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Biology 2013-2014

Mr. David Morris david.morris@lipscomb.edu I. Room 249 966-5949 Biology is the study of life. There are five main concepts with which we will spend the bulk of our time.
They are: 1. Cells 2. Flow of Matter and Energy 3. Heredity 4. Biodiversity and Change 5. Interdependence (interactions of living things) It will be our purpose to study each of these topics from a perspective of faith in the God that created the heavens and the Earth. For since the creation of the world Gods invisible qualitiesHis eternal power and divine naturehave been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1: 20

II. Textbook: You will need to have the textbook Modern Biology, Holt, Rineheart, and Winston III. Classroom Expectations
A. Be on time: Be in your seat when the bell rings. B. Be prepared: Have your notebook, your textbook, and a writing utensil with you when you arrive. Have your homework ready to turn in if any is given. C. Be polite: You do not have the right to interrupt the teacher or another student if he/she has the floor. D. Please ask questions in an appropriate way. It would never be wrong to raise your hand while waiting for the teachers attention. E. Please be in dress code at all times. F. Make sure that you use the restroom between classes and not during class. G. Do not allow cell phones to distract you during class H. Food and drink will not be allowed during class with the exception of water in a sealed water bottle. I. Do not fall asleep during class. This will never happen because class will be extraordinarily interesting. J. Focus on Biology during class and do not be distracted by doing work for other classes. K. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Treat others as you would want to be treated. The Golden rule will help you with most classroom procedural matters. As you might expect, any violation of the above policies could get you a detention assignment for that day if it is severe enough. Most of the time; however, the following procedure will be used: 1. First offense: no detention given, but your name will be noted as a first offender 2. Second offense: no detention given, but a warning will be given and recorded 3. Third offense and any ensuing offense: detention will be assigned A clean slate will be awarded each nine weeks. So when the second nine weeks begins, all students will start the recording of offenses afresh. Keep in mind that there is room for some common sense when recording offenses. Communication is the key to avoiding uncomfortable circumstances that might result in noting an offense that is not justified.

IV. Grades
Grades will be computed on a total point system. That is the total earned points divided by the total possible points. This will get a percentage that will be used to denote a grade. For the most part, points will be assigned as follows: Homework: 15-30 points Classwork 15-30 points Quizzes 20-100 points Tests 100 points Labs (Activities) 50-100 points Grade = (total earned points total possible points) 100 (Note: these point assignments may vary from time to time based on the teachers judgment of the effort required to accomplish the assignment) Generally speaking, tests and projects will constitute around 40% of the grade, homework and classwork around 40%, with labs and other activities being about 20% of the overall grade. Occasionally, extra credit opportunities may be given on tests. There will be extra credit opportunities given on class projects to reward excellent work beyond the scope of what is required. There will be no extra credit projects or extra assignments given during the year.

V. Biology Outline
Cellular OrganellesStructure and Function



Cell Dynamics
Cell Growth and Reproduction

Populations and Environment

Human Activity Climate Change Non-native Species Geological events Biodiversity



Interactions Carrying Capacity Extinction

Biological Succession

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all thing were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17

Aerobic and Anaerobic Respiration

Energy Flow Through an Ecosystem

Flow of Matter and Energy

Its relationship to Cellular Respiration

Biogeochemical Cycles

Mutations and Genetic Disorders Meiosis and Genetic Variation DNA Structure and Function

Modes of Inheritance Genetics and Technology Genes, Chromosomes, Proteins, Hereditary Traits

Modern Classification Systems

Evolution and Biodiversity

Structural, Functional, and Behavioral Adaptation

Biodiversity and Change

Theories of Evolution Genetic Variation and Adaptation

Form and Function in Living Things

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1