A.P. Biology Syllabus Teacher – K. Farris-Renner Units and approximate time line 1. Introduction – (3 days – Chapters 1-3) a. Safety and scientific method – Labs- Scientific Investigations Animal Behavior * b. Basic chemistry review c. Water chemistry 2. Cells – (8 days – Chapters 6/7) a. organic molecules and metabolism b. cell structure and function c. cell membrane and transport Labs – Enzyme Catalysis* Microscopes and Cells Cell Structure and Function Diffusion and Osmosis* 3. Plants and Organic molecules (10 days – Chapters 5, 29,30, 35-39) a. Plant evolution and diversity b. Plant form and function Labs – Chemical Composition of Cells Transpiration* Seedless Plants Seed Plants Organization of Flowering Plants Reproduction on Plants Plant Hormone Computer Simulation 4. Photosynthesis/Respiration (6 days – Chapters 9/10) a. Photosynthesis b. Respiration Labs – Plant Pigments and Photosynthesis* Alcohol Fermentation Cell Respiration* 5. Cell Reproduction (5 days – Chapters 12/13) a. Chromosome structure and function b. Mitosis c. Meiosis Labs – Mitosis and Meiosis* 6. Genetics (12 days – Chapters 15-20) a. Inheritance patterns – Mendelian genetics b. RNA and DNA – structure and function c. Gene regulation d. Mutations e. Nucleic acid technology and applications Labs – Chi Square and Mendelian genetics Mendelian Genetics and Drosophila* Pedigree Lab Bacterial Transformation – Molecular Genetics Restriction Enzyme Cleavage of DNA and Electrophoresis* Genetic Testing and Counseling Computer Simulation 7. Evolution (8 days – Chapters 22-26) a. Origin of Life b. Evidence of evolution c. Mechanisms of evolution Labs – Evidences of Evolution Population Genetics and Evolution – Hardy Weinberg* Sexual Selection Computer Simulation 8. Viruses and Bacteria (3 days – Chapters18, 27) a. Viral Structure and Replication b. Prokaryotes – bacteria c. Disease and Genetics of bacteria Labs - Bacteriology 9. Protists and Fungus ( 2 days – Chapters 31/28) a. origins of eukaryotes b. Protists diversity c. Fungus diversity and function Labs – Protists and Fungi 11. Ecology – (7 days – Chapters 50, 52-54, parts of 51 and 55) a. Population dynamics b. Communities and ecosystems Labs – Biome Identification Sampling Ecosystems Mark/Recapture Dissolved Oxygen and Aquatic Primary Productivity* 12. Animal Systems (12 days – Chapters 40-49) a. structure and function b. nutrition c. circulation and gas exchange d. defense e. regulating internal environment f. chemical signals g. reproduction and development h. nervous and sensory system i. locomotion Labs – Vertebrate Anatomy I – The Skin and the Digestive System Vertebrate Anatomy II – The Circulatory and Respiratory System Physiology of the Circulatory System* Tidal Volume and Vital Capacity Lab Vertebrate Anatomy III – The Excretory, Reproductive and Nervous Systems Physiology of the Senses Study on own – Chapters 32-34. These labs are required AP Biology Labs A semester project will be assigned – it involves researching, designing, implementing and presenting a scientific investigation of your choosing. A description of this project and the rubric that will be used will be provided at a later date. Advanced Placement Biology Grading Policy Grade Weights Assessments – quizzes, tests and projects – 65% Labs – 35% Homework – expected to be done – but not added to grade Tests will be A.P. style tests. They will be multiple choice and essay. Some will be timed. The lab grade consists of write-ups. Some lab practicals will be given. Grading scale 92-100% A 83-91% B 74-82% C 65-73% D below 65% F I will update grades weekly. I also plan to use the agenda website to post assignments and test dates. Policies 1. Homework will be assigned almost daily. I will always go over homework and sometimes I will simply check it for completion. Homework is your responsibility. It is assigned to help you learn the material, either by reinforcing something learned in class or preparing you for an upcoming lesson. Students who do homework are more prepared and more successful. 2. Labs will be done in class. If you do not finish the lab or the write-up it is your responsibility to complete it on your own. 3. Quizzes will be given, some without warning. 4. Tests will be given after each unit. I will give you at least one weeks notice to study for all tests. Some assessments will be written tests, some will be performance assessments. 5. When you are absent, you will have two days for each day you are gone to complete missed work. If you have work to make up, see me before or after school. Make up work will not be given during class time. Extra copies of the assignments and class activities can be found in the file box in my room. Test can be made up during my planning period, during lunch or after school. You must arrange the time. You are responsible for making up late or missing work. 6. It is better to turn something in late than not at all. You will receive one letter grade off for each day an assignment is late. 7. If you don’t understand something, please ask. If you want or need extra help, I will be more than willing to help you after school or during my planning period.