About The Class: The book is used as a resource for information and not as a guide for the class. Students will sometimes be assigned readings, reviews, etc. from chapters related to the topics discussed in class. However, more often than not, reading from the book should be done at home and on their own.
Current events are included as often as possible. Examples from previous years are the HIV vaccine, the swine flu, the Kyoto protocol, etc. Sometimes these topics interrupt the unit we are studying and at other times, they fit right in with the material. Even if they interrupt, I feel they are worthwhile. Having the ability to evaluate current events with basic knowledge of biology is, in effect, the ultimate goal of this class as set by the department and myself.
Students will take the CORE 40 exam at the end of the year. This is a requirement of the state of Indiana.
Students will take cumulative exams at the end of each quarter. The score on this test may replace their lowest test score if it is higher than the lowest score
ALL students will be expected to participate in all labs. This includes dissections. Lab groups can divide work as they see fit— but all students will take the lab practicals.
Class Requirements: Student must have a 1 inch (or larger) binder with dividers for class.
Students need coloring pencils for class.
Students wanting latex gloves for dissections and other labs MUST supply their own.
(These may be stored in the classroom but I am not responsible if they are stolen or lost.)
No late work is accepted.
Students are given the number of days they are absent to make –up missed work.
Students without access to the internet at home will be given passes to use the library during study hall as needed. However, if library is closed or no study hall is available, students will still be responsible for completing the assignments on time.