San Ramon Valley High School
Welcome to biology! Biology is “the science that deals with the origin, history, characteristics, habits, etc. of plants and animals” (Webster’s New World Compact School and Office Dictionary, 1995), it literally means “the study of life”. In this course the emphasis will be on the study of the characteristics of life, cellular structure and function, genetics, evolution, ecology, and anatomy and physiology (not necessarily in that order). Biology does not stand alone in the world of science, scientific method will be used to evaluate material, and connections will be made with issues and concepts from earth science, chemistry, and physics. Connections will also be made to other academic disciplines as well as environmental, global and social issues. This class will include lab work and activities and therefore it is very important that we follow safety rules and practice respectful and responsible behavior. I look forward to a fun and informative year!
(9-12) Biology is a lab-based college prep course that focuses on the major concepts of life science, methods of science, and inquiry-based learning. Topics include science process, genetics, biochemistry, cell biology and physiology, ecology, evolution, and human body systems. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1. CSU/UC: “d” Schools: All
San Ramon Valley Unified School District Course Description and Outline- College Preparatory Biology Grades 9-12
Prentice Hall Biology – Miller and Levine, 2007
College Requirement Satisfied:
CSU/UC: “d” (In addition to meeting the one-year (10 unit) life science graduation requirement, this course fulfills the University of California and California State University entrance requirements for laboratory science).
California Standards Covered in this Course:
Biology follows the newly adopted NGSS California State Science Content Standards for Biology/Life Science. Emphasis in this course is on the skills identified in the Course outline below. A full description of the Standards can be accessed at: NGSS/Common Core Standards (adoption 9/4/2013) (Life Science NGSS standards)
Course Outline (Skills Taught):
Investigation and Experimentation
· Develop meaningful questions and conduct careful investigations.
· Select and use appropriate tools and technology to perform tests, collect data, analyze relationships, and display data.
o Microscopy, Tools in Biotechnology, Graphing through computer based spreadsheets
·Analyze the experiment in order to identify potential sources of error. Formulate ideas to minimize uncontrolled variables.
· Solve mathematically based problems.
· Investigate a science-based societal issue by researching the literature, analyzing data, and communicating the findings. Apply scientific knowledge to societal issues in order to guide individual decision making.
· Formulate hypotheses, differentiate between types of variables, distinguish between hypothesis and theory
· Scientific knowledge is distinct from other disciplines. It is based on repeatability, testability, and observable evidence from the physical and natural world. Science constantly evolves as new information emerges.
· Understand basics of chemistry as they apply to organic molecules and biological processes
· Differentiate between different types of cells
· Identify and describe structure and function of cell organelles
· Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis
o Describe the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins
o Understand the flow of information from DNA to RNA to Protein to Trait
o Articulate sources of genetic variation (mutations, meiosis, sexual reproduction)
· Mendelian Genetics
o Predict the probable outcome of a genetic cross
· Recognize and explain the sequence of how energy flows and matter cycles through the abiotic and biotic components of an ecosystem
· Analyze how stability of an ecosystem is impacted by biodiversity, alteration of habitat, human activity, and changes in population size
· Apply genetic principles to demonstrate that populations evolve by natural selection in constantly changing environments
· List several sources of evidence for evolution from various branches of science
·Understand that actions of all human body systems work together to promote homeostasis and combat disease
ELA/History/Other Science Tie-In:
· Analyze situations and solve problems that require combining and applying concepts from more than one area of science.
· Using equations and mathematical operations.
· Addressing societal issues as they connect to biological concepts.
· Reading for technical content, central ideas, biases, following multi-step procedures, and decoding words and symbols.
· Support or refute hypotheses based on data and evidence
· Writing structured technical reports
· Using accepted conventions of grammar
· Use technology to gather relevant information from multiple sources and use proper citation techniques to avoid plagiarism
Our class will:
1. Use scientific thinking and processes to solve “real world” problems.
2. Be familiar with the natural world and recognize its diversity and the individual’s role in it.
3. Communicate understanding of the connections between the major concepts of science.
4. Take responsibility for individual and social decisions based on scientific understanding.
5. Understand that science, math, and technology are interrelated human activities with inherent strengths and limitations.
6. Successfully complete individual and group problem-solving activities and projects.
7. Pass all of our state standards.
Attendance See Board Policy AR 5113a and Board Policy AR 5113 and 6154 (makeup work): General School Rules Student Handbook
Parents are strongly encouraged to plan family vacations, doctor's appointments, and other social activities (Educational code considers these "unexcused" absences) for times when it will not adversely affect a student's educational progress.. It is NOT generally possible to replicate the science lab and classroom experience with paper and pencil activities.
