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Biology Department -- MSET Division

St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley 
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statement

"My obligation to students is to teach Biology to the best of my ability. I continually strive to improve teaching effectiveness and to maximize student success."
During Spring Semester, 2000, I will teach Bio:111 Introductory Biology and BIO:122 Human Sexuality on Campus at Florissant Valley.  During Summer Semester 2000, in addition to teaching  Bio:111  and BIO:122, I will mentor students enrolled in the telecourse BIO:113 Modern Aspects of Biology.  A syllabus for each course comes at the end of this web page.


courses taught

Spring Semester 2000

BIO:111 Introductory Biology 
4 credit lecture and lab course

  • This 4 credit-hour general course is designed for non-majors in biology.  It can be used as the entry-level biology requirement for many technical or allied health programs.  You are required to enroll in a separate LABORATORY section to successfully complete BIO:111 for credit.
  • I am assigned to teach lecture sections 001 (7am MWF),  008 (noon MWF), and 012 (11am Tth) on campus, usually in room SM 233 (consult schedule).

BIO:122 Human Sexuality 
3 credit lecture course

  • This course emphasizes the biological components of male and female sexuality.  Included in the course are units on sexual orientation, genetics, anatomy, hormonal mechanisms, conception, pregnancy, and labor, STD's and AIDS, contraception, and the sexual response cycle.
  • I am assigned to teach lecture sections 001 (9am MWF), 002 (10)am MWF), 003 (11am MWF), and 004 (9:30am Tth), usually in room SM 233 (consult schedule).

Summer Semester 2000


Please consult the Summer 2000 schedule for date, time, and room information.  I will teach sections of 
BIO:111 Introductory Biology lecture 
BIO:122 Human Sexuality 
and I will mentor 
BIO:113 Modern Aspects of Biology 3 credit telecourse.
Telecourse videos are aired on KETC and other televison stations.  The BIO:113 telecourse provides concepts of biology for non-science majors.


office hours

ROOM SM 215,  SCIENCE & MATH. BUILDING

Day Office Hours
Monday 6am to 7am, 8am to 9am, 1pm to 2pm 
Tuesday 6am to 9am
Wednesday 6am to 7am, 8am to 9am, 1pm to 2pm
Thursday 6am to 9am
Friday 6am to 7am, 8am to 9am
 


syllabus info

BIO:111 Introductory Biology

Introductory Biology I (BIO 111) is a college transfer course with a lab which meets the general education guidelines of the coordinating board for Higher Education.  These guidelines require two science courses, at least one with a laboratory.  It is also the correct course for liberal arts curricula requirements, as a biology course in allied health and other technical programs, and in a biology minor program.  It is not the proper course for students who are or intend to be biology majors.

Textbooks (required):

  1. Campbell, Mitchell, & Reece. Biology:  Concepts and Connections
  2. Perry, Morton. Photo Atlas for Biology
  3. Laboratory Manual for Introductory Biology BIO:111.

Attendance:  Regular attendance of lectures and laboratories is expected.  Accurate records of lecture attendance will be maintained. All withdrawals must be student-initiated or administratively assigned. Please be on time for all classes and exams. During normal classes, you are expected to stay in your seat for the entire class period.  Unless it is an emergency, please do not leave class before the regular dismissal time.  This is a rude distraction for the other students and for the instructor as well.

Students with Disabilities:  Please feel free to approach me concerning any special arrangements you need to help you succeed in this course.  The ACCESS office in the Administration Building can help guide you through the appropriate paperwork.  Any student with a documented disability who needs special testing arrangements, note taking, or other accommodations should discuss this with the instructor.  All discussions will remain confidential.  No information will be shared without permission.

Laboratory:  All students must sign up for and regularly attend a laboratory section. If you enrolled late, or missed the first class meeting, contact Ms. Naumann for proper assignment of lab section.  Students must successfully complete both the lecture/readings and laboratory portions of this course in order to pass.  Your lab grade is worth 25% of your total course grade.

