Hutchinson Central Technical High School

Course Syllabus


Course Name: Living Environment

Instructor: Mrs. Cross            Contact Time: 8:57-9:38 or 9:42-10:23         Phone Ext: 1416


Grading Policy
Grades for this course are determined by the following factors:

1) Tests (40%): there will be 2-4 tests per marking period. The tests will consist of multiple choice, short answer, true/false, and essay questions. The questions will be derived from previous regents exams.

2) Quizzes (10%): there will be several short quizzes per marking period. They will generally be given after the completion of a topic and may or may not be announced ahead of time.

3) Essays/Projects (15%): students are responsible for retrieving articles from the internet, magazines, and/or newspapers on topics we have discussed in class. Each article is to be summarized in essay format. Throughout each marking period, time will be designated to hold class discussions on your findings.

4) Lab (20%): the grade you receive from fulfilling your lab requirements will account for 20% of your report card grade for this course.

5) Homework (10%): homework is due the day after it is assigned, unless otherwise noted. All homework must be turned in at the beginning of each class.

6) Class Participation (5%): students are responsible for coming to class and actively participating in class activities and discussions.



Homework Policy
Homework is assigned regularly but not necessarily every day. All homework is expected to be handed in at the beginning of class the day after it is assigned (assignments given on Fridays are due the following Monday). Each student is exempt from one homework assignment per marking period. Late homework is generally not accepted unless prior arrangements have been made between student & teacher.



Test Policy
There will be 2-4 full period 100 point tests given during each marking period. Students who miss a test due to a legal absence are to make arrangements with me immediately upon their return to school. Students must make-up their test within two days after the original test grade. A grade of zero will be given if the student fails to make these arrangements.



Quiz Policy
Quizzes may or may not be announced ahead of time. Generally, there will be a short quiz after the completion of a course topic. There will be approximately 5-7 quizzes per marking period. There will be no make-up quizzes. A grade of zero will be given in the event of an absence. However, the lowest quiz grade will be dropped each marking period.



There will be at least 2 projects assigned this year. There will also be plenty of extra credit opportunities.



Course Outline
Upon completion of this course, students will cover the following topics:

Unit 1 Introducing Biology:
Biology in the 21st Century, Chemistry of Life

Unit 2 Cells:
Cell Structure and Function, Cells and Energy, Cell Growth and Division

Unit 3 Genetics:
Meiosis and Mendel, Extending Mendelian Genetics, From DNA to Proteins, Frontiers of Biotechnology

Unit 4 Evolution:
Principles of Evolution, The Evolution of Populations, The History of Life

Unit 5 Ecology:
Principles of Ecology, Interactions in Ecosystems, The Biosphere, Human Impact on Ecosystems

Unit 6 Classification and Diversity:
The Tree of Life, Viruses and Prokaryotes, Protists and Fungi

Unit 7 Plants:
Plant Diversity, Plant Structure and Function, Plant Growth, Reproduction, and Response

Unit 8 Animals:
Invertebrate Diversity, A Closer Look at Arthropods, A Closer Look at Amniotes, Animal Behavior

Unit 9 Human Biology:
Human Systems and Homeostasis, Nervous and Endocrine Systems, Respiratory and Circulatory Systems, Immune System and Disease, Digestive and Excretory Systems, Protection, Support, and Movement, Reproduction and Development