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Revision Date: 08-May-20

Introduction to Biology

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-14-2020 - Refund Policy
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Course Description:

An introduction to biological principles and concepts. Topics include cell biology, genetics, physiology, evolution, and ecology. These topics will be studied in a diversity of organisms, including microbes, protists, fungi, plants, and representative animal groups. Includes a lab.

Essential Objectives:

1. Explain what is included in the study of biology, how it has evolved, how biology is related to the other major branches of science, and how it relates to the issues confronting humanity.
2. Define and employ the terms necessary to the study of biology.
3. Describe the structure, function, and chemical composition of the cell as the basic unit of life.
4. Analyze the importance of energy transfer systems and how they relate to the Laws of Thermodynamics.
5. Compare and contrast the two types of cellular reproduction.
6. Summarize the relationships between DNA, genes, chromosomes, and the behavior of inherited traits.
7. Summarize the principles of the classification system of living things.
8. Discuss the evidence and mechanisms for evolution, including the origin of life.
9. Construct a working definition of ecology using the terms population, community, and ecosystem.
10. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating and applying quantitative data and information.
Lab Objectives:
1. Apply knowledge of the scientific method to construct hypotheses, predictions, and lab reports and to design, analyze, and/or critique experiments found throughout peer-reviewed research and laboratory notebooks.
2. Utilize mathematical techniques necessary to properly collect and interpret data (i.e., unit conversions, standardization, and scaling necessary for data collection, graphing and charting).
3. Apply proper techniques in using common scientific tools to collect data and describe how they work (i.e., microscopes, spectrophotometers, UV sterilizers, etc.).
4. Identify and demonstrate lab safety techniques that are in line with CCV’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, Lab Safety Agreements, and chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Extra Credit: There will be no extra credit assignments available. Extra points (up to 5% of total grade) may be given for participation at the professor's discretion.

Note: Syllabus is subject to change without prior notice.


In our class we will engage in a variety of activities to enhance learning. Students will be responsible to read the book assignments; out textbook is very "reader friendly" which makes using it a pleasure. I will provide 2 or 3 10 minute recordings for each chapter which will emphasize important points for you and we will use discussion questions to help each other analyze the topics. We will supplement this with some really interesting short films about biologists at work in the world today.

Grading Criteria:


97-100 A+

94-96 A

90-93 A-

87-89 B+

84-86 B

80-83 B-

77-79 C+

74-76 C

70-73 C-

67-69 D+

64-66 D

60-63 D-

below 60 F


Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.


The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Attendance Policy:

Students are expected to attend all classes. The weekly discussion posts will be used to evaluate participation.


Tentative Syllabus:

Week 1: Introduction,biodiversity, begin ecology

Week 2: Ecology

Week 3: Chemistry and molecules

Week 4: Cells and cell membranes

Week 5: Energy, respiration and photosynthesis

Week 6: DNA and proteins

Week 7: Cell division, Mendel

Week 8: Genetics, inheritance and biotechnology

Week 9: Darwin, Wallace and microevolution

Week 10: Macroevolution, earth history and human evolution

Week 11: Microbes, protists and fungi

Week 12: Animals and Plants

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities: CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please

  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center.
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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