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Biology I, v1

1.0 Carnegie Unit 

Instructor: Dr. Sarah Trotman Lacy

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Instructor Information:

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

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 include (but are not limited to):

  • 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:

This course consists of 8 chapters within 5 units.

START HERE

START HERE

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
1

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
2

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
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
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

Grading Scale:

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%