Bio 150 Addendum

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SUFFOLK COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE MICHAEL J. GRANT CAMPUS, BRENTWOOD NY BIO 150—MODERN BIOLOGY I INSTRUCTOR: DR. JAMES F. REMSEN, JR. ADDENDUM TO COURSE OUTLINE Instructor email: remsenj@sunysuffolk.edu Phone: (631) 851-6824 Office: Sagtikos 110 Office Hours Spring 2013: M Tu Th 11:00 A.M.-12:15 P.M. W 6:00-7:15 P.M. (Virtual) This addendum addresses how I run my classroom and what I expect of students above and beyond what is presented in the syllabus. I also offer tips for success in the course, and advice to help you determine if this course will meet your career goals once you complete it. Please take this information in the spirit in which it is offered: to foster a better learning environment, and to help you avoid outcomes that are not helpful to advancing your goals, whatever those may be. PREREQUISITES AND INTENDED AUDIENCE: BIO 150 is the first half of a twosemester sequence in modern biology. The course is taught at a science majors level and is intended for students who wish to enter the biological sciences, health professions, etc., or who wish to pursue bachelor’s or graduate degrees in biology or related fields. High school chemistry is the minimum prerequisite. MATERIALS: It is recommended that you buy a notebook for both lecture and lab in addition to the lecture textbook and lab manual. Try not to mix lecture and lab notes. STUDY TIPS: Ideally, you should go home and review each lecture’s notes within a day of the lecture being given, and keep this up for the whole semester. Also read the pertinent sections in the textbook. The lecture outlines I am providing you are just that, outlines. They should be used as a study guide, because only topics included in the outlines are eligible for the exams to be given. The outlines do NOT, however, contain every piece of information contained in the lectures. You need to take good notes and study your textbook as well if you wish to do well on the exams. Your goal should be to understand the material such that you could explain the topics to the class in lecture format if you were asked to do so. (You won’t be asked to do this, but it is the best way to see if you really understand the topics). Note that there will be questions on the exams that will separate those students who use rote memorization from those who really understand the material. See the study tips handout for further information on studying. ATTENDANCE: Regular attendance is expected of all students, and attendance will be taken at each class meeting. There will be no maximum number of absences from

lecture that will be grounds for dismissal from the course. However, absence from three (3) lab periods without making up any of the missed periods will be grounds for dismissal. In lab, you will be looking at and observing things; these experiences cannot generally be compensated for by another means. If you miss a lab, your best recourse is to try to make it up with another section, if you can. Proof of making up a missed lab in another section will erase the absence from your record. If you are absent from lecture or lab, you are still responsible for all the material covered in your absence. CELL PHONES: All cell phones must either be placed in "vibrate" mode or turned off during class. Ringing cell phones annoy both the instructor and the students. If your cell phone rings during class, you will be reminded to place it in vibrate mode or turn it off. GRADING POLICY: Your grade for the course is computed as described in the syllabus. Four (4) multiple-choice lecture exams containing approximately 50 questions each will be given. The final lecture exam is cumulative, but will be weighted in favor of topics that were not included on the other exams. The lowest of the first three exam grades will be dropped. The final exam and both lab exams may not be dropped, and must be taken to receive a grade in the course. Please note that since the lowest of the first three exams will be dropped, there will be...
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