Biology 1100 Syllabus: Spring 2006. TR 08:00AM-11:20AM, NC 3A

Peter ChenOffice hours: before or after class
Voicemail: 630-942-2800 x58218Mailbox: Naperville Center
Email: Class Code: 3090-1100-601
Web: 30318

Course Description:
Survey of Biology: 4 credit hours (3 lecture hours, 2 lab hours)
Promotes scientific literacy for non-science majors and interested students. Organisms will be studied from their behavioral, ecological, hereditary and evolutionary perspectives. An inquiry-based approach to understanding biological processes is emphasized. Students will explore the relevance of biology to contemporary issues in human society. Prerequisite: Mathematics 0481 with a "C" or better, or a qualifying score on the Math Placement Exam.

Required Textbooks:
- Cain, Michael L., Damman, Hans, Lue, Robert A. and Carol Kaesuk Yoon. Discover Biology Second Edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 2002.
- Anderson, Barbara. J. Survey of Biology 1100 Laboratory Guide 4th Edition. Glen Ellyn: College of DuPage, 2005.

Lectures and Labs:
The instruction time for each class is 160 minutes, with 30 minutes of break time, for a total of 190 minutes. Attendance in both lecture and lab is critical to success in this course. 10% of your grade will be based on participation. Significant contributions to class discussion or lab work may result in extra credit participation points at the instructor’s discretion. A good way to earn participation points is to read assigned material ahead of time and come to class prepared to contribute. A good way to lose participation points is to talk in class, miss classes, or start packing up 2 minutes before the end of class.

There will be 5 tests, each worth 100 points. The lowest score of the 5 tests is weighted at 50%; so the total possible points from the tests are 450. Makeup tests must be taken by the next scheduled class; otherwise a score of 0 will be recorded for that test. Lab data sheets will be collected after each lab and assessed for participation, up to 5 points each. There will be 8 quizzes worth 10 points each, with the lowest score of the 8 dropped. The quizzes may cover lab topics. No makeups for labs or quizzes. There will be 1 lab final exam worth 100 each. Other assignments will include a homework assignment, 2 lab reports, and a team presentation.
5 tests, 100 pts each450
8 quizzes, 10 pts each70
14 lab data sheets, 5 pts each70
2 lab reports, 55 pts each110
1 homework, 55 pts each55
1 lab final exam, 100 pts each100
Team presentation55
A (90%)900
B (80%)800
C (70%)700
D (60%)600
F (<60%)<600

Grades and Tests:
A link on my web site will provide access to your cumulative scores as the semester progresses. You will need a password access your grade and also take your test online; follow the link on my web site to set up your password. I will try to grade tests and quizzes as soon as possible, so we can review them before moving on to the next topic. Tests are not cumulative.

Taking Notes:
Outlines for each class are posted on the web and distributed in class. You may use these as an aid in taking notes, or you may choose to take notes on your own paper. In either case, you are encouraged to take notes; achievement in class is strongly correlated with note taking!

Homework and Assignments:
You have homework assignment for every class: or lab read the assigned material before coming to class, and bring your textbook/lab guide to class. One specific written homework will be given during the semester. Other assignments include 2 lab reports and a team project. All assignments should be typed and include at least 2 references, unless otherwise specified, using either APA or MLA citation style. The textbook or lab guide do not count as references. Attach copies of the specific pages you referenced, and use a highlighter to highlight the passages used. If the reference is available electronically, you can cut and paste the relevant sections and boldface or otherwise highlight your passages. Assignments should be submitted to me electronically as part of your record. Teams of up to 3 students will be chosen to present a team project during the last week of class. Detailed requirements will be given.

Extra credits: An opportunity for extra credit work is a field trip during the middle weeks. The time and the points you can earn will be determined at that time. A trip report is required to get extra credits. Most quizzes and exams will contain extra credit questions; these may cover topics in the textbook not specifically addressed in class, or topics raised during discussions in class or lab. So pay attention to all class discussions and participate! Supplementary reading material will be provided for some classes; you can earn up to 5 extra credit points by writing a one-page report on the supplmentary reading and giving a brief presentation during class, up to a total of 20 points.

The deadline to withdraw from class is 8 calendar days following mid-term; or Wednesday, 4/12. Withdrawal after that date will require my approval, and only under extreme circumstances. However, I will not grant a request to withdraw if you are getting a failing grade at that time.

Pass/Fail Option:
If you wish to take this course on a Pass/Fail basis you must earn grade points of a "C" or higher to receive a "Pass". You must sign a form for the Pass/Fail option; deadline for submitting the form to me is the same as withdrawing from the class: 4/12.

Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty:
Academic dishonesty is prohibited. See COD catalog, Course-Related Academic Integrity.

If you have any questions about this class, or about your career here at the College of DuPage and beyond, please feel free to contact me by telephone, email, or in-person. If you need to see me at times other than before or after class, please make arrangements with me.

Congratulations, you have finished reading the Syllabus for Biology 1100. Read the assignments and notes as carefully as you have read this, and you will do well!
Bio1100 updated: Jun 22, 2006. Author: Peter Chen.