General Biology I


  2. A. Course Title: General Biology I
    B. Course Number: BI 114 - 10274
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Thompson, Sandra
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 215
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2816
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);1:15:00 PM-02:15:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-3:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 1:15:00 PM-02:15:00 PM (MST);
    I will answer messages and emails within 24 hours Monday thru Friday and within 48 hours on weekends. I will also have virtual appointments on Thursdays from 1:15 until 2:15 or whenever necessary.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): none
    M. Corequisite(s): BI 114L (General Biology Laboratory CRN-10136)
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    General Biology I stresses the concepts, characteristics, and diversities of life. Emphasis is placed upon the scientific method, the chemistry of living organisms, cell structure and function, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, cell reproduction, inheritance, molecular genetics, and biotechnology. Concurrent enrollment in BI114L (laboratory) is required. This is a four credit hour course.


    Biology 114 (General Biology) is a laboratory life science course geared for non-science majors. Biology 114 will transfer to most two and four-year colleges. Information concerning articulation agreements with regional colleges and universities can be obtained at the NMJC’s Counseling Office. It is important to check with the institution to which you are planning to transfer to determine transferability. Planning for course credit transfer is ultimately the student’s responsibility. All students are encouraged to keep a copy of the course syllabus, as it will help determine the transferability of this course credit to another institution.



    1. Concepts of Biology 3rd ed. (2014), Sylvia S. Mader, Wm. C. Brown Publisher ISBN: 978-0-07-352553-2
    2. LABORATORY MANUAL: Concepts of Biology 3rd ed.(2014), Sylvia S. Mader, Wm. C Brown Publisher 978-0-07-751158-6
    3. Respondus Lockdown Browser
    4. Respondus Monitor - cost is 10 dollars per semester and it will be valid for all of your exams
    5. Webcam, microphone, and enough bandwidth for taking tests with respondus monitor, or a reputable testing center near you


    1. ONLINE RESOURCE Mader's Online Learning Center provides resources for studying individual chapters and links to other websites. See your text for log on information.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    For students to receive credit for any coursework, it must be submitted on or before the deadline. Late work will be not be accepted for credit except under extreme circumstances (e.g. NMJC experiences technical difficulties with its Canvas server for an extended period of time on the last day of submission, student is hospitalized, death in immediate family). If this occurs, it is the sole responsibility of the student to report this to the instructor within 24-hours and a one-day extension may be granted. Simply being sick, a family member being hospitalized, being out of town or computer issues are NOT valid reasons for an extension since this is an online class and you can access it from anywhere so please do not ask.

    Additionally original, individual coursework must be submitted. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in a zero for that particular assignment along with enforcement of other possible sanctions (see NMJC Academic Honesty Policy).

    Grades earned on tests and other assignments will be available in Canvas within 72-hours after the deadline with the possible exception of portfolios. The following formula will be used to calculate course grades:
    55% - Lecture Component (Lecture exams, assignments, discussions)
    25% - Laboratory Component (Lab quizzes & assignments)
    20% - Comprehensive Lecture/Lab Final

    No curves or extra credit opportunities will be available. Final grades are NOT curved. I follow the normal rounding rules of math which means that if you have an 89.5, 79.5, 69.5, or 59.5 you will get the next higher grade. If you have an 89.4, 79.4, 69.4, or 59.4 you will not get the higher grade, no exceptions please do not ask.

    Lecture Component
    Lecture Exams are due on Sunday nights along with all other assignments. Each consists of 50 multiple choice questions worth 2-points and are considered closed book. EVERY EXAM MUST be taken using respondus lockdown browser AND respondus monitor OR respondus lockdown browser at a reputable testing center near you. If you choose to use respondus monitor there are strict rules that you must follow and you will be given these instructions before you take the exam. Failure to follow these rules will result in a zero. Feedback on exams is only given by request and it will be general feedback over concepts missed as we have to protect the integrity of the class and the testbanks.

