lab 11: Human Genetics


Lab worksheet checked for completeness during lab (10 points)

Meeting 16
Exam 3

Exam 3 (length 1 hr 20 min)


Exam 3: Tests lab material covered in meetings 11-15 (50 points)
No lab after the exam.


Library Resources

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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.

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Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.

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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.


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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.

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        - 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.


Update from December 14, 2017 at 11:53 AM

The following book is recommended for this course but not required:

A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology 5th edition
Author: Knisley (W.H. Freeman)
ISBN: 9781319121815
Category/Comments - Recommended



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