Biology I, v1


1.0 Carnegie Unit 

Instructor Information:


Dr. Sarah Trotman Lacy

Hi and welcome to the UM High School at Ole Miss and Biology I. I am Dr. Sarah Trotman Lacy, and I will be your online instructor. Just to let you know a little about myself, I taught Biology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Math, and Advanced Placement Biology for the Oxford School District for 39 years and retired in May 2011.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Mississippi University for Women, a Master of Science in Biology and Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi. I have two sons, Brooks and Stuart, and three cats: McKittrick "Kitt," Missy, Coco, and Isabell. I hope that you will enjoy this course, and if you ever have any questions or concerns, just e-mail me using the Blackboard email system.

When you have a chance, send me an e-mail and tell me about yourself.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the email link in the "Communications & Tools" tab. NOTE: Whenever sending an email, please be sure to indicate your Course title and number in the subject line (ie, AP Art History).

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the HS department:

The University of Mississippi High School
P. O. Box 7959
University, MS 38677-0729

Phone: 662-915-1296
Fax: (662) 915-5138
E-mail: UMHS@olemiss.edu

Course Description

Biology I is an introductory, laboratory-based course designed to study living organisms and their physical environment. Students should apply scientific methods of inquiry and research in examination of the following topics:

  • Chemical basis of life
  • Cell structure, function, and reproduction
  • Energy
  • Molecular basis of genetics
  • Natural selection and diversity
  • Ecology

Textbook Information:

Required Textbook:

Biology by Kenneth Miller and Joseph Levine (2014) Pearson
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-323574-6
ISBN-10: 0-13-323574-2

It is the student's responsibility to order his or her textbook. Online textbook retailers such as Amazon.com, ABEbooks.com, or Half.com usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

You must make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:


Apply inquiry-based and problem-solving processes and skills to scientific investigations. (INQUIRY)
Describe the biochemical basis of life and explain how energy flows within and between the living systems. (PHYSICAL SCIENCE)
Investigate and evaluate the interaction between living organisms and their environment. (LIFE SCIENCE)
Analyze and explain the structures and function of the levels of biological organization. (LIFE SCIENCE)

Demonstrate an understanding of the molecular basis of heredity. (LIFE SCIENCE)

Demonstrate an understanding of principles that explain the diversity of life and biological evolution. (LIFE SCIENCE)

Course Outline:

Biology I is a year course (1 Carnegie unit) covering 22 lessons. The course is self-paced.

LESSON Reading Assignments
Due for Grades


Syllabus and Orientation folder.
NOTE: Once you complete the syllabus and orientation quiz, the rest of the lessons will become available to you.
Syllabus and Orientation Quiz, Introduce Yourself! discussion board

Lesson 1 - The Science of Life

Chapter 1
Quizzes, written assignments, labs

Lesson 2 - The Chemistry of Life

Chapter 2 (2.1-2.2)
Quizzes, written assignments, labs

Lesson 3 - The Chemistry of Life

Chapter 2 (2.3-2.4)
Quizzes, written assignments, labs
Unit 1 Exam Unit 1
Proctored and password-protected test

Lesson 4 - The Biosphere

Chapter 3
Quizzes, written assignments, labs
Lesson 5 - Ecosystems and Communities Chapter 4
Quizzes, written assignments, labs
Lesson 6 - Populations; Humans in the Biosphere Chapter 5; Chapter 6
Quizzes, written assignments, labs

Unit 2 Exam

Unit 2
Proctored and password-protected test
Lesson 7 - Cell Structure and Function Chapter 7 (7.1-7.2)
Quizzes, written assignments, labs

Lesson 8 - Cell Structure and Function

Chapter 7 (7.3-7.4)
Quizzes, written assignments, labs
Lesson 9 - Photosynthesis Chapter 8
Quizzes, written assignments, labs
Lesson 10 - Cellular Respiration and Fermentation Chapter 9
Quizzes, written assignments, labs
Lesson 11 - Cell Growth and Division Chapter 10
Quizzes, written assignments, labs
Unit 3 Exam Unit 3
Proctored and password-protected test
Midterm Exam Covers Units 1-3
Proctored and password-protected test
Lesson 12 - Introduction to Genetics Chapter 11 (11.4)
Quizzes, written assignments, labs
Lesson 13 - Introduction to Genetics Chapter 11(11.1-11.3)
Quizzes, written assignments, labs
Lesson 14 - DNA Chapter 12
Quizzes, written assignments, labs
Lesson 15 - RNA and Protein Synthesis Chapter 13
Quizzes, written assignments, labs
Lesson 16 - Human Heredity Chapter 14
Quizzes, written assignments, labs
Unit 4 Exam Unit 4
Proctored and password-protected test
Lesson 17 - Darwin's Theory of Evolution and Evolution of Populations Chapter 16 and Chapter 17
Quizzes, written assignments, labs
Lesson 18 - Classification Chapter 18
Quizzes, written assignments, labs
Lesson 19 - History Of Life Chapter 19
Quizzes, written assignments, labs
Unit 5 Exam Unit 5
Proctored and password-protected test
Lesson 20 - Introduction to Plants Chapter 22
Note: there is no separate unit exam for this unit--the material will be covered in the final exam
Quizzes, written assignments, labs
Final Exam Units 4-6
NOTE: Be sure to complete ALL unfinished assignments before you take this test! Any assignments not completed before the final is taken will receive a grade of zero.
Proctored and password-protected test



