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Biology Non-Science Majors I
BIOL-1408

  • Summer 1 2021
  • Section NT1
  • 4.0 Credits
  • 06/07/2021 to 07/12/2021
  • Modified 05/26/2021

Based on recommendations from the CDC and other governmental agencies, the content delivery method for this course may need to be modified.

Meeting Times

Online

This is an Online class. We do not have scheduled meeting times. All assignments, quizzes, exams, etc. are all completed online.

Contact Information

Instructor: Mr. Koshy Varghese

Office Hours

  • Thursdays, by appointment only
  • Online

Description

3 lec/3 lab (4 Cr.) Provides a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans including chemistry of life, and cell's structure, function, and reproduction. Laboratory activities will reinforce a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans including chemistry of life, and a cell's structure, function, and reproduction.

Objectives

Upon completion of the core curriculum, students are expected to demonstrate competence in all of the core objectives listed in the college catalog. The overall content of this course is designed to enhance skills in each of the following core objectives.

  • Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
  • Personal Responsibility - ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision making
  • Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.

Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

            Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

            Lecture Outcomes: assessed with multiple choice questions

  1. Distinguish between prokaryotic, eukaryotic, plant and animal cells, and identify major cell structures. Core objectives: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills
  2. Identify stages of the cell cycle, mitosis (plant and animal), and meiosis. Core objectives: Communication Skills
  3. Interpret results from cell physiology experiments involving movement across membranes, enzymes, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration. Core objectives: Critical Thinking Skills
  4. Apply genetic principles to predict the outcome of genetic crosses and statistically analyze results. Core objectives: Critical Thinking Skills, Empirical and Quantitative Skills
  5. Describe karyotyping, pedigrees, and biotechnology and provide an example of the uses of each. Core objectives: Communication Skills
  6. Identify parts of a DNA molecule, and describe replication, transcription, and translation. Core objectives: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills
  7. Analyze evidence for evolution and natural selection.
     
    Lab outcomes: labs assessed with rubrics
  1. Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions, and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data. Core objectives: Communication, Critical Thinking, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, and Teamwork.
  2. Use critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory. Core objectives: Communication, Critical Thinking, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, and Teamwork.
  3. Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations. Core objectives: Communication, Critical Thinking, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, and Teamwork.
  4. Distinguish between prokaryotic, eukaryotic, plant and animal cells, and identify major cell structures. Core objectives: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills
  5. Identify stages of the cell cycle, mitosis (plant and animal), and meiosis. Core objectives: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills
  6. Interpret results from cell physiology experiments involving movement across membranes, enzymes, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration. Core objectives: Communication, Critical Thinking, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, and Teamwork.
  7. Apply genetic principles to predict the outcome of genetic crosses and statistically analyze results. Core objectives: Communication, Critical Thinking, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, and Teamwork.
  8. Identify the importance of karyotypes, pedigrees, and biotechnology. Core objectives: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills
  9. Identify parts of a DNA molecule, and describe replication, transcription, and translation. Core objectives: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills
  10. Analyze evidence for evolution and natural selection. Core objectives: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills

Required and Optional Materials

Visit the Navarro College Bookstore: http://bookstore.navarrocollege.edu/home

Biology

  • Author: Sylvia Mader
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill
  • Edition: 13th

Connect Plus access card (bundled with textbook) 

This book will also be used for Biology 1409.

 

Lab Kit

This course requires a lab kit, but not a lab manual. Students must contact one of the Navarro bookstores to purchase the kit.

  • Availability: Bookstore

Assignments and Activities

Grading Criteria

Grade criteria will conform to the established policy of Navarro College as stated in the College catalog: A=90-100%; B=80-89%; C=70-79%; D=60-69%; F=59% or below.

Criteria

Method of Instruction: In addition to traditional lecture, Navarro College uses the Canvas Learning Management System to provide course materials and activities assigned by the instructor.

Method of Evaluation:  

Major Tests      4                 40.0%

Labs                 10                30.0%

Final Exam                           10.0%

Assignments                        20.0 %

 

Online sections require proctored testing.

