BIOL-1120: General Biology II and Lab ( Web-Assisted | Spring 2016 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Dr. S.J. Warrington

Instructor Rank


Instructor Email
Instructor Website

Instructor Office

Academic Bldg B259D, Macon Cove

Office Hours

as posted on office door

Instructor Phone

(901) 333-4636

Department Fax

(901) 333-4339

Department Phone

(901) 333-5220

Course Information
Course Description

This is a continuation of General Biology I. The course provides information and laboratory experience exposing students to the diversity of life. Classification, structure, functions, and ecology of organisms are important aspects of the course. In addition, selected human tissues and organ systems are examined.

Student Learning Objectives

General Biology courses are using the following TBR General Education 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.

The goals for this course are to…

  1. increase student awareness of the great diversity of life on earth
  2. increase student knowledge of patterns and differences in the structure of different forms of life
  3. increase student awareness of the similarities in the processes performed by all forms of life

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Instructional / Learning Methods
  1. Classroom lectures cover chapter material. Lecture and Lab schedules are found at the end of this syllabus.
  2. Some audiovisuals will be used in class. CD’s and videos covering course material are located in the Academic Support Center (ASC). Computers are there and in the Freeman library for your use.
  3. Course syllabus, schedule, and chapter objectives can be found under your courses on the PAWS site. Once at the site, follow the link to this course, then select the tab indicating the information you need.
  4. Classroom discussion is encouraged.
  5. One of the best ways to learn is to organize your notes into outline form. Preparation of the outline is part of the general education requirements. Read course requirements for more info.
Specific Course Requirements


Extra credit will be awarded for outlines turned in before each exam (including the final exam). You can receive up to 10 points added to each exam score. To get the full 10 points you must be

Thorough: outline everything I present in lecture. Do not outline the textbook.

Organized: using outline format; information included under a particular topic should be appropriate to that topic. Information should be in the form of lists, not in paragraphs.

Neat: The outline may be handwritten or typed. The outline must be stapled or paperclipped so that it will not come apart.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text
  1. Solomon, E., Berg, L., and Martin, D. Biology, 8th ed., Thomson Brooks/Cole, Belmont, 2008.
  2. Lab Manual: Rosenblatt, B. and S. Warrington, Explorations in General Biology, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., Dubuque, 2008.
Additional Text


Supplementary Materials

Scantrons for exams and quizzes--the narrow, green ones

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

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
  • Internet Explorer 7+
  • Firefox 3+
  • Opera 9+
  • Safari 4+
  • 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

Lecture Exams: 65%; Lab (all comoponents): 20%; Final Exam: 15% Four multiple choice exams will be given. The final exam will also be multiple choice and will be comprehensive. Outline extra credit is added to each exam (including the final exam) to produce the final grade for that exam. A lab quiz will be given over the assigned lab material at the beginning of the following lab period. The lab grade will be composed of the quiz average and the attendance/participation grade in equal parts.

Grading Scale

A    100 - 90

B      89 - 80

C      79 - 70

D      69 - 60

F       below 60

Testing Procedure / Policy

Exam dates and quiz dates can be found on the tentative semester schedule. It is expected that students will not leave the room during the exam or quiz. Cell phones and other means of communication are to be turned off.

I do not give make-up exams. If a student misses an exam, I will substitute the final exam grade in its place. Students who take all the exams given will be able to substitute the final exam grade for the lowest of their chapter grades, provided that the final exam grade is higher than the lowest chapter grade.

Instead of giving lab practicals, I give weekly lab quizzes as mentioned above in Methods of Evaluation. If the quiz is multiple choice or a typed short answer quiz, it can be made up at the end of the lab period.

Participation / Attendance Policy

I keep an attendance record both in lecture and in lab. Attendance itself has no effect on your grade in lecture.  Attendance and participation does affect your lab grade as mentioned in Methods of Evaluation. At different times during the semester the Financial Aid office requires that I report any student who has stopped attending class. Consistent failure to attend class results in loss of financial aid.

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
My.Southwest Support

When experiencing problems with My.Southwest, you may need to submit a Student Technical Support Request.

When requesting help please provide as much information as possible, such as, your name and a full detailed explanation of the problem.

If you are experiencing difficulty with this Web site, please contact your instructor.

Online Course Support

Many problems can be solved by making sure your browser settings are correct. Visit the PAWS Online Orientation - and run the "system check" to check your browsers compatibility.

For technical support call the Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule
  • characteristics of the 6 kingdoms and selected sublevels down to species
  • plant tissues and plant structure and function
  • animal tissues and animal structure and function with emphasis on human anatomy and physiology
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
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 - Nabors Auditorium, Room 100 (Mac), Room 108 (PC)
  • Bert Bornblum Library (Mac and PC) - Available during Library hours only.

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319
  • Parrish Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • 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.