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BI 157 - Contemporary Biology

Spring 2000

Dr. Nancy Tress

Phone: 578-8791 (office) (email)

643-1532 (home) (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. **

Tentative Schedule:

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

Nutrition Lab

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

Lab Assignments:

  1. Scrapbook - Students will collect 25 articles from the newspaper, magazines, ect. These articles will be put into a scrapbook of the student’s design. This assignment is 50 points and is due 2-22-00
  2. Class Presentation – Students will prepare a presentation from a topic assigned by the instructor. Oral presentations will be given on 1-25-00 and be approximately 10 minutes in length. Written presentations should be 1-3 pages in length and are due 1-25-00. This assignment is 25 points.
  3. Lab Assignments 1-5. These assignments will be given in class and are to be worked on at home. They will be due one week after they are assigned in class. These five assignments will total 50 points.

**NO Late Assignments will be accepted for any reason**

Reference Articles:

    1. The Benefits & Ethics of Animal Research. Scientific American, Feb. 1997

Scientific Method

    1. Evolution and the Origin of Disease. Scientific American, Nov. 1998.

Scientific Method /Immune System

    1. Global Population & the Nitrogen Cycle. Scientific American, July 1997.
    2. Ecology

    3. The Coming Climate. Scientific American, May 1997.


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.