Students enrolled in this class must have access to a computer, a webcam, and reliable internet connectivity.

 

 

Course Policies

Food and beverages should not be consumed in labs.

Instructional Methodologies

Face to Face  Hybrid Online

Face to face courses are taught in a traditional classroom format. 

Courses classified as “Hybrid” in the course schedule (identified with the letter ‘H’ in the course section designation) will use a combination of face-to-face classroom and online instructional methods. A minimum of 50 percent of the course must be taught online to be classified as a hybrid course.

Students must have regular access to a computer and a reliable internet connection, either on campus or in a personal setting, to complete all assignments.

In addition to traditional lecture, Navarro College uses the Canvas Learning Management System to provide course materials and activities assigned by the instructor. Access user information here:


To access Canvas:

(1) Go to: mync.navarrocollege.edu 
(2) Enter your User Name (MyNC ID) and Password
(3) Click on the Canvas icon and locate your course in your Canvas Dashboard.

Please note some courses will also use materials provided by the publisher and require the student to have an access code in order to complete assignments, activities, and exams. Please see the Materials section of this syllabus to determine if an access code will be necessary for this course.

Final Exams

Students are required to take final exams during the posted final exam week and should not make travel reservations or other plans which would require them to request a rescheduled final.  Requests to take final exams early, or at a time other than indicated on the final exam schedule, must be approved by the appropriate Executive Dean and are granted only in exceptional circumstances. Personal or family travel plans are not deemed as exceptional circumstances.

Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting

Students may choose to share personal information or experiences, as appropriate, in written assignments, class discussions, presentations, and conferences with instructors. While instructors and other college employees will strive to keep personal student information private, they are required to report information about sexual misconduct, childhood abuse, and criminal activity to the proper authorities. Students may speak to someone confidentially by contacting NorthSTAR Mobile Crisis at 1-800-260-8000 or the Navarro College Licensed Counselor at 903-875-7393.

Course Content and Rigor

College-level courses may include controversial, sensitive, and/or adult material. Students are expected to have the readiness for college-level rigor and content.

Email

All Navarro College students are required to use their Navarro College email to correspond with instructors and other Navarro College personnel.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to do their own work at all times. Cheating is a serious offense with serious consequences which may include any of the following:  a grade of zero, course failure, or removal from a program.

  • All quizzes and exams will be proctored using Proctorio. Students who are flagged for unethical behaviors may receive a grade of "0" on that test.
  • The instructor reserves the right to require students to take an alternate exam in a proctored setting (acceptable to the instructor), if a student is suspected of cheating.

Student Conduct

All students enrolled in classes at Navarro College shall follow the tenets of common decency and acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment. Behavior deemed by the instructor to be disruptive may result in the student being dropped from the course.

Subject to Change

The Course Syllabus and/or the Course Calendar may be changed as the term progresses at the discretion of the department and/or instructor.

Late/Make-Up Work

Late work is generally not accepted. Exceptions may be made students who have, in the opinion of the instructor, have a reasonable and valid excuse for the delay.

Institutional Policies

Students are expected and required to have read the Student Handbook and to consult appropriate sections of the College Catalog for general academic information.

Attendance and Preparation

Face to Face and Hybrid Online

Regular and punctual class attendance is expected at Navarro College as a key element for student success. Excessive absenteeism is defined as two consecutive weeks of instruction in a 16-week semester (or the equivalent in any shorter term) and may result in being dropped from the course.

Students who miss class to participate in a co-curricular activity must have written permission (e-mail accepted) from a coach/director and must make prior arrangements with the instructor to take an examination or complete an assignment scheduled for that day. 

Regular (daily or weekly) online work is a key element for student success in an internet-based class.  Students must complete the first assignment by the designated deadline to document participation in the course.  The instructor will drop any student who fails to complete an assignment by the deadline provided in Canvas.

Although the instructor MAY withdraw a student from the class for insufficient participation the RESPONSIBILITY for dropping a class belongs to the student! Insufficient participation is defined as not logging in and completing assignments for the equivalent of two consecutive weeks.  If you are unable to complete the course, you should formally drop it.

