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BIO 110 : Syllabus
   
 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a surgery of basic concepts and principles; with emphasis at the molecular and cellular levels of biological systems. It is a coverage of comtemporary genetics, metabolism, and organ systems of representative plants and animals.

COURSE RATIONALE: Biology 110 provides biological principles which will serve as a primer for future biology curriculum courses. It ialso provides am overview of biology for biology and other science majors.

PREREQUISITES, CO-REQUISITES, OR SUPPLEMENTAL READING: Students must take Biology 110 Laboratory with this course as a co-requisite.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Biology 110 is an introductory biology course for all science majors. The course is designed as a study of all major living organism topics and will provide science students with:

1) the biological prerequisites for more advanced science courses
2) an understanding of the relationship of biology to the physical sciences
3) an understanding of the relationship of biological phenomena to current and daily scientific events
4) an appreciation of the diversity of biological topics as individual sciences themselves
5) a working knowledge of classic principles of biology as well as an overview of how they relate to modem biological advancements.

TEXTS:

BIOLOGY The Unity and Diversity of Life, 12th Ed., Cecie Starr and Ralph Taggart. Wadsworth Publishing Co., Belmont CA.

Biological Investigations in the Laboratory, William T. Keeton, W.W. Norton & Co. Inc., NY

GRADING SYSTEM:

  Lecture Examinations: (5) - 20% each .

Students with class averages below 75 may attend the STARS Tutorial Center and receive one (1) point for each week that they have received any amount of tutoring.

COURSE OUTLINE:

ILIFE'S CHEMICAL BASIS
  • Starts with Atoms
  • Why Atoms Interact
  • Acids, Bases, (and Salts)
  • Water's Life-Giving Processes
  • IIMOLECULES OF LIFE
  • Organice Molecules - Role of Carbon in Cell Structure and Function
  • Carbohydrates
  • Lipids
  • Proteins
  • Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids
  • IIICELL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION
  • Generalized Picture of a Cell - The Cell Theory
  • Prokaryotic Cells - The Bacteria
  • Eukaryotic Cells
  • The Nucleus
  • The Endomembrane System
  • Mitochondria
  • Specialized Plant Organelles
  • Cell Surface Specialization
  • The Cytoskeleton
  • IVORGANIZATION OF CELL MEMBRANES
  • Lipid Bilayer/Fluid Membranes
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Diffusion
  • Osmosis
  • Passive/Active Transport. Endo/Exocytosis
  • Tonicity - Which Way Will Water Move
  • VGROUND RULES OF METABOLISM
  • The Nature of Energy and the World of Life
  • Energy and the Molecules of Life
  • How Enzymes Make Substances React
  • Metabolic Control
  • Cofactors
  • ATP: The Main Energy Chair
  • Electron Transport Systems
  • VIPHOTOSYNTHESIS
  • Overview of Photosynthesis
  • Light Dependent Reactions (Cyclic & Non-Cyclic Photophosphorylation)
  • Light Independent Reactions (The Calvin Cycle)
  • VIIHOW CELLS RELEASE CHEMICAL ENERGY
  • Anaerobic Metabolism - Glycolysis and Fermentation
  • Aerobic Metabolism - Oxidation of Pyruvic Acid to Acetyl CoA
  • Kreb's Cycle
  • Electron Transfer Phosphorylation
  • Respiration of Fats and Proteins
  • Body Temperature and Metabolic Rate (Duncan)
  • VIIIHOW CELLS REPRODUCE
  • Overview of Division Mechanism
  • Mitotic Cell Division and the Cell Cycle
  • Stages of Mitochondria
  • Cytokinesis: Dividig Up the Cytoplasm
  • IXMEIOSIS AND SEXUAL REPRODUCTION
  • Sexual Reproduction
  • Overview ow Meiosis
  • Stages of Meiosis
  • Meiosis and the Life Cycle
  • XOBSERVING PATTERNS IN INHERITED TRAITS
  • Mendel's Insights into the Patterns of Inheritance
  • Variations of Mendel's Themes
  • Sex Determination
  • XICHROMOSOMES AND THE HUMAN INHERITANCE
  • Human Genetic Analysis
  • Autosomal Recessive Inheritance
  • Autosomal Dominany Inheritance
  • Heritable Change in the Chromosome Number, Non-disjunction
  • Change in the Sex Chromosome Number
  • MAKE-UP POLICY:

    Only students with valid excuses will be allowed to make up exams.


    NOTIFICATION OF UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY:

    As stated in the NSU Catalogue, academic misconduct includes "unauthorized collaboration or use of external information during examinations" and" engaging in any conduct which is intended or reasonably likely to confer upon one's self or another an unfair benefit respecting an academic matter."

    As stated in the NSU Handbook, "Cases of dishonesty in academic work are considered to be serious violations; therefore, the student risks incurring the penalty of failure of the course."

    METHODS AND RESOURCES OF INSTRUCTION

    1. Lectures supplemented by slide presentations and examination study guides
    2. Question and discussion sessions
    3. Group Discussion of homework and study guides
    4. "Hands on" laboratory exercises

    Students will find adequate resources for this course in their class notes, textbooks, web site, and the computer software accompanying the textbook.

    COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY REQUIIREMENTS:

    Although use of a computer is not required for this course, basic computer literacy is necessary to log on to "Blackboard".

    ATTENDENCE POLICY

    Attendance will be taken daily. Students are expected to attend class unless they have an official excuse. Students that have not attended class by the 3rd week of the semester will be dropped from the class roster.
    -Students may have three unexcused absence after which your grade drops one increment for each unexcused absence. Example: a grade of B can drop to a B- after three unexcused absences, and to a C+ after four unexcused absences.
    -Students will be marked tardy if they arrive to class after the lecture has begun. Three tardys equals one absence
    -Students who use their cell phones or have their phones ring during class will be asked to leave.

    METHODS AND RESOURCES OF INSTRUCTION:
    1. Lectures supplemented by slide presentations and examination study guides
    2. Question and discussion sessions
    3. Group Discussion of homework and study guides
    4. “Hands On” Laboratories

    Students will find adequate resources for this course in their class notes, textbooks,
    web site, and the computer software accompanying the textbook.

    COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS:

    Although use of a computer is not required for this course, basic computer literacy
    is necessary to log on to “Black Board”.

       
     
    ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STANDARDS
    Please consult the NSU Student Handbook on matters regarding student conduct such as attendance, illness, off-campus trips, and grade appeals, etc.

    SCHOOL WIDE TUTORING SERVICES
    The College of Science, Engineering and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU students who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in RTC, Suite 100. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. Visit the site at http://stars.nsu.edu.

    UNIVERSITY ADA STATEMENT
    In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilites Act (ADA) of 1990, if you have a disability or think you have a disability, we ask that you please contact the Supporting Students through Disability Services (SSDS) office.
    LOCATION: Student Services Center Room 110D
    CONTACT PERSON: Marian E. Shepherd - Disability Services Coordinator SSDS
    TELEPHONE: (757) 823-2014
    EMAIL: mshepherd@nsu.edu

    UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT STATEMENT
    As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise, by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

    UNIVERSITY WIDE REQUIREMENTS
    Class Attendance Policy
  • A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook (http://www.nsu.edu/studentaffairs/pdf/NSUStudentHandbook.pdf) for further details.


  • NSU email Accounts
  • In an effort to keep students informed about Norfolk State University updates and account information, students must check their official NSU student email account frequently.
    You may access your official NSU email account at http://www.nsu.edu/webmail/. Follow instructions on the NSU-webmail login page.

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