COURSE SYLLABUS - UNC-P
BIO 1000 - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
OXENDINE BLDG. - SPRING 2003

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. L. S. Jernigan, Jr.
OFFICE: Oxendine 2231
PHONE: 910-521-6884
E-MAIL: leon.jernigan@uncp.edu


Course Description:

Bio 100 is an introduction to modern and classical concepts. Successful completion of this course satisfies the General Education requirement for 3 credit hours in biology.

Course Objectives:

As a part of the General Education curriculum, this course assists with development of critical thinking and problem solving skills as well as providing a general knowledge of principles and concepts that assist with understanding and appreciation of the world around us.

A student successfully completing this course should:

-develop an understanding of biological systems at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels.

-acquire a foundation of subject matter that will enable them to evaluate new biological information encountered in daily life.

-develop a greater appreciation for living organisms and the processes of life.

Required Text:

Campbell, Neil A. , Mitchell, Lawrence G., and Reece, Jane B. 1997. Biology: Concepts and Connections. 4th Edition

Attendance:

Class attendance is required and will be monitored. Regardless of the reason, when a student is absent from class, he/she is still responsible for any material covered, announcements, handouts, or tests. Students are allowed absence from two weeks of class meetings without a penalty. Two weeks of class meetings are defined as 6 class periods for a MWF class or 4 class periods for MF or TR class. Excused absences do not exist. Tardiness and leaving early will result in penalty absences (3 late arrivals, 3 early departures or a combination of the two that totals 3 will equal 1 absence). For each class period missed in excess of the above mentioned allowance, 3 points will be deducted from the student's final average. Course Requirements and Evaluation:

Always bring your textbook to class. Students should complete assigned readings prior to the topics being covered in class. Student participation during lectures is expected and encouraged. Students are responsible for being aware of any changes in course schedule or content announced during one of their absences.

Student performance will be evaluated via 5 lecture exams and a final comprehensive exam. In addition, unannounced quizzes may be used to stimulate student participation (if necessary). The lowest grade of the 5 lecture exams will be dropped. No make-up exams will be given. Attendance, attitude, and evidence of effort will be considered in determining final grades in borderline cases. You should read and be familiar with the UNC-P Honor Code in the Student Handbook.

Exams will cover lecture notes, assigned readings, and any additional handouts. The format of the exams will primarily be multiple choice, however, an occasional diagram or short answer question may be included.

The course grading scale is as follows (same as the university):

A = 93 - 100 A- = 90 - 92
B+ = 87 - 89 B = 83 - 86 B- = 80 - 82
C+ = 77 - 79 C = 74 - 76 C- = 70 - 73
D+ = 67 - 69 D = 64 - 66 D- = 60 - 63
F = below 60


Disability Support Services

Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments is requested to speak directly to Disability Support Services and the instructor, as early in the semester (preferably within the first class week) as possible. All discussions will remain confidential. Please contact Mary Helen Walker, Disability Support Services, DF Lowry Bldg., 521-6695.

This syllabus is available in alternative formats upon request. Please contact Mary Helen Walker, Disability Support Services, DF Lowry Bldg., 521-6695.

BIO 1000 - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
LECTURE SCHEDULE - SPRING 2003


WeekBeginning

Topics

Chapters

6 Jan

Syllabus; The Scientific Study of Life

1

13 Jan

Chemical Basis of Life

2

20 Jan

Monday = MLK, Jr. Holiday = No Classes; Molecules of Cells

3

27 Jan

EXAM 1 ; A Tour of the Cell

4

3 Feb

Tour of Cell cont'd.; The Working Cell

4 & 5

10 Feb

The Working Cell cont'd; .Cellular Respiration

61 & 72

17 Feb

Photosynthesis; EXAM 2

5

24 Feb

Cellular Reproduction and Genetics;

8

3 Mar

SPRING BREAK = NO CLASSES THIS WEEK

 

10 Mar

Cellular Reproduction and Genetics cont'd.

8

17 Mar

Patterns of Inheritance

9

24 Mar

Patterns of Inheritance cont'd.; EXAM 3; Molecular Biology of the Gene

9 & 10

31 Mar

Molecular Biology of the Gene cont'd.

10

7 Apr

Concepts of Evolution; EXAM 4; Origin of Species

133 & 14

14 Apr

Origin of Species cont'd.; Tracing Evolutionary History; The Biosphere; Friday = Good Friday Holiday = No Classes

14, 154, & 34

21 Apr

The Biosphere cont'd.; Communities and Ecosystems

34 & 36

28 Apr

Communities and Ecosystems cont'd.; EXAM 5; May 1 = Last Day of Classes

36

5 May

EXAM WEEK - FINAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAM

 

1 Read only Sections 6.1 through 6.8 and 6.15
2 Read only Sections 7.1 through 7.5
3 Read only Sections 13.1 through 13.3
4 Read only Sections 15.1 through 15.3