Course Syllabus

Dear Parent/Guardian and Student,

 

As we begin this semester, I want to welcome and familiarize you with this year’s Biology (Honors) objectives and requirements.  If you have any questions, conferences can be arranged with me by emailing me at Raji.suresh@ucps.k12.nc.us or by contacting the guidance counselors.  I believe it is important to maintain communication with parents/guardians for both positive feedback and concerns. Students can access Canvas for all class resources, course calendar and practice tests.

Materials: The following materials are required for Biology.  These should be purchased during the first few days of school.  If this is not possible, please let me know.

  • 1½ inch 3-ring binder
  • 10 tab dividers
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Red pen

Optional Item: One Roll of Paper Towels, Tissue box, scotch tape

Textbook: We will use the online StemScopes as the main textbook.

LOGIN FOR ALL STUDENTS (Same website as above)

Student User name: student id number

Student Password: Chromebook password

Biology: Biology is an introduction to the study of living things and their interdependence with the environment. Students will explore biological science as a process, cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution and classification, diversity of living organisms and their ecological roles, and an introduction to animal structure and function. 

Biology is a state tested subject that requires an End of Course Test upon completion.  This course is also a graduation requirement. Students must pass the class and score a 3, 4, or 5 on the EOC to receive credit. All high school students will be tested on the NC Essential standards for Biology. To see a detailed description of the standards and objectives please access the following link: NCDPI essential standards.pdf

Here is the approximate pacing. Minor adjustments will be made as needed.

 Unit

Standard(s)

Days

Scientific Method/ Characteristics of Life/ Lab Procedures and Safety

Bio.2.1.2

6

Ecology

Bio.2.1.1/2.1.3/2.1.4/2.2.1/2.2.2

10

Biochemistry

Bio.4.1.1/4.1.2/4.1.3

8

Cells

Bio.1.1.1/1.1.2/1.1.3/1.2.1/4.2.1/4.2.2

10

DNA/ Protein Synthesis/Biotechnology

Bio.1.1.3/3.1.1/3.1.2/3.1.3/4.1.2/

3.3.1/3.3.2/3.3.3

16

Cell Cycle

Bio.1.1.2/3.2.1

6

Genetics

Bio.3.2.2

8

Evolution

Bio.3.4.1/3.4.2/3.4.3

5

Classification/Animal Behavior

Bio.1.1.2/3.5.1/3.5.2/2.1.2/2.1.2/1.2.3/

2.1.3/3.2.3/3.4.3/2.1.2

10

Human Diseases

Bio.3.2.3

1

Review

All

5

Honors:

Honors students will be required to complete extension and enrichment opportunities that are directly related to the NC Essential Standards.  All enrichment and extension opportunities have been chosen to prepare them for AP Biology or other advanced science courses. Students who choose an honors level course receive an elevated number of quality points for their grade point averages.   Tests may be more challenging.  Projects and presentations will often be more in depth.  Students will have to focus and study regularly to master the content. Here is an example of a possible honors level objective and assignment. 

 

Biology I

Honors enrichment or extension

Standard/Objective

Bio.4.1.3 Explain how enzymes act as catalysts for biological reactions.

Bio.4.1.3 Demonstrate how enzymes act as catalysts for biological reactions.

Example Assignment

Predict the effects of changing the enzyme and/or substrate concentrations on the rate of the reaction. Then perform the lab as instructed and evaluate your prediction.

Using the materials provided, design a lab or labs that will test the known properties of enzymes. Perform your approved lab and analyze your results.

 

Procedures: All classroom expectations will be implemented according to the Marvin Ridge High School Handbook.  This covers a wide range of expectations so you need to be familiar with EACH and EVERY aspect of this handbook. 

 

            Expectations: 

  1. Be prepared with notebook, pencil, pen and planner each day.
  2. Food and drink are not allowed in class. Water is allowed if it is in a clear bottle.
  3. Be in your seat and copying the question of the day when the bell rings.
  4. Homework, lab reports and projects must be turned in on time. Please contact me if you need additional time.

