General Biology I


  2. A. Course Title: General Biology I
    B. Course Number: BI 114 - 30207
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Turner, Larchinee
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 221
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2811
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 9:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 4:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 10:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 10:30:00 AM-1:30:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): none
    M. Corequisite(s): BI 114L (General Biology Laboratory CRN-30208)
    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. Textbook: Concepts of Biology (2016). OpenStax Rice University
    URL link
    While free downloads are available, students are strongly encouraged to purchase a hardbound copy (ISBN 978-1938168116). Cost is approximately $29.
    2. Lab Manual: Inquiry into Life. 16th ed. (2019). Sylvia S. Mader. Publisher McGraw Hill. (ISBN: 978-1260482577)
    3. Access to a personal computer (PC) or laptop with user rights to install required online Canvas plug-ins (e.g. Respondus Browser, Adobe Reader, Flash, & Java). Canvas does not totally support Smart phones, iPads or tablets. A PC or laptop will be needed to submit the majority of coursework.
    4. NON-LOCAL students are also required to have available a computer with a webcam, microphone, and appropriate Internet bandwidth (at least 5 Mbps) to use Respondus Monitor for submission of the proctored final exams. There is a $10 administrative fee for the entire semester.
    5. LAB materials to be purchased:
    Lab 3: Small quantities of egg, milk, bread, potato, potato chips, peanut, onion, iodine (see first aid area in pharmacy for wound care e.g. betadine-iodine, povidone-iodine, or tincture of iodine)
    Lab 6: Hydrogen peroxide, potatoes, 18 (10 oz) clear plastic cups, and small quantities of ammonia, sugar, vinegar


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    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). 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.

    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 (exception: 5-paragraph essay assignment). The following formula will be used to calculate course grades:
    50% - Lecture Component (Lecture exams, assignments, discussions)
    30% - Laboratory Component (Lab quizzes & assignments)
    20% - Comprehensive Lecture/Lab Final

    No curves or extra credit opportunities will be available.

    Lecture Component
    Lecture Exams have a seven-day submission period. Each consists of 50 multiple choice questions worth 2-points and are considered closed book.

    Lecture Assignments include the submission of "Getting Started" activities (30 pts) and a 5-paragraph essay (100 pts).

    Discussion points (15 pts) are earned by submitting a post per Learning Module. Posts must be original (e.g. student’s own work/writing). No credit will be awarded if 1) information is plagiarized, 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 course.Finals will be administered by either NMJCs testing center located in the Ben Alexander Building (local students; able to drive to campus) or via Respondus Monitor (non-local students).

    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:

    • Communication
      • Comprehend information to summarize, analyze, evaluate, and apply to a specific situation.
      • Communicate in an accurate, correct, and understandable manner.
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
      • Define a problem and arrive at a logical solution.
      • Use appropriate technology and information systems to collect, analyze, and organize information.
      • Apply critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving to data.
    • Self and Community
      • Analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and / or scientific issues.
      • Communicate an awareness of a variety of perspectives of ethical issues.
      • Interact with individuals and within groups with integrity and awareness of others’ opinions, feelings and values.


    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

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    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.


    This is an accelerated 8-week course that covers the same information presented in a traditional 16-week face-to-face course. It is expected that students enrolled in the course to have competent computer technology skills. 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 “A” number (or Smart ID) along with a password. 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 e-mail 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. To access the on-line exams, (a) log-in to Canvas using Respondus LockDown Browser, (b) click on "Modules", (c) select the approximate unit exam, and (d) enter the password "success" (The password is case sensitive and omit quote marks). (e) Respondus Monitor will also be used for each exam and quiz. Exams 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.

    Comprehensive Lecture/Lab Finals:
    Local students (within driving distance of NMJC) may use NMJC's testing center, which is free. It 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 7 am - 7 pm Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 5 pm Friday, and 10 am - 2 pm Saturdays (by appointment); however, it is strongly recommended that students confirm time of operation as they are subject to change. Students are required to call and make appointments for their proctored finals (the exams do not have to be taken on the same day). Please make sure you are aware and understand the testing center protocols. You may contact them at 575-492-2591.

    Non-local students are required to use Respondus Monitor, which is an extension of Respondus Lockdown Browser. It requires a computer with webcam, microphone and appropriate Internet bandwidth. An ID is required along with an environmental check to ensure testing integrity is maintained. There is a $10 administrative fee for the semester. A practice quiz within Canvas is available to assist you in the set-up.

    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.

    Position Paper is a 5-paragraph essay that is to be submitted during Learning Module 4. No late papers will be accepted for credit.

    Discussions: Always use proper "netiquette" when posting on the discussion board. Posts are due by the end of the first learning module week. 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.

    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. Protocol for taking quizzes is the same unit exams, except they are shorter in length and have only 20 minutes to complete.


    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.

    Canvas Help
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    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

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

    • Pay attention to deadlines and do not forget them (keep a calendar if it helps).
    • Carefully read and understand all assignments.
    • Complete assignments according to posted instructions and notes. Do not just glance at an assignment before attempting to complete it (this is likely to result in a poor grade).
    • Questions may be posed for clarification in the class discussion area or by sending an e-mail to your instructor.

    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 or the Academic Success Center. Brainfuse is an online tutoring service that can be accessed from your course navigation menu in Canvas and there is no need to create an account. The Academic Success Center is 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, September 27, 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.


    Course schedule is tentative and subject to change.

    Week Of

    Lecture Assignments/Exams

    Laboratory Assignments/Quizzes

    Learning Module 1 (Ch. 1- 2)

    Week 1

    Ch. 1 – Introduction to Biology


    Discussion Board Post Due

    Lab 1 Scientific Method

    Lab 2 & 3 Measurements & Microscopy


    Quiz: Labs 1, 2&3

    Week 2

    Ch. 2 – Chemistry of Life


    Lecture Exam LM #1

    Lab 4 Chemical Composition of Cells

    (Problem Solving)


    Quiz: Lab 4

    Learning Module 2 (Ch. 3 - 5)

    Week 3

    Ch. 3 – Cell Structure & Function

    Ch. 4 – How cells obtain Energy


    Discussion Board Due

    Lab 5 Cell Structure and Function

    Lab 8 How Enzymes Function 


    Quiz: Labs 5, 8

    Week 4

    Ch. 5 – Photosynthesis


    Lecture Exam LM #2

    Lab 10 Photosynthesis


    Quiz: Lab 10

    Learning Module 3 (Ch. 6 - 8)

    Week 5

    Ch. 6 –  Reproduction at the Cellular Level

    Ch. 7 – The Cellular Basis of Inheritance


    Discussion Board Due

    Lab 6 & 7 Mitosis & Mitosis

    Lab 22 Patterns of Genetics 



    Quiz: Labs 6, 7, 22

    Week 6

    Ch. 8 – Patterns of Inheritance


    Lecture Exam LM #3

    Lab 23 Human Genetics


    Quiz: Lab 23

    Learning Module 4 (Ch. 9 - 10)

    Week 7

    Ch. 9 – Molecular Biology

    Ch. 10 – Biotechnology


    5-paragraph essay Due

    Discussion Board Due

    Lab 24 DNA Biology and Technology


    Week 8

    Proctored Finals – Testing Center/Respondus Monitor – Oct 7 – 10, 2019

    Comprehensive Lecture (Chapters 1-9)

    Comprehensive Lab Final