NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

General Biology II

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: General Biology II
    B. Course Number: BI 124 - 10278
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Gale, Brittany
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 219
    H. Email Address: BGale@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2802
    J. Office Hours: Tuesday: 12:15:00 PM-1:15:00 PM (MST);4:30:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:45:00 AM-1:15:00 PM (MST);4:30:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 9:30:00 AM-10:45:00 AM (MST);12:15:00 PM-1:15:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    General Biology II stresses the origins of life, the diversity of viruses, bacteria, protists, and fungi; the diversity of plants, plant structure and function; animal diversity, animal structure and function; as well as evolution, animal behavior, ecology of populations, ecosystems, and environmental concerns. Concurrent enrollment in BI124L (laboratory) is required. This is a four credit hour course.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    Biology 124 (General Biology) is a laboratory life science course geared for non-science majors. Biology 124 will transfer to most two and four-year colleges. Information concerning articulation agreements with regional colleges and universities can be obtained at the NMJC’s Counseling Office. It is important to check with the institution to which you are planning to transfer to determine transferability. Planning for course credit transfer is ultimately the student’s responsibility. All students are encouraged to keep a copy of the course syllabus, as it will help determine the transferability of this course credit to another institution.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    1. Concepts of Biology (2014), 3rd edition, Sylvia S. Mader, Wm. C. Brown Publisher ISBN 978-0-07-352553-2
    2. LABORATORY MANUAL: Concepts of Biology (2014), 3rd edition, Wm. C Brown Publisher
    ISBN 978-0-07-751158-6

    Suggested:
    None.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    For students to receive credit for any coursework, it must be submitted on or before the deadline. Late work will be not be accepted for credit except under extreme circumstances (e.g. NMJC experiences technical difficulties with its Canvas server for an extended period of time on the last day of submission). If this occurs, it is the sole responsibility of the student to report this to the instructor within 24-hours and a one-day extension may be granted.

    Additionally original, individual coursework must be submitted. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in a zero for that particular assignment along with enforcement of other possible sanctions (see NMJC Academic Honesty Policy).

    Grades earned on tests and other assignments will be available on Canvas. The following formula will be used to calculate course grades:
    55% - Lecture Component (Lecture exams, assignments, discussions)
    25% - Laboratory Component (Lab quizzes & assignments)
    20% - Comprehensive Lecture/Lab Final

    No curves or extra credit opportunities will be available.

    Lecture Component
    Lecture Exams have a four-day submission period. Each consists of 50 multiple choice questions worth 2-points and are considered closed book.

    Lecture Assignments include the submission of "Getting Started" activities (30 pts) and a 5-paragraph essay (100 pts).

    Discussion points (15 pts) are earned by submitting a post per Learning Module. Posts must be original (e.g. student’s own work/writing). No credit will be awarded if 1) information is plagiarized, 2) similar information is already posted, 3) a creditable reference source is not cited. On-line encyclopedias, advertisements, textbooks, etc. are not acceptable.

    Laboratory Component
    There will be approximately 10 lab assignments worth 10 - 15 points each. Additionally, there will a lab quiz worth 10-15 points per each lab.

    Comprehensive Lecture & Lab Finals are 100 points each and will be administered during the last week of this 8-week course by NMJCs testing center located in the Ben Alexander Building. If you are unable to come to campus, you must make arrangements for the finals to be proctored by another creditable testing center on or before NMJCs official last day to withdraw from the course.

    Most assignments are due on Sunday nights. Feedback and grades will be given by Friday after the due date.

    Refer to the "ADDITIONAL INFORMATION" section for more details concerning coursework.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College's broad range of science courses provides students with an opportunity to achieve their academic goals by fostering higher order thinking skills, basic academic success skills, discipline-specific knowledge and skills, and scientific and academic values.

    The course content of general biology (BI 124) supports NMJC’s mission which is “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    1. Describe the process of scientific inquiry.
    2. Solve problems scientifically.
    3. Communicate scientific information.
    4. Apply quantitative analysis to scientific problems.
    5. Apply scientific thinking to real world problems.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Upon completion of this course, the students should be able to (but not limited to) the following:

