BIOLOGY 1 SYLLABUS

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BIOLOGY:  2017 Edition 

  

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Biology 1 is a course intended for college bound students.  The knowledge gained during the Biology 1 experience will prepare the student for the first year of post high school biology.  

 

COURSE CONTENT

The Biology 1 course is designed to provide adequate knowledge in the following areas of the biological sciences:

1.    Introductory Biology

2.    Cells

3.     Heredity and Inheritance

4.    History of Life and Evolution

5.    The Microbial World

6.     Kingdoms of Life

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

In order for the student to achieve a passing grade, an accumulative grade of at least a 70% is required.  Border-line grades will be made at the discretion of the instructor.  Your grade will be based upon, but not limited to the following objectives:

TESTS & QUIZZES 75% OF THE TOTAL GRADE
LAB ACTIVITIES & PARTICIPATION 15% OF THE TOTAL GRADE
ASSIGNMENTS* 10% OF THE TOTAL GRADE

*Although only 10% of your grade is determined by this, complete understanding of the material will not be achieved unless all assignments are completed.  Most of your tests and quizzes will be based on material covered in your assignments.  

 

Attendance

Timely and regular attendance is an expectation of all students.  Students who have an excused absence from class are expected to notify Mr. Breitkreutz in advance (if possible) to work out a schedule for turning in assignments and/or making up work that was/will be missed.  If an advance notice is not possible (sickness or family emergency), the student will have to make up the work upon return to class as per the policy stated in the Tri-Valley High School Handbook.

Unexcused absences (these are recorded and verified by the high school office) will result in zero's for all work missed or not turned in on the day of the unexcused absence.  That means that if you miss a test or a quiz on a day that you are unexcused....you will receive a zero on that test or quiz.  Skipping school is a serious issue, and one that will not be tolerated in my classes.  THIS IS NOT NEGOTIABLE!

 

EXPLANATION OF OBJECTIVES

QUIZZES & TESTS:  

Quizzes will be given on the last day of each week.  These will be short quizzes, but will be over the material that was covered during the week.

Tests will follow each chapter and will have a point value of 100 to 200+ points, depending on the amount of material covered in the chapter.

 

At the end of each semester there will be a semester test.  The semester test will contain about 15 to 20 questions from each chapter studied during the semester.  The test will contain the most important concepts from each chapter.  The semester test will count 20% of your TOTAL GRADE for the entire semester.

 

LAB ACTIVITIES AND PARTICIPATION  

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Lab experiences are extremely difficult to be made up. . . attendance is extremely important!  In cases of absences, every possible measure will be taken to make up the lab. . . but some labs will be impossible to make up due to the availability of chemicals, living organisms, etc.  

 
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The lab grade will be mostly subjective. . . this means that the instructor will look for the following behaviors in determining lab grades:  

            1)     active participation

            2)     cooperation with lab group members

            3)     time on task

            4)     lab safety  

 

ASSIGNMENTS  

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Assignments will be given periodically during each chapter.  Some assignments will be graded...while others will not.  All assignments are to be completed.  These assignments will be graded on scale of 1 to 10 based on your percentage.  (For example:  if you get an 90% on an assignment you will receive 9.0 points, if you get an 87% on an assignment you will receive 8.7 points, etc.)

 
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Due dates will be given for the different assignments that are assigned during the course of each chapter.  

 
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Assignments are due on the assigned dates. . . NO EXCEPTIONS!  Assignments not handed in on the due dates will result in a score of zero points (0 pts.)  This is not debatable. 

 
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All paper assignments are to be done in PENCIL.  NO WORK DONE IN PEN (no matter what color) WILL BE ACCEPTED!  No exceptions!  Any work that is done in pen will be handed back with a zero for a score.  No exceptions!

 
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All assignments must be handed in (regardless of receiving credit) or the student will be required to take the semester test at the end of the semester.

 
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If a student has missing assignments for a semester, an INCOMPLETE will be assigned for a semester grade until ALL of the assignments are completed.  It is up to the discretion of the instructor if any points will be given for these assignments.  The incomplete will remain until all assignments are completed.  A student is risking failure for the semester if he/she does not comply with this requirement.

   

SEMESTER TEST OPT-OUT OPTION

A student will be able to opt out of one of the semester tests provided during the year.  If a student opts out of the first semester test, he/she will be required to take the second semester final exam.

Students who wish to opt out must meet the following requirements:

bullet student cannot miss more than 2 total  Biology 1 class periods for the semester

 

bullet if a student misses more than 2 class periods, he/she will be required to take the test no matter what grade he/she has for the first quarter or the second quarter  (previously, a student could opt out if they had an "A" for both 1st and 2nd quarter.....not anymore!)

 

bullet student must not have any computer or disciplinary violations during the semester

 

bullet a student must have completed ALL assignments for Biology 1 (does not have any zeros in the grade book)

 

bullet if a student has a zero in either quarter for the semester he/she WILL BE REQUIRED to take the semester exam

   

EXTRA CREDIT

Let's not even go here!  No extra credit will be given for any reason.  You are given an ample amount of possible points that you can earn during the semester.  It is up to you to earn these points that are offered.  Therefore, no extra credit points are going to be available.  NO EXCEPTIONS!  So don't ask, because you know what the answer will be.

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