• Biology I Honors

    COURSE SYLLABUS

    INSTRUCTOR: Mrs. White

    Room 1107

     

    Welcome to Honors Biology!  This semester we will learn about many things and do many activities.  In order to maximize your opportunity it is important that all students are aware of what is expected of them.  This letter contains additional information to the course syllabus. We will be keeping a fast pace, so it is up to you to communicate any problems you may be having to me as soon as possible.   I will be available for extra help before and after school.  Ask questions when you have them.  Do not wait until the day of a test to try and get them all answered. 

     It is very important that you and your parent(s) read through this material carefully, sign, and return the last page.  If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 949-2355 ext. 1107 or e-mail me anytime at patricia.white@spart5.net.  The best time to reach me by phone is between 3:30-4:30 p.m.  I prefer communication by e-mail (if possible), because it is easier for me to check throughout the day.  Information updates can also be found on Schoology. 

     

    COURSE DESCRIPTION  

    Unit credit 1

    Grade Levels 10-12

    Prerequisite Physical Science and science teacher recommendation

     

    This honors-level course is for motivated students who desire a more in-depth study of the biology curriculum. Students will examine the major concepts of biological science: the cell; molecular basis of heredity; interdependence of organisms; matter, energy, and organization in living systems; and behavior and regulation. This course provides numerous opportunities for students to develop science process skills, critical thinking, and an appreciation for the nature of science through inquiry-based learning experiences. Investigative, hands-on lab activities that address the high school inquiry standards are an integral part of this course.

     

    Major Topics of Instruction

     

    *Introduction to Biology

              Characteristics of life; review scientific method; scientific

              equipment (use and safety); and data analysis

     

    *Biological Chemistry

         Structure of matter; carbohydrates; lipids; proteins; and

         nucleic acids

    Honors Extended topics: saturated, unsaturated, and trans fats, hydrolysis and dehydration reactions)

     

    *The Cell

    Structure and function; prokaryotes vs eukaryotes; virus vs cells; active and passive transport, and homeostasis

    Honors Extended topics: structures of the cell membrane and nucleus; bacteriophages, and sodium-potassium pump.

     

    *Energy

    ADP and ATP cycle; Photosynthesis; cellular respiration, and fermentation

    Honors Extended topics: exergonic and endergonic reactions, electron transport chain, photosystem I and II, Calvin Cycle process, structure of the chloroplast, carbon fixation.

    *Cell Reproduction

    Cell cycle; and mitosis vs. meiosis; abnormal cells; stem cells

    Honors Extended topics: refine cell cycle model with three checkpoints, cell-based regenerative therapies, creating and interpreting karyotypes

    *Structure of Life

                DNA; RNA; and protein synthesis

    Honors Extended topics: introns and exons, histones, purines and pyrimidines, enzymes involved in replication

    *Fundamental Genetics

                Mendel; Punnett squares; pedigrees

    Honors Extended topics: Exceptions to the complete dominance, trihybrid crosses

    *Biotechnology

                 Genetic engineering; DNA fingerprinting

    Honors Extended topics: PCR, selective breeding, restriction enzymes.

    * Biological Evolution

                History, scientific evidence, and population genetics

    Honors Extended topics:  biogenesis vs spontaneous generation, radiometric dating, calculations involving allele frequency, Hardy-Weinberg equation

    *Ecology

    Biotic and abiotic factors; limiting factors; carbon cycle; greenhouse gases; stability; human impact

    Honors Extended topics: biogeographic factors, human population growth, age-structure graphs, nitrogen, phosphorus, and water cycles, measures of biodiversity

     

    *Human Body

    (includes sexual education)

     

     

    COURSE STANDARDS (A copy is also available on Schoology)

     

    SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PRACTICES

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    Standard H.B.1: The student will use the science and engineering practices, including the processes and skills of scientific inquiry, to develop understandings of science content.

