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Biology Non-Science Majors II
- Summer 2 2021
- Section NT1
- 4.0 Credits
- 07/13/2021 to 08/16/2021
- Modified 05/16/2021
Based on recommendations from the CDC and other governmental agencies, the content delivery method for this course may need to be modified.
Professor: Heather Stottman
- Email: [email protected]
- Office: Drane Hall
- Phone: (903)-875-7519
- By Appointment Only
- Zoom or On Corsicana Campus
Please email me to schedule a meeting time.
3 lec/3 lab (4 Cr.) This course will provide a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans including evolution, ecology, plant and animal diversity, and physiology. Laboratory activities will reinforce a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans including evolution, ecology, plant and animal diversity, and physiology. Note: It is recommended that BIOL 1408 Biology for Non-Science Majors I be taken before BIOL 1409.
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.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Learning Outcomes lecture: assessed with multiple choice questions
- Describe modern evolutionary synthesis, natural selection, population genetics, micro and macroevolution, and speciation. Core objective: Communication Skills
- Describe phylogenetic relationships and classification schemes. Core objectives: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills
- Identify the major phyla of life with an emphasis on plants and animals, including the basis for classification, structural and physiological adaptations, evolutionary history, and ecological significance. Core objectives: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills
- Describe basic animal physiology and homeostasis as maintained by organ systems. Core objective: Communication Skills
- Compare different sexual and asexual life cycles noting their adaptive advantages. Core objectives: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills
- Illustrate the relationship between major geologic change, extinctions, and evolutionary trends. Core objectives: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills
Learning Outcomes lab: assessed with lab rubrics
- Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data. Core objectives: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, and Teamwork.
- Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory. Core objectives: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, and Teamwork.
- Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations. Core objectives: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, and Teamwork.
- Define modern evolutionary synthesis, natural selection, population genetics, micro and macroevolution, and speciation. Core objective: Communication Skills
- Describe phylogenetic relationships and classification schemes. Core objective: Communication Skills
- Identify the major phyla of life with an emphasis on plants and animals, including the basis for classification, structural and physiological adaptations, evolutionary history, and ecological significance. Core objective: Communication Skills
- Describe basic animal physiology and homeostasis as maintained by organ systems. Core objective: Communication Skills
- Compare different sexual and asexual life cycles noting their adaptive advantages. Core objective: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills
- Illustrate the relationship between major geologic change, extinctions, and evolutionary trends. Core objective: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills
Required and Optional Materials
Visit the Navarro College Bookstore: http://bookstore.navarrocollege.edu/home
- Author: Sylvia Mader
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill
- Edition: 13th
Connect Plus access card (bundled with textbook)
This book will also be used for Biology 1408.
Lab manual, (bundled with new textbook); for face to face classes only
Reference books, models, prepared slides, and preserved specimens will be utilized
Assignments and Activities
See Canvas for assignment details.
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.
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:
Majors Tests (4-5) 40%
Labs (12-14) 35%
Final Exam 15%
Online sections require proctored testing.
Food and beverages should not be consumed in labs.
|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.
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.
Final exams for online courses must be taken in an instructor approved proctored environment.
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.
All Navarro College students are required to use their Navarro College email to correspond with instructors and other Navarro College personnel.
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 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.
Please keep in mind the proper etiquette for online interactions:
- Use appropriate language and stick to appropriate topics
- Use good grammar including complete sentences (no texting language)
- Do not harass or bully fellow students. It is okay to disagree with someone but be appropriate and non-judgmental please. This should be a friendly and safe learning environment for everyone.
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.
No late work or make-up exams will be accepted for any reason including electronic reasons like loss of internet. Once tests and assignments close they cannot be re-opened. No exceptions will be made for individual students.
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
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College Catalog: https://navarrocollege.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/Catalog
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Student Handbook: http://navarrocollege.edu/handbook/
Links to Campus Services
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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.
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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/
Major Course Topics:
Lecture Topics to include but not limited to:
Chapters 16, 17, 18- Evolution, Speciation, Geologic factors
Chapter 19- Classification
Chapter 21- Protists
Chapter 22- Fungi
Chapter 23- Plant evolution and diversity
Chapters 24, 25, 27- Flowering plants
Chapter 28- Invertebrate evolution
Chapter 29- Vertebrate evolution
Chapter 30- Human Evolution
Chapter 31- Animal organization and homeostasis
Chapter 32- Circulation and cardiovascular systems
Chapter 33- Lymphatic and immune system
Chapter 34- Digestive system and nutrition
Chapter 35- Respiratory system
Chapter 36- Body fluid regulation and excretory system
Chapter 37- Neurons and nervous system
Chapter 38- Sense organs
Chapter 39- Locomotion and support
Chapter 40- Hormones and endocrine system
Chapter 41- Reproductive systems (male and female)
Chapter 42- Animal development and aging
Chapter 43- Behavioral ecology
Chapter 44- Population ecology
Chapter 45- Community and ecosystem ecology
Chapter 46- Major ecosystems of the biosphere
Chapter 47- Conservation of biodiversity
Lab Topics to include but not limited to:
Laboratory 11- lab safety; Evidence for evolution
Laboratory 2 and 12- Microbiology; microscopes, prepared or wet mounts of bacteria, fungi, protists
Laboratory 13- Seedless and seed plants; models, microscopes, slides of pollen grains
Laboratory 14- Plant anatomy and growth; models, microscopes, slides of leaves, stems
Laboratory 17- Cardiovascular system (signature assignment); models, blood pressure/pulse monitor
Laboratory – Respiratory and excretory systems; models
Laboratory 20- Nervous system and senses; models of neuron, spinal cord, brain, ear, eye, skin
Ecology lab- owl pellet kit