Bio115 Syllabus

Lackawanna College

BIO 115 OM: Biological Science

Online Classroom: 3 credits

  Fall 2017: October 18—December 8




Mary Lou Purnell, CST. A.A.S, B.S. AHM




Room 316 C Angeli Hall


Office Hours

Monday & Friday 10:00 am-11:30 am






Krogh, D. (2014). Biology: A Guide to the Natural World, 5th edition. Pearson



BIO 115  - Biological Science 
BIO 115 (Formerly BI 111) – Biological Science This course presents a survey of the biological world from the basic to the complex. Topics include the nature of life, cell biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, anatomy and physiology, and the diversity and classification of living things. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week (3 Credits). 


1. To explain the nature of life from various levels of organization, beginning from the small to the large and complex.

2. To discuss energy and its transformations (respiration and photosynthesis).

3. To review reproduction in cells (mitosis, meiosis) and organisms (genetics and DNA).

4. To thoroughly integrate the theory of evolution as the unifying theme of all biology and trace its origins and development over the last 150 years.

5. To determine how and why evolution is responsible for the diversity of life on earth by assessing allele frequencies as they relate to both micro and macro evolution.

6. To diagram and explain the basic structure and function of plants and animals.

7. To solve genetics and pedigree problems as they relate to both genetic traits and illnesses.

8. To perform scientific research on either a scientific topic or person.

9. To utilize the laboratory to reinforce classroom learning through microscopic evaluations, genetic analysis, evolution simulation, and hands-on classifying and observing of Domain Prokarya and Domain Eukarya, including Kingdoms, Fungi, Protista, Plantae, and Animalia.






  1. Read assigned Chapters
  2. View Power Points that align with Assigned chapters
  3. Participate in discussions with substantive and relevant course material.
  4. Complete quizzes and exams.
  5. Complete weekly virtual lab reports.
  6. Complete a final presentation.




Quizzes and Exams

Lab Reports



Online Course Attendance Policy

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.


Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting replies in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Replies not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.


# of Days Required for Discussion in an Online Course

Maximum # of Weeks Allowed without Discussion 


Twice on any four days in a week (8 total)




  • You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on FOUR days throughout the week for a total of EIGHT replies in all, minimum.
  • You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.
  • Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links.
  • Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your weekly score.
  • Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course.
  • Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course.


Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

You MUST reply no less than 8 times per week – twice on any four days.

Good Discussions in Handouts and Links will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!






Online Classroom Discussion and Interaction Rubric

X points per week for a total of X points



What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?


Points Earned

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 replies)


10 for each question.




Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 replies)





Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 replies)





Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 replies)





Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.





Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both





Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation





Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette






10 each x 2=20

Points per week




Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.


Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.


Instructor Policies

  1. Discussion posts should be relevant, proof read and checked for grammar and spelling errors. If this is not apparent there will be a loss of points.
  2. Always be respectful to all members of the discussion group. This means not calling out names, using slang or profane language.




Graded Item





20 X 8 = 160

Quizzes and Exams


100 X 8=  800



100 X 1 =  100

Virtual Lab Reports



                                                                                                                                Total for course     1500 Points




Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points


96 – 100



90 – 95



87 – 89



83 – 86



80 – 82



77 – 79



73 – 76



70 – 72



67 – 69



60 – 66



0 – 59



Due Dates and Late Penalties

  • No late assignments will be accepted.
  • Technical difficulties are NOT a justification for lateness.
  • There will be no “extra credit.”








Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course


(Please see student handbook for more information)


Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.


Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 


In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 


Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589,

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Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.


Course Schedule




Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity


Chapter 1 Science as a Way of Learning

Chapter 4 The Cell


Read Chapters 1&4, view Power Points, Discussions and Questions, Quiz, Virtual Lab Report

Presentation- Create Power Point on Evolution of Human Beings or Reproduction of Cell in Meiosis and Mitosis


Chapter 7 Deriving Energy from Food

Chapter 8 Photosynthesis


Read Chapters 7&8, view Power Points, Discussions and Questions, Quiz, Virtual Lab Report


Chapter 9 Genetics and Cell Division

Chapter 10 Meiosis

1, 3, 7, 8, 9

Read Chapters 9&10 View Power Points, Discussions and Questions, Quiz, Virtual Lab Report


Chapter 11 Mendel and his Discoveries

Chapter 12 Chromosomes and Inheritance


Read Chapters 11&12, View Power Points, Discussions and Questions, Quiz, Virtual Lab Report


Chapter 16 Charles Darwin Evolutionary thought and the Evidence of Evolution

Chapter 17 Microevolution

1,4,5, 8, 9

Read Chapters 16&17, View Power Points, Discussions and Questions, Quiz, Virtual Lab Report


Chapter 18 Macroevolution

Chapter 20 The Evolution of Human Beings


Read Chapters 18 & 20, View Power Point, Discussions and Questions, Quiz, Virtual Lab Report


Chapter 21 The Diversity of Life 1

Chapter 22 The Diversity of Life 2

Chapter 23 The Diversity of Life 3

Chapter 24 The Diversity of Life 4

1,6, 7, 8, 9

Read Chapters 21 thru 24, View Power Points, Discussions and Questions, Quiz, Virtual Lab Report



Final Quiz


Power point presentation due, Discussions and Questions, Virtual Lab Report


Subject to change at instructor’s digression.


Lab Report

Total Points Value 55 points


Did I do This?

Where? (i.e. slide number, page number, paragraph, etc.)

Points Available

Points Earned

All questions have been answered.





Answers are logical organized and display the use of critical thinking skills





Note: Presentation Rubric has been uploaded to handouts.