FALL  2012



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I read and answer my email during regular business hours - M-F 8:30-4:30


OFFICE HRS : MONDAY 2:30-3:30, TUESDAY 2:30-3:30 and THURSDAY 10:30-11:30

This syllabus is not set in stone, I may need to add or delete material as necessary.  Keep the syllabus bookmarked on your computer so you have the most current information always available.


Fundamentals of Biology I (Biol 110) is an introduction to the principles of biology. It lays the foundation for all the biology courses that follow it. This first semester of a two semester sequence will cover three major topics - 1) the chemical composition, structure and function of the cell, 2) genetics and evolution, and 3) the diversity of living organisms.

TEXT:  Three ring binder edition of BIOLOGY by Campbell and Reese et al, 9th edition printed especially for Ramapo College
                 ISBN 13: 978-1-256-32002-9

                 Available at the Campus Bookstore and much less expensive than the hard bound edition as you provide your own binder. 
                 This text will also be used for Fundamentals of Biology II. 
                 If you would prefer to order a hardcover edition online the ISBN number is 13: 978-321-55823-7.


        WEBSITEPurchase of the textbook allows you access to the publisher's website. See the page prior to the
                              title page in your  textbook for your Activation ID and Password.
                              Click here for directions to set up your account .  
                             All the recommended activities are in Study Area.  Choose the chapter you  want and  then click
                             on the link to the recommended activity.  See links under the Chapters heading below for a
                              brief  review of the activities for that chapter.  A red star red star means there is a highly
                               recommended activity.  The website also has a self quiz, activities quiz and practice exam
                               at the bottom of the activity page for each chapter in addition to those under the Sample Quiz
                               heading below.

       MOODLE:  This course has a Moodle site.  Go to the Ramapo Campus Communications site and click
                               on the Moodle link under Important Links.  Click on the Lecture Handouts icon for the
                               handouts for each lecture. Prior to each lecture print out that day's lecture handouts and
bring them to class with you
                              Your lecture grades will be posted on Moodle as well.

  NOTEBOOK:  I recommend a three ring binder with looseleaf paper for taking class notes.  I will explain why at the first class.

Your lecture grade will be based on the following:  Weekly quizzes - 20% and the three examinations and the final exam - 80%.
Your quiz and test grades for lecture may be accessed on your Moodle  account for this class.
Your lecture grade accounts for 50% of your final course grade. Your laboratory grade accounts for the other 50%.
You must get a passing grade in both the lecture and the lab portions of the course in order to receive a passing grade for the course no matter what the combined average is.  For example if you get a 40 in lab and an 80 in lecture you will fail the course even though your overall average  is 60.  This is a policy of the Biology Convening Group.

QUIZZES - There will be a ten minute quiz at the beginning of each Monday lecture. The quizzes will cover the material given in the two previous lectures and the reading materials assigned. They are designed to: 1) reassure you that you understand the material 2) see that you are rewarded for keeping up-to-date and 3) uncover any problem areas. There will be no make-ups on quizzes, but the two lowest quiz scores will be dropped.  Dropping the two lowest quizzes will accommodate for absences due to  illness, funerals, religious observances, car breakdowns, etc.  Quizzes are the first 10 minutes of the class.  If you arrive five minutes late to class you will have only five minutes to do the quiz, if you arrive eight minutes late you will have only two minutes to do the quiz, etc. so arrive on time.

EXAMS - There will be four cumulative examinations including the final exam. These four exams are equally weighted. There are samples of  past examinations on my web site. There will be a cumulative, primarily fill-in-the-blank make-up exam for anyone who has had to miss any lecture examination for whatever reason (illness, funeral, religious observance, car breakdown, etc.) the week of   December 3rd. The make-up exam may also be taken by anyone who has not missed an exam, but who has earned a poor grade on a previous exam and wishes to exchange the make-up exam grade (if it is higher).  No special time accommodations will be made for students taking the exam for the purpose of getting a higher grade.  The make-up will cover all material through the first three exams. 

You should spend a minimum of two hours out of class for one hour in class. That means six hours minimum a week outside of class studying for the lecture.

  DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS - If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a documented disability, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible in the semester to discuss your needs.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY (CHEATING POLICY) - Students are expected to read and understand Ramapo College’s academic integrity policy, which can be found online in the College Catalog ( Members of the Ramapo College community are expected to be honest and forthright in their academic endeavors. Students who violate this policy will be required to meet with the faculty member and/or will be referred to the Office of the Provost.

  - In accordance with Ramapo College policy, I will use your Ramapo College email address ( to communicate with you about all course-related matters so check your email regularly.

