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Welcome to BIOL& 160 (Fall Quarter 2016) at Clark College! 

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Biology 160 Announcements

Wed./Thu. Sept. 28/29 -- Lecture assignments for the end of the week and this coming weekend:

* AFTER your second lecture this week -- get a second reading (or your first reading, if you only skimmed before) of relevant parts of Ch. 2 and the Enzymes section of Ch. 4 that we discussed (coordinating the reading with your notes), and once again, take advantage of the 4 days between classes to ACTIVELY study and learn the concepts.  Remember, examples of ACTIVE studying (see the "Tips for Success" section of the syllabus for more suggestions) include re-writing/typing/organizing/phrasing your notes, making flashcards, mind-mapping...above all, try to paraphrase (put the info into your own words) if you can.  Work first to UNDERSTAND the concepts, and then work to convert that understanding into KNOWLEDGE (there is a big difference between the two!).  Resources for helping you UNDERSTAND the concepts include:  your book, your classmates, the web, and your instructor (me!).

* Check out the Prep Guide for Lecture Exam 1 (posted below)...it has practice test questions.

* Continue REVIEWING concepts you already have down from last week and earlier this week.

* Start trying the "self-testing technique" described on p. 7 of the syllabus to see what you truly know (or don't know)!

* We may need to finish our discussion on enzymes (from Ch. 4) at the first lecture meeting next week, but when we get done, we'll devote the rest of the time to a review session for Lecture Exam 1, guided by your questions.  So if you have any questions about the concepts we've been learning over the first couple of weeks of the quarter, be ready to ask them at the first lecture meeting next week!

Week 2 (Sept. 26-29) -- This week's lecture assignments:

* Any questions or concerns about the syllabus?

* BEFORE each lecture -- read (or at least skim) the relevant parts of the upcoming chapters in Concepts of Biology, and read through the upcoming lecture note slides.  Our main focus for this week is Ch. 2.

* AFTER each lecture -- get a second reading (or your first reading, if you only skimmed before) of the relevant sections of the chapter(s) that we discussed (coordinating the reading with your notes), and ACTIVELY study and learn the concepts.  Examples of ACTIVE include re-writing/typing/organizing/phrasing your notes, making flashcards, mind-mapping (I'll try to find time to do a brief mind-mapping demo this week)...above all, try to paraphrase (put the info into your own words) if you can.  Remember, you're always working first to UNDERSTAND the concepts, and then you work to convert that understanding into KNOWLEDGE (there is a big difference between the two!).  Resources for helping you UNDERSTAND the concepts include:  your book, your classmates, the web, and your instructor (me!).  

* Spend a little time REVIEWING concepts you already have down from last week.

 

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Biology 160 Course Materials for Fall 2016

BIOL& 160 MW Syllabus, Fall 2016 - this is the syllabus for my BIOL& 160 sections (WKA and WKB) that meet Mondays and Wednesdays

BIOL& 160 TTh Syllabus, Fall 2016 - this is the syllabus for my BIOL& 160 sections (CK and DK) that meet Tuesdays and Thursdays

 

BIOL& 160 Learning Outcomes for Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 6, 7, 8, and 11.

 

BIOL& 160 Course Introduction Notes

BIOL& 160 Ch. 1 (Intro to Biology) Notes

BIOL& 160 Ch. 2 (Chemistry) Notes, Part 1

BIOL& 160 Ch. 2 (Chemistry) Notes, Part 2

New!  BIOL& 160 Enzymes Notes (from Ch. 4)

 

New!  BIOL& 160 Lecture Exam 1 Prep Guide (practice test questions)

The key to the Lecture Exam 1 Prep Guide will be posted sometime early in week 3.

