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BIOL 110: Principles Of Biology I

Course Description

Fundamental processes underlying biological systems from a cellular and organismal viewpoint.

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)

Proctored Exams: Midterm and Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Silvia Mader and Michael Windelspecht. (2016). Biology (12). McGraw-Hill.
    • [ISBN-978-0078024269]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

Principles of Biology provides is an introductory course aimed at increasing understanding of biological concepts, cellular processes, genetics and biotechnology.  The course is focused on cellular organization, structure, function, and critical processes including energy transformations, metabolism as well as the functions of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids.  The cell cycle and cell division (mitosis) are covered as well as the origins and development of cancer.  Meiosis and genetics are explored to explain the origin of genetic variation.  Other topics discussed include Mendelian genetics, Punnett Square applications, patterns of inheritance, human genetic diseases and different types of inheritance.  The power of DNA, its structure and the role of genes in cell development is emphasized.  The genetic code of life is presented based on transcription and translation.  Gene expression and the effect of mutations on protein synthesis and ultimately the individual is discussed.  Biotechnology is addressed through DNA cloning, recombinant DNA technology, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), transgenic organisms and gene therapy as treatment for some genetic diseases and conditions.


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


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.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 774-860 90-100%
B 688-773 80-89%
C 602-687 70-79%
D 516-601 60-69%
F 0-515 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (16) 80 9%
Worksheets (8) 240 28%
Quizzes (5) 100 12%
Midterm Exam 220 26%
Final Exam 220 26%
Total 860 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 2 5 Friday/Sunday
Introductions - Sunday
Worksheet 1 30
Quiz 1 20
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 4 5 Friday/Sunday
Worksheet 2 30 Sunday
Proctor Information N/A
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 6 5 Friday/Sunday
Worksheet 3 30 Sunday
Quiz 2 20
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 8 5 Friday/Sunday
Worksheet 4 30 Sunday
Midterm Exam 220
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 10 5 Friday/Sunday
Worksheet 5 30 Sunday
Quiz 3 20
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 12 5 Friday/Sunday
Worksheet 6 30 Sunday
Quiz 4 20
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 14 5 Friday/Sunday
Worksheet 7 30 Sunday
Quiz 5 20
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15 5 Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 16 5 Friday/Saturday
Worksheet 8 30 Saturday
Final Exam 220
Total Points 860

Assignment Overview

Discussions

Each week, you are required to actively participate in two discussions and you are strongly encouraged to read all postings of other students and the instructor. You must post one original “answer” for each discussion assignment -- one due on Wednesday by midnight and the other on Friday by midnightAdditionally, within each discussion, you are required to meaningfully respond to at least one other student’s post or to one of the instructor’s posts, i.e. clarifying previous statements, extending answers to previous questions, and exploring concepts that need further fleshing out with details and examples. Response posts to both discussions are due Sunday by midnight. Once submitted and graded, answer postings will not be re-graded based on additional information submitted later. Discussion answer postings and response postings will be graded according to the rubric outlined in the Grading Criteria module in the course Content area.


Worksheets

Worksheet assignment descriptions by week are available in the Content area of the course. Correct responses are judged on the best and most complete answer required to address the question. Material taken from non-textbook sources must include a complete citation. Worksheet assignments are to be submitted as a Word document to the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 pm CT of the assigned week.


Quizzes

Quizzes will consist of 10 multiple choice questions covering the week's readings. Each quiz is worth 20 points. The weekly quizzes will be available from Monday at 12:01 am CT until Sunday at 11:59 pm CT of the assigned week. You will have 12 minutes to complete each quiz, and only one attempt is allowed.


Exams

Midterm Exam

The proctored Midterm Exam will be available from 12:01 am CT Tuesday until 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 4. It will consits of 55 multiple choice questions covering the material from weeks 1-4. The Midterm Exam is worth 220 points and you will be given 120 minutes to complete it. Only one attempt is permitted.

Final Exam

The proctored Final Exam will be available from 12:01 am CT Tuesday until 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8. It will consits of 55 multiple choice questions covering the material from weeks 5-8. The Final Exam is worth 220 points and you will be given 120 minutes to complete it. Only one attempt is permitted.