Cuts (State Educational code considers these "truancy" ) will not be eligible for make up credit on any assignment or class activity nor will credit be given to assignments/tests/quizzes due the day of a "cut". Tardiness is a disruption. See Board Policy AR 5113
Absences due to illness are allowed to make up work withing a reasonable amount of time (as soon as possible, suggested time is within 3 days), otherwise the work is considered to be late. Any assignments turned in after a unit test will only be worth a maximum of 75% credit. Late work and extra credit are due by the Monday before finals week, no exceptions. Please see me if you need to make personal arrangements, due to special circumstances. You are encouraged to e-mail email@example.com ,or phone or email a classmate when you are absent to get an update on the material you may have missed. Check the web page calendar at www.grochbiology.org. It is the responsibility of the student to check the calendar for missed assignments, pick up any handouts, make appointments to seek clarification if confused and to make up missed laboratory work, tests and quizzes after school or by arrangement within one week otherwise an alternative written report may or will be assigned.
Missed major labs will be made up after school on lab make up days, missing lab days may result in an alternative written report assignment..
NOTE: NEW SCHOOL DETENTION Program will be held before school starts Tuesday and Thursday. Not attending detention will result in a 4 hour Saturday School (assigned by Administration). Parents will be notified by email or phone prior to detention dates. Detention may be assigned for tardies, cuts, failure to turn in homework on time, etc.
1. BE SAFE! (Review your lab behavior and safety rules)
2. BE RESPECTFUL AND RESPONSIBLE (Review your classroom etiquette and academic responsibility) Good manners are expected, be kind, step up and help others, be on time, don’t leave early, pay it forward, and be kind to substitutes.
a. " District policy states that harassment in or out of the classroom is not to be tolerated. Harassment based on race, ethnicity, able-bodiedness, sexuality, perceived sexuality, gender, gender expression, monetary standing, religion or faith-base, or any other factor will be reported to the administration and dealt with accordingly. This includes slang such as “that’s so gay” or “that’s retarded.” Both are considered hate speech. "
3. Be on time and prepared for class
4. No gum, food or drink
5. No hats or hoods
6. No electronics (all cellular devices must be turned off upon entering class, failure to do so will result in an AM detention and possible removal from the course without credit). (Note during some labs cellular phones may be used as calculators, timing devices or to take pictures of lab results, you must have direct permission from the teacher to use your phone.) Use of phones or other electronic devices during testing will result in a ZERO on the test and your device confiscated and turned into an Administrator.
Miller and Levine, Biology, 2007
Supplementary Materials (handouts, labs, etc.)
Binder with separate sections for handouts, homework and class work, and quizzes and tests.
Lab notebook (bound) (First one will be provided)
Pen and pencil
Highlighters and or colored pens and pencils are recommended
Calculators may be required for some labs and quizzes, advanced notice will be given.
Homework and Lab Write-up that are required to be typed (#10 TImes New Roman font) must have the correct heading otherwise credit will not be received. IF you have computer problems, please attach a signed parent note when you turn in your assignment. If you are having printer problems at home, remember that the library has printers, email your assignment to yourself and print out. Lecture notes, pre-labs and chapter homework go in your journal. Some Lab write-ups that are assigned will be typed. Labs turned in on time may be eligible for full credit if redone correctly.
Homework is corrected with a red ink pen during class discussion unless otherwise noted on the assignment board. and receives a stamp.
Average 4 assignments per week.
Homework or Lab Quizzes will/may be given weekly.
Please keep all graded/recorded/returned/ stamped assignments until after the final exam.
If an assignment is turned in past the unit test day then the assignment can only earn up to 75% credit (even if complete).
THE ABSOLUTE LAST DAY FOR ANY LATE WORK OR REDONE ASSIGNMENTS IS THE MONDAY OF THE WEEK BEFORE FINALS. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Test Corrections are optional and allow students to recover 1/4% per question if test correction procedures are followed completely (must be done in the classroom, test booklets are not released, the room is open A period (if the student does not have a class), lunch, and most days after school (check with teacher to be sure). Quiz Corrections are also optional and worth a maximum of 75% if test correction procedures are followed.
Late Work/Absent Work
All work is due when assigned. Any postponements must be worked out in advance. All late work for a unit will be due by the unit test or by prior agreement with the teacher. Assignments are due on the day assigned unless mutually agreed on by the teacher and student. Remember there is a computer in the classroom and computers in the library for your use. Note: if an assignment is turned in past the unit test day then the assignment can only earn up to 75% credit (even if complete). This change does not affect lab re-do re-writes that were turned in on time.)
