This course is a college prep
investigative laboratory oriented course with emphasis on basic structural,
physiological, ecological, evolutionary, and genetic principles as they pertain
to living organisms.
Biology by McDougal and Littell,
Copyright © 2008. Text and
additional resources are also available via the Internet @ http://www.classzone.com/cz/books/bio_07/book_home.htm
COURSE OUTLINE: BIOLOGY:
This course will be taught with a
heavy emphasis on laboratory investigations.
Lectures will cover the main concepts in the chapters.
Labs will reinforce those concepts. Students
will be required to take notes from the lectures or labs.
Quizzes will be given periodically to help students keep up and check for
understanding the material. Unit
tests will cover both lectures and lab material.
They will vary in length from 50-100 questions, including multiple
choice, matching, fill-in, essay, and diagrams, and the occasional lab
practicum. Practice quizzes and
tests are available on the classzone.com website as well as my website (see
below). Critical thinking skills and
hands-on investigative skills will be emphasized in the labs.
Students will often work with partners or groups to develop cooperative
If you have missed class, you can access and download worksheets, notes, labs,
and view PowerPoint lectures online by visiting my website at:
Your grade in this class will be determined from the following, using a
POINT SYSTEM. 90-100% A; 80-89% B;
70-79% C; 60-69% D; <60% F.
Grades will be posted in class and School Loop (http://www.sctritons.com/
are broken down as follows:
Lab work is a very important part of this course.
You will be expected to conduct yourself in a proper manner during all
lab work. Anyone who is careless
during labs will be removed from the class.
Labs must be written in the correct format to receive full credit.
(SEE “LAB FORMAT” HANDOUT
Homework will be turned in on the
due date to receive credit. No late homework will be accepted! Homework
will include: reading assigned text, writing lab reports, finishing labs or
class assignments, occasional outside research and projects and studying for
quizzes and tests. Assignments are due at the beginning of the period to receive
credit. Do not copy homework. If caught, both persons receive a zero on the
When the bell rings, class begins.
Any work missed because you are tardy will not be allowed to be made up.
Be prepared when the bell rings to begin class– make sure
you have all required materials (notebooks, pens, pencils, paper, etc.)
If you are absent, you will always miss something important.
It is your responsibility to ask me what you missed and
make up work as quickly as possible. Notes
can be copied or xeroxed from another student.
Labs are more difficult to make up and special arrangements will have to
be made. Tests must be made up within
one week during your free period, before or after school, during
tutorial, or during class. TARDIES:
The first TWO are free.
Note sent home after 3, 4 and above = detention. 5th or more = parent
conference and IN-HOUSE Suspension.
A well organized notebook must be maintained for the length
of this course. All work should be
kept in the correct section and in chronological order.
Notebooks are required in class daily and may be checked any time.
You should have the following sections in your notebooks:
to adhere to classroom rules will result in loss of participation points as well
as possible assignment of detentions and/or
TO SUCCEED IN THIS CLASS:
Please note that the Constitution of the State of California requires that we provide a public education to you free of charge. Your right to a free education is for all school/educational activities, whether curricular or extracurricular, and whether you get a grade for the activity or class. Subject to certain exceptions, your right to a free public education means that we cannot require you or your family to purchase materials, supplies, equipment or uniforms for any school activity, nor can we require you or your family to pay security deposits for access, participation, materials, or equipment.
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