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Characteristics of Life and Basic Chemistry
Readings
Chapters 1-2
Discussion 1
The characteristics of life are considered to apply to all forms of life but they are not always easy to recognize.  Which characteristic of life do you feel is most difficult to apply to a plant and why?
Discussion 2
Water is considered to be a requirement for life.  This is a nice sounding statement but if it is true we should experience and benefit from all the properties of water daily, but do we?  What are your daily and routine experiences with water that demonstrate water is truly important for our existence?
Introductions

Tell us in the subject line "Call me by..." and identify how you want to be addressed throughout the session. Please include the following: geographic location, profession, degree, hobbies, and any other information that will help us get to know you.

Worksheet 1
Worksheet 1 is worth 30 points.  Questions require complete answers which may be single words, short answers, multiple sentences, or other type of answer identified in the question.  The BEST possible answer is required for each question based on the material presented in the text, the course Content area, or weekly Discussions.  If a non-text reference is used, it must be properly cited; material from the text does not require citation.
Quiz 1
Quiz 1 is worth 20 points and covers the material in Chapters 1 and 2.  The questions are multiple choice or true-false and the time limit for completing the quiz is 12 minutes.  The quiz is not proctored and only one attempt is permitted.   The questions are randomly selected from Chapters 1 and 2.
Week 2: Organic Chemistry and Cell Structure and Function
Readings
Chapters 3-4
Discussion 3
Based on TV ads for health clubs, diets and the need to exercise more to lose weight, it appears that society has a negative view of fat (lipids).  Do you feel this position is justified – why or why not.  Is there a positive aspect of lipids?
Discussion 4
Plants and animals appear to be very different in both form and function, but are they?  Do you think there are more similarities or differences between plants and animals at the cellular level?   Explain and provide specific examples to support your position.
Worksheet 2
Worksheet 2 is worth 30 points.  Questions require complete answers which may be single words, short answers, multiple sentences, or other type of answer identified in the question.  The BEST possible answer is required for each question based on material presented in the text, the course Content area, or weekly Discussions.  If a non-text reference is used, it must be properly cited; material from the text does not require citation.
Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Week 3: Membrane Structure and Function, and Metabolism
Readings
Chapters 5-6
Discussion 5
Does it seem logical that cell membranes and membranes surrounding cell organelles have the same structure and components?  Is there any evidence or actions that support the position that all membranes are functionally and structurally alike?  Please provide support for your response.
Discussion 6
Chapter 1 identified the characteristics of life and chapter six has introduced the laws of thermodynamics.  How can the requirements of life and universal randomness identified by the laws of thermodynamics be compatible?
Worksheet 3
Worksheet 3 is worth 30 points.  Questions require complete answers which may be single words, short answers, multiple sentences, or other type of answer identified in the question.  The BEST possible answer is required for each question based on material presented in the text, the course Content area, or weekly Discussions.  If a non-text reference is used, it must be properly cited; material from the text does not require citation.
Quiz 2

Quiz 2 is worth 20 points and covers the material in Chapters 3-6.  The questions are multiple choice or true-false and the time limit for completing the quiz is 12 minutes.  The quiz is not proctored and only one attempt is permitted.   The questions are randomly selected from Chapters 3-6.

Week 4: Energy Conversions Reactions: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
Readings
Chapters 7-8
Discussion 7
Photosynthesis is an important process for plants, but is it also important for humans?  Based on the products of photosynthesis what do you consider to be the single major purpose of the process and why?
Discussion 8
ATP has been called the energy currency of life. That indicates most organisms on earth use ATP as their energy source.  What does this indicate about the origin of ATP and its biological importance?
Worksheet 4
Worksheet 4 is worth 30 points.  Questions require complete answers which may be single words, short answers, multiple sentences, or other type of answer identified in the question.  The BEST possible answer is required for each question based on material presented in the text, the course Content area, or weekly Discussions.  If a non-text reference is used, it must be properly cited; material from the text does not require citation.
Midterm Exam
The Midterm Exam will consist of 55 multiple choice questions. It is worth 220 points and covers Chapters 1-8.  The time limit is 120 minutes.  The exam is proctored and only one attempt is permitted.  The questions are randomly selected from Chapters 1-8.
Week 5: Cellular Reproduction (Mitosis) and Sexual Reproduction (Meiosis)
Readings
Chapters 9-10
Discussion 9
Do you feel that an increased understanding of the regulatory mechanism of the cell cycle increases our understanding of how cancer develops?
Discussion 10
Most of the organisms considered to be “more advanced” from an evolutionary standpoint, reproduce sexually. This indicates there are advantages in sexual reproduction. What do you think the advantages are of sexual reproduction compared to asexual reproduction?  Why do you think evolution favored sexual reproduction over asexual reproduction?
Worksheet 5
Worksheet 5 is worth 30 points.  Questions require complete answers which may be single words, short answers, multiple sentences, or other type of answer identified in the question.  The BEST possible answer is required for each question based on material presented in the text, the course Content area, or weekly Discussions.  If a non-text reference is used, it must be properly cited; material from the text does not require citation.
Quiz 3