If work was assigned before your absence, absent work is due on the day you return. Work assigned during your absence is due within 3 days of your return, unless mutually agreed on by the teacher and student. It is the responsibility of the student to check the calendar for missed assignments, pick up any handouts, seek clarification if confused and to make up missed laboratory work, tests and quizzes at lunch or after school by arrangement within one week or no credit will be given. NOTE: alternate quizzes and tests will/may be given for students who miss test dates.
Safety is a priority in the lab. Each student will take a safety exam and sign a safety contract prior to being allowed into the lab.
Lab notes, diagrams, and data are to be written in the lab journal. Begin a new page for each lab. (You may write on the backside of the pages) . Lab title and date must be written on the first line of the page. e.g. (Lab: "Who's on First" 9/10/20--).
Major Lab write ups are to be typed (#10 font) or in journal. See calendar for specifics.
Lab procedure information is posted on the web page, it is the student's responsibility for printing the lab pages as needed prior to each lab and kept in the binder.
Breakage, damage or loss of equipment and glassware will be charged to the student on a replacement cost basis.
All graded/recorded/returned/ stamped labs are to be kept in the student binder by theme/unit of study, until after the final exam.
Begin a new page in your
journal when a new topic is introduced. The
topic e.g. (
be written at the top of the page.
Daily Class Procedures: Class starts when the bell rings. Your homework must be turned in before the bell, ( if called for on the board at beginning of class). Always check the front board for daily instructions, homework assignments and activities. The homework calendar is on line on Mrs. Groch's Web Page not on School Loop.
Academic Responsibility/Cheating Policy: Please read the student guide for specific consequences. Cheating, which includes plagiarism, is defined as representing any work that is not your own original work as your work. This includes using another student's work from a previous year, this year, looking at another student's test, work copied and pasted from the internet or other published material, use of cellular phones (text messaging, photos) etc. All work turned in must be in your own words. There are no joint assignments (there is 1 exception 2nd semester). You may consult with other students, but your work must be original. Working on an assignment together and turning in virtually the same assignment will either result in a ZERO for that assignment or the score divided up between the authors with directions to rewrite in your own words. All sources must be cited using APA formate (see www.bibme.org). Use of new technical vocabulary without definition may be seen as plagiarism.
Grading: Every assignment is worth a certain number of points towards your semester grade. Your grade will be determined from that score on the following scale: (no rounding)
> 100 A+
61.99- 60 D-
59.99 -> F
After the second week of classes, weighted grades will be posted at School Loop you will need your student ID and a password. This grade report will help you monitor your progress. Final semester grades are determined by the following formula:
10-15% Homework Assignments, long term projects, activities, (note 2nd semester there will be a project category and % will be adjusted)
25% Laboratory work,
50% quizzes, and tests, (35% tests, 15% quizzes)
10% Final Exam
Extra Credit: Extra credit may be offered periodically during the semester. These specific unit opportunities will be announced in class and generally posted in the classroom or on the HW calendar at www.grochbiology.cpindex.htm.
ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITY POLICY
Students: You alone are responsible for your learning; no one else can learn for you. You are also responsible for your own behavior and attitude. You are responsible for attending class and participating fully.
Parents: are responsible for providing a home environment in which students are able to learn; are responsible for monitoring the student's progress and attendance via online calendar and School Loop and should act as a positive advocate for the student with teachers and school administration.
Teachers and schools: Are responsible for providing an environment in which students are able to learn. High academic and behavioral standards shall be maintained. An atmosphere of trust and caring will be promoted at all times.
Read the policy carefully. If you have questions, feel free to e-mail, or call me. The academic success of the student is of the utmost importance. Any problems or concerns require urgent attention. Please read and return the bottom portion of sheet sent home with the student. In addition, please read the Academic Responsibility and Accountability Grade information and kindly EMAIL the acknowledgement by pasting the completed contents of the signature sheet, located at Course Policy signature sheet SEE HOMEWORK CALENDAR FOR DUE DATES.
Students and parents,
The following is the District's policy regarding
"District policy states that harassment in or out of the classroom is not to be tolerated. Harassment based on race, ethnicity, able-bodiedness, sexuality, perceived sexuality, gender, gender expression, monetary standing, religion or faith-base, or any other factor will be reported to the administration and dealt with accordingly. This includes slang such as 'that’s so gay' or 'that’s retarded.' Both are considered hate speech."
In conclusion, I thank you for taking the time to read this very detailed policy. If you have questions, feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (first choice) or call my voicemail at 552-3728. The academic success of the student is of the utmost importance. Any problems or concerns require urgent attention. Kindly EMAIL OR print out the Course Policy signature sheet (if you lost your copy) for credit (see homework calendar for due date) .