College of DuPage Biology 1152 Syllabus: Summer 2009.

Section 073. MTW 02:00PM-04:30PM HS 1330, MW 11:00AM-01:50PM HS 1307
Instructor: Peter ChenOffice hours:before/after class
Voicemail: 630-334-7220Mailbox: HSC 1209
Email: Web:

Course Description:
Principles of Biological Science II, 5 credit hours (4 lecture hours, 3 lab hours)
Continuation of Biology 1151. An introduction to higher levels of biological organization from the organism to the ecosystem. Topics include organismal structure and physiology, behavior, population ecology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology and environmental biology. Prerequisite: Biology 1151.

Required Textbooks:
•   Campbell, Neill A and Jane B. Reece. Biology 8th Edition. San Francisco: Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2009.
•   SYMBIOSIS. Pearson Custom Publishing, 2009.
•   Van De Graaff, Kent and John L. Crawley. A Photographic Atlas for the Biology Laboratory, 5th Edition. Englewood: Morton Publishing Company, 2005.

Lectures and Labs:
The instruction time for each class is 120 minutes, with 30 minutes of break time, for a total of 150 minutes. Attendance in both lecture and lab is critical to success in this course. Attendance in lecture is worth 2 points for each class; points may be deducted for tardiness, leaving early, or for being disruptive in class. Lab data sheets will be collected after each lab and assessed for participation, up to 3 points each. There is no makeup for missed labs, but you can fill in the data sheets as best as you can and turn them in for partial credit.

There will be 4 tests, each worth 100 points. The lowest score of the 4 tests is weighted at 50%; so the total possible points from the tests are 350. Tests are not cumulative. Makeup tests must be taken by the next scheduled class; otherwise a score of 0 will be recorded for that test. There will be 12 quizzes worth 10 points each, with the lowest score of the 12 dropped. The quizzes are unannounced. There will be 2 lab exams worth 60 each. No makeups are available for quizzes, labs, or lab exams. Other assignments will include a homework assignment and a team presentation.
4 tests, 100 pts each350
12 quizzes, 10 pts each110
2 lab exams, 60 pts each120
13 lab data sheets, 3 pts each39
1 homework, 61 pts each61
Team presentation60
Attendance (30 classes)60
A (90%)720
B (80%)640
C (70%)560
D (60%)480
F (<60%)<480
Grades and Tests:
The class web site will provide access to your grades. You will need to setup a password access your grade and also take tests online. I will try to grade tests and quizzes as soon as possible, so we can review them before moving to the next topic. You are encouraged to do the end of chapter problems on your own; they can be helpful in preparing for tests. I will also provide some review questions to check your understanding of major concepts, though test questions will be broader in scope, so do not rely on these review questions as your main preparation for tests. If you miss a test, you need to make it up before the next class period.

Taking Notes:
Outlines for each class are posted on the web. You may use these as an aid in taking notes, or you may choose to take notes on your own paper. In either case, you are encouraged to take notes; achievement in class is strongly correlated with note taking!

Homework and Assignments:
You have homework assignment for every class: read the assigned material before coming to class, and bring your textbook/lab guide to class. One written homework will be assigned during the semester. There will also be a team project. All assignments should be typed and include at least 2 references, unless otherwise specified, using either APA or MLA citation style. The textbook or lab guide do not count as a reference. Assignments should be submitted electronically for your record; use the class upload tool to submit your assignment.

Extra credit: Quizzes and tests may contain extra credit questions; these may cover topics in the textbook not specifically addressed in class, or topics raised during discussions in class, so pay attention to class discussions and participate! Supplementary reading material will be provided for some classes; you can earn up to 4 extra credit points by writing a one-page report on the supplementary reading and giving a brief presentation during class, up to a total of 20 points.

Withdrawal Policy:
The deadline to withdraw from class is Sunday, 07/05. Withdrawal after that date will require my approval, and only under extreme circumstances. However, I will not grant a request to withdraw if you are getting a failing grade at that time.

Incomplete Policy:
An Incomplete grade may be given at my discretion only for emergency situations. A "Contract for Incomplete Grade" will indicate the work required and a deadline date. A grade of F will be given if the requirements are not satisfied by the deadline.

Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty:
Academic dishonesty is prohibited. Cheating or plagiarism will result in a grade of 0 and possible F for the course. See COD catalog, Course-Related Academic Dishonesty.

If you have any questions about this class, or about your career here at College of DuPage and beyond, please feel free to contact me by telephone, email, or in-person. If you need to see me at times other than before or after class, please make arrangements with me.

Congratulations, you have finished reading the Syllabus for Biology 1152. Read the assignments and notes as carefully as you have read this, and you will do well!

Contents of this syllabus are subject to change at the instructor's discretion.

Bio1152 College of DuPage Updated: Jun 08, 2009.