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Biology Course Syllabus
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Midland Adventist Academy
Biology
Course Outline
2016-2017
 
Instructor: Mr. Jonathan Borne, M.S.
jonathan.borne@midlandacademy.org
 
TEXTBOOK
Miller, K. & J. Levine.  2010.   Biology: Core Edition.  Pearson Prentice Hall:
Boston, Massachusetts.
 
SUPPLEMENTAL TEXTBOOKS
Miller, K. & J. Levine.  2008.   Biology.  Pearson Prentice Hall: Boston,
Massachusetts.
Miller, K. & J. Levine. 1998. Biology: The Living Science. Pearson Prentice Hall:
Boston, Massachusetts.
 
COURSE DESCRIPTION
                        Biology is a sophomore-level laboratory course.  Biology literally means “the study of life”.  During the course we will study those concepts that describe a living organism through detail study of introductory cell and molecular biology, genetics and hereditary principles, taxonomy, ecology and botany, and introductory anatomy principles, and creation & evolution.
                        The biology curriculum is based on the interaction of living and nonliving things. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method, controlled experiments, logic, and theory.
 
COURSE GOALS
            The biology course will promote the following:
  1. Recognition of the role of God as Creator, Master Designer, and Sustainer of all life.
  2. Development of an appreciation for both the exquisite beauty and complexity created for us by a generous God.
  3. Respect the earth’s resources and understand the meaning of wise stewardship of those resources.
  4. Understanding of the classification systems of organisms.
  5. Understanding of the interrelationship between structure and function in cells, tissues, organs, and systems.
  6. Recognition of the molecular basis of structure and function.
  7. Understanding of the principles of heredity and genetics.
  8. Understanding of the interaction of living organisms and their environment.
 
 GRADING POLICY
            Your semester grade is divided into these areas:
  1. Participation: 15%
  2. Laboratory Work: 15%
  3. Research: 20%
  4. Chapter Tests: 20%
  5. Final Exam: 30%
 Participation: Homework consists of assignments given from the textbook, worksheets, study guides, etc. Quizzes  will be given periodically, ANNOUNCED or UNANNOUNCED, to determine if each student is studying the material.
  1. Laboratory Work: consists of student participation and written work in planned lab activities.
  2. Research: consists of an ecology project that will be conducted over the course of the year.
  3. Chapter Tests: given throughout the semester covering material studied during each chapter.
  4. Final Exam: a cumulative test covering all material from the semester.
 
The grading system and grade point values listed on p. 23 of the MAA Handbook are used for this class.
 
ATTENDANCE POLICY
The general attendance policy of Midland Adventist Academy that is found in the Handbook is followed in the science classes. 
                        If a student is sick or has obtained an excused absence, it is the responsibility of the student to see the teacher the day the student arrives back in class.  If a test was done WHILE the student was absent, that test will be made up on the day the student arrives back to class, unless previous special arrangements are made with the teacher.  As a general rule, the number of days absent will be the number of days the student has to make up the work.
                        If a student has an unexcused absence, any work missed will not be accepted.  If you skip class, any assignments or tests due on that day will be given a zero.
 
CLASSROOM RULES
  1. RESPECT God.
  2. RESPECT the teacher.
  3. RESPECT other students.
  4. RESPECT yourself.
 COURSE TOPICS

Fir
st Nine Weeks
What is Biology?
Chemistry of Life
Cell Structure & Function
Cellular Respiration
Second Nine Weeks
Mitosis
Genetics
DNA & RNA
Third Nine Weeks
Genetic Engineering
Human Genome
Bacteria & Viruses
Protists
Fungi
Fourth Nine Weeks
Sponges & Cnidarians
Worms & Mollusks
Arthropods & Echinoderms
Fishes & Amphibians
Reptiles & Birds
Mammals
Plant Diversity
Plant Structure & Function
Plant Reproduction
Creation & Evolution