General Biology

Mission: To provide affordable, accessible, and exceptional education that fosters student success

Term:  Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Course:    1114   General Biology
Delivery Format:  Online

Instructor Information:

Name:  Danny Wann
Office Location:  RC204
Preferred Contact Method:
Office Phone:  918-647-1411
Office Hours: 
As posted
Alternate Phone:  918-658-8471 emergency only

Textbook 1 Information: Recommended                                         
Biology Life On Earth with Physiology  Audesirk, Audesirk, Byers 13:978-0-321-79426-0

Textbook 2 Information: Required
Customized Laboratory Manual, Inquiry into Life Sylvia S. Mader 13:978-0-69716030-0 or 10:0-69716030-0

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Course Description:
Designed for non-science majors, this course is an introduction of the foundation of life and the laws of nature as revealed in organisms. This course examines the general concept of fundamental facts, principles, and theories of the biological sciences with particular emphasis on those aspects that apply to man.  3 hours theory, 2 hours laboratory.

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Credit Hours:  4
Prerequisites:  None
Co-requisites:  None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s):

SLO 1. Upon completion of the course students will be able to assess knowledge of the essential characteristics of biological science.
-Students will be able to define basic terms specific to biological science.
-Students will be able to describe the characteristics of living things.
-Students will be able to explain and utilize the scientific method.
-Students will be able to identify the essential characteristics of science.
-Students will be able to compare and contrast hypothesis and theory.

SLO 2. Upon completion of the course students will be able to verify the taxonomy of living things.
-Students will be able to describe how organisms are named and classified.
-Students will be able to explain the characteristics of the three domains of life.
-Students will be able to recognize properly written scientific names.
-Students will be able to explain why classification of organisms is a changing process.

SLO 3. Upon completion of the course students will be able to examine knowledge of Ecology.
-Students will be able to define ecological terms.
-Students will be able to discuss trophic levels.
-Students will be able to summarize the flow of energy and nutrients through a system.

SLO 4. Upon completion of the course students will be able to discuss the basic chemistry necessary for life.
-Students will be able to describe the structure of an atom.
-Students will be able to compare and contrast ionic and covalent bonds.
-Students will be able to explain why water is polar and discuss why polarity is important to life.
-Students will be able to list and explain three properties of water.

SLO 5. Upon completion of the course students will be able to explain the major cytological processes in plant and animal cells.
-Students will be able to list and describe cell organelles.
-Students will be able to identify the processes involved in moving substances across the cell membrane.
-Students will be able to distinguish the differences in plant and animal cells.
-Students will be able to illustrate the differences between mitosis and meiosis.

SLO 6. Upon completion of the course students will be able to examine the processes of cellular respiration.
-Students will be able to recall the stages of anaerobic and aerobic respiration.
-Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the catabolizing of glucose.
-Students will be able to explain the production and function of ATP.
-Students will be able to utilize knowledge of cell respiration to predict and explain physiological changes during rigorous physical activity.
SLO 7. Upon completion of the course students will be able to investigate basic knowledge of Mendelion genetics.
-Students will be able to define genetic terminology.
-Students will be able to describe the relationships among DNA, chromosomes and genes.
-Students will be able to utilize Punnett squares to predict the genotypes and phenotypes of offspring.
-Students will be able to recognize the difference between dominance and co-dominance.

SLO 8. Upon completion of the course students will be able to investigate functions of human body systems.
-Students will be able to list and briefly describe the 11 organ systems of the human body.
-Students will be able to discuss the path of blood through the heart, pulmonary and systemic systems.
-Students will be able to identify cardiovascular disorders and methods of prevention.
-Students will be able to describe the primary and accessory organs utilized in digestion.
-Students will be able to compare and contrast the three types of muscle tissue.
-Students will be able to identify and explain the major functions of the skeletal system.

