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Biological Sciences II

BIO 102

Spring, 2007

Prerequisites:  BIO 101(C- or better)


Instructor:      David Dunbar, Ph.D.

Office:            SET, Room 220

Telephone:     610-902-8770


Office Hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 until 12:00 or by appointment.


Lab Instructor:      Susan Dendinger, Ph.D.

Office:                    SET, Room 224

Telephone:             610-902-8370 (extension 6)


Office Hours:         Wednesday from 4:15 until 5:45; Friday from 11:30 until 1:00;

        or by appointment.


Textbook:  Campbell, N.A., J.B. Reece and L.G. Mitchell (2002).  Biology, 7th ed., Benjamin-Cummings Publishers.


Website:  Using a Web-browser (e.g., Netscape) access the following address:


Then follow the link for faculty and click on Dr. David Dunbar.  From there you will be directed to my homepage  Click on my homepage and find BIO 102.  Here you will find lecture outline notes, assignments and study guides.


Course Description:  This is the second of a two-semester course, designed for Biology majors or students interested in careers in Health-related, Biotechnology-related fields or Forensic Medicine.  The semester will begin by exploring topics in genetics and related fields.  Selected topics in animal reproduction and animal development will also be discussed.  This semester will also introduce evolution and ecology and continue studies of the diversity of life with examination of the bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi and plants.


Course Objectives:

After completing this course you should be able to:

-        understand and apply the material described in the above course description.

-        integrate your knowledge of math, chemistry and physics to the study of biology.

-        interpret scientific articles presented in newspapers and scientific journals.

-        be aware of current events in biology, medicine and biotechnology.

-        utilize microscopes, dissection, models, computer-technology and recombinant DNA techniques to study biology.




Course Science Core Curriculum Learning Outcomes:

As a result of this course students will demonstrate:

-        an understanding of the core principles of science and the interrelationships between science and other disciplines.

-        an understanding of the impact of scientific discovery and technology on society.

-        an understanding of the scientific method through laboratory experimentation and data analysis.

-        scientific literacy and effective communication of scientific ideas.


This lecture course outline is tentative and subject to change.


Lecture #        Date                Topic                                                   Reading


1                      1/24                 Meiosis                                              Chapter 13

2                      1/26                 Mendelian Genetics                            Chapter 14

3                      1/31                 “                                                          “

4                      2/2                   Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance       Chapter 15

5                      2/7                   Molecular Genetics                             Chapter 16

6                      2/9                   “                                                          “

7                      2/14                 Gene Expression                                 Chapter 17

8                      2/16                 Gene Expression                                 “

9                      2/21                DNA Technology                                Chapter 20

10                    2/23                 “                                                          “  

11                    2/24                 “                                                          “

12                    3/7                   “                                                          “

                        3/9                   Exam #1

13                    3/14                 “                                                          “

14                    3/16                 “                                                          “

15                    3/21                 Ecology                                               Chapter 50

16                    3/23                 “                                                          “                     

17                    3/28                

18                    3/30                 Ecosytems                                           Chapter 54

19                    4/4                   “                                                          “

20                    4/6                   Conservation Biology                         Chapter 55

21                    4/11                                                                            

22                    4/13                 Biological Diversity                           Chapter 26                  

23                    4/18                 “                                                          “

24                    4/25                 Prokaryotic Evolution                         Chapter 27      

25                    4/27                 Eukaryotic Evolution                           Chapter 28

26                    5/2                   Plant Diversity                                    Chapter 29 & 30         

27                    5/4                   Photosynthesis                                 Chapter 10                  

Final Exam




Bio 102                       Lab Outline*              Spring 2006


Lab #      Date     Topic                                                           Lab Exercise


1             1/25        Meiosis & Gametogenesis            #5 (p. 68–75)

                                                                                                #23 (317–320)


2              2/1         Mendelian Genetics                                  #21 (p. 281–298);



3              2/8         Human Inheritance                         #21 (p. 288–290)

                                                                                                #23 (p. 321–325)


4              2/15       Human Chromosome Analysis      #23 (p. 316); handout


5              2/22       Online Resources for Human                    #23 (p. 315-329);

                              Genetics                                                    handout


6              3/8        DNA Technology                                      #22 (p. 299-313);



7              3/15       Lab Practical Exam I


8              3/22       Sea Urchin Development                          #20 (p. 263 – 279);



9              3/29       Ecology: Field Trip         


10            4/5         Biol. Diversity: Prokaryotes                     #25 (p. 347 – 352)


11            4/12       Biol. Diversity: Protists & Fungi              #25 (p. 353 – 361)


12            4/19      Organization of Flowering Plants              #9 (p. 103 – 117)


13            4/26      Lab Practical Exam II


14            5/3        Evolution                                                  #24 (p. 331 – 345);



*This laboratory course outline is tentative and subject to change.






