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Principles of Living Systems BIOB 160-3 Wednesday Evenings 5:30-9:15 and On Line Fall 2013

Instructor: Jennifer Stadum Personal Cell Phone for TEXT MESSAGING ONLY: This is my personal cell phone on which I will ONLY ACCEPT TEXT MESSAGES until 9 p.m. except on Fridays. I will not answer texts after 3 p.m. on Fridays. I would also ask that you be aware that I work 8-5 Monday through Friday and will not always be able to respond until after 5 p.m. 406-570-7909. Please use it only for text messages Thank you! E-mail: Jennifer.stadum@umhelena.edu Office Hours: In class only Course Description Prerequisites: none Lecture and On Line Learning: The first course in the biology sequence is an introduction to the basic concepts and principles of general biology with an emphasis on lab experiences, critical thinking, problem solving, and the scientific method. Areas of study include organic chemistry and biochemistry, cellular biology, cell growth, genetics and genetic engineering, reproduction, cell metabolism, ecology, evolution theory, and classification systems in biology. Laboratory Description: Integrated into the BIOB 160 course and it introduces the student to the fundamentals of biological organization, the scientific method, cellular biology, molecular biology, genetics, ecology and origins. Relationships between form and function, acquisition and the use of energy, and continuity among generations will be addressed. Prerequisites: none

Course Outcomes Lecture and On Line Learning 1. Students will understand how scientific problem solving can influence their personal and social decisions. 2. Students will recognize that living organisms express similar characteristics even when the most divergent organisms are compared, and that there is continuity from molecular structure to cells to tissues to organs to organ systems and to all organisms. 3. Students will see a relationship of all life on earth that is held together by the processes of energetics; photosynthesis and cellular respiration. 4. Students will understand the rationale, need and purpose of DNA synthesis, meiosis and mitosis in the procreation of life's continuity. 5. Students will be enlightened as to the relationships that exist among various life forms and the divergences that can be authenticated as having had similar predecessors. 6. Students will experience ecological policy making through the collection of scientific data formulating conclusions - and then attempting to meld those with political policy establishment. 7. Students will observe and have opportunity to formulate personal opinions about natural resource management, philosophy, and techniques that are practiced in our immediate environment. 8. The student can summarize the progression of scientific problem solving technique relevant to problems that are hypothesized throughout the course content. 9. Students can identify organisms by the level of complexity that they exemplify in satisfying their life processes. 10. The student can explain the relationship of photosynthesis and cellular respiration to individual organisms and to ecosystem dynamics. 11. The student can summarize the mechanisms and progression of the biological processes of meiosis and mitosis and relate the significance of each. 12. The student can state his/her personal, informed, educated and rationalized position on ecological issues that are inherent to life in Montana. 13. The student will collect data constituting a segment of knowledge concerning specific biological problems. 14. The student will formulate hypotheses relevant to the possible solution of biological problems. 15. The student will design experiments that are viable to the solution of presented problems. 16. The student will observe and record data from experimentation that is pertinent to problem solving. 17. The student will conclude that the hypothesis is in fact a thesis or an antithesis as substantiated by the students work.