Evaluation/Assessment Practices

Assignments and Course Format:

The general format of the class will be lecture, discussion, AV, Internet, CD's, as well as individual investigation in the lab. All lab assignments and books turned in will not be returned. The text book will the basis of the material covered. The student will be responsible for reading the assigned topics before class and for participation in class discussion. Research and observation papers may be assigned when appropriate

 A total of 5 major examinations will be given during the semester. The exams will be objective in nature to include multiple choice, true-false, with possible matching and SA questions. Each examination will be a sectional test covering material that has been lectured over since the previous examination. The final test may be comprehensive. These exams will comprise 500 points while the lab will constitute 200 points. (The test will make up 71% of the grade and lab will make up 29% of the grade).

If a research paper is assigned it will comprise 25% of the total lab grade and the paper may be checked by a plagiarism web site.
All assignments are due on the due date. Assignments not received on time will have a zero recorded. All students are responsible for making sure your assignments are turned in on time.









59 & below


Grade Scale:

It is the student's responsibility to take tests at the time they are scheduled. A student that cannot make the exam at the time it is scheduled must contact the instructor prior to missing the test to be able to make that exam up. Only then the student will be able to take it during the last week of class at the instructor's discretion. Arrangements can be made for "special" occasions which are under the discretion of the instructor. There will not be a curve or bonus on any make-up examination. (If you are a web student and you do not take the test on time you will have a zero recorded. There are no make-ups on the web courses. ) Lab tests cannot be made up. Lab assignments will not be made up. I will not take late assignments. I do drop your lowest lab grade. I do not drop the lowest lecture test grade. All final decisions will be made in the fairest manner possible by the instructor.



Grading Policies:


I drop the lowest lab grade but I do not drop any lecture test grades. I do not go back and make up any labs.
Each of the 5 lecture test is worth 100 points. The total of all your labs is worth 100 points. I will take your lab average and count it as 2 test grades. Total points divided by 7 will be your final grade. Leaf collections and Frog test are part of the lab. (I do drop the lowest lab grade)Exception: If you are taking the Biology Interim you will have one more test grade to average. We take 5 field trips and each is worth 10, 20, 20, 20, and 30, respectively.



            Class Behavior: STUDENTS are expected to act like an adult. Unruly or disruptive behavior will result in your permanent dismissal from class
 Necessary Items: Goggles, Gloves, #2 Pencils, Scantrons, and Your Time and Commitment!!
PLEASE DO NOT WEAR CONTACTS WHILE DISSECTING THE FROG!!!! Please turn your papers in on time and come by the office and check on your grade periodically! It is your responsibility!

CELL PHONES: You are to turn them off or silent during class. While testing they are to be off and put away. We will google some things during class so they will be utilized from time to time.


            Communication is one of the keys to success. Communication in this or any other course is extremely important. The best way to communicate with me is through school e-mail or course e-mail. I typically check these daily but weekends may vary. When checking the course daily, my response is usually within 24 hours. If you email me at 6 pm on a Friday, I may not respond until Monday. Course Assignment/discussion responses are usually within a week.



            Attendance is a must to be successful in this or any other course. Excessive (more than 4) absences may lead to the student being failed or administratively dropped from the course. Attendance records will be kept and excessive absences will be reported to the office of student affairs. (Attendance in the intercession classes is definitely a must. Participation in class and field trips is a must. Missing 1 day is like missing 8 days in a semester. Typically there is not enough time to make up work in this 10 day crash course of Biology. If the work cannot be made up during the 10 days (not likely)and prior arrangement has not been made to finish work known to be missed, for every full day of class and or field trip participation you are absent past 1 you will be dropped a letter grade.) Example: If you have an “A” and miss 2 days of this 10 day course, you now have a “B”.

Additional Course Information:

Week             Lecture for New 10 edition of "Life On Earth"                   Labs

1                                                      1, 2                                 Labs closed due to open enrollment

2                                                       2, 3                                Lab 1- Microscope

3                                                    4, 5, 6                              Lab 8-tissues

4                                            Test 1, chapt. 7, 8                 Lab 7-plants

5                                                    43,43                               Lab 7-plants

6                                     Chapt. 44, 45, Test II                   Lab 29-frog

7                                                     9, 10                               Lab 29-frog

8                                                       11                                  Lab 29-frog

9                                                       12                                  Lab 20- Genetics

10                                                     13, Test III                    Lab 20- Genetics

11                                                  31, 32                              Lab 4- Mitosis

12                                                  33, 34, 35             Lab 12- Circulation