Suppose things in this course are not going as well as you would like:

    "He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever" - Chinese proverb

  Class Policies: Cell phones must be turned off in class and kept in a pocket, backpack or purse,
                                not on your lap - this means no texting during class.
                                Earphones are to be removed from ears and put away until after class.
Laptop computers may be used to take notes in class, but you must send me a copy
                                of  your class notes by email immediately after each class if you use one. 

September 6
Chapter 1 - Introduction1 
(p.1-5 and 18-23 up to Theories in Science )
red star Textbook website activity review
bluedot Sample quiz on the scientific method and the criteria of life
Please fill out the class survey,
print it and hand it in at the first class.
blue dot Class Survey
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Movement in plants
September 10
Chapter 2 - The Chemical Context of Life
red starTextbook website activity review
blue button Sample quiz on  basic chemistry
blue dot Vocabulary List

September 13
Quiz today

Chapter 3 -  Water and the Fitness of the Environment
(Omit material on buffers and acid precipitation
Textbook website activity review

Blue dot
Sample quiz on water and basic carbon chemistry

Blue dot Hydrogen bond formation animation
Blue dot Sweating cicada
Blue dot
Basilisk lizard
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pH is important for creatures both great and small

September 17
No quiz - Rosh Hashanah

Chapter 4 - Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life
red starTextbook website activity review

September 20
Quiz today

Chapter  5 - The Structure and Function of  Large Biological Molecules

Textbook website activity review

On reserve at the circulation desk of  the library is a good review CD: Basic Chemistry for Biology Students 
Call Number - PETRO AV-01

blue dot Sample quiz on biological macromolecules

Blue dot Macromolecule problems
Omit 11 and 12
Blue dot Triglyceride formation animation
blue dot Interesting article on toad toxins (steroids) and snakes
September 24
Chapter 8 - Introduction to Metabolism
Omit formulas on p.146
Pages 149-151 will be covered with chapter 9.
blue dot Sample quiz on metabolism

September 27
Chapter 6 - A Tour of the Cell
Material on 
p.118-122 will be covered in the next lecture
blue dot Sample quiz
on cellular organelles
bluedot Matching game to quiz yourself on organelles
blue dot Flash card quiz
blue dot Animal  and plant cell web site - click on Cell Models under Interactive in left column of site then click on Take Me to the Animations then click on  appropriate cell type
blue dot Amoeboid movement
October 1 Examination 1
Chapters 1 - 6 and 8 (excluding pages 149-151)
Exam policy - once you begin the exam you will not be permitted to leave the room so use the bathroom before the exam begins.  If you cannot comply with this because of a medical problem  I must have a doctor's note ahead of time.

blue dot Sample examination
Blue dot Study Hints for Exams
Study Hint:
You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.

- Albert Einstein
Bllue dot Review sheet for first examination
Blue dot I studied hard and knew all the material so why did I do poorly on the exam?
October 4 Chapter 7 - Membrane Structure and Function
red starTextbook website activity review

blue dot Sample quiz on
membranes and methods of transport across them

blue dot Construct a cell membrane activity

October 8 Chapter 8  -  An Introduction to Metabolism Pages 149-151

 Chapter 9  - Cellular Respiration
(Omit p.177-179 the material on fermentation will be covered in lab.)
You do not need to know the individual steps of glycolysis on  p.168-169.
red starTextbook website activity review
blue dot Sample quiz on cellular respiration

Blue dot Aerobic respiration rap video

on reserve in library on
Krebs Cycle and Oxidative Phosphorylation
Call number is:
QH 633 C39 1992
October 15
Chapter 14 -  Mendel and the Gene Idea
Omit p. 269-270.and pl 280-281
CD/textbook website activity review

CD on Mendelian genetics explaining simple dominance using monohybrid and dihybrid crosses is on reserve in the library at the circulation desk -
call # QH31 M45 G81

blue dot Sample quiz for 1st lecture on heredity
Good matching quiz
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Monohybrid cross
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Dihybrid cross
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Incomplete dominance
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Monohybrid cross problems
blue dot Genetics Vocabulary List
October 18
Chapter 15  - The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance
Omit p.292-302

CD/textbook website activity review
bluedot Sample quiz for 2nd lecture on heredity
blue dot Genetics Problems
blue dot Answers to Genetics Problems
blue dot Excellent genetics problems tutorial (omit trihybrid cross)
Blue dot Additional genetics problems
Omit crossing over problems
blue dot Sex-linked problems
Blue dot
Test yourself for red-green colorblindness
October 22 Chapter 22 - Descent with Modification
See quiz below

