SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1Pellissippi State Community College

General Biology II      Biol 1120


Class Hours: 3                                                           Credit Hours: 4

Lab Hours: 2                                                             Date Revised: December 19, 2014


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 Concepts and Investigations; Custom volume 2.  Second edition.  Hoefnagels.  McGraw Hill Publishers.  2012.  Required.


Customized Laboratory Manual Biology, 11th edition.  Mader.  McGraw Hill.  2013.  Required.



I. Course Topics

Date    Topic                                                   Chapter           Lab Exercise

1/20     Bacteria & Archaea; Protists                16, 17              NO LABS


1/26     Protists, Fungi; Animals                       17, 19, 20        Bacteria and Protists #14


2/2       Animals; Nervous System (U2)           20, 25              Fungi #15


2/9       Unit 1 Exam - Ch. 16, 17, 19, 20                                Intro to Invertebrates #22

            Nervous System; Endocrine System    25, 27                                     


2/16     Endocrine; Skeletal & Muscular          27, 28, 34        Invertebrate Coelomates #23

            Systems; Animal Reproduction                                    (Invertebrate Dissections)


2/23     Animal Reproduction; Circulatory      34, 29               Mammalian Anatomy I, II #26, 27     

            System (U3)                                                                 (Vertebrate Dissections)

            Unit 2 Exam – Ch 25, 27, 28, 34       


3/2       Circulatory & Respiratory Systems      29, 30              Lab Practical 1                      


3/9-15  SPRING BREAK -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


3/16     Digestion & Nutrition; Regulation       31, 32              Nervous System & Senses #30;

of Temp & Body Fluids                                               Heart Anatomy #27


3/23     Regulation of Temp & Body Fluids;    32, 33              Homeostasis #29; Blood Typing

            Immune System                                                           (handout)



Date    Topic                                                  Chapter           Lab Exercise


3/30     Unit 3 Exam - Ch. 29-33                                            NO LABS (unless needed for make-up)

            Plants                                                   18                   


4/6       Plant Form & Function;                       21, 22              Nonvascular & Seedless Vascular

            Plant Nutrition & Transport                                         Plants #16, 17 (moss, ferns, pines)


4/13     Plant Reproduction & Development    23, 36              Organization of Flowering Plants #18;

            Population Ecology                                                     Flowers & Seeds #21

            Unit 4 Exam - Ch. 18, 21-23


4/20     Population Ecology; Communities       36, 37              Effects of Pollution #34; Food Webs

            & Ecosystems (CE)                                                      (handout)


4/27     CE; Temperate Deciduous Forests;      37, 39              Lab Practical 2

            Preserving Biodiversity                                    (ch 39 will be available online; you’ll get a link for it)

            Unit 5 Exam - Ch 36, 37, 39


5/4-7    Mandatory Comprehensive Final – any earned extra credit points will be forfeited by failure to

            take the comprehensive final



II.        Evaluation:

A.        Point Distribution:

                        Lecture Tests & Assignments              Laboratory

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

                        Unit 2              100 pts.                        Lab Review questions  48 pts. (4@ 12 pts each)

                        Unit 3              100 pts                         Leaf Collection            45 pts

                        Unit 4              100 pts                         Lab Practical 1            50 pts

                        Unit 5              100 pts                         Lab Practical 2            45 pts

                        Comp. Final     100 pts                         Assignment/misc          7 pts

                        Assignments    50 pts                          TOTAL                        215 pts

                        TOTAL            650 pts


                        Letter grades will be distributed as follows:

                        A         90% and above                        779 or more points earned

                        B+        87-89%                                    753-778 points

                        B          80-86%                                    692-752 points

                        C+        77-79%                                    666-691 points

                        C          70-76%                                    606-665 points

                        D         60-69%                                    519-605 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:

1. 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

2. 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.

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

4. 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. 

5. SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1Drink, 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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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; students should discuss a need to leave early with the instructor in advance of the event.

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

5. Visitors are not allowed in the classroom or laboratory.



III.       Policies con’t:

Students that 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 or his office. Students must present a current accommodation plan from a staff member in Disability Services (DS) in order to receive accommodations in this course. Disability Services may be contacted by sending email to, or by visiting Alexander 130.  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.

Unplanned College Closure

In the event of inclement weather or other unforeseen events, the school may have to close. The school’s policy (see is to try to remain open as long as safely possible. PSCC’s decision to close or remain open is independent of other schools. The Inclement weather policy also includes these statements:

Sometimes, weather will delay the opening of school, but not close the College. In those instances, there may be an announcement such as “Open one hour late” or “Open at 9 a.m.” on the radio or TV. The terminology means the same thing. One hour late means one hour after the standard workday begins at 8 a.m. For faculty and students, that means classes beginning before 9 a.m. are canceled, while classes beginning at 9 a.m. or later meet at their usual time.


Lab and other science courses that meet for 2 hours or more have an exception to the general school policy. Labs and lectures that would have been ‘in-session’ will meet for whatever time remains of their original schedule. For example, if a BIOL 1120 lab was scheduled from 8:35 to 10:35 and the school opened 1 hour late (9:00 AM), then that lab section would meet from 9:00 AM until 10:35 AM.


Students should try to attend all classes and labs whenever the school is open. If the weather makes it unsafe to travel to school, then the student is responsible for notifying their instructor as soon as practical. Students missing labs or lectures are still responsible for material covered in their absence.

In the event that a class meeting (lab or lecture) is cancelled due to any unforeseen event, students should continue to follow their syllabus and read, study, and complete assignments as if their classes were still meeting. College students should be able to learn a significant portion of the material on their own. Each course and/or section instructor may, at his or her discretion, choose to adjust assignment due dates and/or test schedules because of missed classes. These changes will be announced as soon as practical, generally by posting a notice on the course on-line site. If the college is closed for an extended period of time, the instructor will make adjustments to course requirements as needed and will post those changes on-line. These changes may include: placing certain tests on-line, combining lab activities, canceling certain course requirements or creating alternate assignments (including the use of on-line lab activities).



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.