BI 171 - Biochemistry, Form, & Function
Spring 2018 Syllabus
|Catherine Andersen, Ph.D.
Office: Bannow 217
Phone: Ext. 2266
Office hrs: M 1-2:30 p.m. or by appointment
Shannon Gerry, Ph.D.
Office: Bannow 223
Phone: Ext. 2542
Office hrs: R 11-12:30 p.m. or by appointment
BI 171-01: Tues and Fri 9:30-10:45 a.m. - NHS 224
BI 171-02: Tues and Fri 12:30-1:45 p.m. - NHS 224
BI 171 is the second semester of the three-semester introductory biology
course. Two professors will team-teach the course, each from his or her
own area of expertise. Dr. Andersen will be leading the Biochemistry and
Plant Physiology portion of the course and Dr. Gerry will be leading the
Animal Physiology portion of the course. We will focus our attention on
the unifying themes of biology using a variety of teaching tools including
lectures, group discussions, interactive computer activities, and investigation-based
As in General Biology I, our specific goals are as follows:
* To build a knowledge base and acquire the intellectual tools necessary
to succeed as a biologist.
* To become comfortable with the scientific process that biologists use
(formulating and testing hypotheses) as they attempt to answer questions
about the natural world.
* To appreciate why evolution is the "core theme of biology."
Students are assigned to a required three-hour laboratory period that
meets once per week. Attendance to your assigned lab section is REQUIRED,
and will be recorded at each meeting. You must pass
the laboratory section in order to pass the class.
Peer Learning Groups (PLGs)
Students have been assigned to one of 10 PLG sections. Each PLG section
is limited to 10-12 students and is led by an upper division biology major.
These sessions are designed to be small learning communities in which
students can work together throughout the semester to become comfortable
with the lecture material through problem-solving and other activities.
Attendance to your assigned PLG section is REQUIRED, and will be recorded
at each meeting.
Required Material (available at bookstore):
- Biological Science, Sixth Edition (2017), Scott Freeman,
with Mastering Biology access
- BI 171 Lab Manual (required for the laboratory portion
of the course)
- A marble composition-style laboratory notebook (required
for the laboratory portion of the course)
- Laptop, smartphone, or tablet with internet access for
in-class polling questions
- Lab coat to be worn at all times in the laboratory
Required Online Course Material
Lecture slides, class announcements, and PLG assignments will be posted
in Blackboard, which can be accessed through my.fairfield.edu.
All online quizzes and in-class polling questions will be available through
the Mastering Biology website: http://www.masteringbio.com.
Access to this site is restricted to members of the course, and requires
a password that is provided in your textbook. This password and course
ID (see below for your section ID) will allow you to register. The Mastering
Biology site will include links to the required quizzes, in addition to
many other helpful study aids. It is the student's responsibility to check
this site regularly between classes and take quizzes within the allowable
window of time. In-class polling questions can be accessed through the
Learning Catalytics link in Mastering Biology.
Course ID for 171-01 (9:30 AM section): BI171SPRING201801
Course ID for 171-02 (12:30 PM section): BI171SPRING201802
- In-class exams (35%): The first exam will carry slightly
less weight (8%) than the other three (each worth 9%).
- Final Exam (25%): A cumulative final exam, prepared jointly
by the two professors. The final exam is required to pass the course.
- Laboratory (25%): This portion of your grade includes
assessment of your laboratory notebook, lab report, lab quizzes, a scientific
publication review, a formal lab report and poster presentation, and
a lab practical (see Laboratory Syllabus). You must
pass the lab to pass the course.
- Mastering Biology Online Quizzes & Assignments (8%)
Online Mastering Biology quizzes will be assigned for each chapter,
and will be due by midnight before the next
- Peer Learning Group Participation (5%): Perfect attendance
and active participation in the PLG sessions will earn students the
FULL 5%. Points will be lost for absences and/or non-participation.
- In-Class Question Polling Reponses (2%): These
activities will be given at the discretion of the instructor using Learning
Catalytics feature of Mastering Biology. Attendance and correct answers
will be scored.
- Class Cancellation: In case of class cancellation, the
lecture material or exam scheduled for the missed day automatically
moves to the next class meeting.
- Attendance: Attendance at each exam
is required. There will be NO MAKE-UP EXAMS - INCLUDING THE FINAL!
