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Palm Beach State College
Course Syllabus – Classroom Course
General Class and Course Information
Course Number: 212700
Course Title: Principles of Biology Lab
Term/Dates: SUMMER 2016
Reference Number: 212700 Credit Hours: 1
Clock Hours: 2.75
Days: Monday
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Room: NS 116
Course Description: Course Description: Laboratory studies in biochemistry, physiology, genetics, cell biology, and
other related topics will be emphasized. In a lecture science course where there is a required co-requisite lab,
students may withdraw from the lab class, but stay in the lecture class. (Students may also choose to withdraw from
both). Students will not be allowed to withdraw from the lecture and remain enrolled in the lab.
Professor’s Information
Office Location: NS 116
Telephone: 561-644-1208
Email: [email protected]
Faculty Web Page:
Office Hours: 10:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Information on REQUIRED Textbooks:
Experiments in General Biology
Edition Author
Other Information on Textbooks and Materials needed for class:
Book, Note Book, Lab coat, Protective eye glasses, pencil and Small Scantron for Exams
Course Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking this course, the student will be able to:
Describe some of the sources of errors in scientific measurement.
Use proper technique using indicators to measure pH of various substances and explain the acidity or alkalinity and any
impact of buffering.
Identify various biomolecules by performing skillful testing using various reagents.
Demonstrate skillful use of the microscope by; differentiating cells from various groups of organisms, identifying the
stages of mitosis and examining diffusion and osmosis in a living cell.
Demonstrate correct technique in preparing a wet mount slide and staining.
Perform experiments that enable the student the ability to identify and compare factors that affect diffusion and
Compare the effects of various factors upon enzyme activity.
Show through skillful experimentation the conditions required for Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis.
Demonstrate the separation plant pigments through the use of chromatography.
Extract and analyze DNA, identify inheritance laws and analyze inheritance patterns of humans.
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Course Syllabus – Classroom Courses
Full Course Outline - Click on the following link: Course Outlines and enter the course number (no space between the
prefix and the number).
Class Information
Text: “Experiments in General Biology 1” 3rd Ed., by Wendy Hartman, Publisher:
ISBN Number: 978-0-7380-6835-0
Week Lab#
5/16, 18
Syllabus Presentation, Lab Safety, Techniques and Policies
The Scientific Method
5/23, 25
5/23 5/25
Measuring Techniques
pH and Buffers. NO CLASS ON 5/30 –
6/6, 8
Organic Molecules
6/13, 15
The Microscope
Eukaryotic Cells
6/20, 22
Diffusion and Osmosis
6/27, 29
Midterm Lab Practical Exam
7/4, 6
Enzymes. NO CLASS ON 7/4. VIEW DEMOS ON 7/11
7/11, 13
Cell Respiration (omit Exercise A, Part 3, p. 113 – discuss
omitted section)
Photosynthesis (omit Exercise A, Parts 1 & 3, p. 123 & 127 –
discuss omitted sections)
7/18, 20
7/25, 27
8/1, 3
Human Genetic Traits
DNA Isolation
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Course Syllabus – Classroom Courses
Academic Dishonesty Policy and Penalty for Violation:
No pelagarism or copying the result of some other group of students from a different batch allowed.
Assignments, Tests, Quizzes and Final Exam Schedule, with percentage/points of grade:
8 Quizzes, one after each of the 8 announced labs. Each quiz is 10 points only,
20 points for tardiness – absences, grading of class etiquettes, following safety rules, procedures and housekeeping
Tardiness and Quizzes totaling 100 make up 1/3rd of the grade; two exams, each consisting of 100 points, make up
2/3rd of the final grade. Quiz cannot be made up.
Letter Grade
> 270
240 - 267
210 - 237
180 - 207
Percentage (if applicable)
80 - 89
70 - 79
60 - 69
Class Policies
Attendance: Professors are required to take attendance.
Student's attendance is very important in this class as no lab would be repeated. Attendance would be recorded after
inspection of work completed and table cleaned.