Quiz 3 is worth 20 points and covers the material in Chapters 7-10.  The questions are multiple choice or true-false and the time limit for completing the quiz is 12 minutes.  The quiz is not proctored and only one attempt is permitted.   The questions are randomly selected from Chapters 9-10.

Week 6: Mendelian Patterns of Inheritance
Readings
Chapter 11
Discussion 11
Mendel developed the laws of segregation and independent assortment based on the results of his pea plant experiments. Do you believe these laws are explained by mitosis or meiosis and why?  Explain your reasoning.
Discussion 12
The particulate theory of inheritance was demonstrated by Mendel’s pea plant experiments, but does this always occur?  Do you believe it is possible for a trait to be both polygenic and multifactorial?
Worksheet 6
Worksheet 6 is worth 30 points.  Questions require complete answers which may be single words, short answers, multiple sentences, or other type of answer identified in the question.  The BEST possible answer is required for each question based on material presented in the text, the course Content area, or weekly Discussions.  If a non-text reference is used, it must be properly cited; material from the text does not require citation.
Quiz 4
Quiz 4 is worth 20 points and covers the material in Chapter 11.  The questions are multiple choice or true-false and the time limit for completing the quiz is 12 minutes.  The quiz is not proctored and only one attempt is permitted.   The questions are randomly selected from Chapter 11.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Molecular Biology of Genes – Transcription and Translation; Gene Regulation
Readings
Chapter 12, Chapter 13 pg. 232-243
Discussion 13
Chapter 4 identified the nucleus as the command center of the cell.  Based on the information discussed in chapter 12, does this statement seem to be justified?  Why or why not and explain your answer.
Discussion 14
Gene mutations can occur in somatic or germ cells and have varying impacts on the organism.  Do you feel that all genetic mutations should be considered adverse or is it possible for genetic mutations to have positive impacts?
Worksheet 7
Worksheet 7 is worth 30 points.  Questions require complete answers which may be single words, short answers, multiple sentences, or other type of answer identified in the question.  The BEST possible answer is required for each question based on material presented in the text, the course Content area, or weekly Discussions.  If a non-text reference is used, it must be properly cited; material from the text does not require citation.
Quiz 5
Quiz 5 is worth 20 points and covers the material in Chapters 12 and 13.  The questions are multiple choice or true-false and the time limit for completing the quiz is 12 minutes.  The quiz is not proctored and only one attempt is permitted.   The questions are randomly selected from Chapters 12 and 13.
Week 8: Biotechnology
Readings
Chapter 14
Discussion 15
Biotechnology combines genes from different species in order to produce a specific protein.  What does this imply about similarities between species in the process of gene expression?
Discussion 16
Gene therapy can be effective in treating some genetically caused conditions.  Do you feel this reflects the value of having two genes for each trait?  If so why?  Please explain your position.
Worksheet 8
Worksheet 8 is worth 30 points.   Questions require complete answers which may be single words, short answers, multiple sentences, or other type of answer identified in the question.  The BEST possible answer is required for each question based on material presented in the text, the course Content area, or weekly Discussions.  If a non-text reference is used, it must be properly cited; material from the text does not require citation.
Final Exam
The Final Exam will consist of 55 multiple choice or true-false questions. It is worth 220 points and covers Chapters 9-14. The time limit is 120 minutes. The exam is proctored and only one attempt is permitted. The questions are randomly selected from Chapters 9-14.


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

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 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late assignments or quizzes will be accepted without prior approval from the instructor.  It is at the discretion of the instructor to accept late assignments or quizzes.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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