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Biology 150: Principles of Biology I - James Sniezek

Jim Sniezik

Professor James Sniezek
BIOL150 - Principles of Biology I
Department of Biology
Rockville Campus, Science West Building, Room 131
Office Phone: 240-567-5130, Department Phone: 240-567-5124
Office Hours: E-mails and questions through discussion board.  

Thank you for your interest in BIOL150. Please feel free to e-mail me with questions not answered by the following information.
Instructor: Dr. James Sniezek, Professor of Biology at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus.

Email address: (During the course you should contact me by WebCT email or post general questions in the "module" section of the discussion board.)

Office Location: Office #131 Science West Building, Rockville Campus

Office Phone Number: 240-567-5130; Department Phone Number: 240-567-5124

Office Hours: I will be checking your emails and questions from the discussion board frequently during each week. Most online students find they do not need to meet with me face-to-face. If you would like to meet with me personally, email me so we can arrange a time to meet. You are welcome to come to see me.
This course, first in a two-semester sequence intended for natural science majors, covers the molecular and cellular basis of life, enzymes, photosynthesis, cell respiration, genetics, reproduction, and development. (NSLD). Four semester hours.
Assessment levels: ENGL 101/101A, MATH 093/096, READ 120 or higher.
The following textbooks and materials are required for lecture and/or lab:

Campbell, NA and JB Reese. 2004. Biology, 8th ed. Addison Wesley Longman, Inc. ISBN 0-321-54325-4

Biology Department, Montgomery College Rockville Campus. BI107 Lab Manual.

Rust,T., A Guide To Biology Lab. ISBN 0-937029-01-7

1 Pair of Safety Goggles

Several Pairs of Gloves

These textbooks provide a general overview of the ecology of the Chesapeake Watershed and may help you to develop a strong basic working knowledge of the ecological issues and wildlife associated with the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
This course consists of 15 "Modules" which will be released approximately weekly. The modules should be completed in order. Each module consists of goals, relevant text readings, glossary terms and Internet links to key course concepts. The material in the module's links provides key concepts in alternative visual formats, which can enhance your understanding of the course content. There is also a required laboratory meeting each week. Additional points can be earned by taking online quizzes associated with the lecture and laboratory materials.

Your course grade will be based on the following:
Lecture: 3 exams at 100 points each
  1 exam at 200 points
    Total: 500 points
Lab: 2 practical exams at 150 points each
    Total: 300 points
Lab Quizzes & Assignments: 40 points
Genetics/Mathbench Asssignments 60 poins
Total: 900 points
Technological ability to access Internet, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and/or Adobe Acrobat documents and to create documents in either Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format is needed.
There are no on-campus requirements. You are welcome to come to my office to discuss concerns or questions or simply to meet me!
For more detailed course information, email me and I will send you a course syllabus. I look forward to working with you.

For additional information, please contact your instructor.

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