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


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.


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


(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!


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