MCC Bio 111

FALL 2013

Welcome to General College Biology I

In this class you will examine the fundamental molecular, cellular and genetic principles characterizing plants and animals, including cell structure and function, the metabolic processes of respiration and photosynthesis, as well as cell reproduction and basic concepts of heredity. This course includes a laboratory experience. You must participate in all labs and activities as indicated.

Course Syllabus

Instructor Information

Instructor: Elizabeth Greenman

Contact Information: Before or after school by appointment



Course Information

Course Title: General College Biology I with Lab (BIO 111)

Credit Hours: This is a 5 semester credit course. You should expect to put in a minimum of 10 - 15 hours per week in addition to class time on this course.

Course Materials

Textbook: Biology, Ninth Ed. (Campbell, Reece et al.)

Textbook Web site:

Student Outcomes:

The competencies you will demonstrate in this course are:

1. Recognize terminology, specific facts, experimental methodologies, and general concepts related to basic chemistry, cell structure and function, and genetics.

2. Read, analyze and apply the concepts learned to interpret new situations.

3. Participate appropriately in laboratories and report on understanding and learning.

4. Become aware of the role of research in the biological sciences and its impact on society.

5. Employ the scientific method to formulate a hypothesis, design a set of experiments with controls, analyze results, and derive conclusions.

6. Interpret and manipulate data in a variety of formats, such as graphs, tables, and charts.

7. Write and speak clearly and logically in presentations and essays.


Course Activities and Design

Unit and Chapter Assignments:

Teaching/learning methods may include reading assignments, lecture, laboratory exercises and investigative problems, discussion forums, audio clips, web searches and submissions, and exams. Evaluation methods are outlined below.

Participation and Interaction:

This is not a self-paced course! A schedule of assignments and due dates will be distributed. Students must adhere to the course schedule and due dates.

Communications About Difficulties/Absences:

It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor in a timely manner about illness or scheduling issues if any of these cause difficulty in participation or in submitting assignments on time. Call the school and leave a message! A note about labs: Labs will NOT be repeated. Be in lab as scheduled!

Course Policies

Late Work: Unless specifically designated by the instructor (due to school closure, etc.), late work will NOT be accepted.

Academic Integrity:

Plagiarism is the act of using words and/or ideas from another person or source without acknowledgment of debt to that person or source and is a serious academic crime. Students are expected to do their own work. Plagiarized work will receive a score of zero.

Notes on Exams and Quizzes:

You may bring in ONE (1) 8.5 x 11" sheet of paper to use as notes on each exam. No other notes/paper will be allowed. All notes will be allowed for use on quizzes. No personal electronic devices are allowed in class.

Grading and Evaluation

Grading in this class is based on accumulation of points during required tests, laboratories and activities. All labs (online and in class) and investigative cases require submission of a report. Lab report examples and procedures may be viewed on my web site.

Summary of Grading:



  • 10 exams of 100 points each: 1000 pts
  • Final exam of 200 points: 200 pts
  • 10 online labs (report required) of 20 points each: 200 pts
  • 10 in class labs (report required) of 20 points each: 200 pts
  • 5 investigative cases (report required) of 20 points each: 100 pts
  • 5 quizzes of 20 points each 100 pts
  • Total: 1800 pts


 Additional information can be found at the teacher's web site .