Pellissippi State Community College

                           General Biology II    Biol 1120

Class Hours: 3                                                                                                                                 Credit Hours: 4

Lab Hours: 2                                                                                                             Date Revised: August 8, 2011

SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1Catalog Course Description:

Microorganisms; Fungi; Plant and Animal anatomy (tissues, organs, and organ systems),  physiology, reproduction, and development; Population growth; Community interactions; Ecosystems.

Entry Level Standards:

Eligible for enrollment in English 1010 and college level math.

Prerequisites and/or Corequisites:

Students enrolled in lecture must be registered for the corequisite laboratory during the same semester.

Textbook(s) and Other Reference Material Basic to the Course:

Biology Custom volume 2.  Tenth edition.  Mader.  McGraw Hill Publishers.  2010.  Required.

Customized Laboratory Manual Biology, 10th edition.  Mader.  McGraw Hill.  2010.  Required.


I. Course Topics

Date (week of)            Topic                       Chapter           Lab Exercise

8/29     Plant Diversity; Flowering Plant (FP)   23, 24              Nonvascular & Seedless Vascular

            Structure & Organization                                          Plants #16, 17 (moss, ferns, pines)

9/5       FP Nutrition & Transport; FP Control  25, 26              NO LABS (Labor Day holiday)

            of Growth

9/12     FP: Reproduction; Viruses, Bacteria    27, 20              Organization of Flowering Plants #18;

            & Archae (VBA)                                                     Flowers and Seeds #21

9/19     Unit 1 Exam - Ch. 23-27                20-22               Bacteria and Protists #14

            VBA; Protists; Fungi                                       

9/26     Fungi; Invertebrates                          22; 28              Fungi #15

10/3     Vertebrates; Circulation & CV          29, 32              Intro to Invertebrates #22

            Systems (C&CVS)      

            Unit 2 Exam - Ch 20-22, 28 29

10/10   Lymph & Immunity; Digestive           33, 34              Lab Practical 1

            Systems & Nutrition           

10/17   Fall Break (M&T)                                                   NO LABS – fall break                                               

            Digestion; Respiration                      34, 35

10/24   Respiratory System                          35, 36             Invertebrate Coelomates #23

            Body Fluid Regulation &                                         (Invertebrate Dissections)

            Excretory Systems

Date    Topic                                         Chapter           Lab Exercise

 10/31   Unit 3 Exam - Ch 32-36                                    Mammalian Anatomy I, II #26, 27

            Neurons & Nervous Systems            37                (Vertebrate Dissections)

11/7     Locomotion & Support Systems;      39, 40             Homeostasis #29; Blood Typing

Hormones & Endocrine Systems                          & Lung Volumes (handout)

11/14   Hormones & Endocrine Systems     40, 41            Nervous System & Senses #30;

            Reproductive Systems                                         Heart Anatomy #27

11/21   Unit 4 Exam - Ch. 37, 39-41                             NO LABS – Thanksgiving holiday

            Population Ecology                          44                   

11/28   Population Ecology                       44, 45             Symbiotic Relationships #33; Food Web

            Community & Ecosystem Ecology                     (handout)

12/5     Temperate Deciduous Forests     46.2, 47           Lab Practical 2

            Conservation of Biodiversity

            Unit 5 Exam - Ch 44-47                                            

12/12   Mandatory Comprehensive Final – any earned extra credit points will be forfeited by failure to

take the comprehensive final; check the final exam schedule for the appropriate time

II.        Evaluation:

A.        Point Distribution:

                        Lecture Tests & Assignments               Laboratory

                        Unit 1              100 pts.                         Lab Quizzes                           20 pts. (4@ 5pts each)

                        Unit 2              100 pts.                         Lab Review questions             60 pts. (4@ 15 pts each)

                        Unit 3              100 pts.                         Leaf collection                       40 pts

                        Unit 4              100 pts.                         Lab Practical – 1                    45 pts.

                        Unit 5              100 pts.                         Lab Practical – 2                    50 pts.

                        Comp. Final     100 pts                                    

                        Assignments    50 pts..                        TOTAL                                  215pts.

                        TOTAL            650 pts.

                        Letter grades will be distributed as follows:

                        A         90% and above                        778 or more points earned

                        B+        87-89%                                    752-777 points

                        B          80-86%                                    692-751 points

                        C+        77-79%                                    666-691 points

                        C          70-76%                                    605-665 points

                        D         60-69%                                    519-604 points

                        F          59% and below                        518 or fewer

B.         Testing Procedures:

Each lecture unit will be evaluated using one or more tests (a mix of discussion and objective questions) and assignments totaling 100 points.  There are no makeup lecture tests.  There will be a comprehensive final for the course worth 100 points.  The comprehensive final may be used to take the place of one missed exam or may also be used to replace the lowest unit exam score if all exams were attempted.