Laboratory Learning The Student can: 1. demonstrate proper microscope care and use. 2. identify the components and functions of cells. 3. demonstrate the use of scientific notation. 4. identify the stages of mitosis and meiosis. 5. demonstrate the foundational principles of ecology. 6. discuss how evolution explains biological diversity and organismal adaptation. 7. identify the structure of DNA and demonstrate use of the genetic code. 8. demonstrate safety and respect in a lab setting. discuss how biodiversity and conservation are paramount in society Required Texts 1. TEXT: Biology 9th edition, Campbell and Reece. Required. ISBN: 0321558235 2. LAB: Exploring Biology in the Laboratory ISBN: 089582962-2 (note: The book store will not accept books & CDs which have been opened!!!) Attendance and Participation As this is a once a week face-to-face lecture and lab, and hybrid on line course, attendance and participation are mandatory both in class and on line. Make up classes will ***NOT*** be offered. IF the other section of BIOB 160 LAB is doing the same lab as was missed it may be possible to make up a portion of those lab points IF THE OTHER INSTRUCTOR ALLOWS THIS AND HAS TIME AND SPACE TO FIT YOU IN. Absences and make ups due to legitimate reasons can be discussed with the instructor on a case by case, individual basis. Exams Exam dates are noted on the lecture schedule included in this syllabus. Exams must be taken on the appointed date and at the appointed time. Exams will consist of material covered in lectures, labs, Moodle assignments, homework, and the information covered in the text book and lab book. Exams are worth 25 points each. There will be both a comprehensive exam and lab practical at midterm and also for your final exam. It is mandatory that you attend class on exam days. For emergencies, you will only be able to reschedule ONE exam during the semester IF AND ONLY IF there is a proctor available to give the make-up exam. You will not receive full credit for this exam. Homework Homework/Quizzes and Assignments will be given continuously throughout the semester as this is a hybrid course. Please check your course schedule and Moodle for these dates . Late homework will receive a zero if there is no prior communication regarding the inability to complete your work on time.

Grading Policy This Policy is under construction. We will discuss specifics for the final draft on the first night of class. Midterm and Final may deserve a little more weight,imho Weekly Class (online, lecture, and lab) Attendance: (15 pts x 15 sessions) = 225 pts Individual Labs: (20 pts x 10 labs) = 200 pts *There will be limited make up lab options. Attendance is essential with only 15 class sessions to meet. Moodle Work online: 50 pts Homework (5-10 assignments): 100 pts Examinations: (25 pts x 6 exams) = 150 pts Lab Practicals: (50 pts x 4 practicals) = 200 pts Final Project: 150 pts Total points = 1,075 possible points Maybe subject to change! 93%-100% = A 90% -92% = A87%-89% = B+ 83%-86% = B 80%-82% = B77%-79% = C+ 73%-76% = C 70%-72% = C67%-69% = D+ 63%-66% = D 60%-62% = D-

Use of MOODLE (you MUST use FIREFOX as your browser to utilize Moodle properly): For this course you will be required to utilize and interact with the internet moodle system here at Helena College. Contact the Helena College IT Help Desk If you have computer, network or other technical related issues please contact IT Services at Phone: 406-447-6960 or Email: IT@umhelena.edu . Moodle is found at: https://helenacollege.mrooms.net/ There will be several assignments a week on this site, links to websites, and access to your cumulative grade in the class. You already have three assignments waiting on Moodle for you: 1) Moodle orientation, 2) introduction forum, and 3) syllabus document questions. It is a necessary and essential portion of this hybrid biology course. CELL PHONES Vibrate ONLY in your pocket. NO texting tolerated in class. If you have an emergency call from your babysitter please take it out in the hallway. LAPTOPS/TABLETS NO SURFING DURING LECTURES. INAPPROPRIATE USE OF DEVICES DURING CLASS WILL EFFECT YOUR GRADE. At other times, appropriate use will be required, so please bring them if you have them. Suggested Study Hints: 1) PARTICIPATE both in class and on line 2) Take Notes 3) Spend 20 minutes, three times a week reviewing your material/notes/text 4) Complete chapter quizzes, answers in the back of the book 5) Find online resources. www.course-notes.org/Biology/Outlines 6) Form a study group of peers, especially before exams 7) Ask questions when you need help! 4

A Note on Biology Content: This is a scientifically based course. Our purpose is to present information that has been gathered by the scientific community that informs us about biology and biological processes. Evolution is a common theme that runs throughout a biology textbook and it will be reinforced throughout this course. Sexual reproduction, asexual reproduction, sexual selection, the fossil record, and even parts of the genetic unit will be presented. The purpose of the course is to present information, not to indoctrinate. There will be appropriate and respectful conversations and discussions about these topics (and others). If at any time you feel uncomfortable with the subject matter please see the instructor as soon as possible. If at anytime there is disrespect for others in the classroom due to their beliefs or practices you will be asked to leave. The goal is to expose you to as many of the biology concepts and themes as possible, while challenging you and holding you accountable for that information as the course unfolds in this professional and academic setting. NOTE: This syllabus is subject to change as deemed necessary by the instructor to fulfill the changing needs of the class. STUDENTS MUST EITHER SIGN THE FORM ON PAGE 13 OF THIS SYLLABUS and CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX ON THE MOODLE WEBSITE BEFORE ANY AND ALL HOMEWORK, LABS, OR EXAMS WILL BE GRADED. READ THE SYLLABUS!