93 - 100% = A
85 - 92% = B
75 - 84% = C
70 - 74% = D
Below 69% = F


The grading format is as follows:

Written Assignments.... 10%
Inquiry Exercises (Analyzing Data, Lab Activity, Quick Labs, Genetics Problems, etc.)... 20%
Lesson Quizzes... 20%
Unit Tests... 30%
Midterm and Final Exam... 20%

Additional Information:

In an Independent Study course, a student's reading comprehension and written communication skills become even more important than in traditional lecture courses because they are the student's primary means of receiving knowledge and demonstrating mastery of that knowledge. Accordingly, reading comprehension and written communication skills are necessary for success in this course.

COURSE FORMAT: In order to be successful in this course, you must read and complete all assignments in the order in which they appear. In addition to the text, there are lecture notes in the form of PowerPoint presentations. The majority of the test material will come from the PowerPoint notes. For each lesson there will be folders that contain chapter objectives, assignments, PowerPoint presentations, a written assignment, and a lesson quiz. There are several short videos throughout the course, so be sure you have headphones or speakers and the download capacity to view them. There are also physical and virtual lab activities to be completed. If you have difficulty getting the materials for or otherwise completing a lab, please contact your instructor.

CHAPTER OBJECTIVES: At the beginning of each chapter, the general objective will be given followed by the Mississippi State Science Framework objective(s). The specific performance objectives are given next, and these objectives cover the main points of the chapter as well as important vocabulary. If you can answer each of the performance objectives, know the notes and vocabulary, and then you will have a good grasp of the material covered in that chapter.

ASSIGNMENTS: For each lesson in this course, you will be given reading and written assignments to help you understand the material you are studying. Most of the lessons will have an inquiry activity to be complete as well. For each lesson there is a timed test, and at the end of each unit there will be a proctored exam.

LECTURE NOTES: These PowerPoint notes include the major points of the chapter and will be the basis for the progress tests. The book will help you better understand some of the concepts covered in the lecture notes.

LESSON/CHAPTER QUIZ: At the conclusion of each lesson, there is a timed lesson quiz. The questions on this quiz will come from the lecture notes and the reading assignments. These questions will help you review the major points in the lesson. You may use your textbook and lecture notes to answer these quizzes, but time is limited so be sure you are prepared! When you have completed your quiz, it will be graded online so you will get immediate feedback. This will enable you to see what concepts of the chapter you need to work on.

PROCTORED EXAMS: Proctored exams will be given at the end of units 1-5, after the completion of Lessons 1-11 (Midterm exam), and after completion of Lessons 12- 20 (Final exam). These tests will be proctored (monitored) and you will NOT be able to use any of your course materials during the examination. To take an exam, please contact your proctor or our staff in the school office. You can email UMHS@olemiss.edu for any questions about scheduling an exam. Our staff will help you set up exam times, will help you arrange a proctor for your exams, and will give your proctor the codes for the exams. NOTE: Be sure to complete ALL unfinished assignments before you take the tests! Any assignments not completed before the final is taken will receive a grade of zero.

ADA and Student Disability Services:

The University of Mississippi is committed to the creation of inclusive learning environments for all students. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your full inclusion and participation or to accurate assessment of your achievement, please contact the course instructor as soon as possible. Barriers may include, but are not necessarily limited to, timed exams and in-class assignments, difficulty with the acquisition of lecture content, inaccessible web content or the use of non-captioned or non-transcribed video and audio files. Students must also contact Student Disability Services at 662-915-7128 so that office can:

  1. provide you with an Instructor Notification form
  2. facilitate the removal of barriers
  3. ensure you have equal access to the same opportunities for success that are available to all students

For more information, please visit their website at http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/sds.

M Book: Academic Dishonesty / Plagiarism:

Academic Dishonesty is expressly prohibited by The University of Mississippi. See The University of Mississippi's M Book. This includes plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only prohibited by the university but it could also be a legal offense (ex: copyright, infringement, fraud, etc.).

To be absolutely clear, working with another person to answer homework questions or any of the test questions is unacceptable. If it is determined that any student has violated this policy, the instructor will take the appropriate steps under The University of Mississippi's Academic Dishonesty policy. These range from failing the course to being suspended from The University of Mississippi High School.

If you have any questions about plagiarism please consult the web links below or contact the UMHS office.

Suggestions For Online Students:

Set aside a regular time for studying and preparing your lessons.

You can contact your instructor in one of these ways:

Do not let unanswered questions keep you from getting the maximum out of each lesson.

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