October 25 Chapter 23 - Evolution of Populations

  red starTextbook website activity review
blue dot Sample quiz on evolution and the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium
blue dot
Whale evolution article
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Hardy-Weinberg conditions animation
blue dot Excellent Hardy-Weinberg Tutorial
blue dot Vocabulary List
October 29
Examination 2
Chapters 7, 8 (pages 149-151), 9, 12-15, 22-23 plus questions from exam 1
Membrane Structure and Function
Introduction to Metabolism, Cellular Respiration, Mitosis/Meiosis, Genetics,  Evolution and material from previous exam.
blue dot Sample examination 2 - new material

blue dot Review sheet of new material for examination 2

October 31
Last day to withdraw

November 1

 Firefly flash

 (Example of

Chapter 24 - The Origin of Species
Omit p.498-501

  red starTextbook website activity review
blue dot Sample quiz on  speciation

November 5Chapter 26 - Phylogeny  and the Tree of Life
Omit Concepts 26.4 and 26.5
red starTextbook website activity review

Chapter 27 - Bacteria and Archaea Omit p.561-563 and p. 570-573
red starTextbook website activity review
blue dot Sample quiz on phylogeny
blue dot Sample quiz on prokaryota

blue dot Archaea -web site
blue dot Cyanobacteria web site

November 8

Chapter 25 - The History of Life on Earth read The First Eukaryotes section on pages 516-517
Chapter 28 - Protists - only pages 575-576

November 12
Chapter 29 - Plant Diversity I: How Plants    Colonized Land
Omit column 2 of p.612 beginning with Evolution of Leaves
red starTextbook website activity review
blue dot Sample quiz on seedless plants

November 19
     sunflower with bee
Chapter 30 - Plant Diversity II: The  Evolution of Seed Plants
red starTextbook website activity review
blue dot Sample quiz on seed plants
blue button
Parts of a Flower Quiz
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Guess the pollinator activity
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First pollinating cricket observed
November 22 Thanksgiving break    
November 26

Chapter 31 - Fungi
red starTextbook website activity review

blue dot Sample quiz on fungi

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Video clips of nematode-trapping fungi
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Web site on termite-fungus mutualism
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Fast fungi
Blue dot
Largest organism
Blue dot Simple review exercise of fungus kingdom (omits Glomeromycota)
November 29


Chapter 33 - Invertebrates:
Pages 670-680
  Omit Rotifers, Lophophorates  on
p. 676-677
Textbook website activity review
Chapter 33 - Invertebrates:
Pages 680-692
(Omit Nematodes on
p. 683-656 and Insect Diversity on p. 690-691)
Textbook website activity review

blue dot Sample quiz on acoelomate animals
Blue dot Sample quiz on protostomes
blue dot Zombie snails
blue dot Example of host behavior manipulation by a parasitic worm
blue dot Video of  behavior discussed above - Click on supplementary video 1
blue dot Solar-powered sea slug
blue dot
Octopus tool-use?
Medicinal leech video Medicinal Leech video
Blue dot Glowing polychaetes
December 3
Examination III
Chapters  24-33, omitting any pages as per above, plus questions from exam 1 and 2
The Origin of Species through fungi and any animal material covered in lecture
Blue dot Sample examination 3 - new material
blue dot Review sheet of new material for Examination 3
December 6


Chapter 33 - Invertebrates:
Pages 693-694
Textbook website activity review
Chapter 34 - Vertebrates
Pages 698-700
Rest of 34 covered by Museum Trip
Textbook website activity review
blue dot Sample quiz on deuterostomes

Blue dot Sea cucumber expels insides video

Week of Dec 10 time(s) to be announced Makeup Examination
Material covered by the first three exams
Use review sheets from first three exams  
December 10

Chapter 16 - The Molecular Basis of Inheritance
Entire chapter
red starTextbook website activity review
blue dot Sample quiz on DNA
Blue dot Computer game on replication of DNA molecule
Blue dot
Initial discovery of DNA

December 13
Chapter 17 - From Gene to Protein
Entire chapter
Textbook website activity review
blue dot Sample quiz on protein synthesis
blue dot Sample multiple choice quiz on eukaryotic  gene regulation

blue dot Nice animation of transcription
blue dot Transcription/translation activity

December 13

We will omit this chapter

Chapter 18 - Regulation of Gene Expression
    Omit pages 352-355 (Concept 18.1) and pages 366 column 2 - 377 (Concepts 18.4 and 18.5)
red star Textbook website activity review

Blue dot DNA methylation stores memories
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Video of transcription
December 15
Reading Day

Thursday, Dec 20
6:30-9:30 PM

. Review.sheet for chapters 32-34 and 16- 18
For the rest of the material use review sheets for examinations 1-

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