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BIO 10 LAB - General Biology
Course:   BIO 10 LAB - General Biology
Section:   5029
Division:   Science
Class Location:   MER 6
Class Times:   T 08:00AM - 10:50AM
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This is not a class to try to breeze through. It will require some work on your part, regardless of your ability level, to succeed. This is a college class, so grades are based on results, not effort. That being said, every student can pass this class. It may take more work for some, but it is possible as long as you engage in class, do what you are supposed to do, and let me know if you are having difficulties

Instructor: Mr. Jonathan Walsh (Jon)
Email: jwalsh@mlml.calstate.edu
Phone: 408-656-4399

Course Description
A hands-on introduction to the facts and principles of general biology with emphasis on the methodology used in science.

Course Objectives
Concepts covered will include the diversity, morphology, heredity, evolution, and ecology of living organisms.

Lab Report: The scientific process also requires communication of ideas and results from research. All students will be required to choose a lab (your instructor will provide a list of choices in the second week) for their write-up by the third week of class. If you do not choose a lab, your instructor will choose one for you (be forewarned). Over the course of the semester, you will turn in sections of the lab report (introduction, methods, results, discussion). How you do on these sections will be half of the lab report grade (100 points). The other half will be graded on your final lab report which must be turned in by the last day of class. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Lab Exams: Lab exams are open LAB NOTEBOOK and will consist of two parts: 1) a combination of multiple choice, true or false, matching questions; 2) lab practical and short answer questions. The test questions will be written mainly from lab material, but students are responsible for any material or techniques we cover. Students are required to supply their own Scantron 882-E and a No. 2 pencil for all exams.

A lab notebook is not a collection of pieces of paper in a folder. It has to have some sort of binding. Your lab notebook can only consist of YOUR NOTES. Any notebook that contains pages or photocopies of the lab manual, textbook, quizzes, and/or exams will be confiscated for the exam period. Please donft do this as it will make your exam experience much more stressful than it has to be.

These exams are challenging, especially if you try to cram the night before/the morning of the exam. So stay on top of your studies. I do occasionally curve the results, but donft bet on it.

Lab Quizzes: Quizzes will typically consist of ten questions: five from the previous weekfs lab and five from the upcoming weekfs lab. To reward those who prepare for lab, all questions pertaining from the pre-lab will be directly from the lab review questions. The quizzes are not designed to trick anyone and should be easy given adequate preparation. Those who study beforehand should do well. These quizzes will be given out at the beginning of class, so be on time. You snooze, you lose.

For your grade, I drop the worst quiz score. This is the only extra credit you will get in this class.

Make up Quiz/Exam Policy: If you are unable to attend an exam please notify me in person PRIOR to the test date. If prior notice is impossible then you must provide a signed letter from medical professional or other authority along with a contact number. Make-up exams are only allowed for absolute emergencies and are at my discretion.

Class Participation & Attendance Policy: Class participation and attendance are not only important to your college success, youfre getting points for it. In order to get full credit for the day, you must be present throughout the class and be an active participant. I will be able to account for your presence by seeing that you took the weekly quiz and that you signed out of class at the end (sign out sheet will be provided). Your activity in class is awarded based on how involved in class discussions you are and how much you are working with your lab bench to accomplish labs.

In order to pass the class, you will need to attend at least 10 labs (not including exams). If a student is not able to make it to class, you need to inform your instructor PRIOR to the class missed. Otherwise, I require a note from an authority with a contact number to excuse you from that class. If you are absent without this, it is an unexcused absence. More than two unexcused absences will result in you being dropped from the class. NO EXCEPTIONS. (See gAttendance Policyh on page 106 of the current Hartnell College Catalogue.)

Required Course Material
Text Book: The Living World, 4th edition by G.B. Johnson
Lab Manual: Biology, 8th edition,Customized Version by S.S. Mader
Lab Notebook

Grading Procedures
Lab Report-----------------------200 pts.
Midterm Exam ------------------200 pts.
Final Exam-----------------------300 pts. ©(Cumulative Final!)
Weekly Quizzes-----------------200 pts.
Attendance & Participation----100 pts. ©(3 Strikes and youfre out!)
Lab Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1000 pts.

Your final grade will be expressed as a percentage of the total available points:
90-100%=A, 80-89%=B, 70-79%=C, 60-69%=D, <60%=F
This final percentage will not be curved.

Class Policies
General Guidelines & Conduct:
• Be on time. If an emergency keeps you from arriving on time, enter the room quietly. If I have already handed out the quiz, you are late.
• TURN YOUR CELL PHONE OFF. Leave the classroom to take emergency calls from children or work. ABSOLUTELY NO TEXT MESSAGING during class or you will incur the wrath of your instructor. Trust me on that one.
• NO EATING DURING CLASS. There are some materials that we use that can make you sick if you are eating while handling them.
• No iPods or other music devices are to be used during class. If I see them, I will confiscate them with extreme prejudice.
• Students are expected to treat each other and the instructor with kindness, respect, and consideration. This is an college class and all students are expected to behave accordingly. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
• Students are expected as well to treat the lab equipment with kindness, respect, and consideration. Accidents happen, but any intentional mistreatment of lab equipment will result in you being dropped for this class and may result in fines.
• If a student is observed performing or aiding in any misconduct, that student will be dropped from the course. Details are listed under gCode of Student Conducth on page 29 of the 2006–2007 Hartnell College Catalogue.
• If you need help with reading, writing, study skills or special accommodations, ASK! This is a place of learning, and I will do everything in my power to help you.
• I do not give out extra credit. I repeat, I do not give out extra credit. So donft ask for it.


Here are some pointers to help you succeed:
• Come prepared. Read about the experiments ahead of time so you know what is going on! Bring a notebook and pencil for taking notes. Donft wait for the end of the semester to make up for poor performance early on. You will be taking a big risk on your grade and you will be fighting an uphill battle.
• Consider bringing your textbook and/or lecture notes to lab to cross reference the lab with lecture.
• Participate in classroom exercises and discussions. You will be amazed at how talking things through in lab will help you learn and enjoy your time here more. Plus, it earns you points towards a good grade.
• Go to discussion sessions for this class if able. Itfs a relaxed way to further understand the information in this class and another opportunity to understand the material.
• Do not be afraid to ask for help from your instructor or peers when in lab. Wefre all in this together.
• Expect to study three hours for every three hours of lab. Get together with other students in this class. Group study is a lot less painful way to learn, and if done properly is usually more effective.
• Get a calculator that can do square roots.