CP Biology

CP Biology Course Description:

Academic Biology is intended to increase student awareness and knowledge of the diversity of living organisms, and of the importance of these organisms to each other and to humans. Course work will revolve around the relationship of structure to function in the growth, development, and success of living organisms. Emphasis will also be placed on the intricate balances within and among all living things.

Proficiencies: Upon completing the course, the student should be able to:

1. Identify the parts of the light microscope and use it correctly.

2. Identify the characteristics which distinguish living things from non-living.

3. Identify inorganic and organic compounds according to their chemical composition.

4. Draw, label, and explain the parts of a cell in relation to their specific functions.

5. Construct in writing a simplified chemical equation for both respiration and photosynthesis.

6. Use Mendel’s laws to predict the outcome of basic genetic crosses.

7. Explain the theory of evolution and the evidences for it.

8. Describe the basic features of each of the taxonomic kingdoms and compare the kingdoms.

9. Compare the structure to the function of plant roots, stems, leaves, and flowers.

10. Compare the structure of the function of the major human body organs and organ systems.

11. Describe the basic principles of ecology, including energy flow, ecological communities, and succession.

12. Analyze the effects of human activities, including air and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste, habitat loss and extinction, on environmental quality, especially as they relate to New Jersey.

Students will be expected to:

1. Bring necessary supplies to class daily.

2. Maintain a high level of participation and preparation.

3. Accomplish successfully all graded work, such as tests, quizzes, reports, and projects.

4. Demonstrate a cooperative attitude and contribute to the learning process of the class.

5. Apply basic math skills to various biological problems.

6. Take detailed and organized notes.

7. Follow instructions and safety guidelines.

Evaluation Procedures:

The final course grade will be computed from the 4 marking period grades (20% each) for a total of 80%. The final 20% of the course grade is based on the quarterly assessment grades for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd marking period as well as the final exam grade. Marking period grades will be determined by:

Tests 40%
Quizzes 20%
Labs, Projects, and Class Activities 35%
Homework 5%