SYLLABUS: SC 410AP
ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY LECTURE
A. NAME: ________________________ TEACHER: Mr. Mancuso
Pre-requisites: General Biology and Chemistry are required. Chemistry Honors and Physics are recommended.
Co-requisite: SC411AP (Advanced Placement Biology Laboratory).
This course aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. The course, taken with the laboratory course, is designed to mirror a full year (two-semester) sequence in college biology. Because of the level of work expected of you, the course will be conducted assuming a high level of academic and emotional maturity. You will be held to a higher standard than a regular honors course, and be expected to effectively manage your time. The challenge an easier transition to college academics should prove very rewarding. Please remember that I am not the course. My role is to facilitate your learning the material prescribed by the College Board. It is your responsibility to learn, mine to facilitate that process.
This course is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory biology lecture course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. Some AP students, as college freshmen, are permitted to undertake upper-level courses in biology or to register for courses for which biology is a prerequisite. Other students may have fulfilled a basic requirement for a laboratory science course and will be able to undertake other courses to pursue their majors.
D. Course goals
The two main goals of AP Biology are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process. The ongoing information explosion in biology makes these goals even more challenging. Primary emphasis in an Advanced Placement Biology course is on developing an understanding of concepts rather than on memorizing terms and technical details.
Essential to this conceptual understanding are the following:
·a grasp of science as a process rather than as an accumulation of facts;
·personal experience in scientific inquiry;
·recognition of unifying themes that integrate the major topics of biology; and
·application of biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns.
Other subordinate goals include (After successfully completing this course you will )
·Possess organizational skills, self-discipline, and effective group communication.
·Be able to adjust more easily college level academic demands.
·Be aware of, be able to and establish connections between the humanities and the sciences.
·Be prepared to undertake biology major coursework at the university level.
E. Major Themes
The AP Biology Examination continues to emphasize the concepts and themes of biology. Less weight is placed on specific facts than on the "big ideas" that tie them together. AP Biology defines a theme as an overarching feature of biology that applies throughout the curriculum. For example, the theme of energy transfer helps students connect topics as diverse as cellular respiration and ecosystem dynamics. Concepts are the key ideas, restricted in scope to a certain topic. Themes cut across the topics. There are eight major themes that recur throughout the course. AP Biology teachers should emphasize the pervasiveness of these themes to assist students in organizing concepts and topics into a coherent conceptual framework:· Science as a Process · Evolution · Energy Transfer · Continuity and Change · Relationship of Structure to Function · Regulation · Interdependence in Nature · Science, Technology, and Society
These themes, and the content they reinforce, are aligned with all relevant National Science Education Standards (A, B, D, F, G, & H) ( http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses/html/contents.html ).
F. Teaching Methods
Lecture, discussion, field trips, and inquiry, will be employed. Effort will be made to integrate current technologies such as multimedia presentation and Internet research using the World Wide Web. Students may seek remediation using several computer based multimedia tutorial programs and videos that will be made available on weekly basis. Computer practice exams are also available. I will be providing Internet links throughout the course to assist students. These methods are aligned with all relevant National Science Education Teaching Standards (A, B, C, D, & E).
The Department of Education has no mechanism for adopting a textbook until the next science adoption (likely in 2000), so each student will have to purchase a textbook. I recommend Starr and Taggarts "The Unity and Diversity of Life", although Helena Curtis "Biology" will suffice. Curtis can be bought at the UOG bookstore, but Starr and Taggart is available only by off-island order. I will coordinate off island purchases if you wish. Cost of a textbook will be approximately 75 - 95 US$. Details will be given later. Starr and Taggart includes an interactive CD ROM and Internet support (http://www.thomson.com/rcenters/biology/member/student/udl8/index.html).
All records of this course and the lab course will be kept in a three ring binder with five divided sections:
1) Handouts - (your grade sheet is the first hand out, includes colorings)
2) Notes - (all class notes)
3) Assignments - (including questions)
4) Labs - (notes, raw data)
This syllabus is to be placed in front of all material in the notebook.
There are three basic rules of class:
Be On Time and Prepared
Bring your binder, assignment, and a pen and pencil everyday. Come to lecture having completed the required readings.
Accept that you are the only one who can be credited for your successes or failures. Be proactive and take initiative. Be in charge of your learning
We all have problems, don't take out bad feelings on others in class, instead deal with them in a mature manner. Respect others opinions and feelings.
J. Grade Computation
You have earned 225 points out of a possible 275
225/275 = 82
This is an 82 % or a "B" Grade
1) Please read board policy 411 on attendance.
2) Please remember parents may only excuse their child six days per semester.
4) If you forget a form, do not return for it during a class, You will be turned away.
L. Make up work
1) Work missed because of an unexcused absence cannot be made up.
M. Hall Passes
2) If a student insists on interfering with learning in our classroom, they will go on my discipline record.
4) All school rules apply at all times.
O. Responsibilities to Your Seating Area
You are fully responsible for any mess, graffiti, and vandalism, etc to your seating area. "It was here when I got here" is never an excuse unless you tell me at the beginning of class as soon as you take your seat. This applies to your assigned lecture seat and assigned lab table area. Any mess left in your assigned lab area will be deducted from your lab grade. This includes the multimedia lab areas. You are responsible for any computer activity at your station at your time. The multimedia lab can be made available for use during lunch.
Permanent markers are not permitted in class for any reason.
P. Graded Course Requirements
Your lecture grade will be based on, but is not limited to, the following requirements:
1) Read and Study all chapters of Starr and Taggart's The Unity and Diversity of Life, or Curtis Biology.
2) Nine regular exams, two semester exams.
3) Weekly quizzes.
4) Homework essay questions.
5) Participation in class (this is not an individual prerogative)
These assessment methods are aligned with all National Science Education Assessment Standards (A, B, C, D, &E).
Q. The Advanced Placement Biology Exam
The nationally standardized exam will be given on the morning of May 19, 1998, the site will be decided sometime in the spring. The exam covers both lecture and laboratory and consists of two sections.
·Section 1: 90 minutes, 120 multiple-choice questions, taken from the entire curriculum.
·Section 2: 90 minutes, 4 free response questions (essay), one question from each quarter.
The final score is expressed as a whole number from 1 to 5. A score of 3 or better is considered passing for thousands of schools throughout the world and entitles the student to as many as 15 semester hours of college credit. Some schools require only a 2 for credit while others require a 4. I can provide a list of those post-secondary institutions that receive AP scores, but cannot verify their policies currently in force as to what type of, and how many hours of credit a student may receive. Credit granted for passing the AP Biology Exam is given based on the course being two college semesters of Introductory Biology (for biology majors) lecture and laboratory. This often translates into 8 to 10 semester hours of college credit.
Exam assistance can be found at http://cbweb6.collegeboard.org/writewellCB/student/ap/html/apintro.html .
Q. Sequence of Topics
I. Molecules and Cells (25%)
II. Heredity and Evolution (25%)
5. Nucleic acid tech & applications
3. Mechanisms of evolution
III. Organisms and Populations (50%)