Calendar/Course Outline Please see the course schedule. This syllabus is subject to change throughout the semester Principles of Living Systems HYBRID (lecture, lab, on line) WEDNESDAYS Face-to-Face In Class Dates
(or other important semester dates)

Topics, Chapters, Labs

08/28 09/04 09/11 09/18 09/25 10/02 10/09 10/16 *****10/22***** (No class, just FYI) 10/23 10/30 11/06 *****11/10***** (No class, just FYI) 11/13 11/20 11/27 NO CLASS!!! 12/04 12/11 *****12/17***** (NO class, just FYI)

Syllabus, Moodle, Teams, Intro Chapter 1, and LAB: Experimentation Chapters 2/3, and LAB: Scientific Notation Chapters 4/5 (and on line exam due), and LAB: Microscopy Chapters 6/7, and LAB: Enzymes Chapters 8/9 (on line exam due), and LABS: Cellular Transport AND Photosynthesis Chapters 10/11 (on line exam due), and LAB: Cellular Respiration Chapter 12/13, and LAB: Cell Reproduction In Class: MIDTERM AND LAB PRACTICAL MIDTERM GRADES DUE Chapters 14/15/16 (we CAN do it!) and LAB: Meiosis Chapters 17/19 (on line exam due) and LAB: Embryology Chapters 20/21 and LAB: Genetics lab #1 My birthday just sayin and I do not eat chocolate, again, just sayin Chapters 22/23 and LAB: Genetics lab #2 Chapters 24/25 and LAB: DNA BE THANKFUL! (but also still be on Moodle) Review and Science IgNIGHT! (Final Projects Due) FINAL EXAM and LAB PRACTICAL IN CLASS ONLY FINAL GRADES DUE

HELENA COLLEGE POLICIES AND EXPECTATIONS Academic Accommodations Students with physical, cognitive, or learning disabilities who seek accommodations should contact Disability Services Director Ernest Biller, located in Room 119, at 447-6952, or ernest.biller@umhelena.edu. Only students registered with the Disability Resources Office are permitted accommodations. All information will be kept confidential. Academic Dishonesty Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions, which may be imposed through the regular institutional procedures, as a result of academic misconduct, the instructor has the authority to assign an F or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an FX in the course which signifies a failing grade due to academic dishonesty. If plagiarism or cheating is suspected the Helena College policy will be followed. If you are having difficulty with writing, using citations, or feel that you need to cheat in class, please come speak with me and we will get you on track for success! ALCC: Advising, Learning, and Career Center ALCC is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. It is fully staffed with student and faculty tutors who can assist you in just about any academic area of the school. You will also find computers there for your use, and most of the software packages used by your program are on one or more of these computers. These services are free for Helena College students. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with ALCC and know what resources are available when you need them. The computer lab in Room 131 is also made available to students during these hours. Campus Bookstore The Bookstore is located on the Donalson Campus on the south side of the building. All required course materials are available for purchase at the Bookstore, as well as supplies, snacks, and Helena College apparel. Bookstore hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Fridays, with special hours for Summer Session. Children On Campus It is the policy of Helena College University of Montana not to allow non-student children, under the age of 18, of students, employees, or visitors in campus classrooms, laboratories, high-risk areas, work areas, store rooms, hallways, the library, and areas adjacent to classrooms, laboratories, or offices, except under circumstances as defined in this policy. A nonstudent child who has an illness that prevents him or her from being accepted by a regular day care provider or school, particularly a child with an infectious disease, may not be brought to Helena College under any circumstances.

