Newsworthy Topics in Biology

Weekender, Fall 2002



Dr. Jerry Skinner, Capwell Hall 208, 945-5141, x3108. email:

Class Meetings: B Schedule
     Saturday 12 pm - 3 pm;  Sunday 8 - 11 am, 3:10 - 5:10 pm               

Required Materials
Text: Discover magazine, Tuesday's Science section of the New York Times.  All students enrolled must have subscriptions to both. And other assigned readings which will be provided to you.
Laboratory Materials will be available in the bookstore or handed out in class.

Course Description
Biology 110 is a one semester general biology course designed for the non-science major. This general biology course focuses on basic biological concepts and recent advances in biology, genetics, evolution and biotechnology.  Upon completion of this course, you should gain sufficient knowledge to become an active member of our increasingly technological society.

Course Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course you will be able to

  1. describe the structure of the cell and the function of various cell organelles.
  2. describe the basic tenets of biology:  cell theory, theory of evolution, and inheritance.
  3. describe the basic chemistry of life.
  4. analyze how recent advances may impact on society.

Course Policies

Attendance, Exams, and Assignments
You will attend all lectures and labs, and read all assigned materials beforehand. Attendance and participation will be considered in the final grade.  

Assignments are expected to be turned in on time.  Late assignments will not be accepted except in the most adverse circumstances.  No lab assignments will be accepted for labs you have not attended.

Reaction Papers are to be written and turned in for all articles assigned.  Late assignments will not be accepted. They must be no longer than one typed page (12 point font, double spaced, 1.5" margins).  The first paragraph will be a brief summary of the article.  The second paragraph is to be your reaction to the article.  The paper should include a vocabulary list of new terms you encountered with definitions that you understand.  You should be prepared for quizzes on vocabulary before the article is discussed

Grading Policy:

Two exams @100 pts  = 200 pts
Comprehensive final = 100
Reaction papers = 200
Debate/Paper = 100
Laboratory  = 250
GRAND TOTAL     850 pts.

Grading scale:

    B+ 87-89.9 C+ 77-79.9 D 60-69.9
A > 93.0% B 83-86.9 C 73-76.9 F < 60%
A- 90-92.9 B- 80-92.9 C- 70-72.9    

If you have a 96.000% or higher average, you are exempt from taking the final exam.

Tentative Schedule 
SEP 6 What's alive?; the scientific method; pseudoscienceBlue Revolution (Discover)

Are You Hungry? (Discover)

Scientific Method; The Microscope  
  27 Brain Disease Rises in Deer (NYT, Sept 3)

Should We Spray for West Nile Virus?

Biological Molecules; Cells & Membranes Pseudoscience Report

Tongue Twister write-up

Lab Quiz-Microscope

OCT 18   Eukaryotic Cell Division; Human Genetics  
NOV 8   Enzymes, Molecular Biology  
  22   rDNA pGlo Bacteria  
DEC 13 Final exam Sunday afternoon    
    This schedule is tentative and subject to change.