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BIO  181  –  General  Biology  I  (#17770)  
Spring  2015  Syllabus  
Lecture  TA  
Dr.  Charlotte  Konikoff    
Victoria  Dulles  
Office:  BDA  239-­‐B  (Biodesign)    
Office:  LSC  L2-­‐62  
Hours:  by  appointment    
Hours:  MW  11:30AM-­‐12:30PM,  by  appointment  
Email:  ckonikof@asu.edu  
Email:  vdulles@asu.edu  
Time  &  Location:  MW  6  –  7:15PM  @  LSA191  
Book:  Freeman  et  al.  –  Biological  Science,  5th  ed.  (Pearson)  
Course  Description  
Classroom  Rules  
This   class   focuses   on   the   complexities   of  
• Cell   phones   should   be   turned   off   or   on  
biological  form  and  function,  with  emphasis  on  
vibrate.  If  you  must  take  an  emergency  call,  
the   molecular,   cellular,   and   organismal   levels.  
step   outside   and   then   come   back   in   when  
The   class   consists   of   students   with   a   diversity   of  
you  are  finished.  
backgrounds   and   academic   preparations.  
• Taking  notes  on  a  laptop  is  fine,  but  sit  in  the  
Through   active   learning   and   discussion,   it   is  
back   rows   if   you   choose   to   do   so.   Laptops  
expected  that  the  student  cohort  will  become  a  
should  be  used  for  class  purposes  only.  
more  cohesive  group  and  become  well  versed  in  
• During   exams   all   electronic   devices   must   be  
scientific   thinking   as   well   as   key   biological  
turned  off,  books  must  be  put  away,  and  you  
concepts  and  principles.  
may   not   re-­‐enter   the   room   for   any   reason  
after  the  first  exam  has  been  passed  out.  
In  conjunction  with  BIO  182,  this  class  serves  as  
a  gateway  to  upper-­‐level  life  science  courses.  
Academic  Integrity  
Arizona   State   University   expects   the   highest  
Learning  Objectives  
standards   of   academic   integrity   in   this   course.  
1.  Apply  critical  thinking  skills  and  the  scientific  
Violations   of   the   ASU   Student   Academic  
method  to  answer  various  questions  
Integrity   Policy   include,   but   are   not   limited   to:  
2.  Develop  familiarity  with  scientific  vocabulary,  
cheating   on   an   academic   evaluation   or  
and  become  fluent  in  the  language  of  science  
assignment,   plagiarizing,   fabricating   data   or  
3.  Identify  the  structures  and  functions  of  major  
information,   and   falsifying   records.   The   full  
biological  macromolecules  
Academic  Integrity  Policy  can  be  found  online  at  
4.   Demonstrate   knowledge   of   prokaryotic   and  
eukaryotic   cell   components,   as   well   as   their  
structures  and  functions  
An  appropriate  sanction  will  be  determined  for  
5.  Diagram  various  intracellular  and  intercellular  
students   violating   this   policy.   When   you   are  
processes  in  prokaryotes  and  eukaryotes  
caught   you   will,   at   minimum,   be   reported   for  
6.   Describe   the   structures   and   functions   of  
academic   misconduct   and   fail   the   entire   course.  
various   tissues,   organs,   and   organ   systems  
In   serious   cases   the   university   has   expelled  
relevant  to  human  anatomy  and  physiology  
Disability  Accommodations  
Life   happens.   However,   if   you   miss   a   class   you  
If  you  require  accommodations  please  speak  to  
are   still   responsible   for   the   material   covered.  
me   as   soon   as   possible.   Disability   Resource  
Lectures  will  be  uploaded  to  Blackboard.  