  • Additional information regarding attendance requirements is available in the Navarro College Catalog. https://navarrocollege.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/Catalog
  • You may drop this class by completing an online form. It is the student's responsibility to visit with his or her instructor concerning course status before submitting the required paperwork to the Office of Admissions and Records to drop this class. Additional information about dropping a class may be found in the Navarro College Catalog. https://navarrocollege.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/Catalog/Academic-Policies-and-Information/Academic-Policies/Dropping-and-or-Adding-Courses
  • Failure to withdraw by the deadline may result in your name remaining on the class roll, resulting in a grade of ‘F’ at the end of the semester. 
  • A student who foresees educational issues related to pregnancy, postpartum recovery, or other physical or mental health matters is strongly encouraged to notify the College as soon as possible.  By doing so, the student and College personnel can collaborate and develop an appropriate plan for the continuation of the student's education.  Pre-planning when possible also may help with particular challenges a student faces while pregnant, when recovering from childbirth, or in response to a physical or mental health concern (e.g., missed classes, make-up work).  The choice to inform the College of any health concern is voluntary. A student is not required to share this information with the College. A student may choose to consult a College counselor or the Office of Disability Services before deciding whether or not to disclose any health-related information.
  • If you are receiving financial aid grants or loans, you must ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE in all classes FROM THE FIRST CLASS DAY.  Do not drop or stop attending any class without consulting the Financial Aid Office. Changes in your enrollment level and/or failing grades may require you to repay financial aid funds.  
  • All students receiving Veterans Administration (VA) benefits must notify the Veteran’s Certifying Official of any enrollment changes as soon as they are made. The Veterans Affairs benefit recipient needs to be aware that the VA may require repayment of all benefits received since the beginning of a semester for any course in which a “W” grade is received
  • According to current Texas law, dropping a course may have serious academic consequences. Under most circumstances, a maximum of 6 courses may be dropped throughout the entire undergraduate degree program. Before you decide to withdraw from this or any other course, make sure you understand the consequences. For more information see the Office of the Registrar.

MyNC Single Sign-On

MyNC Single Sign-On:  https://mync.navarrocollege.edu/

The MyNC Single Sign-On page provides one-stop access to several student resources, such as the MyNC Portal, Canvas, Office365 (Student Email), and Self-Service.

For Login Instructions, please visit: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/service-desk 

For Login Assistance, please contact:

OneStop Service Desk
Phone: (903) 875-7416
Email: [email protected]

Your privacy is extremely important.  Please DO NOT SHARE your account information with anyone.

Always include full name and date of birth, phone number, and valid email address when contacting the One-Stop Service Desk. Navarro College will not disclose sensitive account access information with anyone other than the student regardless of student’s age.

For Assistance with Canvas, please contact:

Matt Miller, Dean of Online Instruction
Phone: (903) 875-7422
Email: [email protected]

Links to Important Information

Academic Decorum: https://navarrocollege.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/Catalog/Academic-Policies-and-Information/Academic-Policies/Classroom-Decorum

Includes:  Civility, Being a Successful Student, Classroom Decorum, Change of Grade, Grade Challenge Procedure, Academic Dishonesty, and User Responsibilities for IT Resources/Penalties for Violation of Technology Policy, Tobacco Use Policy


Academic Integrity: https://navarrocollege.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/Catalog/Academic-Policies-and-Information/Academic-Policies/Academic-Dishonesty


College Catalog: https://navarrocollege.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/Catalog


Campus Safety: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/campus-safety/index.html


Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): https://www.navarrocollege.edu/handbook/student-records/student-records-family-rights-and-privacy-act.html


Student Rights and Responsibilities: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/handbook/students-rights-and-responsiblilities.html


Student Handbook:   http://navarrocollege.edu/handbook/

Links to Campus Services

Bulldog Life: Learning. Living. Launching: https://navarrocollege.edu/bulldog-life/ 

Navarro College's Bulldog Life is a student success service to all students. Opportunities include Canvas courses, meaningful activities, Culture of Caring and travel opportunities. Bulldog Life is a self-guided experience. We know that every student is in a different stage in life. 