Respect the teacher, fellow classmates and school property while following all aspects of the MRHS Handbook.  This includes keeping your desk and lab area CLEAN!

 

Lesson: When you arrive in the classroom, you need to be seated and do the following:

  • take out all class materials
  • copy your homework into your planner
  • begin working on your Question of the Day/ Reading assignment - you may use your textbook, notes and homework, however this is an individual task

 

A typical class period will involve the following:

  • reviewing pre-classwork
  • checking homework and reviewing previous material
  • completing the lesson for the day (notes, activity, lab, video, quiz, test)
  • reviewing the lesson and instructions for the assignment

 

Homework:

Homework will be assigned EVERY NIGHT.  It is absolutely necessary that you complete and regularly review your homework.

 

Tutoring:

I am available for tutoring Mondays and Wednesdays after school by appointment, as well as some days before school.  Additional assistance is much more effective if students use it as soon as a concept or assignment is missed or misunderstood. Students are expected and encouraged to attend tutoring as necessary to enable their maximum success in class. Tutoring is not only for help on homework - I will be happy to work with students on any topic - study skills, note-taking and test review. 

 

Grading:

Grades will be based on tests, quizzes, homework, class work, lab work, class projects and research assignments.  There is a state mandated End of Course Test in all biology classes.  You can prepare for this exam by accurately completing and reviewing assignments regularly. Passing the EOC with a proficiency level of 3 or 4 is a graduation requirement.

Notebook:  Your notebook/ binder will be a crucial aspect of your course work and grade.  You will be required to keep your papers ALL YEAR!  Your binder will be graded once per grading period (or more) on the following criteria…

  1. All handouts are taped on the proper notebook pages.
  2. Each page is numbered with the title and date of assignment.
  3. The assignments for each unit are organized as specified in Canvas.

Class work:  Class work includes lab work, projects and in class assignments.

Tests and Quizzes:  Tests will generally cover two to three chapters.  Quizzes will be given as needed.

Your grades for each six-week period will be based on the following criteria:

 

            Tests                                        50%

            Quizzes                                   20%

            Homework/Classwork              20%

            Research & Projects                10%

 

Resources:

The majority of our class resources will be available online through Canvas.  Students will have access to videos, class PowerPoints, interactive animations, and more.  Students will have access to a biology textbook in class. The textbook can be checked out to the student upon request. Parents may access the EmpowerED portal for additional information

 Absences and Snow Days: 

This course is extremely fast paced. Since we are on the block schedule, it is extremely important that you maintain good attendance.  If you are absent, please check the Canvas site, and see me in the morning when you get back to school, before classes begin. You may ask your classmates for any missed notes. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to get your make up work within the allowed limit. If you miss a test, be prepared to make-up the assignment on the day you get back, or arrange a time before or after school to come take it if you don’t want to miss instruction. Assignments will be posted on the Canvas site to be completed in the event school is cancelled for inclement weather to prevent students from having to “double up” when they return to class.

PLEASE NOTE: All make up work must be completed in accordance with school policy.  Any work that is not completed in the established time frame is late and will not be accepted. 

Lab Privilege:

In order to retain lab privileges, students must:

  • follow all instructions and rules on laboratory safety sheets in addition to all verbal instructions from the teacher
  • dress appropriately based on pre-lab discussion (closed-toe shoes, long pants, etc.)
  • wear protective eyewear - keeping these on at all times during the activity
  • refrain from loud talking, running or moving too quickly, throwing items, horseplay and performing unauthorized lab procedures
  • refrain from eating, drinking and gum-chewing
  • come to lab prepared with all lab materials - including pre-lab work

 

Students who fail to follow these regulations will be removed from the lab setting and will receive a zero for the activity.  An alternate assignment on the same material will be required.

 

Biology will consist of many hands-on activities including projects, labs, presentations, discussions and cooperative learning.  We will be applying much of what we learn to “real world” issues.  I am very excited about this year and I believe with the help of parents and students, we can have a productive and enjoyable experience. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Raji Suresh

 

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Please review this information carefully and sign below.  Retain the second copy of this plan in your notebook for reference throughout the year.

 

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