Health Careers/Science Division

Metro Campus



I.          COURSE: BIO 1500

                        Fall 2015 
Section number:  82364           
                        Classes meet:  Thursdays 9:30-12:20
                        Room:  MHCS 319                       

                        Prerequisites:   ENG 0990 or (ESL 1310 and ESL 1320) or ENG 1010 or English Placement Test

                        Pass/No Pass option requires instructor approval

                        Last day to withdraw with a W:  November 7, 2014


II.        CREDIT HOURS:     4 credit hours


III.       INSTRUCTOR:  Richard London

                                                Office:    MHCS 216

                                                Office Hours:   Monday & Wednesday 10am-1pm
     Virtual Office Hours:
Tuesdays & Thursday 12:30pm- 2:30pm

                                                Phone:    216-987-4255




IV.       COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Designed for science majors. Considers molecular and cellular basis of life, energy transformation and metabolism, cellular reproduction, genetics, evolution and the origin of life, and introduction to biological organization.     


V.        REQUIRED LAB BOOK:  Vodopich, Biology Laboratory Manual, 10th Edition, 2011, McGraw Hill,   ISBN 9780073532257

            FREE TEXTBOOK:

OPTIONAL TEXTBOOK:  Campbell, Biology in Focus, 1st Edition, 2014, Pearson, ISBN 9780321813800


VI.       PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course each student will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge in the following areas and be familiar with the              

                        names and functions of the following:

                        1.   Define and describe the science of biology.
                        2.   Give a brief overview of various important historical events in biology.
                        3.   Compare and contrast living and nonliving things by describing the characteristics of life.
                        4.   Use the scientific method to design an experiment to test a given hypothesis using applicable procedures and terminology.
                        5.   Differentiate between an observation and an inference.
                        6.   Briefly describe the diversity of life.
                        7.   Use the basic principles of chemistry and relate them to biology.
                        8.   Describe the basic structural and functional organization of cells.
                        9.   Explain the fundamentals of cell metabolism by describing the principles of energy capture, storage and transfer, and enzyme function.
                        10. Discuss cellular respiration by comparing and contrasting the aerobic and anaerobic pathways used by cells to extract free energy from nutrients.
                        11. Differentiate between the light-dependent and carbon fixation reactions of photosynthesis and compare and contrast C3, C4, and CAM metabolism.
                        12. Identify the stages of cellular reproduction in the eukaryotic cell cycle and compare and contrast principle events in mitosis and meiosis.
                        13. Briefly describe the stages in early embryological development.
                        14. Describe and explain the fundamental concepts and history associated with Mendelian and classical genetics.
                        15. Describe and explain the fundamental concepts of molecular genetics, including DNA, RNA, and the mechanisms by which genetic information is stored, transmitted, and expressed.
                        16. Describe and explain the evidence for the mechanisms involved in evolution, including the origins of evolutionary theory, modern concepts of evolution,
                              and the evolutionary history of  life.
                        17. Perform experiments and collect, analyze, and evaluate data.
                        18. Identify and evaluate the bioethical issues related to metabolism, genetics, and evolution.


VII.      COURSE METHOD:  This course will consist of lectures and laboratory work aided by video materials and in class demonstrations. Please note the following procedures.


                        1. Though there is no talking during lectures questions are encouraged.

                        2. If you need to leave temporarily during class please do so quietly.                    




                        EXAMS:  There will be four sectional exams given during the term each worth 125 points. 


                                 Written Portion (100 points/exam)
                                                consists of 25 multiple choice (2 points each), 10 true/false (2 points each), 5 fill in the blank (or sometimes matching)  questions (2 points each),

                                                and 2 short essays (10 points each). 


                                 Photo Portion (25 points/exam)
                                                consists of answering 25 multiple choice questions (1 point each)  relative to photos shown on our website


                                 The use of cell phones or electronic devices during the exam is prohibited


                        SUMMARY OF POINTS


                                    4 Exams  125 points each                    Total  500 points



                        GRADE EVALUATION


           500-450 A, 449-400 B, 399-350 C, 349-300 D, Below 300 F




           20 points - Optional Internet Research Report:  The instructions, contained in a separate handout, should be followed carefully.
                                                                                           This report MUST be turned in on time to receive any extra credit points


IX.                ATTENDANCE:  Regular class and lab attendance is expected! Failure to attend class does not constitute an automatic withdrawal.
                                Students wishing to withdraw must follow College policy and time lines. The student

                                            is responsible for all information and assignments given in class during their absence.
                                The student is expected to be prepared for any exam or quiz when they resume classes. Exams are primarily based on

                                            lecture and lab material.  Students arriving late to class will not  be given additional time to complete an exam.                                     


                        With advanced notification you may take a make up exam as described below:                         
                            The written portion of the make up exams consist of 10 complete essay questions therefore a greater amount of time should be allowed to complete these tests. 
                            The photo potion of the make up exam is the same format as the original though the structures to be labeled will vary.


                                                    The make up exam is to be completed before the day of the next regular exam.