 

New!  Did you know that Clark College Career Services offers FREE Student Success Workshops on a variety of topics, including note-taking for college success, reading for college success, memory strategies, test anxiety, stress management, procrastination, creating a support system in college, APA citation, and more?  Click here for more info, including a link to the workshop schedule for Fall Quarter 2016...and if the workshop time you're interested in has already occurred, occurs too late in the quarter to be of any help to you for this quarter, or conflicts with your schedule, contact them to see if you can still at least get the information that they offer on each topic.

Here's an article that references a research study about a simple writing exercise to help reduce test anxiety.

 


Biology 160 lab Announcements

Second lab meeting of Week 2 (Wed./Thu. Sept. 28/29) -- During the second lab of the week, you should:

* If you didn't turn it in before you left the last lab, turn your completed Module 2 (Water) in to me (for 10 points) at the beginning the lab, which is when it's due.

* In your BRP teams, briefly share the high-quality literature sources and some of your initial research findings.  Does your team have at least 4 different high-quality sources? 

* Working individually (but interacting with your table group as needed), follow the procedures to complete Module 4 (Microscopy I), including attempting to (as directed) answer the questions, fill out the tables, and sketch what you see.  Please be careful handling the microscopes and slides.  Don't forget to clean up after you've finished the procedures (leave the lab in as good or better condition than when you arrived, and put everything back in its place).  Make sure you get my initials on p. 1 of your module before you leave!

* If you complete all of Module 4 (including answering the questions, filling out the tables, and sketching what you see), you may turn it in to me before you go.  Otherwise... 

After the second lab meeting of this week (Week 2), and before the first lab meeting of next week (Week 3), you should:

* If you didn't complete all of Module 4, do what you can on your own (and/or work with your classmates) outside of regular lab time.  If you didn't quite get a chance to see all the slides and need to do a little more in lab, I'll give you a chance to do some more microscope work in the first lab of next week and finish everything up.  You'll need turn it in to me by the end of the first lab of next week, which is when it's officially due.

* Read through Module 3 (Enzymes)...try to get a good idea of what we'll be doing in the first lab of next week. 

First lab meeting of Week 2 (Tue./Wed. Sept. 26/27) -- During the first lab of the week, you should:

* In your table groups, work together and follow the procedures to complete all four Student Activities in Module 2 (Water Chemistry), including attempting to answer the "questions for thought" at the end.  Don't forget to clean up after you've finished the procedures (leave the lab in as good or better condition than when you arrived, and put everything back in its place).  Make sure you get my initials on p. 1 of your module before you leave!

* If you complete all of Module 2 (including answering all of the questions as best as you can and being satisfied with your answers), you may turn it in to me before you go.  Otherwise...

After the first lab meeting of Week 1, and before the second lab meeting, you should:

* If you didn't answer all the questions in Module 2, finish up on your own (and/or work with your classmates) outside of regular lab time, make sure you're satisfied with your answers, and be ready to turn it in to me by the beginning of the second lab of the week, which is when it's due.

* Read through Module 4 (Microscopy I)...try to get a good idea of what we'll be doing in the second lab of the week.

* Make sure you have found at least 2 high-quality literature sources on your BRP topic, and make sure you've done some of your initial research on your specific assigned project content category.  Be ready to share with your team. 

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Biology 160 Lab Materials for Fall 2016

Unless otherwise announced, there's no need to print these; hard copies of the documents necessary for lab activities will be provided to you in lab.

BIOL& 160 Lab Safety Rules Sheet

 

BIOL& 160 Lab Module 1 (Sci Method)

Articles:  "A simple device to detect concussions" and "Effect of sport-related concussion on clinically measured simple reaction time"

BIOL& 160 Lab Module 2 (Water)

Still relatively new!  BIOL& 160 Lab Module 4 (Microscopy I) - for your second lab meeting of Week 2

Even newer! - BIOL& 160 Lab Module 3 (Enzymes) - for your first lab meeting of Week 3

 

BIOL& 160 Biomedical Research Project (BRP) Instructions

BRP Team Eval and Peer Critique Forms

BRP Topic List

 


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