    Lecture Assignments include the submission of "Getting Started" activities (30 pts) and the portfolios which MUST be handwritten. Typed copies will get a zero and will not be allowed a redo (80 pts)

    Discussion points (25 pts) are earned by submitting 3 posts per Learning Module. You are responsible for submitting an initial post which responds to the prompt given and this must be at least 250 words in order to get the full 15 points. You are also responsible for responding to at least two classmates posts and each post must be at least 150 words to get the full 5 points for each responding post (10 points total for both. Posts must be original (e.g. student’s own work/writing). No credit will be awarded if 1) information is plagarized, 2) similar information is already posted, 3) a creditable reference source is not cited. On-line encyclopedias, advertisements, textbooks, etc. are not acceptable.

    Laboratory Component
    There will be approximately 10 lab assignments worth 10 - 15 points each. Additionally, there will a lab quiz worth 10-15 points per each lab.

    Comprehensive Lecture & Lab Finals are 100 points each and will be administered during the last week of this 8-week course by NMJCs testing center located in the Ben Alexander Building. If you are unable to come to campus, you must make arrangements for the finals to be proctored by another credible testing center on or before NMJCs official last day to withdraw from the course.. You may use respondus monitor to take your finals during the three day period but please remember that if you do not follow the rules you will get a zero.

    Refer to the "ADDITIONAL INFORMATION" section for more details concerning coursework.

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    1. Log in to class regularly.
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    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's broad range of science courses provides students with an opportunity to achieve their academic goals by fostering higher order thinking skills, basic academic success skills, discipline-specific knowledge and skills, and scientific and academic values.

    The course content of general biology (BI 114) supports NMJC’s mission which is “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:
    1. Describe the process of scientific inquiry.
    2. Solve problems scientifically.
    3. Communicate scientific information.
    4. Apply quantitative analysis to scientific problems.
    5. Apply scientific thinking to real world problems.


    Upon completion of this course, the students should be able to:
    1. Distinguish between living and nonliving things using the basic characteristics of life.
    2. Compare and contrast organisms within the three domains & four kingdoms.
    3. Construct a hierarchy of biological organization.
    4. Design an experiment using the scientific method and distinguish between hypotheses and theories.
    5. List in order the 8 taxonomic categories used for identifying organs. AND define “binomial nomenclature”.
    6. Draw an atom and label the subatomic particles.
    7. Distinguish between the different types of chemical bonds.
    8. List the four properties of water that benefit organisms.
    9. Define the terms: pH, acid, base, and buffer.
    10. Identify the structures and functions of the major organic molecules & give examples of each.
    11. Distinguish between dehydration synthesis & hydrolysis reactions.
    12. State the tenets of the cell theory.
    13. Distinguish between prokaryotic & eukaryotic cells.
    14. Identify plant and animal cellular organelles and state their functions.
    15. Identify the components and state the functions of the plasma membrane.
    16. Distinguish between the different types of cellular transport mechanisms.
    17. State the two energy laws important for living things.
    18. Identify the role that enzymes and substrates play in chemical reactions AND identify factors that affect the rate of product being formed.
    19. Draw a molecule of ATP and explain its function.
    20. Draw a chloroplast and labels its structures. State the function of chloroplasts.
    21. Write the chemical formula for photosynthesis & state examples of organisms capable of this process.
    22. Compare and contrast the light-dependent and Calvin cycle reactions that are associated with photosynthesis.
    23. Briefly explain the three stages of the Calvin cycle.
    24. Draw a mitochondrion and labels its structures. State the function of mitochondria.
    25. Write and explain the chemical formula for cellular respiration.
    26. Distinguish between aerobic and anaerobic cellular respiration.
    27. Calculate the yield of ATPs produced per glucose molecule during cellular respiration and denote where each process is occurring in the cell.
    28. Determine the inputs and outputs for the four stages associated with cellular respiration.
    29. Differentiate between anabolism and catabolism.
    30. Contrast the following by defining the terms: daughter & parent cell, haploid & diploid, sexual & asexual reproduction
    31. List the stages of the cell cycle and describe what events occur during each.
    32. Briefly discuss the characteristics of a cancer cell and how cancer can be prevented.
    33. Describe the events that occur during mitosis & meiosis.
    34. Compare and contrast mitosis & cytokinesis in plant and animal cells.
    35. Compare and contrast mitosis and meiosis.
    36. Contrast the following by defining the terms: autosomes & sex chromosomes, meiosis & fertilization, interkinesis & interphase
    37. Define and give examples of polyploidy and aneuploidy.
    38. Define karyotype and denote how it can be used to identify genetic disorders.
    39. Explain Mendel’s laws of genetics.
    40. Recognize and solve genetic problems that involve monohybrid, dihybrid, & sex-linked traits.
    41. Define the following terms: heterozygous, homozygous, genotype, phenotype, co-dominance, incomplete dominance, dominant alleles, recessive alleles, and testcross.
    42. State examples and give a brief description of autosomal recessive, autosomal dominant, and sex-linked recessive disorders.
    43. Discuss and give examples of the following: multiple alleles, pleiotropy, polygenic inheritance, and multifactorial traits.
    44. Recognize autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, and sex-linked disorders using pedigree charts.
    45. Explain the structure and function of DNA.
    46. Discuss the semi-conservative model of DNA replication.
    47. Explain how genes are expressed thru the processes of transcription and translation.
    48. Define genetic mutation and describe point, frameshift, and triplet repeat expansion mutations.
    49. Discuss four types of chromosomal mutations: deletion, duplication: inversion, and translocation


