BIOL-1010: Introduction to Biology I ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Dr. Jason Jennings

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor

Instructor Email
Instructor Website

Instructor Office


Office Hours

Virtual office hours are Tuesday and Thursday 9-10 am.

Instructor Phone

(901) 333-4416

Department Fax

(901) 333-5768

Department Phone

(901) 333-5220

Course Information
Course Description

This course is the first of a two-semester science course for non-science majors.  Students will study the characterstics of life, characterstics of science, the chemical organization of life and the cell – its structure, function and reproductive processes.  After reviewing cellular concepts, students will then review genetics, DNA-RNA-protein synthesis, tissues and human organ systems.   There are no prerequisites.

Student Learning Objectives

Course Objectives:

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with scientific theories, concepts, facts and formulas fundamental to science.  It is part of a program devised to reinforce general education competencies.  Students should be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of these subjects on both lecture and laboratory examinations.


Issues in today’s world require scientific information and a scientific approach to informed decision making.  Therefore, the goal of the Natural Science requirement is to guide students toward becoming scientifically literate.  This scientific understanding gained in these courses enhances students’ ability to define and solve problems, reason with an open mind, think critically and creatively, suspend judgment, and make decisions that may have local or global significance.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to…. 1.  Conduct an experiment, collect and analyze data, and interpret results in a laboratory setting. 2.  Analyze, evaluate and test a scientific hypothesis. 3.  Use basic scientific language and processes, and be able to distinguish between scientific and non-scientific explanations. 4.  Identify unifying principles and repeatable patterns in nature, the values of natural diversity, and apply them to problems or issues of a scientific nature. 5.  Analyze and discuss the impact of scientific discovery on human thought and behavior.


There are no prerequisites.


There are no corequisites

Specific Course Requirements

This is a fully online couse and you are expected to begin with the "Getting Started" module.  You are expected to complete all your assignments in the discussion, dropbox, and quiz area in a timely manner as set in the course calendar.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

Inquiry Into Life by Sylvia S. Mader and Michael Windelspecht (15th edition).  The 14th edition is also acceptable.

Supplementary Materials

The lab manual for this course is a workbook that is located in the "Getting Started" module.  This is a PDF file and is provided to you free of charge.

Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

Microsoft Word is required for this course.

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

Your grade will be determined by the following methods:

  • 4 Lecture Exams: 100 Points Each
  • 1 Comprehensive Final Exam:  100 Points
  • 16 Vocabulary Dropbox Assignments: 5 Points Each
  • 7 Discussion Assignments:  3 Points Each
  • 8 Lab  Dropbox Assignments: 10 Points Each
Grading Scale
  • A=90%-100%
  • B=80%-89%
  • C=70%-79%
  • D=60%-69%
  • F<60%
Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

Module 1--Study of life

Module 2--The Molecules of cells

Module 3--Cell structure and function

Module 4--Membrane structure and function

Lecture test 1

Module 5--Metabolism:energy and enzymes

Module 6--Cellular respiration

Module 7--Photosynthesis

Module 8--Cell division

Lecture test 2

Module 9--Patterns of gene inheritance

Module 10--Chromosomal basis of inheritance

Module 11--DNA structure and control of gene expression

Module 12--Biotechnology and genomics

Lecture test 3

Module 13--Human organization

Module 14--Cardiovascular system

Module 15--Respiratory system

Module 16--Digestive system

Lecture test 4

Specific test dates are given on course calendar.

Final exam is listed on course calendar.

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.