     

    CELLS AS A SYSTEM

    Standard H.B.2: The student will demonstrate the understanding that the essential functions of life take place within cells or systems of cells.

     

    ENERGY TRANSFER

    Standard H.B.3: The student will demonstrate the understanding that all essential processes within organisms require energy which in most ecosystems is ultimately derived from the Sun and transferred into chemical energy by the photosynthetic organisms of that ecosystem.

     

    HEREDITY – INHERITANCE AND VARIATION OF TRAITS

     Standard H.B.4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the specific mechanisms by which characteristics or traits are transferred from one generation to the next via genes.

     

                                                    BIOLOGICAL EVOLUATION AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE

    B-5.1  Summarize the process of natural selection.

    B-5.2  Explain how genetic processes result in the continuity of life-forms over time.

    B-5.3  Explain how diversity within a species increases the chances of its survival.

    B-5.4  Explain how genetic variability and environmental factors lead to biological evolution.

    B-5.5 Exemplify scientific evidence in the fields of anatomy, embryology, biochemistry, and paleontology that underlies the theory of biological evolution.

    B-5.6   Summarize ways that scientist use data from a variety of sources to investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory.

    B-5.7  Use a phylogenetic tree to identify the evolutionary relationships among different groups of organisms.

     

    ECOSYSTEM DYNAMICS

    Standard H.B.6: The student will demonstrate an understanding that ecosystems are complex, interactive systems that include both biological communities and physical components of the environment.

     

    B-7 Sexual Education- (after End-of-Course Exam)

    Discuss sexuality.

    Discuss healthy relations vs abuse.

    Compare male and female reproductive systems.

    Explain the methods and effectiveness of family planning against pregnancy and STDs.

    Explain the stages of pregnancy and development from conception through infancy.

    Additional information will be sent home to parents/guardians before beginning this unit.

     

    Materials Needed

    Textbook:   Biology by Stephen Nowicki (Cost of textbook $170.00 if lost)

     

    You will need a notebook to keep notes and handouts in.  Most students find it easier using a 3-ring binder notebook.  Pencil must be used to complete ALL labs.  A set of coloring pencils is required.   A small (½ or 1 inch) 3-ring binder is required for your science fair project.  You will also need a science fair display board.  You may purchase science fair items later in the semester.  You may use pen or pencil to take notes with.  

     

    Optional Materials/Donations to the Classroom:

    Disinfectant wipes (I like to wipe down the desks everyday during the cold

                                   season.)

    ­Facial tissue (Kleenex, etc.) - During peak allergy and cold season, we can go

        through a box in a day!

     

     

    Grading Procedures for the Nine Weeks Grade

    Tests/Projects—50%

    Laboratory Work-25%

    Classwork/Quizzes-20%

    Homework-5%

     

    Grade Reports

    You will receive a grade report after each major test.  These must be signed and returned.  It will list all grades (daily, lab, quizzes, etc.)  If you have any concerns, please e-mail me or call.  Parent(s)/Guardian(s) may e-mail or send a note requesting grade updates at anytime. 

     

    Final Course Grade

    Each 9 weeks grade counts 40%

    End of Course Exam will count 20%.

     

    Homework & Classwork- A variety of exercises will be assigned during the study of each unit.  Some examples include worksheets, questions, reading assignments, and quizzes.  Homework will be given daily.  Students are required to answer selected questions from the study guide book for the chapters we complete.  In addition to your assigned homework, you should always review your class notes daily.  Quizzes will include both announced and pop.  Quizzes usually cover a lab skill, a reading assignment, or the previous day’s work. Quizzes will count two times.

     

    Laboratory Work- All topics will include one or more laboratory exercises.  Your grade will be based on lab performance as well as a written laboratory report.  **If you have any medical concerns, allergies, etc. please let me know.  Students may wear contacts when we perform labs.  There will be lab days where students will be required to put long hair up, and wear only closed toed shoes.  Students will be informed of this in advance.  Students not properly dressed for labs will not be able to participate and will need to attend a make-up session.  Separate laboratory rules will be sent home.  Both parent and students must sign this document before performing labs in class.