X.           DISTANCE LEARNING CLASSES:  Information regarding distance learning classes can be found at the website -



                            DO NOT CONTACT THE INSTRUCTOR

                            If you experience a technical problem, you should call the 24/7 Customer Care Technical Support at 216-987-HELP
                            to receive technical phone support in the following areas:  Blackboard, Login issues (password resets),  Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, & Tri-C email

                            Some technical support issues may not be able to be resolved over the phone. While the Customer Care Technical Support team will work diligently to assist students,
                            it is possible that personal computer problems may require the student to contact outside technical support for assistance.

                            There are computers available for student use at each Campus Technology Learning Center (TLC) and your local public library.
                            These resources should be used to keep up with your coursework while you work to resolve a computer problem.



XII.      WITHDRAWAL:   Withdrawal from a course for academic reasons must be initiated by a student prior to the withdrawal deadlines published  in the Class Schedule booklet each semester. Withdrawal must be in writing on specific forms available in the Office of Admissions and Records at each campus. Students who officially withdraw from a course prior to the last day of the second week of the semester will have no notation made on their permanent record.

                        While an instructor may withdraw a student for excessive absences as outlined above, students not attending classes for any reasons should not expect an instructor to drop them officially

                        from class. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from class officially by completing a withdrawal form from the Office of Admissions and Records by the deadline date. Failure to do so could result in an “F” grade for the course.


                             XIII.     INCOMPLETE (I) GRADES:    An “I” (incomplete) grade means that a student

                                           has not completed course requirements as outlined in section on “Evaluation Procedures” due to circumstances judged by the instructor to be beyond the student’s control. The student must request an “I” (incomplete) grade. It is not granted automatically.       

                                           Incomplete grades must be removed no later than the eighth week of the academic semester.


XIV.      ACADEMIC CREDIT For one (1) semester hour of college credit, the Ohio Board of Regents require two hours of significant student study outside the class for each one hour in class for the equivalent of an academic semester (16 weeks). This is a two credit hour class with two hours of lecture. Therefore, the required course load requirement is four hours of effective student effort per week for the entire semester. Course requirements have been designed to comply with the requirements of the Board of Regents. Make sure you can give this course an average of 4 hours a week by prioritizing your time accordingly. Proper planning, prioritization and dedication will enhance your success in this course.


XV.       CHEATING: Any student found cheating would be withdrawn from class with a letter grade of F. Cheating includes but is not limited to copying from another student’s exam, quiz or homework assignments. This includes both present and past students.


XVI.     AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT STATEMENT: Any student with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric, visual, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations may contact The Access/Disabled Student Services office. If you suspect you may have a condition that would hinder your academic performance, the Access/Disabled Student Services office may be helpful in making a disability determination. Please contact the office at 987-4290.



                        Directions for finding Procedure 3354-1-30-03.5 Student Conduct Code


1.      Login to My Tri-C Space. Click the College Life tab. On that page, go to the area "College Guidelines."

2.      Click on Tri-C's Policies and Procedures and perform an additional login to the Sharepoint on the server to access the site Office of the President: Policies & Procedures. 

3.      Click the link for [3354:1-30-xx] Academic & Student Affairs Policies & Procedures.

4.      Finally, on the next page, you will be able to view the Adobe PDF files entitled "3354-1-30-03.5 Student conduct code" and "3354-1-30-03.6 Student judicial system."




                  STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER:  Room S&T332

                              Lecture notes * Lab Slides * Videos * Tutoring

                  TRI-C STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES:  Room SSC 208

                        Career Workshops (note taking, memory techniques, test anxiety, etc)



  1. Introduction
    1. Science of biology
    2. Important historical events in biology
  2. Scientific method
    1. Terminology
    2. Procedures
    3. Hypothesis, theory, law
  3. Life and variation of life forms
    1. Characteristics
    2. Origin
    3. Diversity
  4. Chemistry
    1. Basic principles
    2. Inorganic
    3. Organic
  5. Cells
    1. Prokaryotic versus eukaryotic cells
    2. Eukaryotic cell organization
    3. Cell membrane structure and function
  6. Energy and metabolism
    1. Basic principles
    2. Energy capture, transfer, and storage
    3. Enzymes
  7. Cellular respiration
    1. Aerobic pathways
      1. glycolysis
      2. acetyl CoA production
      3. citric acid cycle
      4. electron transport/chemiosmosis
    2. Anaerobic pathways: fermentation
  8. Photosynthesis
    1. Light reactions
      1. noncylic photophosphorylation
      2. cylic photophosphorylation
    2. Carbon fixatio
      1. C3 metabolism
      2. C4 metabolism
      3. CAM metabolism
  9. Cellular reproduction: cell cycle
    1. Mitosis
    2. Meiosis
    3. Cytokinesis
  10. Embryological development
  11. Genetics
    1. Mendelian genetics
      1. terminology
      2. Law of Segregation
      3. Law of Independent Assortment
      4. mechanisms of dominant and recessive inheritance
    2. Classical genetics
    3. Gene interactions
    4. Molecular genetics
      1. DNA - structure and function
      2. RNA - structure and function
      3. gene regulation and expression
  12. Evolution: theories of evolution
    1. Origins
    2. Modern concepts: population genetics, speciation, macroevolution