BI 157 - Contemporary Biology
Dr. Nancy Tress
Phone: 578-8791 (office) firstname.lastname@example.org (email)
643-1532 (home) angelfire.com/nt/classinfo (web)
Textbook: Biology Today, Eli C. Minkoff and Pamela J. Baker
Class/Lab: Tuesday 6-10 p.m.
Goals and Objectives: This course is designed for students who are not majoring in biology. The focus of this class will be the application of biology to everyday life. The topics chosen for class discussion will touch on a variety of scientific principles as well as the benefits, problems and future directions of these areas of biology. The subject matter of this course is intended to help you understand the importance of science in your lives.
The specific goals of this course are as follows:
Student Evaluation: Two 100 point lecture examinations.
100 point final lecture exam.
100 points for class assignments.
75 points for quizzes
125 points for lab exercises
Testing format: The questions for the lecture exams will be taken from the lecture notes, information from the textbook and from any readings that may be specifically assigned. The lecture exam format will consist of multiple choice, true or false, matching and short answer essay questions. Please refer to the tentative lecture schedule for exam dates.
The final grade for the course will be determined by adding all points earned in lecture and lab.
Exams 300 points
Assignments 100 points
Quizzes 75 points
Lab 125 points
Total 600 points
Grading: The maximum total that can be earned is 600 points. The total points earned by each student will be converted to a percentage and the final letter grade will be assigned according to the scale given below.
A+ 97-100 A 94-96 A- 90-93
B+ 87-89 B 84-86 B- 80-83
C+ 77-79 C 74-76 C- 70-73
D+ 67-69 D 64-66 D- 60-63
F 59 and below
Attendance: Attendance in class is mandatory. If 1 class is missed, no credit will be received for the course. No make-up exams will be given . NO late assignments or Exams will be accepted for any reason!!
** Carlow College makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Questions about services and procedures for students with disabilities should be directed to Andrea Beranek in Grace Library, room 434 or at 412-578-6136. **
Date Lecture Material Chapter Lab Exercise
1-11-00 Introduction to Science 1,2 Film - Junk Science
Scientific Method Lab Assignment 1
1-18-00 Principles of Ecology 15 Quiz 1
Lab Assignment 2
1-25-00 Environmental Issues 6,16 Class Presentations
Lab Assignment 3
2-1-00 Nutrition 8 Exam 1 Assignments 1 & 2 due
Lab Assignment 4
2-8-00 Nutrition 8 Quiz 2
2-15-00 Cell Cycle/Mitosis 3 (p41-43) Lab Assignment 5
Cancer Biology 9
2-22-00 The Immune System 12 Exam 2 Assignments 3 & 4 due
2-29-00 Immune Function & AIDS 13 Quiz 3
3-5-00 Final Exam (10 a.m. @ AJ Palumbo) Assignment 5 due
**NO Late Assignments will be accepted for any reason**
Scientific Method /Immune System
5. Everyday Exposure to Toxic Pollutants. Scientific American, February 1998
6. How Cancer Arises. Scientific American, September 1997.
7.Strategies for Minimizing Cancer Risks. Scientific American, Sept. 1997.
8. Defeating AIDS: What will it Take? Scientific American, July 1998.
9. Improving HIV Therapy. Scientific American, July 1998.