Counseling Services: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/counseling/index.html 

The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed counselors who provide brief counseling, assessment, referral, and crisis intervention services to currently-enrolled Navarro College students. The Navarro College Counseling Center is free, confidential, and available to all enrolled NC students.


Testing Center Hours and Contact Information: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/testing-center/testing-hours-contact.html


Online Proctored Testing Information: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/online-campus/online-testing.html


Library Services: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/library/index.html


Tutorial Services: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/learning-commons/index.html

NOTE: In addition to Navarro College tutoring services, students also have access to free 24/7 tutoring by visiting UpSwing (http://navarrocollege.upswing.io) and logging in to their UpSwing account.  If you're a new user, click NEW USER to create an account.


Disability Services: http://www.navarrocollege.edu/support-services/disability-services. 

It is the responsibility of the student to contact Navarro College Disability Services Office to request accommodations.

The instructor is committed to helping each student reach his/her academic potential and to providing every student equal opportunity to participate in and engage with the course.  In keeping with this commitment, effort has been made to develop accessible learning materials that provide equal access.  Please contact the instructor immediately if access to course materials is restricted due to a disability so the issue(s) can be resolved in a timely manner.


Student Support and Administrative Services: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/support-services/

Schedule

 

Date Topic 
6/7/2021 Chapter 01: View of Life
6/8/2021 Chapter 02: Basic Chemistry. Ch 01 Assignment Due
  Students who fail to submit Ch 01 assignment may be dropped from the course 
6/9/2021 Chapter 03: The Chemistry of Organic Molecules
  Lab 01 - Start Work
6/10/2021 Chapter 04: Cell Structure and Function
6/11/2021 Test 01 (Chapter 01 - 04) Opens, Lab 02 - Start Work
6/13/2021 Test 01 Closes. Assignments Ch 02 -04 close @ 11:59 PM
   
6/14/2021 Chapter 05:Plasma Membrane and Function
6/15/2021 Chapter 06: Metabolism, Energy, and Enzymes. 
  Lab 03 - Start Work
6/16/2021 Chapter 07: Photosynthesis
6/17/2021 Chapter 08: Cellular Respiration
  Lab 04 - Start Work
6/18/2021 Test 02 (Chapters 05 -08) Opens
6/20/2021 Test 02 (Chapters 05 -08) Closes. Assignments for these chapters close
   
6/21/2021 Chapter 09 - The Cell Cycle and Cellular Reproductions'
  Lab 05 - Start Work
6/22/2021 Chapter 10- Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction
6/23/2021 Chapter 11: Mendelian Pattern of Inheritance
6/24/2021 Lab 06 - Start Work
6/25/2021 Test 03 (Chapters  09 -11) Opens.
  Lab Practical 01 (Labs 01 -05) Opens
6/27/2021 Test 03 (Chapters 09 - 11) Closes Assignments for these chapters close
  Labs 01 -05 Due
  Lab Practical 01 Closes
   
6/28/2021 Chapter 12 - Molecular Biology of the Gene
  Lab 07 - Start Work
6/29/2021

Chapter 13 - Regulation of  Gene Expression

6/30/2021 Chapter 14: Biotechnology and Genomics
  Lab 08 - Start Work
7/1/2021 Test 04 ( Chapters 12 -14) Opens/ LAST DAY TO DROP CLASS
7/3/2021 Test 04 ( Chapters 12 -14) Closes
   
7/5/2021 Chapter 15: Darwin  and Evolution
  Lab 09 - Start Work
7/6/2021 Chapter 20: Viruses, Bacteria, and Archaea
  Lab 10 - Start Work
7/8/2021 Test 05 - ( Chapters 15and 20) Opens
  Lab Practical 02 - Opens
7/9/2021 Test 05 - ( Chapters 15and 20) Closes
  Lab Practical 02  Closes
  Comprehensive Final Exam Opens
7/10/2021 Comprehensive Final Exam Closes