13                                                  Test IV, 36                       Lab 14- Kidney

14                                                  37, 38, 39             Lab 17- Senses

15                                                     40, 41                Lab 15- Nervous

16                                                    42, Review             All Make-up Lecture Exams

17                      Final Test is test 5                                    No Lab

BIOLOGY WEEKLY PLANNER SHORT VERSION: For Life on earth 1-4 edition and Inquiry into Life: Author: Silvia Mader, 13th edition

Week                                             Lecture                                               Labs

1             1, 2 (Chapters are the same on 1st test for old and new book)  Labs closed due to open enrollment  

2                                                      2, 3                                                    Lab 1- Microscope

3                                                      4, 5                                                    Lab 8-tissues

4                                               Test 1, chapt. 6                                       Lab 7-plants

5                                 7, 17(6,7,8,9,10 Mader new book test 2        Lab 7-plants

6                                                 Chapt. 18, thenTest II                           Lab 29-frog

7                                        8, film (23-26 Mader new book test 3)    Lab 29-frog

8                                                      9, 10                                                   Lab 29-frog

9                                                        11,                                                     Lab 20- Genetics

10                                                 12, Test III                                             Lab 20- Genetics

11                 19, 20 (11,12,14,15,16 Mader new book for test 4)        Lab 4- Mitosis

12                                                  21, film                                       Lab 12- Circulation

13                  Test IV, 22 (13,17,18,20,21 Mader new book test 5)      Lab 14- Kidney

14                                                23, 24, film                                               Lab 17- Senses

15                                                 24, 25                                                 Lab 15- Nervous

16                                               25, Review                            All Make-up Lecture Exams

17                                        Final Test is test 5                                          No Lab


Student Email:

IMPORTANT- All course information, billing, financial aid notices, housing information, scholarship awards, degree check results, and other mail will be sent to you via student email. Please remember to check your student email often for important information.

ADA statement:


Carl Albert State College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students with disabilities who need special accommodations should make their request in the following way:


Talk with your instructor after class about your disability or special needs related to work in class.

Students will need to download the disability form from the LRC page, and return it to me, in my office. I will need at least one visit with on campus students, and one by phone with online.


Poteau Campus

*      Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the Student Disability Services Coordinator. Crissy Keeton 918-647-1319.

Sallisaw Campus

*      Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the Assistant Student Disability Services Coordinator located in the Learning Resource Center in office SC 8125. Tamara Wright 918-775-6977 extension 2253.



*      Call or e-mail your instructor about your disability or special needs related to work in web courses.

*      Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the Student Disability Services Coordinator. You may find information on our website under Student Affairs/Student Disability Services.



  • LRC: The Learning Resource Center is located in the George Ollie Center for Academic Excellence on the third floor, in room 1301; Crissy Keeton, the LRC director, may be reached at 918-647-1319. The LRC offers tutoring in a variety of subjects including math and English: specific tutoring schedules are available.  The LRC also offers notes and textbooks for many classes, as well as a computer lab and study area. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursdays from 8 am to 6 p.m., and on Fridays from 8 am to 4 pm.
  • Counseling: CASC Student Counseling Services provides free counseling to students who are struggling with school, home life, or a disability. Overseeing the CASC Student Counseling Center is Kerrie Blair, MS, LPC.  She serves as counselor at Carl Albert State College and may be reached by phone (918) 647-1389, text (918) 658-5568, or email


  • Library: Research for your class should be conducted at the CASC Libraries.  College-level research requires college-level sources. CASC Libraries offer a number of appropriate sources in both print and electronic formats.  Visit the library in person for research assistance or at 

Phone: 918-647-1311 (Poteau)  918-775-6977 (Sallisaw)
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Notification of class cancellation:

In the event class must be cancelled by the instructor the student will be notified through various methods including, but not limited, to the following:  text message, email, or written notification.  Students should check their Carl Albert email accounts regularly for such notifications.  When possible, instructors will provide notification in advance.