     

    Tests- A test will be given at the end of each major topic. Tests will usually include matching vocabulary, multiple choice questions, short answers, problem solving, discussion questions, and some type of application skill learned in lab.

     

    End of Course Exam will be given on Tuesday Dec 12th for 1st and 4th periods and on Wednesday Dec 13th for 2nd period.  This test will cover the state standards listed on the previous page. This will be 20% of the student’s final grade.

     

    Science Fair Project- is required of every student.  This project will be completed outside the classroom.  Students will be given strict guidelines to follow.  The science fair will count as TWO project grades. 

    This is due on Dec 1st. Students will not get their projects back.  They will be entered into the school-wide fair in early February.  School winners will compete at the Regional Science Fair.

     

     

    Make-up Work-

    1. Student or parent(s) may e-mail me if you are going to be absent and want to know what topics/assignments you will be missing.
    2. If you are absent the day of a test, you are required to make it up within 5 days of his/her return to school. If you are absent on the day that homework is checked or taken up, it is your responsibility to turn the homework on the day you return.
    3. You are responsible for all notes and classwork. You may get this information from the teacher or a classmate.
    4. If you need to make-up work, you will need to schedule a make-up time with the teacher. I am available before and after school on most days.

     

    **Any work not made-up after 5 days will result in a zero for that assignment/test.

     

    How to Study

    It is better to study small bits of information on a daily basis rather than trying to “CRAM” it all at once.  Get started on the right foot by setting aside time daily to study your biology.  If you need extra help with any material, I encourage you to make arrangements with me.   Another idea you might want to try is to form a small study group with a few fellow classmates. 

     

    Rebel Success Center is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. for free tutoring.

     

    Class Rules

    1. Respect people and their property.
    2. Be on time for class. When you are late, you not only miss the work, but you also disturb others.
    3. Be courteous to others.
    4. Follow all directions.
    5. Come prepared for class.
    6. Talk in quiet voices with permission.
    7. Stay out of the lab area unless you have permission to be there.

     

    Consequences for Violating Class Rules

    1st offense: verbal warning

    2nd offense: detention

    3rd offense: detention with parental/guardian notification

    4th offense: referral to office

     

    **Any severe disruptions will result in immediate referral to the office.

     

    Restroom Policy

    No student is allowed to go to the restroom during the first and last 10 minutes of class.  Use your time wisely, when you are out of the classroom you are missing instructional time.

    **Academic Honesty **

    1. Plagiarism

    Plagiarism is passing off another person's work as one's own. It is taking and presenting as one's own the ideas, research, writings, creations, or inventions of another. It makes no difference whether the source is a student, parent, or source off the internet.

    Paraphrasing without acknowledgment of authorship is also plagiarism.

    1. Cheating

    Cheating is defined as giving or attempting to give or receive any aid unauthorized by the instructor.  You must do your own individual work!  This includes tests, quizzes, homework, classwork, projects, or any other assignment. 

    Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated.  Student(s) involved in this will receive a zero for that assignment.  Parents/guardians will also be informed.

    Honors Biology------- SIGNATURE PAGE

    Mrs. White

     

    **Academic Honesty **

    1. Plagiarism

    Plagiarism is passing off another person's work as one's own. It is taking and presenting as one's own the ideas, research, writings, creations, or inventions of another. It makes no difference whether the source is a student, parent, or source off the internet.

    Paraphrasing without acknowledgment of authorship is also plagiarism.

    1. Cheating

    Cheating is defined as giving or attempting to give or receive any aid unauthorized by the instructor.  You must do your own individual work!  This includes tests, quizzes, homework, classwork, projects, or any other assignment. 

    Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated.  Student(s) involved in this will receive a zero for that assignment.  Parents/guardians will also be informed.