Hutchinson Central Technical High School

Course Syllabus


Course Name: BIOLOGY

Instructor: Mrs. Brunn            Contact Time: 9:42-10:23         Phone Ext: 1418


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

Summative Unit Assessments – 40% - There will be 2-4 tests per marking period. The assessments will consist of multiple choice, short answer, true/false and essay questions. All assessments will be aligned to the Living Environment Regents Exam.

Quizzes - 15% There will be approximately one quiz a week. The lowest quiz grade for the quarter will be dropped.

Projects/Homework/Classwork – 25% - Students are responsible for retrieving articles from the Internet, magazines and/or newspapers on topics we have discussed in class. Castle Learning will be assigned throughout the units. Articles will be summarized in essay format and occasionally discussed in class. Journals will be graded.

Lab Work– 20% - The grade you receive from fulfilling your lab requirements will account for 20% of your report card grade for this course.



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 it is due. Late homework is generally not accepted unless prior arrangements have been made between student and 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 numerous projects assigned this year. Some projects will be done independently and some will be done with a group.



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

Unit 1 Introducing Biology & Cells:
Biology in the 21st Century, Chemistry of Life, Cell Structure and Function, Cells and Energy, Cell Growth and Division

Unit 2 Human Body:
Digestive System, Respiratory System, Muscular System, Circulatory System, Skeletal System, Nervous System, Endocrine System, Excretory System and Immune System

Unit 3 Reproduction, Meiosis & Embryology:
Human Reproduction and Fetal Development

Unit 4 Genetics:
Meiosis and Mendel, Extending Mendelian Genetics, From DNA to Proteins, Frontiers of Biotechnology

Unit 5 Evolution:
Principles of Evolution, The Evolution of Populations, The History of Life

Unit 6 Ecology:
Principles of Ecology, Interactions in Ecosystems, The Biosphere, Human Impact on Ecosystems

Unit 7 Human Impact on the Environment:
Sustainability, Recycling, Pollution & Biodiversity