Introduction/Life Science > Syllabus | Concourse (2023)

Introduction/Life Science > Syllabus | Concourse (1)

Lake Sumter State College ·General Studies ·Biological Science

  • Summer Full Term 2023
  • CRN 30109
  • 3 Credits
  • 05/08/2023 to 08/10/2023
  • Modified 05/07/2023

Course Description

A non technical course designed for the student not planning to continue in biological science. Man's structure and function will be stressed as well as his relationship to other living things and to his environment.


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Course Objectives

Objectives are defined as what the course will do and/or what the students will do as part of the course.
Describe Science as inquiry based on the scientific method of investigation and learning.
Describe the differences seen between the various Domains of Life, how life began, and the implications of these on all life forms.
Compare and contrast the unifying concepts and processes in life science from the simplest to the most advanced levels of organization, and how these affect life on Earth.
Identify how and why organisms reproduce at the cellular and organismal level.
Discuss the molecular basis of heredity and the ethical responsibility associated with genetic studies

Student Learning Outcomes

Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC) aims to provide students with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills across the various academic disciplines and programs. A “learning outcome” is defined as the knowledge, skills, attitudes, or habits of mind that students take with them beyond the learning experience.

The following learning outcomes will be assessed in this course:

  • Describe and identify components, assess and discuss results, as well as design (and/or implement) scientific experiments.
  • Critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative data, applying inductive reasoning to arrive at scientifically rational conclusions.
  • Demonstrate competency with the principles of the scientific method, as well as an appreciation for its purpose in obtaining results from a collection of carefully recorded objectively based observations representing the current level of knowledge as accepted by the scientific community.
  • Integrate basic concepts of chemical, physical, and biological processes into a cohesive awareness of the interrelationships that exist between them.

As a result of completing courses as part of the Natural Science General Education Area, like this one, students will be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:

1. Apply the scientific process as it relates to experimental design.
2. Evaluate qualitative and quantitative data, applying inductive and deductive reasoning to arrive at scientifically rational conclusions.
3. Justify the validity of objectively collected data and the synthesis of results-driven by current
practices in the scientific community.
4. Describe and explain natural phenomena through the application of foundational scientific theories and laws.

Achievement of Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs) contributes to your success as a citizen and member of the workforce. The ISLOs include Analytical Thinking, Communication, Information Fluency, and Social Responsibility. In this course, we will address:

Analytical Thinking - Analyze and evaluate data; draw rational and warranted conclusions by integrating quantitative and/or qualitative reasoning.

This course and section participates in the campus-wide assessment process. Existing assignment(s) for this course were chosen for this purpose. This assignment/assessment will be graded by your instructor as explained in the syllabus. The separate reporting/scoring of the assignment/assessment for the purposes of LSSC’s assessment efforts WILL NOT affect your grade in the course, or any other course work at the College. It will, however, help the College support the advancement and improvement of student learning in general. Your confidentiality will be maintained during the assessment processes.

Textbooks & Other Course Materials

Click the link below for information about your course textbook:

You will need the campus location, and either your XID or the class information (ex. Spring 2022, ENC 1101, CRN 10111) to find the textbook for your class.

Concepts of Biology

  • Author: Fowler
  • Publisher: Open Stax
  • Edition: First
  • ISBN: 1938168119
  • Availability: Online
  • Price: Free

Free version of the textbook can be found here:

Concepts of Biology - OpenStax

The book is available in a variety of FREE online formats via the website listed above. You can use the book in whichever format(s) you want; I recommend that you download the entire .pdf so that you always have access to your book. A print version is available at a very low cost (<$75), if you would like a hardbound or paperback version.

Technology Requirements

Canvas is a required component of this course. Students unfamiliar with Canvas are expected to complete the Student Orientation course located in Canvas within the first week of classes.

See theLSSC Student Technology Help Desk web pagefor more information on how to obtain Microsoft Office 365 as an LSSC student.

Kaltura is used to host some of our lecture content. Lecture recordings are embedded in each Weekly Content Module and are close captioned. You can learn more about Kalturahereat the Kaltura Home Page.

YouTube is used to host some of our video content. Links to video content are posted in each Weekly Content Module. Video content is close captioned. You can learn more about YouTubehereat the YouTube Home Page.

Course materials are accessed in a file format that is compatible with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. If using a processing program other than Word and PowerPoint, it is the student’s responsibility to adhere to all formatting and submission requirements.

Major writing assignments need to be created and saved in a file format that is compatible with Microsoft Word.If using a word processing program other than Word, it is the student’s responsibility to adhere to all formatting and submission requirements.Please ask for help if you are unsure how to save a file in a Word-compatible format.

