The purpose of this course is to provide you with all of the knowledge required by North Carolina Essential Standards as set by the North Carolina Department of Instruction. The students will be expected to come to class prepared, determined to succeed, and to be positive. A variety of instructional strategies will be utilized throughout the course. Additionally, it is the responsibility of the student to make sure that he or she is willing and accepting of a challenge. This course is required by North Carolina and has an End-of-Course (EOC) exam. Students are required to pass Biology in order to graduate.
Course Objectives By the end of this course, you should be able to:
Understand the relationship between the structures and functions of cells and their organelles. Analyze the cell as a living system. Analyze the interdependence of living organisms within their environments. Understand the impact of human activities on the environment (one generation affects the next). Explain how traits are determined by the structure and function of DNA. Understand how the environment, and/or the interaction of alleles, influences the expression of genetic traits. Understand the application of DNA technology. Explain the theory of evolution by natural selection as a mechanism for how species change over time. Analyze how classification systems are developed based upon speciation. Understand how biological molecules are essential to the survival of living organisms Analyze the relationships between biochemical processes and energy use in the cell.
Grading Policy Classwork/Homework --15% Tests --35% Quizzes --25% Labs/Projects --25% Final Course Avg= Semester Work (80%) + EOC exam (20%)
Classroom Rules and Regulations As a reminder, classroom procedures are given in order to provide a well-organized environment in which productivity is essential. The routines are in place to keep class moving smoothly and quickly.
It is expected that students follow all the rules and guidelines set by administration.
It is expected that all students report to class in a timely fashion. The tardy policy found in the Student Handbook will be applied if there is a failure to report to class on time.
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. If the work handed in by the student is not his own, then the student will receive a zero for that assignment and given an office referral. The student will not have the opportunity to redo the assignment.
When entering the classroom students should go directly to their seats and begin working on the assignment that is provided.
Classroom is not dismissed when the bell rings. Wait until the teacher has finished instruction and then dismisses the class.
All students are required to return the lab contract in order to be permitted to participate in labs.
Disrespect to Authority will not be tolerated and will result in an office referral.
Consequences for Not Meeting Expectations First Offense-Verbal Warning Second Offense-Parent Contact Third Offense-Office Referral