All Helena College policies shall adhere to and be consistent with applicable federal and state laws and regulations; Board of Regents policies and procedures; and The University of Montanas policies and procedures. Emergency Campus Closure In the event of a campus closure due to weather, emergency or hazardous situation, students will be notified of the campus closure (and re-opening) via the Helena College website homepage, Facebook, and radio or television alerts. Students who have chosen to opt in to the emergency text message alert system will be sent text message updates via the mobile phone number registered with the system. Email Use The University of Montana Helena College of Technology states that all official student email correspondence be sent only to a students UM-Helena email address and that faculty and staff consider email from students official only if it originates from a UM-Helena account. This allows the College to maintain a high degree of confidence in the identity of all individuals and the security of transmitted information. The UM--Helena furnishes each student with a free email account that is to be used in all communication with College personnel. Faculty Support Desk This is where you can take makeup tests and where you drop off papers for or pick up papers from instructors Red Envelope Service. A photo ID is required for testing or to pick up papers. Library Services The library is located on the Donaldson campus next to the main entrance and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. Onsite, the library is a place for quiet study and houses book, dvd and magazine collections. Online, from the library website, http://umhelena.edu/library , you will find a large collection of electronic resources available 24/7 -- databases of ebooks, encyclopedias, and journal articles as well as resource guides to help with your study and research -- accessible from any device with Internet access. The library staff is available to help you with research in the library, by telephone and remotely through chat and email. You can also Book a Librarian for one on one research help.

Academic Rigor at the Helena College

We, the faculty members of the Helena College, believe that academic rigor, as a core value, helps promote lifelong learning and is an integral aspect of providing a substantive, responsive and accessible learning environment. Academic rigor means sustaining a learning environment that challenges students to attain high levels of intellectual and technical skills in an ethical manner. Rigor should pervade every aspect of the college: teaching and learning, curriculum, evaluation of student and faculty, outreach, admissions, advising, and student life. Rigorous Teaching Rigorous teaching permits faculty members to create learning environments that encourage students to grow in confidence, competence, and control. Rigorous teaching requires a professional commitment to academic discipline and to inspiring students to develop their knowledge and understanding by developing their learning skills. Students should be able to expect faculty members to: 1) Strive to clearly communicate the course expectations and have them summarized on the syllabus, and to follow the curriculum; 2) Strive to come to class prepared, and to give students useful feedback on their assignments in as timely manner as the situation permits; 3) Strive to be available to students outside of the classroom; 4) Strive to make assignments relevant, meaningful and challenging; 5) Strive to create opportunities for learning in ways geared to stud ents diverse talents and abilities; 6) Strive to reduce, if not eliminate, the students perceived need to plagiarize and to challenge plagiarism should it occur; and 7) Strive to evaluate our courses and ourselves. Rigorous Learning To make the most of the college experience, students should approach college in terms of a rigor complementary to the facultys. Rigorous learning requires fortitude, persistence, preparation, hard work, and zeal. Since college shifts students from the teacher-centered style of high school learning to a student-centered style of learning, it places a higher level of responsibility for performance onto the students. Such high performance at a demanding institution can lead to a successful and satisfying career. Therefore, rigorous students should

expect themselves to: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) Set high expectations along with a strong sense of collegiate purpose; Come to class prepared to work, and to submit assignments by the deadlines; Make the most of their time with faculty members in and out of class; Treat fellow students and the classroom with respect, and to participate in the academic process; Manage their time so they can treat college as real work with real value; Participate with complete honesty and integrity; Understand that collaboration with classmates on assignments, when required or encouraged, is acceptable behavior as long as the products of those assignments are truly the students own work; Accept responsibility for learning and for the grades earned. [Based upon the academic rigor statement of CSU-Chico.]



