Course Outline for Biology 113-02

Fall Semester 2006

MWF, Period 3 (10:10am-11:00am)

Higley Auditorium

Office Phone: x5394

Office Hours: MWF 11am -1pm
Instructor: H. Itagaki

Office: 107 Higley


Home Phone: 614-433-0165

Text: Freeman, Scott (2005) Biological Science, 2nd ed. Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ. 1283pp. and readings on reserve as pdf files on the Kenyon computer network (P:\data\biology\biol113-02)

The schedule below is tentative and is subject to change. The most up-to-date syllabus can always be found on the course website:

Date Subject Readings
August 28 Introduction - Overarching principles; how to look at life pp.1-10
30 More principles; atoms; chemical bonds; energy pp. 20-39
September 1 Water; amino acids to proteins pp. 39-43; 46-62 (Optional Readings: Amino acids from outer space - Summary; Paper)
4 Proteins and catalysis pp.62-71
6 RNA, DNA, sugars pp. 74-85; 90-101; Quiz handed out
8 Macromolecules and origins of life pp. 85-88
Structure and Function of Viruses and Cells
11 Lipids and biological membranes; diffusion pp. 103-124
13 The prokaryote cell pp. 128-131; 590-592; 614
15 The eukaryote cell: organelles and structure pp. 131-142
18 Cellular transport and movement I pp. 142-156; 1st take-home exam handed out
20 Cellular transport and movement II pp. 142-156
22 Viruses pp. 780-800
25 Special Topic I - Avian Flu Readings 1, 2; 1st take-home exam due
27 Special Topic II - HIV Readings 1, 2, 3
Energy Conversion in the Cell
29 Energy and enzymes Review: pp. 29-34; 63-69; 90-101; Quiz handed out
October 2 Overview of cell metabolism (ATP; NADH); Glycolysis pp. 35-38; 177-186; Quiz due
4 Krebs' cycle and oxidative phosphorylation pp. 186-197
6 ATP formation and energy yields, fermentation, energy regulation pp. 197-199
9-10 October Reading Days (No Classes)
11 Overview of photosynthesis pp. 203-211; 2nd take-home exam handed out
13 Light Reactions pp. 211-216
16 Dark Reactions pp. 217-221
18 C3 and C4 plants pp. 221-224; 2nd take-home exam due
  20 Special Topic III - UV and skin damage Reading 1; 2; 3
Physiology of Plants and Animals
23 Plant form and function pp.648-649; 804-818
25 Transport in plants pp. 828-849
27 Nutrition and nitrogen fixation in plants pp. 852-868; Quiz handed out
30 Plant responses pp. 871-885; Quiz due
November 1 Plant hormones pp. 888-907
3 Animal form and function: thermoregulation pp. 934-952
6 Respiratory physiology pp. 999-1013
8 Internal transport and cardiac physiology I pp. 1013-1024; 3rd take-home exam handed out
10 Internal transport and cardiac physiology II pp. 1013-1024
13 Excretion and kidney function I pp. 955-974
15 Excretion and kidney function II pp. 955-974; 3rd take-home exam due
17 Animal hormones I pp. 1076-1096
18-26 Thanksgiving break
27 Animal hormones II pp. 1076-1096
29 The nervous system - the neuron pp. 1026-1038
December 1 Synaptic transmission; nervous system organization pp. 1038-1050; Quiz handed out
4 Sensory systems I pp. 1052-1066; Quiz due
6 Sensory systems II pp. 1052-1066
8 Effector systems - muscles pp. 1066-1073
11 Special Topic IV - Stem Cells pp. 489; 418-419; 1049-1050; Outside Reading
18 Exam #4 (8:30 am)

Course Information and Guidelines

BIOL 113-02: From Cell to Organism

Fall Semester 2006

Instructor: Harry Itagaki

107 Higley Hall

PBX: x5394 (Office)/x5384 (Lab)

Home Phone 614-433-0165


Office Hours: MWF 11am - 1pm

Text: Freeman, Scott (2005) Biological Science. Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ. 1283pp. (This text is also used in BIOL 112 and BIOL 114). Additional readings on the Kenyon network and on the text CD.

About the Course: This course covers the study of life from the biochemical to the physiological levels. Much of the focus will be on the cellular processes that are vital to life, with the prominent roles that proteins play in these processes. 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 being BIOL 109, 110, 112 and 114. There are NO prerequisites, and enrollment is open to both majors and non-majors. However, if you feel that your high school biology and chemistry courses did not prepare you adequately, we suggest starting with BIOL 112. For non-majors and other interested students, BIOL 113 provides a background for more advanced courses in cellular and organismal biology.

NOTE: Although this section of BIOL 113 will cover the same materials as in Dr. Kathy Gillen's BIOL 113-01 section, we will do the topics in a different order.

Additional Resources: The student website for the course at may prove useful as it has self-assessment tools and additional information. As well, the CD that comes with the text has some good animations and assessment tools.

How to do well in this class:

Attendance: Attendance is expected, and will be recorded. Excessive unexcused absences will not be allowed. Attendance and class participation will count toward the final grade. The college provides that 3 unexcused absences can result in lowered grade. Grades will be reduced by a third of a letter grade for each set of 3 unexcused absences. Please note that assignments and classes missed due to an absence must be made up. Look at your schedules (especially athletes!) and let me know if you anticipate conflicts.

Academic Honesty and Class Conduct: Students MUST be familiar with the guidelines of the college regarding academic honesty and class conduct. READ PAGES 26-29 IN THE 2006-2007 COURSE OF STUDY TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE COLLEGE POLICIES AS THIS COURSE WILL FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES.

Grading: 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; if so, students will be notified in class at least a week in advance. There will be NO final exam. I will count the lowest grade of your 4 exam grades and value that at half the value of the other 3 exams. There will also be 4 short take-home open book quizzes interspersed between the exams. Class participation will also constitute10% of your grade.

4 Exams (3x 20% each + 1x10% for lowest grade) = 70%

4 Quizzes (5% each) = 20%

Class Participation = 10%

Please note: You are in college now and numerical grades in the sciences typically fall short of those you may have experienced in high school. For example, the range of means on exams in this course over the last 10 years is 60-80%, typically around 70%. This does not mean that you are learning "nothing"... rather it means you have a ways to go to become familiar enough with the material and the concepts to write clearly and apply what you know to new situations. Don't let this discourage you, but those high school grades you may be used to are not going to come quite so easily. We do grade on the curve: the mean on an exam is taken generally as near the bottom of the "B" range.

Preliminary Exam Schedule:
1st Exam - Monday, 18 September

2nd Exam - Friday, 13 October

3rd Exam - Wednesday, 8 November

4th Exam - Monday, 18 December (8:30am)

Exam Reviews: Prior to each exam I will be available at a review session during which you can ask questions about material you don't understand.

Weekly Reviews: We know that students coming into this course have a wide range of biology backgrounds, so I will hold weekly review sessions for those wishing more help.

Learning Disabilities: If you have a hidden or visible disability that may require classroom or test accommodations, please see me as soon as possible. If you have not already done so, you must register with the Coordinator of Disability Services (Erin Salva,, x5453), who is the individual responsible for coordinating accommodations and services for students with disabilities. All information and documentation of disability is strictly confidential. No accommodations will be granted in this course without notification from the Office of Disability Services.