BIOLOGY 2  

SYLLABUS

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NO TEXT WILL BE USED. YOU WILL RELY ON YOUR OWN NOTATIONS, OBSERVATIONS, AND LAB REPORTS.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Biology 2 is a natural continuation of the Biology 1 course. However, Biology 2 involves more field experiences in the biological sciences, and will further prepare the student for post graduation biology.

 

PREREQUISITE

A student must have completed two semesters of Biology 1, with at least a "C" average in both semesters OR by instructor approval. Chemistry or Physics is not required, but the content from these two classes will be utilized within Biology.  Many students have taken Chemistry and Biology 2 during the same year with no problems.

 

COURSE CONTENT

During the course of the year we will study the following areas of study within the Biology curriculum:

1. Terrestrial Animal Studies

2. Animal Populations

3. Terrestrial Plant Studies

4. Genetics

5.  Microbiology (protists, bacteria, and viruses)

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

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

LAB ACTIVITIES & PARTICIPATION 40% OF THE TOTAL GRADE
ASSIGNMENTS 20% OF THE TOTAL GRADE
TESTS 40% OF THE TOTAL GRADE

 

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

Lab Activities and Participation:

bullet 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.

 

bullet 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

 

Portfolio:

bullet You will be required to keep a portfolio that will be handed in at the end of each semester.

 

bullet The requirements for that portfolio are HERE.

 

bullet A portfolio is due at the end of each semester. 

 

bullet Keep your portfolio up to date as you progress through the semester.  Don't wait until the last minute to start organizing your material.

 

bullet The portfolios are a compilation of your work…and is to be utilized as a way to become more organized. This is a skill that is required for most post high school institutions.

 

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 more than 2 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.

 

Tests & Quizzes:

bullet A test will be given at the end of each unit.

 

bullet The tests will cover basic material that was discussed, observed, or identified within the unit.

 

bullet Quizzes may be given periodically within each unit. The quizzes may be over labs, or activities that were done in class, as well as notes and presentations.

 

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 2 class periods for the semester

 

bullet if a student misses more than 2 class periods he/she will be required to take the semester test....no matter what he/she has for a grade in both quarters  (previously he/she could opt out if they had an "A" in both the 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 2 (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.

 

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