SAFETY AND LABORATORY RULES One of the first things any scientist learns is that working in the laboratory can be an exciting experience. However, the laboratory can also be quite dangerous if proper safety rules are not followed at all times. In order to prepare for a safe semester in the laboratory, carefully read over the following safety rules. Make sure you understand each rule. A. Dress Code 1. Many materials in the laboratory can cause eye injury. To protect yourself from possible injury, always wear safety goggles or glasses whenever you (or anyone else in the room) are working with chemicals, burners, preserved specimens, microbe cultures, or any substance that might get into your eyes. 2. Tie back long hair in order to keep it away from any chemicals, burners, and candles, or other laboratory equipment. 3. Any article of clothing or jewelry that can hang down and touch chemicals and flames should be removed or tied back before working in the laboratory. Sleeves should be rolled up. 4. Sandals will not protect the feet. Close-toed shoes are a must. 5. Be aware that hair spray or hair mousse are highly flammable and might cause automatic ignition when in close proximity to a heat source. Synthetic fingernails are also highly flammable and should not be worn in the lab. 6. Chemical fumes could collect behind contact lenses, so they should not be worn in the lab. B. General Safety Rules 1. Read all directions for an experiment several times. Follow the directions exactly as they are written. If you are in doubt about any part of the experiment, ask your instructor. 2. Never perform activities that are not authorized by your instructor. Always obtain permission before "experimenting" on your own. 3. Never handle any equipment unless you have specific permission. 4. Take extreme care not to spill any material in the laboratory. If spills occur, ask your instructor immediately about the proper clean-up procedure. Never simply pour chemicals or other substances into the sink or trash container. 5. Never eat or drink in the laboratory. Wash your hands before and after each experiment. 6. Do not use cell phones while wearing gloves or working with chemicals as this could transfer chemicals directly to the face, skin, or clothing. 7. When performing a lab, make sure the work area has been cleared of purses, books, etc. 8. Know the location and use of all safety equipment (goggles, aprons, eyewash, fire blanket, fire extinguishers, etc.) 9. Never work alone in the lab. C. Heating and Fire Safety 1. Again, never use any heat source such as a candle or burner without wearing safety goggles.


2. Always maintain a clean work area and keep all materials away from flames. Never leave a flame unattended. 3. Never reach across a flame. 4. Always point a test tube that is being heated away from you and others. Chemicals can splash or boil out of a heated test tube. 5. Never heat a liquid in a closed container. The expanding gases produced may blow the container apart, injuring you or others. 6. Never pick up any container that has been heated without determining if it is cool enough to touch. Always use a clamp or tongs when handling hot containers. Hot glassware looks the same as cool glassware. D. Using Chemicals Safely 1. Never mix chemicals for the "fun of it." You might produce a dangerous substance. 2. Never touch, taste, or smell any chemical that you do not know for a fact is harmless. Many chemicals are poisonous. If you are instructed to note the fumes in an experiment, always gently wave your hand over the opening of a container and direct the fumes toward your nose. Do not inhale the fumes directly from the container. 3. Dispose of all chemicals and lab materials as instructed . 4. Notify your instructor immediately when chemicals are spilled. 5. When diluting an acid, always pour the acid into water. Never pour water into the acid. 6. Rinse any acids or bases off your skin or clothing with copious amounts of water. 7. Never pipette by mouth. 8. Be sure you use the correct chemical. Read the label twice. 9. Do not contaminate the chemical supply. (i.e. Do not return any excess back to the reagent bottle, do not use the same spatula to remove chemicals from two different containers, and replace all stoppers and caps on the bottle as soon as you finish using it.) 10. Keep combustible materials away from open flames (including hair, hairspray, clothes, etc.). 11. Mercury spills must be cleaned up immediately. Do not touch the mercury! Use a commercially prepared mercury spill kit. E. Using Glassware Safely 1. Never use broken or chipped glassware. If glassware breaks, notify your instructor and dispose of the glassware in the proper trash container. 2. Never eat or drink from laboratory glassware. Always thoroughly clean glassware with soap and water and rinse with de-ionized water before putting it away. H. End-of-Experiment Rules 1. When an experiment is completed, always clean up your work area, wash off your work bench, and return all equipment to its proper place. 2. Wash your hands after every experiment. 3. Push your chair in and leave the lab ready for the next class. If your laboratory behavior is presenting a safety issue to yourself, others, and/or the equipment you will be asked to leave the lab for the day and will receive a zero for the day.


BIOB 160 HYBRID, Stadum, Fall 2013 I, ___________________________ (please print), a student currently enrolled in BIOB have received and read the syllabus. By signing I agree to the information/policies contained herein. I agree to show up, and I agree to do my personal best.

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