Biology
Jeremy Goodreau jgoodreau@chinquapin.org 972-345-5784
Text:
Biology: Concepts and Connections (6th ed.)
Campbell, Reece, Taylor, Simon, Dickey
ISBN- 0321742621

The Class:

The course is designed to be a college preparatory class that focuses on building scientists through introductory biological content.Accordingly, we will be pushing ourselves throughout the year to cover a wide breadth and depth in Biology. This course will be difficult. However, with some work and perseverance, success is entirely possible. We will be covering a wide range of subjects ranging from individual atoms to entire ecosystems. The course will constantly be building on itself and you will be expected to master and retain information throughout the year. We will concentrate on the development of scientific skills through the application of biological themes and scientific skills. However, this approach does require a great deal of knowledge of biological topics and facts. As such, there will be a significant amount of outside reading in preparation for class. Assignment questions will be based on both the reading and classroom activities.

Goals:
For the course we will constantly be working towards a single big goal- we will all be scientists. While I realize that some of you may have no desire to become engineers or lab researchers, you will all have the opportunity to experience real scientific inquiry. The projects and labs we will conduct in class this year will develop the skills necessary for you to conduct your own scientific inquiry. More importantly, scientific process skills are applicable to many aspects of life, and are generally good problem solving skills. The main way we will assess this goal is through your performance on labs and projects.
Academically, over the course of the year, you should expect to master a wide range of themes, concepts, skills, and content that will align closely to those fostered in an introductory biology class in college. To repeat myself, the emphasis will be on the broad themes that the College Board has identified as being essential to success in college. Along these lines, we have identified 6 questions that we will be constantly coming back to throughout the entire course. They are-
What is biology?What is the process of biological discovery?How does it affect our society, life, and technology?How does energy flow through life?How do structure and function affect each other?How do living things affect and regulate their environment?How and why have organisms evolved, changed, or continued as they are?
These themes will be constantly referenced and included over the course of the year. It is my final goal that all students will be able to thoroughly answer each of these questions.
Assignments and Grading:
You should expect a variety of labs, discussions, projects, and assignments. The breakdown for grading will follow the layout below for each quarter-
Major Grades 50 %Minor Grades 40 %Participation 10 %Total 100 % = Final Grade
A few notes about assignments- The tests will largely be AP and ACT style and will have both multiple choice and free response questions. They will focus on material from that unit, but may require material from earlier units to be worked into the answer. Test corrections will be allowed for 50% credit on all tests. For the projects, the format and goals will vary, but you will have plenty of time to prepare. Discussion Sections are “round table” discussions that will be held once per unit and will require all of you to do research and discuss the topic in a group. You should expect to be asked to do quick research inquiries throughout the year.
You will also have roughly major lab per unit. Smaller lab activities will be done once or twice per week. Homework and unannounced quizzes will be given throughout the year as well. Finally, participation will be factored into the grade. Showing up, finishing all assignments, and answering questions when called on will earn 8/10 points. For full credit, you are expected to engage the material on your own and come to class with questions.
If you are responsible with your homework and in class assignments, as well as active in class, you should expect to have no trouble passing. I view in class assignments and homework as benchmarks that are there for your feedback, not punitive assessments. Progress reports Finally, semester grades will be calculated as 40% for each of the marking periods and 20% for the Exam.
Homework is due at the beginning of class unless otherwise noted. No incomplete or inadequate work will ever be accepted; it will be considered late. There will be a 25% deduction per day that work is turned in late. Extra credit will never be accepted late.
Schedule:The course will be divided into 11 approximately 3 week units. The general structure for these units will be-
General Content
General Content
Inquiry Day
Inquiry Day

General Content
General Content
General Content
Pre-lab
Lab
Extension/Makeup
Discussion Section
Review
Unit Test


Below is a tentative schedule of what we will cover and when we will cover it. Exact dates are subject to change, but we will stick very close to this schedule.

Unit
# of Days
Topic
Skills
1
10
Chemistry & The Science of Life
Note Taking
Lab Safety and Conduct
2
12
The Cell
Microscopes
Research
3
13
Cellular Energetics
Writing Lab Reports


End 1st Quarter

4
17
Genetics and Heredity
Recording Data
Analyzing Data
5
13
Evolution
Evaluating Charts, Graphs, Figures


End 2nd Quarter

6
10
Taxonomy
Methods of Field Research
7
15
Diversity of Plants
Dissecting Plants
Reading Scientific Research
8.1
15
Animal Diversity
Dissecting Animals


End 3rd Quarter

8.2
15
Animal Systems
Revisit Field Research
Dissecting Animals
9
10
Ecology
Sustainability in Science
10
10
Final Project/AP Studying



End 4th Quarter