Electronic Device Use and Email Policy:
No cell phones or other electronic devices are allowed to be used during class. Please keep your phone on vibration and
go out of the class to answer emergency call and come back to continue your lab and maintain your attendance in lab.
Late Assignment Policy:
Make-up Exam Policy:
Allowed only in case of a death in the immediate family and documented by the student and that also depends upon if
another professor allows you to do so as the labs cannot be repeated once the week is finished. There is no make up of
Withdrawal Policy:
Withdrawing from class is the responsibility of the student and it his/her decision. The last day to withdraw with W is
MARCH 29, 2016 (3/29/2016)
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There is going to be no changes in the syllabus but the professor reserves the right to make changes in the syllabus if it
becomes necessary.
College Policies and Web Information
Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty includes the following actions, as well as other similar conduct aimed at making false representation with
respect to the student's academic performance:
(1) Cheating on an exam, (2) Collaborating with others on work to be presented, if contrary to the stated rules of the course,
(3) Submitting, if contrary to the rules of the course, work previously submitted in another course, (4) Knowingly and intentionally
assisting another student in any of the above actions, including assistance in an arrangement whereby work, classroom
performance, examination, or other activity is submitted or performed by a person other that the student under whose name the
work is submitted or performed, (5) Plagiarism.
Please refer to the Palm Beach State College Student Handbook (www.palmbeachstate.edu/current for link to the student
Classroom Etiquette and Student Behavior Guidelines
Students will demonstrate respect for professors and fellow students. Behavior that is disruptive to a positive learning environment
reported by the professor will result in a warning on the first instance; the second instance might result in expulsion from the course
or campus.
Computer Competency Component
Each student will, to the satisfaction of the professor, demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic computer operations
through various professor-determined exercises and/or assignments.
Disability Support Services
Students with disabilities are advised, in compliance with federal and state laws, that accommodations and services are available
through the office of Disability Support Services (DSS). It is the student's responsibility to contact Disabled Student Services Advisors
and to submit appropriate documentation prior to receiving services. Please see the website at www.palmbeachstate.edu/current
for web address for Disability Support Services.
Eating, Drinking and Smoking
Eating and drinking are confined to areas designated on the campus. Smoking is not permitted in any College building and only in
areas designated at each campus.
Final Course Grade Appeal
The evaluation of academic work is the responsibility of the faculty member/instructor. The method for assigning the final course
grade is established by the faculty member/instructor. Per Board Rule 6Hx-18-3.191, faculty/instructors shall communicate the
grading policy of the course to their students in writing. If this policy changes during the term, students should be notified of any
changes in writing. The method to determine final course grades must be given to students in a course syllabus at the beginning of
the class. Should a student have a question about a final course grade, please follow the procedures as outlined in the student
handbook: www.palmbeachstate.edu/current.
Mid-Term Grade Reporting
Within one week after the close of the mid-term grading period, mid-term grades will be made available to all students for each
class by either written notification or individual conference.
Student Responsibility Policy
When a student attends the College, s/he becomes subject to its jurisdiction. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a
responsible manner, in all areas of campus life. By enrolling, they pledge to obey the rules and regulations of the College and are
responsible for observing all College policies and procedures as published in the student handbook, the College catalog and other
College publications. The student will be responsible for preparing for class, participating in class, and completing assignments on
Palm Beach State Websites of Interest
Please see this web page (www.palmbeachstate.edu/current) for a list of web addresses for students.
Withdrawal Policy for Individual Courses
The last day to withdraw from a College course with a "W" grade in this course is JULY 11, (7/11/2016). It is the responsibility of the
student to use the PantherWeb system or visit a campus Registrar’s office to withdraw. An official withdrawal entitles the student
to a grade of "W" in the class.
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Other Information from your Professor:
Students must read the lab before coming to the class.
Department Contact Information
Name: Prof LIANG
Telephone: 561-868-3328
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Office Location: NS 206
Email: [email protected]
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