Syllabi

(This is our tentative schedule.  Depending on class time and mastery, this is subject to change.)
 

Overview:

This biology course fulfills the requirement of the laboratory-oriented life science course mandated by the Kentucky Department of Education.  Students who successfully complete the course work, and take a mandatory end of course exam will earn one (1) credit in biology.  Topics included in this course are based on Kentucky Core Content 4.1 and Program of Studies documents.

Textbook:

McDougal Littell Biology

Course Outline:   (Amount of time for each unit will be yearlong course/block course)

 

Unit 1: Introduction to Biology/Scientific Ways of Thinking

          Kingdoms & Dichotomous Keys

(Lab safety, lab equipment, SI System, Designing, Conducting, and Reporting Experimental Results, Themes in Biology, and Characteristics of Life, Brief Overview of 6 Kingdoms, Dichotomous Keys)

          Chapters 1 & 17

          20 days

 

Common Assessment Unit 1

 

Unit 2: Biochemistry

(Atoms and Bonding, Traits of Water, Structure and Function of Macromolecules, Carbohydrates: Lipids, Proteins, Nucleic Acids)

          Chapter 2

          14 days

 

Unit 3:  Cell Structure and Function

(Use of microscope, Cell Theory, Structure and Function of Cell Organelles, Fluid Mosaic Model, Passive Transport, Active Transport, Enzymes)

          Chapter 3

          14 days

Common Assessment Unit 2 & 3

 

***End of 1st Nine Weeks***

 

Unit 4:  Photosynthesis & Respiration

(Cellular Energy: enzyme functions, light reactions of photosynthesis, dark reactions of photosynthesis)

(Energy Transformations: ATP structure and function, respiration)

          Chapter 4

          16 days

Common Assessment Unit 4

 

 

Unit 5: Cell Cycle

(Events of the Cell Cycle, Purpose Of Mitosis, Purpose of Meiosis, Contrasting Mitosis and Meiosis)

          Chapters 5, 6.2

          12 days

 

Unit 6:  DNA, RNA, Protein Synthesis

(Central Dogma, DNA structure & function, RNA structure & types, Transcription, Translation, Operon Theory)

          Chapter 8

          12 days

 

Midterm over Units 1-6 ( 10% of Biology Grade)

 

***End of 2nd Nine Weeks***

 

 

Unit 7:  Genetics/Heredity

(Mendelian Laws, Monohybrid Crosses, Dihybrid Crosses, Inheritance Patterns, Human Genetics & Pedigrees, Mutations & Karyotyping)

          Chapters 6 & 7

(Biotechnology: human genome, electrophoresis, restriction enzymes, recombinant DNA)

          Chapter 9

          15 days

 

Common Assessment Unit 7

 

 

Unit 8: Interdependence of Biology

          ECOLOGY

(Major Biomes, Interdependence in Food Webs and Food Chains, Interdependence in Biogeochemical Cycles: Water, Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen) (Interdependence in Populations and Communities, Population Growth, Human Impact and Intervention)

          Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16

          20 days

 

Common Assessment Unit 8

 

Unit 9: Biological Changes

(Natural Selection, Speciation, History of Life)

          Chapters 10, 11, & 12

          18 days

Common Assessment Unit 9

 

***End of 3rd Nine Weeks***

 

 

Unit 10: Kingdom Animalia

(Major types of animal cells and tissues, major components and functions of physiological systems-skeletal, muscle, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, nervous, reproductive, and immune)

          Chapter 17

          20 days

 

Unit 11: Kingdom Plantae

(Plant Life Cycles, Plant Anatomy, Plant Reproduction)

          Chapters 20-22

           15 days

Common Assessment Unit 10 & 11

 

Unit 12: Kingdom Wrap-up

(Review of the kingdoms and their characteristics)

 

End of Course Assessment (30% of  Biology grade)

         

          Grading Scale

90-100  A

80-89 B

70-79 C

60-69 D

0-59 F

Each unit will have several quizzes and an end of the unit exam.  Common Assessments are given as a check-up to determine your progress in comparison to all other Biology students.

 Score is based on points earned for the following areas:

 9 week grades: 15% each 9 weeks for a total of 60%

Midterm grade: 10% of entire grade

End of Course Assessment: 30% of entire grade!

 

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Jessica Laswell,
Aug 13, 2011, 8:58 PM
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Jessica Laswell,
Aug 13, 2011, 8:59 PM
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