In instances of school closure the notification process occurs in the following ways: the alert system is used to send messages including phone calls, text messages, and emails to all names in the alert system as soon as a decision has been made regarding the status of CASC; an email is sent to all Carl Albert email addresses; closure information is posted to the CASC website as quickly as possible; the phone message for incoming calls at the CASC switchboard will indicate closed status; local radio stations and television stations are notified; however television may or may not post our information so please be sure to check other sources of information as listed above.

Assessment Statement

Assessment is the process that evaluates the learning experience with the purpose of continual improvement and has the objective of assuring the accomplishment of the mission of Carl Albert State College.

Academic Integrity/ Misconduct Policy: 

The following will apply in connection with academic dishonesty:


A. The instructor and his/her Division Chairperson have final authority over the grades given to students   or the lowering of grades because of cheating or plagiarism.


B. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to:


1.       The use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations.


2.       Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments.


3.   Acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the college faculty or staff.  The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished   work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.


If it is established that cheating or plagiarism has more than likely occurred:


A. The instructor may take appropriate disciplinary action, which may include the awarding of an “F” on the particular assignment or in the course.


B. The instructor will make a report of the incident and of action taken to the Vice President for Academic  Affairs.


C. The student will receive a copy of the report if s/he desires and may appeal the decision of the instructor to the Academic Affairs Committee.


D. The student and instructor may meet individually with the Academic Affairs Committee to present documentation pertinent to the appeal. Once the Academic Affairs Committee renders its decision, the appeal process is concluded.


Carl Albert State College considers all forms of academic misconduct and dishonesty serious matters which warrant serious attention. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cases of cheating and plagiarism, and is, at the very least, subject to disciplinary action by the instructor of record. More serious infractions will warrant disciplinary actions by the college. 


Plagiarism is considered unacceptable and incompatible with the educational mission of Carl Albert State College. Since plagiarism always carries consequences, all students are expected to be familiar with the rules for avoiding plagiarism. 


Intentional plagiarism is a deliberate act of academic dishonesty in which an individual knowingly represents the work or knowledge of another person as one’s own, knowingly incorporates into one’s work the words or ideas of another person without clear attribution, fails to acknowledge clearly the partial or full authorship of someone else when submitting a work, and/or consistently fails to cite or quote textual resources properly.


Cheating is considered to be a serious infraction of academic integrity and as such is not tolerated at CASC. Specifically, cheating includes, but is not limited to, instances where work is turned in that is not one’s own, copying others’ answers in exams and/or papers, infiltration of grading systems, use of deception in acquisition of answers, and/or instances of forgery. 


Grade Protest

Students may challenge a final grade, provided a solution cannot be reached through proper academic channels. Students should first contact their instructor and then the Division Chair if resolution is not satisfactory. Appeals for the purpose of challenging a final grade must be made to the Academic Affairs Committee within 90 days after the grade in question appears on the permanent record.  Information concerning procedures to be followed is available from the Office of Admissions and Records. (CASC Catalog, p. 74)


Faculty Complaints

A student who feels he or she has serious grounds and evidence to demonstrate unfair treatment by a faculty member may file a formal written complaint with the division chair. First, however, the student is encouraged to visit with the faculty member on an informal basis to discuss the situation. If, after that visit, the student still wishes to file a formal complaint, the division chair will call a meeting between the student and the faculty member to discuss the complaint and any further action. If the issue still remains unresolved, the division chair, faculty member, and student will meet with the Associate Vice President of Instruction in the Academic Affairs Office.


Semester Regulations Concerning the Beginning and End of the Term

Students should keep in mind that the semester begins with the first day of class, and ends with the last day of the designated final exam period.  For that reason, and because final exams may be scheduled up to and through the last day of the final exam schedule, students should not plan to travel until the first day after the end of finals week, unless approval is granted by the division chair AND the Academic Affairs Office. Students may request changes in individual final exam times in writing and through completion of the Change in Final Exam form. Forms are located in the office of the registrar. Requests for change for personal convenience are generally not approved. Approvals are normally limited for the following reasons:

    1. Conflict with working hours on a job that has been held during the term, and for which working schedules cannot be readily adjusted.
    2. Religious reasons.
    3. Four finals in one day. Where amicable agreement cannot be reached by the student and the instructors, the division chair and/or Academic Affairs Office can grant accommodations.
    4. Military obligations verified in writing.
    5. Other exceptional hardship cases including health reasons concerning immediate members of the household and/or death of an immediate family member or attendance of a funeral of an immediate family member.

