• Jefferson City Academic Center- Biology Syllabus I.Course DescriptionBiology at Jefferson City Academic Center is an introductory  course in the life sciences. Topics of study include chemistry of life, cell studies, energy reactions, genetics, classification, adaptations, and ecology. The state required End-of-Course (EOC) exam is administered upon successful completion of this course. II.Course Curricular ObjectivesThe Biology course at Jefferson City Academic Center is vitally important in helping students experience the richness and excitement of knowing about and understanding the natural world. ·Students will gain a basic understanding of the characteristics and interactions of living organisms. ·Students will gain a basic understanding of changes in ecosystems. ·Students will gain a basic understanding of the interactions of organisms with their environments. ·Students will gain a basic understanding of the process of scientific inquiry. ·Students will gain a basic understanding of the impact of science, technology, and human activity.  III.Course MaterialsWe will be using the book Biology (2006) published by Prentice Hall. This book contains all of the content that will be taught in the Biology Course. The students will also be provided with materials that review the content presented in the book and in class. Any textbook that is checked out becomes the responsibility of the student and must be returned at the end of the course or the student will be charged for the cost of replacing the book. IV.Course PoliciesBehavior: Students will respect the rights of others in the classroom, and the school’s equipment and facilities. For safety reasons, a student who behaves inappropriately during labs will not be allowed to finish the lab. If horseplay is involved, the student potentially endangers other students in class and will be sent or referred to the office. Electronic devices (cell phones, mp3 players, etc.) are not allowed to be in use during the school day. Refer to the student handbook for the complete cell phone policy.  Absences: Daily attendance is strongly recommended in this course. Make-up privileges will be as follows: ·If you are absent due to a school function (extracurricular activities, field trips, etc.), you are expected to get your assignments PRIOR to your leave and complete them by the due date. Failure to do so will result in a zero for the assignment. It will be your responsibility to come in for any additional help as needed before/after school to get the work done on time. ·If you have an excused absence, (not due to a school function), you are expected to see me before or after school on the day you return to pick up all make-up work. Do not expect assignments to be given to you during valuable class time. Students must have make-up work completed by the time they take their unit test on those objectives. No make up work will be accepted after that. ·All make-up tests will be given before or after school and may not be the same tests as given to other students.  Cheating: Cheating on tests or homework will result in: ·A zero grade for the entire test or assignment. ·Parental notification if caught cheating on a test·Notification to the appropriate principal if caught cheating on a test. V.Grading Policy/AssessmentGrade Scale The grading scale for all courses at Jefferson City High School is: A 93-100 B- 80-82 D+ 67-69 A- 90-92  C+ 77-79  D 63-66 B+ 87-89 C 73-76 D- 60-62    B 83-86  C- 70-72 F 59 & below Weighting System of Grade Calculation The term grade will be determined as follows: ·Formative Assessment 45%, Summative Assessment 45% Final Exam 10%· PARENTS are also encouraged to call if they have concerns or questions. I can be reached after school or during my planning time (5th  Block). Please call the JCAC office at 659-2510 and I will return your call as soon as possible. My email address is lori.rosburg@jcschools.us . If you email me please do not expect an immediate answer. Remember I am actively teaching all day and will not get back to check email until the end of the day.  Students are charged with the responsibility of keep all assignments to double check grades. If you think you have found a mistake or a discrepancy, you are welcome to come in before or after school to let me know. I will be more than happy to correct mistakes. Biology Syllabus Terms 1/3 Chapter 1TimeStandards  Chapter 1: The Nature of Science                                       1.5 weeks                                             3.1.E, 6.1.B, 7.1.A,B,C,D,                                                                                                                                                 8.3.D Chapter 2: The Chemistry of Life                                         1.5 weeks                                                         3.2.D, 3.2.F, 1.1.I, 1.2.F Chapter 7: Cell Structure and Function                               2.5 weeks                                             3.1.B,C, 3.2.A,F Chapter 8 and 9: Energy Reactions                                               1 week                                                 1.2.F, 3.2.B, Chapter 10: Cell Growth and Division                                               2.5 weeks                                              3.2.E, 3.3.B,C Terms 2/4 Chapter 11:                                                                    Introduction to Genetics                                     1 week                                                 3.3.A,C Chapter 12: DNA and RNA                                                  2 weeks                                                   3.3.D,E Unit 8: Ecology                                                              4 weeks                                                4.1.A,B,C,D                                                                                                    4.2.A,B                                                                            4.3.B, 5.3.A 1.1.I, 5.3.A, 6.1.B Unit 9: Evolution and Classification                               1 week                                                 3.1.E, 4.3.B,C Unit 10: Classification of Animals                                                Remaining Time                                 4.3.A,B,C  Introduction to Astronomy, Small Animals, Forest Management, and Textiles Curriculum may be viewed at the following link: http://www.jcps.k12.mo.us/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=65496&linkid=nav-menu-container-4-64629&PHPSESSID=a3249fb5303c48148624bbea568780e6
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