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Academic Biology 2016-17 Dr. Lisa Szeto Room 118, West Wing [email protected] Website: Schoology COURSE DESCRIPTION: Academic Biology is a 6 credit, full year course on the science of life from the molecular to the global level. This course is required for graduation. CLASSROOM VOCABULARY: Respect. Responsibility. Integrity. Adapt. CLASSROOM PROCEDURES: Enter the classroom quietly, on time, with all the materials needed for class, ready to work. Sit down in your assigned seat, get out homework and start working on the DO NOW. This is not the time for socializing and conversation. Do not call out during class instruction and discussions, raise your hand. Be patient, it may not be a good time. Give classmates your full attention when they are speaking. Successful learning comes primarily from listening, not speaking. Please do not interrupt instruction with questions that are off topic or pertaining only to you. Ask these questions before class, after class or when group work is in progress. During group activities and labs, you are expected to focus primarily on the assigned tasks and make a significant contribution to the group work. Cell phones, IPods, headphones and other devices should not be used or visible at any time unless they are required for the lesson. Please ask to go to the restroom for all grooming activities. Eating in class is permitted if we are not doing a lab. Students should remain in their seats until the bell rings for dismissal. DISCIPLINE POLICY: 1) Warning 2) Discussion after class 3) Parent contact 4) Referral to dean MATERIALS NEEDED: Textbook: Biology (Prentice-Hall) by Miller and Levine Set of 10 Pocket Folders, one for each unit. Lined Paper in folder. Pens and pencils. Place to record homework assignments. Optional but useful supplies: box of tissues, highlighters, small stapler, colored pencils, ruler GRADE DISTRIBUTION: All grades are posted on Genesis. 25% Tests 35% Lab Reports 10% Quizzes 10% Classwork, Participation 10% Homework 10% Research Projects (1-2 per marking period) Late work will be accepted until the assignment has been reviewed, graded and returned, losing 10% of the earned grade per day. Students are responsible for making up work missed due to absence. Check in with me after an absence, before class begins when you return. A period equal to the days absent will be given to make up missed work. Tests and quizzes must be made up by the day after the student returns. Students who arrive back to school on a quiz day will take the quiz on that day. You should e-mail me during absences to stay current with class work. Any work submitted by e-mail will receive a return response by e-mail. If you don’t receive a response, you will receive no credit for the assignment. No credit is given for work that is copied from another student. Both students involved will receive a zero for that assignment and parents will be notified. COURSE SCHEDULE: First Marking Period: Structure and Function of Life Skills for Scientific Inquiry- Measurement, Graphing, Experimental Design Characteristics of Life Biochemistry- Properties of Water, Carbon, Organic Macromolecules, Enzymes Cells- Microscopes, Organelles, Membranes, Diffusion, Transport Second Marking Period: Cell Energy and Interdependence of Life Cell Processes- Photosynthesis, Respiration Ecology- The Biosphere, Ecosystems, Populations, Human Impact Third Marking Period: Inheritance and Variation Reproduction- Cell Cycle, Mitosis, Meiosis Molecular Biology- DNA, Chromosomes, Protein Synthesis, Mutation Genetics- Mendel, Punnett Squares, Patterns of Inheritance Benchmark Test Fourth Marking Period: Natural Selection and Evolution Genetic Engineering- Gene Manipulation, Artificial Selection Evolution- Darwin, Modern Approach, Genes and Variation, Classification Each marking period will be 22% of your grade for the year. NJ Biology Competency Test (May 31st and June 1st) Final Exam (Counts as 12% of your grade for the year.) TECHNOLOGY: Personal devices will be used for instruction in the classroom. At other times, devices should not be visible. I will also announce brief tech breaks during the block in which personal devices can be used to check and send messages. EXTRA HELP: If you have difficulty with any of the topics we cover in class, or need to make up work due to absence, I will be available after school on Mon and Weds. If you can’t come during these times, let me know and we will schedule another time. Please bring specific questions and assignments. No extra credit assignments will be given to students with failing grades.