Additionally, with take-home final exams, instructors have the option and may choose to make those due on the last day of finals.

Students are required to:

1.        complete the Change in Final Exam form;

2.        request the signature and approval of the designated instructor;

3.        submit the form to the appropriate division chair for approval;

4.        The form will be forwarded to the Academic Affairs Office or designee (Vice President for Sallisaw campus).

5.        The Academic Affairs office will then inform the student of the results of the request.

*Requests will be finalized within 72 hours of the formal request.


Withdrawal Policy:
Students withdrawing from courses should first consult instructors and refer to the current student handbook or website for withdrawal procedures.  Additionally, the student should contact the offices of Financial Aid, Admissions, Business, and Retention.  Students failing to attend initial class meetings will be dropped from the class without notification.  Beyond that, failure to attend class is not equivalent to dropping the class; students who fail to formally drop the class will receive a grade in the course.


Online Etiquette Statement:

Carl Albert State College expects online users to follow the same basic rules that apply in face-to-face communication.  The following guidelines provide direction for students using Internet-based communication.  Failure to follow appropriate communication rules may result in negative consequences.


      1. Think before you write.  What you say online is permanent.  Review and edit before you post and take the feeling of others into consideration.
      2. Be friendly and positive.  Even if you disagree with an idea there are ways you can approach your criticism without being hurtful.
      3. Use standard English.  Avoid slang and jargon with which others in the class may be unfamiliar.  Communication is only effective if the audience can relate to it.
      4. Be professional.  Avoid writing in all caps, using multiple exclamation or question marks, and emoticons. 
      5. Ask for help.  If you feel lost, or need clarification, ask.  If you don’t ask the questions your instructor and other students won’t be able to respond.  Besides, you’re probably not alone, but don’t wait for someone else to ask for you.


Statement of Instructor Modification Right

This syllabus is subject to alteration at the discretion of the instructor.  Notification of alteration will be provided to students via class announcement, e-mail, blackboard posting, or similar reasonable method.


Student Financial Responsibility Statement:

In addition to enrolling in classes, part of your enrollment responsibility is payment of your Business Office Account (tuition, fees, etc.)

If you have already paid your entire balance for the semester, and any past balances, thank you.

If you have not Carl Albert State College requires all students to either pay for their Business Office Account by the first day of class or enroll in the Nelnet Payment Plan located on the website by the first day of class.

Students who anticipate receiving financial aid must enroll in the Payment Plan as well.  If the financial aid pays for all costs then the payment plan will not go into effect.

If you have questions, please feel free to call the Business Office at 918-647-1325


Course Calendar.

July Interim, 2 week Biology Class Schedule



  • Talk about syllabus

  • Show how to navigate the Blackboard

  • Safety Contracts

  • Genetics and Notes-lab 20

  • Explain Course

  • Get contact information from all students (cell Phone numbers)

  • Do leaf Lab and Lab 1 Microscope

  • Talk about the leaf collection and go to Heavener Runestone (10 points)

  • Go over grading system for this class

Tuesday or Wed

  • AM-Blue Thumb riffle Kick/or  Rural water systems (10 points)(leave @ 7:30 am)

  • Eat Somewhere

  • PM- Spiro Peach Orchard (Riggs Family Farms)(10 points)

  • Back here for more labs at 2pm until 5pm

Thursday or Friday

  • Robbers Cave State Park, Lake Carlton canoe trip (20 points)(leave @ 7:00 am)

  • Ted Daniels 918-465-5154

  • Eat somewhere

  • Back to CASC for lab 12, 17 in lab book

Monday or Tuesday 2nd week

  • Rich Mountain/ Sky Line Drive/ Cedar Lake (20 points)

  • Eat Somewhere

  • Back here to finish labs


  • Broken Bow- Lost River Restoration (30 points)

  • Canoe trip

  • Nature Center-Frank

  • Eat Somewhere

  • Turn in lab books and finish test online that night.

  • Discussion board


  • I turn in grades  -  Finish labs if necessary