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Introductory Biology

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Course Description
    Instructor: Dr. Edward D'Antonio
    Time: 5 weeks
    Total study hours: 50 hours
    Credits: 4
    Biological Science is all around us, and affects every aspect of our lives and every facet of life on Planet Earth. The goal of this course is to furnish students with the basic foundation, information, and analytical tools necessary to grasp the fundamental concepts central to the study of biology. This is a vast and highly diverse subject, and thus will require an overview approach in a short course such as this one. We will cover the most important areas in some detail, both in the classroom and in the laboratory, while striving to achieve a balanced view of the big picture ideas.
Required Text
  • Biology Today and Tomorrow, With Physiology (3rd or 4th Edition), Starr, Evers, and Starr (2016). ISBN-10: 0495561576 or ISBN-13: 9780495561576
Course Objectives
  • 1. To master the scientific method.
  • 2. To gain knowledge of the principles and the means of evolution.
  • 3. To gain a deep understanding of the structure of cells and explain the function of the cellular organelles.
  • 4. To gain a deep understanding of the processes involved in cellular division.
  • 4. To gain a deep understanding of the processes involved in cellular division.
  • 5. To understand the ecosystem structure and function.
  • 6. To gain biological information.
  • 7. To understand the various animal and plant systems and how they function.
  • 8. To develop skills in writing and speaking about biological information.
Grading Policy
    This course is worth 100 points and the passing score is 60%.
Evaluation.
  • Unit Assignments (including Unit Quizzes and Textbook Assignments) --> 50%
  • Midterm and Final Exams --> 40%
  • Course Report --> 10%
  • Total = 100%
Descriptions of Evaluation Assignments
  • Participation
  • Attendance and class participation can affect borderline grades.
  • Examinations
  • There will be two examinations: a midterm and a final of equal weight. The examinations cover all readings and lectures. The final covers only material since midterm. A typical exam is comprised of multiple choice, identification, and short answer questions. The course will enforce Jinan University standards of academic integrity.
  • Final Assignment
  • Students will submit a short essay of 3-5 pages and a 10-minute presentation on a historical event of their choice Assignment instructions will be distributed the first week of class. The professor and teaching assistants are available for consultation, and a week before the due date. And presentation are due the last week of class. No late papers are accepted. The essay and presentation will go through Turn it In and they must have an index below 5%.
  • Quizzes and in-class Assignments
  • Periodically, you may have unannounced individual in class quizzes and individual and group assignment that you may perform in class.
Teaching Remark/ Class management rules
  • 1. Online tests must be completed within a limited time. Students are required to adjust their learning progress by completing the unit and all course contents and online quizzes before the end of the course, including interim and final examinations.
  • 2. Attendance and participation are expected. Students with disabilities and special needs should consult with the professor early in the semester.
  • 3. Academic Honesty Defining academic misconduct as any act by a student that misrepresents the students’ own academic work or that compromises the academic work of another scholastic misconduct includes (but is not limited to) cheating on assignments or examinations; plagiarizing, i.e. misrepresenting as one’s own work any work done by another; submitting the same paper, or substantially similar papers, to meet the requirements of more than one course without the approval and consent of the instructors concerned; sabotaging another’s work within these general definitions, however, Instructors determine what constitutes academic misconduct in the courses they teach. Students found guilty of academic misconduct in any portion of the academic work face penalties ranging from lowering of their course grade to awarding a grade of F for the entire course.