Pay attention to the date and time of the final exam, since no exams
will be administered early. You must attend and take exams during your
assigned lecture section.
- Incompletes: The Biology Department strictly follows
the University regulations for giving a grade of incomplete (I). An
incomplete will be given only if the final exam cannot be taken for
good reason (e.g. illness or conflict with other exam) and only if arrangements
are made beforehand with the professor. IN NO CASE WILL AN INCOMPLETE
BE GIVEN TO AVOID AN UNSATISFACTORY GRADE.
- Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the appropriation of ideas,
data, work, or language of others and submitting them as one's own to
satisfy the requirements of a course. Plagiarism constitutes theft and
deceit and will not be tolerated. When the ideas or writings of others
are presented in assignments, these ideas or writings should be attributed
to that source. Make sure all writing is in your own words - do not
simply cut and paste. When using materials from ANY source, appropriate
documentation is always essential.
- Academic Honesty: Consistent with the policy of the university,
any form of cheating is a violation of academic honesty and integrity,
and will jeopardize your grade in this class and, possibly, your standing
at the university. . Please see the University Honor Code and stance
- Cell Phones: The use of cell phones or stereo headphones/music
devices in class is disruptive to others. Cell phones may ONLY be used
for Learning Catalytics questions.
Resources such as the DiMenna-Nyselius Library (Ext. 2178; http://www.fairfield.edu/library/)
and the writing center
are available to assist you in your academic endeavors.
Peer Tutoring - The office of Academic Support and Retention offers peer
tutoring services for this introductory series of courses. The schedule
for peer tutoring is posted on OrgSync, where you can sign up. We strongly
encourage students to take advantage of this on a regular basis, as many
students wait until the session immediately before the exam, which is
often too late. If the scheduled peer tutoring sessions conflict with
your schedule, please contact the office for exploration of alternatives.
Student Accessibility - Fairfield University is committed to achieving
equal educational opportunities, providing students with documented disabilities
access to all University programs, services and activities. In order for
this course to be equally accessible to all students, different accommodations
or adjustments may need to be implemented. If you require accommodations
for this course because of a disability, please contact Accessibility
within the Academic and Career Development Center as
early as possible this semester, as they are the designated department
on campus responsible for approving and coordinating reasonable accommodations
for students with disabilities. Accessibility will help you understand
your rights and responsibilities under the American with Disabilities
Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and will provide you further
assistance with requesting and arranging accommodations for your courses.
Once you receive your accommodations letter, please make appointments
to meet with Dr. Andersen (first half of the semester), Dr. Gerry (second
half of the semester), and your lab professor as soon as possible so that
we can review your accommodations together and discuss how best to help
you achieve equal access in this course this semester. Accessibility in
the Academic and Career Development Center: Location: Kelley Center; Phone:
203-254-4081; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring 2018 Lecture Syllabus
Catherine Andersen's Lectures
||Water- Chapter 2
||Carbohydrates - Chapter 5
||Energy and Enzymes - Chapter 8
||Respiration (part 1) - Chapter 9
||Respiration (part 2) & Fermentation - Chapter 9
||Plant Form & Function - Chapter 34
||EXAM 1 - Chapters 2, 5, 8, 9, and 34
||Plant Nutrition - Chapter 36
||Photosynthesis I - Chapter 10
||Photosynthesis II - Chapter 10
||No Class - Academic Monday Schedule
||Water and Sugar Transport - Chapter 35
||Plant Reproduction - Chapter 38
||EXAM 2 - Chapters 10, 35, 37, 38
Shannon Gerry' Lectures
||Animal Form and Function - Chapter 39
||Water and Electrolytes in Animals - Chapter 40
||Animal Nutrition - Chapter 41
|Gas Exchange & Circulation - Chapter 42
||Immune System - Chapter 48
||No Class - Easter Recess
||EXAM 3- Chapters 41-44, 48
||Nervous Systems - Chapter 43
||Sensory Systems - Chapter 44
||Movement - Chapter 45
||Chemical Signals - Chapter 46
||Reproduction - Chapter 47
||EXAM 4 - Chapters 43-47
||Review for Final Exam and
||FINAL EXAM - BI 171-02 (12:30 p.m. section)
- 11:30 a.m.
||FINAL EXAM - BI 171-01 (9:30 a.m. section)
- 8:00 a.m.