Center   information   can   be   found   online   at  
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  You   must   bring   your   documentation   to   me   as  soon  as  possible  for  consideration.asu.  Visit   https://sols.  with   the  following  guarantees:     >768  =  A+   >720  =  A   >688  =  B+   >640  =  B   >560  =  C   >480  =  D     <480  =  E     Grade  Disputes/Questions   Any   questions   about   lecture   exams.edu/resources/learning-­‐ resource-­‐center  for  details.   • If   you   miss   an   exam   and   are   granted   an   excused   absence.     Learning  Resource  Center   The  center  provides  free  walk-­‐in  tutoring  for  life   science  courses.   • You  can  earn  up  to  10  points  each  quiz.  you  must  provide   in   advance   a   written   note   from   your   coach.   the   average   of   your   other   three   exams   will   be   taken   and   count   in   place   of  the  missing  exam.   • If  you  must  miss  an  exam  due  to  a  campus-­‐ related   conflict.  either  via  email  or  in  person.asu.   quizzes.   Then.   Quizzes  (100  points)   • Weekly   quizzes   will   be   administered   on   Blackboard   and   can   be   taken   Thursday   or   Friday  at  your  convenience.   Missing   two   or   more   exams   will   result   in   failing   the   entire   course   or   administrative   withdrawal.   • There   are   no   make-­‐up   quizzes.   • Unexcused   absences   will   result   in   a   zero.Grading   A  total  of  800  possible  points  may  be  earned  in   this  course  (500  from  lecture  and  300  from  the   lab).  The   top  ten  quizzes  will  count  towards  your  final   grade  (10  @  10  points  each).   such   as   participation   in   an   athletic  event.  refer  to  your  lab  syllabus.   Visit   https://tutoring.  There  will  be  no   quiz  the  week  an  exam  is  scheduled.     Supplemental  Instruction   Student-­‐led  supplemental  instruction  is  another   valuable   resource   available   to   you.   the   absence  will  be  considered  excused.  and  is  located  in  LSC  102.     Quizzes  (Top  10  @10  points  each)   100   Lecture  Exams  (4  @100  points  each)     400   Lab  Section         300   800     Final  grades  will  be  determined  on  a  curve.     Exams  (400  points)   • Four   lecture   exams   of   equal   weight   will   be   given   (4   @   100   points   each).   or   grading  should  be  directed  to  me.edu/studygroups   to   learn   more.  You  have  one   week  from  the  date  of  a  grade  posting  to  voice   your  concern.   and   no   Blackboard  excuses  will  be  heard.  For  lab  points.   There   are   no   make-­‐up  exams.   • Excused   absences   will   be   granted   only   for   documented  medical/personal  emergencies.         Image:  XKCD     Page  2  of  3   2 of 3 .

 13   14   15   16   17   Quiz  #6       Quiz  #7     18.Tentative  Calendar     Week   Date   Topic   What  is  the  chemical  basis  of  life?   1   12-­‐Jan   Intro  to  biology  and  scientific  thinking   14-­‐Jan   Biochemistry   2   19-­‐Jan   No  class  (Martin  Luther  King  Day)   21-­‐Jan   Biological  macromolecules.  RNA  processing.4   5.  19   11   Quiz  #8   42   43   44   45     46   47   48   49   50   51   Quiz  #9     Quiz  #10   Quiz  #11       Page  3  of  3   3 of 3 .  and  translation   04-­‐Mar   Exam  II       No  classes  March  9th-­‐13th  (Spring  Break)   9   16-­‐Mar   Prokaryotic  and  eukaryotic  gene  expression   18-­‐Mar   Cell-­‐cell  interactions   How  are  cells  organized  in  metazoans  (animals)?   10   23-­‐Mar   Cell  hierarchy  and  homeostasis   25-­‐Mar   Excretory  system   11   30-­‐Mar   Digestive  system   01-­‐Apr   Respiratory  and  circulatory  systems   12   06-­‐Apr   Exam  III   08-­‐Apr   Nervous  system   13   13-­‐Apr   Sensory  systems   15-­‐Apr   Musculoskeletal  system   14   20-­‐Apr   Hormones  and  the  endocrine  system   22-­‐Apr   Reproductive  systems   15   27-­‐Apr   Immune  system   29-­‐Apr   Exam  IV   Quizzes   Chapters   Quiz  #1   1   2     3.  Part  I   3   26-­‐Jan   Biological  macromolecules.  and  death   18-­‐Feb   Mendelian  genetics   7   23-­‐Feb   DNA  synthesis  and  repair   25-­‐Feb   The  central  dogma  and  genetic  code   8   02-­‐Mar   Transcription.6   7   8   Quiz  #2   Quiz  #3     Quiz  #4   9   10   Quiz  #5   12.  division.  Part  II   28-­‐Jan   Cell  structure  and  function   4   02-­‐Feb   Energy  and  enzymes   04-­‐Feb   Exam  I   5   09-­‐Feb   Cell  respiration   11-­‐Feb   Photosynthesis   What  impacts  cellular  form  and  function?   6   16-­‐Feb   Cell  cycle.