Biology 1


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Biology I/Honors Biology I--Syllabus

Instructor:  Mr. Lane Phone:  323-5249

Room Number:  3120 E-mail:

Course Description:

Biology 1          2 semesters/1 Credit

This course develops essential biological concepts and theories through experimentation, observation, lecture presentations, and discussion. Emphasis is placed upon the ability of the students to solve problems using laboratory and field experiences. Topics to be covered include cells, cell theory, cell processes - cell reproduction, cellular respiration and photosynthesis; basic biochemistry - classification and reactions of organic compounds of the body, ecology, molecular genetics - DNA replication, transcription and translation; Mendelian genetics, human genetics, genetic engineering, classification, and evolution. This course meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements for Life Science. This course is a year course and part of the semester sequence consisting of Chemistry 1, Physics 1, Biology 1, and Earth Science 1, an additional semester of either Chemistry 2 or Physics 2, and Health, meets the State of Michigan and National standards and benchmarks for all science students.  Prerequisite knowledge: Chemistry 1, Physics 1.

Honors Biology 1 (Weighted)      2 semesters/1 Credit

This course will address the same essential concepts as those in Biology 1 but to a greater depth of understanding. The course is designed for students who are strongly considering pursuing any IB science course or other advanced science coursework in their upperclassmen years and, as such, it will introduce students to the expectations and grading criteria used in those courses for class and laboratory work. Students in the honors course should expect significantly more independent work and should be self-motivated in addition to having strong communication skills. Prerequisite knowledge: Chemistry 1, Physics 1.

Essential Learning Expectations:

Introduction to Science:

  • Explain how major systems and processes work together in animals and plants, including relationships between organelles, cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and organisms. Relate these to molecular functions.


  • Explain the general structure and primary functions of the major complex organic molecules that compose living organisms, and recognize that they contain high energy bonds..

Cells/Cell Processes:

  • Relate cell parts/organelles to their function, and recognize the importance of homeostasis.

  • Compare and contrast the transformation of matter and energy during photosynthesis and respiration.

  • Explain the interrelated nature of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in terms of ATP synthesis and degradation

  • Explain cell division, growth, and development as a consequence of an increase in cell number, cell size, and/or cell products.

  • Compare and contrast the processes of cell division (mitosis and meiosis), particularly as those processes relate to production of new cells and to passing on genetic information between generations.


  • Describe how energy flows through a food web.

  • Recognize the relevance of biodiversity.

  • Explain the influences that affect population growth.


  • Explain how living things are classified based upon evidence.

  • Summarize concepts of natural selection

  • Describe the importance of variation and environmental conditions influencing evolution.

Mendelian Genetics/ Molecular Genetics

  • Determine genetic probability using Punnett squares

  • Describe the structure and function of DNA.

  • Explain the pathway of protein synthesis

  • Predict the consequences of mutations

Course Requirements:

Common PPS Final Exam


At the end of a nine-week marking period, Portage Public School grades are computed as described here.  Some teachers use weighted categories in computing nine week percentage grades while other teachers will total the points earned based on the completion of the assignments and assessments given throughout the course

Student scores that result in .05 or higher should be rounded up.  The following percentage scale applies.  All Portage nine weeks letter grades are computed based on these percentages.

100-91.5 = A

81.4-79.5 = B-

69.4-67.5 = D+

91.4-89.5 = A-

79.4.-77.5 = C+

67.4-61.5 = D

89.4-87.5 = B+

77.4-71.5 = C

61.4 - 59.5 = D-

87.4-81.5 = B

71.4-69.5 = C-

59.4 - 0    = E

Grades will be rounded up only to the tenth place during this calculation.  Students will only earn a passing grade for a marking period if they achieve at or above 59.45%, which rounds to 59.5%.


The final semester grade is based on a composite of two nine-weeks’ grades and the final examination/culminating assessment/project.  Each nine weeks grade is worth 3/7 of the final grade while the semester exam is worth approximately 1/7 of the final grade.   Students must adhere to the district attendance policy which is found in student handbook.

I.          Classroom Rules

  1. Respect – Show respect to the teacher and to fellow students.

  2. Responsibility – Be responsible for your actions. Be prepared for class. Turn in homework on time. Make up missed assignments. Ask when you don’t understand. Make arrangements when you need extra help, etc.

  3. Safety - For your well-being and for that of others, failure to follow safety guidelines may result in removal from the class or from lab activities.

  4. Try – If you don’t make an effort, there is not much I can do to help.

  1. Assessment:

Homework: Will be assigned throughout the semester.  More often than not, on-task students that take advantage of class time will complete work and will not need to take it home.  Time outside of class should be spent insuring mastery of class notes and studying for quizzes and test.   

Tests/Quizzes:  You should expect to see a quiz each week/week and-a-half and a test every 3 to 4 weeks, minimum.  To do well, MOST STUDENTS should plan on at least 1 hour of study time for each test.

Journal:  A composition notebook is required for all students.  Students will be responsible for bringing the notebook with them everyday to class.  

III. Classroom Procedures/Policies

So, you missed a day . . .

If you miss a day of school and your absence is excused, you have two class periods for every one day missed to make up the work for full credit.  If the work is turned in beyond that deadline, the late work policy applies.  If your absence is not excused, you will earn a zero for the missed work.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK WITH ME ABOUT MAKE UP WORK.  I will not find you to make sure you’re caught up – be responsible and find me!

Test/Quiz Make-Up:  If you miss a test or quiz, you will be allowed to make it up within one week of your absence.  

Lab Make-Up:  If you miss a lab, you may not come in to make up the actual lab.  It is your responsibility to check with the lab partner to which you are assigned for that lab and get the following:

  1. A brief explanation of the lab procedure and any accommodations made to the procedure.

  2. A copy of the data collected during the lab that will help you answer the conclusion questions.

Late Work:  Late work will be worth half the original point value and will be accepted until the day of the unit test.  Work turned in after the unit test will not be graded.  


ASSESSMENTS ------------------------------ 90%

PRACTICE------------------------------------   10%


Cheating is submitting any work or graded material which is not your own or helping someone else to do so.  Duplicate answers (directly copying someone else’s paper) are cheating.  Use your brain . . . don’t let someone else use you like a fool!  (Careful with lab groups)  Cheating will result in NO CREDIT for ALL PERSONS INVOLVED.


Tardy – not in the room when the bell stops ringing

  • See your student planner for school consequences.

     Unexcused absence = more than ten minutes tardy

Personal Electronic Device Policy

Cell phones and Chromebooks will be used respectfully in the classroom.  It is up to you to determine if you are using your electronic device for an appropriate reason at an appropriate time.  Keep in mind that electronic devices should be used only as tools to help your succeed in this room.  We will discuss respectful use of electronic devices throughout the year. If you use your electronic device at an inappropriate/disrespectful time a referral will be written to the office.

Use of Planner

A signed planner is required to leave the room.  Period.

A note from Mr. Lane…

The syllabus you have just finished skimming over has a lot of information.  The information contained in the syllabus is important, but being successful in this class is very simple.  Show up to my room on time, work hard, and take responsibility for yourself.  You are responsible for your own education!  I will always be there cheering you on, keeping you on track, and giving you the tools you need to succeed.   In the end, you must choose to care.  


"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." -Benjamin Franklin

Link for Final Exam Review

Copy of SAT Khan Semester 2 Science Reading #2


Table of Contents: 2nd Semester

Honors Biology Table of Contents: 2nd Semester

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