SYLLABUS

SYLLABUS

BIOLOGY

KINGSTON HIGH   SCHOOL

2013-2014

COURSE SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: PHILIP COLLINS

 

E-MAIL ADDRESS: pcollins@jasper.k12.ar.us

and/or

scientiapdc@gmail.com

(870)692-5708 MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 8-4

                    

 

Description:

This course involves the study of ecology, evolution, the diversity of life on earth, and the structure of plants and animals. We will look at basic principles of cell and molecular biology for both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The course includes cell structures and functions and metabolism. This course utilizes a hands-on, application- oriented approach to enhance student understanding of: framing scientific questions based on primary scientific literature; designing appropriate experiments; analyzing data statistically and graphically and writing technical reports.

 

Organization:

This is a lecture-laboratory course in which topics are presented by the instructor. It also involves group activities and cooperative learning. This course involves investigations into the synthesis, composition, structure, properties and reactions of atomic and molecular systems. The classroom lecture is primarily power point presentations with discussions, questions and answers. Laboratory investigations will be conducted at appropriate intervals. You will need two three ring binders, one for classroom notes and one for lab. Bring them to class each day.  I prefer pen over pencil.

 

Texts:  (subject to change)

A textbook will be issued to each student if available.

**Reading from the text is considered supplemental study. Students can achieve the highest level of  success by attending class, taking notes, participating in lab activities, and diligent study of their notes for understanding.**

 

Tests/quizzes:

Tests will be given at appropriate intervals. Every test will be comprehensive. Understanding and building on concepts is essential for understanding. Tests will consist of describe, compare and contrast, and short answer questions. Test values will vary based on length. Quizzes will be numerous and relate to current and previous topics. Final/nine week/ semester exams will be comprehensive. My students set homework is to study their notes a minimum of thirty minutes every night!

  

Laboratory:

Laboratory will occur at appropriate intervals. The concepts that you learn will be applied to the classroom and major tests. It will be necessary for you to roll up your sleeves and get “dirty” in the lab in order to be successful on major tests. All lab safety guidelines will be strictly enforced. Classroom concepts will be reinforced in the laboratory and the student will be held responsible for all content. A lab notebook is required.

 

 Student responsibility:

If you miss a class period (excused or unexcused), it is your responsibility to get any notes that you missed from a classmate. I have a set of master notes that you can view during lunch, before or after school. It is your responsibility to ask for any homework missed. If you miss a quiz and your absence is excused, the score will not be counted against you. There is no make-up of quizzes. If you do not understand a concept, it is your responsibility to approach me for extra help. I am available for tutoring each day before school and during lunch if it is required. If you are failing and not doing everything that you are suppose to be doing; take responsibility and don’t lay the blame anywhere else!

 

 Code of conduct:

1) Academic and behavioral excellence is expected and will be nurtured at all times.

2) Be courteous and respectful.

3) Enter the classroom quietly and take your assigned seat before the tardy bell rings.

4) The bell doesn’t dismiss the class, I do.

5) No gum, food, or drink in class. Turn cell phones off. (I don’t want to see them)

6) Stay focused and on task.

7) Follow lab instructions, be curious, do your part, clean and put all equipment away.

You don’t come to my classroom to sit and do nothing. You don’t come to my classroom unprepared without notebooks, pens, and calculator. You don’t come to my classroom with an attitude. There is no down time!

 


Science fairs:

 

Students will be given the opportunity to participate in local, regional, state, and international science fairs. This will require independent research and experimentation. A log book, back board, and research paper completed APA style will be required.

 

 Science club:

 

As a student, if you choose to participate in the science fairs, you will be a member of the science club. The science club elects officers and participates in special trips and activities.

  

COURSE TOPICS

THE NATURE OF SCIENCE

INTRODUCTION TO CELLS, ORGANELLES, CELL DIVISION

CELLULAR RESPIRATION

PHOTOSYNTHESIS

DNA AND RNA

GENETICS

VIRUSES

BACTERIA

PROTISTS AND FUNGI

PLANTS

EVOLUTION

ECOLOGY

VETEBRATE AND INVERTEBRATE ORGAN SYSTEMS

  

LABORATORY

1)     MICROSCOPE/MITOSIS

2)     PERFORMING A GRAM STAIN

3)     BIOASSAY LAB

4)     ACID RAIN AND PLANTS

5)     GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD

6)     BMI BLOOD PRESSURE %BODY FAT

7)     BLOOD TYPING LAB

8)     MICROSCOPE/BACTERIA

9)     PETRI DISH/ CULTURES

10) MICROSCOPE/ PROTISTS

11) MICROSCOPE/ FUNGI

12) PROPERTIES OF MATTER / METRIC

13) FETAL PIG DISSECTION

 

 

KINGSTON HIGH SCHOOL

 

2013/2014 SCHOOL YEAR

 

 

STUDENT: ________________________________

 

 

PARENTAL SIGNATURE: ______________________________________________

 

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SYLLABUS FOR :

BIOLOGY

Please return the signed acknowledgement and keep the syllabus for your records. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

                                                                                                  Phil Collins

         

 

 

  “No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.”
? Isaac Newton