Exams:  Five lecture exams will be given in this lecture section.  Laboratory exams will be scheduled by the lab instructor. You must be on time for all exams.   No student will be allowed to take an exam after the first student in his or her regular course section has turned in a completed exam.  Make up exams will ONLY be allowed at the instructorÝs discretion, and if the student makes arrangements prior to the scheduled exam time.  Call the instructor immediately if you know you will miss an exam.  All make-up exams MUST be taken within one week of the regularly scheduled exam day.

Grading:  Course work will include regular participation in lecture periods, regular participation on laboratory periods, assigned text readings, observation and comprehension of visual aids, and completion of tests.  Grades for the course will be determined by lecture evaluations (80%) and laboratory evaluations (20%).  The grading scale will be as follows:

90 - 100% = A, 80 -  89% = B, 70 -  79% = C, 60 -  69% = D, 59% or below = F.

BIO:122 Human Sexuality

This is an introductory biology course for non-biology majors.  Although the emphasis is on human reproduction, the student will be introduced to fundamental biological principles to lay the foundation for the studentÝs comprehension of subsequent concepts.  There is no prerequisite for this course.

Attendance:  Regular attendance of lectures is expected.  Accurate records of attendance will be maintained.  It is the studentÝs responsibility to be in class to receive any handouts on the day they are distributed.  The instructor assumes no responsibility for providing material to the student if they are not present on the assigned date.

Students with Disabilities:  Please feel free to approach me concerning any special arrangements you need to help you succeed in this course.  The ACCESS office in the Administration Building can help guide you through the appropriate paperwork.  Any student in this class with a documented disability who needs special testing arrangements, note taking, or other accommodations should feel free to discuss this with the instructor.  All discussions will remain confidential.  No information will be shared without permission.

Exams:  Four one-hour lecture exams and an optional final exam will be given.  All exams are multiple choice.  You must be on time for all exams. No student will be allowed to take an exam after the first student in his or her regular course section has turned in a completed exam.  Make up exams will not be given.  If you miss an exam, you must take the final in order to earn scores for four exams.Exam questions will be taken from, lecture material, text book material,  video presentations, and outside assigned readings.

Grading:  Grades for the course will be determined by the top four scores of the five exams (if you choose to take the final).  The grading scale will be set by the average of the highest exam grade for each test.  For example, if the highest grade on a certain exam is a 99, the scale would be as follows:  A=88-99; B=78-87; C=68-77; D=58-67; and F=57 and below.

BIO:113 Modern Aspects of Biology Telecourse

  1. Read your handbook (paperback student manual) carefully for information on schedules.

  2. Make every effort to view the Telecourse videos in a timely fashion. Check the viewing schedule for dates and times of telecourse lessons.  You may record lessons on your VCR for personal use.  All telecourse videos are available for viewing at the St. Louis Community College libraries.

  3. Read the assigned chapters in your textbook, Biology:  Concepts and Applications, by Cecie Starr, 3rd edition.  Most of the quiz answers can be found in your textbook.  You may use the quiz page references to help you answer quiz questions.

  4. Complete each quiz after you have read the appropriate chapters and watched the videos.  Mail your quizzes to me by the due dates listed.  The penalty for mailing a quiz past the due date is deduction of points; the percentage of points deducted increases with the lateness of the post mark.  You may also give your quizzes directly to me, or hand them in to the Science Office Secretary, who will put the quiz in my mailbox.  Mailing labels to me are included with this letter. Please use a #2 pencil when filling out the Scantron answer form.

  5. Your Mid-Term and non-cumulative final exams are given on campus on two Saturdays which are announced in the manual, with room locations and times.  You will need to be at the exam room on time with a #2 pencil to take these tests. IMPORTANT:  ANY MAKE-UP EXAMS MUST BE TAKEN WITHIN ONE WEEK OF THE EXAM DATE.

  6. It is important that you keep current with all your video and reading assignments and make every effort to submit your quizzes on time.

  7. Your grade is based on accumulation of points.  450-500 points is an A, 400-449 points is a B, 350-399 points is a C, 300-349 points is a D, and a point total less than 300 is an F.


email me

Jack Nagel, Professor, Biology Department

MSET Division
Florissant Valley campus, St. Louis Community College
3400 Pershall Road St. Louis, Mo. 63135
EMAIL: jnagel@fv.stlcc.edu