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  BIOL 1711.001 Honors Principles of Biology I Fall 2012 MWF,8:00 - 8:50 am SAGE 116Instructor: Dr. M.L. BurlesonOffice: Biology A128C Office Hours: MWF 9:00-10:00am or by appointmentPhone: (940) 369-5142 Email: burleson@unt.edu  Syllabus Not A Contract: The syllabus is not a contract and is therefore subject to change in response tounforeseen needs and events.Course Description:This is the first part of the two course sequence for science majors and students who require a biologyclass that will meet the requirements for Biology majors. The overall focus of Principles of Biology I ismolecular and cell biology. The sequence of topics is to provide students with a broad background inbiology that serves as a prerequisite and prepare them for higher-level courses.Course ObjectivesStudents should be able to use critical thinking skills in applying biological knowledge to solve problems.Topics include: 1) fundamental chemical structure and function as it relates to biology, 2) structure andfunction of cells and their components, 3) molecular mechanisms of genetics, 4) mechanisms of evolution.   Course Requirements: Required text : Biology, 9 th Edition by Campbell and ReeceExams: There will be FIVE exams (four lecture exams and a comprehensive final exam worth fifty pointsper exam). You may drop your lowest lecture exam grade but NOT the comprehensive final exam grade.Exams will be based on text readings, handouts, class exercises, videos, and class lectures anddiscussions. Students are responsible for all text material, regardless of whether we review the textmaterial in class or not. You must be on-time (not late) to take an exam.Grading: The final grade will be the average of the three highest lecture exams and the comprehensivefinal (200 total points possible). Grading will follow a standard scale: 90% is an A, 80% is a B, 70% is a C,and 60% is a D. Federal regulations prohibit discussion of grades via phone or email. Attendance and Participation Policy: The University attendance policy is in effect for this course. Students are responsible to notify theinstructor if they are missing class and for what reason. Absences due to participation in sponsoredactivities must be approved in advance by the department chair and academic dean. Within three daysafter the absence, students must obtain authorized absence cards from the Dean of Students for presentation to their instructors. The only excused absences recognized by the University of North Texasare observation of religious holiday, military service or wherein a student is representing the university inan official capacity such as athletics or band. According to UNT policy: “ An activity or event is organized and sponsored by the university when it has been planned, funded and properly approved by the appropriate university official  ”   . Absence due to medical reasons may be excused but must bedocumented by a medical professional. Students are also responsible to make up any work covered inclass. It is recommended that each student coordinate with a student colleague to obtain a copy of theclass notes, if they are absent (this is the only exception to the copyright policy below). ã Only students enrolled in the course are allowed to attend lectures. ã Five points from the total points accumulated by a student will be subtracted for each unexcusedabsence/tardy. ã Excessiv e absences, more than 3, may result in being dropped from the course with a grade of WF. ã For security measures once roll has been taken, a student cannot leave the class without permission. ã If a student needs to leave the class earlier she/he must talk to the professor before the class; thestudent should leave the classroom quietly. ã If a student has to leave the class (for  example in case of a family emergency or a similar situation) thestudent must invite the professor politely out of the classroom to explain the situation.    Conduct in the Classroom  Appropriate behavior is expected of all students taking this course. Student behavior such as showing uplate, that interferes with an instructor’s ability to conduct a class or other students' opportun ity to learn isunacceptable, disruptive and will not be tolerated. Students engaging in unacceptable behavior will bedirected to leave the classroom and referred to the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities. ã Arrive to class promptly and do not leave until the scheduled ending time of the class.   ã Use of cell phones, recording devices, cameras & other electronic devices (laptops, Ipads, etc..) in theclassroom is prohibited. Turn off all non-medical electronic devices. Take off headphones. ã Do not read newspaper or work on unrelated assignments during class.   