    1. Describe the scientific name used for classifying organisms and explain its importance.
    2. List the 8 taxons used in the taxonomic classification system AND demonstrate its use.
    3. Compare and contrast organisms found in the different domains/kingdoms and cite examples.
    4. Describe the general structure & replication cycles of viruses.
    5. Name the general shapes of bacteria and correlate their cellular structures with their functions.
    6. Discuss how bacteria reproduce and the three mechanisms that genetic variations are generated.
    7. Explain how prokaryotes differ with respect to acquiring nutrition & needing oxygen.
    8. Discuss the environmental importance of prokaryotes.
    9. List examples of diseases caused by microbes & discuss methods that are used to control outbreaks.
    10. Discuss the basic characteristics of organisms found in the kingdom Protista.
    11. Name AND give examples organisms found in the three different groups of Protista.
    12. Discuss the basic characteristics of Fungi.
    13. Differentiate fungi based on their spore-producing sexual reproductive structures and give examples of each.
    14. Discuss the ecological, economic, and medical importance of fungi.
    15. List the basic characteristics of plants.
    16. Compare and contrast the life cycles of non-vascular plants, seedless vascular plants, and seed vascular plants.
    17. Contrast the following: sporophyte & gametophyte generations, meiosis & fertilization, and angiosperm & gymnosperms.
    18. Discuss the basic differences used to distinguish monocots from dicots (eudicots).
    19. List the three major vegetative organs found in plants and state the basic functions of each.
    20. Discuss the basic function(s) of the following tissues: ground, vascular, epidermal, & meristem
    21. Draw a non-woody dicot root & stem cross-section and label the following: vascular bundle, vascular cylinder, endodermis, epidermis, cortex, pith, xylem, & phloem
    22. Draw a monocot root & stem cross-section and label the following: vascular bundle, vascular cylinder, endodermis, epidermis, cortex, pith, xylem, & phloem
    23. Draw a cross-section of a young woody stem and label the following: pith, wood, bark, cork, primary xylem & phloem
    24. Draw a longitudinal section of a root tip and label the different zones of plant growth.
    25. Draw a typical leaf cross-section and label the following: upper and lower epidermis, cuticle, stoma, palisade and spongy mesophyll, vein, xylem, and phloem
    26. Briefly explain the mechanism of water transport according to the cohesion-tension model.
    27. Briefly explain the flow of phloem according to the pressure-flow model.
    28. Define the terms girdling and guttation and denote what process is responsible for each.
    29. Draw/label a flower and differentiate between the female and male parts.
    30. Distinguish between pollination and fertilization.
    31. Differentiate between the seed germination and growth of a monocot and eudicot.
    32. Discuss the general characteristics of animals.
    33. Compare the 8 phyla of invertebrate organisms in terms of the following: body plan, symmetry, number of germ tissue layers, level of organization, and presence of coelom.
    34. Describe the basic characteristics of the 9 phyla of animals studied and give examples of each.
    35. Define the following terms: protostomes & deuterostomes, open & closed circulatory system, complete vs. incomplete digestive system, radial & bilateral symmetry, cephalization
    36. Describe the amniote egg and discuss its importance from an evolutionary standpoint.
    37. Discuss how birds are adapted for flight.
    38. State the two body systems that are responsible for controlling behavior.
    39. Distinguish between innate and learned behaviors and give examples of each.
    40. Discuss social interactions/constructs used to reduce aggression within a society.
    41. List examples of the different types of communication and state advantages/disadvantages of each.
    42. Define the terms: population, society, community, ecosystem, and biosphere
    43. Apply the Competitive Exclusion Principle as it relates to the niche and habitat of organisms.
    44. Define mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism. Give examples of each
    45. Discuss various defense mechanisms used by prey to avoid predation. Give examples of each.
    46. Distinguish between primary & secondary succession and pioneer & climax communities.
    47. Contrast the flow of energy versus nutrients through an ecosystem and discuss the role of decomposers.
    48. Draw an ecological pyramid and denote which trophic level represents the following: producers (autotrophs), primary consumers (herbivores), secondary consumers (primary carnivores), tertiary consumers (top carnivores)
    49. Describe the function of the reservoir, exchange pool, and biotic community in biogeochemical cycles and state three examples.
    50. Briefly discuss the cause of the following ecological concerns: eutrophication, acid deposition, global warming, ozone depletion, photochemical smog. and organic chemicals along with possible biological magnification.
    51. List the four basic tissue types found in animals and give a general function of each.
    52. Explain the concept of homeostasis and give examples.
    53. Distinguish between tissues, organs, and systems.
    54. List the systems of the human body, the major organs of each, and the major functions of each.

  10. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  11. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    This is an online lecture/laboratory life science course geared for non-science majors. Canvas, NMJCs Learning Management System, will be used to deliver course information for both the lecture/laboratory component. The design of the course correlates information presented in the textbook with the laboratory manual. Final course grade will be a composite of both lecture and laboratory.

    Should any questions arise during the semester, simply e-mail me and I will respond within 24 hours Monday thru Friday 12 noon.

    All tests/quizzes are to be submitted via Canvas.

    Unit Exams:
    There are three unit (or learning module) exams, each consisting of materials presented in three to four chapters (see course outline). Pay close attention to deadlines for each unit exam. Fifty multiple choice questions for each exam are randomly selected from a testbank making them unique. To access the on-line exams, (a) log-in to Canvas using Respondus LockDown Browser, (b)click on "Modules", (c) select the appropriate unit exam, and (d) enter the password "success". (The password is case sensitive and omit quote marks). Tests are timed and are open for a period of 75-minutes once accessed. Additionally, once an exam has been submitted for grading, it cannot be re-entered. Should technical problems arise during the testing process (e.g. Canvas logs you off and you cannot regain entry into the exam), it is the student's responsibility to report the problem to the professor within 24-hours.