Methods of Evaluation

ExamsThree Exams are delivered online through Canvas.
Exams consist of multiple formats including
multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, and
essay questions. The content for each exam is as
Exam 1: Chapters 1-3 (OpenStax Text)
Exam 2: Chapters 4-5 (OpenStax Text)
Exam 3: Chapters 6-8 (OpenStax Text)
100 points each (300 points total)
Final ExamFinal Examdelivered online through Canvas.
Exams consist of multiple formats including
multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, and
essay questions. The content for the final exam is as
follows: Chapter 9-12 (OpenStax Text)
100 points
Assignments11 Assignments due on Sunday of each week excluding exam weeks and spring break. Assignments are discussion posts, quizzes, genetics problems, and study guides. I will drop the lowest Assignment grade.25 points each (250 points total)

There will be a single opportunity for extra credit. The extra credit will be available in Week 10 (10 July 2023) and will be due at the end of Week 13 (6 August 2023)

15 points


Calculating your grade:Grades can be accessed on the Canvas website. I will try to upload grades no later than 7 (seven) days after an assessment is completed or submitted. If you wish to calculate your grade, add up all the points you’ve earned, including bonus, and divide by the number of possible points. If you click on the overall percentage in the grade book it will show you how many points you’ve earned. Please contact me as soon as possible, if you have questions about your grade.

Grades: Students are responsible for keeping track of their graded material. If a discrepancy is found the student must bring the graded assignment to the instructor for grade to be corrected. All graded material should be kept until after the final grade has been posted.

Grading Scale:

A 90-100%

B 80-89%

C 70-79%

D 60-69%

F 59% and below


See above

Instructor Policies

Attendance is monitored according to contributions to scheduled meetings, timely access of
our Canvas course, Canvas Inbox and Lakehawk mail, and submission of activities and
assessments. Students must complete the scheduled activity or assessment to record and
receive credit for attendance.

All activities and assessments must be completed during the scheduled periods according to
the Course Calendar or as revised during the course per the Syllabus Disclaimer.
Absences are not excused except under extenuating, documented emergencies at the
discretion of the instructor.

Attendance credit and/or class points may be withheld, reduced or removed for poor quality
work and/or disruptive, disrespectful, or dishonest behavior as described in the student

In the event of an emergency, as determined by the instructor and institution, a make-up
activities and assessments made be schedule and must occur as soon as reasonably possible.
Personal technical difficulties are not considered to be valid emergencies for missing any due
dates or a portion of the course.

Students may be required to make-up an activity or assessment proctored by an alternate
instructor, with an alternate section, on an alternate campus or online, or in the Center for
Teaching and Learning.

It is the student’s responsibility to document an emergency with the instructor and institution
and collaborate with the scheduling of any make-up activities or assessments.

Late Work/Extensions:

Assignments and Exams are due as scheduled on the course calendar for full credit.

Classroom Etiquette:

Treat everyone with respect at all times, and in all communications. When corresponding
with others online always adhere to the same standards of behavior you follow in real life.
And please use proper grammar and a positive tone. Avoid casual "netspeak" like "u," "r,"
"omg," and “lol”, and refrain from using all CAPITAL LETTERS as idiosyncratic language may be
interpreted differently than intended.

Material will be presented efficiently and effectively, to the best of the instructor’s ability, to
prepare students for successful completion of course requirements and objectives and
successful learning outcomes.

Your instructor answers emails within 24 hours of receipt during the work week and with 48
hours of receipt during weekends and holidays. Assignments are graded with meaningful
feedback within 14 days (2 weeks) of the due date or to be notified of a delay (not including
college holidays, such as MLK, and Spring Break).

The most serious action per the student handbook will be taken against conduct in violation
of institutional and course policies including disruptive behavior, academic dishonesty and

Institutional Policies & Procedures

Academic Integrity

The successful functioning of the academic community demands honesty, which is the basis of respect for both ideas and persons. In the academic community, there is an ongoing assumption of academic integrity at all levels. There is the expectation that work will be independently thoughtful and responsible as to its sources of information and inspiration. Honesty is an appropriate consideration in other ways as well, including but not limited to the responsible use of library resources, responsible conduct in examinations, and the responsible use of the Internet. See the college catalog for complete statement.

Basic Needs Statement

Any student who faces challenges securing basic needs such as food or housing and believes this may affect their performance in the course is encouraged to contact a campus dean at [emailprotected]. The deans will then be able to share any resources at their disposal.

Course Content

  • All LSSC students will be exposed to a learning environment promoting the open exchange of ideas.
  • LSSC course content is presented on an adult level and classroom discussions require a mature understanding of divergent viewpoints and the ability to think analytically. Courses will not be modified to accommodate variations in student age and/or maturity.
  • This course will be presented objectively and is not presented to espouse, promote, advance, inculcate, or compel any individual to adopt as a belief any of the subjects of the discussion that may be construed as concepts constituting discrimination based on race, color, sex, or national origin as provided by Florida law. Please note that I do not endorse such concepts but present them for academic discussion and consideration. The law does not prohibit discussion of such concepts in an objective manner and without endorsement. Should a student feel uncomfortable with how course content is presented or discussed, please contact the instructor for further conversation.