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    This is an eight week online lecture/laboratory life science course geared for non-science majors. The course contains four learning modules, each two weeks in length. Canvas, NMJCs Learning Management System, will be used to deliver course information for both the lecture/laboratory component. The design of the course correlates information presented in the textbook with the laboratory manual. Final course grade will be a composite of both lecture and laboratory.

    To log on to your Canvas account, use your email address along with a password in the new Tbird portal. This is typically your birth date (e.g. 061280) until you change it in within your TBird WebPortal account. If you cannot log into Canvas and require troubleshooting help, call the 24/7 helpdesk at 575.399.2199. All coursework is to be submitted via Canvas. Instructions for submitting coursework is also available on Canvas. Should any questions arise during the semester, simply message (inbox) me and I will respond within 24 hours Monday thru Friday 12 noon.

    Unit Exams:
    There are three unit (or learning module) exams, each consisting of materials presented in approximately three chapters (see course outline). Pay close attention to deadlines for each unit exam. Fifty multiple choice questions for each exam are randomly selected from a testbank making them unique. You MUST take these exams using resopndus lockdown browser and respondus monitor following the instructions given at the beginning of the exam OR at a reputable testing center near you that has been approved by the instructor well in advance. Tests are timed and are open for a period of 75-minutes once accessed. Additionally, once an exam has been submitted for grading, it cannot be re-entered. Should technical problems arise during the testing process (e.g. Canvas logs you off and you cannot regain entry into the exam), it is the student's responsibility to report the problem to the professor within 24-hours AND call the helpdesk immediately while it is happening so that they can verify the issue or the instructor will not be able to help you.

    Comprehensive Lecture/Lab Finals:
    The final exams are proctored and may be taken either at NMJCs testing center located in the Ben Alexander Building or another reputable site. They may also be taken using respondus lockdown browser and respondus monitor but again the instructions must be followed or a zero will be given.

    NMJC Testing Center offers free services to NMJC students and is located in the Ben Alexander Student Union Building. According to Testing Center policies, students must show proper picture ID and electronic devices are not allowed in the testing area. Standard operating hours are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Thursday; however, it is strongly recommended that students confirm time of operation as they are subject to change. You must arrive at least 1 hour before closing time.

    If an alternative, reputable testing site is to be used, information regarding the proposed site (e.g. Institution's name, address, phone number, and contact person) must be submitted by the student and approved by the instructor no later than the last date to withdraw from the course. Students are solely responsible for any costs associated with using an alternative testing site.

