Mr. Mitchel Witt » Biology II Syllabus

Biology II Syllabus

Course Syllabus


Cleveland State Community College/Tellico Plains High School


Biology 1010 (lecture) and 1011 (lab)

Biological Science I

Fall, 2020

 Credit Hours:  4


  1. Instructors: Mitchel F. Witt  BA in Biology from UT at Chatt. And a MS in Biology from TTU


                                    Office hours will be before school, during the lunch hour, and after school

                                 or at the discretion of the instructor upon request by the student.


  1. Text: Biology - Concepts and Connections, Taylor, Simon, Dickey,

                                    Hogan, and Reece

                                    9th edition, 2018                                           


III.  Course Overview:


Objectives:  This semester will be devoted to the study of the scientific method, basic chemistry, cellular organization, cellular energetics, and multicellular organization into tissues, organs, and systems, with emphasis on the human.


Lecture Outline:


            Topic                                                              Text Assignment


Introduction to Science; Characteristics

            Of Life; History of Biology                           Chapter 1


Basic and Organic Chemistry                                Chapters 2 and 3


Cell Structure and Function                                   Chapters 4 and 5


Energy in Cells;  Cellular Respiration

            Photosynthesis                                            Chapters 5, 6, and 7


Animal Organization;  Tissues                               Chapter 20


Digestive System                                                     Chapter 21


Respiratory System                                                 Chapter 22


Gas Exchange in Plants                                         Chapter 32 (part)


Transport in Plants                                                  Chapter 32 (part)


Circulatory System                                                   Chapter 23


Immune System                                                       Chapter 24


Temperature Regulation                                        Chapter 25


Regulation of Body Fluids/ Excretion                   Chapter 25


Support and Movement                                          Chapter 30


Nervous System and the Senses                         Chapters 28 and 29


Endocrine System                                                   Chapter 26


Reproductive System                                              Chapter 27




  1. Learning Outcomes


            The learner will be expected:


  1. To explain the role of natural science in the curriculum.
  2. To describe what the science of biology includes and what characterizes life.
  3. To describe certain events in the history of biology that have had a major impact.
  4. To explain fundamental chemistry as it relates to living things and their functions.
  5. To describe the important structural and functional roles that cells have in

living things and be able to state the cell theory, identify cellular organelles, and

explain the functions of cellular membranes.

  1. To explain energy in the context of cells and to compare cellular respiration and


  1. To explain the organizational levels of the human organism through a study of

tissues, organs, and systems, and to apply an understanding of the separate

systems to health related issues.

  1. To compare the human's organization and functions with other selected organisms.
  2. To develop laboratory skills, particularly through the use of the microscope,

dissection techniques, and the handling of chemicals.

  1. To demonstrate use the computer and internet as a research tool.







By completing these specific learning outcomes, students will satisfy the general

learning outcomes identified by the State of Tennessee to:


  1. Conduct an experiment, collect and analyze data, and interpret results in

a laboratory setting.

  1. Analyze, evaluate, and test a scientific hypothesis
  2. Use basic scientific language and processes, and be able to distinguish

between scientific and non-scientific explanations.

  1. Identify unifying principles and repeatable patterns in nature, the values

of natural diversity, and apply them to problems or issues of a scientific nature.

  1. Analyze and discuss the impact of scientific discovery on human thought and



  1. Assessment


An assessment instrument will be given at the close of the semester to

evaluate the student's progress in reaching these outcomes.  It will consist of

questions developed by the course instructors and will be administered  prior to

the final exam.



  1. Methods of Evaluation:


          Major Lecture Tests will count 50% of the final grade

          Lecture and Lab Quizzes will count 30% of the final grade

          The Final Exam will be comprehensive and count 20% of the final grade


VII.   Attendance Policy


            Lecture:  Attendance is required for all classes.  Excessive absences will be

                             noted through early alert letters sent by the college.  In the event of

                             any absence, the student should check with the instructor about work

                             that has been missed. An explanation of absence is expected.  As would

                             be true in the workplace, punctuality is also important.  Excessive tardies,

                             at the discretion of the instructor, may be counted as absence.  Individual

                             instructors can require make-up work at their discretion.  If an exam is

                             missed and documented due to personal illness or family situation that

                             requires your absence, a make-up exam may be given at the discretion of

                             the instructor.  These must be scheduled when you return to class and must

                             be taken within two weeks of the missed exam.  Make up exams will not be

                             the same format as the regularly scheduled exams.


            Laboratory:  The lab schedule will follow the lecture topic outline.




VIII.  Disability Policy


            If, because of a documented disability you require assistance or reasonable

            accommodations to complete assigned course work (such as modifications in testing,

            readers, special equipment, etc.) you must notify the instructor and accommodations      

           will be determined in conjunction with the school administration.


  1. Withdrawal


            The last date to withdraw from the course without penalty is _________________.

You must see your instructor to have a drop form signed and the last date of

class attendance noted.   Please plan ahead so that you can complete that requirement.



  1. Academic Integrity


            Cleveland State students are required, as a condition of good standing and continued

            enrollment, to conduct themselves properly in class.  Such proper behavior includes

            academic honesty, civility, and respect for others and private property.  Please refer to

            the Student Handbook portion of the catalog for further information.