Important Information for Students with Disabilities

Any student with a documented disability who requires assistance or academic accommodations should contact the Student Accessibility Services immediately to discuss eligibility. The Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is located on the Leesburg Campus, but arrangements can be made to meet with a student on any campus. An appointment can be made by calling 352-365-3589 and specific information about SAS and potential services can be found at Student Accessibility Services.

Initial Attendance

Initial attendance is recorded based on being present in class and/or submitting an assigned academic related activity during the first two weeks of the course. If marked as not attending during this period, the student will be financially responsible for the course and Financial Aid and Veteran benefits may be decreased. Students who are reported as not attending will remain in the class (PRO 3-05).

LSSC Safety Statement

Lake-Sumter State College values the safety of all campus community members. If you have an emergency, call 911. Otherwise, to report a concern, suspicious activity, or to request a courtesy escort, call Campus Safety:

(352) 516-3795 Leesburg

(352) 536-2143 South Lake

(352) 303-7296 Sumter

LSSC also has a free safety app, Lake-Sumter Safe that is available for download. You will receive important emergency alerts and safety messages regarding campus safety via LSSC Alert. You are opted into this system when you become an LSSC student. For more information regarding safety and to view available resources, visit the Campus Safety web page.

Privacy Policy (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of a student’s education records. In order for your information to be released, a form must be signed and, in your records, located in the Admissions/Registrar’s Office.

Syllabus Disclaimer

Information contained in this syllabus is, to the best knowledge of this instructor, considered correct and complete when distributed to students. The instructor reserves the right, acting within policies and procedures of Lake-Sumter State College, to make necessary changes in course content or instructional techniques with notification to students.

Syllabus Statement

Students may, without prior notice, record video or audio of a class lecture for a class in which the student is enrolled for their own personal educational use. A class lecture is defined as a formal or methodical oral presentation as part of a college course intended to present information or teach enrolled students about a particular subject. Recording class activities other than class lectures, including but not limited to lab sessions, student presentations (whether individually or part of a group), class discussion (except when incidental to and incorporated within a class lecture), clinical presentations such as patient history, academic exercises involving student participation, test or examination administrations, field trips, private conversations between students in the class or between a student and the faculty member, and invited guest speakers is prohibited. Recordings may not be used as a substitute for class participation and class attendance and may not be published or shared without the written consent of the faculty member. Failure to adhere to these requirements may constitute a violation of the LSSC Student Code of Conduct.

Zero-Tolerance for Violence Statement

Lake-Sumter State College has a policy of zero tolerance for violence as stated in College Board Rule 2.17. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with Board Rule 2.17.


Once the Add/Drop period passes, students deciding to discontinue class attendance and/or online participation have the responsibility for formal withdrawal by the withdrawal deadline.

Student Assessment

Students will be evaluated using methods such as essays, tests, quizzes, assignments, discussions, oral presentations, and projects.

Withdrawal Deadline

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Class Calendar

WeekBeginsEndsObjectives and Reading AssignmentsItems Due


8May14MayChapter 1 (Introduction to Biology)

Assignment 1:

"Who am I" Discussion Post


15May21MayChapter 2 (Chemistry of Life)Assignment 2: Biological Macromolecules Study Sheet


22May28MayChapter 3 (Cell Structure and Function)Assignment 3: Organelle Identification Quiz


29May4JunExam I (Chapter 1-3)Exam I


5Jun11JunChapter 4 (How Cells Obtain Energy)Assignment 4: Cellular Respiration Quiz


12Jun18JunChapter 5 (Photosynthesis)Assignment 5: Photosynthesis Worksheet


19Jun25JunExam II (Chapter 4 and 5)Exam II


26Jun2JulChapter 6 (The Cell Cycle)Assignment 6: Mitosis stage Identification


3Jul9JulChapter 7 (Cellular Basis of Inheritance)Assignment 7: Differences between mitosis and meiosis


10Jul16JulChapter 8 (Patterns of Inheritance)Assignment 8: Genetics Problems I


17Jul23JulChapter 9 (Molecular Biology)Assignment 9: Genetics Problems II


24Jul30JulExam III (Chapters 6-9)Exam III; Assignment 10: "Reproductive Cloning" Discussion Post


31Jul6AugChapter 10 (Biotechnology)Assignment 11: BSC1005 Common Assessment Summer 2023


7Aug10AugFinal Exam (Chapter 10)Final Exam (Exam IV)
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