    Lecture Assignments:
    Getting Started Canvas assignments are due by Thursday of the first week: E-mail the instructor, post an introduction, upload a document, and submit a general information syllabus/survey.

    Discussions: Always use proper "netiquette" when posting on the discussion board. Posts are due like all other assignments, with the exception of the getting started assignments, on Sunday nights at 11:59pm. The purpose of discussions is to broaden students' knowledge by applying course content to the real world. Postings should add information beyond what is presented in the textbook. Topics will be assigned for each learning module. You are responsible for an initial post (250 word minimum) and two responses to classmates (150 word minimum for each).

    Lab Assignments/Quizzes:
    Even though students may not be able to actually perform all exercises, they are required to read/understand materials presented in the laboratory manual. Laboratory exercises are modified for the on-line learner and some require the purchase and use of common household materials. After completion of each laboratory exercise, there is a laboratory assignment and quiz that is to be submitted.

    The review questions at the end of each exercise will be useful in preparing for these quizzes. Respondus lockdown browser must be used to take the quizzes, the access code is "success" without the quotes and is case sensitive, and you have 20 minutes to complete each one.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

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    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Week/start date/end(due) date

    Lecture Assigned Chapters

    Laboratory Assignment


    Learning Module 1 (Ch. 1-3)


    1 / Jan 14 / Jan 20

    Ch. 1 – Biology, the Study of Life

    Lab 1 Scientific Method

    Lab 1 Quiz


    Ch. 2 – Basic Chemistry and Cells

    Discussion Board Post Due

    Labs 2 & 3 Measurements & Microscopy

    Labs 2 & 3 Quiz

    2 / Jan 21 / Jan 27

    Ch. 3 – Organic Molecules and Cells


    Lab 4 Chemical Composition of Cells

    Lab 4 Quiz (critical thinking and problem solving)


    Lecture Exam LM #1

    Portfolio 1 due

    No lab


    Learning Module 2 (Ch. 4-6)


    3/ Jan 28 / Feb 3

    Ch. 4 – Structure & Function of Cells

    Lab 5 Cell Structure and Function                    

    Lab 5 Quiz


    Ch. 5 – Dynamic Activities of Cells

    Discussion Board Post Due

    Lab 6 How Enzymes Function    

    Lab 6 Quiz

    4 / Feb 4 / Feb 10

    Ch. 6 – Photosynthesis

    Lab 7 Photosynthesis

    Lab 7 Quiz                            


    Lecture Exam LM #2

    Portfolio 2 due

    No lab


    Learning Module 3 (Ch. 7-9)


    5 / Feb 11 /  Feb 17

    Ch. 7 – Cellular Respiration

    No lab


    Ch. 8 – Cell Reproduction

    Ch. 9 - Sexual Reproduction Discussion Board Post Due

    Labs 9 & 10 Mitosis & Meiosis                    

    Labs 9 & 10 Quiz

    6/ Feb 18 / Feb 24

    Lecture Exam LM #3

    Portfolio 3 due

    No lab


    Learning Module 4 (Ch. 10, 11, 13)



    Ch. 10 – Patterns of Genetic Inheritance

    Lab 11 Mendelian Genetics                      

    Lab 11 Quiz

    7/ Feb 25/ March 3

    Ch. 11 – Molecular Biology of Inheritance

    Discussion Board Post Due

    Lab 12 Human Genetics

    Lab 12 Quiz


    Ch. 13 – Biotechnology & Genomics

    Study for finals!

    Lab 13 DNA Biology and Technology

     Lab 13 Quiz

    8 / March 4/ March 7

    Comprehensive Lecture – Chapters 1-11

    Comprehensive Lab Final – All labs


    ******Proctored Finals – Testing Center March 4 - 7.  Final exams MUST be taken at an approved testing center like the NMJC testing center OR using Respondus monitor.  No early administration of finals is permitted.  Your two final exams do not have to be taken on the same day BUT they both must be taken within the final exam time frame listed above.  Extensions will not be given as March 7th is the last official day of class.