Disabilities Accommodation: The University of North Texas complies with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The University of North Texas provides academic adjustmentsand auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined under the law. If you believe you have adisability requiring accommodation you must register with the Office of Disability Accommodation duringthe first week of class. Academic Integrity:  In this class, academic misconduct will automatically result in a failing grade.The Department of Biological Sciences and TAMS program adheres to and enforces UNT’s policy on academic integrity (cheating, plagiarism, forgery, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty andsabotage). Academic misconduct also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared byanother person or agency in the distribution of academic materials. According to University policy, if youbecome aware of any misconduct related to academic integrity, you should inform me or another proper authority such as the department chair or associate dean. Failure to do so is considered academicmisconduct. Students in this class should review the policy (UNT Policy Manual Section 18.1.16), onlineat http://policy.unt.edu/sites/default/files/untpolicy/pdf/7-Student_Affairs-Academic_Integrity.pdf .  Violations of academic integrity in this course will addressed in compliance with the penalties andprocedures laid out in this policy.UNT Copyright Compliance Policy (16.13.3)Copyright Infringement: Anyone who makes unauthorized use of copyrighted material in a manner that violates the copyright owner’s exclusive rights (except for narrowly defined exemptions) is committingcopyright infringement and may be subject to civil and criminal penalties as well as disciplinary action byUNT. All materials generated for this course, which include but are not limited to syllabi, lectures andnotes, quizzes, exams, in-class materials, review sheets, etc… are protected by copyright law. You do nothave the right to copy and distribute the any course materials. You are authorized to take notes in classthereby creating a derivative work from my lecture, the authorization extends only to making one set of notes for your personal use and no other. You are not authorized to record lectures, to provide your notes to anyone else or to make any commercial use of them. Anti-Piracy Warning: The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted work is illegal. Criminalcopyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and ispunishable by up to five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000 ãUnauthorized duplication, distribution or use of classroom training materials such as textbooks, PowerPoint presentations and any other learning materials provided. ãUnauthorized duplication, distribution or use of online training content, includ ing computer software,online courses, skills assessments, sound or video recordings, training data and reports. ãUnauthorized duplication, distribution or use of web site content, including -authored articles and casehistories, sound or video recordings, photos and graphics, etc.  LECTURE: BOOK CHAPTERS, TOPICS AND EXAM SEQUENCE:1. Chemistry Chapters 1-5Learning Goals: A. Know how the hierarchy of living organisms and themes of the text organize the conceptual frameworkfor understanding biology.B. Understand how chemicals form bonds and the structural/functional characteristics of importantbiological molecules.EXAM #1, Sept. 19 2. Cells Chapters 6-10Learning Goals: A. Know how organization of cellular components determines cellular function.B. Understand how animals convert energy of chemical bonds into different kinds of energy andunderstand how plants convert light energy into chemical bond energy.EXAM #2, Oct. 12 3. Cell Communication, the Cell Cycle and Genetics Chapters 11-16Learning Goals: A. Understand how cells communicate.B. Understand the stages and events of the life cycle and division of somatic and reproductive cells.C. Understand the molecular basis of inheritance and the relationship and roles of genes andchromosomes.EXAM #3, Nov. 2 4. Mechanisms of Gene Expression, Biotech and Genomes Chapters 17-21 (skipping 19)Learning Goals: A. Understand how the sequence of nucleotides in a gene is converted into a sequence of amino acids tomake a protein.B. Learn about the various methods and applications of biotechnology (genetic engineering).C. Understand the genetic basis of evolution.EXAM #4, Nov. 30 COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM  – Friday, Dec. 14 th , 8:00 am  – 10:00 am  All exam dates are tentative and subject to change. I will announce the date of each exam in class atleast one week in advance. Course Outcomes: Overall - The ability to synthesize examples, facts, or hypotheses from more than one level of organization into a coherent whole.1. Demonstrate knowledge of the levels of biological organization and the ability to integrate them:cellular/molecular, organismal, population.2. Describe the macromolecules/structures that make up cells and understand how these elements worktogether to sustain life.3. Demonstrate the ability to integrate the physical sciences (chemistry, physics, and mathematics) withbiology.4.   Learn and distinguish the various ways that cells harvest energy.5. Gain a broad understanding of the historical figures and classic experiments that contribute to our current understanding of molecular and cellular biology.6. Understand how hereditary information is stored, expressed, replicated, and passed to subsequentgenerations.
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