Lecture Grade = 300 points

            Exams: 2 x 100 points each = 200 points.

            Quizzes: 10 x 10 points each = 100 points


Total Lecture Points = 300 points


Laboratory Grade = 300 points

            Lab Practical Exams: 2 x 100 points each = 200 points.

            Quizzes and Assignments:  100 points.


Total points overall = 600 points


To calculate your grade at the end of the semester I will divide the total number of points you have by 600.  Your letter grade will be based on that number as a percentage according to the following scale:

      A = 93-100%                    C = 73-76.9%

A-   = 90-92.9%                 C- = 70-72.9%

B+ = 87-89.9%                 D+ = 67-69.9%

B = 83-86.9%                   D = 60-66.9%

B-    = 80-82.9%                 F = 59.9% or lower

C+ = 77-79.9%


You will have the entire class time to complete each exam, unless other arrangements have been made between you and your instructor.


Attendance Policy:  Attendance at all lectures and labs is required and missing lecture or lab will impact your final grade.  If you miss a lecture or lab, you are responsible for any material or announcements given.  You may have three absences/late arrivals without penalty.  Late arrivals count as one absence.  An absence from lecture counts as one absence and an absence from lab counts as two absences.  Your final grade will be reduced by 5 points for every unexcused absence over the three absence limit.  If any college sponsored athletic events interfere with attending class, please see me before class.  


Exam and Assignment Dates:  Lecture quizzes will be conducted at the start of class every Tuesday unless notified otherwise by the instructor.  Lab quizzes will be given frequently although not at every session; however, come to each lab prepared for a quiz.  Make-up exams and quizzes will only be offered for students with extreme circumstances.  Acceptable excuses include a major illness, family emergency or participation in a college-sponsored athletic competition.  All excuses must be documented with a note from the Academic Affairs Office, a physician, or a coach or a 0 grade will be assigned.  The instructor of the course will need to be notified 48 hours after an excuse with proper notification in order for the absence to be excused.  Assignments may be turned in late, but a 20% per day penalty will be assessed.  If the college is closed for any reason, exams will be held and assignments due during the next scheduled class period.



Withdrawal Date:  The last day to withdraw from the course is Thursday April 6th, 2006.



Academic Integrity:  Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner.  Consistent with this expectation, all students should act with personal integrity, respect other student’s dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts.  Distractions such as unrelated conversations will not be tolerated.  Students will be asked to leave the room if their behavior is disruptive.  Academic dishonesty such as cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated.  For the first offense, a grade of 0 without the possibility for a make-up will be given on the exam/work.  Failure of the course will occur for any subsequent offense.  Expulsion from the school may also result.  You have the right to contest a charge of academic dishonesty by submitting a request for an Academic Honesty Board hearing.


Cabrini College Academic Honesty Policy

The principal objective of the Cabrini College Academic Honesty Policy is to encourage a dynamic, open and honest intellectual climate based on the personal and academic integrity of all members.  It is the responsibility of students to help maintain the community of academic integrity.  Students shall not receive credit for work that is not a product of their own efforts.  For a full description of the policy, please see the Academic Affairs homepage and follow the Academic Honesty link, or refer to the 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog

            Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:

·       Plagiarism

·       Cheating

·       Information falsification or fabrication

·       Theft or destruction of intellectual property

·       Facilitation of academic dishonesty

For a first violation, the faculty member will meet with the student or otherwise communicate the charge.  The faculty member will complete an Academic Honesty Violation Charge Form, stating the violation and assigning a penalty.  The student should sign and date the charge form and return it to the faculty member.  The student may request a hearing before the Academic Honesty Board by indicating that option on the form.  For a second violation in a given course, the faculty member will follow the same procedures as in the first incident but will assign a penalty of failure of the course without privilege of withdrawal.  For any second or subsequent violation during a student’s academic career at Cabrini College the Academic Honesty Board shall conduct a hearing.

Disability Support Services

Cabrini College provides support services and appropriate accommodations for qualified students with documented disabilities.  If you are a student who requires classroom or testing accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services in the Rooymans Center, room 4, 610-902-8572 or email at  Please note that classroom or testing accommodations can only be provided to students who have Accommodations Notification Forms from Disability Support Services.  Students are responsible for providing the instructor with the Accommodation Notification Forms and informing the instructor when they need academic adjustments.

Good luck and enjoy the semester!