The Learning Center Hours:
Mondays: 9:30am - 8:00pm
Credits, class periods, lab periods: 4, 3, 3
BIOL 230W (GN) Biology: Molecules and Cells (4) A study of cellular phenomena including molecular genetics and metabolic interactions. (BIOL 220W, 230W, and 240W each carry only 1 credit of "writing"; all three courses must be taken to meet the writing requirement.)
Course MaterialsTextbook: Essential CellBiology (3rd Edition), Alberts et al., 2009
Laboratory Manual: Life Science Student Lab Notebook,
Hayden-McNeil Pub., 2003
Organization and Policies
Study groups: I strongly suggest that you participate in a study group, and use the group to assess your comprehension of the course material.
Laboratories: Laboratories will commence on the second week of classes and will meet as scheduled. Check pre-lab assignments carefully before attending lab. The laboratory exercises are designed to give you an opportunity to learn through experimentation (inquiry and experience) and to use your critical thinking skills. I will provide instruction in the nuts and bolts of appropriate experimental methods. I will also provide guidance into how an effective experiment is designed. Then, you and your selected lab partners will perform your own experiments. As researchers, you must formulate your own hypothesis, determine the data to be collected and how to collect it, and then carry-out your experimentation. Student groups will be required to give an oral presentation of their research, and write a scientific protocol and professional lab report.
Attendance and Make-up Exams: You will be responsible for all material covered in class. Please note the exam schedule which is entwined in your lab syllabus. All of the exams will be used to assess your performance in this course; none will be dropped. Only those individuals with legitimate and verifiable excuses will be allowed to schedule a make-up exam. If you cannot take the exam at a scheduled time, you need to contact me as soon as possible. Documentation of reason for missing an exam is required before a grade will be released and recorded.
Missed Laboratories: Lab attendance is mandatory. If you miss a lab you must have a legitimate excuse (as above). If you fail to make up a missed lab you will lose 200 of your total laboratory points at the end of the semester. Missed labs will indeed affect your grade!
Knowledge of class material will be evaluated by four semester exams, four readiness assessment tests (RATS), eight on-line assignments through Angel (TBA), and a comprehensive final exam. The class exams will cover material presented in the class, the assigned textbook readings, as well as interactive on-line assignments. Each exam will consist of multiple choice, fill-ins, short answers, and essays. The final exam will test your comprehensive knowledge of the entire semester's material.
Class (60% of grade):
Laboratory (40% of grade):
Class grades will be determined by a percentage scale based upon the total number of points available (875 points). Lab grades will be determined by a percentage scale based upon the total number of points available (1200 points). Class grade equals 60% of overall final grade; lab grade equals 40% of overall final grade.
Penn State University letter grade equivalents:
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Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, fabrication of information or citation, prior possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students.
For further guidance on matching punishment with infractions, see "Sanctioning Guidelines for Academic Integrity Violations"
Disability Access Statement
Note to students with disabilities: Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic adjustments in this course, contact Disability Services located in 211 Saucon at 610-285-5124. For further information regarding the Office of Disability Services, please visit their web site at www.equity.psu.edu/ods/ . Instructors should be notified as early in the semester as possible regarding the need for reasonable academic adjustments.
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Finals Week December 17th - 21st
Final Exam Date & Time To Be Announced