Biol 113 - From Cell to Organism - Fall 2001
Instructor: Chris Gillen
310 Higley Hall , PBX 5399, e-mail: email@example.com
Orians and Heller (2001) Life: The
Science of Biology, 6th ed. Sinauer/Freeman. (This text is also used
in BIOL 112 and BIOL 114.) Required reading is indicated below. Please
read the assigned material before attending class. Additional and
supplementary reading will be available on course reserve.
About the Course:This course covers the study of life from the biochemical to the physiological levels. Much of the focus will be on cellular processes that are vital to life. The course is designed to introduce the students to the process of scientific thinking as well as to the principles of biochemistry, cell biology, and physiology. We will discuss current research methods and approaches to unanswered questions. This is one of the courses in Biology at the foundation level, the others are BIOL109, 110, 112 and 114. There are NO prerequisites, and enrollment is open to both majors and non-majors. BIOL 113 provides a background for more advanced courses in cellular and organismal biology.
who are comfortable with their high-school biology and chemistry will find
this course an appropriate challenge as a first course in biology. Those
who are less comfortable may find BIOL 112 more amenable as a first course
How to do well in this class:
Responsibilities of each student
Please note that assignments missed due to an excused absence must be made up. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements to do so with the instructor. When a quiz or exam conflicts with an excusable event (i.e. varsity athletic game), the student must contact the instructor one week before quiz or exam is scheduled to arrange for an alternate time. Ordinarily, this will be before the rest of the class takes the quiz or exam.
Exams and quizzes: There will be 4 one-hour exams, each covering the material in that section of the course, including what is covered in the lecture just prior to the exam. Exam dates may be moved forward or back. Timing of exams and quizzes will only be changed with at least one week notice and only after consultation with the class. The fourth exam is held during the scheduled final exam period, the other exams are held during the normal class period.. All 4 exams will count equally in computing the final grade. There will also be four 10 minute quizzes; some may be take-home assignments.
Academic honesty:This class will follow the official Kenyon College position on academic honesty. Read pages 27-30 in the 2001-2002 course of study. Unless specifically stated, work in this class is expected to be your own. If you work with others on an assignment where it is allowed, you must acknowledge the collaboration at the end of the assignment.
Grading:Over many years, the range of average grades on exams in this course is between 55 and 75%, and the average grade in the course is B-. A "curve" is needed to translate the raw exam grades into appropriate letter grades. The curve in this course will work in the following way. I will set a grade range for the curve before the exam is administered based on the average exam grades from prior years. Thus, you will not be competing among yourselves, but rather against a fixed curve. If everyone performs very well, then many high grades will be assigned. This policy is intended to encourage cooperation among students in the course, rather than competition. I reserve the right to alter the curve in a way that benefits the entire class, but I will not alter the curve to lower grades.
Reading assignments are given for each lecture. Read the assigned material before class to become familiar with terms and concepts. Then, review the textbook to consolidate your understanding after class. When a chapter only is indicated as reading material, the entire chapter is assigned. When page numbers follow a chapter, only the specific pages listed are assigned. When "overview" is indicated, you should look over the chapter to become familiar with it, but specific pages will also be assigned later.
|--||Introduction to the course||Study skill tutorial: http://www.thelifewire.com/con_index.htm?99xjx
Click on "Student Survival Skills: How to be a Better Biology Student"
|8/27||Course overview||Chapter 1. Chapter 4 (overview). This syllabus.||--|
|8/29||Diversity of cell structure and function, intro to macromolecules||Chapter 2 (overview). Chapter 3 (overview). Chapter 12, 218-223.||--|
|--||The origin of cellular life||--||--|
|8/31||Which came first Protein, DNA, or RNA?||Chapter 25.||--|
|9/3||The prokaryotic cell.||Chapter 4, Chapter 26 p. 459-464.||--|
|9/5||The eukaryotic cell.||Chapter 4. Chapter 5 (overview).||--|
|9/7||Cell structure continued.||Chapter 4. Chapter 5 (overview).||Quiz 1|
|9/10||Prions and viruses||Chapter 13, 239-245. Chapter 18, 332-335.||--|
signaling - overview.
Protein structure - chemical bonds
|Chapter 15 (279-282). Chapter 2, 16-28. Chapter 3, 34-42.||--|
Protein structure - amino acids.
|Chapter 2, 16-33. Chapter 3, 34-42.||--|
Membrane structure - lipids.
2, 24-25. Chapter 3, 49-53.
Chapter 5, 79-85 and 90-94.
Protein processing and localization, the endomembrane network
|Chapter 4, 64-67.||--|
|9/24||Hormones, examples from plants and animals||Chapter 37, Chapter 41.||--|
|9/26||Action potentials - overview - the neuron||Chapter 44, 773- 785||--|
Membrane permeability - transport proteins
|Chapter 5, 85-91.||--|
|Chapter 44, 785-793.||--|
Structure and shape of neurons, the cytoskeleton
|Chapter 4, 72-78. Chapter 44, 773- 785.||--|
|10/5||Overview||Chapter 6||Quiz 2|
|10/15||Cell Respiration - Overview and Carbohydrates||Chapter 3, 43-46||--|
|10/26||Photosynthesis - Overview||Chapter 8||Quiz 3|
Dark reactions Structure of plant cells - C3 and C4 plants.
|11/5||Summary of metabolism, energy balance.||Chapter 8 Energy balance figure Leptin paper (optional reading)||--|
|11/9||Plant nutrition||Chapter 36||--|
|11/12||Plant vascular structure||Chapter 34 and 35||--|
|11/14||Mechanisms of transport in plants||Chapter 34 and 35||--|
|11/16||Plant responses to environmental challenges||Chapter 39||--|
48 Plant salt
tolerance (optional reading)
Arabidopsis Na/H exchanger (optional reading)
|11/28||Animal Circulation||Chapter 49||--|
|11/30||Kidney and fluid balance||Chapter 51||Quiz 4|
|12/3||Sensory systems||Chapter 45||--|
|12/5||Integration - the brain||Chapter 46||--|
|12/9||make-up / special topic||--||--|
|12/15||Final exam - 1:30 PM||--||--|