    Comprehensive Lecture/Lab Finals:
    The final exams are proctored and may be taken either at NMJCs testing center located in the Ben Alexander Building or another reputable site.

    NMJC Testing Center offers free services to NMJC students and is located in the Ben Alexander Student Union Building. According to Testing Center policies, students must show proper picture ID and electronic devices are not allowed in the testing area. Below are the standard operating hours during final's week; however, it is strongly recommended that students confirm time of operation as they are subject to change:
    7:30 am - 7:00 pm Monday and Tuesday
    7:30 am - 5:00 pm Wednesday

    If an alternative, reputable testing site is to be used, information regarding the proposed site (e.g. Institution's name, address, phone number, and contact person) must be submitted by the student and approved by the instructor no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Students are solely responsible for any costs associated with using an alternative testing site.

    Lecture Assignments:
    Getting Started Canvas assignments are due by Wednesday of the first week: E-mail the instructor, post an introduction, upload a document, and submit a general information syllabus/survey.

    Portfolios are to be submitted at end of each learning module portfolio and contain responses which address the specific course objectives for that particular unit (see section VII of the course syllabus). Portfolios are to be used as a study tool to prepare for that particular learning unit/module and used collectively to prepare for the comprehensive final. They are to be submitted before the beginning of the next learning module.

    Environmental Issues Paper is a 5-paragraph essay that is to be submitted during Learning Module 4. No late papers will be accepted for credit

    Body System Presentation demonstrates the student't ability to develop a PowerPoint presentation that communicates scientific information to their peers.

    Lab Assignments/Quizzes:
    Even though students may not be able to actually perform all exercises, they are required to read/understand materials presented in the laboratory manual. Laboratory exercises are modified for the on-line learner and some require the purchase/use of common household materials to perform. After completion of each laboratory exercise, there is a laboratory assignment that is to be completed/submitted.

    Additionally, there is a short quiz under "Modules" after completion of each laboratory exercise/assignment. The review questions at the end of each exercise will be useful in preparing for these quizzes. Protocol for taking quizzes is the same unit exams, except they are shorter in length and have only 20 minutes to complete.

  12. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at krueda@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    ONLINE BI 124 16 week course schedule: 

    Course schedule is tentative and subject to change.

    Week Of

    Lecture Assignments/Exams

    Laboratory Assignments/Quizzes

    Learning Module 1 (Ch. 16-19 fungi)

    Week 1

    Ch. 16 – History of Life on Earth

    Lab 14

    Lab 15A - Bacteria

    Lab 15B - Protists  and Fungi

     

    Week 2

    Ch. 17 – Evolution of Microbial Life

    Week 3

    Ch. 18 – Evolution of Protists

    Week 4

    Ch 19 – Evolution on Plants and Fungi (Focus on Fungi)

    Discussion 1 Due

    Portfolio Due

    Lecture Exam LM #1

    Learning Module 2 (Ch. 19 plants, 22, 23, 25)

    Week 5

    Ch. 19 – Evolution of Plants

    Lab 16A 

    Lab 16B

    Lab 8 

    Week 6

    Ch. 25 – Reproduction of Plants

    Week 7

    Ch. 22 – Plant Organization and Homeostasis

    Week 8

    Ch. 23 – Transport and Nutrition in Plants

    Discussion 2 Due

    Portfolio Due

    Lecture Exam LM #2

    Learning Module 3 (Ch. 20, 26, and Body Systems)

    Lab 17/18A – Invertebrates

    Lab 18B – Vertebrates

    Body Systems

    Week 9

    Ch. 20  – Evolution of Animals

    Week 10

    Ch. 26 –  Animal Organization & Homeostasis

    Week 11

    Body Systems

    Week 12

    Review Animals and Body Systems

    Class Presentations on Body Systems Due (Communication Assessment)

    Discussion 3 Due

    Portfolio Due

    Lecture Exam LM #3

    Learning Module 4 (Ch. 38 - 40)

    Week 13

    Ch. 38 – Behavior Ecology

    Ecology Lab

     

    Week 14

    Ch. 39 – Community & Ecosystem Ecology

    THURSDAY: LAST DAY FOR “W”

    Week 15

    Ch. 40 – Ecosystems of the Biosphere

    Environmental Issue Paper Due

    (Critical Thinking  & Self/Community Ass’t)

    Discussion 4 Due

    Portfolio Due

    Lecture Exam LM #4

    Week 16

    Review for Comprehensive Lecture/Lab Final

    May 8-10

    Comprehensive Lecture/Lab Final – Testing Center