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Sci IV - Biology

 

Instructor: David Consalvi


Contact Information:

Email: dconsalvi@shead.org for private questions about things specific to your individual performance.
Moodle discussion board for general questions that may pertain to everyone.
Phone: 207-853-6254
Or you may schedule a time to meet.

Course Description

This course is designed to give students an understanding of Biology and the principles set out in the Maine Learning Results. Students will examine cellular biology and genetics with an emphasis on how different organisms maintain stability in their environment, undergo division, and convert energy into usable forms. This course is designed to be the fourth in a series. Students who have completed sufficient prior science course work are able to enroll in this course without completing Science I – III first. However, students are expected to have a background in basic chemistry, scientific principles, and critical thinking skills.

Classroom Rules

Students will be required to follow all safety procedures in order to participate in the lab activities*. Due to the difficulty of setting up labs, students should avoid missing these days. Labs may not be able to be made up and a substitute project may be assigned as an alternate.

*If dismissed from a lab for behavior reasons, students will receive a zero on that assignment and NOT be given the opportunity to make up the grade.

Students will be in class on time and ready to begin when the bell rings. This means they will be prepared with a pencil, paper, and necessary materials for every class.

If students miss class, they are responsible for the material and arranging to make up missing assignments if excused. Students should try to obtain the notes and assignments from fellow classmates. I will not seek out the student to give them missed work. The time allowed to make up work will follow the policy in the Shead Student Handbook. Work assigned prior to the absence is to be submitted upon return.

Materials Needed

Required: Pencil, Paper for binder, 1” 3 ring Binder, Dividers, and Memory Storage for Computer Files.

Suggested: Calculator, Graph paper, Ruler, Colored Pencils, and USB Computer Memory Key

Texts and Resources

Biggs, Alton, et.al. Biology: The Dynamics of Life. Glencoe McGraw-Hill. New York, NY. 2000.

Internet, Journals, and Various Other Resources will supplement the course.

Course Content

Biochemistry Cell Division Biodiversity
Photosynthesis Cellular Respiration Genetics

***Material will be posted as needed to the class website at http://www.cdfarmsite.com/school/ .

Class Grading System

There will be quizzes given as necessary to reinforce the materials covered that may or may not be announced. Homework will not be accepted late for any credit since the purpose of homework is to prepare for the next class. Partial credit is possible for on-time effort that is documented. Therefore, you should keep all attempts at problems even if they are incorrect to show your time invested. Missed assignments are however important to complete and learn for the assessments and notebooks.

Written lab reports will be graded for every lab activity. Write-ups should be organized into a binder and follow the rubric format. A template of how to write a lab report is available on the class website.

Assignments will be due on time or the loss of an additional 10 percent for each day late will be the consequence. Students with time accommodations on file will have 1-1/2 the original time if approved before the due date. The additional time must be outside of regular class time. After that, the loss of grade will be the same. It is the student’s responsibility to let me know they will need the additional time and arrange for assistance.

Unless otherwise noted, assignments may be submitted digitally to the Moodle classroom or emailed to dconsalvi@shead.org. Simply put your last name, first initial and the assignment in the subject line like this: ConsalviD_Lab1. The files should be able to open on the school computers. If uncertain, you may send the files as html or rtf files as well.

Students are responsible for all material and assignments given prior to their absence. If a student is absent and has not completed already assigned material, it will be considered late.

The grades will be based on the following breakdown:

10% Homework / Participation
25% Term Project
40% Labs
25% Exams

Expectations

An average of 2 to 2.5 hours of homework each week should be expected for most students. This includes time completing specific assignments as well as studying and organizing the daily material and discussions. Students seeking Honors credit for the course should expect to have an average of 2.5 to 5 hours of homework each week. For all students, more time will be needed if class time is not used wisely or material is put off until the last minute. Students should try to complete assignments as soon as they are given to avoid losing points and reduce the stress of deadlines and excessive work.

If you are having difficulties, you may schedule time to see me during my prep period or after school for additional help. Also, feel free to email me questions at dconsalvi@shead.org or use the virtual classroom to connect to classmates and myself. Students with specific accommodations are responsible for obtaining the needed support and seeking assistance. The Special Education Department requires students to ask ahead of time for additional support with assignments and tests to be able to arrange for someone to be available.

This will be a challenging course, but entertaining as well. If you have a particular interest that you would like to pursue, see me and we will try to arrange a way for the school resources to assist you. It is my belief that students who engage in activities that interest them will develop greater knowledge than those who simply complete assignments. Both learning techniques however are deemed important and are therefore required.

How the Moodle Virtual Classroom Works

Once you come to the virtual classroom site, http://www.cdfarmsite.com/moodle/ , there is a variety of class options to choose. Select the course that you are seeking. My courses all require a user name and password to enter. This enables parents and students to feel comfortable using the system. It is important not to give out your password. Submissions under your name are your responsibility and impact grades. If you feel you password has been compromised, notify your teacher immediately. Only members assigned by the course administrator can enter the course. Once in the course, grades are only visible to the individual responsible for them. The course outlines, assignments, forums, and more are open to anyone entering.

There are assignments, tutorials, notes, quizzes, and tests on the site to explore. The forums and chats are a means to post information to share with classmates that lead to increased ability to communicate understanding as well as simply find solutions to problems. All submissions and movements in the site are stored; therefore, I suggest that people do not post things they do not want to make public. Personal information or requests can be emailed to me at dconsalvi@shead.org.

Finally, it is important to be respectful when using the system. Remember to think about what you submit before posting it to the Virtual Classroom. This is a learning environment; therefore, proper grammar and etiquette are expected. Disciplinary action will be taken if inappropriate or disrespectful behavior is identified. All school policies apply to the use of the Virtual Classroom.

 

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