The additional 50 points associated with lecture will be earned by doing a variety of activities to be determined by your instructor.  You should receive directions from your lecture instructor about the assignment(s).

C.         Laboratory Expectations:

Students are expected to attend the lab section for which they are enrolled; lab attendance is required for completion of the course.  Students MAY be able to attend an alternate lab section to make up a missed lab if an acceptable excuse is presented and the request is approved by an instructor.  Lab review questions must be signed by the make-up lab instructor in order to receive credit.  Students must have attended a lab section in order to submit the corresponding lab questions.  Laboratory work will not be accepted late.

Students should read the scheduled lab exercise before attending lab.  A quiz covering that day’s material or material from a previous lab may be given at the start of lab.  There are NO make-up quizzes. After each exercise, students are required to complete the assigned lab review questions.  Students are encouraged to work together to complete the questions, but not to plagiarize answers.  These lab review questions will be collected and graded on four or more randomly selected dates.  It is the student's responsibility to submit their work, if collected, to their lab instructor in a timely fashion.

Missing more than three labs (25%) in a semester will result in failure of the entire course.               

Closed toe/heeled shoes are mandatory and garments that cover the legs are recommended.  Students are expected to dress appropriately for the laboratory to minimize the possibility of the spread of contamination and risk to personal safety.  Students are required to report to their laboratory instructor any concern for personal safety or injury sustained during various exercises. 


Drink, food, and any form of tobacco are not allowed in the classroom or laboratory.

Student Participation in Dissections:  During Biology 1120, students will study the anatomy and physiology of vertebrates and invertebrates.

As are ALL laboratory exercises in Biology 1110 and 1120, the laboratory investigations involving dissections are mandatory.  All students enrolled in the course are expected to participate.  However in consideration of religious and/or moral objections of isolated individuals, students wishing to be excused from the actual physical dissection may petition for a waiver by submitting a written request (supported by pertinent evidence or documentation) to the Biol 1120 lead instructor two weeks prior to the first dissection lab.

Biology faculty members reserve the right to grant or deny waivers.  Appeals may be made to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Students granted a waiver for the vertebrate and invertebrate exercises will be excused only from the actual physical dissection and will be expected to attend lab, master all materials presented in laboratory, and be responsible for all assignments and quizzes.  All students are required to take the laboratory exams which include material from the animal dissection exercises.

Pregnant students are advised to consult their physician about their attendance of the dissection labs.  With proper documentation, alternate activities will be assigned to pregnant students.

III.       Policies:

Consistent tardiness and excessive absenteeism may lower the final grade.  Institutional policy mandates that a student be present for at least 75% of their scheduled class and laboratory meetings in order to receive credit for the course. 

III.       Policies con’t:

Classroom disruptions during lecture or laboratory, any form of communication during testing, or any other form of behavior that may prove distracting to others will not be tolerated and may lower the final grade.  Cell phones should be in the off or vibrate mode and should not be visible during class time.  Students should refrain from sending or replying to text messages while in class.  Arriving late and exiting the room prior to the end of class are disruptive and should not occur; discuss a need to leave early w/ the instructor in advance.

With any form of valid proof of dishonesty with regard to student work or testing, the instructor may elect from a range of actions.  Academic dishonesty could lead to failure for the entire course on consultation with the lead instructor, department head, and dean.  Additionally, dismissal from the institution is an option and may be sought.

Students are expected to work on biology related materials and participate in meaningful discussion where time permits.

Visitors are not allowed in the classroom or laboratory.

Students who need accommodations because of a disability, have emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated should inform the instructor immediately, privately after class or in her/his office.  Students must present a current accommodation plan from a staff member in Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD) in order to receive accommodations in this course.  SSWD may be contacted by going to Goins 134 or 126 or by phone: 694-6751 (Voice/TTY) or 539-7153.  More information is available at

Attention Financial Aid and/or HOPE Scholarship Recipients:
Maintaining continuous attendance in your classes is very important.  If you are considering dropping or withdrawing from a course, please check with the Financial Aid Office before doing so.  Dropping or withdrawing from a class can adversely affect your financial aid and/or lottery eligibility.


Pellissippi State Community College is committed to the educational process and student learning.  In the event of an un-planned closure, classes may be delayed in starting, end early, or may be cancelled, but the educational process will continue.  The College's web-site will provide details on when the College will be closed.  College students are expected to continue learning even in the absence of class meetings.  Students should continue studying course materials in accordance with the course syllabus as if the meetings were still taking place.  Instructors will make every attempt to communicate with students through PSCC e-mail or via the out-going phone message from the instructor’s phone as to how the course will proceed during any closure.  It is the student’s responsibility to check e-mail, or call the instructor for an outgoing message with instructions.  


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